Monday, April 07, 2008


It's white hankey time at the Camp Nou and after last night's performance it's hardly surprising. Barcelona were simply awful against Getafe. Completely lacking in drive or any sort of off the ball movement, they played like they had lead in their boots. By far the best players on the pitch for the blaugrana were Victor Valdes, the imperious Carles Puyol and Gianluca Zambrotta, who ran the length of the Camp Nou pitch time and time again, only to find himself either the furthest player forward or to cross the ball into the box as the likes of Thierry Henry stood there looking at it, not making any effort to make contact or get on the end of anything.

It was painful to watch, no one showing for anything, the team completely static in attack save for the occasional run down the wing from Eto'o (what on earth is he doing out there to begin with?) and his replacement, the willing if ultimately ineffective Gio Dos Santos. As for the rest of 'em...

And despite this they had five or six chances to score, hitting the post three times and Pato making fantastic saves from Milto and Gudjohnsen (who at least looked like he cared when he came on) and given how negative Getafe were you imagine one would have done it.

[insert Champions League music here]

Having just railed on Barça I would of course take the same result as Sunday against Schalke on Wednesday evening. Schalke must be feeling pretty good about overturning their one gol deficit having watched the blaugrana huff and puff.

One man who won't be lining out the the sounds of "Die Meister, Die Besten, Les Grandes Equipes, The Champions!" anytime soon is Ronaldinho. The talk last week was that a deal taking him to AC Milan for around £16 million was in the offing. This time around the club being touted is Manchester City. Apparently his brother was at Eastlands on the weekend to watch City go down without a fight to Chelsea. Quite frankly I'm amazed at this. City are a very ordinary team and they need a lot more than 'dinho to turn them into contenders for anything. They're currently out of contention for a UEFA Cup spot and miles away from the top four. They certainly have some good players and are moving in the right direction but seriously, this reminds me of Ravanelli to 'boro back in the mid-nineties. Fantastic for the club, a disaster for the player and bound to end in tears.

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