Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Matchday Commentary

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The match is finally here.

Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two best teams in the world right now, are set to face off in the most anticipated match of the European club season (3pm, GolTV).

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo. Jose Mourinho vs. Pep Guardiola. Xavi and Iniesta vs. Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso. You name it and this match will have it.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's commentary is after the jump):

 

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95 Responses to Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Matchday Commentary

  1. Wm. says:

    “Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two best teams in the world right now…”

    Who says? Maybe the two most expensive teams.

  2. ec says:

    One major advantage of “Cover It Live” is I don’t have to hit refresh a million times (which also reloads all your ads and can pause a stream)…

  3. Frank says:

    Name a team that you think is better…

  4. bryan says:

    great, atdhe.net is down…

  5. Jason_B says:

    Try channelsurfing [dot] net

  6. tbkh says:

    Borussia Dortmund.

  7. StevenG says:

    following from NC

  8. Brian says:

    Took the day off to watch from Chicago

  9. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Following at work. In San Fran. Thanks

  10. Isaac says:

    Following from Apex, North Carolina, Ives!

  11. farfrumgruven says:

    I’m following from Seattle, WA

  12. StevenG says:

    rly?

  13. Steven says:

    Ives…I am following along from work, thanks for doing this. It makes my cube just a little brighter!

  14. RK says:

    I am following from my office in Atlanta because I can’t wait to watch a taped version later…

  15. tedhill says:

    Following in Miami, FL

  16. wally says:

    following from work. in NYC. forgot to tivo this one, dagnabbit!

  17. Following from Norfolk, Virginia

  18. Fus says:

    Following from Toms River, NJ

  19. Rowsdower says:

    Following from my office in Houston, TX

  20. Kendra says:

    Following from work in Chicago.

  21. Luke from CBus says:

    Following from office in Columbus

  22. A-Lott says:

    Following from Arkansas, Ives.

  23. Edwin in LA says:

    So I would like to know….. where are all the Madrid Fans who SWORE with Ozil (best mid in the world this year according to them even though Xavi and Iniesta already ripped him and his bunch apart in SA) and Ronaldo would destroy Barca?

    Love how it’s Barcelona Academy “Cantera” players who continue to cripple Madrid, today Xavi, Iniesta & Pedro, last year it was Messi, Pedro, Xavi.
    Oh is looking good!

  24. Paul says:

    Following from The University of Texas

  25. Derek Young says:

    Here in Seattle. First time I’ve used ESPN3. Not bad.

  26. RK says:

    Well, I’m following on Marca, too…

  27. Dan says:

    my office in Parsippany, NJ

  28. Glaing says:

    Following from Franklin, NY

  29. Jeremy says:

    following in Lancaster, PA

  30. Leo says:

    Guardiola giving some of Mourinho’s medicine back to Madrid.

  31. Leo says:

    The referee brandishes another piece of yellow paper menacingly.

  32. Standard_Deviance says:

    anyone else lose the atdhe stream just now?

  33. Edwin in LA says:

    Following from Hollywood, CA in a great mood since this is my 1st Clasico follwing along you commentary so far the only thing I am not happy with is that I haven’t done this before for big matches like this when you’ve offered it!

  34. Lenny says:

    Following from the stupid office in NYC.

  35. Glaing says:

    Penalty? If that is a defender and not a GK, that is a PK.

  36. Dominghosa says:

    From Phoenix as usual, meng.

  37. RK says:

    I’ve learned a new word from Marca today — tangana! otro tangana!

  38. Leo says:

    The cool thing about the GK position is that they can use their hands. And his hands were on the ball before CR made his touch.

  39. Rory says:

    Panorama only has older info on bribes on some members. Including Jack Warner and the guy in charge of South America (which was supporting Qatar?).

    No new allegations of this cycle as far as I can tell.

    link to guardian.co.uk

  40. John in FL says:

    Following in Lake Worth FL.
    And my 3 days old daughter made it home today…..:)

  41. Gacm32 says:

    Hahaha that was a good one.

