Good morning culés, and a fine one it is today. Just a match comment thread, with two bits of news I need to share with you. The first of which is:
R.I.P. Luis Aragonés (1938-2014)
The former Barcelona coach died at the age of 75 after a battle with illness. He led us to victory in the Copa del Rey tournament of 1988 and his record at the club stands at 23 wins, 13 draws and 14 defeats. Although perhaps better known for kick-starting La Roja’s world domination with their European Cup title of 2008, he has also famously claimed that José Antonio Reyes was a better footballer than Thierry Henry. Anyway, I am not one to mourn people’s deaths, so instead I would ask you to spare a moment to celebrate his life.
Tell us something we don’t know
Ex-referee Eduardo Iturralde González revealed on national television in an absolute shocker that most of the referees are, in fact, merengues. Of course that, according to Mr. Gonzalez, does not mean that when they referee a M*drid game that they are not professionals. To which I agree. They are professionals that support M*drid. And what about when they call our matches? Altogether a shameful yet not at all surprising matter, which has cost us and will cost us, in the rolling eyes of this humble blogger, past and future league titles.
Last but not least
The game against Valencia is about to kick off. The last time we met? 0-3 in the Mestalla. Our line-up? Valdes – Alves – Mascherano – Piqué – Jordi Alba – Xavi – Busquets – Cesc – Alexis – Messi – Pedro. Sitting on the bench? Pinto, Bartra, Adriano, Song, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto and Tello. Watching from the stands? Around 80,000
bloodthirsty relaxed, opera-loving and weekend plans-discussing fans will be joined by Puyol, Montoya and Afellay. Culers not starting for Barcelona? No, not ex-blaugrana Seydou Keita, unfortunately, but we will see Oriol Romeu in action at the Camp Nou for the first time in a Liga game. Here’s hoping for a resounding victory.
Visca el Barça!