Truly wonderful evening of football to be culé. Pep and the legendary players he commands completely outclassed Manchester United for most of the 90 minutes and came out 3-1 winners. I am not going to do a traditional minute by minute report as if you’ve didn’t watch the game tonight, I don’t know what business you have supporting this team or football in general. Man U started off with lots of energy and fight but we got into our stride soon enough and finally took the lead in the 27th minute with a clinical finish by Pedro, though the true credit goes to Xavi for typical patience on the ball and an excellent pass to set our number 17 up. Man U responded in the 34th after we lost the ball from a throw in, finally resulting in Giggs laying the ball for Rooney to finish expertly.
and the game was sealed off by VILLA VILLA VILLA MARAVILLA in the 69th after a pin point finish from just outside the box. I had told my father before the game I had a feeling Villa would have a big role tonight, and I am so happy for him.
We were excellent this evening, truly excellent. Pretty much the peak of our ability and for long stretches of the game we made the champions of England look very ordinary indeed. Even the Scottish commentator, who has done Barça matches before and not always given us your due credit, said it was the best football he had ever seen as player or commentator.
I truly feel however there was no man of the matches tonight, that award MUST go to the team as a whole. From Valdes who put in 2 awesome superman style stops, to the defense who one by one played critical roles. Alves was tireless as always and became critical in creating space in the final third, Pique was perfect, its bizarre how excellent Masch is as a center back, and then Abidal. Abidal was inspirational, and with the story of the last months, it’s something every footballer fan and human being really has to smile about. Then the midfield 3 who are without question the best in their craft. Busquets is a top footballer who gets less credit than he deserves. He sees the game very fast and has total faith in his touch. Iniesta was comfortable on the ball all night and looked to push forward and penetrate whenever he could. Then we come to my man Xavi, the player I told everyone for a decade is the best in his position. He was sublime tonight, and I’m proud it was his shirt I chose to wear tonight (and I’ve got quite a few to choose from). Pedro was excellent, clinical again with his finishes, and ran himself dead. Villa bounced back and from the start looked very sharp and confident on the ball, and his finish shows the fact class is permanent. And Lionel Messi did what he does every week, and that’s be the best possible player and teammate in world football. I loved how much he loved scoring that goal, he was truly ecstatic. We are lucky to be able to ring all those names above into our starting 11.
Johan Cruyff had some interesting words about Pep before the game, but I don’t want to get into that debate tonight. Guardiola has revolutionized Barça, adding onto the foundation laid by Cruyff and Rijkaard in particular with the vital aspect of non-stop pressing. He prepares the team so well and I believe gives them so much confidence. From my favorite player back in the 90s, he is now my favorite manager ever, and if I had it my way he will be sitting in that chair for at least 20 more years.
Another historic season that confirms this team the best in Barça’s history, but for many in the history of the game. Sir Alex was gracious in admitting he has never faced a better team and never had a team humble them like tonight. So enjoy yourself, whether you are going to go out, just chill with friends, or have a nice sleep, but also be humble. This club does not stand for arrogance and controversy, but humility, pride, and loyalty. We stand for Abidal being given the captain’s armband and lifting the trophy for his team. Més que un club!
CAMPEONES, CAMPEONES, OE OE OE OE