Barca v Atletico Match Comments post

Everyone, no LiveBlog for this one, sorry. Your humble admins are, admittedly, being derelict in their duty. Hopefully, this match comments post will serve everyone’s needs.

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In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.

298 Comments

  1. ballbeav
    September 19, 2009

    team:

    valdesi
    alvesi txigyrinki piqui maxwelli
    keiti busqi
    xavi
    messi ibri henri

  2. eklavya
    September 19, 2009

    So the Liveblog was a prank?
    Damnit! 🙂

  3. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    stop playing w/our emotions barcelona football blog

  4. gv
    September 19, 2009

    i thought i saw the live blog, then it disappeared. haha

    wow, maxwell and dani at the same time. i want to watch the match, but i have to sleep! crap!

        • gv
          September 19, 2009

          it’s 4am here. i have a house warming party to go to later. arg!

          • Miguel
            September 19, 2009

            i stood up shamu & you’re gonna miss this for a house warming party???

          • eklavya
            September 19, 2009

            I meant Yes,I saw a liveblog…sleep? what sleep?

          • gv
            September 19, 2009

            actually, i do think it’s stupid for me to sleep now. i stayed awake for this long, i’ll just have to stay awake for 2 more hours.

  5. eklavya
    September 19, 2009

    Oh the ol’ style comments are fun too 😛

  6. September 19, 2009

    Yes, you did see a LiveBlog pop up. It wasn’t a prank, everyone. I thought that I could run it via my mobile device (headed for the opera), but I can’t. Someone has to approve/disapprove commenters, etc, and that can’t be done via mobile device, at least not while listening to the fat lady sing (Tosca).

    So it will be old-school for this match, and we’ll work out a way not to let everyone down the next time out.

    Thanks for the understanding.

    • eklavya
      September 19, 2009

      Its all fun and games until….well the fun never ends!!

    • Corrine
      September 19, 2009

      aw i could have ran it

      pero bueno we’ll do it the old fashioned way 😀

    • Miguel
      September 19, 2009

      //http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=49012&part=sports

      thank god i don’t need these today

  7. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    Sorry I couldn’t run it today, guys. 🙁 Trying to get some business done and will have people distracting me the entire time.

  8. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    I’m stuck at work, trying to watch this on a little-ish screen. Too bads about the LiveBlog.

    ¡Vamos Barça!

  9. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    damn comment moderation, i keep forgetting
    all these streams are running smoothly:
    /http://www.justin.tv/luchito80986/popout
    /http://www.justin.tv/deportesgalveztv12/popout
    /http://www.justin.tv/fenixtv2/popout
    /http://www.justin.tv/psnhd_/popout

  10. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    lol fantasy football is eating my life!

    fabiano was injured today, GRRR

    and i thought maxwell was still injured so i bought abidal in place of chyggy!

    darnit

  11. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    Staying up till 6am here and hoping it will be a great game! Hoping for another goal fest or all will be in vain. Well.. I just want a win, that would be enough. Please football gods…

  12. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    //http://www.justin.tv/yojopo5_x/popout

    Quality not the greatest.

    //http://www.justin.tv/psnhd_/popout

    Better quality, but annoying GolTV announcers.

  13. ElShowDeJason
    September 19, 2009

    what’s our bench looking like?

  14. gv
    September 19, 2009

    goal.com says asenjo’s playing. isn’t he away for the under-20 wc?

  15. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    *http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=49012&part=sports*

    so happy i don’t need these

  16. gv
    September 19, 2009

    this one too. it’s in english.

    *http://atdhe.net/9360/watch-barcelona-vs-atletico-madrid

  17. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    i keep posting links the cheatsy way (//) & they don’t go through

    kick off bitches!

  18. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    wooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  19. gv
    September 19, 2009

    wtf? he link i posted isn’t showing barca atleti! dammit!

  20. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    IBRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    already…

  21. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    HOLY SHIT@@@!!#! I missed the Henry shot but did not miss THAT!! Ohhh my that was mmmhmmmm Messi-like I’d marry that goal if I wasn’t vehemently against marraige

  22. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    are we going to have a scoring fiesta tonight?

