It was just after the fifth goal when the camera spotted Guardiola’s justified anxiety. It was humbleness that I saw from Messi when he scored the seventh goal for the team, and his personal hat-trick. But when the result became 8-0 the crowds, the fans and the spectators worldwide wanted a double figure result of no less than 10-0; and thank God that didn’t happen. Towards the end of the game, I decided I will not be watching the next La Liga game featuring Mourinho’s armada, as I had a feeling I will wake up in the morning to see “Mr. Clear” with a hat-trick, too. Guess what? I was right.
The above might look irrelevant and of no importance until you look at it as the build up for one of the most famous “Derby Games” in the world; El Clásico (That will be played on an odd Monday, November 29, 2010 – 20:00 GMT).
The stakes are high this time, higher than earlier encounters at least, but the game is not the end of the world. Everyone is looking forward a memorable night, so let’s note the following:
1- Messi has already scored 13 goals in 10 games, but what was Villa doing scoring no goals in an 8-0 win?
2- Mourinho does not lose at home, and Nou Camp was his ground
3- Puyol and Pique were humiliated against Portugal and were replaced
4- The 8-0 euphoria is misleading, this is not an Almeria game
5- Mourinho was the person who taught the world how to isolate Messi and stop him
6- Real Madrid has a substitution bench, Barcelona doesn’t
7- Barcelona are travelling on Wednesday while Real Madrid has an extra day off
8- Real Madrid has not lost a game in the 10-11 season, yet, in any competition
9- Ronaldo never scored against Barcelona in a Real jersey
10- Barcelona’s results this season are better away from home
For Barcelona to win the game, Guardiola’s anxiety is key. He needs to be preparing for the match watching last year’s encounters against Mourinho’s Inter. For Barcelona to triumph, Messi needs to deliver a moment of magic to finally kill the demon Mourinho put in him.
It is one of those few games where I believe a team will be facing a coach; not just another coach but “The Special One.”