Real Sociedad vs. FC Barcelona Preview

2:00 pm EST Saturday, GolTV

Hey Gerard, can we go get some ice cream after training?

Oh hello there. Perhaps you meandered to this space looking for a story about the 4 clasicos in 3 weeks? Maybe you saw El Clasico III (Return of the Messi) and thought that you would come to the Barcelona football website of record (trademarked name, don’t try to take it) and spout off about how you think so-and-so is a diver, or you, like me, have been imparted with the knowledge that Lionel Messi is not actually a human but is actually the living embodiment of the great old one Cuthulhu, risen from his slumber, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, riled up into an angry fit after it heard lowly mortals naming false gods? Either way, you are out of luck. Cause we’re talking about the real show here, this Saturday’s match against Real Sociedad. Get excited!

As you surely know now, La Liga is coming upon Week 34 of 38, meaning that there are 15 points left to be had, including Saturday, and an 8-point lead for the good guys (9 technically when you could head-to-head). Sociedad is sitting on 38 points, 3 points out of relegation, yet still 12th in the Liga. Iniesta and Puyol are definitely out, Puyol I think is precautionary, and there is this minute little detail of El Clasico IV, The Footballening, on Tuesday, which means there is a good shot that this weekend will feature a number of the kiddos, including but not limited to, the young man featured in the above picture.

The usual suspects will be present including all the first-teamers available from the weekend (except Puyol) along with the normal bench guys, as well as Montoya, Roberto, and young Gerard Deulofeu (who will be wearing #41, which has always been my number in every sport). For those of you who might not know, Deulofeu is currently situated on Juvenil A, but recently made his first team debut with Barça B and is called up for his first match with the big guns. He is a forward/wing player and is getting a ton of hype from both the lower level managers/coaches as well as the Spanish national press for being the wave of the future with the national team. He’s 17 and if he played, it would certainly be a shock, but it would also be great for a lot of the young guys to get some playing time and rest players. Specifically Xavi and Messi. Messi, as you may know, has been the subject of some speculation this week because he originally had a “muscle strain” that was really just some bruises from the game, but apparently the staff are still trying to trick him in order to keep him off the bench. Our crack investigators here at BFB went undercover to hear what the training staff had to say to Messi:

Messi: I’m ready to go for the game this weekend sirs!
Staff: Um, Leo, don’t you remember when Ramos threw you down in the game Wednesday and your arm broke?
Messi: That was what? 2 days ago? It already healed after me and Bojan played Kinect and had juice boxes last night.
Staff: How does that heal a broken arm, don’t you use your body to control it?
Messi: *is distracted doing 500-piece kitty puzzle*
Pep: *apparates from thin air* You cannot play this weekend, you have a muscle strain
BFB Investigator: *sends anonymous text to Sid Lowe about it*
Messi: But coach, my legs are fine, and look, I can do the monkey bars
Pep: Lionel, please get down from there, look at all those bruises on your legs
BFB Investigator: *sends anonymous text to Isaiah about it*
BFB Investigator: *text message noise*
Messi: But Mister Guardiola, I really want to play
Pep: Lionel, I know you are 8 goals away from breaking the modern-day goal-scoring record, and 12 away from the all-time record, but you are injured
Messi: What are goals? I just want to play with my friends
Pep: *shakes head* I know, I know, that’s why we let you play in goal for the B team last weekend
Messi: But I want to play with the big kids again, plus Sergio said I was a cotton-headed-ninnymuggins, and I’m not, I promise
Pep: D’oh! Ok Lionel, let’s go look over this chart *gives signal*
Shadowy Figure: *chloroforms Messi and drags him off to Bojan’s Lego playroom dungeon*
Pep: *turns to the shadows* You, BFB Investigator, let no one know what you saw here *shoots poison-tipped dart*
BFB Investigator: *death rattle*
Luke: *watching via hidden video cam stream* Excellent

Prom pictures!

