Like Guardiola and Vilanova here, there wasn’t much to glean from this match, except for a bunch of impressions, and not even many of those. So I’ll be brief, and would love to know more of what everyone thought.
–Iniesta is better, which is scary for me to contemplate. He’s also quicker, or is it my imagination?
–Thiago and Iniesta are a magical combination, particularly with (for lack of better descriptives) Iniesta as Xavi and Thiago as Iniesta.
–Soriano has a shot to play himself into a spot with the club. Unfortunately, he shot himself in the foot. Decidedly mediocre.
–Jonathan Dos Santos looked a bit more mature, but still not ready for prime time.
–I actually liked what Cuenca was doing. I think he’s one for the future.
–Ditto for Riverola, who had a very nice early stand-up tackle that lived up to the No. 14
—Sighhhh. Poor Jeffren. He didn’t have a bad match, and looked about as controlled as I have ever seen him. Then, the penalty.
–Thiago still plays too quickly, and too casually with the ball. That will bite him in the butt against real clubs. But he’s such a dynamic player. He accelerates our rate of play.
–Fontas looked all man-style out there today.
–Captain Abidal! Nice clearance off the line, too.
–Valdes showed why he’s the No. 1.
–Pinto showed why he’s the No. 2. Admittedly he was victimized by the Killer Bs, but still. He hurt himself.
–Keita is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Everything else kinda blended together for me. The first half was very clean and (mostly) clinical, the second was a mess, mostly. But that’s what pre-season is for, right?