Well the first win of 2010 sure came in style 🙂
At first, I got a bit annoyed at the slow pace in which Barca approached the game. Did they really lose their edge? Was the 2009 magic over? But after a few good chances that Tenerife failed to convert, it was all Barca! Messi’s goal broke the deadlock. The Argentine was in top shape, and earned himself a hatrick. I loved his 3rd goal, a stinning curler into the top Right corner of the goal! Pure Class. This is his 3rd hatrick for Barca and he now leads the goal scoring pack with David Villa on 12 goals.
Messi said after the match: “I am happy with the win and with my three goals. The third one was my favourite. I want to thank the people of Tenerife. I was a great game and I think we deserved for all our hard work.”
Bojan was given a rare start and repaid the confidence shown in him. He is going to hard to ignore now. He worked well with Iniesta and Messi, and assisted in all 3 of Messi’s goals. Well Played Bo!
The ref irked me a bit, especially after he booked Marquez for a fair tackle, but we can’t complain too much – we did win by 5 goals! Puyol also was penned into the ref’s book for an obvious handball, but seconds after that, he rose (in true warrior fashion, may I add) to head one into the nets. And homeboy Pedrito made it 5 in the dying minutes.
When the starting XI was announced, I was a bit sceptical, but as usual, there is no arguing with Pep, his selection worked. The lesser played guys got some time and proved that Barca has squad depth. All in all, a good victory. May the Good times keep rolling!
BTW, the pics for the match (updated!) are in my previous post: Tenerife 0-5 Barcelona: Match Pictures
It was back to work today for Pep and his men. 9 of the players that started in Tenerife, stayed in the dressing room for their treatments, while 14 players trained the Ciutat Esportiva.
The 14 were: Piqué (who surprisingly didn’t start yesterday as the squad was being rotated), Ibrahimovic, Pinto, Pedro, Milito, Txigrinski, Abidal, Jonathan, Thiago, Víctor Vázquez, Gai, Oier (who plays for Barça Atlètic and was called to train with the first team), Busquets and Messi. .
All focus is on Sevilla, who they will play back to back matches with in the legue and Cup. Barca lost the first leg of their cup tie with them and are looking to bounce back.