Sunday, May 17, 2009

It's Over

So it’s all over: we’re done for the season. After a 6-2 bitch-slapping in front of our own fans at the hands of the ‘eternal rival’ Barcelona, we sleepwalked through another drubbing (3-0) at the hands of Valencia last week and then we went on to give our Villarreal friends a gift of having the opportunity through 3-2 loss against them last night which also took place in what is seems to have become our ‘don’t-disturb-me-I’m-sleeping’ signature performance. It seemed to me last night that it was only Lassana Diarra and Gonzalo Higuain who didn’t get the script.
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Not much left to say except to congratulate Barcelona and their fans for the great season that they have had. Their football this season has been both devastating and beautiful to watch: they do deserve the treble (now they are 2 down, 1 to go: way to kill Manchester United you Cules!). We on the other hand are now left to ponder on what went wrong: where we made mistakes: in the front office, in the training ground, in the dressing room, and ultimately, on the pitch. I guess I’ll just say that this is just one of those seasons where we didn’t deserve a title: We were an embarrassment in the transfer market over the summer (mindlessly chasing after CR7 and losing Robinho in the process, then ending up with what we now know as an over-rated Van Der Vaart), our out-of-depth coach last season was also exposed this year (not only with regards to his tactical ineptitude, but also with regards to his mental strength: the fact that he’s a choker)… and most embarrassingly, over our rigged EGM – resulting in the resignation of what turned out to be a crook of a president.
I can only look to the few positive conclusions about the team that we can come to at this point:
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1.) Gonzalo Higuain is a certified star and future of the team. His 21 goals (excluding the Spanish Super Cup) is testament to that. I stand by my previous statement that he deserves the 7, 9, or 10 Jersey.
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2.) We have found Makelele’s heir: another short Frenchman named Lassana Diarra.
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3.) We saw 36m-Euro Arjen Robben play more than 20 games this season, scoring 8 goals and dishing out 8 assists: not bad for a player we all thought would be a complete waste of money. If we decide not to keep him, he has nevertheless shown flashes to merit some good money in the transfer market.
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4.) We are holding elections this summer to replace the disgrace of an administration that we’ve had these past few years. All signs indicate to the second coming of Florentino Perez and his galacticos. I cheer for his imminent arrival with reservation: hoping that a repeat of his previous mistakes will not come to pass in this club again.
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Gosh, this season went so bad that I can only think of those reasons above… Anyway… here’s to optimism and the future.

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