After this exciting beginning, Barça has ridden along the Bernabeu during the whole match, like if it were the Grand National. A few reflections I have got from this Clasico:
1st. I recommend to everyone to record this match, because today all the Barça players have shown the best version of themselves. I am sure that this Clasico, apart from the magnificint result, 2-6, the triumph is something new in football. It’s a slightly evolution from Cruyff’s typical rotation. Barça has shown its credentials by rotating the ball, but also speeding up the game very, very much. Facing this strategy, the rival becomes knocked out. There’s nothing that can stop the ability that Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Henry and Yaya have to structure the centre. It’s like playing pool on the football field, though far more exciting.
2nd. Piqué has consolidated himself as the new star in this scenario. The central defender has worked with Puyol by consolidating a strong defence. Despite the error of the second goal that left Ramos alone, Piqué has shown that he can carry the ball and to open game in the mid-field. This role will be crucial on Wednesday against Chelsea, when Marquez won’t be there. This ability, that Puyol lacks, is very appreciated to make the transition from the defence towards Yaya or Xavi.
3rd. Guardiola has honoured his words from last August when he said to all the Culés that he could not promise results, but he could certainly promise effort. Well, he certainly has broken all the standards as a coach, and what is even better, everybody enjoys this Barça.
4th. I hope that Chelsea won’t get to the UEFA Champions League final because it would be the victory of speculative football against wonderful football. In these days, we all know where excessive speculation has taken us, to a big fallout. Don’t let Chelsea mess up such a beautiful game like Barça’s.
… to be continued in these exciting weeks that still to come!