History in the making
F.C. Barcelona has broken yet another record this season: they’re off to the best start in the history of the team with seven straight wins. Although the team’s style of play is still shaping, they managed to beat Almeria 2-0 on Saturday. Lionel Messi scored the first goal with a magnificent play at the 21st minute and then Adriano pushed in the second goal, thanks to a collective play by Xavi and Pedro on the 56th minute of the second half.
Winning this match was not easy for “Tata” Martino’s group because Almeria came out with a narrow defensive line, all in order to block the creative power of Barcelona’s midfield.
Bad news for the world’s greatest
Minutes after scoring on a tremendous play with a strike from outside of the box, Messi was forced to leave the match due to an injury in the femoral biceps in his right thigh. It was confirmed that “La Pulga” will be expected to recover within two to three weeks. Messi will not only miss a series of important games with Barcelona but also the last two games of the qualification round of the 2014 World Cup with Argentina, very sad news for his fans all over the world.
Off the pitch
The focus on the bench was on Neymar and how he sat on the bench the whole 90 minutes. The young start was Barcelona’s latest acquisition and had played in most games of the regular season.
“I must protect him and care for him,” said Martino when asked about the reason of Neymar’s sudden absence on Saturday’s game. The Brazilian native had been playing an excessive amount of minutes in Barcelona and on his national team, and Martino wanted to give the youngster a break in order to recharge his energy for the rest of the season.
F.C Barcelona keeps making history, breaking records and winning matches. “These boys have broken many individual and collective records over the past few years before I got here,” said Martino, as usual giving credit to the players. Although some may argue that this Barcelona is not the same from a few years back, the style of play that Martino is engraving in this team is giving results and therefore keeping fans happy.