Okay, let’s face it the new aesthetic in football is parking the bus. It’s becoming a sure but long way of winning these days. You may have not known this, as closet (but now open) Barca fan, I regrettably retreated in my dark cave, and tried forcefully to swallow my tongue when I found out Chelsea won. But alas, I failed and now I have a chance to see Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey final. Something tells me this is another chance to see failure.
Why? Let’s look at the facts. Pep has just resigned as Barca manager. Unfortunate but understandable. Tito is now appointed (officially!) as manager of the FC Barcelona first team– right before a final. You can see see this in a good and bad way. First the bad (since depression seems to follow Barca fans like a shadow lately…)– the bad side is players will probably be extremely confused when Tito will (I pray to the football Gods) actually pick a sensible line-up. That’s the bad side, now here’s the good. The good side is FC Barcelona will finally get a sensible starting line-up where players don’t get confused when they’ve just found out they’re placed in the keepers box in place of Victor Valdez. Rumor has it, that Tito isn’t a fan of picking line-ups out of a hat and getting a little too fancy with the formations.
Where does the failure part come it? Well, once again, because FC Barcelona is all for traditions, we’ve been hit by another plague of injuries. There’s Puyol’s knee surgery (one defender out), Dani Alves and his mysterious collar bone (defender 2 out), soleus issues, muscle discomfort..(can we throw in a hamstring injury? *knock on wood*)…But you get the point. It’s either Barca players really do time their injuries at the same time, or…we can blame Shakira (just kidding…unless it’s a valid explanation).
Pep needs to recruit from our reserve, no not our bench, our other OTHER reserve. FC Barcelona’s famous B team just jacked up with talented yet inexperienced players. Who knows how they’ll do…That photo shows Sergio Roberto… he’s no defender. So we’re basically out of defenders…Do we still count Gerard Pique? (Damn you Shakira).