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FC Barcelona vs. Valencia, 1-1

Dude, where's my card?

After watching Real Madrid flop against small fry Granada yesterday, perhaps Barcelona's coaches should have taken heed and rested the key players from the draining midweek clasico. As it stood, the only fresh legs were those of defender Javier Mascherano and keeper Victor Valdes, who turned out to be my Man of the Match as Valencia launched attack after attack, especially towards the end, in an all-out effort to earn the win.

In my opinion, the biggest mistake was not starting David Villa, who didn't get to play a single minute in the last match and who, as we all know, is a goal-seeking missile. Without him, the boys passed and dribbled, passed and dribbled, and then inevitably lost the ball before taking an actual shot. Conversely, Valencia pressed hard, and the flurry of assaults in our half made Ever Banega's goal in the 32nd minute feel inevitable. A few minutes later, a penalty called in our favor allowed Lionel Messi's confident take to even the score. But that was Messi's big contribution of the night, given that Cesc wasted his one really good would-be assist.

Jordi Alba was blindingly fast and very adept in his old hunting grounds, and Andres Iniesta was still dazzling, but without an in-form striker with whom they could combine, they weren't able to get a second goal. David Villa came on with 20 minutes left on the clock and had a great chance straight away, but he never got another. The rest of the team could barely keep up with Valencia, much less dominate them.

Apparently Tito will be in New York for treatment all month, and February is always the cruelest to our team, perhaps because Messi is burnt out and/or too cold to play his best game. I hope that Jordi Roura, with Tito's support, is willing to change things up a little in order to get us through without sacrificing too much of our lead in La Liga.


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Feb. 3rd, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Well we didn't lose, and Messi shot into the right net, so y'know considering it's Feburary I'm calling it good.

VV was brilliant, and he got a lot of love for it (mostly from Jordi, but also Puyi). Villa does indeed need more love from the bosses, there are still rumours he might leave so no come on don't play it like they did with Llorente.

It was a very frustrating game yes, did know that first goal was coming. Messi's penalty taking seems to have improved, he just smashed it in rather than trying to be subtle by going to the side or whatever.
Valencia did all the right things by them, to be fair, a worthy opponent.

Hope Tito is ok, and that they have a good plan.
Feb. 4th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Hahaha, well, some teams had one more day to rest, so their forwards remembered which net was theirs.

Oh, I missed Jordi giving VV lots of love. I still remember that photo VV posted when he first transferred, where he was sitting in his lap in the hallway, lol.

I'm almost 100% certain that Villa will be transferred this summer :(. Rumor is that we will replace him with Neymar.

Valencia played well, they deserved the draw and maybe then some.

Tito... I still think he was the right man for the job, but the stress couldn't have been good for him :(.
Feb. 4th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
Yeah that must be it.

I remember that pic, lol. He was just being his usual cute self with high fives and stuff.

That would be so sad. I haven't seen much of Neymar so wouldn't know, but don't really see the point.

True that.

And he's still talking to them, even while in treatment, that's dedication. So far at least he seems to be handling it ok.
Feb. 4th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Here's a very cute pic of Jordi kissing Leo after the penalty shot:

It seems like that left forward position is cursed, maybe because it keeps being filled by center forwards instead of putting Messi back on the right. Villa is such a brilliant natural striker, and I know that he's gotten older, but he's still in great shape, and yet he rarely gets to play, much less start. Can't help thinking that the rumors are true and he and Messi don't get along anymore.

And if Neymar comes, who's to say that it won't be more of the same? Maybe we'll just ruin him too, unless he's truly content to be a left winger instead of a center forward. And it will also mean that we won't keep developing Tello, after he worked so hard to stay.
Feb. 4th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Too cute. :)

Seems likely, but who knows.

Well yeah exactly. I've wondered about Tello lately, seemed like he would have been a good choice to start/play.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Poor Tito!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But his health is the most important! If there is one thing Americans know how to do it's treating ilnesses ...cross my fingers for el Mister. AnimsTito!

I honestly don't know what is going on with Masche ... Pique got himself together recently. fatherhood is clearly doing him good but Masche ... I don't know.

Victor was clearly MOTM! Oe oe oe oe oe Victor Valdes!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... we will miss you buddy! I still hope you'll change your mind!

Villa should have started, I agree here ... but I have to admit the warm welcome Mestalla gave him was touching ... how did they welcome Jordi btw? I missed that.

Again, poor game from Xavi and Leo ... by Xavi's and Leo's standard tbh ...

Feb. 4th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, we're not good at preventing illness, but we know how to treat it if you've got the money. Anims Tito!

Pique still slips up once in a while but has been vastly improved over last season.

I still think that maybe he would change his mind if he felt like cules loved and appreciated him :(.

I didn't see the very beginning. I hope that they welcomed Jordi. He was so good today. He so often is!

I think that Xavi was knackered from el clasico, and Leo is having his usual winter slump :(.
Feb. 4th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I can't wait until I am done with school and can actually watch games. Except I'll still have work.
Feb. 4th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Starting in a couple of weeks, I'll be working Tuesday and Thursday afternoons so will probably miss most midweek matches :(.
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