Saturday, April 15, 2006

You best protect ya neck...

It's been a while I know but due to a muscle spasm in my neck I've tried not to spend any more time than necessary infront of the Mac. So like James Richardson on Gazzetta, I'll give you a quick run down on what's happened to the blaugrana since April 5th.

W-D-W

There's been three games, one nervy 2-0 win over Benfica to secure a place in the Champions League semi-final against Milan (good site, there are highlights of all of Milan's recent games), the first leg of which (in the San Siro) is on Tuesday; an inexplicable 2-2 draw with the useless Racing Santander and an accomplished 1-0 win over Villarreal in the Camp Nou last night. There've been more injuries, to Messi again, this time in training and he'll miss the game on Tuesday. Also out is Henrik Larsson who came off after only nine minutes against Villarreal, followed shortly by his replacement, Santi Ezquerro. Deco won't be available either, being as he's suspended as a result of a rather soft yellow for an over eager challange on Benfica goalkeeper Moretto.

Read on

Leo Messi has a book coming out. Well kinda. On St. Jordi's day (that's the 23rd of April, like you don't know) Sport, the Catalan sports paper, will distribute 'Leo Messi - Bar
ça's Treasure'. It features a foreword by Diego Maradona and interviews with Frank Rijkaard, 'dinho and Cesc Fabregas amongst others. I'm guessing it will all be in Catalan so sadly I won't be leafing through it anytime soon but no doubt it's a great read.

The other Argentine at Bar
ça

With the blaugrana
suffering a rash of injuries of late, Maxi Lopez, the forgotten man at the Camp Nou has been seeing some playing time. He came on for the final fifteen minutes at the Estadio El Sardinero and played almost an hour against Villarreal and looked pretty good. I shant go on as it's almost one in the morning now and I've been over this before, but I think Maxi is a decent striker and quite the gentleman (despite all his time on the bench and in the stands, not once has he complained or had a bad word to say about the club) so it's heartening to see that lanky frame of his back on the pitch. Eto'o aside, he was the best forward in the Villarreal match, holding the ball up very well and putting himself about with real purpose. It will have done his confidence no harm at all. Força Maxi and good night.

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