Well, you probably won’t be seeing this scene again, according to Pep Guardiola, who believes that repeating that magical triplete is impossible. He’s probably right. Magical seasons are magical for a reason.
That said, he definitely wants to gobble up every bit of silver that he can, and has convened “the best” players for the Sunday Spanish SuperCopa finale at home against Athletic Bilbao.
“Athletic will press,” said Guardiola. “That’s why we have to go out and attack with discretion.” In other words, look for a tight match, because “I want the SuperCup,” said Guardiola.
–The infamous “feeling” that Guardiola had about Samuel Eto’o that led to his transfer, was clarified in yesterday’s press conference. “The decision to dispense with Eto’o was not a question of ‘feeling,'” said Guardiola. “Footballing there was no problem with Sammy, and I could work very well with him at a personal level. What I meant is that my ‘feeling’ after the success we achieved last year was that it was time for a change.”
–Racing is the most likely destination for Adriano. As the club’s boss, Francisco Pernia, says it’s all over but the shouting on the Henrique front. They also want them some Jeffren, but that will depend on what happens regarding Guardiola’s desires to sign a left winger.
–First work, then Ramadan for The Yaya, Keita and Abidal. Fasting, one of the tenets of the Muslim holy period is always a complexity for athletes. All three have, through the intervention of an Imam, chosen to postpone strict observation in light of their professional committments. As Keita said last year, “I am Muslim, but I am also a footballer.”
–Ah, Cicinho. The rumors just won’t go away. Roma wasn’t happy with our initial bid, as you might all recall, and Cicinho has started nattering about not being happy, blah, blah, blah. The usual stuff. Roma have said “It will cost thiiiiis muuuuuch to get him.” It is rumored that we are going to reply with “But we want to pay thismuch.” And off we go.
—Juan Mata might be back in the frame again. Recall the hooraw with Valencia and Dalport Investments, and Soriano saying “We don’t need to sell anyone since these guys, with all this money and a logo right out of a child’s coloring book, are going to make a massive cash infusion.” Well, that sorta didn’t happen. The group didn’t even make the first payment deadline. And the whole Dalport thing is looking funkier and funkier, which means that Valencia are once again in a big ol’ fiscal mess. So we might test the Mata waters. Stay tuned.
–The club is still pushing for the signing of Chygrynskiy. Expect the deal to happen, or not, when both clubs and their various officials convene in Monaco next week for the UEFA SuperCup.
–We still might see some kids staying up, despite the Guardiola statement of the other day that none would be promoted permanently. Oier, Fontas, Muniesa, Dos Santos and Jeffren are part of the SuperCopa squad list, and as Guardiola said of the young’uns, “They are inexperienced because they are young. But they are ready.”