  23. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    slaughter rule is gonna be in effect by the half

  24. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    bullshit! so not offside…ok maybe a little

  25. gv
    September 19, 2009

    dammit, i didn’t see it! damn my internet!

  26. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    that goal was worth 65 million to me

  27. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    I just missed the damn goal!!! Why do they keep on replaying Henry’s post, not the goal!

    UGHH

  28. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    ibra’s taking shots god damn!!!!

  29. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    he looks hella confident right now..an the team is playing so cohesively it’s beautiful

    nice save by Valdes

  30. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    i think maxwell and maxi rodriguez kinda look similar

  31. jordi
    September 19, 2009

    heres our 10.5 million euros 😀

  32. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    you see resino’s face…he was like “shit. oh well”

  33. gv
    September 19, 2009

    god, the we’re scoring goals faster than my net can stream them!

  34. September 19, 2009

    Has anyone found a good english stream yet? So far, I’ve only seen the adthe one, and it pauses every 10 seconds.

  35. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    Xavi is the best midfielder, hands down.

    But what the hell are “chameleon eyes” (as said by Rayray)

    • lovelymofo
      September 19, 2009

      RayRay bugs. He should take a page from the Spanish announcers and call him Bogart.

  36. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    rayray just compared messi to a leprechaun: “rainbow pass with the pot of gold at the end” haha

  37. student
    September 19, 2009

    //http://www.veetle.com/viewChannel.php?cid=4ab086963f27c
    Amazing stream.

  38. iBlau
    September 19, 2009

    Amazing.

    Now seriously guys, what time does the match start cuz clearly I’m dreaming

  39. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    he’s got bug eyes…his passes are like a frog catching flies

  40. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Dammit, I missed the second goal, people came in asking questions! (I work at a library.)

  41. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    fucking xavi! who was suppose to be serving as cover for him?

  42. gv
    September 19, 2009

    hey, ibra’s pressuring ball handlers!

  43. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    oh my. never liked maxi. especially after he scored vs mexico to knock them out of the world cup :^/

  44. Luna
    September 19, 2009

    that’s too close

    Hello everyone!

  45. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    Dear oh dear! is that Maxwell making all of those mistakes at the back? I’ve counted 2 now!

  46. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    Wow Chigy! Good tackles and precise passes. I’m really impressed.

  47. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Holy shit that was an awesome goal!

  48. jordi
    September 19, 2009

    Dani boy. and fuck you roberto: 3-0

  49. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    i’m getting all maniacal…told you. slaughter rule by the half.

  50. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    holy shit!!!!!!!!!! ALves finally scores one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    You can just tell from their keeper’s face during the preparation for the freekick.

    “C’mon guys! Fix the wall! C’mon mark your man! I can feel something’s going wrong….ah.. Shit…”

  52. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    busi with the full court pressure

  53. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    I knew something was missing – where’s the Messi|Kun split screen? Did they learn their lesson last time around? 😀

  54. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    Maxwell is killing us! how many times is he going to get beat?

  55. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    our defense has been incredible!

  56. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    aguero just swan laked busi…oh my

  57. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    what the fuck vicky the robot???

    • Miguel
      September 19, 2009

      worth every penny of ibra’s transfer

      • khairallah
        September 19, 2009

        i missed i too, but i suppos this excites me 🙂

  58. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    thank god atleti didn’t score there because that was a foul on titi :@

  59. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    dani’s all pumped!!! wooooh!!!

  60. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    that was not a cool pass by the nasty!!! NO chyggy! NO!! that doesn’t happen in this house

  61. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    I think Titi needs to score before the end of the 1st half.

  62. vicsoc8
    September 19, 2009

    I’m glad Ibra scored, but even more glad that he is pressuring the ball.

  63. September 19, 2009

    That was the goal of the century. I’m not even fucking kidding.

  64. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    ok thats a mistake from Txignasty

  65. Luna
    September 19, 2009

    nice set up for that, nice finish!!!!

