We have a bit of news for you all, mostly to keep people with smart phones from developing carpal tunnel with all the scrolling, as the comments build and build and …. Neener, neener. And let’s start it off with the news that has everyone on pins and needles, the status of our want-away/not want-away Brazilian, Dani Alves.
This Pep Guardiola quote is floating around:
“We have talked about it with Dani, I told him how I feel, and I do not want him to stay here while he is unhappy.
“He deserves to ask for what he wants, and the club has the right to give it, or not. I want him to be happy here, or anywhere.”
If he’s unhappy, he should leave, IF (and as we know, that’s a big IF) the quote is genuine. This quote also contradicts the confident-sounding Guardiola quote from earlier in the week, which was essentially that everybody should relax, because Dani isn’t going anywhere. Sounds like they’ve talked since that quote.
Assuming this stuff ain’t all made up.
My view is that anyone who doesn’t want to be here, should get out. Now. I know. He’s an integral part of our attack, blah, blah, blah. So was The Yaya, and we’re a better club without him. I know that people roll their eyes at my “club over player” bit, but I believe it to the depths of my soul (or bottoms of my soles, whichever is farther). If a player wants to leave, we should expedite that request, because unhappy players are toxins. Yes they perform because they are professionals, but eventually, the person becomes toxic, which affects the quality of the team’s mood, demeanor and ultimately, performance.
Alves has been completely quiet on the entire matter, one that is fraught with complexity. Does he have an offer from Citeh, or doesn’t he? Sources say that he doesn’t, which is why the club is sticking to its guns. But something tells me that if we were actually available, he would have an offer in about 12 seconds.
Some say why, oh why, would Alves ever want to leave us? A new challenge, perhaps? He has won every trophy of every kind with us, and what next? Wouldn’t it be cool to be the link that propels a club to championships, he might be thinking. Who knows? Either way, if he wants out, then nobody wants him out more than I do.
And now we wait.
–Someone noted on Twitter that Lionel Messi got the same penalty (yellow card) for wishing his mother happy birthday, as Nigel de Jong for his Xabi Alonso karate kick in the World Cup final match. Actually more, because de Jong wasn’t fined. Awe.Some. Way to go, La Liga, a passel of truffle-rooting dimwits who keep uprooting turds instead of delicacies. Imagine that. “Game times? We’ll figure that one out. TV is linked to match times? Well, they will adjust to us. We are La Liga. And fine that midget. How dare he?” Those jackals could screw up a sunny day. Of course the club is appealing the penalty, on the grounds that it is monstrously dimwitted and picayune.
—Albert Benaiges, aka “He Who Discovered Andres Iniesta,” is leaving the club for a coaching post in Dubai, after a 20-year relationship with the club. We wish him well, and owe our eternal thanks for Ghostface. Yes.
–There’s a pretty delightful interview with Eric Abidal, our French Greyhound, in Sport, where we learn, among other things, that he left notification at Wembley, when France played there last year, that he would be back for the Champions League final. Let’s hope he’s prescient. He’s going to begin negotiating his renewal with the club on Thursday. Word is that he doesn’t want more money, just more time, consistent with his desire to retire with Barca. (Hear THAT, Dani?) Oh, and he wants some of those shape-up shoes, because he’s heard good things about them.
–Bursitis? We’ll all noticed some suckage from Gerard Pique this season. Apparently, he has been having some foot complexities. Between Xaxi and Puyol’s tendinitis and now this, someone astute would note that these are all overuse injuries, consistent with players who have played, oh, about 914,000 matches in the last year for club and country. He looked as good as he has in some time in his second-half sub role, however, so let’s hope that Lank is back.
Speaking of Puyol, word is that he is out until the first leg of the Champions League tie against Arsenal. And frankly, we should be able to handle our business without him back there. So is your preferred back line Alves/Pique/Abidal/Adriano (ding!) or Alves/Pique/Abidal/Maxwell? And what about Alves/Pique/Busquets/Maxwell, or Alves/Pique/Mascherano/Maxwell-Adriano? Eh?
—Wednesday/Saturday/Wednesday/Saturday. That’s our match schedule for the next couple of weeks. Get used to it, because it doesn’t get any easier from here, folks. Word.