Apologies to readers looking for the normal match report for last night’s game, unfortunately circumstances left me in a bit of a pickle yesterday, and although I managed to see 90% of the match, it was not under the best conditions for me to offer much analysis.
The early kick off time plus the fact that I am in London this weekend made things a bit complicated but I knew the game was on Sky and thought I would have little trouble finding a pub to watch the game. However, as kick off approached we were stuck in traffic trying to get across North London just as Arsenal finished their game, The situation wasn’t looking good until suddenly as we crawled along the Seven Sisters Road we spotted a big screen with the game showing. We parked and rushed into the bar which turned out to be a North African bar with guys sitting at tables smoking hookahs. It was a nice enough place to watch the game but the view was not great and the commentary was in Arabic which sounds great for football commentaries but unfortunately is not a language I understand.
I gave up on trying to take notes and sat back to enjoy the game like any other fan and in no time Messi had put us ahead with his 35th Liga goal of the season and from what I saw we seemed to be more or less in control, though I understand we hadn’t started so well. In the second half after Thiago’s sending off the suffering was really quite unbearable. However, we defended very well and waited for our chance. It was delightful to see that Pique and Puyol played such a part in our second goal. Despite being down to ten men and defending a slender lead away from home with La Liga very much in play, we are still sending our defenders forward to attack and we got our reward.
With three minutes to go the TV lost the picture which meant another excruciating wait to get the result confirmed. I will be back in Barcelona tomorrow so normal blogging will be resumed for the Milan match.
Barcelona: Valdés; Mascherano, Piqué, Puyol; Thiago, Busquets, Cesc (Montoya, m. 60), Iniesta; Pedro (Keita, m. 69), Messi, Alexis (Tello, m. 82).
Goals: m25 Messi 0-1, m79 Pique 0-2