So basically, it is going to be a typical late-season FC Barcelona game under Pep: lots of young guys, probably sloppy, and hopefully a lead so the old guys can rest up some. Probably looking at Valdes-Alves-Pique-Fontas-Montoya-Keita-Thiago-Xavi-Afellay-Villa-Jeffren. I would love to see Sergi Roberto start as well, but I doubt Pep goes that young, that’s why I have Xavi in there. I also think it will be tied at the half and we will see Messi come on in the second half, just so the team does not drop points. I hope not, but I am realistic. Best case scenario: early goal for Villa and 2-0 at the half with Roberto, Montoya, Fontas, Jeffren, and Deulofeu getting a lot of time before a comfortable win.

My guess is 1-1 in the end because it is tough for the young guys to come in and meld so quickly, but securing Tuesday is a lot more important in the long run methinks. A draw will not be the worst outcome here.

Photo 1: FC Barcelona
Photo 2: Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe

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203 Comments

  1. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    2-1, Ramos headed it in just as I switched the channels.

  2. jordi™
    April 30, 2011

    Stoke pull one back

    • Jnice
      April 30, 2011

      Hehe, the game will finish 3-2 or 4-2 in Madrid’s favor.

  3. Miguel
    April 30, 2011

    I switch over to the Real Zara game, see that I´ve missed yet another goal, then switch back and I miss Chelsea´s equalizer. Sheesh.

    Now I missed Real´s goal. Unicef must be behind this.

    • Jackieboy
      April 30, 2011

      The Chelsea goal shouldn’t have been allowed, the ball never crossed the line. Gomes’ fault for messing it up though, not the first time he’s done that.

  4. Víctor
    April 30, 2011

    Damnit, they scored.

  5. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    HAHAHAHA @dive maria, talk about putting pressure on the ref.

  6. April 30, 2011

    Barcelona line-up (official): Pinto – Montoya Pique Milito Fontas – Xavi Keita Thiago – Afellay Messi Jeffren #fcblive

    From Barcastuff.

    And Pedro does not make the squad today. Very interesting.

    And again – why is messi playing?

    Can we please get another striker or even 2 this summer.

  7. vicsoc
    April 30, 2011

    There will be a liveblog today, I’m just waiting to post it until after the EE game ends.

  8. Miguel
    April 30, 2011

    There’s a really bad feedback loop here. Real’s physicality aggravates Barça’s histrionics, to which Real responds with further aggression, and so on. And when it’s not possible to be aggressive on the pitch, Mourinho uses fighting words instead. If I were Emperor of Soccer, I’d not allow these clubs to play each other for a couple of years. Xavi said after the match that “Football was the winner.” I don’t think so.
    http://www.runofplay.com/2011/04/30/the-loser/

  9. April 30, 2011

    Win or lose today for Madrid – Mourinho was forced to use players he clearly wanted to rest in order to avoid embarrassment.

    That only helps Barca on tuesday.

    • Para
      April 30, 2011

      Who did he put on? I was watching the Chelsea-Spurs match and missed all the subs.

      • Miguel
        April 30, 2011

        Ozil.

      • Jackieboy
        April 30, 2011

        Marcelo and Di Maria too.

      • April 30, 2011

        Marcelo, Di Maria and Ozil.

        Marcelo and Di Maria have done a ton of running in the Clasico’s. Ozil always having difficulty with his fitness.

        I doubt he wanted to use any of them.

        And of course once again Canales and Granero are the convenient scape goats.

        They are down 2-0 at the Bernabeau. And Mourinho still insists on having Pepe on the pitch as a holding midfielder.

        He’s so much of their problem today. He’s so limited on the ball that there is no buildup out of the back.

        Hard to believe he took off Granero who he could have used as a single holding player and get more of the needed attacking thrust.

  10. Lev
    April 30, 2011

    marcelo trying to injure someone…. what a surprise

  11. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    Bad day for Mourinho – Inter down 1:0 against Cesena so far, Chelsea equalized after a goal that shouldn’t have been allowed, and Real’s down 2-1 so far. Happyface 🙂

  12. April 30, 2011

    The moral indignation – Di Maria rolls around in the grass like he’s shot.