  66. gv
    September 19, 2009

    keita gets a shot on target, and a goal! oh yeah!

  67. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    keita’s been playing way high. i’m talking front three vs inter high. so weird to see.

  68. jordi
    September 19, 2009

    Ill jujst say- this half was for the haters

  69. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Okay, I wanna see THAT goal in 390. Fantastic!

  70. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    nothing can go wrong with my day

  71. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!! those were the most F’n awesome passes EVER

  72. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    OMG This is beautiful. This is beautiful. OMG I can stay up till 9 am just watching this game. This is so beautiful.

    Ibra Magic, Messi Miracle, Keita-no-choice-but goal

  73. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    Messi is “this Archimedes of football”. haha rayray is foaming at the mouth

  74. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    are you kidding??

    look at that Ibra chip..it looked EFFORTLESS it looks aHHAHAHShd holy cow man how does that not break physics

    And did anyone catch that Xavi move like 3-4 minutes ago?

    this feels like 08-09

  75. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    Jesus Christ I cannot contain myself. With all due respect to Eto’o’s abilities but that was what Ibra offers to the table. He switches to the left wing and he has the capacity to play well there.

  76. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    uh oh…the nasty’s pace exposed. too happy to trip.

  77. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    DAMN BUSI. u f’n suck. stop turning over the ball

  78. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Well, can’t say that wasn’t coming. But still. This isn’t even our most offensive-minded line up. And its BEAUTIFUL.

  79. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    What was the thing with Ibra and the ref just after the half?

    • gv
      September 19, 2009

      ibra felt there should have been a penalty. i do believe it’s a penalty too. though i haven’t seen the replay,

  80. jordi
    September 19, 2009

    Also how wasnt that a penalty on Ibra?

  81. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    pee break before the highlights!

  82. Jose
    September 19, 2009

    Wow. Just Wow at all those goals. Unforgiving.

    And was that the first time we’ve conceded in Liga/CL/Copa?

    Silly mistake, and Valdes knows it.

    • gv
      September 19, 2009

      tat breaks victor’s run of clean sheets. it’s a personal record, i do believe,

    • jnelson
      September 19, 2009

      yes…..other than the SuperCopa first leg goal.

  83. yogi
    September 19, 2009

    brilliant half and shows how good we are playing. all of our front three are on fire today.

    cannot grudge goal to atletico. and chrygnasty was not slow but just that aguero had good start. they deserved the goal as they still try to play open. well, i guess thats the only way atletico can play. lol

  84. Luna
    September 19, 2009

    I think Justin, he’s asking them the question Jordi is posing, how was that not a penalty????

  85. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    cant believe keita scored with his feet for once. im so pissed at Busi. i mean WTF? there was no one back there. Did anybody else notice him losing the ball a few other times this half?

  86. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Is it terrible of me that I still wanna see Yaya and Iniesta subbed in? 😀 Some Pedro! would be good too.

  87. Henry
    September 19, 2009

    Brilliant Half! Disappointed at Busi though..

  88. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    I do not understand why but I’ve been trying to give away good links from myp2p but it won’t show in the comments section.

  89. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    fuck yeah caught the highlights…you know i didn’t see busi’s fumbling just chygnasty running back through the bottom of my beer bottle.

    ibra’s goal! so sick!

    • Miguel
      September 19, 2009

      i tried too. don’t know what’s up

  90. gv
    September 19, 2009

    look at what goal.com is aying now. ronnie thinking about retirement.

    *http://goal.com/en/news/10/italy/2009/09/19/1511381/ac-milan-star-ronaldinho-considering-retirement-report

  91. yogi
    September 19, 2009

    check out myp2p.eu for streams. also the tvu streams usually work well.

  92. September 19, 2009

    Iniesta for Xavi in the second half. Maybe Marquez for Pique. Pedro for one of the front three? If yes, which one? Probably Henry or Messi, since Ibra needs all the time he can get.

  93. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    attempt #3

    just connect the spaces

    http:// myp2p. eu/broadcast.php? matchid=49012&part=sports

    choose GolTV, you need a TVU player.

