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Apr 27, 2010

FC Barcelona needs to Produce a Magical Night against Inter Milan

So, the stage is set of this all conquering FC Barcelona side to overcome one of the biggest challenges in last two years. After losing the first leg away 3-1 at San Siro, FC Barcelona have to do it all at Nou Camp now. A failure to do that will see the dream of retaining the Champions league crown at our rivals home ending. Many have pointed out that we need a miracle to go through to the final, but for me that is more of an exaggeration. What we really need is a solid, compact and a determined performance and we could be heading to Bernabeu. The last time Inter Milan visited Camp Nou we ended up winning the match comfortably - FC Barcelona - 2, Inter -0 . A repeat of the same performance will see us comfortably through to the final and that is the reason why I emphasized on a good compact performance rather than a miracle. No way this is going to be easy, but this FC Barcelona side has the talent to achieve that result even with the absence of Iniesta.

The last two Champions League matches at the Camp Nou ended with Barca winning comfortably against Stuttgart and Arsenal. Lionel Messi scored six of those goals in the total of wight for Barca. In those two matches Barca blew apart their opponents in the first half and such a first half performance is the need of the hour. This Inter Milan has improved by a lot from the last time they visited Nou Camp. They have the best central defense pairing in the whole of Europe at this moment in the form of Samuel and Lucio. Their defensive midfielder Cambiasso is surprising everyone with every match. All the credit should be given to Mourinho for turning this side into a very hard working compact side. Inter Milan will present a different challenge to Barca compared to the visits of Stuttgart and Arsenal. Out of all those three teams, Inter is the only side which is coming to Barcelona with the upper hand and clearly know that it for them to lose the semi-final.

Mind Games has already started in Both Camps

The major point of discussion to the build up of this game was about the startegy Mourinho will employ. Will he sit back by parking his players around the box or will he play a style similiar to the one employed at San Siro last week? The answer could be seen from a close look at the Chelsea vs Inter Milan second leg at the Stamford Bridge. In that match Mourinho surprised everyone deploying an attacking formation and pressing really hard especially in the first half. He may deploy a similiar strategy, trying to close down the space of FC Barcelona midfield. Sitting back may backfire if there is an early goal at the Camp Nou from Barca and Mourinho would be the first one to realise that danger. As I wrote in the earlier paragraph, FC Barcelona has to win this tie in the first half. A 0-0 at the half time would seriously make iot difficult, and from then on breaking Inter will be close to impossible.

The mind games have already begun at both the camps. It looks like the designated referee is the target of both the camp. The Belgian referee, Frank De Bleeckere is assigned this match. Before you go berserk yelling at UEFA for not assigning an official from the big leagues, let me tell you that Mr.Bleeckere has a very good reputation when it comes to big matches. He was the one who officiated our UEFA Super Cup victory over Shaktar Donetsk. The Inter President, Massimo Moratti has already blasted FC Barcelona management for putting pressure on the referee. Mourinho did say a few things about our club and players after the first leg, it was quite surprising that he never said a damn thing after the knockout stage matches. You all can be assured that the self claimed "Special One" will say a few more in the press conference before the match. The "Special One" has already started his mind games creating a freak injury scare of Sneijder and Maicon. It looks like the Barcelona based media camps have caught his bluff. I would be quite surprised (in a nice way) to see any of these players missing.

Guardiola's tactics will be closely monitored in the build up of this match. He did fail miserably to read the game at half time at San Siro and we cannot afford a repeat of the same. The first point of intereste will be the formation he would employ. I am not at all a big fan of the 4-2-3-1 formation, but have to agree that it could be the best against Inter Milan. There is not much room to manouvre in the defense for Guardiola. Carles Puyol is suspended for this leg. Milito and pique will form the central defense pairing with Alves on the right and Maxwell on left. Abidal would have been the ideal choice as left back, but still it is not clear whether he is fit and available. The choice of defensive midfielder to pair with xavi infront of defense raised some eyebrows at the San Siro. But it showed Guardiola's preference. He has favoured Busquets over Toure for most of the season, and the kid could not absorb his defense off any pressure nor create a stability for the attacking players at the San Siro. Toure could ideally be my choice simply because of his experience, physiscal presence and defensive capability. The midfield trio should be an ideal formation of Keita, Messi and Pedro with Henry upfront as the striker. Many may question my logic of leaving Ibrahimovic out. The reason is plain simple - We average more than three goals per match without Ibrahimovic and I believe that the reason is his lack of speed. For tomorrow's match I don't want a forward who can kill the speed of our moves but someone who cfan complement. Henry has a better experience in dealing with tough central defenders whereas Ibrahimovic goes missing in those encounters.

