Barcelona v Mallorca LiveBlog
Get That Motor Crankin’: Barça – Mallorca
Honoring César Rodríguez
In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.
Yes, it’s almost Go Time. Going live 20 minutes before the match, to give folks a chance to post streams, get approved, etc.
But that’s in an hoooouuur……..loooooooooong. 😐
watching the arsenal game…how does arse wenger think he can get away with playing without a defensive mid? he’s playing fab, ramsey, and diaby all at the same time. retarded(napoleon dynamite voice).
they’re putting song on now. poor diaby. maymaymaybe if wenger had started w/song in the line up in the first place they wouldn’t have been so overrun and that injury wouldn’t have had to happen?
Cant wait for match. Here is a video of Pep giving a pep talk to the players… really interesting stuff.
Hey guys, anyone know what the starting line-up is? I’m going with a:
Xavi- Yaya – Iniesta
Messi – Ibra – Henry
But I think Henry will probably start on the bench, so Keita will “replace” Iniesta, who will push up.
In regards to links, I’ve got a good one (early, I know 😀 ) But you’ll need Veetle to watch it. It’s English GOLTV, and I’ll probably repost on the LiveBlog. If anyone wants to see Milan vs EE draw, then you can watch it now 😛 . *
puyol pique txigy abidal
pedro ibra henry
no xavi iniesta or messi. super subs?
barca line up
holy shit no xavi nor iniesta nor messi
dayuuuum its gonna be interesting. And puyol and abidal are playing on the flanking meaning no offense from out defense (no alves or maxwell)
. . . . unless Pep knows something we don’t.
super home depor up 2-0 on hamburger getafe.
with 9 men
wonder who’s gonna be the maestro…
yaya or busquets
THE Yaya of course. Remember this fixture last year?
THAT is what he’ll do to them.
I would imagine that Sergio Busquets will be playing at DM with Yaya in the more advanced role.
Keita will be doing his box-to-box thing and Busquets sitting deep doing his give-the-ball-away thing.
Pedro right and Henry left is a good thing.
And Xavi, Iniesta & Messi have been fairly shit recently
Oh yeah and no Alves either… where’s the creativity coming from?
The only option I can see is route one up to Ibra. That’d surprise them 🙂
what a shitty line-up… who in our midfield can make a dribble or an assist? I hope they prove me wrong 🙁
don’t you fell this kind of line-up ( all muscle no class) is more for away games?? people pay to see the team win, ok. Pep can do whatever he thinks in order to get a victory… but people also pay to see the players that play more than nice.
goal by pedro! what an assist from BANGS!!
pedro! deserves even more credit now
“Crouching tiger, Ibrahimovic”
I didn’t like the Messi for Pedro! sub, and I still don’t. It didn’t accomplish anything, because he subbed Henry for Iniesta. It was a win, but the defense was very funky today. Not good.
And remind me never to run the LiveBlog via FireFox. Laggy and sucky.
Google chrome is years ahead.
Except for the awesome addons.
I hated that last goal. Poor defensive play, and I thought there was not one sole person to blame, as the midfield should have tracked back, and poor positioning on behalf of all of our backs.
Can’t we just play perfectly every game… I know high hopes, but damn you Barca, we got spoiled last year.
Still not at our best, but I thought I saw progress at moments. Soon we will start demoralizing teams…I can feel it.
no aguero in atleti’s line up
Aguero not starting. That is worrying sign. Atletico in recent seasons have just folded. I am hoping that they put up some resistance today though am not very optimistic about it.
juventus looks to be thrashing atalanta
fuck you patetico.
The last goal was txiglazy again with a lazy half ass tackle that led to puyol having to be everywhere…
Txigrinski had a couple of worrying moments
3 games and nicknames on their way huh? lol
bad keeping by Asenjo & some shit level celebration by Marcelo… I know why I hate Madrid
damn real 2-0 alteti
LOL aguero is warming up already
You guys think liveblog takes a lot of bandwidth!? Because only once could I watch Barca stream(which was pretty bad!!) while involving in the chat… And almost every time i can watch other streams while not in our liveblog!! Right now I’m able to watch Madrid match(good stream) but couldn’t watch Barca
i have no problem streaming and liveblogging at the same time. what did you use to stream? usually sites like justin.tv and ustream are fine but when i use sopcast or tvu my connection slows down
some proxy problems… so I have to rely on ultrasurf
it’s not the pretty possession football we barca fans are accustomed to but i must say real is playing pretty well. they’re looking more like last year’s el inginiero’s villarreal, i think.
juventus! fuck. why’d i look at the score? i was gonna watch that later.
Stats so far this season, in the order of La Liga, Champions League, CDR, Super Copa & Uefa Super Cup
Messi – 7,1,0,2,0 = 10
Ibra – 7,1,0,0,0 = 8
Pedro – 3,1,2,1,1 = 8
Keita – 6,0,0,0,0 = 6
Bojan – 1,0,0,1,0 = 2
Pique – 2,0,0,0,0 = 2
Xavi – 0,0,0,1,0 = 1
Alves – 1,0,0,0,0 = 1
Henry – 1,0,0,0,0 = 1
Ibra – 5,1,0,1,0 = 7
Messi – 4,0,0,0,1 = 5
Xavi – 3,1,0,1,0 = 5
Alves – 3,0,0,1,0 = 4
Busquets – 3,0,0,0,0 = 3
Keita – 2,0,0,0,0 = 2
Iniesta – 2,0,0,0,0 = 2
Pedro – 0,0,0,1,0 = 1
Bojan – 0,0,1,0,0 = 1
Maxwell – 1,0,0,0,0 = 1
Jeffren – 0,0,1,0,0 = 1
Puyi – 1,0,0,0,0 = 1
P.S. Congrats Henry for finally having your say in the chart 🙂 Ibra again proved my point that he’s been the most consistent in our attack till now!!
titi finally got 1!
