Real Madrid versus Barcelona

The dynamic duo are running rampant per usual

I hope you all enjoyed that as much as I did. Off to have lunch! and some wine! OH and Barcelona are top of La Liga

As soccer fans we were treated to a show. USMNT fans. NOTICE what speed and skill can do versus a little and large like strike force!

The game had everything. Passion, amazing skill, goals, cards and strategy. What was surprising was that none of those were exhibited by Real Madrid, aside from the cards!

TWEEEEET TWEEEET TWEET as the ref smartly ends this massacre. Barcelona celebrates and Real are in shock. A complete embarrassment. What will tomorrow bring? Heads will roll?

93:00 – ARGY BARGY as Sergio Ramos crushes Messi and gets a straight red. Then there is a  lot of pushing as Puyol goes crashing down. This is more than handbags.

91:00 – GOOOOOOOOAAALLLJeffren taps it in after a lovely bit of work from Bojan who runs down the wing and sends in a great cross. Barcelona 5 – Real Madrid 0

89:00 – Di Maria gets a glimmer of space but holds the ball back for Ronaldo who accidentally kicks  the ball out of bounds, much to the delight of the Blaugrana faithful.

87:00 – Xavi leaves to a thunderous applause as Keita comes on to replace him. Do any of these Barca players, aside from David Villa go by both their names?

82:00 – Benzema looks like he is going to cry.

80:00 – What a montage. They showed the happy faces of the Barca players and then the anguished faces of the Real players. Real get a corner. This has been their only real attacking move of the second half.

77:00 – Bojan immediately gets sent through, but his legs fail him and he tumbles. Moments later he sends in a rocket of a shot that Casillas does well to parry.

76:00 – Bojan on for David Villa. Welcome to the Clasico David Villa. A job well done!

75:00 – Handbags are being thrown by each side, as Real are understandably frustrated. Still 15 minutes left!

72:00 – Benzema tries a backheel to comical effect. At least he wins a throw in and Real have consecutive touches with the ball.

70:00 – Barcelona have used their back heel more times in the past 5 minutes than Real have touched the ball. This is so much fun to watch!

68:00 -Barcelona playing tantalizing football as they play keep away for about 2 minutes and run up and down the pitch and back again. Real have nothing. Attacks from Barcelona are coming from everyone. I would be surprised to see Valdes sauntering in the Real penalty box.

66:00 – At some point, Arbeloa has been substituted for Marcelo.

60:00 – Real get a freekick about a mile away from goal and they try some trickery as Alonso pretends to take it, but Ronaldo hits it and it goes just wide.

58:00 – GOOOOOOALLLLL – DAVID VILLA. All Messi again as this time he does the same meandering run, but from the halfway line and sends the pass of the year that slides through everyone and right into David Villas path, who side foots the ball through Casillas legs. He’s just wishing he was in Sara Carbonero’s arms. Wait thats me. Still 30 minutes left! Barcelona 4 – Real Madrid 0

55:00 – GOOOOOAAAAAL – DAVID VILLA. Once again, Real’s defense is sliced through like a pigs head off a pigs body. Messi does one of his trademark meandering runs across the pitch and fires a pass to David Villa who skips past Pepe and slots it home. Casillas is aghast and Alonso has no idea what hit him. Barcelona 3 – Real Madrid 0

52:00 – Messi cuts across the field and sends a lovely ball to Xavi who just has Casillas to beat, but Ramos comes in with a last second tackle. The ball bounces to Villa, but his shot goes into the side netting. That should have been 3-0.

48:00 – Barcelona taking over where they left off, as Real get easily dispossessed. Pedro gets an open look but Ramos throws himself at the ball and it deflects back into play. The ball ends up in the goal, but the whistle blew for a foul and Real punt the free kick to clear.

Lassana Diarra replaces Ozil. This should free up Ronaldo and Benzema as Ozil was getting beat too easily.

46:00 – TWEEEEET. and the second half is under way.

