Let me begin by saying I loathe Barcelona FC. If Barca were food, they would be a mixture of bananas, green grams, peas, and carrots (foods that I absolutely hate). That’s right! I have a distinct hatred for one of the most successful clubs in history. Why the passionate dislike for the Catalonian team? Well, for starters, I don’t like how they play, especially how controlled their game is. Oftentimes, it feels predictable and lacks the kind of spontaneity I like seeing in a football match. I can equate all that passing that Barca players do in one match to using too many words to say something, or using too many sentences and ending up not saying anything meaningful.
And don’t get me started on their talisman, Messi. I usually feel that there’s just something off about him, but I cannot put my finger on it. To tell you the truth, I also find him quite uninspiring. The minute people started comparing him to the love of my life was the minute I lost complete interest in this man! He just doesn’t rock my boat like other players do.
Anyway, we are not here to talk about my feelings, there will be a time and a place for this (during my weekend rants to my dad about how much I hate Barcelona).
Today we are here to talk about the Copa Del Rey semifinal match that was played yesterday night. Did you catch it? I did, and I enjoyed bits and pieces of it.
My man of the match was one, Jaume Domenech, Valencia FC’s amazing goalkeeper. Barely eight minutes into the game, and he was called into action, ACROBATICALLY saving a Messi free kick. He was literally mid-air, stretched to the limit across the goal post, and still had the gusto to volley that ball out. It…was…wonderful!! For real, a GIF needs to be made out of this moment. Oh! You should have seen the look on Messi’s face…absolute frustration, and surprise that that did not go in. I loved it!!
And then came the 36th minute where Domenech and Messi were one on one. Diminutive Messi got hit, he got hit bad. He got a knock on the head so bad, that I winced when he came tumbling down. The pair collided, but I feel like it was Messi’s fault. He was too close to goal, and you do not back up when you are inside your opponent’s goal area and not expect the goalkeeper to have something to say about it. It had to get messy, Messi!! I was kind of shocked that there wasn’t a card or a penalty, or anything at that point. I feel like Messi always gets his way, except this time, and I breathed a heavy sigh of relief.
There were numerous other times Domenech Suarez impressed me, but what I loved was his acrobatics when saving the ball, and his confidence in within his post. I cannot say the same for the other Valencia players. It’s like everytime they approached the opponent’s goal, they would get scared. Every freaking time!
I am not a complete Barca hater, Messi did cause a tingle to go down my spine. Only once!! It was around the 29th minute. He kicked an amazing long range kick that was almost like a curveball that missed its mark only so slightly. Ai! Talk about aim!! I was so glad it didn’t go in, but I was impressed, not a lot, just a little.
And then there was that brilliant mid-field run from Iniesta near the end of the first half. That was quite impressive! Didn’t amount to much, luckily, but it was a good try!
I loved Suarez’ run at the beginning of the second half, and how he managed to weave himself through the Valencia midfielders and defense. He shot the ball across goal, and the icing on the cake was that Coutinho was right there to kick the ball into the back post of Valencia’s net. Isn’t that sweet? But, honestly, I am really really happy that Coutinho saw goal yesterday! I hope this is the beginning of the end of Messi’s era. Speaking of which, did you catch the rumors about a certain Chinese team wanting to sign Messi? I know it won’t go through, but a girl has the right to hope (pray, fast and do some voodoo chants as well).
Even though Valencia did not go through to the finals, they really impressed me. They have an awesome goalkeeper, and they created amazing chances. They just had a bit of a confidence problem going for goal. Barcelona was, for me, not a delight to watch as usual, except for a few dazzling moments here and there. I do have to point out that even with all the possession and theatrics, Barca was getting kind of confused near their opponent’s goal post, otherwise, we would have seen many other goals.
Now, we just have to sit back and wait for the Copa Del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla FC on 21st of April. I want Sevilla to win, obviously!!
What was Your best moment of the match and who do you think will be the next Copa kings? Be sure to subscribe, and leave a comment below with your opinion!! You can also give me a shout here, here, and here.
PS: I do not know what’s going on in the Barcelona locker room, but, y’all need to shave your stubbles!! It’s not a pretty sight at all, well, except for Suarez. You look rugged and handsome, but the rest of you, don’t. So, please shave!!