13 March 2012

Where the insane becomes the routine

Given Barça's disadvantage in the Liga, some say it's lunacy to expect anything other than defeat, but Josep Guardiola and his men have demonstrated time and time again that nothing is impossible.


The critics say it’s over; it’s lunacy to believe that being 10 points adrift from the top spot in La Liga with only 36 points left can yield anything other than defeat. By any stretch of the imagination or logical conclusion, the distance that separates FC Barcelona from Real Madrid is insurmountable. It is simply not possible to fight back from 10 points down, it’s insane to think otherwise.

The silver-tongued Ray Hudson, ex-Newcastle player and current commentator for GolTV, could only gasp as the ball buried itself into the side netting of Courtois' goal. It was midway through the second half and FC Barcelona was minutes away from saying goodbye to their La Liga bid previous to Messi's sublime strike. A rejuvenated Atlético Madrid, under the direction of newly appointed manager El Cholo Simeone, smelled blood in the water. The excitement in the Vicente Calderón stands was palpable; the Colchoneros only needed one goal to see off the La Liga and Champions League holders. To make matters worse for Josep Guardiola and his men, that collective imagined scenario in the Spanish capital was edging closer to reality as minutes ticked off the referee's watch. The red and whites pressed with more ferocity than ever, they were pinning Barça back, the chances were coming, an Atelti goal appeared to be inevitable. However, against the odds, it was a Blaugrana player that claimed the hero’s mantle that night, not Falcao or another Colchonero. When the Catalan team needed a goal to keep their La Liga title hopes alive, Messi produced a flash of brilliance to put his team ahead. As the players trotted back to their starting positions, Hudson, still tickled with delight said, "where the insane becomes the routine." In truth the commentator was talking about Messi, but these words could just as easily been used to describe this FC Barcelona team. The match ended minutes later and Barça had secured three valuable points. Once again Josep Guardiola’s men dug deep, never forsaking their style of play, to produce a brutal collective effort that usually goes unnoticed when individual performances shine so bright.

MORE: www.fcbarcleona.com