Did you hear that? That was Mourinho screaming at his players in the dressing room!

If you though the first half was amazing, just wait for the second!

47:00 – PEEEP PEEP. Halftime…phew

46:00 – Real are passing the ball to each other as if each player is sleeping with anothers significant other. The passes are like rockets. This more has to do with Barca’s immense pressure and Madrid are playing nervously.  Barcelona are  like a skilled Stoke City as they are relentlessly hounding the Madrid players each time they get the ball.

45:00 – MORE ARGY BARGY, as Carvalho tackles Messi well. Messi is angry and confronts Carvalho who waves him off. Messi does his best De Niro and crumples to the ground. Instead of an Oscar he gets a yellow.

44:00 – OHHH an Alonso siting as he lets Busquets know who’s boss and pass to Ronaldo but he shots from 40 yards straight at Valdes.

43:00 – Ramos loses the ball to Abidal who releases Messi who scampers toward goal. He would have shot had not Pepe come back for some marvelous defending. A great hard tackle in the box by the Portuguese defender.

40:00 – Real are playing with 7 or so at the back and still Xavi, Messi and Pedro find a way through. Abidal has been immense coming from the back and is terrorizing Ramos.

37:00 – Off the poor corner, Messi breaks and Pepe holds him back, earning his place in the ref’s book.

34:00 – Madrid do their best Barceloan impression by pinging the ball around. It ends though, when Villa cynically brings down Khedira. Free kick is about 35 yards from goal and Ronaldo sends it agonizingly wide, as it hits a mystical Barcelona player and goes out for a corner. Villa gets a card for his terrible tackle.

Game on

31:00 – ARGY BARGY! Ronaldo is in the middle of it and Valdes is way out of his area. It all starts with Pep Guardiola holding the ball and Ronaldo pushes him in order to get the ball. The Barca players come to his rescue. In the end Valdes and Ronaldo get yellows for their troubles. WHAT A GAME!

28:00 – Pedro is one on one with Casillas, but the Spanish number 1 blocks his dribble and clears the danger. It’s only a moment of reprieve as Barcelona attack again. Casillas finally holds onto the ball and clears the ball into the other half.

24:00 – Barcelona are playing at much higher level as they are cutting Real’s defense to shreds. The problem though stems from the midfield where Barcelona seem to be playing a 1-7-2 formation and are completely over running Madrid.

21:00 – Once again Real Madrid press and Benzema tries to do it on his own, when a cross would have been a better idea.

18:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAL. Pedro makes it two for Barcelona. Xavi sends a gorgeous pass over everyone to David Villa who takes on two and sends in an easy ball for Pedro to easily poke home. The special one is furious! Barcelona 2 – Real Madrid 0

14:00 – Ronaldo shows why he might be the best player in the world as tries he sets up Benzema with a glorious pass. This game is fantastic and frentic. I don;t even have time to open a bottle of wine. Might resort to beer.

12:00 – Real answer right back as Di Maria sends a rocket that Valdes punches over for a corner. Ozil’s corner is poor and Barcelona clear.

10:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAL. In a flash, Barcelona rip Real apart with Messi finding Iniesta, who blasts a pass to Xavi that ricochets of Marcelo and Xavi shows brilliance and composure to chip over Casillas into the back of the net! Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 0

8:00 – End to end stuff as each team is taking about 90 seconds each to camp themselves in the opponents half. Barcelona looking more dangerous so far.

6:00 – Valdes is back on his feet and the Barceloan win a corner after Messi dispossesses Di Maria. Of the corner, Messi sends a delightful chip goalwards, but luckily for Real it hits the post and goes back into play.

3:00 – Ronaldo sends in a dangerous cross that Valdes does well to claim, but goes down under a challenge from Benzema.

1:00 – PEEEEEEEP and Real kick it off


“more charged than a hairdryer in a bathtub”


EGADS…the commentary so far is painful…sigh. Nevermind. Nothing like a glass of wine to make it better. If you think it’s too early to drink (noon), well work is slow!

