The most waited soccer classic of Spain occurred on April 21st, 2012. The Catalan team versus the Madrid team at Camp Nou. This game had high hopes for the Barça fans because this was their savior ticket to save the title of la liga; however, things got complicated for Guardiola’s squad. He placed a 3-4-3 lineup, but I have seen this lineup before and it brings dire problems for the team. When it comes to an important team like Real Madrid, the defense line has to be packed mainly in this season is when Mourinho found the key to move this team forward.
I am a fan of Barcelona, yet I am not going to blind myself by stating, “The team got robbed, they would have won if the referee would have not favored the Madrid team.” No, I have to admit, Real Madrid came into the field confident, ready, and pressure-free. It was clear to me. The Barça squad was too tensed like a student taking the SAT or the ACT to get a good scholarship to get into a prestigious four-year institution.
Messi was left alone to the point that Granero spin Barça’s forward to an unwanted dance. The short-lived hope with the goal scored by the Chilean forward, Alexis. This happiness at Camp Nou did not last long. Valdes could not reach the ball and he feared Ronaldo’s presence this time around. When Madrid scored the second goal, Valdes left the arch too early which gave Ronaldo an easy route to score.
Barcelona is a great team, but like any great student thery will have dark days. Tonight was not their finest hour and the team players have stated their thoughts on the game and the future.
“We have a very important game on Tuesday. We did what we could, we were faithful to our style of play and I believe that we played better than they did. We were missing the joy of scoring goals. It’s clear that we went out to win despite trailing most of the match and that hurt us. It’s a shame that they scored when they did because that’s when we had the most chances. We gave it our all. 10 out of 10 for our fans, they cheered us on until the end.”
“This hurts our soul. We must focus on our upcoming match.”
Still, as much as this loss hurt their chances to win la liga, they must focus their energy on the Champions league title considering this game is also a risky one. This time, the Barça team is also playing at home against Chelsea. I hope this sour energy does not follow them into the next matches they have in Champions, Liga, and the final game of La Copa del Rey against Bilbao in May.
The last word
As a Barcelona fan, I cannot stand here and bash my team. I love this team and even with this loss, I strongly believe they are best, força Barça!
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