Barca players may have blamed the referee for last week debacle at San Siro, but they themselves should know that the major part of blame falls on them. Playesr like Busquets, Alves, Keita, Ibrahimovic were all way below par on the night. Alves and Busquets should stop falling down the moment the simplest of challenge is made. This match would be a test of character of this Barca side. Like Laporta said last week, a great comeback from behind victory could be the only thing this great Barca sides lacks at this moment. This is that moment. To do that the players have to play at their very best, staying strong and focussed throughout this match. There is no reason why barca can knock this Inter side out and I am predicting a 2-0 victory for Barca.

29 comments:

nana said...

i agree with u on busquets vs yaya stuff. but strongly yaya is ahead of busquets and in this match yaya will be very helpful. he helps the attack as well as defense and that makes him a better player than busquets.
for our attack, bojan or henry should start and maybe subbed around 70mins for ibra to come on. but truthfully this is going to be one long night for both teams.
Inter is definately going to do everything possible to stop our free flowing passing and we must accept the challenge and beat them to that.

Anonymous said...

Love this blog! I read it to mentally prepare for Barca matches. I already told my friends that I'll cry if we lose (Barca) but then again when we win I'll cry tears of triumph!
Xavi= captain
Ibra = should come on around the 65th minute
Bojan = should start (He is so underrated)
Toure = defensive midfield
Alves = shouldn't cross,when he gets in the opponent's half he should short pass it to Messi
Messi = MAGIC!
All the way from Trinidad & Tobago! BARCA!!!!! ^_^

Bibin said...

Great to have you on the blog.Next time please post with your name. It becomes easy to address you. Good Luck to all.

koorosh.fardipour said...

Well done bibin, as usual. I will be very disappointed if Yaya is not included in the starting 11. Barca is going to need 3 goals to kill the much, 3 within 75 minutes at least 2 of the in the first half. This team is capable of smashing teams like Inter I am sure about it. Lost balls must be regained quickly and players should not stop and expect the referee blowing his whistle after every physical contact. a lot depends in what mood Messi will be tomorrow. Let’s hope he is in a fighting mood. We are much depended on him. He is the unique player in the world of football and he is on our side. That day he is good, is the day our team will easily beat any great team. Let’s hope that "the team which plays best will win the fixture" I AM CONVINCED THAT TEAM WILL BE OUR TEAM. KOOROSH

Anonymous said...

Harrisoft has this to say...

I totally agreed with the frist phrase of your last line there is no reason .... up Inter! Up the Special One!!

Anonymous said...

the fun when reading the blog is that no mention is made of what Inter will be up to. Am afraid for once Barca should accept that its the end!

Bibin said...

Guys, Please mind the language. Everyone is entitled to make his/her point. Respect that and let's debate using pretty decent language.

Anonymous said...

Lol, its sad that everyone including the writer expects Barca to go through, unfortunately you don't realise that inter is more than capable of getting a goal. You win some you loose some, its the way of life, and this time its Barca on the loosing end. watch this space

kurosh said...

Mr. Anonymous, it's intriguing that an inter fan should find the need of calming his nerves by berating the Great powerhouse FC Barcelona.I can only imagine what similar effect there is in the inter clubhouse. By the way in this forum We Barca fans have Class. Stay Safe Lad.

Bibin said...

Great reply Kurosh. That showed the Barca fans real class. Keep it up guys. Now the discussion is getting interesting.

Anonymous said...

I am impressed with this blog and agree with what the writer is saying. I am impressed to see a fan acknowledge the weekness of his site and try to come up with genuine solutions. I wish Barca players especially the coach, read this blog before this evening's game.

However, I am afraid this night will be a long bitter night for Barca. This is the one night where fans will wake up to the reality of what a mistake the coach's feelings were, at the beginning of the season by letting go off Eto'o.

Barca might just, and I repeat, might just, win this match, but seriously, Eto'o will score. For crying out loud, how could anyone because of 'feeling' swap Eto'o for Ibra? Today, am afraid we all will realise how bad this decision was.

