Barcelona vs. Chelsea CL SF discussion thread

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Barcelona vs. Chelsea CL SF discussion thread

Post by BoBo Vieri 32 on Mon May 04, 2009 2:11 pm

kas wrote:Big news: Henry is out injured for 2 weeks (blow to his knee during the Madrid game), so he'll miss the match. Which means Iniesta on the left, and probably Keita in midfield. As Keita tends to cover the left area, that opens up the possibility of Sylvinho at LB and Abidal in the middle. Busquets is another possibility, but less likely IMO. Or Guardiola may throw a surprise and start Gudjohnsen in midfield (which I would not be happy with at all).

Let's see what Guardiola decides. Whatever he does though, I'm pretty sure it won't include Hleb Razz

You are better off without Henry. He would choke in such an important match.

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Post by fcb on Mon May 04, 2009 3:29 pm

Mind games...
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Post by Tom on Mon May 04, 2009 3:38 pm

Henry is apparently fit according to the BBC Website.
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Post by Rosicky on Mon May 04, 2009 3:39 pm

Goods news for Barca Ale
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Post by DeLux on Mon May 04, 2009 3:48 pm

johnny_bravo wrote:What is the card situation for this match?

I remember seeing the on screen graphic during the start of the Camp Nou match saying that Alves was on a yellow, would he miss the final if he were to get another yellow?

Ballack wrote:Yup

I could have sworn they've changed the rules to prevent another Keane/Nedved situation happening again.

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Post by Guest on Mon May 04, 2009 3:49 pm

they did, yellow cards don't carry over into the finals
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Post by johnny_bravo on Mon May 04, 2009 4:17 pm

So the only way to miss the final would be to get a red card? (assuming your team goes through of course)
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Post by fcb on Mon May 04, 2009 4:19 pm

Nope, as I posted a few days ago, they changed it to reduce the likelihood, not cancel it completely...IIRC you still miss the final if you get 3 yellows in the entire knockout stage, instead of a yellow in 2 consecutive matches as the rule used to be.

Anyway, who cares about the rule, when you're given the info straight up. Here's the official situation as per Reuters:


Arsenal v Manchester United

Misses next match if booked:
Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Alex Song (Arsenal), Robin van Persie (Arsenal)

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Carlos Tevez (Manchester United)


Chelsea v Barcelona

Suspended: Carles Puyol (Barcelona)

Misses next match if booked: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Alex (Chelsea)

Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
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Post by Puro on Mon May 04, 2009 5:09 pm

Yo Kas! or Chelsea fans! will the Blues continue to park the jumbo plane in the return leg? or will they go mano a mano against Barcelona? Biggrin

I don´t know about you all, but it´s CLEAR to me that Barcelona are the best team in the world in this ´08-´09 season without a doubt. EVEN if the Catalans don´t win the CL, they are the best.

Many times THE BEST don´t win. Just ask the Germans. Sure they´ve won world cups, but they weren´t the best team...´58 Hungary, ´74 Holland, ´90 Italia etc etc. How´re you doing Otto! Biggrin <Ale>
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Post by fcb on Mon May 04, 2009 6:05 pm

I don't think they'll park the bus, but in terms of their attacking tactics, we'll see more direct (long) passes towards Drogba and Anelka...they won't try to pass it around in midfield because otherwise our pressure on the ball will force them to give possession back to us.
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Post by Tom on Mon May 04, 2009 6:58 pm

It'll be a similar way to how we played against you in 04/05 with direct balls to both Cole and Duff to then put straight into the middle for Kezman or Gudjohnsen to finish. The start of that game was based around Lampard playing Duff around the back of your right back (Belletti?) and Joe Cole through on the right, with Gudjohnsen making the late runs from midfield.

Not sure how we'll approach the game this time around, but hopefully it's similar. Lampard being the Gudjohnsen type player this time. My only worry is that we go 4-4-2 with no real width from our midfield players. In this case, it'll be long long balls to Drogba to knock down for the advancing Lampard or to Anelka. That'll be more of a smash and grab performance from us if we do attempt that.

I hope we play it like we did in the 06/07 season; Drogba's goal showed that we weren't just launching it in directly to him but actually passing the ball direct to the man (in that case on the floor) SIMILAR to the 04/05 home game.

How exciting.
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Post by fcb on Mon May 04, 2009 7:13 pm

I don't think Anelka will be playing for knockdowns all the time...watch for him to use his pace and run in areas around the left side of Barça's defense.

