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Michelle Ackermann

Born in South Africa, soccer has always been a part of my life, and was pretty much ingrained in my genes. Journalism is my second love in life, and what better way to combine my two favorite things in life than to write about the one thing I am most passionate about. I follow the New York Red Bulls religiously, but have a deep passion for La Liga. This passion is part of the reason why I have moved to Barcelona to pursue my dream of becoming a sports broadcaster.


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Barcelona Grind One Out Over Atletico

Written by on February 27, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Atletico Madrid, Barcelona

In preparation for Barcelona’s match against Atletico Madrid, Guardiola praised Simeone, who according to Pep has changed the dynamic of the team. Earlier in the week, Guardiola said that, “It is obvious that the team has the manager’s mark. The team has a soul; they are intense, aggressive and all of the players work and put in a strong effort.”

Guardiola and the squad were aware of Atletico’s unbeaten record under Simeone and that a visit to the Vicente Calderon Stadium is rarely a stroll in the park.

Despite the fact that Barcelona enjoyed 83% possession during the first half, Atletico Madrid forced FCB to play a patient, yet meticulous match. Patience  would pay of when a goal from Alves gave them a first half lead.

The Alves goal forced Atletico Madrid’s hand and the home side immediately set about scoring an equalizer. It was to come early in the second half through Falcao following a defensive gaff by Busquets.

With ten minutes remaining, it would be a goal from Messi that would put Barcelona back in the lead for the second a final time. A quick free kick by the Argentine before the wall was set would catch Atletico off guard, and was enough to give Guardiola and his squad the much needed 3 points.

Guardiola, still aware of the large gap that remains between FCB and La Liga leaders, Real Madrid said that it won’t be an easy task to fight back and cut into their lead, but that the only objective for the moment is “to win each game as they come.”

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3 responses to “Barcelona Grind One Out Over Atletico”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    No mention of Busquets hand ball in the box that only the ref missed?
    Please don’t get me wrong, Barca is an awesome squad, but things have gotten much harder. Procession time is no longer the factor it used to be.

  2. Rhywun says:

    It seemed to me that the ref’s moment of daydreaming while Atletico was trying to set up their wall basically gifted the match to Barcelona. Thoughts of “violating the spirit if not the letter of the law” come to mind.

  3. Ed Gomes says:

    I really don’t complain about the quick free kick. When our favorite team does it, we say it’s quick thinking. When it happens to us, we always scream at the ref.
    In my opinion, when a free kick is given within a certain areas around the box, the ref should always tell squads to wait fr the whistle. They do it all the time in the CL. The biggest problem with that, is that it will be a judgement call just like now when they allow the quick kick. For me it’s Atletico’s fault for not realizing the situation and not being prepared.
    The biggest teams always get the calls. It is what it is, and I happen to get it.

    As for Barca, they are a thing of beauty knocking the ball around while attacking, but lately they have been lazy and knocking it about without attacking even without the lead. Their defense is very suspect, and teams that have taken it to them have caused problems.
    Yes they are great, but age, complacency, and injuries have cracked the invincibility shell.

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