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FC Barcelona vs Getafe, 4-1 :D

2012-09-15_GETAFE-BARCELONA_34.v1347740927

Not gonna lie, I was really anxious about this match. Not only did last season take a turn for the worse after our loss to Getafe in November, but most of our first string players just returned from FIFA world cup qualifiers, Iniesta and Alexis came back with injuries, and Jordi Alba had to have his tonsils out. I had prepared myself to be grateful for a draw, especially given that Getafe beat our arch rivals Real Madrid last month.


Boy was I pleasantly surprised.

First off, Tito blew my line-up predictions to hell by starting Victor Valdes, Martin Montoya, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Adriano Correia, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Thiago Alcantara, Cristian Tello, Cesc Fabregas, and Pedro Rodriguez. That's right - he actually managed to put jet-lagged superstar Lionel Messi on the bench, something that should have happened far more often last season when he obviously needed the rest. In another surprising turn of events, leftback Adriano scored the first goal off an assist from Cesc, apparently continuing to pursue his dream of being this season's Pichichi ;).

The second half did not go so smoothly. Poor Puyol, already in a protective mask after fracturing his cheekbone (for the FOURTH TIME), twisted his knee in a tackle. When this iron man goes down, you know it's serious. Sure enough, he tried to play through the pain for a bit but had to be replaced by Javier Mascherano in the 57th minute. (At last report he is expected to be out for 4 to 6 weeks :P.)

Shortly afterwards, Messi came on for Thiago, who had been doing well but needs to be eased back into play after spending the summer out with an injury. Immediately and predictably, the Getafe players began targeting him. He nonetheless came very close to scoring a goal off a trademark dribbling run before he was taken down in the box. The penalty was not given, an outcome so ridiculous that Messi couldn't stop laughing even once he had gotten up off the ground. A few minutes later, though, Pedro was brought down in the box, and this time the ref decided to do the right thing by Barcelona: Messi took the penalty shot for his first goal of the game. Four minutes later, he tapped in Montoya's cross for a second one. 3-0.

By this point Getafe had become almost frantic. Some scrambling near the Barcelona box resulted in a goal for... Mascherano, with an assist from Adriano. Whoops. 3-1. Emboldened, the home team continued to press, but to no avail. David Villa, who had replaced Tello shortly before the own goal, had the last laugh - a devastatingly clinical shot in the 89th minute that nutmegged the Getafe keeper and skidded into the back of the net. What a relief to have a genuine striker in form again, so we can still have hope on the days when Messi is unable to work his miracles.

Anyway, very proud of the boys today, a great result in an historically difficult stadium. And thanks to Sevilla's narrow defeat of Real Madrid shortly afterwards, we are currently 8 points ahead of them in the Spanish League :D. (Actually, given the recent hoopla over Cristiano Ronaldo's "sadness" and Mourinho's disgusted remarks after today's game, I'm beginning to wonder whether they are not-so-quietly imploding...)

I leave you with a lovely little snapshot of my man Xavi, courtesy of his little brother eventual successor teammate Thiago:

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The master and his apprentice


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elizaberglund
Sep. 16th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
I know that the game was great and that Villa scored at dedicated it to his soon-to-be son and we are 8 points ahead of Real but ... I cannot stop feeling depressed over Carles. This is so unfair! Anyone but him!
flywoman
Sep. 16th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
No, it's true, that was a terrible thing to happen to poor Puyi. He just had his knee done at the beginning of the summer, and then there was the cheekbone fracture... Now people are saying that he should have just retired gracefully before he started falling apart :(. I love our captain and DO. NOT. WANT. to lose him!
elizaberglund
Sep. 16th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
I want to smack those idiots. Didn't they watch this game? Didn't they compare it with the former ones? HE made the fucking difference at the begining! We DON'T defend that good without him around! He went off when we were controling the game and Getafe mostly gave up. How can people not see this? And than he twitted this thing about patience ... simply love this guy!
flywoman
Sep. 16th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
I totally agree, he's the boss when it comes to defense. And his tweet...

"La paciencia es amarga, pero su fruto es dulce... "
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet...

What a champion. SO rooting for him!
bleeding_dry
Sep. 16th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Butting in to say I'm just very very grateful it wasn't the same knee he got operated on twice.
elizaberglund
Sep. 16th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
Agree, still watching him roll on the grass holding his knee is something I hate seeing. Like ... the moment he started you just KNOW it is bad :(
flywoman
Sep. 16th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Whenever Puyi goes down, you know that something is really, really wrong :(
cuddyclothes
Sep. 16th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
It's awful to see athletes injured, esp. when they have been injured before. I only know baseball, but sometimes when players come back after having been treated for major injuries (with bb, it's mostly arms, shoulders and legs) their bodies can't bounce back.

Do futbol players suffer mostly from leg injuries? Just curious.

ETA: I also know football, but since it's considered "organized war" those players get slammed all over and often end up physical wrecks w/ concussions.

Edited at 2012-09-16 02:12 pm (UTC)
flywoman
Sep. 16th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, with futbol players it's almost always leg injuries. Knee ligaments (sometimes ankles), pulled or torn muscles, a broken tibia for Villa last year. Although we also see the occasional concussion from two players battling for a header, or a defender colliding with his own keeper.

