Sunday, February 19, 2006

Barça open a can of whoop ass on Betis plus sponsorship news

It's fairly easy to see what's wrong at Betis. Their joint top scorer with a mere four goals is Ricardo Olivera who has been out injured since the start of November. Olivera scored 22 goals last season and powered Betis to a fourth place finish above Sevilla (thus ensuring their first ever appearence at the Champions League) in addition to winning the Copa Del Rey. Without Olivera and with a defence leaker than the port tunnel, regularly conceeding three, four and five goals per-game, Betis have been kicking around the religation zone and could well do a Celta Vigo and see both the European Cup and La Segunda Liga in the same season.

They were on the end of a 5-1 whooping last night. Henrik Larsson started and opened the scoring after 20 minutes with his fifth goal of the season. Poor old Joan Melli scored two own goals. Ronaldinho scored a free kick and Messi completed the rout in the 85th minute after Joaquin had pulled on back for Betis. After two defeats on the bounce Barça were back to their awesome best last night. Victor Valdes pulled of some excellent saves and looked back to his old self after his calamitous mistake that allowed David Villa to score the only goal in the Valencia game last week. Thiago Motta, carefully side stepping some rakes and a banana skin came on mid way through the second half and managed to avoid breaking or dislocating anything. Messi also came on in place of Larsson and scored his sixth of the season and ought start against Chelsea on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge. Speaking of young Leo, Kevin Palmer has a good article on the rapidly maturing Argentine forward.

Oh, an update on FCB and shirt sponsorship. Bet and Win will not be defiling the blaugrana shirt with their garish logo after the company withdrew their offer. No loss.

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