January 19th, 2012

Midweek Results: Not Too Big, Too Small, But Just Right

They won 2-1. Imagine what Xavi would have done to celebrate winning the Ballon d’Or. Image via twitter.

Real talk: how many of you guestimated the measurements of Xavi’s youknowwhat?

Copa Del Rey

Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona

No Pepe, we couldn’t believe our eyes either. But at least you have a functioning hand to flap in your anguish. Image: REUTERS/Felix Ordonez.

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Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Mallorca

They’re like a bunch of unruly puppies, aren’t they? Let’s hope no one gets carried away and widdles on the pitch. Image via tumblr.

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Coppa Italia

AC Milan 2-1 Novara

It’s a fine attempt, Pablo Louro Granoche, but you were never going to be able to pull off a jeté with twelve stone of Daniela Bonera-shaped manmeat hanging off your shirt. Image: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images.

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FA Cup

Leicester City 4-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest defender Chris Gunter is sporting a pouch we lovingly refer to as an ‘Ozil’.  It’s not ALL about the abs, y’know. PS – should Robbie Findley be nominated for ‘miss of the season?’ Image: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images Europe.

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It’s not as though anything else matters apart from Xavi’s undercarriage, is it?

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181 Responses to “Midweek Results: Not Too Big, Too Small, But Just Right”

  1. Melaniee. says:

    after reviewing this heavy discussion,
    i came to this conclusion.
    ALL TEAMS AND PLAYERS MAKE MISTAKES!
    most players have dove at least once.
    is it annoying, HELL YES IT IS!
    but we have to look at the talent of the player as a WHOLE!
    pepe is a good player.
    busquets falls or is "hurt" at least 5 times a game.
    i am a barca fan,
    but i believe in respect.
    just because i am a culé does not mean i rub it is peoples faces and cause issues for no reason!
    EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY!
    ITS NOT MOU MOU's FAULT & ITS NOT GUARDIOLA'S FAULT.
    you are all wonderful and correct.
    that is all.
    AND THIS IS ABOUT XAVI'S RARE NEKKIDNESS
    LET US NOT FORGET WHAT IS IMPORTANT! :)

  2. RMads says:

    Yeah with the referee on your side it is always easy to win
    remember Chelsea and Barcelona 1-1?

  3. Kristina says:

    I just want to say that el Clasico got the best of me again. I love the beautiful game and I really enjoy chatting with you all here. I'm still a hardcore Barcelista and I still think Pepe stink, BUT I'm not blind or arrogant. I love the banter, but sometimes I get carried away. I hope you all take it for what it is: banter.

    Have a very nice weekend, cheers!

  4. Gladys says:

    Just have to say for everyone disgusted over the El Clasico, good thing you didn't see Levante vs. Valencia, cause aside from Pepe, it was nothing in comparison. I was so disgusted with both teams. Levante's captain purposely stepped on someone's foot when the ball was forty yards up the field. Saldado got annoyed with some tough but not dangerous blocking in Levante's penalty box then raked his cleats across the chest of a Levante defender while he was on the ground (even though he scored a goal earlier and they were leading 3-1). Pushing, shoving, about 6 yellow cards for dissent, one red. And about 5 guys on each team had a perpetually pissed off look on their faces for more than half the game. It was like watching a bunch of badly behaved children. I've never seen anything like it. I was rooting for Levante as the underdogs at the beginning and by 30 minutes into it, I just felt completely ashamed. Rivalry in La Liga is just crazy.

    • Maran says:

      Totally agree! The spirit of de Jong and Pepe hoovered over that field. What's wrong, can't spanish players kick a ball nowadays? Let alone see where they plant their foot?

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I read and heard about this game they told the last 30 minutes it was crazy, that's rivalry, that's what people don't understand, it is that I condemn it, but when rivalry happens in a game, temper fly so fast and it turns ugly.

      Oh Galdys, perpare yourself for a treat as Derby's Sevile is this week, nothing tops Derby' Seville in the world for me, I personally think it is the worse rivalry in Liga, before Clasico even, can't wait as I miss it!

      • Gladys says:

        Damn, I'll have to watch it in replay! (Although I don't know how many more "morbo"-fueled matches I can take.)

        The whole rivalry thing puts everything in perspective. I've learned not to demonize opponents except in the case of intentional or recklessly dangerous (by which I mean injurious) behavior. I'll say that though there were some inexcusable actions in the El Clasico on Wednesday (which have already been discussed exhaustively), I found it relatively calm for the most part. There was even a moment when Puyi and Carvalho "hugged it out" after a tussle in Madrid's penalty area. And I'll admit that Cesc's hot-headedness was making me nervous– I really wanted Pep to pull him out earlier for Thiago– who I've never once seen angry or flustered. (He and Afellay are our even-keeled dreamboats.)

        It's funny that you bring up the Seville Derby, because I gather that Betis is a traditionally rough and tumble team (they had the most red cards last year, I believe), and they played that way against Barca last weekend and everything was fine (the usual protests but nothing big). It'll be interesting to see what happens between Betis and Sevilla on Saturday.

        I guess you just have to accept that tempers are going to flair during rivalries and hope no one gets injured or gets themselves thrown off. But whereas Barca and RM still play relatively well when things get heated, Levante and Valencia just lost it. The play was so sloppy (especially from Levante) that it felt unwatchable. And I'm curious what you think about Soldado…I kept imagining Del Bosque thinking he made the right decision not including him in the NT. Oh, Roberto…..[me shaking my head].

        • Gladys says:

          P.S….sorry for the crazy long response. I will get back to work now. :)

          • Gladys says:

            PPS…now I'm extra sorry for it loading twice. Kickette, can you delete the duplicate if you get a chance. Thanks.

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          I don't condemn*
          Soldado is one of these rare players who is consistently hot headed on the pitch, every game he played in, if decision doesn't go his way, he will start screaming, complaining even grabing opponents by their shirts, I feel for VDB though, he has Villa who is injured, torres scoring form is poor, Llorente was injured for a while now, just get back, Negerdo the same, he isn't at top form either, it is weird in comparsion to the talent that La roja has strikers real strikers are not that many options, but the thing is you know you have alot of good midfielders who can cover for the lack of strikers choice upfront, there is always Raul who is still netting goals in Germany or maybe Callejon the most effective striker in this season so far? there is other alternatives, we will see for the upcoming friendly, I personally would be over the moon if callejon get the call or Raul is called back too,

          • Gladys says:

            It really is a shame that he has such a crazy temper when he's so talented. (He's worse than 99.99999% of defenders and DMs!) If it were me I'd be banging my head after every game thinking, "Why why why, Roberto? With VDB in the audience. Why?!" I know Unai Emery has temper problems of his own, but he might look into getting an anger management coach for the guy.

            I agree with your comment about Spanish midfielders…it's really amazing the embarrassment of riches on the NT, some of whom are doing all the scoring for their club teams. Maybe they can win with a 1-4-5-Silva formation, and then everyone would get a chance to play. ;)

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Speaking of Emery him and Bielsa I think are the funniest coach in Liga to follow their reactions, sometime their actions are more entertaining than the actual game played :P

  5. xoWinnie says:

    LOL one trick pony? are you high? i'm sure this is the same dude who's name is attributed to titles in how many other leagues? has Pep even managed anywhere outside of Spain? LOLL i can't even….

    • Thea says:

      Think you will fin that it will be PEP who is at the top of every club manager's wish list!!! He's the guy that even ie hard MANU an Chelsea fans would love to have.

      I don't need to get high – my team keeps me very happy.

