If anyone thinks that Spain’s progress in the Euros does not matter in Catalunya, last night in Barcelona, they would have been shaken out of their beds by the roars and cheers of celebrating fans; quaking in their boots as the salvos of fireworks and rockets exploded overhead, and deafened by the raucous tooting of car horns until the early hours of this morning.
La Nit de Sant Joan (St. John’s Night) has just passed. This is the only official holiday where fireworks are sold 2 weeks prior to the event and are legally allowed to be set off. Naturally, they are hoarded for the rest of the year, to be set off on nights like last night, when football results dictate a celebration. If Spain wins on Sunday night, the hidden stashes of fireworks may be decimated.
Behind the celebrations, and the euphoria of winning a place in the final, there is a sense of unrest at what we’ve been seeing from the Spanish team on the pitch – particularly up the front.
I can categorically say that last night’s performance against Portugal was one of the most boring and lacklustre games that I have seen from La Roja. If Portugal had not been the opposition, I would have said that they deserved to win. But they were, so they didn’t.
Spain’s game consisted of: pass the ball – sideways, backwards, any way but forwards. Lose the ball; regain the ball. Rinse and repeat. It wasn’t until Pedro came on (and Xavi went off?) that some danger and movement started happening, but it was too little and too late.
Something’s not gelling.
Not the right blend of players on the pitch?
Is VdB a one-trick pony? (Cesc on for ?, Navas on for ? seem to be his favourite sub choices, no matter what.)
Let’s hope that La Roja has something extra under the hood for Sunday, otherwise we’ll be seeing a
Germany takes on Italy tonight – expect fireworks on the pitch.
Abidal won this year’s Aldo Rovira Award.
Oh yeah – and apparently Jordi Alba is a done deal for 14mill and 5 years, pending medical tests.
*Edited to add:
Preseason is shaping up:
July 24th: vs. Hamburger SV at Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany.
July 28th: vs. Moroccan Selection at Grande Stade de Tangier (Ibn Battouta Stadium), Tangiers, Morocco.
July 31st: vs. RCD Espanyol in the Catalunya Super Cup, Olimpic Stadium, Montjuic, Barcelona.
August 4th: vs. Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes, Paris, France.
August 8th: vs. Manchester United at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden.
August 20th: vs. UC Sampdoria for the Joan Gamper Memorial Trophy, Camp Nou, Barcelona.
Mats Hummels is NOT available. 🙂