“I need a hug.”
It’s one of those moments and I couldn’t agree more with my friend’s statement last night. It’s not about self-righteous indignation concerning refs, it’s not about who dove and who didn’t, it’s not abut anything other than love and passion for Barça. We lost. Kudos to Inter for going through, for being the better team over 180 minutes. Yes, I think they were cowardly, that their unwillingness to play a real match in the second leg was an embarrassment, but they’re through and, on the whole, they probably deserved it because of the thrashing they gave us in the first leg.
It’s been a while since we felt like this, since we lost on such a big stage, but it happens to all but one team per year and this year it was our turn again. It will be our turn again in the future as well because that’s the nature of sports. So it goes. You can blame it on the reffing if you’d like, selecting particular plays as where it was “blown” but the fact of the matter is that we spent 60 minutes with a man advantage and scored one goal. We left it up to the ref to make (or not make) the calls rather than out-playing them and scoring goals that no one can dispute. We needed 2 goals. We got 1 (and I’m sure Inter fans are saying Pique was offside, which is not only ironic, of course, but also wrong) and that wasn’t good enough. I said before the match that we needed to take our chances and what we did during the match was blow them. So please, it wasn’t about the ref. It was about us. And we came up short. And that is how it goes sometimes. Don’t hate what happened, just love the club.
I’d like to take a second to congratulate Julio Cesar on being an outstanding keeper. His save on Messi’s shot in the first half won them the tie. I’m sad to say that, but it’s true. Sure, he wasted time (he got a yellow in the first half for it!), but overall he was solid in the back and never spilled any shots directly to us. His save on Xavi’s shot was also spectacular, though not as spectacular as the first one.
Now, there are some other things to address, chiefly the embarrassment to FC Barcelona that is Sergio Busquets. Some will accuse me of squirreling this away in the middle of a post or not putting in enough expletives, but whatever, I’m going to say it the way I should have said it about Fabregas before: Sergio Busquets is a diver and a cheat. He doesn’t deserve to be a Barça player. Many of us have said for a long time now that he’s got the talent to play for us, he’s got the footballing instincts, and he’s a La Masia product, but it is very simple: he is not going to learn not to dive, to exaggerate, and to be a dirty, filthy, horrendous cheat. So he should go. Last year I thought he was learning, I thought he was getting better (he was!) and was rolling less, exaggerating less, and being less of an embarrassment to us. Dani Alves has, in large part, learned to stop being such a whiny baby, but Busi has instead regressed to beyond where he was last year. What a turd. It’s easy enough to dump on him already because he’s going through a bad spell in terms of form, but instead of stepping it up, he grabs his face, rolls on the grounds, even reacts to Motta’s absurd aggression (for which Motta should be punished) by grabbing his neck and considering going down again on the sideline. Thankfully he didn’t do that. What a diver and a cheat and an embarrassment to our club. He should be sold. Now.
Good on you, Busi, good on you…
So that’s that. The CL is over for us, but I’m still going to have a party at my house and I’m still going to enjoy watching it (while rooting for Bayern because Mourinho is a classless douche, which sucks because I want to root for Samu). I’m going to go and listen to some upbeat music now and focus on my personal life for a few hours.
Visca el Barça y a por la liga!