Apparently there are still games: Barça – Espanyol

Liga Preview: Barcelona – Espanyol, Sunday 1pmEST, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes

Four. The magic number is four. It doesn’t matter that They Who Were Left Behind in the Semis are just five points back at the moment. Win tomorrow and it’s down to one solitary point. Win tomorrow and it’s Pochettino who is mumbling about UEFA conspiracies and referee decisions. And that’s just how I’d like it to be. Somewhere in the “We’ll show up tomorrow” Sevilla night there’s a team waiting to play a game, but for now, the other team that actually understood the kickoff hour is enjoying its pichichi status…and that cannot last!

Man the guns, arm the torpedoes, Defcon Periquito! It is time to make amends for last week. Real Sociedad may have beaten us at the Anoeta, but this is the Camp Nou and it is time to bring the Liga home. No, we won’t win it outright this week, but keeping our 8 point lead will make it possible to gently chide our merengue coworkers with not-so-subtle chants of “campeones caaaampeones oe oe oeeeeee campeones”.

And we can also point out that even at the Juvenil A level, we’re stompin’ on their white-clad posteriors. 3-1, sayeth the young ones and thank you very much for that tiny person “Copa de Campeones” trophy. Rafinha scored 2 of the 3 goals and totally showed up his older brother. Thiago is probably crying himself to sleep as we speak, what with his total inability to make a name for himself in the first team and all…

So, there are some hated cross-city rivals coming to town or something. I dunno. They’re like the little brother who gets under your skin and simply never admits that he isn’t good enough to compete on a regular basis. Oh wait, that’s me. My older brother always rolled his eyes and then leveraged his I’m fatter than a hippo nonsense on me in wrestling matches. Not fair! But that’s also sort of what we do to Espanyol. Here’s a completely fabricated statistic: we’ve beaten them every time we’ve ever played them and they’re looking for revenge. Remember that time we didn’t beat them and we didn’t win the league because we didn’t beat them? Me neither, it didn’t happen. Yay! But it does mean they’re the Washington Generals coming for our Harlem Globetrotter asses.

And we’d better be prepared. Pochettino is no slouch and neither are his boys. They’re not 8th for nothing. But who cares about them? Baby Bojan is back and maybe he’ll even play! Yay! And maybe Abidal will start! And maybe Iniesta will0–oh, he started last game. Right.

Predicted lineup: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, ABIDAL, Busi, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Messi, Pedro

Official Prediction: 2-0 goals by Messi. Pichichi? Who cares. Liga champions? You got it.

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.


  1. outerspacedout
    May 7, 2011


    Sporting (10th) v Deportivo (17th)
    Like Levante, Sporting don’t have a great deal to play for at the moment, which perhaps explains why manager Manuel Preciado decided to dedicate his time to terrible acting for a terrible song with this performance in a terrible music video.
    LLL Prediction – Away win (that’s still somehow a goalless draw)

  2. culegirl3
    May 7, 2011

    I’ll be happy with a 3-0 or 4-0 with Messi scoring ALL of them 🙂 I don’t want thong boy winning anything..he needs to make due with his broken Copa Del Rey lol.

    I’m excited about this match…mostly because I have the hots for Pochettino 😉

  3. Humphrey Bogart
    May 8, 2011

    Hey, how about a separate post about our phantastic Juvenil A triumph yesterday about the EE Minis, led by our mini Alcantara, Rafinha?

  4. soccermomof4
    May 8, 2011

    Is it possible to say the name, Pochettino, without smiling? Such a happy sounding name, shame he’s an enemy.

    My prediction? Don’t care how we win as long as we win…oh and Messi scores 4…and Abidal and Puyi play…and we tiki taka them into oblivion…

    WPotY >>> Pichichi anyway!

  5. blitzen
    May 8, 2011

    Arsenal is losing 2-0 to Stoke right now. Oh dear, oh dear. They just can’t help themselves.

  6. y2k156
    May 8, 2011

    I like the way Stoke are playing though. If EE had been like this defensively, i wouldn’t have had complaints. They are not overly physical and do not have any sneaky fouls. Just good old fashioned defense and quick attacks.

    I have to say that if we play stoke on cold windy night, it will be an interesting game and no guarantees that we would win:).

  7. yana
    May 8, 2011

    In Barçelona! Leaving for Camp Nou!! !!!!


    • Miguel
      May 8, 2011

      He was doing that very thing as Chicharito was scoring on Chelsea. 😀

      • Roz
        May 8, 2011

        Moc Moc. from the Guardian “Carlo Ancelotti is holding David Luiz responsible for that goal. As soon it was scored, he summoned him for a bollocking, telling him to just get rid of the ball next time it came near him. Sideshow Bob proceeded to argue with him and now Ancelotti has ordered Alex to start warming up.”

  8. Roz
    May 8, 2011

    Vidic scores. ManU are EPL champions then. Now they can afford to rest players while we have to wait at least two games. Nuts.

    • Vj
      May 8, 2011

      We have to wait till Wednesday? Same difference..

  9. Humphrey Bogart
    May 8, 2011

    Hm, no Puyi in the squad, Fontas again as LB. That looks interesting.

  10. Vj
    May 8, 2011

    Barcelona line-up (official): Valdes – Alves Pique Mascherano Fontas – Xavi Busquets Iniesta – Pedro Messi Villa

    via Pep @ Barcastuff..

    Why is it so dead in here?

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