The line ups

Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Villa, Pedro.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.


SUCK IT COMCAST. you try and deny me ESPN Deportes even though I have paid for the “Sports Package”…well luckily that includes Gol TV, so i get to watch it! That said, a demerit for ESPN for not putting this on one of their more accessible stations. Yet…i should not complain…game is on!

28 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/11/29 at 12:51 PM

    Oh yes, Shaun is a in a rare move…look at the fancy graphic you have too!


  2. Posted by Faith on 2010/11/29 at 1:27 PM

    It’s on ESPN3, too. Hook your computer up to your TV. (=


  3. Posted by dth on 2010/11/29 at 1:52 PM

    Somewhere in the Bernabeu, phone calls for bids are being made for Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Bale and whichever cut-rate centerback they can find.


  4. Posted by kaya on 2010/11/29 at 2:01 PM

    I hate comcast for many reasons… but hadn’t really gotten around to “because I can’t get ESPND.” I’ve got the folks coming for christmas and have no choice but to get a temporary bundle to keep them happy for the holidays, but was thinking of going with the latino package in hopes that it might get me more futbol for my pisto. Anyone know offhand if you still get most of the english language cable news networks with that package?


  5. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/11/29 at 2:19 PM


    I cannot even remember Madrid registering a single attempt on target in 60 minutes of play. I think the closest was when Ronaldo played that ball through to Benzema and Abidal cut it out and Valdez “saved” it. So much for their offensive players…


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/11/29 at 2:44 PM

    The cameraman loves to show the glum faces of the Madrid players, especially Cassillas. Oh, and the Special One. He’s not ‘sushing’ the crowd now, is he?!


  7. Posted by kaya on 2010/11/29 at 3:00 PM

    love it, love it, love it.
    Mourinho has always been The Evil One in my book… but the first Real domino to fall was the horrific defense. Ironic.


  8. Posted by chris on 2010/11/29 at 3:03 PM

    as a real fan and a USMNT fan, please explain in more depth why this game is exciting for the USMNT.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/11/29 at 3:09 PM

      Chris – Sorry for the vague comment. It was meant to reiterate that i think the USMNT are better off with a speed and skill pairing of Dempsey and Donovan versus an Altidore plus another striker up top. Barcelona ran riot with quick, fast, skilled forwards, none of them taller than five foot 9 or so. Sure they have Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Abidal etc… to feed them passes, but I think that right now Donovan and Dempsey are wasted out wide and would be far more lethal up top.

      See our post from yesterday regarding this.

      From a Real point of view, am sorry for you about this game, but Real will bounce back. I still think they win the title!


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/11/29 at 3:23 PM

        Shaun – just to add that Barca can play this way because of the set up of their *whole* team, and the fact that they’re all *comfortbale* on the ball. The system won’t work if you only have half of the team who can play like this…

        But point taken that you don’t need to be a brute to play up top.


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/11/29 at 3:27 PM

          George – This is true. No one is Barcelona, but the USMNT are most dangerous on counter attacks. In order to be good at counter attacks, you need skill, speed and quick inter change of passing. The US have this is some of their players, so why not put those players in pivotal roles.

          Yes…i’m reaching, but I would like to see something different.


      • Posted by chris on 2010/11/29 at 3:28 PM

        im new to soccer
        and it seems this is what “needed” to happen here,(With the talk of mourinho,etc) so i cant be too mad, plus im not a super REAl fan, i have found that i am becoming a Tottenham fan first. (crouch being the antithesis of your point..haha)
        but that being said the USMNT is obviously deepest in my heart.
        so hopefully they can make some changes that will allow for their game to come throuhg.

        enjoying the blog


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/11/29 at 3:35 PM

          Chris – Funnily, in a way, Crouch dis-spells my theory, as he’s “got remarkably good ball skills for a big man”. I think when people try to use him for his height, he’s not as effective, though lately he’s been nodding down balls for all his partners.

