Zlatan5 wrote:Lol, I'll never understand Barca fans. They walk around talking like football is "them", and that nothing else matters but Barca. Funny thing is, Barca, at least the Barca, that everyone seems to be supporting right about now, didn't really start showing their true colors, if you will, till maybe around the 07-08 season. I can honestly ask 10 out of 15 Barca fans, when did you start supporting Barca, and who is your favorite player, and I can already pre-determine the two answers.
1. When they beat Man U. Or last/this year.
And the great thing is, if they lose, they can never lose without making an excuse...oh the refs...oh they played too physical, for example when Inter held them in last years CL, I did not hear the end of the excuses from Barca "fans". If you ever watch a Barca game, watch the refs just protect Messi, protect Barca players, and if a Barca player commits a foul, watch them just bitch bitch bitch. Watch Sergio, Pique, Xavi, and Iniesta constantly give referees an earful to possibly help influence the ref.
Now, I'm not trying to just bash Barca, because I enjoy watching them pass about, I'm just trying to see if I'm the only one who isn't going absolutely insane listening to people talk about Barcelona as if Jesus took a sh*t and it was Barca, then plastered them in 24k gold encrusted with diamonds, blessed by Elvis.
I personally enjoyed watching Barca play when Ronaldinho and Deco were pulling the strings- that is the Barca team I am a fan of.
Where are you getting that from?
I don't think Inter were too physical with Barca last year, I believe from a tactical standpoint mourinho completely outclassed pep and gave him a lesson he was never going to forget, and that without a doubt Inter were the team that deserved to go through over the two legs. Some fans, of any team, will always make excuses when they lose, but I haven't seen many/any barca fans making the excuses you are stating on these forums.
Referees should protect players. And it isn't a one way affair. If a player is breaking the rules, which 99% of football fans don't properly understand well enough in my opinion, then the referees should step in to take action against those committing fouls. Rules are there for a reason, if players start moaning when another player commits a foul then it isn't the player who is moaning at fault, it is the person who committed the foul who is at fault.
For the record, I think Messi is the best in the world, but Xavi is my favourite player, and Ronaldinho is a massive part of the reason I began to support Barcelona.
I realise I went way off track.
Panchester, look at it from Real Madrid's point of view. If you got absolutely spanked 5-0 by your rivals earlier on in the year, and then later on in the year you hold them to a 1-1 draw, that is a sign of improvement. Whether it actually means improvement or not is a different matter, but looking at the facts alone, it will make Real Madrid supporters believe that they are "close the gap" between themselves and Barcelona's level of play.
Real have known la liga is over for a while. Their priorities have been copa del rey and Champions league. If you know you are about to play the final against your rivals in the copa del ray, and play them twice in the Champions league semi finals, you will be in a better frame of mind having just drawn with them in the league than getting spanked by them 2-0 or more.
From that stand point of things, what we saw on saturday was psychological brilliance at its very best from Mourinho. He knows the league is over, so there is no need to go out and try and beat Barcelona, as the more likely result if he attempts to do that is they get beaten. So instead he parks the bus, and tries to ensure that Real don't lose. That is the significance of it all. The fact that they didn't lose to Barcelona, will make the fans, and most of all the players, begin to believe in their hearts that they can go toe to toe with Barcelona and finally have a chance of coming out on top.
That's what I believe is the case anyway. It also has had a massive knock in confidence for Barcelona players, a team that they destroyed 5-0 at home can now hold them to a 1-1 draw, even if it is away. The final at Valencia this wednesday is not home or away, and therefore, it has planted a seed of doubt in every Barcelona player that will have been growing for the last 2 days.