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Barcelona Win La Liga Showdown

Barca took El Clasico against their rivals Real Madrid yesterday in soaring fashion.  The score was 2-0 and Leo Messi only scored one goal, but that one goal should say alot about how this LaLiga season will conclude and how the Champion’s League will probably unfold.

He took a floating cross from about the worst position possible–he took it off his chest, dribbled between two defenders and knocked home a score.  Frankly, I don’t even know how he fielded the ball–much less put himself in position to score.

The amount of skill it takes to do what he did is pretty insane.  Logically, anybody could learn how to do what he did, but he’s got a special touch that is indescribable.

As for Real Madrid–we’re getting back to the leadership thing again.  Barca has a leader–Messi.  Real Madrid, as far as I can tell, has no leader.  They have lots of great players, but no one to put them over the top.  If you watch only the highlight of Messi’s goal you’ll see what I mean as a bunch of guys in white seem to be standing still and completely unsure of what to do as Messi takes the cross and makes it happen for an opening goal.

There’s just something that tells me that a team with stronger inner leadership would have ATTACKED more.  That attacking style is what won Spain UEFA 2008.  You know, if there is this great player–Ronaldo–on the team and other people aren’t responding to him then it’s partially their fault for being lazy.  I know they’re close to the top of the table, but that’s still laziness.

Barca showed that Messi’s effect on them is much greater than that of Ronaldo on Real.

The leadership factor gets them again and while the boys in white haven’t crumbled–they aren’t living up to their potential.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Aitor Escauriaza