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Posted by Isaiah Cambron on 05/12/2011

Once again the team celebrates in the Ciutat de Valencia stadium after drawing 1-1 against Levante, with the league-winning goal a header from an African player. Champions! 92 points ensures that no matter what happens in the final two matches (Depor, at Málaga) we’ve earned our third consecutive league trophy.

Given the outcome of the league clasico at the Bernabeu, the title comes as no surprise, but it is no less thrilling and no less enjoyable. It is a monumental achievement, an immense project completed, and a testament to the skill and dedication of the players and coaching staff. There are still 6 points to play for, but so far the squad has racked up 92 points, 92 goals scored, and just 20 conceded. There were a myriad of enjoyable matches, breathtaking moments of magic (mostly from Messi), and the occasional blip that reminds us all that this sport is fickle and fleeting.

The squad is exhausted and their performance against Levante showed that. There was little movement, little flair, and little incisiveness. Part of it is Iniesta’s absence, part of it Puyol’s fitness problems, and part of it knowing that just a point will get you what you were dreaming of. The last 20 minutes were barely a game with Barça passing the ball calmly from side to side in the back, simply keeping the ball away from Levante, who were happy to collect a point and essentially ensure their survival in the top flight, though a victory would have definitively ensured it.

Farcical, to a certain degree, but then again, Levante coming out to play would have meant Messi scoring. He took on 5 defenders on a regular basis and very nearly scored anyway despite his and the team’s general disinterest after the 30th minute (and Pique’s decided noncommittal to the act of making contact with the ball when swing his leg around—he looked like me only he didn’t score an own goal). Afellay looked good throughout and could have used a bit more incisive playmaking from Xavi and wing support from Alves, but Levante did a good job of pouncing on counter attacks and pushing the Brazilian back to his supposed actual position: defender.

Martin Ferguson was there taking notes once again for his brother and while we know what he wrote during the Espanyol match, this time around he probably just wrote “they pass a lot” and went out for paella. Everyone knows how to beat us, it’s just a matter of actually doing it, so United should seriously look into this whole Spanish vacation racket Martin has going on. We’re not actually playing in Ibiza next week.

For those of you wondering, Barça’s parade is scheduled for Friday (May 13) and I don’t believe Sergio Ramos has been invited, so the trophy should actually make it to the display case without needing extensive repairs. It will nestle right in with its 20 other brethren. Unless trophies are feminine, in which case, sistren?


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Posted by Dritan on 05/12/2011

The match yesterday was indicative of the way we've played since the end of January. Once Villa and Pedro stopped scoring all we have left to us is meaningless horizontal ball possession. When the runs behind the defenders are made the ball isn't coming. When the ball is placed behind defends the runs aren't made. Granted, yesterday was a pointless game and all we cared about was a draw. Wouldn't it, then, have been better to give Villa, Messi, and Xavi some rest? I'm sure the result would have been the same. The way we're playing doesn't fill me with confidence for next season. We won the treble because we had larger depth, but also because our forward line would, you know, put the damn ball in the back of the net. Villa and Pedro have combined for 2 goals in the last 16 matches. If that isn't solved for next year this cycle is done. And we won't solve it by signing Fabregas, who in my opinion would be the most useless signing of the year.

Posted by dellealpi on 05/12/2011

IMO send Ibra to City in-exchange for cash + David Silva

Posted by chanda on 05/12/2011

am an african but that does not mean that i have to be remainded,certeionly not. keita is african and scored a good goal which no one expected him to score. your first sentence is not in good taste isaiah.

Posted by corieta blair low on 05/13/2011

i am so proud of barce keep it up ,next manchester united .

Posted by corieta blair low on 05/13/2011

i am so proud of barce keep it up ,next manchester united .

Posted by corieta blair low on 05/13/2011

i am so proud of barce keep it up ,next manchester united .

Posted by lol on 05/13/2011

Man united will eat u alive corieta blair

Posted by chibuike on 05/13/2011

I am very proud of my club Barcelona and we are still going to take it again from Manchester united.

And we need to work hard and pray to God that is the most important thing we need to do God first, then we will be champion again. One love Barcelona

Posted by GIDEON AYO on 05/13/2011

no mmatter how barca plays,hard work discipline focus and common goal,thats what describes this barca's philosophy,or Guardiola's barca.we only needed a point,and we scored first to prove that we wanted to win,if we wanted to win at all cost im sure we can do it,but maybe fears from injuries makes the commitment of players like pique to childishly guided the ball without enough cover for the goalie,or just been too overconfident,well he must have learn now that no matter what,you must not slack in your role.that does not mean man utd can defeat barca,no.i have been watching barca games expecially against english sides,we always dictate the game,and players like thiago combining with iniesta and messi while zavi move a litle bit to cover for busquets will definately push man utd behind and force them to chase ball,while puyol and abidal are in the back the treat of valencia nani or j.s park will be reduced as thiago with his known speed and dribbles in the middfield will hurt man utd.

Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2011

Battry yaam

Posted by Mateo Gafan on 05/13/2011

Yea I agree that we are lacking that spirit of goal scoring. If Messi doesn't step up or Iniesta or Xavi we don't get a goal. Against M.U we can't afford that,passing without goals. Pedro n Villa should wake up. N let us get Neimar the Brazil wonder kid

Posted by Doncary chisom on 05/14/2011

I pity man u cos we barca will disgrace dem infront of diar home fans. I luv barca,barca till i die

Posted by Forca Barca!!! on 05/14/2011

A great achievement for this world's best team,if you take into account the big spending of real madrid.they still cant get past these wonderful la masia recruits.It shows that how good barca is.Lets beat Manutd again!!

Posted by Ahab on 05/14/2011

First of all congratulations are in order to Barcelona for another league win. Their consistency is what led them to three straight league titles and nothing can take that away from them.

But what I wanna know is how you guys actually feel not having outplayed, but out-acted Real Madrid to the Wembley final against Manchester United?

Please I'm coming here for an actual discussion, not to feed trolls here.

Posted by efraim on 05/15/2011

was is important to mention that it was an African player that scored? Does that player not have a name?

Sounds so racist!

Posted by Krithika Srinivasan on 05/15/2011

Man U better take down notes though I am not quite sure about how useful it might be, and once Sergio Ramos retires I'm sure I'll be able to hear all the trophies in Spain heave a sigh of relief

Posted by Josh on 05/17/2011

Olele, Olala, Ser del Barca es, el Millor Que hi ha!

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Posted by Wendell on 08/29/2011

I agree with the earlier comment that stated that you Isaiah was in poor taste when you posted "some African player....we at Barca don't condole such statements...i normally agree with your post but i have to pull you up for that statement....Now concerning next season and playing against Man u and Real Madrid...what do you have to say now...seeing the outcomes....Humility, hardwork and with Pep coaching we will make it..remember we are more than a club! Barca 4 life!!

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Francesc Tomas Hola! I am Francesc Tomas. Barcelona is my passion and home-town team. I consider myself lucky to have regularly attended matches at the Camp Nou since the early 1980s. My cousin played for the Barça youth academy, sharing the team with Don Andres Iniesta, which gave me a clear inside view of how our club works behind the scenes. I am also the founder, editor and columnist at Barcablog.com.

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