  42. Gacm32 says:

    Following from UCLA, thank God I don’t have class until 5 haha

  43. 31452341234123 says:

    Following from Lowell, MA

  44. hoosh says:

    Following from Orange County, CA as opposed to studying. El Clasico > John Locke’s Governmental Viewpoint

  45. Brent McD says:

    hook ‘em! rough football season :-(

  46. Brent McD says:

    following from san diego, ca. at work, watching via the channelsurfing feed ;)

  47. wes says:

    wasn’t villa offside?

  48. Jorge says:

    Congratulations, John. Nothing beats being a father. :-)

  49. Leo says:

    Barca is collecting scalps!

  50. wes says:

    wow messi with another perfect pass, he’s a surgeon

  51. Jorge says:

    This is just a slaughter.

  52. JS says:

    Following from Gulfport, MS

  53. Brent McD says:

    Madrid look shellshocked

  54. Be Reasonable says:

    What an embarrassment for Madrid. They shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence They cannot even get the ball from Barcelona.

  55. Brent McD says:

    Barcelona passing and movement is breathtaking. Truly a “symphony of football”

  56. CJ says:

    (SBI-CJ, right now, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two best teams in the world. Can’t really be argued. Real has shredded all competition, including a tough Champions League group. What happened in years prior is irrelevant to right now. They have Mourinho and a much better team, so just be happy for the match-up and stop with the pointless nitpicking.)

    Now, perhaps, it can be argued that Real aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. The competition they shredded? Tough CL group? No way. They’re better than before, true, but they won’t hit their stride until next season after Mo has time to mold the squad into his vision with his players. That is, of course, if Perez doesn’t meddle too much. But now, they look pretty pedestrian.

    And “pointless nitpicking?” Isn’t that what this site’s all about?

  57. Leo says:

    Are there any Madrid players without yellow cards? Maybe Casillas.

  58. CJ says:

    (SBI-CJ, right now, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two best teams in the world. Can’t really be argued. Real has shredded all competition, including a tough Champions League group. What happened in years prior is irrelevant to right now. They have Mourinho and a much better team, so just be happy for the match-up and stop with the pointless nitpicking.)

    Now, perhaps, it can be argued that Real aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. The competition they shredded? Tough CL group? No way. They’re better than before, true, but they won’t hit their stride until next season after Mo has time to mold the squad into his vision with his players. That is, of course, if Perez doesn’t meddle too much. But now, they look pretty pedestrian.

    And “pointless nitpicking?” Isn’t that what this site’s all about?

    (SBI-CJ, Madrid got shredded by the best team in the world. Doesn’t mean they’re not the second best team in the world. If you want to disagree, go ahead, it’s a free country, but I still don’t hear you offering who your pick is for second best team in the world. Do you have one, or do you just like being contrarian to bust chops?)

  59. Astra says:

    Doesn´t matter who the opposition is, Barcas unreal passing is unstoppable.

  60. Dustin says:

    On his goal his head was a bit offside yes. However I do not want the AR to put the flag up unless he is absolutely positive and at live game speed on field level it’s reasonable that he wouldn’t be. Play on give the offense some leeway in those sorts of situations.

  61. Dustin says:

    I honestly don’t understand how Spainish fans can put up with this pathetic display. Two teams dominating the league and one team dominating the other top performer? This isn’t even a competition, they should force the two teams to trade away some of their players because this is simply a joke, not a competition.

  62. Andy in Chicago says:

    Barca has made this look easy.

    The scary thing is, maybe for them, it was.

  63. Brent McD says:

    definitely lost some respect for Ramos after those shenanigans

  64. Leo says:

    Sergio Ramos with a red card without time wasting.

    Madrid have proven themselves a bunch of talentless hacks. What rubbish.

  65. bryan says:

    im embarrassed to be a madrid fan today

  66. Isaac says:

    You’re not, serious are you? I understand it’s a rout, but can’t you just enjoy the football? And trading away the players? Get real and get over yourself.

  67. RK says:

    5-0…magical scoreline in Spain.

  68. RK says:

    Just today?

  69. Dominghosa says:

    T’estimo Blaugrana.

  70. Neruda says:

    The play of Barca brings a smile to ones face. Loved seeing CRon doing nothing on the big stage… again (think WC in SA).