    Completely immoral and repugnant.

    • Miguel
      April 30, 2011

      Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Queen Lafita!

      • Miguel
        April 30, 2011

        *not meant as a reply.

        I was gonna say, “¿Que dices barato?”

    • Víctor
      April 30, 2011

      Maybe you are being ironical, but It is, Euler. And that’s why I hate it when our players act and dive.

  13. footballfan
    April 30, 2011

    Come on Zaragoza!

    • Ryan
      April 30, 2011

      Holy crap! 1-3!

      • footballfan
        April 30, 2011

        Yeahhh 😀 I bet Ronaldo gets his revenge now of being excluded for the team 😀 eat that mourinho.

  14. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    3-1! Lafita!

    • Neel
      April 30, 2011

      And folks thats the title challenge laid to rest officially

  15. soccermomof4
    April 30, 2011

    Holy crap 1-3

    • Ryan
      April 30, 2011

      My thoughts exactly. 😀

    • soccermomof4
      April 30, 2011

      Still not allowing myself to hope, but if EE lose, can’t we be more serious about resting people?

  16. Lev
    April 30, 2011

    visca zaragoza!

  17. jordi™
    April 30, 2011

    3-1.All part of Mou’s master plan

  18. Lev
    April 30, 2011

    i want them to score a 4th one!!!

  19. culegirl3
    April 30, 2011

    Glad it’s almost game time! I’m so over the Clasico drama..I must force myself not to visit anymore EE blogs in order to avoid causing damage to my computer 🙂

    Hoping my beloved Afellay starts today..he deserves it.

  20. Nav
    April 30, 2011

    3-1.

    Kind of feel bad for Real Madrid right now. Their fans deserve better.

  21. blitzen
    April 30, 2011

    The UNICEF/UEFA Song

    (to the tune of the Stonecutters Song from The Simpsons)

    Who controls the Champions crown?
    Who keeps Jose Mourinho down?
    We do, we do.
    Who keeps the refs under their sway?
    Who serves Barca every day?
    We do, we do.
    Who holds back Real Madrid?
    Who foils their every penalty bid?
    We do, we do.
    Who robs the Special One of his rights?
    Who rigs every trophy night?
    We do, we doooooo!!!!

  22. April 30, 2011

    Madrid had the Zaragoza attacker out numbered 1 vs. 3 in the wing including Pepe playing the man on the ball.

    And 1 vs. 3 the Zaragoza player manages to cross the ball to the only other Zaragoza player in the attacking half and he slots it home past Casillas.

    Zaragoza just scored a third goal when they were at numerical disadvantage against Madrid at the Bernabeau.

    This is a damning statement on how the Madrid players are responding in a game where they really needed to win to take pressure off their manager.

    And they didn’t show up for Mourinho.

    Very special indeed.

  23. Jose
    April 30, 2011

    YES! Woke up to this match… let’s hope it holds!

    • Jose
      April 30, 2011

      I forgot that the Zaragoza coach was Aguirre.

  24. April 30, 2011

    How about Messi not playing very much today if Madrid lose?

    • footballfan
      April 30, 2011

      Can a club change its line-up again after it’s made official?

      • Jackieboy
        April 30, 2011

        Only if there’s an injury, me thinks.

      • April 30, 2011

        I don’t believe so – or at least it would count as a substitution I think.

      • Para
        April 30, 2011

        I think Jackieboy is right- if you think about the RM-Spurs match, they switched out lennon because he was ill.

    • soccermomof4
      April 30, 2011

      Amen!

      BTW, I think I heard our himno several times today at the Bewww.

      Crap Benzema! 2-3

      • Ryan
        April 30, 2011

        And Moudrid back to 10 men. Carbalho really needs to learn how to defend without fouling.

  25. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    2-3 Benzema 🙁

    • Para
      April 30, 2011

      He is working his little French patootey off today, to be fair.

  26. April 30, 2011

    I honestly can’t believe all of the moral grandstanding about diving from a side for which Di Maria plays.