    • OhYes
      September 19, 2009

      It’s the moderation system that keeps your post with links out ’til an Admin approves them..

      You can just pop two forward slashes before the http so it wont go into the moderation queue. Like so: //http://www.google.com/

  94. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    marquez is definitely coming in

  95. Jose15
    September 19, 2009

    I think it’s a good time to start the counter 🙂

    15 goals: 5 goals in Super Copa, 1 in UEFA Super Cup, 9 in La Liga (recent up to Atletico Madrid, half time)

  96. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Pedro! for Titi, but only if Titi scores. Otherwise, I think Pep will leave him in the match.

  97. iBlau
    September 19, 2009

    //http://www.ustream.tv/channel-popup/futbolarg9

  98. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Who is playing down the middle? Henry?

  99. khairallah
    September 19, 2009

    is busquets absolutely screwing us or what?

  100. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    ibra + henry switching it up on the left flank

  101. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Finally calling something. I worry about the team when we’re up like this, the Refs take pity on the losing team and allow for too many hacks.

    Iniesta!!!!

  102. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    iniesta warming up @ waving to the fans as if he were a beauty queen in a parade on a float or something

  103. September 19, 2009

    Shut the hell up Dani, you didn’t even get hit. You could have kept going.

    • Miguel
      September 19, 2009

      dani got hacked w/a meat cleaver

  104. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    ibra’s goal!

    /http://i36.tinypic.com/azhwgk.gif

  105. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    got back just in time to see that Messi play! So unlucky.. Iniesta warming up??

    • Miguel
      September 19, 2009

      toure’s been playing a lot & picked up a slight knock i think, remember? we’re up 4-1.

  106. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    Just heard Phil saying Ibra and Nistelrooy are similar players. WTF?

  107. vicsoc8
    September 19, 2009

    lets see Iniesta in for Xavi and Marquez in for Pique

    • Miguel
      September 19, 2009

      you called it. hope the rest of your prophecy comes true.

  108. September 19, 2009

    Come on Leo. Give up the ball. Three guys could’ve scored there.

  109. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Messi shoulda passed to someone there. 5-1 easy.

  110. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    WTF! come on! moves like that deserve the penalty haha

  111. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    chygnasty & aguero were line dancing there

  112. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    I can’t tell on this little screen, but I’m guessing Titi has got his frustrated face on.

  113. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    Chiggy: Can I have your shirt?
    Aguero: You first!
    Chiggy: No you first!

  114. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    marquez doing calisthenics!!!!!!!!!!!!

  115. Justin
    September 19, 2009

    Nice seeing Ibra and Henry having fun.

  116. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    aguero off??? hahahahahahahaha. you’re fired resino! no wonder atleti’s fans hate the club’s owners.

  117. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    Beautiful futbol. Txignasty with a PERFECT cross

  118. Luna
    September 19, 2009

    Wow that should have been a goal by forlan

  119. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Come ON! I want moar goals. No Atleti goals tho.

  120. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    that’s why we didn’t buy you motherfucker! sorry. these heineken’s are ice cold.

  121. Miguel
    September 19, 2009

    henry’s fallen & he can’t get up

  122. jordi
    September 19, 2009

    how can it be allowed for them to kick us without fouls being called

  123. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Damn. That was lazy. Why did Txigyrinsky pause?

  124. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    Damn that dude was basking in the sun completely alone..was hoping for a second miss

  125. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    WTF we are sucking this half…everybody is being lazy

  126. jordi
    September 19, 2009

    We shouldnt have conceded wither goal >:{

  127. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    I was hoping Henry would be the one to be subbed out..he’s getting beat up out there..not very nice

  128. Jose15
    September 19, 2009

    Not very happy with Txygnasty’s performance… It is just his first match, though.

  129. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    How many saves has Valdes Had to make. Like 2?

    • lovelymofo
      September 19, 2009

      Oops, random capitalization.

  130. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    When are we going to realize that if we don’t step back up our offense, they are going to keep scoring on our defense

  131. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    You’d think that with all of those defenders, someone would try very hard to not be sloppy and lazy!

