From: Bob on
FF wrote:
> Alkamista wrote:
>> On Apr 6, 9:12 pm, Enzo <s_debgu...(a)> wrote:
>>> I havent followed Arsenal for a long time, mostly picking up
>>> interest in them
>>> in this season's EPL. but there is something seriously lacking in
>>> the team
>>> which makes them more like a crumbling Serie A outfit than a top EPL
>>> side
>>> at times.
>> Dont forget that their three best players were out injured, as well
>> as a starting centerback and two important backups. They were
>> positively crippled. They probably wouldn't have beaten Barca
>> regardless, but they would've put on a much better show.
> Barca too were without Ibra (why was that BTW ?), Puyol and Pique, and
> Iniesta only came in in the last 15 minutes or so. So I'd say it evens
> out.
> Anyway, so much for Messi not showing up against EPL teams I guess.

Considering Messi's dramatically improved strike rate, it isn't clear that
on average Barcelona is better off with Ibra taking those chances.