Barça – Racing Match Comments Post

Sorry, but no liveblog today as the blog squad is out of the house for this one.

Barça: Valdes, Puyol, Piqué, Márquez, Maxwell, Yaya, Busi, Iniesta, Messi, Bojan, Henry
Bench: Pinto, Milito, Chygrynskiy, Jonathan, Thiago, Pedro, Jeffren

Racing: Coltorti, Crespo, Henrique, Torrejón, Oriol, Lacen, Diop, Toni Moral, Óscar Serrano, Canales, Xisco
Bench: M. Fernandez, Luis Garcia,  Luisma, Moraton, Espolita, Arana, Pinillos

Take it away, folks.

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  1. poipoi
    February 20, 2010

    titi scored a free kick? oh god! was it deflected or something? 😉

  2. February 20, 2010

    I hope whatever is plaguing Messi is taken care of by mid-week, else we’re screwed.

  3. jordi™
    February 20, 2010

    Thiagoooo ! YAY!

    (thiago fan here)

  4. Sid
    February 20, 2010

    Any streaming sites?

    The Ustream and justintv links do not work

  5. jordi™
    February 20, 2010


  6. Jim
    February 20, 2010

    Goal Thiago !!!!

  7. Jim
    February 20, 2010

    Iniesta is knackered!!! He’s covered every blade of grass several times. Hope he doesn’t get injured.

    • jordi™
      February 20, 2010

      He played as himself and Xavi today

  8. fcbfan
    February 20, 2010

    yay Thiagooo. another fan here.

  9. February 20, 2010

    Come on, Villareal. Play Real as tough as you played us.

    • Vj
      February 20, 2010

      You know they won’t don’t you?

    • February 20, 2010

      Yeah, plus they have injuries to people like Cazorla and Fuster. But one can always hope. A draw would be nice.

  10. jnelson
    February 20, 2010

    phil Schoen…get off the D please

  11. February 20, 2010

    Haha did anyone just see Eto’o get a yellow for diving? His reaction was priceless, as was Mourinho’s.

  12. Bill
    February 20, 2010

    wow, the game ended with 8 or 9 la masia players on the pitch! Amazing

    Iniesta was all man today. He was everywhere and controlled things in the middle

    Busquets played very well in Xavi’s position and the Yaya is amazing as a DM, very comfortable on the ball and doesn’t get harassed there. Much better ball movement than last week.

  13. deepak
    February 20, 2010

    Why messi not joining celebration for goals especially when kids like
    Thiago scores. DO he remember how Ronaldinho supported him in his early days with senior team.

  14. Jim
    February 20, 2010

    I think Messi might have a problem with his knee, Deepak. He was seen on Sky rubbing it two or three times. Could account for his virtual invisibility at times.

    I’m getting a bad feeling about the reports that might come out in the next day or so for the Stuttgart game.

    • Helge
      February 20, 2010

      omg… imagine Messi and Ibra out. That news could lead to a deadly heart attack on me.

    • Vj
      February 20, 2010

      Remember when we last played a CL tie without Messi and Ibra..

    • Hilal
      February 20, 2010

      I’m sure if it was anything remotely serious Pep would have taken him off. He probably just told him to take it easy just in case, or at least I hope so.

    • jordi™
      February 20, 2010

      I felt the same way when Xavi went off last week, my hope is since he didnt come off it wont be bad, but on the flipside he may have aggravated something. Anyway Positive Thoughts and fingers crossed.

  15. CLUEless(John)
    February 20, 2010

    A- I love this Thiago cat
    B- great to see titi find the net
    C- this lineup can beat Stutgart
    D- ok, no goals for bojan, but was pretty good overall, including tracking back
    E- big stones to predict an inesta goal by issiah, you run shit clearly
    F- robinho says he snubbed us….douch
    G- How fun was our starting midfield today, further proof that we can wait a few years on Cesc, I say bring him in when he is 25 or so when Xavier is winding down.

  16. Lou
    February 20, 2010

    Awesome, so happy that Thiago scored! I love that he also ran back over to the bench to celebrate with I’m guessing Jonathan.

    Everyone was pretty solid really. Special mentions to Marquez, Busi and Henry who were all fantastic and of course Iniesta, who did a superb job controlling the midfield. It’s a nice confidence boost to be able to win without Xavi, particulary right before a tough away game in the Champions League.

    Any word on whether Ibra is actually injured? I actually thought Bojan did OK (he was unlucky not to score), but having Ibra for the trip to Stuttgart would be a big plus.

    • Jnice
      February 20, 2010

      Yeah, Thiago ran over to Jonathan.

      Ibra had some discomfort in his ankle during warm ups, but it’s not too serious. He’s still probably going to play Tuesday.

  17. lovelymofo
    February 20, 2010

    Not gonna lie, I can’t wait to see the review for this one. I only watched it on a little screen while at work, so I’ll have to wait till I get home for my definitive opinion. But I think I agree with Pep in that the team needed a little more control/precision.

    But I’m happy with the result. The clowns that populate the Madrid press are crying foul over lil Canales getting booed and whistled at. He better get used to it!

    • Tutomate
      February 20, 2010


      Great game can’t wait to see the boys in HD on Tuesday. Yay.

    • Karo
      February 20, 2010

      are you in the US?? Which channel is having the Barca game in HD?

  18. Keano
    February 20, 2010

    Toure is man. his power pace and willingness to commit tactical fouls are essential. its like the rest of the team is less nervous with him.
    he make a huge difference in the classico. delighted 4 thiago great for security purposes that a young player gets a goal. maybe a young iniesta with goals( although i heard more of a deco) Like the jeffren idea at less consequential moments. Iniesta wow. Flashbacks of last years movement with eto in the side great too watch. My 2 cents but overall enjoying a feel good victory

  19. Keano
    February 20, 2010

    *toure is the man, f it.

    • Jnice
      February 20, 2010


  20. Segun
    February 21, 2010

    Good game 4 barca player & fans. Barca didnt create 2 much in dis game. But can anyone tel busi 2 get sharper wit d bal.

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