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Video: La Liga

Barca's lead atop La Liga is down to four points.....

Barcelona falls to Atletico Madrid:

Real Madrid subdues Espanyol:

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2009; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  Spain  
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Great game Marquez :p

Posted by: Reignking | March 2, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Barca has leaked way too many goals all season. Sure, winning 5-2 every week is fun, but you're going to have days when you hit the post a lot, and lose 2-1. Ain't that right, dcu?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 2, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Wow, great match Barca vs. Atletico Madrid. The Forlan-Aguero tandem really came alive together. No shame for Barca in losing when those two guys are really on their game. The shame was in losing to Espanyol =)

Posted by: Eugene7 | March 2, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

joshua, you are just repeating something you heard elsewhere, and you couldn't be more mistaken.

Barca has allowed 24 goals this season -- 2nd in La Liga to Sevilla (22). That's less than a goal a game. And their goal differential is am amazing 50.

Posted by: Reignking | March 2, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

RK: it's worth noting that in all competitions, they have three shutouts since Christmas. and five since the start of December. and one of those was a nil-nil draw at Esapanyol in the Copa Del Rey.. They have conceded ten goals in 9 UCL matches. and 14 in their last 9 league matches. in the same time frame, the people catching them have conceded 2 goals. Real hasn't given up more than one since they played Barca on December 13th.

Barca gives up cheap goals to teams at the lower middle of the pile. look at the video, those were all fairly cheap goals from AM. Deserved, yes, but you can't let someone take two steps with the ball in the box over and over and not expect them to score. the defense is simply sloppy, and getting more so.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 2, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

10 in 9? That's not so bad. And 4-3 is a typical Atletico score.

As for Real -- I find it comical that people were burying them in, what, October? The season is too long for that. It is amazing how knee-jerk RM can be if they aren't winning every single game -- or if Barca is winning more.

Posted by: Reignking | March 2, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Real Madrid game highlights. When I was watching, GolTV switched to Fifa Futbol Mundial during halftime and never went back. I watched that game in my Guti jersey and missed his first goal back. Kinda mad. But that whole "only four points back" thing makes me happy enough to make up for it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 2, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

That first Henry goal is a work of art.

Posted by: iammrben1 | March 2, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

10 in 9? not good for a team with title aspirations in midseason form. Yes, La Liga is a high scoring league, but this type of play is why Barca always underperforms on the European stage. Of the teams that are left in the Champions League, only Arsenal, Bayern and the other Spanish clubs have conceded more goals in their league play. Only Lyon conceded more goals in group play (8 in 6 games for Barca, 10 for Lyon. as a comparison, the other group winners conceded: 'Pool: 5 in 6. Man U 3 in 6, BM: 4 in 6, Porto 8, Juve 3. When you give up cheap goals to teams you should shut out, you make it possible for lesser teams to beat you. Who do you think feels better about their chances of scoring on the road, Inter going into Old Trafford or Lyon going into Camp Nou?

can you tell I love the defense?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 2, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

joshua: however, big difference between knockout rounds and round robin games, in terms of defense...

Posted by: Reignking | March 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

sure, there are always excuses. but which would you rather have firing on all cylinders, your offense or your defense?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 2, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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