Audi Cup Super Final: Fake Real Test

Consider this both your preview and your match comments post. No liveblog for this here little thing that takes place during the American working day when even the laziest of us (looking at you–oh that’s a mirror) are toiling away to earn ourselves a few extra Barça jerseys.

Will we be back at Allianz Arena in May to defend our Champions League title or will it be up to two different teams to crown themselves “best team other than Barça”? Oh snap, I went there. All I know is that it shouldn’t be a starter-heavy lineup, not least because a lot of starters are missing. There’s also the little matter of 2 games in 26 hours. Tis a bit harsh, especially for preseason.

Bayern Munich defeated AC Milan to make the final, so no rematch with Ibra is possible. Sad face. But we get to see Robben again and maybe show them how to possess the ball. Or we’ll start 8 children and get spanked. Not sure which.

Barça lineup: Valdes, JDS, Fontas, Busi, Maxwell, Keita, Thiago, Iniesta, Pedro, Jonathan Soriano, Villa.
Bayern lineup:  Butt, Rafinha, Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo, Contento, Pranjic, Alaba, Boateng, Usami, Olic, Petersen

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By Isaiah

Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater Philadelphia area.

110 comments

  1. I cant tell if 30 is Jeffren or Gustavo because every time there is about to be a close up, there is some wacky camera angle.

  2. Bet you’re all happy now that RoSELL rushed Thiago into signing his new contract while he was still woozy from his nose surgery. His value just keeps going up and up. 😛

  3. Time’s up…. what we’ve all been yearning for, Audi Cup Champions! 🙂

    So, who’s MOTM? 😉

  4. Was Delofeu in the squad tonight?! Thought I saw him hugging Thiago in the end…

  5. Seriously, there comes a time in every culé’s life when they have their “Oh my God Thiago” moment. (Also known as the “Cesc who?” moment.) I know a lot of you have had yours already. But I just had mine today. Wow, what a player.

  6. On a scale of one to ten (10 being as soon as it’s available) how soon should I download this match? Is it worth downloading, or YT-ing the highlights.

    I DON’T KNOW THE SCORE. Been steadfastly denying there was even a game today. 🙁

    1. Very one sided to be honest, definitely watch the goals/highlights because Thiago’s second goal was really really special

    2. Thiago 2 – Bayern 0

      Most of the game was just OK, VV and Pinto had a couple nice saves, but by the standard of Barça it wasn’t anything special IMO. Thiago’s second goal, and the link-up with Ibi that preceded it, is worth watching over and over.

    3. Just imagine lots of back passes between the two goals and you’ve got most of the game covered.

  7. I thought I saw Rafa hugging Thiago.

    Where is Sergi Roberto? I didnt see him with Spain U19.

    1. Oh. Which game?

      Muniesa was there too. He is injured too.
      Too bad for those two. I mean, for youngsters, pre-season is their time to shine.

      I was hoping Espinosa would get some mins tonight.

    2. Sergi made the step up with Isco and Muniesa(injury ruled him out) to the under 20 team for the world cup.Bartra is captaining the team 8)

    1. We’re pretty sure it’s a message that the equipment people can’t be bothered before the season starts. None of the jerseys had names and lots of B-team guys were wearing numbers that belong to absent first team players (2, 19, 21,..). I suspect the philosophy was “As long as we don’t have two people on the field with the same number, it’ll do.”

      Thiago did send a message, just not with his clothes. 🙂

    2. I had assumed we didn’t have the player names on because its a pre-season friendly. I know other teams do that, and don’t recall if we did or not last season.

  8. Jonathan Soriano is injured & out for approx 2 months meaning he will miss the rest of the pre-season and it pretty much means he is not transferable

  9. – Preseason matches never have fixed numbers (at least for us). Once the transfer window closes the club will release the official jersey numbers. Till then they’re based just position wise.

    – Re: Soriano – yay,great timing -____-

  10. Sucks for Soriano. He’s losing out on money (assuming he transfered to somewhere else).

    1. On the bright side, his injury means Espinosa gets to go on the US tour now. He must be elated. Hope he gets some decent minutes. Carmona shouldn’t play ever again.

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