уторак, 19. јануар 2010.

The sweet revenge

Everybody at Barcelona were down after Sevilla denied them the chance to defend the Copa del Rey title but even though some pundits tried to make it look as the start of the end for the Catalans, it was nothing more than just one bad day for Pep Guardiola’s side. The Camp Nou outfit were close to overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg but they still got eliminated on away goals rule, which was something Sevilla was soon going to pay for.

The destiny wanted the teams to meet just three days later in Primera, when Barca more than got revenge for the Copa del Rey defeat, having hammered Sevilla 4:0, although the winning margin could have been even greater. The match showed just how serious this team are and I just pity the ones who thought this was the end of Barcelona as we know it.

Something that people outside the Barca faithful cannot seem to comprehend is that this team have got plenty of more to offer. Pep Guardiola has not only built an excellent team but he also created a style of play, albeit on the base of his predecessors, that does not depend on individual players and there is not much more you can ask from a coach.

Regardless of the Copa del Rey exit, this is already looking like another successful season for the Catalans. The five-point advantage over Real Madrid proves Los Merengues are still not ready to fight for the Primera title, regardless of how much money they spend. I don’t see too many sports betting experts being prepared to back a team other than Barcelona for the Champions League title this term, thus the fans have absolutely no reason to worry as long as Guardiola agrees to contract extension at the end of the season.

I believe that it is crucial to keep Pep at the club for as long as possible since it’s been a while since we last had such a dedicated coach and on top of everything, a true servant of the club. He’s created a great link between the first team and the youth sides, and no wonder that a couple of players are promoted to the first team set-up every season. I do have some complaints regarding his work and they mostly concern young Bojan, who is not getting the playing time he deserves.

I really don’t know why he is still a fringe player after making a big progress during his first two seasons in the team, while I have already written an article on Yaya Toure, so you know how I feel about his situation. I cannot help but feel that these two players would make this Barcelona side even stronger.

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