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A matter of time: Barça won their fifth title in Monaco


Here they are, again. Barcelona finished their greatest season by beating Shakhtar Donetsk in Monaco and getting their 3rd European Super Cup. Pedro‘s goal in the 25th minute of extra time was enough to demolish the Ukrainian wall, which was raised by Lucescu as soon as Frank De Bleeckere kicked the match off.

The UEFA Cup winners’ proposal was acceptable, like any other one based on the defensive balance and a polished strategy, but I still think that if any team wants to defeat the Catalans in an important meeting like today’s game or Champions League semifinals (blue eyes rolling), they have to try to steal the ball and play some offensive football. Those who attempted to beat Barça by placing 10 men in the box failed; those who really faced and played on equal terms to Guardiola’s guys obtained good results in those games (see Atlético 4-3 Barcelona in Vicente Calderón, few months ago), or at least they were close.

However, Lucescu didn’t try to change his tactics and he just hoped they would reach the penalties with the initial score. Poor guys – 115 minutes running after the ball and they got back home with no reward but a silver medal hanging on their necks. But, as the title says, it was just a matter of time for the blaugranas to score their first goal. They got it late, but they did get it, as everyone but the Romanian coach expected them to.

Anyway, this final match is now over and the Spanish giants could achieve their only challenge left in 2008/09 season, though they could fill out the best year ever for an European team if they become champions in the next FIFA Club World Cup which will take place in December.

Who do you think could really face this superb team? Maybe that idyllic Real Madrid everyone talks about, probably Manchester United at their highest level or even Chelsea if they start changing their mentality from now on.

Today’s quote: “There are no favourites in the derby, those who are going through their worst period often win in these matches”, José Mourinho talks about tomorrow’s Milan-Inter.

Today’s news: Arsène Wenger acuses UEFA of a ‘witch-hunt’ after they decided to judge Eduardo’s diving in Celtic’s game.

Today’s link: La Liga season preview in Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

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