Also, Hiddink will have noticed the high defensive line we play, and Anelka's pace is a great weapon to use to try and spring the offside trap.
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Post by Tom on Mon May 04, 2009 7:14 pm

Who's going to partner Pique? Please. Say. Abidal.
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Post by fcb on Mon May 04, 2009 7:16 pm

Nobody knows...Caceres, Abidal, or Toure are the options.
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Post by Kroos on Mon May 04, 2009 7:36 pm

oh no ballack could really miss a big final again

but i think he have enough experience to not get a yellow card
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Post by S4P on Mon May 04, 2009 8:09 pm

If we get through I hope Ballack is suspended for the final. We might actually win it. Shocked Ale

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Post by Guest on Mon May 04, 2009 10:55 pm

pep calls up every available player

Valdés,
Jorquera, Pinto, Alves, Víctor Sánchez, Piqué, Cáceres, Abidal,
Sylvinho, Touré Yaya, Keita, Busquets, Gudjohnsen, Xavi, Iniesta, Hleb,
Bojan, Henry, Eto'o, Messi and Pedro.


Pinto,pedro,sanchez will be dropped.

it would be cool, if sanchez started at CB and had the game of his life.
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Post by fcb on Tue May 05, 2009 7:45 am

Is that list correct? I read that Botia has also travelled with the squad (as has Puyol, though he's suspended anyway). Pep wanted the whole squad there, except the two injured players Marquez and Milito.

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Post by Guest on Tue May 05, 2009 12:43 pm

its from the website, so it must be correct.

they said botia trained with the squad, but his name wasn't on the list.


----Alves---Pique--Botia--Abidal

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Re: Barcelona vs. Chelsea CL SF discussion thread

Post by Tweesus on Tue May 05, 2009 1:06 pm

Who the fuck is botia?

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Post by Guest on Tue May 05, 2009 1:17 pm

He is a fucking barcelona atletic and Spanish U-21 CB
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Re: Barcelona vs. Chelsea CL SF discussion thread

Post by fcb on Tue May 05, 2009 1:25 pm

Tweedle wrote:Who the fuck is botia?

Another product of the world's best academy Ale
(note: this is not hype, I'm not saying he's necessarily destined to be a great player...he's hardly played with the first team, but I have to admit I liked what I saw in pre-season, considering the generally poor CBs that our academy tends to produce)


Anyway, I'd be surprised if he plays.
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Post by Jaime on Tue May 05, 2009 2:54 pm

Messiah wrote:He is a fucking barcelona atletic and Spanish U-21 CB

lol! He's only got the one cap with the U21s!

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Post by Guest on Tue May 05, 2009 2:58 pm

Jaime wrote:
Messiah wrote:He is a fucking barcelona atletic and Spanish U-21 CB

lol! He's only got the one cap with the U21s!

So what, he is still a U-21 international.

its one of what will be many.
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Post by christmasborocooper on Tue May 05, 2009 3:12 pm

kas wrote:
Tweedle wrote:Who the fuck is botia?

Another product of the world's best academy Ale
(note: this is not hype, I'm not saying he's necessarily destined to be a great player...he's hardly played with the first team, but I have to admit I liked what I saw in pre-season, considering the generally poor CBs that our academy tends to produce)


Anyway, I'd be surprised if he plays.

What are you doing signing players from West Ham Grr
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Post by The Easter Bunny on Tue May 05, 2009 3:23 pm

Messiah wrote:pep calls up every available player

Valdés,
Jorquera, Pinto, Alves, Víctor Sánchez, Piqué, Cáceres, Abidal,
Sylvinho, Touré Yaya, Keita, Busquets, Gudjohnsen, Xavi, Iniesta, Hleb,
Bojan, Henry, Eto'o, Messi and Pedro.


Pinto,pedro,sanchez will be dropped.

it would be cool, if sanchez started at CB and had the game of his life.

Pedro>>Hleb ok
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Post by Chocolate Thunder on Tue May 05, 2009 4:51 pm

3-2, Barca to go through is my prediction.

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Re: Barcelona vs. Chelsea CL SF discussion thread

Post by TM on Tue May 05, 2009 5:23 pm

Messiah wrote:
Jaime wrote:
Messiah wrote:He is a fucking barcelona atletic and Spanish U-21 CB

lol! He's only got the one cap with the U21s!

So what, he is still a U-21 international.

its one of what will be many.

lol!

Delusional hippy.
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Post by Super Progress on Tue May 05, 2009 5:26 pm

Jaime wrote:
Messiah wrote:He is a fucking barcelona atletic and Spanish U-21 CB

lol! He's only got the one cap with the U21s!
lol!
Farca hype Laugh

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