Monday, August 23, 2010
Inspired by Messi hattrick, Barcelona won a record ninth Supercup of Spain after overcoming without messing up hair by thrashing Sevilla 4-0 in the second leg for a 5-3 aggregate. After losing the first leg 3-1 in Seville, league champion Barcelona dominated from the start in Camp Nou. Barcelona fielded an under-strength side in the first leg without 8 players who helped Spain to World Cup victory available. However, on Saturday coach Pep Guardiola fielded a more familiar-looking side. Messi had a quiet World Cup in South Africa 2010 but looked more comfortable back among his club mates at Nou Camp to rediscover his smile. Pedro started the party in the 14th minute, he delivered a low cross that rebounded in off defender Konko into his own net. Then Messi took over on 24, 43 and he ran on to Iniesta's pass 90 minutes to clinch the win and erase the memory of a poor first-leg showing. He has scored 130 goals already for Barcelona including 11 in his last 12 club outings. Also the seventh hat-trick of his competitive career after four in the league against Real Madrid, Tenerife, Valencia and Zaragoza, one in the Spanish cup against Atletico Madrid, and a quatrick against Arsenal in the Champions League. David Villa and Adriano secured their first trophy and made their first appearances in front of new fans. Captain Puyol who sat out the whole 90 minutes, came on to lift the trophy after the match.
Prestasi El Blaugrana memulai musim sbg juara bertahan La Liga dgn memperpanjang reputasi Super Cup, berdampak positif bagi keseluruhan tim. Pep harus waspada dalam bereksperimen pasukan pelapis, kekalahan telak di leg satu merupakan indikatornya. Saat itu hanya ada Messi, Ibra dan Alves nota bene legiun asing. Sementara 8 pemain inti sedang "bertugas" di Meksiko dalam laga persahabatan, serta beberapa yg cidera pasca tour ke Korea dan China. Maka bermaterikan mayoritas Barca B lulusan La Masia termasuk kiper, Messi cs tetap kesulitan. Sementara Sevilla mengalami kekalahan beruntun dalam sepekan setelah dipukul Braga 0 - 1 di Portugal pada penyisihan the Champions League. Tim Alvarez perlu berbenah memasuki musim yg akan dimulai pekan ini. Barca take the Spanish Super Cup on course to become the club that has won the most occasions, also their eighth trophy in two seasons under Guardiola. They move ahead of Real Madrid as the kings of the competition with nine titles, more than any other team. This is also a boost for the Catalan side ahead of the league season on next weekend to contineu thier very nice games. (*)