There’s no way he can…not a chance…oh. my. god.
Racing Santander – Barcelona: Tuesday 4pmEST
Here’s how you suck at life: show a repeat of Vitoria vs Internacional from the Brasileirao on Saturday or show an also not-live “Jorge Ramos y su Banda” for 3 hours. If you chose the first option, you’re GolTV. If you chose the second option, you’re ESPN Deportes. Seriously? You choose to show those instead of live Barcelona action? Jerkoffs.
No, seriously, you’re a bunch of jerkoffs.
Of course I’m pissed off by that fact, even though it shouldn’t be particularly surprising. I’m still going to DVR both of those shows in order to see if they weren’t just messing with me because ESPN Deportes is showing “Futbol Español” from 2-4pm and might just change their programming if they can get the rights. No doubt Jorge Ramos and his frickin’ Banda will draw more viewers…It’s possible that it’s actually RFEF’s fault because they’re constantly messing with times and dates and don’t have a collective bargaining agreement, but whatever, I’m going to fault the TV stations right now cause I want to.
On to the regularly scheduled preview…we’re taking the house to Santander: Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Márquez, Chygrynskiy, Maxwell, Abidal, Busi, The Yaya, Xavi, Keita, Iniesta, Pedro!, Messi, Ibrahimovic, Henry, Jeffren.
That’s a star-studded lineup, of course, with only Bojan missing through injury. It’s the last day of summer (today, Monday) and our Kid is missing in action, still. That’s a sad thing, I believe, because he does add depth to our front line that would be very useful in situations like Saturday’s match against Atleti, where giving Ibra or Messi a rest without lowering the quality too much would be very beneficial. Still, we’ve got the excellent Pedro! and the occasionally excellent Jeffren to take his place for the time being. I’m not particularly worried about our two away games in a row (tomorrow @Racing and Saturday @Malaga) and I’d like to see some of the starters get rest and some of the second stringers get more time to gel with each other and simply get more playing time when the points that are up for grabs are not absolutely vital. Remember, next Tuesday we play host to Dynamo Kiev in an already crucial Champions League match.
One major note for FCB is that we’ll be facing on-loan Henrique. If he does start, it’ll be another match in which a player we own will realize that hurting one of our star players could result in termination of their lucrative contract with us in the future. That would be a sad day for everyone, so it might be hard for Racing to start Henrique, though I think, like with Chygrynskiy in the Super Cup he’ll be a true professional and will not only play well, but will do so without injuring anyone.
Lineup predicition: Valdes, Alves, Marquez, Chygrynskiy, Abidal, The Yaya, Keita, Xavi, Henry, Ibra, Messi
It’s a full tilt lineup, with the exception of the centerbacks, who need their rest, and Keita in for the still-recovering Iniesta. There’s no reason to rest the front three because we’ll need their goal-scoring capabilities and they’ll get plenty of rest against Malaga anyway. And no, I’m not disparaging Malaga, but Racing is better than they are and Dynamo is more important than Malaga.
Official prediction: 1-3, boys in blaugrana take home the bacon. Goals by Messi, Ibra, and Xavi.
If this game is going to be on TV, expect an update here tomorrow–please let us know in the comments if it is going to be on.
Worldwide game times:
Local (Santander): 10pm
New York/EST: 4pm
San Diego/PST: 1pm
Sydney, Australia : 6am Wednesday
Singapore: 4am Wednesday
India: 1:30am Wednesday
Please correct any wrong times listed here by either emailing me or leaving a comment.