    • _Titi_ says:

      He won two PL's after spending over 200 million. Inter were Serie A champions for years before Mou came, winning there wasn't a big surprise, that inter team won the league 2 times in a row before mou came. Even the CL win was luck, the volcano caused barca to travel 24 hours over from sunday to monday (the match was on tuesday). the players were fatigued. Milto's goal was offside. Bojan had his ledgit goal called off etc etc. The thing is Pep never talks about these things publicly like Moanrinho does so the media barely pays any attention to it.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        What about Porto then?! Anyway I don't think I will need to speak about Mourinho accomplishment in this game so far, as alot are saying he might be the greatest coach of all time, professionals including Pep himself given him credit, I don't think Mourinho needs anyone to defend him as his numbers speak of itself, yes including my club Real Madrid, he is literally breaking a new record every week with these group of players!
        However, I have this small tiny comment that bugs me a bit because I keep hearing the same about Milito's goal was offside, but not about Pique's which was offside too? How referee whistled before Bojan scored for Yaya toure obvious hand ball, just saying Bojan might not heard the whistle over the 90000 screams in Camp Nou as it is very hard to be heard..
        Titi as a person who I truly respect for speaking on facts, you managed to let this slip.

        • _Titi_ says:

          I will admit that Mou is a good coach, not saying he isn't but the best of all time? I won't say much for the CL with porto since he had a great group of players with him at the time they did play well. But some could say that the Scholes's disallowed goal in the quarter finals of Porto vs. MU had a part of him winning the CL he could have been out if it weren't for that. Anyways many coaches have won a CL with a team, doesn't make them the best ever. In Chelsea he was given an unlimited budget, give any coach that amoutn of money and they will win you a league (unless you are in the same league as Barca that is) Mancini with Man City is on his way to do that now.
          With inter, as I said before, they were already Serie A champions. The Barcelona tie was completely farce. And that ball hit yaya's stomach not hands. I suggest you watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KtHjSn0zQw
          We had multiple calls against Inter but we didn't get them. That year we met inter 4 times won 2 times and tied once, that loss came after a 14 bus ride. http://www.imscouting.com/global-news-article/Bar…

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            I know that, that's why conspiracy theory is something to go into football history as something comical, as there is all of calls been called for and against Barcelona in previous semi-finals in UCL, again if you read my previous comments in here, I call my club for their behaviour and I called Mourinho for his actions last year, I don't agree with everything he says or does, but at the same time I don't think he is the devil as some like to picture him.
            Yes, maybe the bus ride has played to Mourinho's benefit, but did he control that weather? football is combination of luck and tactics, Mourinho get his tactic right in that game with the help of luck. I remember cule after that semi-final said that we don't deserve to qualify as we didn't play well, Mourinho manage to contain them even in Camp Nou, I remmeber that rational cules.
            As for his spending!! I think coaches with big budget spend money, it is not like fulled his club with galatico in Chelesa, he spent money but he built a team that operated until AVB arrival.

            • Shelley says:

              Plus the fact that the match was referred by a Portuguese referee who part owned a share of a restaurant with Mourinho in the Algarve of course had nothing to do with Inter Milan beating Barca either? The titles with Porto obviously had nothing to do with Porto bribing referee's and offering cash and prostitutes to ref's – not heard of the Golden Whistle scandal then? And of course despite spending £220m at Chelsea he couldn't get beyond a semi in the CL and kept losing to Benetiz. Ever wondered why Mourinho screams conspiracy at others?

              • xoWinnie says:

                lol oh yeah Shelley? and i'm sure the fact that refs turned a blind eye to Barca's fouls and fakery against Arsenal and Chelsea are not suspicious in any way shape or form!why don't Cules wanna discuss that Shelley? always got an excuse for a loss, but can never acknowledge a tainted victory can ya? of course not! because Barca always wins because they are so much more superior than any other club! even when they lose! imagine that! also, funny how for someone who loses to criticize Mou's overuse of the word conspiracies, you seem to have acquired quite a bucketful against him! just sayin!

              • Sarah, Madrid says:

                "that's why conspiracy theory is something to go into football history as something comical"…..
                Then you reply to me using conspiracy THEROIES, not only one!, this made me laugh on a depressing sunday monday…

      • xoWinnie says:

        this comment has done nothing to prove this "one trick pony" argument. what you're saying is that he won becaauuusseee yadda-yadda-yadda…your point? he still has a more decorated professional career as a coach than Pep, also across three other leagues. therefore, one-trick pony? not a valid insult.

        • Thea says:

          Winnie just admit it girl! Mour is yesterday's news basking in the fading light of yesterday's glory!!! All he does is moan and whine – even Fergie is magnamious in acknowledging Barca's superior skill! GET OVER IT, if Mour had some big trick up his sleeve he would of played by now!

          • xoWinnie says:

            Thea, get over yourself. even with your victories you seem so bitter about the fact that at the end of the dat, ON PAPER, Mou is a more succesful coach than Pep. even with those victories, there is an underlying jealousy in all of your comments about Real Madrid. probably also because ON PAPER, we are still more successful than Barcelona could ever hope to be. so, i take everything you in particular say with a grain of salt. you won and you're STILL mad? lol that's just a straight up HATER!

        • _Titi_ says:

          So, Sir Alex has only coached in one league, does that mean that Mou is superior than him? If Mou was the best coach ever as you say so he would have managed to beat barca more than once after 9 games. Why has Pep been able to tactically outsmart Mou over and over again?

          • Maran says:

            That is what I have been asking myself. Both questions.

          • xoWinnie says:

            where did i say he is "the best coach ever"? i said he is more successful, which HE IS. that is a cold, hard, undeniable FACT. i said Mourinho is not a one-trick pony, which he is NOT. that's all because what Thea said is a total crock of bull! but of course, your willingness to defend even the most inane comments as long as they are anti-Madrid seems to prevent you from making sense of even the simplest arguments…

            • _Titi_ says:

              you clearly lack reading comprehension, there is no point in engaging in debate with you as you will only ignore the arguments made by people here. You don't even know what "one-trick pony" means. There is no point in continuing this argument, it won't get through considering how thick you are.

        • Shelley says:

          Pep isnt being investigated by FIFA for being involved in an 'Investment Group' with Jorge Mendes and Peter Kenyon. The group for buys young portuguese and turkisk players, sells them on for a profit. Look at Besiktas and other 3rd party owned players in Spain. Even the Real Madrid share holders are concerned about it. It caused Xabi A and Casillas to confront JM early in the season as they thought the Mendes players were getting preferrential treatment. Mourinho has been on his best behaviour since people started to realise what is happening. 3rd party ownership was banned in England after similar 'scams'.

  6. Amber says:

    I think a few Barca fans need to look at their own teams actions and not just Pepe.

    We both acted like children on the pitch and BOTH teams had players take cheap shots I'm looking at you Cesc. It's not fair to just keep calling out RM players for their actions. Sorry neither team save a few players acts respectfully when they play each other.

    I guess we also have to ignore Mou calling out Pepe for his actions during the presser.

    • xoWinnie says:

      that's the formula!
      take the bad things Madrid players/staff do and multiply by a hundred
      take the good things they do and multiply by 0
      reverse and apply to Barca and VOILA! what do you get? complete denial.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I always thought that we are very hard on our players, maybe that's our actions get a lot of criticizing we call it before anyone else can call it.
      I loved Guti on twitter, Rooney apparently called pepe on his actions, out of all players, so Guti replied by making fun of Rooney by saying there is a lot of saints of heaven, but you know you have to lead by example, I love himmmmmmm Guti! I love him, btw he called cesc for his action too, thank you Guti!!

  7. Be Fair People says:

    What Pepe did was wrong but seriously, Messi pushed Xabi for no reason, Pepe ACTUALLY got kicked in the shins by Fabregras, Busquets was crazy at usual. I mean people are so unfair to Madrid, they seem to just overlook Barca's faults.
    And I have total respect for Mourinho because in his press conference he admitted Pepe should be punished and accepted the blame for the loss so honestly, hes shown the true qualities of a coach.
    AND so what if Madrid can't defeat Barca, we can still win La Liga and the CL :) Hala Mdrid!

    • DebS says:

      well said!

