The focuses, the glamour and the prizes were behind. The ball, the competition arrives... What the crack likes it.
The newly crowned best player of 2011, Leo Messi, will be tonight at Pamplona despite being almost a match process. FC Barcelona has secured the jump to the quarter-finals (won 4-0 at Camp Nou), but the Argentinian star, for many stars it is, is one that always wants to play. Do better on grass than in the galas. Prefers the ball and competition prizes and glamor.
The Cup is played with Messi. And is that the club, as stated by José Luis Mendilibar, coach of Osasuna, after the first stake, "or does not trust his own shadow."
The '10' of Barca is eager to play again, especially after the 1-1 in Cornella-El Prat, which was off why the thrust of local picture. A bad night can have any, even him.
Messi wants to return to power and nothing better than tonight's game in which, on paper, should be white glove being convicted (or near) the classification of Barca, you already know that will be crossed to reach the quarter with Real Madrid.
Proof that Osasuna, while not giving up the victory, not thinking to reach the next round was the presence of up to six team players in the squad: Satrústegui, Postigo, Beautiful, Roberto Torres, Raoul Loe and Manu Onwu. Of course, in several rows discarded Reds first team not to mention a legion of injured ...
Messi, on the other hand, returns to a tournament in which total 27 appearances and 19 goals. The last two, precisely in his last appearance, against Osasuna at the Camp Nou last week. The Argentine, who hunts of the 235 goals the legendary César (take 211), it tries to target to loop the loop: mark in all competitions on home soil, foreign or neutral. Currently only missing score in Champions at Camp Nou and, as a visitor, in the knockout tournament. And today I could get it. The feat might be historical if Barca reached the final of the Champions Cup and the Argentinian star and scored on both. In this way, would have marked in the league, Champions League, Cup and Supercup of Spain (home and away) in the European Supercup and the Club World (neutral venue).
The challenge was scoring in six contests (and has) and now do so in all possible scenarios. So far has made eight of twelve. Today could be nine. Would lack scoring away from Camp Nou in the Champions League and the Champions League final itself and the Cup
Pep has Montoya and Sergi Roberto to grieve tonight. Cuenca also, which only works with the first team. All could have today a new opportunity in a field where Osasuna do not know the KO. (via SPORT)