You asked for it. You begged for it. You got it! blitzen awards in their own sexy post! I’m sorry it couldn’t be longer, but I’ve had a very busy day. Do feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!
That’s Zamora Award: “When the ball hits your eye like a big pizza pie…” Victor Valdes is still on track for his fifth Zamora, but the three goals conceded last night didn’t do his coefficient any good. It has gone up from 0.70 to 0.79 (although Marca still hasn’t updated their stats, seemingly). Saving penalties is the one area where Victor is inferior to Casillas, and he should practice them more, especially if we are going to give away silly ones like that.
MOTMOTM Award: Who says the Man Of The Match has to be the best player? I’m giving this one to Dani Alves, who singlehandedly (see what I did there?) changed the momentum of the game and gave Granada a glimmer of hope that they could get a result. I can actually give Dani a bit of a pass for the second penalty—it was dumb, but it was also a totally reflexive brain-fart moment that could happen to anyone and probably will. The foul that led to the first penalty, though, was completely moronic. What on earth was he thinking?!? Ridiculous. Props to the Granada player who led him into it, mind you. Great gamesmanship.
Look Behind You! Award: I can’t be the only one who saw the t-shirts the Barcelona players were wearing in honour of Fabrice Muamba and had flashbacks to Panto season? (The shirts said “Fabrice!!!! We are behind you!” in English.) Expressions of support, or creepy stalkers?
Reduce. Reuse. Regift. Award: And speaking of shirts, I asked about this on twitter but no one answered me—what do they do with all those supportive t-shirts after the game? Surely the players don’t keep them to wear again. Are they recycled? Donated? Are there little kids in Africa running around with “Anims Abi!!!” shirts?
Movin’ On Up Award: Xavi started his senior career at Barça as a defensive midfielder, coming in to replace an injured Guardiola. Later his coaches moved him further up on the pitch to a more attacking role. Pep in particular has encouraged Xavi to move forward into a scoring position more often. Now Xavi seems to believe he is a central forward, and scores like one! He has 10 league goals already this season, more than either Fabregas (9) or Alexis (8). Como un jefe.
Rosell-Cruyff Award For Running Your Mouth: Keita! After receiving a ludicrous yellow card for a foul that wasn’t, he not only presented the ref with his patented “Who, me?” face, but went so far as to put his arm around him in a “This must be a joke!” gesture. Good effort for a first-time winner in this category.
Stolen Thunder Award: Poor Cuenca. He had a brilliant match, the best we have seen him since he crashed awkwardly into the spotlight last summer. He used the left wing to great advantage, outmanoeuvred his opponents and sent lots of great crosses into the box, two of which resulted in goals. Then Tello comes on and scores another goal and he’s the bright young thing once again. It’s OK, though. I noticed that everyone, and especially captain Puyol, went out of their way to congratulate Cuenca on his assists, so they know how good he was. Suck it, Tello. (I kid! Tello is awesome.)
It Rains But it Pours Award: Adriano. Injury. ‘Nuff Said. At this rate we will be calling on the Cadete B players. Anyone know what position Tito Vilanova’s son Adria plays? 😀