      • MEE says:

        Thanks :)
        It just bothers me how people think Barcelona is full of saints.
        I'm not justifying Real Madrid's actions but seriously the problem only becomes severe when the other side reacts to it…
        And Ronaldo kicked ass last night, defensively AND offensivly his first half was perfect :)

        • Shelley says:

          What Barca fan is saying Barca is full of Saints? Or did you make that up to try to lessen the 'blame' on Pepe? Alves often dives, Busquets dives and cheats at times (not as bad this season, maybe Pep spoke to him), Cesc is very hot headed, but in fairness he rarely STARTS anything, he just retaliates.

          Will RM fans admit that Pepe is a mindless thug, Jose has been involved in some very lamentable episodes, Ronaldo is selfish and gets booed by his OWN fans in almost every match I've watched them play this season, Di Maria is a diving cheat, so is Marcelo, Carvalho is an off the ball cheater / shirt puller, and Fabio C is a hair pulling bully? Over to you!

          • bri_saldana says:

            Admit that Messi gets special "breath on him" call considerations and I'll admit that Pepe is a straight thug. Oh and geez the rest of your bias "tear a new one" Real rant on every single player compared to your "Cesc is very hot headed but….it's ok b/c …blah blah blah" or "so & so barca player plays just a little offensive…blah blah blah" is more than a lil self righteous and arrogant. BUT I expected this…IT'S OLD!

            Barca slowed our pace down and won, a phenomenally low incident rate for a "clasico" is what really happened, and I'm sorry but I will always give a fierce competitor such as Pepe credit for intensity and understanding for loosing his head. He's actually come a long way…but no one will ever talk about that. I'm actually MORE disappointed in him giving up on a run and falling to the ground looking for a call. Besides stepping on Messi only hurts him, even if it wasn't the ALMIGHTY MESSI, once a competitor knows you're that mentally far gone you just ripe for the picking. What sickens me is that HE DOESN'T NEED TO DO ANY OF HIS CRAP! He's a PHENOMENAL DEFENDER he just needs to come correct.

            Barca deserved the win, yes it particularly stings, but I love my team. I believe in the style of play, and know that they are in fact (liga standings, stats, etc) are the better team. WED to be continued….find our heart boys! ¡Hala Madrid!

            • xoWinnie says:

              the thing i hate most about some of the things being said in this thread is that people make it seem like i should be ashamed of being a Madridista or something…i absolutely cannot STAND that! and other self-righteous comments insinuating that something is wrong with defending my team, why? because you can't handle your own hypocrisy?…just…no…never have i ever encountered a bigger bunch of sore winners than Cules, that is the honest to god truth. you won and you still have to come put us down? stay classy Cules! (sarcasm btw)

            • Maran says:

              You girls are such regular martyrs. Your "boys" are not treated in any way that they do not deserve. You are the ones who try so hard to pin the saint stamp on the Barca-players. It's ridiculous. No Barca fan even comes near that. The truth is Messi very seldom falls to the ground when someone kicks him. He should get more credit for that. Pepe got a very hard punishment for kicking the Getafe player in the back and that was not because the guy was especially revered by the ref's. It's because Pepe is a dirty player.

              I've read in other comments here how RM fans pride themselves for not being biased when they look at their team. That they see their faults but are still behind them. They say that that's whats separate them from the Barca fans. That Barca fans never see any faults in their team. Well girls you are deluded.

              I see both fan bases admitting that there are things that are not right in there team. I see both trying to overcome that, and express their loyalties in spite of those things. Because no team consists of angels.

              Stop acting like martyrs, stop comparing Pepe and his actions with anything else that goes on on the pitch, because it simply is impossible.

          • xoWinnie says:

            when have we NOT admitted that, Shelley? do you practice selective reading? did you make THAT up to try to downplay the fact that Barca is full of diving cheats? i love how you even justify Cesc maliciously KICKING someone and downplay it because "he rarely does it" lol are you for real? and when he shoved Xabi he was retaliating? to what exactly? was that a serious statement? like…REALLY!?! can your hypocrisy become any more apparent? i can't even….

    • Amber says:

      Shhh you can't point out that Barca do bad things during these matches it's not allowed.

      Sorry BOTH sides act like kids when they play each other.

      • Maran says:

        As a neutral (well not a fan of either side anyways) I have to say that I would lay very low if I were a madridista. Pepe, Carvalho and Coentrao disgraced the team. Even I can see that.

        As for Barca and the rest of RM you are completely right, both teams gets involved in tough tackles and diving. But it's nothing out of the ordinary I would say. Now, what Pepe and Coentrao did actually where out of the ordinary. Don't try to point fingers now. Barca gets to your guys, and it's a pleasure to see their determination and guts. It is NOT a pleasure seeing the freaked out RM players.

        • xoWinnie says:

          um so because certain players "disgraced" our team we're supposed to let the stuff Barca does ON THE REGULAR against us, slide? i think not! i'm not gonna lay low because i credit myself with being able to watch a game, biased as i am, with any team i like and support and be able to say "that was horrible, we f*cked up" or whatever is appropriate to the situation. i just CANNOT FATHOM why in the world Cules find that so hard to do. CONSTANTLY, you can check any clasico thread as evidence. most Madridistas on here are fully prepared to express disgust and sadness at the way our players behave when we do wrong, we don't need anybody else patronizing us and telling us how "bad" and "thuggish" we are! thanks tips, i have eyes! so yes the natural response is going to be retaliating with FACTS that show that their team ain't that innocent!

          there's nothing i can say about the way our defenders behaved last night, but i don't think Madridista's voicing their feelings of anger that we are always labelled the "thugs and cheaters" no matter what the situation should "lay low". not at all!

          • Maran says:

            Well, most of the times I guess Barca supporters don't have to defend their team's violent ways. Because they don't have those thugs. It's as simple as that. And you are being seriously one-eyed here. Most Barca fans I know and read comments from agree that Busquets and Alves are divers. How can they do otherwise?

            Why do you think Madridistas is always having to defend their team? Because there are very often controversies when they play. And it cannot always be the OTHERS fault. It's like the bully in the schoolyard complaining about "why is everyone against me? It's not fair!" Well, maybe it is.

            RM plays fantastic football, but so do Barca. RM players cheat and dive, and so do Barca players. RM has players that disgrace themselves as violent thugs almost every time they meet Barca. Barca has not. RM has a coach who disgrace himself on occassions. Barca has not. Who do you think has the upper hand here?

            • xoWinnie says:

              i suggest you look at the Copa del Rey final thread. couldn't find anything to bitch about during the game, so people went off on how Ramos accidentally dropped the cup lol. seriously some people find anything to cling to and that is the whole point. even when Madrid do win, we never really win, do we?

              • Shelley says:

                So people laughing at Ramos dropping the Spanish Cup are equal to deluded people saying "I know my players acted like thugs, but so did yours…" – just so we are clear? Maybe the entire football world (not just Cules) laughed at Ramos dropping the Cup because it was…I dunno….funny??

                • xoWinnie says:

                  clearly the people am referring to were not laughing, don't you patronize me. if you bothered to READ THE COMMENTS, you'd know people said all sort of rude things about him, and even went on to pick on his looks lol, all because he dropped the cup. how does one thing correlate with another? please answer me that before you try to sass me.

            • Shelley says:

              The thing is, Madrid get away with thuggish behaviour generally in La Liga towards Barca (we all know why). But when they tried to play their normal way in the UCL against Barcelona they end up with 10 men – and then complain about consipracies! Most neutrals would accept that a lot of the challenges which went unpinished in Spain between these two teams would result in red cards in England. The cow kick on Messi's thighs in the second leg of the SuppaCopa at the beginning of the season for example. Spain is lagging behind Germany, Italy and England on the referee front. Messi gets ZERO protection from referees. Pep never complains about it though, not sure why.

              • Victoria says:

                Barcelona aren't exactly innocent either. Remeber Chelsea Barca 1-1?
                I'm a registered ref and have been for 10 years and we (the ref comittee in my state) agree those four foulswere legitimate penalties. why would pep complain about that?