Puyol is a warrior who has survived many injuries over the years. I think that now that he's older, his body just can't take the same abuse.
jezziejay
Sep. 16th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Go Barca! That last photo is so sweet. They really do look like each other!
flywoman
Sep. 16th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Isn't it adorable? I wouldn't have said that they looked alike until I saw this. Thiago's face is prettier while Xavi's has more character, but they do look like they could be related! In fact more so than Thiago's actual brother Rafinha, who plays for Barcelona B.
sageharper
Sep. 17th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
I was a sad panda to start with because my boys got a total spanking against Arsenal; but though 'Barca game will be ok', it's like they know to cheer me up. So yeah all that and then Madrid lost, so eh two out of three.

Our poor little loves, hope they're all better soon.
Still it's a diffrent a very reassuring feeling this time that we have depth of squad and can rotate. Not run ragged playing catch up like last season (obviously Madrid's downturn helps). So I honestly think he will rest Messi sometimes. And overall we'll be ok.

Tito clearly is too hipster for predictable lineups. I'm just going to stick with predicting he'll wear a black polo shirt (actually Mou did last night, that was weird; maybe he's trying to trick the football gods lol)
Well I think Adriano has got as many as Torres did in a whole season so that's a start lol.

Puyi :(
Clearly the mask isn't enough, I vote bubble wrap. And that means he'll miss the clasico again right, no fair we need him. Even then he still tried to carry on, a trooper for sure.

Leo on the bench cracks me up, he always looks like my dog when I say we'll go to the park 'in a minute'. Do they have to velcro him to the seat?
Thiago did not look impressed at getting subbed, but then at least he got a run out and did quite well.

That was the most ridiculous not-penalty, it's like they won't give them just because it's Messi. At least he acted his age not shirt number over it, then he got a goal which obviously is always suitable response.

Well people had been gunning for Masche to score, so there you go. Maybe now he has (sort of) then it'll get him in the zone to do so for real. A lot of people are crediting the Getafe guy but he clearly got nowhere near it. Our defence messed up either way, but we won so whatever.

So happy about Villa, and the resulting Messilla moment (maybe their little boys will have play dates, too cute).

I watched the last 20 minutes of Madrid, and it was just mental. You'd never have believed they had won the league last season (or ever really). Stupidiest mistakes, playing like 10 people who just happened to turn up in the same outfit. At one stage am fairly sure my contempt for C.Ron could be seen from space; how can you push someone over then accuse them of diving. Really though he just does not deliver in games like that when it actually matters (not like us when we go a goal down and everyone rallies).
For all that I can't even swagger, just feel too bad for Iker. Exactly 14 years at the club and that's the thanks he gets, if anyone's entitled to be sad it's him.

Looking good Senor Hernandez ;)
They are very adorable together, but yeah nobody will ever be sucessor to Xavi. He's just truly unique in his brilliance, and then in time Thiago will be too.
flywoman
Sep. 17th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
What a lovely long comment :).

I have to get ready for work but will reply tonight.
flywoman
Sep. 17th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Still it's a diffrent a very reassuring feeling this time that we have depth of squad and can rotate.

Yes, I'm so glad that we acquired Jordi Alba and Alex Song and that Tito seems willing to rotate and rest his superstars sometimes.

Well I think Adriano has got as many as Torres did in a whole season so that's a start lol.

LOL. Does Adriano have the most goals after Messi right now?

And that means he'll miss the clasico again right, no fair we need him.

Yes, no Puyi to organize our defense in the clasico :(.

Leo on the bench cracks me up, he always looks like my dog when I say we'll go to the park 'in a minute'. Do they have to velcro him to the seat?

Hee! At least he had Masche and Villa to keep him company. The few times I saw them on the bench, they seemed to be laughing and having a good time.

At least he acted his age not shirt number over it, then he got a goal which obviously is always suitable response.

The best possible reaction, definitely :D

Well people had been gunning for Masche to score, so there you go.

Hee! I tweeted him and said that next time he should try for the other net.

So happy about Villa, and the resulting Messilla moment (maybe their little boys will have play dates, too cute).

You just know that they are going to learn to walk with balls at their feet and then have the most adorable play dates.

Stupidiest mistakes, playing like 10 people who just happened to turn up in the same outfit.

LMAO!

For all that I can't even swagger, just feel too bad for Iker. Exactly 14 years at the club and that's the thanks he gets, if anyone's entitled to be sad it's him.

IKR, the man deserves better.

Looking good Senor Hernandez ;)

OH yeah. Is it hot in here?

They are very adorable together, but yeah nobody will ever be sucessor to Xavi. He's just truly unique in his brilliance, and then in time Thiago will be too.

It's true, they are both brilliant and amazing to watch, but each in his own way.
sageharper
Sep. 18th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
Initially I did wonder what they point of those transfers was, but they're proving their worth.


Hmm honestly not sure, might well do for Barca though Villa is catching up.
They should give our defenders ear pieces, and have Puyi in the stands with a walkie talkie to yell at them. Times like that I honestly can imagine him as a coach (him and Xavi together would be epic).


Aww true, Mesilla is one of my favourite bromances.


lol helpful tip, yes.


Oh so true, they almost has enough for a whole new generation of Barca DNA (them, Dylan Valdes, Luca Reina, and a girls team etc). Then if C.Ron juniour was a footballer, lol circle of life.


*sigh* just a bit warm yes.
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