Copa Preview: Barcelona-Valencia, Wednesday 3pm ET
I know what I’ve said in the past about it. I know that I’ve gone on record saying it isn’t worth our time, it isn’t that important, can’t we just take warm baths instead of sweating it out through too many two-legged affairs? And I still agree with it…for the most part. There’re are only two matches that we might as well win since, hell, we’re here anyway. And that’s this second leg semifinal and the potential final. And, of course, anything against The Enemy, but that’s something else entirely.
If we win this game, there’s only 1 extra game to play and it’s for silverware, so we might as well win this match we have to play in anyway since we’re in a good position to do so. We’re 1-1 with an away goal and the ball in our stadium. Why not get a little bee in our bonnet and go ahead and take down Athletic Bilbao, who beat poor little Spanish Rudy, Mirandes, 6-2 at San Mames to qualify for the final (9-4 on aggregate). I like Athletic and all–they’re my “second team”…which means they’re my first Toquero–but if it’s Barça vs anyone, I’m going with the boys in blaugrana. Even in a “meaningless” and “frivolous” “ode to flagrant lameness” (all quotes of Isaiah at some point in the last week, though not necessarily about the Copa del Rey…yes, I use the word “frivolous” in conversation sometimes…and I’m often sorry about it).
WATCH OUT IT’S PANDAS ON A SLIDE
Yeah, that kind of just happens from time to time in my life. I’m getting used to it. Sometimes they go on planes like normal people, you know. And now, back to your regularly scheduled second half of the preview:
Valencia is in the doldrums, of sorts. They’ve drawn 3 league matches in a row and since drawing is the new losing, they’re big time losers. Barça, meanwhile, is getting stronger as both Pedro and Iniesta trained. Puyol, however, apparently tried to eat Iniesta. Bad capita!
With Busquets still injured from his clash with what appeared to be a velociraptor talon, Mascherano will probably take over the midfield role we all kind of expected him to be spending the majority of his time in anyway. Or, perhaps, Pep will field another possession midfielder and we’ll just have 18 of them on the field (they add up in height to 5). That’s always possible.
Pinto, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Thiago, Cesc, Jonathan dos Santos, Alexis, Messi…Tello, Cuenca, Sergi Roberto, Muniain, Bilbo Baggins…
Official Prediction: 2-1, we advance with 2 goals by Messi. I hear someone called him out. Playing at a low level? It’s on now, buddy boy. Oh yes. It is on.
Oh, you wanted live panda cams? You got it, friend.