I don’t like self-criticism. I like criticizing, but only if it’s aimed at someone who isn’t me. You see, I demand love and affection from all, including myself. Some say it’s egotism or being thin-skinned, but I prefer sensitive. There’s just too much negativity out there and I prefer not to listen to it. Others, however, should totally listen to me when I berate them for sucking. It’s just how the world should work.
-One guy who doesn’t give a rat’s ass for your baby-like sentiments and expressions of self-worth is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is man enough to tell the cameras that he’s been playing like dog-breath for the last few weeks. He’s quoted in both Sport and MD as saying, “I’m a realist and when I play badly, I say it. It’s true that I haven’t been good in the last few matches.” (“Soy una persona realista y cuando juego mal lo digo. Es cierto que en los últimos partidos no he estado bien”) Look for massive improvements from him as he tries to wrest the pichichi crown from Lionel Messi. Ibra has 11 goals in 15 matches while Messi has 14 in 15.
-Kevin mentioned this yesterday in passing, but the UEFA Team of 2009 has been announced and not only are six of the players currently clad in blaugrana (Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Messi, and Ibra), but the team’s captain was Puyol and the coach of the year was Pep Guardiola, for obvious treble-winning reasons. Obviously Ibra’s place in the squad was earned during his time at Inter, but hopefully he can make it back to those heights this year when clad exclusively in blaugrana.
-Now that Guardiola has renewed his contract in principle, we’re set on the managerial front, meaning all we have left to do is play some football wait for the absurdity of the presidential election cycle to get going full-tilt and we’ll get to talk about who Guardiola will re-sign for or if the new president (in office July 1) will agree to the terms Laporta and Guardiola agreed to. I can’t imagine anyone not doing so, but hey, I’m not an egomaniacal lawyer with power and money to burn. Well, I’m not a lawyer with power and money to burn, anyway. Apparently Pep is such a crazy workhorse that he didn’t even tell his family about his plans and they had to hear it on the radio. Also, they apparently listen to the radio, which isn’t something I’ve done in years.
–Seydou Keita returned to the squad today after Mali was bounced from the African Cup of Nations and could start on Saturday against Valladolid thanks to Busi’s suspension for yellow card accumulation. He was welcomed back to the squad with a round of applause, probably for his ridiculous freekick against Malawi and for being around to save our collective bacon if need be.
–Txiki Begiristain, our GM, has refused to make a clear decision about his future, at least for the moment. His contract runs out at the end of this season (June 30), but he could sign up again if the right candidate is elected. I, for one, would like to see him continue.
Let’s hear your thoughts on all these things in the comments.