  132. jordi
    September 19, 2009

    I HATE CONCEDIING

    Also evidently, maxwell and alves playing together with 2 slow defenders and busi is a BAD IDEA

  133. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    Just a yellow? FUCK THAT! If that’s not a red i don’t know what that is…

  134. Jose15
    September 19, 2009

    SOBENSE. Don’t make Messi angry.

  135. September 19, 2009

    Messi’s finishing with 40 goals this season. No question. Esp. if he takes the penalties (which I think he will).

  136. iBlau
    September 19, 2009

    They made Messi very angry & u don’t want Messi to be angry.

  137. OhYes
    September 19, 2009

    TAKE IT! Take your yellow with a side of GOOOAAAL punk

  138. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    YES!!!! MESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!
    swift justice

  139. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    I like it when Messi gets pissed. This ref really did suck tho. Let Atleti kick the team around and didn’t call the obvious red.

  140. Corrine
    September 19, 2009

    AMAZING team goal
    iniesta is baaaaaack tiki taka tiki taka

  141. jnelson
    September 19, 2009

    I’ve got to say…game sucked once Busi gave them their first goal, but I think Messi’s last goal will silence some critics.

  142. khairallah
    September 19, 2009

    CHygrynsky is a tad too slow to play behind quite error prone busquets, If Busi keeps this shit up its gonna be worrying in the ACN.. Good Hustle by all the rest though, especially Messi, was all over the place even defending.. Congrats

    • OhYes
      September 19, 2009

      He had quite a terrific game..I was also quite surprised to see Henry bring in the same level of play he gave last season. Honestly I thought he would start tapering off but today showed that’s not the case.

      • khairallah
        September 19, 2009

        Yeah, i thought Henry might get a notch lower, but he seems keen on not letting that happen, he’s trying real hard and giving it his all, can’t wait till he scores and starts rolling again..

  143. lovelymofo
    September 19, 2009

    Image of Messi after he scored the last goal:

    //http://estaticos.marca.com/marcador/futbol/2009_10/primera/jornada_3/bar_atm/img/08_300x469.jpg

    I’m hoping he was looking at the ref, he looks slightly disgusted.

  144. yogi
    September 19, 2009

    excellent win. though i did feel that we took it easy in second half. messi was excellent. henry too who sadly missed on a goal.

    • yogi
      September 19, 2009

      5-2 with goals from messi(2), ibra, keita and dani…for atletico, the usual suspects forlan, aguero

  145. Kzevin
    September 19, 2009

    Just started watching, and I have to ask if everyone is aware of how staggering that Ibra goal was? Holy crap, now we have three attackers who can conrrol and shoot in the same motion?

    • Hilal
      September 19, 2009

      It was indeed staggering…especially when you see it from behind. Pure class.

  146. Alexinho
    September 19, 2009

    I want to keep this short. I thought Atleti played relatively well against us, exploiting the defensive pressing that we subject teams to, and keeping us away from the ball. As Hector would say, we’re crap without the ball. But as Kevin would say, if you attack us, we will kill you; it’s only a matter of time.

    I’m seeing a lot of Henry love here…that our front three is on fire…but frankly I’ve seen much better from him. His age really showed in this match. He got that early shot off, which probably sparked us for that second-minute goal, but though he got more time on the ball than usual most of the time he was getting manned by that young boy he was up against (fair or foul). Which brings up the question…is this the year you play him down the middle more? Can’t say he looked great in the middle but he looked much less frustrated.

    I can’t defend Keita this time, his giveaways, always from passes into space, came to be ridiculous. Great D for awhile, then petered out. Goal or not, he was culpable for much of the times when Atleti bossed things (and yes, Atleti did indeed boss some respectable stretches of the game). But as bad as he was, he wasn’t nearly as craptastic as Busquets, who simply did not look good enough for the team. Very disappointing. Both goals…the first certainly, and the second perhaps he should’ve been marking Forlan with the CBs wide…were partly his fault. Fantastic assist, though.

