so on to the good stuff 🙂 pep fielded his standard copa lineup of pinto + 10 others, and those others were dani, pique, puyi, abi, busi, xavi, iniesta, cesc, alexis and messi.
they were all just amazing. everyone. can’t even single out anyone for playing extremely well or not playing up to par. they were a solid team, and i thought everyone went beyond the call of duty on the pitch. don’t get me started on all those so-called cules who began ragging on pinto right after fake-ronaldo’s goal. please. football is a team sport. all goals made and all those conceded — they’re all because of the collective effort. stat via optajose — pinto completed 25 passes that night, more than any of the blancos except for alonso (who completed 34). i repeat — our keeper completed more passes than their outfield players. or put another way, their best passer only completed 9 more than our keeper. pep must be so proud.
while watching, i was surprised at how calm i was about the scoreline even when they took the early lead. when madrid scored, i just wanted to wait patiently, because looking at how we were playing, it was only a matter of time before our efforts would be justly rewarded. i was honestly more stressed about how much abuse our players would get on the pitch. i was expecting some blood and broken bones, and i think they came pretty close 😦 here’s a video of the highlights —
so. those goals. what more can be said? they were like an affirmation of faith. this system, this team, this family — it just works.
other stuff —
all the dirty tactics, all the cheap tricks — they all left a bad taste in my mouth during the game… but at the end of the match, there was only the sweet taste of victory. thanks, pep. and thanks, team 🙂
p.s. i really REALLY want masche to score soon!!
twitter and facebook —
“another great and important victory at the bernabeu! there’s still 1 game to go, and anything can happen, but today i am very proud of this team that has demonstrated once again the values that define us… visca el barça!” — vv’s facebook
i swear, puyi’s abs are straight out of 300.
******************warning: iniesta’s photo is not safe for work*******again!!********************
“greetings, teammates. congratulations for the victory at the bernabeu” – pedro’s twitter (which is reserved for special occasions only 🙂 just 5 tweets since he opened the account in december — one welcome message, one anims villa, one about winning the cwc, one anims fontas, and finally this)
“what a great game! it’s an honor to be part of this team! força barça!” – sergi roberto’s twitter
i also loved some of their pre-game messages —
and this is my favorite, also from jds — the 4 newbies on the bernabeu pitch. how exciting it must have been!
after the trip back to barcelona, it was back to business as our boys had a training session.
pep invited the staff for a birthday meal at the ciutat esportiva, while the players ate together at the new masia.
ok, so i wasn’t able to post anything about the game against betis, which thankfully we won. during that game, the home crowd was treated to a glimpse of our new silverware and leo’s new golden ball.
in other news, our team/la masia is featured in the new estrella damm commercial, with catalan-german actor daniel bruhl. half the commercial is cooking, and half is heaping praise on barça… and suspiciously nothing about the product itself 🙂 here’s the video with subtitles —
lastly, uefa came up with the “team of the teams of the year” — and it includes puyi (who still holds the record for most inclusions in the team of the year, 6x), dani, iniesta, xavi and messi. it also includes ex-barca thierry henry, and the bench includes ronaldinho .