Hola, buenos días !!
I hope everyone is well !! – Lets get going….
I would like to class my self as a Barcelona ‘Follower’, obviously using that term loosely. An arm-chair fan if you like. I have been watching their games since I can remember. Something about them I can’t describe got me hooked as a child…A drug? that’s the wrong word I want to use, more of a footballing aphrodisiac. Only in recent years has our love for this great team been dented…CescGate. *SMH*.
Ive recently taken sone time abroad and my latest excursion from these shores was my third trip to the great city. Taking in the Stadium tour on both previous occasions. PAH! im beyond that now….I wanted more! I want the Magic and pronto…
7.30PM – Arrived at Les Corts Metro Station, after advice from an English speaking man in the near bar we just had 5 pints in. (If you didn’t know, Camp De Les Corts was Barcelona’s home until 1957 before eventually moving to the Camp Nou) I had that same buzz…as if I was going to the Emirates…It almost felt like I was cheating…
We didn’t know where we were going, so old faithful came to the forefront, you guessed it – we followed the crowd. ‘The Crowd’ had a different vibe to it. Obviously I couldn’t understand what they where saying My spanish peaked in my last year of school. I heard the word ‘Messi’ over 100 times in the short walk from the station. As we got closer, hundreds of kids running around kicking a ball around…The majority had better technique than the England midfield.
My first thought after seeing the stadium was – Colosseum. Traffic whizzing around the gigantic monster, cheering, flag waving. All added up to make an absolutely amazing atmosphere.
I can’t tell you the feeling I had at the first sighting of the pitch. Walking up the small, yet pointless staircase. Peering over the edge into the ‘light’. The mecca of football. It felt…Like home *Slaps my self*..Pull your self together boy!
To tell you the truth I missed the warm upsI was so engulfed with the noise, the colours. A. Kid. At. Christmas.
Kick Off – I don’t think I have ever seen the ball move so fast…COMPLETELY different live. The ball moved from full back to full back within seconds. *When you where kids I don’t know if you remember… but a game we played – 10 passes before you could score a goal… well they did 10 within seconds* They are technically perfect.
The first player to catch my attention out of the cluster of stars was Valdez. VALDEZ I hear you say?? He is better than some of our players with the ball at his feet. At one point he got swarmed and he just effortlessly rolled the ball on to his left foot and laid the ball of to Pique. Easy. PAH.
The first goal was absolutely marvellous..Cuenca glides, that’s all im going to say on that boy. I wasn’t a massive fan..BUT that boy has something special..He floats. Cuenca cuts the ball back to who else??….’MESSI MESSI MESSI’..and he heads the ball down to Xavi who smashes home.
The second..Cuenca again…beats his man (for fun). Whips the ball across and the little magician is waiting to pounce at the back post and absolutely smashes the ball in. The noise the post made was immense. A sublime goal to equal the record.
Fair play to Granada, they did fight back. But it was meant to be Barcelona’s night…. And im not here to talk about them.
‘The Chip’ – I sat for hours after the game trying understand how he did it. To execute ‘that’ within milliseconds… is beyond genius. He plucked it out of the air and with a swing of his wand, it just floated it WITH pace over the goalie into the empty net…That doesn’t even make sense. neither does trying to explain a goal of that quality. The angle I was sat at was perfect viewing. Football-wise the best goal I have ever seen. I haven’t even mentioned Alex Song’s…I mean Dani Alves’s pass. The whole thing was outstanding. A perfect goal. ENHORABONA LEO ! ENHORABONA…
The Forth – Iniesta spins on a sixpence and with an amazing defence spilting pass..sets messi free, who then races to the by-line and smashes the ball at the keeper as hard as he can from an extremely tight angle. The ball falls to Tello who places the into the bottom right of the goal. My mate Tello is an unliveable talent. The first thing that was so eye catching was, how broad he is. He looks like an Athlete. Ronaldo esque. As I have said in previous posts about him. So confident on the ball, beyond confident. He is a natural with an Athletes body. A magical combination. The boy WILL be a star. Mark my words.
The Fantastic Fifth – Dani Alves’ passing range is breath taking. He literally owns the right-hand side of the pitch. Easily one of the best players in the world. Pep has taken him to an unbelievable level. The through ball to Messi goes past four players, yes FOUR players. Messi glides past the keeper and with three defenders rushing back towards goal…He places the ball into the top of the net.
That rounded off my night, let alone theres.
What an Experience, its defiantly going to become a regular part of my life…
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