So the captain and vice-captain of a team don't comprise it's core?
Iniesta played in that final.
Messi was getting his first real first team minutes for Barcelona.
I'd say Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, and even Valdes are major aspects of Barcelona's current squad. Everyone dives
I'm not lauding diving. It's the most annoying aspect of football, but players find ways to exploit the system. Until higher powers put a serious clampdown on it, besides giving cards for simulation, players will continue to deceive the one referee. Gerrard, hard and respected player, culpable to flopping. Same goes for a typically classy player like Lampard.
Chelsea advances if they hold the scoreline up a man. Maybe you should complain about a Essien (?) not clearing a poor Messi shot past a lurking Iniesta. Maybe you should complain about Drogba and Ballack not keeping their cool. Maybe Chelsea shouldn't have put 11 behind the ball in the first leg, and attempted to bag a crucial away goal. I've never heard a fanbase whine about something as much as that one game where Chelsea totally lost all mental fortitude.
I don't whine about 2011 Arsenal vs. Barcelona, because Arsenal had other opportunities to kill off that tie in both legs.
This post was edited on 10/1 at 10:00 pm