    Maxwell got better throughout the game, but he gives up corners too easily, and he’s far too prepared to backpass. Some of the sort of “you pull the strings” passes he made could’ve been dangerous. And boy did he ever get ripped apart in the first half.

    There’s something not quite right about the Txigi/Pique pairing. I don’t know exactly what it is. But Kun had quite a few half-chances, balls were coming over the top too much, and too many people were left onside. Txigi made some good passes, but if his job is to make the best defensive plays the most consistently, he did not do it. Pique was strong, however.

    Iniesta isn’t quite back yet. Last year he would’ve never let that dude jump over him to head for the second goal. Height is no excuse. But he will be fantastic, we’re all sure, and his offense was very gratifying.

    Alves was an absolute stud, offensively and defensively, just confident as hell (MOTM, just maybe). Ibra played his best game yet, what a beauty of a goal. Xavi played the part of the captain to excellence, never giving the ball up. Messi? Between scoring a goal, setting up one for Alves, and ripping that ass up for the fourth, was as good as we can expect (MOTM…just maybe). Though he really should’ve had another assist or two…really. Way too put the knife in the heart at the end, because if the game ended with Atleti at the end of the highlight reel, I don’t know. Too many questions about this game.

    Massive goals, outstanding. But Pep’s going to be on the team because the defending has been much, much better in the past. And the two goals were totally unnecessary, for me, quite soft. The scoreline didn’t tell the real story, I think, and the negatives outweigh the positives today.

      • Kari
        September 19, 2009

        I thought Keita had a good game. He got himself a goal (nice box breaking and run) and did what he always does; silently having a good game and letting the likes of Xavi and Messi the space to operate and do their thing. In fact, I’d say he’s like Gilberto Silva when he was on Arsenal; the “Invisible Wall”, the man that’s always there when you double up on Aguero and/or Forlan.

        Can’t say the same for Busi though. Ugh, he was killing me with some of the giveaways and overall sloppy play. It’s good that he played this game and (hopefully) played of his rust. Can you imagine seeing Busi’s play against Valencia or Inter (if he played)? With the pace they have, Eto’o and Villa’d have a field day!

        • Alexinho
          September 20, 2009

          Busquets is definitely a worry. I wasn’t convinced when Kevin started saying it but this was just awful. He looked like he just got called up from the youth ranks. He has the talent…I would go far as to say that the pass he made for Ibra was better than any pass Xavi made all day…but he just has to do better.

          Invisible wall. Keita had some good defense at the beginning but I thought he lost the thread quickly. His through passes just killed me.

          In retrospect, maybe I should be more optimistic. If we have an “okay, not great, not quite good” day as far as total play goes and we still score five goals, others should worry (and they will). But those two concessions…could’ve been more…were dreadful.

          Oh, Atletico. We thrash you in our home and then…

  147. Tim
    September 19, 2009

    I’d like a little overview of our strategies on goal kicks, because it seemed to me that the middle of the field in front of goal is quite open and as we saw today can easily be exploited if we do not win the header around midfield. Is it on the CBs to close down the center once the ball is away? Or was it on Busi for not closing down the center? I’m still trying to grasp everything that is going on within our system.

    • Alexinho
      September 20, 2009

      I was wondering the same thing on that second goal. But overall, balls over the top really gave Kun(! Kun! Kun!) a lot of opportunities. Perhaps Txigi and Pique are a bit too like-for-like?

  148. fcbfan
    September 19, 2009

    if I’m reading Sport correctly, seems like Guardiola was angry at how the team played. can understand given the 2 goals conceded and the sloppy 2nd half, but maybe playing Busquets with Maxwell and Txigrinski still adapting to the system wasn’t a good idea. Busi had better improved by the time ACN comes along