Ibra out for a week, but it won’t matter much. He would’ve rested the Copa del Rey match and Sweden isn’t playing, as far as I know.
Hope he gets better.
Defense was very shakey today, specially Pique who was…I dont know…
I think Abidal was covering the offside in the second goal. Slow repositionning. But I will give it another look tomorrow. Now bed time.
3-2 AAguero and forlan score
Parea really fucked this game with his gift to higuain
They also gifted the 1st goal to kaka. Not playing Aguero and Maxi from the beginning was not a good idea. Aguero could raise hell in the 1st half.
Our defenders also need to raise their game, specially Marquez and Chyg. We should put them together in mid week CDR match.
On the positive side, Ramos is out for classico and possibly Marcelo/Drenthe plays at the left back. I’m sure Messi won’t mind that 🙂
Just watched the last goal again a few times as i thought I might have been watching a different game.
1. Abidal attempts a shocking diagonal pass just outside his box which could have been cut off by either of two opponents and was by one of them.
2. Despite the fact he lost the ball Abidal leaves his man free to run in towards the box causing Chyg to come across .
3. all is not yet lost as the scorer has run offside – except that Abidal who hasn’t a hope of tackling either runs back far enough to be the only one playing him onside.
4. Easy goal.
Add this to the fact that he caused the first – again by rotten position – and that it was he who he let his man go when Keita got booked and I’m sorry but he was a liability today.
However, the most disappointing thing for me was that the whole team looked out of sorts. Don’t know if it would have been better starting the A team or not but we never really had the type of control of the ball that allows us to strangle opponents and this was against a side who not only didn’t really park the bus but also had the worst defence I’ve seen all season. (Wonder if they came hoping to man mark Xavi ? 🙂 )
I’d love to know how Pep saw the game developing when he named his starting 11. Busi and Keita can’t control a game in midfield – I felt sorry for Yaya but he didn’t have his best either – and the defence looked ill at ease all day. Puyol and Abidal weren’t going to create much.
I am happy to see that we came out with 3 points. And, we did it without our 3 best players. I’m sure it will increase other players confidence too. Henry got his first goal. Now goals will keep coming to him. Henry being a genuine goal threat from the left is gonna make Messi dangerous again.
Man I feel like some thrashing is waiting for Inter 😀
Finally the taste of victory is back 🙂
And the icing on the cake was definitely Ibra’s assist. Amazing!
Finally..I found you guys!! I was desperate looking every where hope you are all fine and gongrats for the win..
now i have a lot of work to do cos ill roll back to read your match discussions for some matches i hope i ll find in them some answers for my questions
1. Pedro is really maturing, we may not need to rush for a purchase on that left side if he continues to develop like this.
2. Pep, please play Iniesta in the midfield role, preferably with Xavi and either give Pedro, Jeffren or Bojan (in that order) more time on the wing.
3. Ibra…you are killing them with these passes, entertaining and effective.
4. Messi…could you give the Goal keeper just a chance? Its always keeper moves a milimetre one way and Messi nicks it into the other corner.
5. Resting Xavi, Messi and Iniesta will pay dividends and Ibra can now get a week ‘off’. Messi looked good from what I saw in the highlights (was in class and couldn’t watch the game).
6. I really feel for Bojan, perhaps he could be some part of a deal for Luis Suarez, Robinho or Ribery.
funny report in bs.com 🙂
wow this video shows us 1st hand how Pep coaches…A must watch on how we won the European Super Cup …*//http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRhVGSKVYMU&feature=player_embedded
Awesome stuff, there is only so much a coach can do but Pep gives 100% and he really believes in the squad.
wow i logged in to check my FF points and this alejandro alfaro guy is on a roll! i think he scores in just about every game
i am in the top 10 now (corrinthians fc), i’m pretty sure i was 37th at one point aha. i’m getting back in the game like villarreal
My team Hat trick is just behind yours, I also have Alfaro as he has a pretty impressive points average.
Anyone know a link to download and watch the game from today?
Sky Sports commentary
Or full match no download, but not as good quality:
This is a call out: Hector O Hector where art thou. We miss ur analytical comments and you tactical posts. Anybody have an idea where he is??? Also Isaiah how about a lil banquillo I missed those…
Did you notice that Ibra actually kicks Henry’s butt after he scored with the diving header??? I wonder what’s that about^^
Was it like “Finally you’ve made it” or “What the hell?!? That was supposed to be my goal!”. I believe in the first option.
I did. It looked like it was both. IT was like “Yay, nicely done, you goal-stealing bastard”
Wow! Just watched the Football writers on Sky this morning and the papers are saying we’re after Rooney ! Not sure how i feel about that – although he doesn’t strike me as the sort who would move anyway.
Wanting to buy Rooney is the equivalent of trying to buy Casillas. It ain’t happening. ever
British tabloid News of the World has today reported that Barcelona are readying a bid for Manchester United and English International striker Wayne Rooney (24) in a deal that would see Rooney become the world’s most expensive footballer.
In a revelation of a report, it is stated that a proposed bid – believed to be worth around €95 million Euro – could well be considered by the English Giants due to their increasing debts.
– British tabloid
– Barcelona are readying a bid
– Wayne Rooney….become the world’s most expensive footballer.
-> around €95 million Euro
Any of these bullets is enough to make you sorry for the time you wasted reading this news. You had them all in one.
@ the lurk You do realize how late you are… right just checking 😀
so is this just insane rumors or has Barca lost it?
Gee whiz.. Take a guess..
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