          Spurs are a fun team to watch. Enjoy the season!


  9. Posted by Tux on 2010/11/29 at 3:06 PM

    Complete and utter destruction. This is why you can’t run a trap against Barca. When you take away the gaps between your mids and your backs, they’ll wait until you overcommit defensively, then run past you instead.

    After this, I feel like you can’t really say that Real and Barca are on the same level. Admittedly, this was only one game at Camp Nou…but does anyone really think that the result would’ve been that much different at Bernabeu? Real’s a great team, but the Special One played this the wrong way. You can’t leave your backs alone in an attempt to win back the midfield – all you do is wind up losing everywhere instead of just the midfield.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/11/29 at 3:11 PM

      I agree. It came down to Mourinho’s arrogance getting the better of him. Real Madrid were awful, but i do believe this is a one off and they will be back. The return match at the Bernabeu will be very different and I think Real wins the title.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/11/30 at 7:34 AM

        If you look at how Germany and Netherlands played against Spain, and how Inter played against Barca in the SF 2nd Leg last year, one thing they all had in common was a deep defensive line. [I have used Spain and Barca together as there is such an overlap between players and playing style]. Germany kept Spain out for 75 minutes (eventually falling to a header from a corner) and Netherlands took Spain to extra time. And Inter won the tie even though they lost the game.

        The common thing was a deep defensive line and a proper (specialised) enforcer playing in front of the centre backs.

        Allowing your defensive line to sit in front of the goal with little space behind for strikers to move into, if they do get past, the little space to make up is much easier for other defenders to cover. Yes, playing a deep defensive line can invite a lot of pressure onto your defence and if you haven’t got the space behind the midfield covered properly, that pressure can be dangerous as we saw last night. But I think that Barca scoring SO early, really messed with Mourinho’s “frustration” game plan. And when they conceded the second goal [after 20 minutes], he had to rethink the ‘deep defensive line’ as it’s not the most offensive strategy – and they needed at least two goals to salvage a point. Barca almost got behind Real for fun in the second half, when the defensive line was higher.

        Mourinho will be in the market for an enforcer in the next two transfer windows – think Makelele at Chelsea, Cambiasso/Zanetti at Inter.


  10. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/11/29 at 3:18 PM

    As much as I like to see Mourinho eat his words, to be fair to him, he’s been in charge for what, 13 league and 5 CL games? Where Guardiola has been in charge for 3 seasons.

    I think that Barca has won 5 out of the last 6, including that thrashing at the Santiago Bernabeu last year when even the Real fans applauded them…

    But Real were terrible today, pretty much in all departments.

    Just wish that there was some volcanic ash in the air so that all flights would be cancelled. That would be a long coach ride back to Madrid!


    • Posted by dth on 2010/11/29 at 3:26 PM

      What are the odds Mourinho renews his pursuit of Ashley Cole. My guess: high.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/11/29 at 3:56 PM

        I was actually surprised he didn’t leave England this year. For me, he was one of England’s bright sparks during a dire summer. Has been the best LB in the world for a number of seasons now – better than Evra and Grosso IMO.


  11. Posted by dude on 2010/11/29 at 6:40 PM

    I’m cautious to put down Mourinho too harshly yet. He’s still got another meeting and the Champions’ League. Here’s the scary thing about him, he learns. Milan were embarrassed much the same way last year, but he saw the problems and made changes.

    I am not a fan of Real in the slightest, but I do see massive potential. If they can keep Barca from having all the possession, things could change next time around.


  12. Posted by BW on 2010/11/30 at 3:04 AM

    that game was so ridiculous. some of the best, most attractive football I’ve seen. be sure to catch a replay if you haven’t seen it already!


  13. Posted by KickinNames... on 2010/11/30 at 8:07 AM

    Wow. I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed a game as much as a neutral. That was as close to perfection as I’ve seen in any sporting event. Wow. And Xabi’s goal may have been the best of the day from a technical difficulty standpoint.




  15. halla real




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