                • xoWinnie says:

                  please Victoria, you should know that bringing up any discrepancies in Barca's victories will only be met with choruses of "well it's not OUR fault the refs didn't do anything!" pretty much condoning the fact that they cheated, yes, but it's okay because the refs let them get away with it essentially. another thing, Barca fans like to throw the world "thug" so much when referring to players like Pepe and Ramos, but then what do you call the likes of Pique, Alexis, and Valdes, just to name a few? i'd really like to know Cules!

                  • Maran says:

                    lol, So you mean to tell me that when Cristiano gets a penalty for diving outside the box the RM fans admits the cheating of a beloved team member? That they do not throw their hands in the air and say: "hey, the ref's in Spain are no good, everybody knows that"? That RM fans are so much more unbiased than Barca fans?

                    The more this thread unveils, the more RM fans appear as hypocritical martyrs. Get a rip, or ou will all end up like Mou.

                    • Sarah, Madrid says:

                      Liga referees are awful, I do believe that something that fans off all clubs agree on.
                      You mean that foul on the edge of pk area? How did Cristano cheat there because he fall when he is fouled, how 's cristano fault if the referee saw it as a pk,, run to him tell no it wasn't?
                      You chose the wrong accident to call on Madrid fans being biased, sorry I am not even a person to speak about referees!! As I don't tlike it.

                    • Maran says:

                      Sarah, I'm tired of Winnie trying to make it sound as if RM fans are so much more willing to accept the faults of their own team, and that Barca fans never admits anything wrong with their team. That's all. Because it's not true. I can see that it's a defense mechanism, but it doesn't make it any less tiresome. Btw, i just grabbed one incident in the pile.

                    • Cassandra says:

                      like Barca fans are any better
                      and Ronaldo hasn't exactly been lucky with the ref, maybe like once
                      And as of diving, Barca's kind of better at that…

                  • Victoria says:

                    Haha good point

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          No, as I am madridista, I will never lay down and hide, that's will never happen, I will come out and call my players on their actions, not justify them by giving them the heart comment, oh they "outmuscle" the other team..
          However, you know when someone has a reputation that can't be shaked out, yeah that's exactly what our players have right now, Pepe stomped on Messi' hand is disgrace as much Cesc's kicking his leg when the ball was out too!!, as I said it goes both way, but you are winning, who gives a damn about what you do? right?

          • Maran says:

            I'm sorry, as long as you are stuck with that coach, and those players, you are stuck with having to defend them. It's no ones fault but their own, that's what I mean when I say you should not point fingers. And read the cule posts in here. Is anyone denying that Barca players dive and play tough? I don't see it. But what they are saying, and I, is that what RM did this time was worse. I think you are not only allowed to say that but you would also be right.
            I understand it must be tough being a madridista right now, its' in the media everywhere pics of Pepe with a pigs nose and what have you, but I sincerely hope tha the club can get rid of this kind of behaviour and get a more suitable reputation. And when I say suitable I mean a rep that answers up to the quality of the club.

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Exactly my point, when you win even if you played dirty who cares? Pepe images is all over Media, although I can show you image of Cesc on the floor kicking Pepe with no ball at play? why is his image not over the media? why is Pepe the only spoke about? it is because Pepe has a reputation while Cesc doesn't, as I already said, thank god Zizo came out to speak in today's AS, we demand some respect from the world, WE ARE NOT THAT DIRTY because it went both way, but since Barc has the ball more, the fouls committed from us are more.
              I rest my case, as I have nothing more to say, I don't see barc fans calling on Alexis or Cesc in here, so I don't know what are you talking about? Alonso is called dirty, although he asked Messi how his hand is doing after the stomp…but he is classless thug since he plays in the white jersey in a clasico.

              • Maran says:

                No, Pepe is getting all that he deserves. It has nothing to do with the shirt he is wearing. I'm really surprised that so many here are willing to compare what Pepe did to something else that happened. I actually thought no one would even try to save him this time. And I think I know the situation with Cesc that you are referring to. I saw the game. Yes Cesc was waving his leg around after the ball had gotten away. But before that Pepe had kicked Cesc in the shin. I mean you could just go on and on. No matter how you look at it though, RM players adopts a very aggressive style when they meet Barca. It is obvious to everyone except Madrid supporters. And they should stop. They can win anyway. Or they can keep on losing, but at least they lose with less condemnation.

                • Sarah, Madrid says:

                  I didn't defend Pepe neither that anyone did even RM supporters, we know that we are playing with aggressive dont make us sound like fans who are not admitting and condemning it, but as I am using your logic, you said RM players played dirtty, so they don't have to point fingers toward other clubs including barcelona well we will as we are condeming Pepe, I will condemn Cesc, so if Pepe kicked Cesc in shinwhich was part of winning the ball action, yeah Cesc shouldn't have kicked him, since no ball in action, no? I could find excuses as Pepe didn't mean to step on Messi's had it wasn't unntentional, everything can be justified in the world. Removing Pepe'a action from the whole game, you think Madrid was that dirty, I read, heard comments not from Madrid fans, they said it was a normal game, so why are we being judged for the behaviour of one player, why? That's my whole point..

                • Sarah, Madrid says:

                  Anyway Maran, I am frustrated, I don't mean to disrespect anyone by any comment, I honestly thank Zizou for coming out with his interview, he said stuff, same as De Stefano they both said stuff that's make just love this club even more.
                  I won't change your mind, I hope you understand where do I come from, as I already said many neutrals said game was exicting and wasn't that much difference to different games played anywhere else with this much intense rivalry, even I have one cule friend that told me, a cule told me that this clasico (ex:pepe), was very normal including stuff that happened in football all time.

                • xoWinnie says:

                  no one is comparing anything, we are just wondering why the world ends when someone on Real does something wrong, but we have to "get over it" when it's the other way around. doesn't seem like such a wild question to me…

            • xoWinnie says:

              no one here is denying that Barca dive and cheat because it's an undeniable fact, but of course, it's almost as though it's acceptable in their eyes because "Madrid are worse" or "Madrid do it too". i hate to re-hash to but let's even leave the Clasico for a bit. last season's second leg match against Arsenal. Abidal and Valves grabbing Nasri and RVP. not even a slap on the wrist for those two! the ref SAW, pulled them apart, and nothing happened! the game went on, Arsenal was screwed over in the end, en fin…my point is, we barely heard a thing about that incident in the media save for a few pro-Gooner blogs.

              now, this incident. Pepe stomps on the Messiah's hand with the intent to murder and it's all over the news, networks that don't even give a rat's ass about footy, public apology, the works! double standard much!? YES! i'm sorry, but anyone who cannot admit that is not as "neutral" as they claim to be. clearly, these two teams bring out the worst in each other. but of course, to the "neutrals" and the general public, Real Madrid is the devil! so yes, i will defend my team, especially with this ridiculous double standard out there! because if i don't, who will? certainly not you "neutrals"!

            • bri_saldana says:

              God do you have ANY clue what you sound like? Reading your Cule post reeks of arrogance & nonchalance…." as long as you are stuck with that coach, and those players, you are stuck with having to defend them." LAME, you obviously don't know just how good my team looks, how much more classy they play, and how much more they have accomplished this year. Get over yourself…"hard to be a Madrid fan"?!?!? If your going to be arrogant take a freaking lesson from your team's manager "It make us proud…etc, etc" …..even if we lose ALL 8 possible classicos this season, your post is and will remain TACKY!

              • xoWinnie says:

                oh but Bri, she's not a Cule! she's a NEUTRAL!

                ROFL!

                • Maran says:

                  I see you have adopted Mou's device: "If you are not with us, you are against us". I admit I like the Barca girls reasoning more in this thread. But football wise I like both teams.

    • RealFan7 says:

      Totally agree! Both teams play dirty but because Pepe and Ramos have the reputation it gets blown out of proportion. He stepped on his effing finger, it's not like he smashed his knee or ankle. My god, reading people's comments, why not just nail Pepe to the cross!! Messi can play and train just like every other day. Ban Pepe for life and all this nonsense is ridiculous. Cesc kicking legs (which can take a player out) is okay. Barca fans act like their team wears halos. Right away it's Ramos Pepe CR Marcello. Marcello didn't even play. Ramos did nothing bad in the game. And CR has actually not involved himself in any of the chaos in the last few classicos. Besides this is sports, toughen up!!

