Thursday, August 18, 2011

Barca Wins Supercopa

Yesterday FC Barcelona defeated arch-rivals Real Madrid 3-2 to claim the Supercopa de Espana trophy, which is the opening competition of the Spanish league season.  The match was marred by the now-characteristic rants from Jose Mourinho for Real Madrid.  It was a spectacular match, marred princi[pally by the Madrid manager's all-to-frequent misbehavior on the pitch.  As reported in the International Herald Tribue (from the UK),

"A Lionel Messi double inspired Eureopean and Spanish champions Barcelona to a 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Real Madrid in their Super Cup secobnd-leg clash and a 5-4 aggregate win.

The ill-feeling between the two sides was apparent throughout, but boiled over at the end of the match which saw three players sent off.

Barcelona were far from their best with their players looking rusty as they lacked their usual cutting edge, while Real played with determination. Andres Iniesta put Barca ahead with a deft finish before Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th goal in a Real Madrid shirt to equalise. Messi, though, proved to be the key player as he scored at the end of the first half and again three minutes from the end with French striker Karim Benzema finding the back of the net in between.

“Words fail me in how to congratulate my players on how they played tonight,” said Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. “They are extraordinary and legendary players.”

Guardiola only gave new £29million signing former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas a few minutes of playing time towards the end of the game. But it was enough time for Marcelo to be dismissed for a late challenge on the Spanish midfielder.

Villa and Ozil were also red carded in the subsequent angry exchange – the latter being sent off from the substitutes bench as he had gone off earlier in the half – which prompted Guardiola to issue this warning after the match.

“Marcelo got a red card because we all know what happens after tackles in certain areas of the pitch,” said Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. “It was a spectacular game from the first to last minute. But from the first minute of the second half, and I don’t criticise it because I know people do it, the ball boys hid the balls.
“It happens with small teams when they find themselves in difficulties.”

And so, Jose Mourinho blames the absence of ballboys for his teams loss.  Based on his antics the last two seasons, I don't thenk the problem is that Barcelona is a small club... I think the problem is that Jose Mourinho is a small coach.  And getting smaller all the time.  Visca el Barca!