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Still in shock, if you will, from watching Barcelona thrash - absolutely thrash - Arsenal in the Champions League. A hugely flattering draw for Arsenal at home, a game in which they were comprehensively outplayed, and a well earned thumping in Barcelona giving evidence more to Barcelona's brilliance, than Arsenal's failing. Many examples of outstanding players, but I will not diservice the team as a whole by pointing them out.

I watched the Gunner beaten 3-0 at home by Chelsea yet did not see anything resembling the gulf in class that existed betwwen Barca and Arsenal. I know some have been moaning on the Gunner's boards about the lack of some key players, but really, even with a healthy Cesc, Van Persie, Arshavin and Gallas I do not think the outcome would have been a whole lot different, a bit closer perhaps, but certainly not any different.

I see Barca followed this up by beating Real Madrid in Madrid on the weekend. I think they are giong to need to expand the trophy cabinet!

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Still in shock, if you will, from watching Barcelona thrash - absolutely thrash - Arsenal in the Champions League. A hugely flattering draw for Arsenal at home, a game in which they were comprehensively outplayed, and a well earned thumping in Barcelona giving evidence more to Barcelona's brilliance, than Arsenal's failing. Many examples of outstanding players, but I will not diservice the team as a whole by pointing them out.

I watched the Gunner beaten 3-0 at home by Chelsea yet did not see anything resembling the gulf in class that existed betwwen Barca and Arsenal. I know some have been moaning on the Gunner's boards about the lack of some key players, but really, even with a healthy Cesc, Van Persie, Arshavin and Gallas I do not think the outcome would have been a whole lot different, a bit closer perhaps, but certainly not any different.

I see Barca followed this up by beating Real Madrid in Madrid on the weekend. I think they are giong to need to expand the trophy cabinet!

Nice game yesterday as Barcelona lost 3-1 against Inter. Should be an excellent second leg in Spain.

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I do not want to see them win because they do not deserve last year's title, with sooooo many uncalled fouls against Chelsea... with at least, what, 3 handballs in the PK area?

Two of them came after the bogus red-card on Barca though.

Also Chelsea played a real rough first-leg, trying to slow Barca and the game down and hoping that the referee would keep his whistle in his pocket .... which he did. So they can't hardly complain when the ref lets things go in the second-leg as well.

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Guardiola has decided to have his period, for the first time ever, this week. I hope it lasts the normal week or so, we need him back running the show as he did before.

We played two strikers vs. Espanyol, when we have always been 4-3-3, and according did not shoot and did not score, O-O. Vs. Inter we defended terribly, and when we needed goals, he took out Ibra and put in Abidal!. Brilliant. Nice way to tell Henry and Bojan and any other striker on the bench that they are not to be trusted: he put Pique up as striker. Bad decision-making means you are not going to get the best of your naturally talented squad.

I think he is suffering from the smart-ass tactician syndrome, you pull off a great tactical move to beat Madrid, and then try to show how smart you are by repeating weird combinations incessantly, undoing the team's natural way of playing, confusing the attack, and paying the consequences. Terrible vs. Espanyol, pretty bad vs. Inter, our worst week even under Guardiola. Funnily, Xavi has had two games under the same cloud, after being masterful vs. Madrid in the 0-2, he is trying these impossible passes, and losing the ball like never before.

Pep and Xavi, come back!

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That was a crazy defensive display by Inter, it looked like nothing or almost nothing could get past that 9 men wall.

I think the red was harsh and wonder what the game would've looked like without it. Probably still a very defensive Inter.

Anyways, that's bad news for Canada since it probably means Messi will play against us on May 24th...

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I must say congratulations to Mourinho. He is a great strategist and now I consider him the best coach in the world. First he got past the best team of EPL and probably the next EPL champions as well, Chelsea, and now he gets past the best team of La Liga and maybe the next league champions too, Barcelona.

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