  149. Sumit
    September 19, 2009

    Atletico are a special team. Even when they are 4 goals down, they will still have Aguero and Forlan up front. This means when ever there is a counter and one of either Aguero or Forlan gets the ball, it looks like they have a lot of space in the midfield. Add one more player like Maxi Rodriguez, or Simao to the middle and they have tonnes of space. This is the reason why Atletico Madrid and Barca games are spectacular and have lots of goals. I love these games. In practice though, most of the times they were not able to convert their opportunities and it took only a moment for the Barca players to form a 4 by 4 defensive wall, retrieve the ball, and get back to attacking.
    Now, I see that Sergi Busquets and Seydou Keita have come under some criticism for their display.
    Firstly, regarding Busquets, the holding midfielder role is very difficult, especially so in a tactical formation adopted by Barcelona. In my opinion he did very well. Considering he had players like Maxi, Simao, Forlan and Aguero hounding him.
    Regarding, Keita, he had a spectacular game. He was fouled a lot. Still he kept working till the end and made play after play.
    Regarding the goals conceded – from my experience as a holding midfielder and after watching the match: First goal: I believe Busquets intended for the ball to fall on the wing and not behind Chigrinsky as it did, the play and the intention was right, but the execution let him down.
    The second goal: It was a brilliant interception(nothing Iniesta could do about that), the ball went straight to Forlan in acres of space, and what do you expect form the golden boot winner from last year.

    • Alexinho
      September 20, 2009

      Er. Well if you have playing experience than you have more than I have. But Maxi, Forlan, and Aguero shouldn’t be hounding Busquets, it should be Busquets hounding them. I’ll accept your calls on the goals, except that Iniesta could do nothing about the assist on the second. Come on, he looked like he was crossing his fingers for the whistle. All it took to keep that from happening was awareness.

      If I could watch the match again I might be open to re-evaluate Keita. Though Messi did the hard (and creative) work, Keita did get the fourth goal and two possessions on the buildup (pass to Ibra, goal), and I will say that he worked the whole 90 minutes. What stuck with me was those terrible passes, those moments when he miscommunicated (do I get the ball or does Henry get it…anyone remember that one? Then he threw up his arms), and seeing little else, save some good stops in the beginning (when Henry got owned, only for Keita to sweep it up and put it in the box for Ibra? Brilliant). If I watched again and only watched him, perhaps I’d get a different impression.

  150. September 19, 2009

    Yeah, Guardiola was not happy. Here are the cliff notes from the press conference:

    – He did not like the game at all. We did not control it.

    – There were many errors that took place when it came time to take decisions.

    – We ran too much and were too hasty in some actions.

    – Our lines were too far apart, leading to many counterattacking opportunities for Atletico.

    – We won on the basis of being direct and efficient but it could have gone either way. Settling on an up and down game is a tossup. We won today because we got “heads” but any other day we could have gotten “tails”.

    – We won because of our intensity but we have to learn to control that intensity because we rushed too many plays.

    – He praised the three forwards for their defensive work. “If we won, its thanks to them. Their defensive effort, especially Ibra and Titi, was barbarous (i.e. great)”.

    – He also had special words for Ibra: “Ibra’s movement was scandalously good but the team did not find him. However, this is a process and every game he and the team understand each other better.”

    Some of my takes:

    Regarding Keita, did you guys wonder where Maxi Rodriguez’s ghost was? He was in Keita’s pocket. That said, he needs to be more decisive in the possession game.

    Defensive Mid for us is such a vital and complicated position and we have a 21 year old kid playing it. Its very unforgiving.

    Our CB’s did not push up enough at all therefore leaving Busi on a bit of an island at times. Our whole backline gave away too many long balls instead of patiently building up play.

    • Alexinho
      September 20, 2009

      CBs not pushing up. Perhaps that’s the “something” that I was wondering about with Txigi/Pique.

  151. Jim
    September 20, 2009

    Great to read Pep’s analysis. He’s being a little hard on the team. They controlled the match throughout and only the defensive lapses brought Atletico back in.

    Some encouraging signs up front, none more so than the sight of Ibra pressing his socks off. Problem at the back is going to be resisting the urge to swap every game. The top teams all have a settled defence. I certainly don’t know what our best back four is yet.

    Can’t finish without a word about Xavi. We’re privileged to be watching the best midfielder in the world at his peak and its a blast 🙂

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