Very, very nice.
I think the attitude some of you have is absolutely pathetic.
For the past four seasons this thread has been bi and large for Barcelona fans and discussion has been good.
Now that Madrid are almost certainly about the take back the La Liga trophy from Barcelona after 4 years where they out classed almost every body with ease domestically and in Europe, all of you stick your head in here? Of course this season was going to be a hard one, with all of the injury's Barca have had to endure is it any wonder their away form has been so woeful? Players like Villa and Affelay could have chipped in any where between 10-25 between them. It's the equivalent of Madrid losing Benzema's 11 goals and some like Di Maria for the entire season. Barcelonas squad has been stretched more than ever this season. Pedro and Iniesta have been out more than in the squad over the past 3 months it seems. All of these are factors in why Messi looks tired, and why Cesc has been deployed as a false 10 so often.
Look I know there's a certain level of animosity that some people will always have against Barcelona but I really think it's sad how people are so willing to forget the great football that's been played by these guy's over the last 4-5 seasons, and particularly since Peps arrival. This is the team that scored 5 without response against Madrid just last season. They are the team that have twice bullied United off the pitch in the Uefa Champions league final with some amazing "tika-taka"..
I can guarantee you that not a single player in this Barcelona squad is happy about the current league standings, but this is all the more reason to push even harder in the remaining two competitions. Players like Iniesta and Pedro coming back to full fitness will reap rewards, and I expect to see a more clinical Messi soon.
SO to all you nay sayers who are calling for an end to Peps reign, and hailing this Madrid team. Let's just see have Madrid got what it takes to keep Barcelona at bay for 4 years the way Barca did to them. I really don't see it happening. If any thing, I can admit that thing's have shaped up well from a purely competitive point of view. Hell if last season was any thing like last it would have been a dull season. I know Mou hasn't exactly been the most well behaved manager at the helm of Madrid. But he has done every thing that was necessary to close the gap. Hats of really..
I'm all for giving credit to Madrid, that they are what it takes to beat everyone else (except Barcelona).
It is also a testament to the rest of La Liga where Barcelona apparently play rubbish week-in, week-out that the illustrious names to stop them are Osasuna and Getafe, along with Valencia, Sevilla, Athletic, Real Sociedad, Espanyol and all but two by attacking them and being courageous.
If Barcelona don't win the league, they'll still have won 5 of the last 8 La Liga titles and one of those was lost on head-to-head, so it's still Barcelona's era. Won't be bothered by any last laugh, no matter how loud it is.
Very good postS (i write so slowly )
Remember back in Rijkaard's last season and a half, and compare to how this team is playing. Worlds apart. This Barça side has a lot more to offer (with Guardiola I hope! looks likely he will sign imo) so yeah, looking forward to the rest of the season.
Catalan radio says Xavi won't start because of calf muscle problems. lolol ffs just when the injuries were clearing up. dreadful.
edit: apparently he thought he could play on with painkillers, but Barça not taking any risks. not so bad then
The Bayer team looks very tough tonight. Won't be an easy game by any stretch
So surprised with Kiessling being left out. Delighted though, since Puyol-Mascherano = no height.
Indeed, excellent striker and will thankfully be badly missed. Schurrle is my one to watch. Fantastic talent.
yeah, huge potential.
Probably their biggest threat tonight with Kiessling benched, Derdiyok+Sam injured. Piqué not even starting on the bench is odd. He has been in terrible form (other than Valencia second leg) though.
They're sixth in the German league, 10 points adrift of 4th place and leaking goals. They will be dismantled.
Seems Pique was dropped completely. He has not been great lately admittedly, but according to Hunter earlier, he has been extremely absent minded off the field lately as well, forgetting flight tickets, leaving car doors wide open and other daft things.
Hopefully this dropping might give him a kick up the ass, as he is so important for the CL campaign.
How would Hunter know that, Gimmick? Not doubting it with the car crash etc, just wondering.
Anyway, amazing result for Barça. GET INNNN
I don't know, but Hunter is usually spot on when it comes to anything Barca. he does have a good inside line it seems.
Which reminds me, his new book is available from Friday
Messi was brillant tonight
That doesn't sound good. Hopefully it's just stress. I mean I seriously HOPE it's just stress.