      • Maran says:

        lol, yes toughen up! What was Messi's hand doing there anyway? He should learn how to take a punch just like that tough guy Pepe. Pepe doesn't fall like that ballerina Busi. If Pepe palms his face then it's because his face hurts.

        You know, I never hear Barca fans saying their team are saints. I only hear RM fans saying that. I think I'm turning in to a Cule. God help me! :)

        • RealFan7 says:

          No RM fans said our team are saints. Noone is defending Pepe either. He was wrong. My point is that people are overreacting to the whole situation. There are comments saying Pepe shouldn't be allowed to play ever again. Really?? Come on. And let's not even go there about taking dives because Barca truly takes the oscar on that. Just look at the way Messi rolled around like he just lost his arm. Theatrics are Barcas specialty. They probably spend one trainig day a week on how to stop drop and roll!!

          • Maran says:

            That kind of comment doesn't do the image of RM and their fans any good.

          • Shelley says:

            People – i.e. not just Barca fans the entire football world – would refer to Pepe committing similar offences and not learning his lesson. He was banned for 10 games for a similar offence remember? He is a nutter and he deserves a long, long, long ban. But judging by the 'ban' Mourinho got the Spanish authorities either do not have the will or the inclination to take neccessary action

        • _Titi_ says:

          Gurl where have you been all my life. Loving you in this thread.

    • Shelley says:

      No reason??? A little push??? If I had been stamped on by Pepe, had my hair nearly pulled off my head by Contreau, been kicked in the air all game by Alonso – (how didnt he get a yellow? Or Carvalho sent off?) I would have done more than push someone believe me!! Talking off class, Messi and Ronaldo are the two best players in the world. Why do Real Madrid spend the whole game kicking, stamping, pulling, pushing Messi and Barca leave Ronaldo alone to play his natural game and give him no 'special treatment'? Are Real Madrid so afraid of Messi they have to give him three tag team 'minders' every game. FEAR.

      • Wow... says:

        Barca had fouls as well! THIS is why Barca fans are so annoying, they ONLY look at the fouls of Real Madrid.
        Every person that has commented for Mardid here have ADMITTED that Madrid committed fouls BUT our arguement isthat Barca isn't innocent either!
        While all YOU guys have been talking about is Messi and how many fouls Real Madrid committed, judge the Barca fouls too and realize that Barcelona isn't full of angels! Learn to look at both teams with the same eyes because Messi was a tad bit fiesty too…

  8. I <3 XAVI!!!! says:

    ok … sooo I have say Kickette you did a great job posting Xavi's pic 1st … Right when I saw that last night it went directly to my background (don't judge me) … And I have to agree Xavi is just right … And he has such a beautiful smile …. In my eyes he is as perfect as you can get ….

    As for the other comments about my Xavi I have to say LMAO!!!

  9. Irish 23 says:

    Thank you most sincerely Iniesta……. seriously Thank you :) :) :) :')

  10. Jen says:

    Pepe is a disgrace to football!!! There needs to be a significant ban for him. He has always been a cheat and a thug, and stomping on an opponents hand is completely unsportsmanlike and mean!!

  11. Barcachica says:

    Is anyone else looking at the first photo of Xavi and cant take your eyes away. He is looking so hot never really noticed it before still he was half naked :P

  12. Barcaaaaaa says:

    Pepe deserves a long ban after what he done to Messi. He did it out of spite. He was caught looking down and he knew his hand was there. Footballers are meant to be role models for children. With him throwing himself to the ground with anyone even touching of him. HE IS A DISGRACE. I know I'm ranting but I'm so angryyyy espicially since the person he is doing it too is Messi

  13. hihihihihi says:

    I was surprised at Cesc keep on trying to start a fight with Xabi

    …..it seems so…unlike him

    in contrast to pepe's incident, which was very very like him

  14. Gladys says:

    A few games ago, Xavi was shirtless in a pic with Puyi. Now this. It's clearly a downhill (or uphill I should say) progression and just a matter of time before he ends up in nothing. ;)

    [On the other hand, sadly for me at least, Thiago seems to have no plans to remove anything any time soon for the public. Fontas is injured and fully clothed in the stands. And there wasn't so much as a half-attempted shirt exchange with Granero by any of the squad. Ho hum.]

    • Kristina says:

      You and I seem to have the same taste in men, Gladys. I'm also lamenting the fact that Thiago likes base layers with long sleeves. And seldom takes them off. And yes Granero, I would definitely want to see him involved in a shirt exchange. I like him.

    • Melaniee. says:

      i think its the fact that he also has no pants
      at the same time of not having a shirt.
      its so unlike him.
      i love it.
      xavi once said scoring (or winning) an el clasico is like having an orgasm….
      he might be taking it a little far… but i don't mind.

  15. Melaniee. says:

    yaaayy!
    kickette used the photo i tweeted to them!
    honestly I've never seen xavi sans most clothing.
    not gonna lie, at first it freaked me the shit out cause i was not adjusted to this.
    i figured he showered with clothes.

    • Gladys says:

      LOL at your last comment…it's like he's a "never nudist" like Tobias Funke. :)

      • Melaniee. says:

        LOL YES!
        behind the scenes with Xavi Hernandez.
        "i shower with jean cut offs because I am a never nude"
        omg imagine lmfao/

    • Taz says:

      ahahaha "i figured he showered with clothes"- i've never actually thought about it but if i had, that's the most likely conclusion! Sweet ol' Xavi, its about time the mysteries were solved!

  16. Natalie says:

    I can believe Xavi allowed this picture to be posted! LoL, must have been high on winning or smth

  17. Maran says:

    Uuumh… I have a couple of questions about the game last night:

    - Did Pepe forget to take his medicine?

    - Have Pepe and Callejon secretly studied Busi's method of face palming?

    - When will Perez take out the trash?

    Seriously, for a non-cule I'm ridiculously happy that Barca won this game. They won the moral and the actual game.

  18. elsebethynwa says:

    Saw that pic on twitter and i tweeted " ohh Xavi in his underwear" and people accused me of being a fangirl lol. I said it was merely an observation :-D

  19. Kristina says:

    Viscaaaa Barcaaaaaaa!!!!

    Usually I try to calm myself down a notch before entering, but after yesterdays game I can't. Very happy with the win! RM tried their counterattacks but what good is it when Barca has defenders who scores? The only thing I liked about RM last night was Iker and his dolphinesque flight through the air. Pretty impressive.

    I wouldn't have stand it if RM would have won after playing so dirty. Florentino Perez should have a long hard talk with himself about where his team is headed. The likes of Pepe are dragging the club in the mud. The guy doesn't change. He may say he's sorry, he may even bake cookies, but when he stroll pass Messi, looks down and then stomps on his hand it is evident that something isn't right in the head. Even Mou couldn't find any excuses. It was just vicious.

    Thank god then for Iniestas and Puyols tweets. I'm gonna save that pic of Xavi and look at it when I need cheering up :) . Cutie pie!

    • Taz says:

      agreed! but what with the eye-poking example they have what can we expect?? I understand we have our fair share of diving moments but really, how can cesc provoking xabi or busqi diving ever be compared to something frankly vicious and dangerous like the actions by pepe or coentrao? i understand loving your team but defending actions like that really pushes it.

  20. mata says:

    I don't watch a lot of Spanish football and if that festival of cheating was indicative of what to expect I won't be watching much in the future. Both teams behaved appallingly, more diving than an Olympic swim team, and Pepe deserves a significant ban. He and Wayne Rooney would get on like a house on fire.