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Josh said...

I have to disagree with the anti-busquet comments. When I've watched him he's been exceptional...Yes maybe a few months back he seemed to give possession away a little cheaply. But it seems like he has worked on his game, he is very good on the ball and his passing has improved. He reads the game very well. I think Yaya Toure should play ahead of Keita however...He is more of a leader and a presence on the field which would be valuable in a game like this against Inter who are a big powerful team. Come on Barca you can do it! Shut up Mourinho with all his talk! He just wants to add to his CV. This is Barca's year again!! - From a Barca supporter in the UK

Worldshaker said...

Yeah, i agree with you. Making such a swap is what we are suffering now to be sincere.Matches like this are games Eto loves winning for Barca.
But lets leave that and talk of the second leg, our players should put in the kind of spirit or mood they played with against MAN. U in the 2009 final match, against this same INTER side, which i personally think are not better than us but were just determined not fall again to us, and lastly against REAL MADRID,second leg of La Liga. My believe is that with such mood which ended all these mentioned matches is all we need to crunch this INTER side.
Mourinho will believe at the end the end today's match that the real special one is the MERCILESS MESSI.

kurosh said...

How is it that Anonymous can read from a text yet have no comprehension what it actually means. I believe it's either blissful ignorance or an immature wishful proclamation fantasizing about the truth. It also shows a lot a confidence? hearing from an inter fan feeling the need expressing himself on a Barca site. Again very intriguing that inter fan simply has to calm his nerves doing that.
As far as Ibra goes it sounds like a jealous ex girlfriend complaining even after the relationship is over. It is ok inter fan, you can move on even with a second rated player with half of Ibra's talent & vision.

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Anonymous said...

Kurosh, I realise how much class you have in you, following your last statement. That is, if class interpretes into the 'very mature' statements you post.

Any way, I sincerely hope you do not ask for Peppe's head after this evening.

I know Barca has the potential to outclass inter and move on to Madrid, but then, just like the writer of the blog, I call on all to remember that Barca is up against a super motivated side that is up by two goals. DO NOT FORGET THAT.

Bibin said...

Anonymous:

Please post using your name. It becomes easy to address you. Nice to see you at the blog. Have fun.

kurosh said...

Again thanks for participating, I am sorry if the metaphor I used hurt your feelings however If you truly are a football fan, you should objectically realise the true value of players. You should also review your posts before claiming others' to be baseless. Sometimes we have to respond in kind. Now this is Fun

kurosh said...

Again thanks for participating. I am sorry if my metaphor hurt your feelings, however if you are a football fan you should objectively appreciate the true value of players. You should also review your posts more carefully before you claim others' to be baseless or on feelings only. Sometimes we have to respond in kind. Now this is Fun

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koorosh.fardipour said...

Kourosh, nice to see you here. I do agree with you that Ibra is a very skillful player, however I did not like your words about etto'o. he was a good barcelonist and one of the greatest forwards in the history of the club. His name should always be mentioned with respect and appreciation.
qorbanat, koorosh

Anonymous said...

Haha, phew, Barcelona's out :)
and if not 1 player, Messi, both Arsenal and Real would still be in...Its Messi who won really, not Barcelona...
Well done Inter :)

BARÇASUCKS said...

AAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FORZA INTEEEEER!!!!!!!!!

koorosh.fardipour said...

OK, we are out of the ch.ship and that's not happened without reasons. we had lost this game in Milan when the players did not play well.They were TOO bad. tonight they were out of fantasies and looked very naive. Messi was not in that mood which makes him the great player he is. The whole night,they were just knocking on a closed door.they had neither the power nor the knowledge how to brake down that thick door.Sorry guys,we are not the team we were last year. But lets get back to the unfinished business of the La liga. Real Madrid is out there after us. we had all the possibilities tonight to become happy, we just did not know how to use them. I hope Etoo will score the decisive goal in the final just to prove us how ungratefully he was treated by the club he really loved.

koorosh.fardipour said...

Bibin, please remove the dirty words of these unpleasant people from this sight.will you? No body should respond to them in the same manner. We love football and we talk about our game in clean and beautiful words. Forza Barca

Anonymous said...

eto is a big boy luv it or leave it

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