Saturday, 25 April 2009

Match discussion: Valencia

This evening at 8:00 pm bt,
Barcelona plays the 33rd league game of the season against Valencia.

Valencia squad list:
César, Renan, Miguel, Albiol, Maduro, Marchena, Alexis, Moretti, Del Horno, Edu, Baraja, Vicente, Míchel, Pablo, Angulo, Mata, Silva, Villa

Barcelona squad list:
Valdés, Jorquera, Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Márquez, Abidal, Xavi, Touré, Busquets, Keita, Gudjohsen, Iniesta, Messi, Eto'o, Bojan, Henry, Hleb

Read a match preview here

Re-live the first round game here


From two hours before until two hours after the game you can join a match chat (read more here)

Before (what are your expectations, what's your prediction, what should be the line-up,...), during and after the match, you can also comment on the game here.


Anonymous said...

30 minutes to wait. then i can watch my lovely barca again

Nico said...

For how long do we have to tolerate having this idiot Valdes?
At least Barca showed character by overcoming this idiot's mistakes...

Miguel: the backseatstrangler said...

omarx is an angry lil bitch.

i'm ok with the

Messi108 said...

1st goal was completely Valdes's mistake but 2nd goal was sloppy defending.
Draw is OK as long as Sevilla do their job tomo.
So all WE can do is HOPE. Hope that Sevilla defeat Madrid tomo.

As for this game , what i liked was how Barca showed character and fought back to get that 1 goal. Too good !!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone think Dani Alves looked so tired?

skanjos said...

messi ,dani alves,xavi,eto,abidal,keita,valdes, were mediocre to bad today

maybe i have used to see them play amazing always and their performance today wasnt so good. i liked how we fight back and got the point . on the good side busquets and iniesta played great. i am waiting for the chelsea game anxiently.

if i had to vote for a man of the match that would be silva,the lad was the best player on the field.after the game he left the field talking to iniesta,he xavi and iniesta are amazing together in midfield, txiki should really look into bringing him to camp nou next year.

Knives Out said...

Eto'o was largely uninspiring to be honest. And yes Alves needs to recharge is batteries.

Xavi was completely marked out of the game. So was Messi.

Valencia effectively limited our possession and barely gave us any space. Hope Chelski don't draw inspiration from them!

Anonymous said...

anyone who will defend VV is a loser

Anonymous said...

I have to stand up for VV. He shoved today that he is amongs the worlds greatest keepers. Maybe best in the world.

laliga said...

sell valdez ass to manchester and buy reina

Anonymous said...

i was pretty disappointed with messi's performance to be honest. but its k, u cant expect the guy to be godlike everytime. despite valencia's physical game, barca still dominated possession well though.

needless to say, please shoot valdes.

Miguel: the backseatstrangler said...

i would like to apologize for my earlier drunken tirades.

thank you ;^P

i'm gonna go meet muslim singles for dating & marriage now.

Messi108 said...

This is what and how we play when the opposition play physically against us. 3 players marked messi when he was on the flanks. He was completely helpless. This is how exactly chelsea will play. Physically dominate us..

And another thing to note is the number of corners we got and how we wasted each n every one of em without even testing their GK.

Anonymous said...

The corners were indeed awful. But Marquez didnt play, so we lost our main aerial threat at corners.

As for Valdes; poor communication with Puyol led to the first goal, he could do nothing about the second one though.

I think why we didnt won this game was because of the 'low' percentage of possesion. We usually have about 65-70% possesion and yesterday we had 55% in the first half and 60% in the second. The same happened against Atletico. There we only had 54% possesion if i remember well. Its quite obvious that Hiddink knows Barça has difficulties in getting into their game if they dont have the percentage of possesion they want and that the key in Barça's possesion lies in the hands of Xavi (think of it, everytime Xavi doesnt play to his full potential we as a team play bad). So i expect Chelsea will try all they can to mark Xavi out of the game. Xavi is, in my opinion, more important to the team than the likes of Messi or Iniesta.

By the way, Villa's runs scared the shit out of me.

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