    It’s amazing. Teams don’t even play him physically and he falls all over the pitch and every time it’s as if he’s been hit by a truck.

    • April 30, 2011

      I’ve BEEN saying that! We’ve been so keen on calling out our players, but there is no mention of their literally no-contact divers.

      Hypocrisy is amazing.

  27. blitzen
    April 30, 2011

    Come on, Zaragoza, hold it together for 5 more minutes!!!!

  28. April 30, 2011

    😀

    Remember people: It’s because I wasn’t watching.

  29. Jose
    April 30, 2011

    MARECELO RED.

  30. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    Haha Carvalho gets a second yellow for a tactical foul. Oh the conspiracy!

    • Jose
      April 30, 2011

      UNICEF must have loved those Barca gift baskets 🙂

  31. Jose
    April 30, 2011

    Ah no Carvalho red, not Marcelo 😛

  32. soccermomof4
    April 30, 2011

    I guess we caused that red card.

  33. jordi™
    April 30, 2011

    Ahh yess, the conspiracy continues, 10 men :'(

    • April 30, 2011

      The world is disgusting. When will the conspiracy end 🙁

  34. Nav
    April 30, 2011

    Carbalho sees red.

  35. Miguel
    April 30, 2011

    I missed Real’s second goal but I did get to see Carvalho get sent off. 😀

  36. April 30, 2011

    Unreal. Di Maria not even touched and of course dives right outside the box.

    The Madrid moral high horses are ridiculous.

    • Jose
      April 30, 2011

      Obviously he was knocked over by some secret beam weapon developed by the Patri–I mean the La-li-lu-le-lo.

    • Nav
      April 30, 2011

      Nah Euler, only Barca are cheating shameful pussy divers. Real is a team of MEN. BIG MANLY MEN.

  37. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    Only 6 minutes added time. Por que?

    • Para
      April 30, 2011

      I don’t speak Spanish well, but the commentators are asking the same thing on my stream. One of them goes, “We’re in the berna-bewww!!”

  38. vicsoc
    April 30, 2011

    Liveblog is posted, 6 minutes of extra time!

  39. soccermomof4
    April 30, 2011

    Why is there 6 minutes of added time?

  40. Ryan
    April 30, 2011

    Six minutes added time – this too a punishment from UNICEF and Barca!

  41. Miguel
    April 30, 2011

    6 minutes? What are you doing to me?

  42. Víctor
    April 30, 2011

    People, yes. They are cheaters, and for that reason alone… they lose any moral authority to criticize our players diving and acting. That doesn’t excuse our players when they do so, though…

    • Nav
      April 30, 2011

      No but for some reason the current narrative is Barca dives whilst Real just play honest-to-god good ol fashioned british hearty football.

    • Jose
      April 30, 2011

      Absolutely. This just shows that Madridistas that criticized our team for the shameful diving are also massive hypocrites. Oh, and that the institution of Real Madrid is a shameless hypocritical club.

      FT!

      • Víctor
        April 30, 2011

        No debate there. They are being hypocrites, that’s why I criticize our players for the shameful acting, but I never say that it was an undeserved win or that Madrid were victims.

        Not to mention that they won a Championship in a game were, at least, two of them should have been sent off.

  43. April 30, 2011

    Di Maria literally now diving on every single run to try to get the equaliser.

    He is not even attempting to play football anymore.

    And some how 6 minutes of extra time.

    Di Maria is blatantly cheating in order for Madrid to “earn” a draw.

    The hypocrisy is mind blowing.

    And he’s done this all season long.

  44. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    Wow, so intense, 4 guys down in the penalty box!

  45. Miguel
    April 30, 2011

    My blood pressure!

  46. Eklavya
    April 30, 2011

    VILLARATO!!!!

  47. blitzen
    April 30, 2011

    This game is never going to end!!!

  48. Miguel
    April 30, 2011

    One more minute? Why not?

  49. Jackieboy
    April 30, 2011

    FULL TIME. 2-3. WOOO!

  50. soccermomof4
    April 30, 2011

    Wow! 2-3! REST PEOPLE!

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