There’s not much to report at the moment, to be honest, plus some of the persona life is taking up my time (damn you, personal life!), so here’s just a really fast discussion and comment thread for you guys:
-Barça are now in Abu Dhabi, preparing for Wednesday’s match against Atlante FC of Mexico. It should be a good game–perhaps a lot closer than many out there expect at this point–but will not feature Leo Messi, who has not trained with the group yet. My personal desire is to see him sit out the entire tournament (2 matches) and come back to us completely healed in January. That includes not playing for Argentina against Catalunya.
-The team is talking up the need to take this tournament seriously, with Pique, Puyol, and even Chygrynskiy getting in on the “We gotta show up and do our thing as if it’s a real match” train. Chygnasty points out that this would be his first trophy with the team since he wasn’t around for the Super Cups.
-Speaking of the previously mentioned Catalunya-Argentina match on December 22, Johan Cruyff, Catalunya’s new manager, has called up Valdes, Xavi, Puyol, Pique, Busi, and Bojan from Barça along with Cesc and Oleguer. My question is whether or not any of those players will show up to play, what with Barça having scheduled a friendly with Kazma Sporting Club in Kuwait for December 21. Little Banjo Crickets should get the start at the top, of course, and score some goals to get his confidence up.
Have at it and tune in tomorrow for the preview of the Atlante match.