  21. _Titi_ says:

    The clasico was heart attack inducing. Glad Barca came through and won the game. We were vastly superior to Madrid that game. However I wish Madrid would teach some of its players some class. Pepe stomping on messi's hands with studded cleats, Coentrao shoving Messi's head down, Calvarho kicking messi even though the ball was no where near etc. What would you really expect from a team that has Mourinho as a coach tho. I don't think I would ever say this, but CR was one of the classiest players yesterday along with Iker.
    Mourinho coming to Madrid has actually been beneficial to Barca, I don't think anyone motivates our players to perform as well against Madrid as he does.

    • Gladys says:

      Though Pepe's hand-stomping is getting all the attention, I was most angry about Carvalho– he's old enough to know better and just came off an injury himself. That was an ACL-tearing kick if I ever saw one. Before all the craziness, I was really enjoying the game (even when Cris scored and my stomach was practically in my throat– it was unarguably a beautiful pass and run). Both Barca and RM play so fast, make all their passes, defend their goal brilliantly. I kept telling myself how wonderful it was to watch two teams playing like this together even if I really wanted one of them to win. Then mad tackles and physicality ensued, and I started to worry for the health of our forwards. The plus points– no red cards, no injuries, and about as much fighting as I see 50% of the time between other teams. Let's hope the return is calmer.

    • Kristina says:

      Mou is absolutely inspirational. I must agree with you on CR and Iker, but I usually don't have much against those two. Coentrao definitely needs to learn some manners, and there is nothing nice to say about Carvalho. The guy even defended Pepe. That's a no-brainer. Even Xabi was questionable yesterday. Yes, Barca is clearly getting on their nerves. I just hope no one gets seriously hurt.

      But Alexis was on fire, no? That boy is already making a difference. I love the funny way Pep sometimes express himself about his player. That Alexis "has stolen his heart", for example. lol, I'd like to hear SAF saying that about someone!

      • Gladys says:

        Sanchez, Iniesta, Abidal, and Puyi each did the job of two men. It was hilarious to see Don Andres in Barca's goal over and over again. I expect that from Alexis and Dani, but not from him outside of corners and free kicks. And then Abi and Puyi scoring. Lots of heart in that game. (To be fair, Ronaldo was also defending– it was a kooky upside down game that way. Players were all over the place. At one point I even saw Iniesta on the right side.)

        • Kristina says:

          Ahh, sweet Iniesta! The elegant Gusiluz! They were fighting alright, everyone of them. And I've been pretty hard on the RM players, but in fact it was a very exciting game. Madrid sometimes relied too much on counters but they were a real threat all the time, with their fast passing and movements. But as always it seems that Barca wears them out. Too bad Pepe is such an asshole when he could be someone to be proud of for Madrid. When he wasn't behaving badly he actually had a very good game.

          • xoWinnie says:

            Pepe breaks my heart with his antics. he really should get the help he needs for his anger problems. otherwise i love him! didn't think he was gonna apologize though, kinda half-assed if you ask me. i saw the replay, not accidental at all lol

      • _Titi_ says:

        I frikin love Alexis and am glad to see how well he is doing. He runs like a beast, and what I like about him is that he can outmuscle some player if he needs to. Busi, Puyol, and Abidal had great games. Busquets is prob the most underrated player in the world, he did a great job yesterday, keeping possession and winning the ball back. My fave part being when he made Ozil go flying when he went to get the ball without even touching him. And Puyol always plays with so much passion, no wonder we rarely loose with him playing. Abi and Alves were the highlight of the match tho, loved how they took the piss out of Ronaldo and Marcelo by mocking their celebration dance, Abi even did the pointy fingers thing as he went running.
        ugh don't get me started on Xabi, everyone is always talking about how classy he is, but he is one of the dirtiest Madrid players when it comes to bad tackles.

        • Anna says:

          I'm sorry but did you watch the game? Did you see the dirty fouls that Barca threw on Madrid? And don't comment on Ozil, he is one of the most talented players wiht his gracefulness and creativity.
          And as far as dives are concerned, Fabregras and Busquets can write a book about it.

          • xoWinnie says:

            smh at Frabregas….don't get me wrong, he is certainly playing wonderfully, too bad his integrity was the price he paid.

          • _Titi_ says:

            Do you own ozil? I can comment on him however much I like. And I didn't even say anything mean about him, just stated how Busquets bossed on him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQSK57uilX8&li…
            I agree ozil is one of the most talented prospects out there, but he has yet to show up for any clasico he played in. About time Mou realized that and he didn't play him last match.

            • Anna says:

              I'm sorry but I think in GENERAL Busquets dives a teensy weensy bit more than Ozil

              • mintmocha says:

                Anna… Madrid lost. 1-2. Okay? So your can keep crowing about Busquets and Xavi and whoever else you want… but the score won't change. Here's hoping your sourness will though.

      • Shelley says:

        Carvalho was always like that in the EPL Kristina, he was known for fouling off the ball, tugging shirts and generally makinh bad fouls and then flailing his hands in the air pleading his innocence

    • Barcaaaa says:

      Totally agree barca are in a different class compared to Madrid. I was disgusted at Pepe and Coentrao they where acting like too little brats.

    • DebS says:

      "We were vastly superior to Madrid that game."

      Xavi? Is that you? Football, wise, I have to wholeheartedly disagree.

      • Kristina says:

        Well, he's right isn't he? Xavi I mean? People are always talking about Mou being honest because he don't censor himself. Doesn't that go for Xavi then? He is also speaking his mind? Do I sense a little double standards here? Xavi is proud of his team and his own performance and he has the right to be. Plus it's a little strange to question Barca's superiority to RM this period in time.

        • xoWinnie says:

          ummm, i respect your opinion a lot Kristina, Kickette army oldies :P but in the midst of all this Mourinho bashing (even in this thread) it's a little erm…"naive" to say people dismiss Mou's lack of censorship as "honesty". clearly that is not the case. if Barca fans want to hate on Mou for voicing his opinion, we should be allowed to attack Xavi for constantly being equally as douche-y. this is the guy who can claim that his team "deserved to win" and were "superior in every way" in the face of defeat….like would it kill you to throw a compliment out their or just be diplomatic and not say a thing? nope, always has to throw his two cents, penny nickel, and piece of lint from his pocket in. smh. my hatred for him burns twice as hard as a Gooner and Madridista.

          • Kristina says:

            I guess Xavi is one of those athletes that needs to have a die-hard attitude to boost his confidence. Zlatan has always been the same and I have no problem with that. Cocky, sure, but they can back it up. And at least they are not talking about others. And come on, I've read and heard lots of praise coming from Xavi on other teams performances, like Man U and RM.

            When it comes to Mou it's the complaints about the ref's decisions that gets to me plus his conspiracy theories. What's the point in complaining? Sometimes you get a call against you sometimes with you. It's the same for everybody.

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Mourinho is not the only coach who complains, go check epl, their conference starting from saf to the small clubs, everyone complains, when Mourimho came to liga he thought it is the same, but this year after a certain game, Levante, Mourinho has chnaged drastically that no one is giving him credit for, he is not speaking about anyone but his team, if he wants to lash, he lashed on journalists, journalists in Spain deserve it, as their questions are the most annoying of all.
              Check his post conference after clasico, you get how Jose changed by calling on Pepe action! I actually think people continue going back to his past, but I personally think he is adjusting himself to fit with our club philosophy so far!, that Real Madrid doesn't really need any media attention or stuff like that, everyone will be called on his actions ex: Mourimho taking the blame for his team losing and still everyone blamed cris for some reason..etc, I don't want jinx it though
              As for Xavi, it is funny to be honest after a while to hear him say the same sentence over and over, I think with humor as he is subjected to many jokes :p, I am not offended lol

          • Shelley says:

            Agree that Xavi shouldn't crow so much, pride comes before a fall. Its hard not to be elated when yu win, but the Barca players should know better than that. Dont over react to a win, or get too depressed with a loss

      • _Titi_ says:

        Madrid had 2 shots on goal at home grounds. Only 28% of posession, they barely got to touch the ball, when they did they couldn't string 3 passes together. If Iker wasn't playing that well it could have been 4-1 for Barca or more. How many times did iniesta, fabregas, alexis, carve through the Madrid defense? Barca were much superior than the 2-1 score shows, we haven't dominated a game against real like this since the 5-0.