  71. BarcaMike says:

    Thanks for forcing me into watching a 30 second ad before seeing your commentary Ives. Last time I’ll be visiting.

  72. JD says:

    Is there any difference between today’s match and a video game?

  73. RK says:

    Waaaah. He doesn’t control that.

  74. tnnelson says:

    Barca Clinic! I can’t count on both hands how many touches real got in the second half

  75. Scott A says:

    What a pleasure. Everything from–in the words of Ray Hudson, orgasmic–soccer to international teammates having on-the-field drama (they’ll be hugging again in 5 minutes, we all know how it is). Great stuff.

  76. BarcaMike says:

    Thanks for forcing me into watching a 30 second ad before seeing your commentary Ives. Last time I’ll be visiting.

  77. Jorge says:

    I wonder what the Spanish newspaper will say about this game.

  78. Edwin in LA says:

    How much of a baby can you be? Was it even 30 seconds, even then small price to pay for the commentary.

    Is not like you HAVE to pay attention to it

    Just ignore it for a the small amount of time and go on about enjoying the game.

    Geez, I don’t know who’s worst you or the guy claming Spanish fans should be ashamed to watch this even though it was an amzing match, and somehow La Liga being a 2 team race & Barca being amazing makes La Liga bad?

  79. Edwin in LA says:

    Damn sorry RK, that was for BarcaMike :(

  80. Edwin in LA says:

    How much of a baby can you be? Was it even 30 seconds, even then small price to pay for the commentary.

    Is not like you HAVE to pay attention to it

    Just ignore it for a the small amount of time and go on about enjoying the game.

    Geez, I don’t know who’s worst you or the guy claming Spanish fans should be ashamed to watch this even though it was an amzing match, and somehow La Liga being a 2 team race & Barca being amazing makes La Liga bad?

  81. Carlo says:

    Oh yeah! Best team in the world baby! WITH OUT A DOUBT! BARCA BARCA BARCA!

  82. TomM says:

    I thought you were going to leave the first time you posted your nonsense?

  83. Frank says:

    The only difference I can think of? Madrid is damn good in FIFA.

  84. RK says:

    “Bofetón al Real Madrid”

  85. catenaccio says:

    This Barca team is better than the lineup that beat Man U in the 2009 CL final. You can’t score on a team that possesses the ball as much as Barca. They play a beautiful game and their defense is solid. Can’t wait to see them go far in CL for 2011.

  86. Jorge says:

    Good one!

  87. Jorge says:

    I guess The Special One not so Special today.

  88. Viva Barca says:

    :)

    That is all.

  89. okibol says:

    Following from Portland, Oregon.

  90. Jorge says:

    From BBC:

    But the Argentine’s display was so staggeringly good that Real’s Ronaldo was reduced to a bit part player in the Nou Camp.

  91. Fookoodo says:

    Real can now use their jerseys as Barca toilet paper now because they gave them a REAL lesson in master class.

  92. CJ says:

    Hmm … how about ManU? Chelsea? Alls I’m saying is that running the table in La Liga isn’t really a true test for Real (or Barca). It’s not as competitive of a league as the EPL, for example. And how tough was their CL group really?

    I’m not suggesting RM are a poor side, at all. I’m just dubious of claims that “RM are back!” They’ve failed to meet expectations for several years now. I see no evidence to crown them #2 in the world yet. Plus, I’m tired of everyone proclaiming CR as one of the best in the world. Really? Since leaving ManU, his form has been inconsistent. His WC performance only showed how selfish a player he is. Sir Alex has gotten the best out of him thus far. Pellegrini was not a strong enough a personality and he didn’t have the backing of the RM admin.

    Give the Special One time. He will turn things around, eventually. He will sort out the various egos and make Los Merengues play like a team (they haven’t done that for a long time). He’s THE perfect man for the job. But I maintain the first ego he has to quell is Florentino Pérez. El Presidente has created a toxic environment. If Kaka can’t settle in Madrid, there are bigger issues to address. The Galactico mentality isn’t working.

    Now, if this seems like I’m “being contrarian to bust chops” that’s your decision. You can take it personally if you want to. It’s a free country. As Robin Williams once said, “I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.”