Sunday, March 14, 2010

Messi 3-Valencia 0

FC Barcelona is this not as awesome as last season, and last weekend they lost the leading position in the Spanish League to the arch-rivals from Real Madrid. This week, they had to play against the third placed Valencia and had to win to keep pace with Real Madrid.
Valencia started best, and were really putting up a great fight against a rather disappointing Barcelona side, where only Leo Messi was representing danger. Still, the score was 0-0 at half-time, and it seemed that the close encounter was to continue in the second half. But truly, as Barcelona is not as awesome as last season, there is one thing that makes the Catalans better than any other team: Leo Messi is continually being Barcelona's saviour, and today he was extraordinary in the second half, with three extraordinary goals he pulled the entire team up to give them this important victory. It was not Barcelona who defeated Valencia; it was Leo Messi, who is without doubt the best player in the world at the time.


Anonymous said...

Argentina has a really scary team on paper for the world cup - if you just look at the top scorer list in Spain

let hope Maradona can make them work together


El Erik said...

I agree, and with the victory against Germany, Maradona seems to be getting it together. Note that of the top leagues in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England), all have Argentineans in their top scoring lists, so it is really a luxury choice for Maradona.
Problem is the playmaker. Riquelme is out, but I agree with Maradona that he is too slow.
But the midfield with Verón and Mascehrano lookes awesome, as well as DimAria as offensive. I think Ever Banega should be in the team.
Javier Zanetti and Gago are in my view out.
Defense is a problem: against Germay he played with four center backs big center backs. Worked against Germany, but agaisnt quicker strikers, they will have problems. Heinze in particular is totally overestimated. Samuel and Demichelis should be fine.

Maradona has a luxury problem. But I think Argentina will do well, and Maradona will surprise many who think lowly of him. I think he can motivate players, and has a fixed idea of how he wants to play.