Look deep. Deep into my eyes. What do you think? Can my boys and I pull the magic trick of going undefeated for an entire La Liga season?
You are getting sleeeepyyyy. Sleeeepyyyy ….
Ding! Wake up now, because it’s time to contemplate.
Our beloved club has reached the halfway point of the season with a 5-point lead on one Evil Empire. It is also undefeated in the league, having conceded but 10 goals.
Yes, you read that right …. 10 goals.
It’s funny how with all of our anguish about Marquez, and Txignasty, and Pique being in a bit of a funk, and set piece vulnerability, etc, how that number smacks you upside the head.
In the winter transfer season, we didn’t buy or sell anyone, but we did some nice business, with both our Africans returning early from the African Cup of Nations, and Gabi Milito sliding back into the side almost as if he’d never left. This means that our defense is now even better. The Yaya will be back on Thursday, by the by. That explains the sudden darkness many of you might have seen, passing overhead. He sometimes causes an eclipse.
We have 19 more matches, and let’s look at them and the possibilities, and how likely it is that we can win:
@Sporting Gijon: Brave and plucky, but this is a W.
Getafe: We beat them 0-2 at their house, and we were playing like shit. Now we’re at home. W
@At. Madrid: It depends on which team shows up. If they play out of their minds …. D
Racing: We beat them 1-4 at their house. Does anyone expect any different at home? W
(Note that we have the first Champions League match against Stuttgart in midweek, but dude …. it’s Stuttgart.)
Malaga: We beat them 0-2 at their house, with Weligton acting like the Terminator. We’re at home now. Payback time! W
@Almeria: Dude. Come on. W
Valencia: Whew! This one is at home, which makes me confident of at least a draw. D
(Note that Stuttgart comes to us in midweek, but we should have salted away the tie at their house.)
@Zaragoza: This is going to be a tricky one, because they play solidly at home, but we should just eke it out. W
Osasuna: They will be brave, but we’re at home. W
@Mallorca: Recall that at the end of last season, during “get Eto’o the pichichi,” we didn’t play our game. We will this time. W
Bilbao: At home? In a tight Liga (I figure the EE to keep nipping at our heels.)? We’ll get it done. W
@EE: This is the one, the potential bugbear, the pimple on the ass of our perfection. It’s the match that they are already pointing to, while I’m sure that Guardiola is saying “Just do everything you’re supposed to, and this match won’t matter.” D
Deportivo: It all depends on the outcome of the EE match. If we win, expect besotted subs, so anything can happen. D
@Espanyol: This one is always crazy, when we visit their cauldron. Last season, it took some Henry heroics and a late penalty. This season, they’re erratic, and played us tough at home. If we have something to play for, W. But I could see a D.
Xerez: W. All day and all night.
@Villarreal: This is another Hudsonesque banana peel, as they are always crazy at home, particularly against us. Again, if we’re already champions, this could be an L.
Tenerife: We’re at home. No way. W
@Sevilla: They will be fully manned and spoiling for revenge after our Camp Nou spanking. We’ll be ready. D
Valladolid: The season finale will see us celebrating …. what? It won’t matter. W
So no, I don’t think that we can finish out the season undefeated, mostly because we will have some serious Champions League action that we will have to rest key players for. But unless we wrap up the championship crazy early like, I just don’t see any team in the Liga who can deal with us. Hell, they couldn’t deal with us when we weren’t on our best game, and as we move closer and closer to getting (once again) to that rarefied level, it will take more than one of a few things to beat us:
A key injury: (Xavi, Abidal, Valdes)
Crazy ass luck: Remember the ping-pong own goal between Valdes and Pique? Stuff can happen.
Besotted joy: “We’ve won the liga. Who gives a damn?”
You see the matches. What’s your view on this matter? Can we go undefeated for the rest of the season, as we did the first half? I’m more confident this time, because last season we were playing out of our minds. This season, we haven’t been all that hot and still, we’re undefeated. But even with that, we’re going to give one up.