      • Anna says:

        HAHAHAHAH superior my ass

        • Shelley says:

          Some people can't handle the facts obviously!

          • Anna says:

            The first half RM dominated
            PLUS that lineup that Mou put in was by far not the strongest while Pep put his all, even with their second chice squad, they lost by one, if Mou has the mind to use theirstrongest squad, we will be "superior" to Barca. and Xavi should stop syaing "superior" it makes him seem arrogant and it seems like he dosen't have a very extended vocabulary lol let other peopl praise you sometimes Xavi
            I rest my case

            • _Titi_ says:

              LMFAO I DIE. the level of your delusion is sad really. Real only got one shot at goal in the first half, even that was let in by a stupid mistake by our second goalkeeper. You lot barely got to touch the ball, when you did Busquets won it back. Barca could have put it past you lot many times. That Sanchez chance that almost went in, and so many others where Iker saved your asses. Here's to hoping you know what the word domination mean

    • xoWinnie says:

      "I wish Madrid would teach some of its players some class" ohh the irony!
      we should take notes from Barca players on how to talk sh1t, dive and get away with it,
      put our hands on other players and not get booked for it, swarm the ref every time
      a player from another team grazes any of ours, bitch the ref out whenever something
      is called against us, publicly disrespect other professional clubs (in press conferences,
      interviews etc), Iker should most definitely take lessons on how to be an aggressive,
      irrational hot-headed f*ck like Valdes! maybe Alexis can even lend some of that mouth
      to some of our players! our shorter players should take notes from Xavi on how
      to properly develop their Napoleon complexes! Mourinho should totally ignore and
      exclude all the players he doesn't like personally or get along with!

      bottom line, nobody's perfect. certainly not holier-than-thou Barca with their hypocrite fans!
      noses so high in their air if it rained you'd all smh…

  22. Mercy says:

    Lol Kickette the moment I saw da pic on Andres’ tweet I knew it would end up here…

  23. AiM says:

    Credit to Messi for not retaliating…looked like a few of them were really out to get him – shoved, kicked, and stamped on. Pepe was disgusting, he doesn't belong on the football field, tie him up somewhere till he calms down. Oh, our Barca boys…they share their talents, their victories, and now their bits and bobs. Love! :D

  24. Kid A says:

    Sorry, I posted twice, I'm in class :D , sometimes we have connection problems.

  25. Fernanda says:

    VISCA BARÇA!!!!!!

    ‘Nuff said ;)

  26. PepaCandela says:

    Oh, Iniesta de mi vida. As if the winning WC goal weren't enough… Bless you for posting this picture.

  27. Nienke says:

    People like Pepe should not be allowed to play football. Then Xavi decided to cheer us up by stripping. It's all or nothing, not in between.

    • AC_USA says:

      Pepe is just mad that can't win against Barca fair and he wants to win the other way. Real Madrid needs to get rid of him ASAP because obviously he has brought nothing good to this team. He is just pulling it further and further into the mud. :(

    • PepaCandela says:

      Seriously, the man never so much as takes his shirt off….and then BAM!

      go big or go home, as they say.

    • villa7 says:

      I was shocked and angry after the hand stomp, but then I saw this picture and that cheered up my night.

    • Melaniee. says:

      i just realized….
      iniesta & xavi don't have leg hair.
      just like messi.
      its unbelievably smooth

    • Amber says:

      Says someone with Busquets on their team. Oh and we'll ignore Cesc trying to go after Pepe's knee and trying to start a fight with Xabi.

      Yeah RM are the only bad guys here….

    • RMads says:

      Yes for stepping on someone's hand he sholdn't be aloud to play football..this is a sport and peopl get hurt.
      Then Barca shouldn't be able to play soccer I mean to ref was a bit more than generous in taht game vss. Chelsea..bribing refs isnt morally correct either lol

    • Shelley says:

      Agreed

  28. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Yaay me!! I was sick I actually overslept missing the game, so I just read and heard comments from my Bf and friends telling me stuff that's make me very happy that I skipt, so I am not in place to say anything as I didn't see anything, I didn't bother watching the replay too!
    Hala Madrid!!! Yaay Cristano for scoring, as I was told he was our best player, Yaay Crissy! Poor Iker for conceding!! Congrats Barcelona for winning yet again!!

    • Thea says:

      Some of your guys did good – the die hards that came up like Ramos and Iker et al but after last years debalces of dirty tackles by RM an play acting y Barca players, it' s yet to move on!

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        As long there is no brawls there is an improvement, no? I saw pepe's now on video, I don't know what to say, I read Mourinho in his conference he kind condemned what he did although what he didn't see as he claimed!

        *sigh* pepe, I might have cried if I saw it live as I am very emotionally frustrated with the video it, *sigh*….A RM player without sportsmanship, i am used to losing and winning in grace, But I can't blame Jose for his actions, it is Pepe…

        • MEE says:

          Then again, Barca players aren't exactly innocent lol

        • DebS says:

          Sarah, be glad you didn't see it. I was very disappointed in Pepe. First he was caught sleeping on the goal that Puyol scored, then he feigned a hit to the face by Cesc and then purposely stomps on Messi's hand. Shameful and VERY lucky the ref didn't see it or he would have gotten a straight RED.

          Overall, I thought the guys play well, especially CR7 who was a beast out there on offense and defense. The goals were scored on BIG mistakes in defense. The Abidal goal was ridiculous. Good pass from Messi but there's no way that Abidal should have been left THAT open particularly when we know Barca starts plays ASAP after fouls, etc. Carvalho did well, particularly after not playing for so long. Altintop played well defensively, for the most part anyway but he worked so hard to win the ball and then gives the ball away practically EVERY time.

          Gutted as now Madrid will have to score at least 2x at Camp Nou to win stay in it. Congrats to Barca though. Although I REALLY detest how they continue to swarm the ref after every foul whether it's for or against them.

    • xoWinnie says:

      i love that Ronnie scored! i feel like he is such an integral part of us winning!
      things don't go well for us when he's not at his best, he has great charisma
      when he's not frustrated (with himself/the team), people need to have more faith in him!
      shame on everyone who dismissed him after the last clasico!

  29. Thea says:

    Fantastic result for Barca! I’ve no respect for JOSE MOURINHO and I really don’t like what he is doing with the team…..RM is now a pathetic excuse for the richest Club in theworld. Pepe simply shows a lack of professionalism. Well….one can't expect much from a team that starts where the coach himself seem to have given up on professionalism or even competitive football. This may be the only time I will pity die-hard Madridistas’ as they are on a collision course with disaster!!! It’s like they are being told – just win one trophy a season so it’s looks like taking it Barca!

    • Gigi says:

      No respect for Mourinho? Wow. A bit extreme there. Real Madrid may have a mental block when it comes to Barca but they're still on top of the primera division table, so there's that. And Mou? He's still one of the 5, maybe 3, most successful managers of this era–and that's across 4 countries. I'm not going to go into the inevitable Mou vs Pep comparison (because really, haven't thousands of people far more in the know than us already done that) but I will stick this comment in here to make sure Mou's honor is not left totally undefended (I hope you see the humor in that). Basically he's the Dr. House of football and Madridistas love him for that. As for Pepe, I will concede that his attitude is a major problem, but you can't blame Mou for every single thing his players do. I'm certain there's a lot of internal talk within RM right now, most of it above Mou's paygrade, about how to solve a problem like Pepe.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Thank you for saying that, as I personally read Mourinho conference and respect him for what he said, everyone blaming Morurinho getting his tactics wrong, I have been told hamit started? Really? With caravlho who is recovering from an injury, didn't play for long, was the game that physical? I didn't hear anything about Ramos though, because if pepe was a thug, I expected Ramos to be thug too? But apparently he kept his emotions in check as I have been told…so if pepe was thing as Mourinho instilled him, why not lass or Ramos? it is werid I actually seen ramos saying that our crest come before anything for pepe incident, I didn't see coentrao incident, but I remember Messi shoved him last time they met in the clasico, so I might let Coentrao thing go, still not that I condemn it, but I understand if coenntrao is frustrated.
        Anyway, I seen the highlights now, as I was tempted, iker's super human fly, *sigh*, why do they break his
        heart and ours? :( . Some of my friends told me cesc was quite the asshole trying to pick fight with Alonso and also he kicked pepe? Why is his thing not being talked about and Alexis played dirty too :S? I truly happy that I missed it.

