As i said earlier in this thread i really dont rate Barcelona in certain departments e.g defense, and last night was the same, i really cant see them winning anything this season, no doubt Mourinho will be heading there at the end of this current season!
Frank has got to go and the added injury to Messi doesn't help. Barcelona are so bad in defense and cut throat attack like they used to have back when they won the tittle and the Champions League. Mourinho would be superb pick up for Barcelona. Ronaldinho shouldn't be sold, but he is getting past his best. Henry is done and Eto needs to find his form again. Valencia weren't special, but they probably deserved to go through as they wanted it more and got the goals i suppose. Actually have found the football season so different this season. There's something wrong, it almost as though there's a lack of goals in league and too many draws. Something is up.
I think it's a sad indictment of Barca right now that with so many class players at their disposal, when Messi is not there, they don't look half the team and they look completely at odds with each other.
The only Barca players who have shined this season are Messi, Xavi, Toure and Iniesta. Toure and Iniesta have been particularly outstanding. Abidal has done well for most of the season.
Valdes is a joke of a keeper, I've never liked him. He constantly exudes indecision. Gaby Milito has not played like he is supposed to. Zambrotta is not half the player he was at Juve, when he was the best all around full back in the world.
When Henry scored last night, I thought Barca would make it 2-2 and go through, but the defending for the 3rd was just shameful. Milito completely sold himself, and why were Villa AND Mata unmarked on the backpost?
You'd be disgusted with that if you were playing in school, nevermind at the top of the profession.
At this point, in a prospective Barca-Man.Utd CL SF, you'd have to give Man.Utd the edge. They are far more solid defensively, and if Messi isn't there, I think there is no question Man.Utd will go through. If Messi is there, then maybe he can save them.
Barca should still be in the title race, but dropping 5pts against Villareal and Almeria in the manner they did is just indicative of what they are about right now. I feel sorry for the midfield, because they've been great all season.