Barca 1, Shakhtar 0, “Champions of European Champions” edition (edit)

This one took some time, folks, not only for our beloved Barca, but for me. For them, the reasons were obvious: We came up against a side with next to no interest in playing football today. Their sole aim was to stymie our attacks, clog the midfield, have at least 5 men in the box… Continue reading Barca 1, Shakhtar 0, “Champions of European Champions” edition (edit)

Barca 3, Athletic Bilbao 0, a.k.a. “One down, five to go.”

So we’ve read quite a lot about how Barca’s play is like the music of the late, great jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Spare a couple of minutes for this video, then we’ll begin. Here’s what I meant when I initially raised the analogy, borne out by yesterday’s thrashing of an under-manned Bilbao side. Monk raised… Continue reading Barca 3, Athletic Bilbao 0, a.k.a. “One down, five to go.”

Barca 0, Manchester City 1, a.k.a. “Wait….this wasn’t all about the BAS?” (edit: Sorry, Kid)

Not quite, but close. For the record, yes, a match was played today. Yes, we lost. But everything was subsumed by the start of the second half, when our very own BAS took to the pitch to rapturous cheers. As he strode out with Messi and Alves, you could hear everyone thinking “This is it.… Continue reading Barca 0, Manchester City 1, a.k.a. “Wait….this wasn’t all about the BAS?” (edit: Sorry, Kid)

Athletic Bilbao 1, Barca 2, a.k.a. “Gaze all ye, in wonder at P!”

The face….the steely gaze that says “I will score”….the magic. Ladies and gents, it was all about He Who Was Formerly Pedrito today, as he and Xavi combined to bail out what was really a desultory side today, with a few exceptions. Yes, it was the first, away leg of the SuperCopa but really, it… Continue reading Athletic Bilbao 1, Barca 2, a.k.a. “Gaze all ye, in wonder at P!”