        • Alice says:

          the first half was pretty good. Cristiano was phenomenal. He made an amazing tackle in the first 5 minutes or so – I thought it was Sergio because it was spot-on perfect sliding tackle. But then I saw it was Cristiano and I was like :D My Cris can defend too. (Yeah, sorry, I had to get that in there) And then the GOAAAALLLL. I was so happy. I should have known it wouldn't have lasted.

          What Pepe did was pretty bad, but I wouldn't go as far as to say he shouldn't be playing football. Messi made a meal out of it too, rolling on the ground as if someone ran him over with a truck. David Villa didn't do half of that even when he had a broken leg. Alexis Sanchez made me want to punch him, all he did was foul and whine and act. Coentrao basically shoved Messi's head down a little, and Messi acted like Coentrao tried to break his neck or something. But besides that stuff, this Clasico was actually pretty good and fair and entertaining. I just wish Madrid didn't act like a bunch of headless chickens (again) when Barcelona scored the equalized. We should have won.

          • DebS says:

            I agree with everything you said Alice. With the exception of maybe how Messi acted when Pepe stomped on his hand. I can't imagine how badly that hurt to have 200+ pounds stand on your hand with cleats on. Particularly on the hand were there are so many nerves and small bones. Hopefully nothing was broken.

          • xoWinnie says:

            "David Villa didn't do half of that even when he had a broken leg" lol that's when you know they're hurt for real ;)

            i can't stand Alexis. i actually CANNOT. whenever Barca gets a new player i think i can potentially warm up to, they turn out to be the biggest d*uchebags in existence. it's not even about him playing for Barca. i would hate him anywhere.

        • DebS says:

          Messi made a meal of the Coentrao incident, Sarah. Yes, Coentrao pushed Messi's head after getting up and shouldn't have done that but Messi's reaction was pathetic. In fact, before I saw the replay of the Pepe incident I though Messi was claiming his hand was injured after the first foul.

          Cesc was a bit hot headed and, as usual, so was Alexis. I like Alexis as a player but his temperament seems to be much out of character with what I've seen the rest of Barca players to have. Reminds me a bit of Luis Suarez. Both are great players but dudes, chill out.

        • xoWinnie says:

          i didn't watch the game either, but of course the sh1t Madrid players do will be 100x more magnified than anything those perfect saints on Barfa do! lol i'm so over this! people can chirp me for being a proud Madridista at the end of the season. this is far from over. the next clasico will salvage you 3 points if you win, as far as i'm concerned i feel pretty good about not having to play catch up!

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            I seen extened highlights finally! I know when you win everything go under the carpert, but when you lose everything sounds 10 time worse than it actually happened, I quite wonder what's barc intake over Alexis kung-fu-ed Alonso (the same foul that Pepe did to Alves in that semi-final)?…but I already get my answer in these comments, Alexis has heart..
            Did you see Pepe's apologize? I appreciate the thought that he issued a video, but the actual context, how in earth was that an apology? *SMH*, better PR department

      • _Titi_ says:

        Im surprised that the op still had respect for mou to begin with, he has been a raging lunatic for years now. From having a referee have to quit his job because he was receiving death threats because Mourinho accused him of helping the opposition to making up conspiracy theories that include humanitarian organizations like UNISEF. I think most people lost the ounce of respect for Mou when they saw him poking a fellow assistant coach in the eye.
        I agree that Pepe has problems (for which he should be gotten some help) but Mourinho has always used "tactical fouling" or as I call it "try to break opposition player's legs and try to get away with it" method with every single one of his teams from Chelsea to Inter to this Madrid. So yes, he does have a hand in his player's acting supper aggressively in clasicos. It isn't a couple of isolated incidents when you see that it is done over and over again you know that it is part of his game.

        • Gigi says:

          If you're talking about that famous eye-poking incident with Vilanova, did you see how he was provoked into it? Everyone thinks he just walked up to Vilanova and poked his eye for no reason, but Vilanova actually CHARGED at Mou earlier in that game, shouting all sorts of horrible things, and was only stopped by Pep putting his entire body in front of him. http://youtu.be/FG0IKusGtGs

          As for tactical fouling, I don't even want to get into that because we'll then have to talk about things like tactical diving. *cough* You have concrete proof that Mou actually tells his players to go out there and break someone's legs? Do you really think he would have the respect and devotion of so many of his current and former players if he was that level of a*shole? Mou's always going to be a polarizing figure and you don't have to like him, but I think that his record of success and the admiration he inspires from players and other coaches alike (read: Sir Alec) speaks volumes for his character.

          • Gigi says:

            Sorry, meant "Sir Alex" there. Don't be hating, Mancunians…

          • _Titi_ says:

            Okay so I guess next time someone tries to confront me the logical response would be to come behind them when they aren't looking and gouge their eye. Not any kind of provocation can justify poking someone's eye… unless you are 5 years old. For a 45 year old man like Mourinho who is the representative of real madrid to the world, a role model to his players, what kind of example does he set? Poking someone's eye from behind when you are 45 doesn't make you an asshole than idk what does. His players still follow him don't they? Ibrahimovic once said that Mou was the type of motivator that could convince his players to do even the most ridiculous things. If thats the case then why doesn't he tell them to stop hacking at player's legs? How many times has Pepe and Xabi jeopardized the safety of Barca players?
            So called "special one", managed 1 win out of 9. Never managed a win at home. Always reverting to sitting back at home grounds. 2 shots on goal yesterdays game in the Bernabeu. LMFAO Yes a polarizing figure indeed.

            • Gigi says:

              Confronting is different from charging and attacking. Mou's a passionate guy, that's his personality. It may not make you like him, but it doesn't take away from the fact that he's a great manager who stands up for his players. To say that he loses to Pep a lot doesn't so much take away from his brilliance as it does add to Pep's. See, I don't have to tear down Pep to admire Mou. But it's interesting that you speak of Ibra because, well, we all know how much he loves Mou and hates Pep. Just sayin'. Hacking away?!? Jeopardizing their safety? Please. How fragile are the little Barca boys? The reason you guys like (and need) Alexis so much is because he's just as aggressive as the RM players.

              • _Titi_ says:

                Fragile enough that we are left with only 15 first team players as of now due to injuries. As Gladys pointed out that Calvarho kick could have caused ACL tear. We already lost one player to ACL (Fontas) I don't want anymore.

      • Mariella says:

        Yeah and Pep Guardiola was right to swear at Mourinho, a former coach….
        talk about respect.

    • bri_saldana says:

      Why would you make a comment like " I really don’t like what he is doing with the team…..RM is now a pathetic excuse for the richest Club in theworld."??? You really don't CARE about what's being done to the club….your simply interested in rubbing a great classy win for Barca in Madridista's faces, in the most unattractive BS kind of way.
      Really every single BARCA fan can have their LAME/TACKY pound of flesh….take it! The difference in professionalism from last year for Madrid is PALPABLE….not the mention the SKILL IS BLINDING. Madrid are MORE THAN EVER a worthy opponent, there's no DAMNED "disaster" especially if you lose in class and in top form. You're talking like after this season the entire club is just gonna quit because it can no longer go on! If Madrid advance on Wed is the freak'n fabric of your universe going to implode? NO!!
      Take back your ignorant pity, we "die-hard Madridistas" don't need it. Use your efforts to build up all that fantastic Barca virtue for another fab comment. REALLY if you say it enough times I might actually see your point…..GEEZ!

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