Where Euler gives us The Truth.
The best team won. End of story.
Barca dominated this match and suffered from one lax moment. Madrid generated very few moments of any real danger while Barca was again the team that pressed the action.
On the whole the team played this match aggressively but in control and with patience. They did exactly what a team leading 2-0 up in a tie should do. Especially one playing a makeshift back line.
If Barca had needed to score more goals to advance – they would have. They controlled this match and played more conservatively in the second half.
Can’t say enough about the tactical adjustments Guardiola made. He completely out managed Mourinho in this tie.
Again there’s going to be waves of endless complaining about this result – it’s nonsense. Ignore it.
Were it not for the circus-like politics surrounding this match Carvalho would have been sent off yet again. His defending tonight was awful. When he’s forced to play against pace he has difficulty adjusting and commits foolish fouls (as he did against Zaragoza).
Lass and Adebayor also could have been easily sent off and again it was the politics of the match that kept them on the pitch. Adebayor’s play in these ties was ridiculous. He didn’t even bother acting as a striker – he was playing enforcer.
C. Ronaldo repeatedly dove in this match going down easily again and again, but once again all of the complaints are about Barca players diving, the referee, etc.
Whether intentional or not C.Ronaldo clearly impeded Mascherano. Mascherano would have easily cleared that ball were he not tripped.
Intentions are not a requirement for impeding play.
Pedro was shown a yellow card for an ill advised tackle tonight – and he did not make any significant contact on Diarra. Diarra evaded him and continued to dribble. But Pedro did slide in recklessly so it was reasonable to give him a yellow. In the same way it was secondary whether or not Pepe actually hit Alves on that much more reckless tackle.
But there’s going to be no discussion of that card or that point.
It’s shocking that a proud institution like Madrid is reduced to blaming the referee rather than trying to understand what the root cause for their loss was.
And the root cause for this loss from the factors they could directly control was Mourinho and his lack of belief in his own team at the Bernabeu. He gave them little chance to win at home.
And that’s what is going to gall Madrid and their supporters. Marca is right. They have only themselves to look at.
There’s a notion that Mourinho himself and his embarrassing, paranoid delusions have no bearing on Madrid itself as a club. When Mourinho goes on one of his rants the outside world just dismisses it as Mourinho and not Madrid.
But you can already see the effect that Mourinho is having on the club itself and the perspective of it’s supporters.
After the Zaragoza loss this weeked the Madrid web site officially blamed the referee for the loss in their match summary. That’s just remarkable. This is Madrid. One of the great club’s in the world. And they can’t take responsibility for a loss to Zaragoza?
Their players are blaming the referee for tonight’s game – even on a night where the ref did everything possible to keep Carvalho on the pitch when he should have been sent off. Madrid should have played the entire second half with 10 men.
Madrid the insitution, its players, and supporters never harbored these notions before. But this is the insidious influence of Mourinho at work and the point of view he constantly bickers for. He is the endless victim. And unfortunately that point of view is seeping into the institution as he consolidates power.
And in the process he’s pushed all of the spot light off himself and the disastrous mistakes he made by not believing in his own players and the history of the club.
Anyway, it’s a relief that this nonsense is over.
XavIniestAbidaLeo’s Rant Corner
I will say one thing now that goes with what Euler is saying: Ignore the nonsense. We have an amazing team and this is a FOOTBALL blog — not a “look what so-and-so said”. There is no problem with the latter, but it becomes a problem when that’s all that is talked about.
In my view, we’ve done the b*tching. That’s what the previous threads were for. Right now, I wanna talk football. I wanna talk how awesome it was when Abi came on the pitch. I wanna talk about Messi’s game. I wanna talk about Andres’ lovely assist for Pedro!!’s goal.
IMO, it’s inevitable we talk about the media crap — we have to set things straight amongst the shiznit and I don’t blame the people who want to rant about it– but we also shouldn’t forget we played an amazing match. Else, it’s Mourinho and his crap spewing brigade winning off the pitch.
No one is being called out, but this is just my opinion.
EE are complaining? Let them. Madridistas and other teams fans’ are complaining? Who cares. We go to Wembley and play amazing football? Heck yes. We talk Barca.
Even if you can’t ignore what’s going on, if you focus on the football everything else becomes secondary. There is a lot of bull out there, but right now we talk Barca. Don’t know how to start? I’ll help:
Pique had a monster match. Is he back to Piquenbauer level? Abidal’s return, will he finally play in the Cup final against Schalke/Man Utd? What about el Capita at left-back? Solid, or did he drift to the middle too often? Pedro!! and Villa returning to form at a crucial moment. MESSI.
See? Plenty to talk about. Let’s.
(If the above is impossible and you have to reply to Euler’s comment, at least mention the football. I know, I know. This is a fan blog and we should be allowed to rant — which you are — but I just feel we need to get back to talking football more, not what the media says and rumours and allegations and all that stuff. Maybe it’s just me being tired of it all.)