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Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad, 2-1

The good:
1) We won. At this point in the season, this is a much bigger deal than it should be. We can't lose any more points in the League.
2) Pep finally let Tello start. This kid is super fast, very talented, and seems to have good judgment. He made our first goal off a great assist from Messi, earned us multiple corner kicks, and looked dangerous for a good part of the game. I hope that we promote him up from the B squad pronto.
3) Messi made a lot of nice assists and scored our second goal. (It's been painful to watch him trying so hard to score one for several games now and just botching it over and over. Like I've been saying, the guy needs to be benched for a bit. He has been showing a lot of heart, and we know he wants to play every time, but he's obviously lost his edge.)
4) Beautiful tiki-taka, which is the rapid-fire passing style that Barcelona players are known for using to dominate possession.
5) ) We made lots of opportunities to score. Which brings me to...

The bad:
1) We missed most of our opportunities. Cesc was good in the midfield but once again the wrong guy to pass to. Messi just didn't have the strength behind his shots that he needed to get by the keeper. Dani Alves shot wide twice. Very frustrating for all concerned.
2) Cesc and Messi, because it bears saying twice. So many chances squandered. Pep mentioned recently that he was hoping to rest both of you. I really hope he manages to do it now that he's given some of the other senior players a break.

The ugly:
1) Busquets came on late in the second half, almost immediately collided with an attacking RS player, and had to be carried off on a stretcher. Cesc looked like he was about to be sick. Luckily it seems like it was a nasty-looking deep laceration but nothing more serious. We really can't afford to lose any more players to long-term injuries!
2) Srsly Leo, just shave it off already! Who do you think you are, Xabi Alonso? P.S. Facial hair looks terrible on him, too.



And let's not forget the pretty:


#1 Keeper Victor Valdes and Man of the Match Cristian Tello
Victor Valdes on WhoSay

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cuddyclothes
Feb. 5th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
Cristian Tello is hot.
flywoman
Feb. 5th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
IKR??? I was worried that admiring him he might not even be legal, but he's 20.

He and Messi teaming up on goals are my new OTP.
damigella_314
Feb. 5th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)

Spaniards look a bit too normal to me to be attractive in photos - they are usually much more seductive in person, especially when speaking Italian with the cutest accent ever. I think most men look horrible with facial hair, but some worse than others. Leo Messi: horror. Must be punishing himself for all the mistakes.

I don't think Barça can win the Liga, but the win was badly needed anyway.
flywoman
Feb. 5th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Normal is not attractive in photos? LOL. Although I guess they look and sound normal to me from childhood but not in daily life.

Leo Messi: horror. Must be punishing himself for all the mistakes.

ROTFL!

I was really wondering about this - is he neglecting personal hygiene because he's tired or because he's unhappy with himself?



I also don't think that Barça can/will La Liga this year with all of the injuries etc., but psychologically they really needed a win.
damigella_314
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I like exotic looks. German has the lovely word stinknormal which described perfectly the color of my eyes and hair until I moved North. Now my eyes are dark chocolate and my hair is ebony (well, ebony with white marble actually). :).

OT: here's an article in Italian, about a child born without a leg (and corresponding hip and kidney) who plays soccer with crutches. Scroll down for a sweet picture of him with beard-less Messi.
flywoman
Feb. 6th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's really interesting. And Messi being sweet is never off-topic.
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