11 days later and Barcelona’s season is coming crashing down.
A 2-0 loss away to AC Milan on Feb. 20; a 3-1 loss at home to Real Madrid on Feb. 26; and then, horror of horrors, a second straight loss to Real on Mar. 2, 2-1 away this time. Come on Barcelona, time to play Tito strong! Play for your coach, I know that those were tough games but I know you can build up the strength and show those disbelievers that you still got it.
For those of you who don’t know, their manager Tito Vilanova went down to a terrible disease for the second time in December. He’s recovering from his cancer in New York. Oddly enough there was no issue last year, this time around his assistant looks like a scrub out on the sideline.
The possession is still there; so is the style and the grace. But the efficiency that made all the fancy stuff consistent has been lost. It obvious, look at the game against lowly Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, Barca were lucky enough to get a lot of help from a bungling Deportivo goalie and the malpractice of its awful defense to scratch out a 2-0 win.
Still, they’ll have a chance to make amends and save their season. The Catalans will try to keep alive the dynasty that saw them win 14 major trophies over the last four seasons and reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
If Barca fails, they’ll be out of the Copa del Rey and out of Europe too. Their archrivals Real would have bested them continentally for the first time in years, since they’re already through to the quarterfinals after sneaking past Manchester United. Come on Barcelona you’re my only hope after Manchester United was cheated. Take out Real Madrid for your coach and for Man Utd.