They should’ve put hidden cameras in the homes of Josep Maria Bartomeu, Leo Messi and Luis Suarez to see how the goals of the Uruguayan are being celebrated. At Suarez’s home, it’d be obvious, and at Messi’s, they wouldn’t be suffering either. But Bartomeu’s must be hell. What a gift, what a bargain.
One of the best forwards of the league has been gifted from one rival to another, who look set to win the title thanks to him.
Sunday after Sunday, Suarez scores for himself, for his team and against those who despised him. His revenge is very much like that of the Count of Monte Cristo. Yesterday he summoned Valencia in one of those typical games that Atletico would’ve quietly drawn last season. They would draw, and nobody would say a thing because Diego Simeone‘s third place finishes had become customary.
This season, it is impossible for Atletico to shake off any responsibility – they are the best team because of performances like Sunday’s against Valencia. Three more points, one game less, which is not the same as going by game as Simeone often says. The league has entered that period in which only Atletico themselves can lose it and it seems that this is not going to happen.
Los Blancos were defeated by the type of football that Florentino Perez hates. Nothing is further from the Florentino aristocracy than going to El Collao on a cold winter night and having Alcoyano embarrass you in a poorly lit stadium with no retractable roof. Florentino is disgusted by that football.
So he has been quiet and, in this way, he avoids having to explain the gradual demise of a squad in which he has invested but in which the colour of the banknotes cannot be seen. A squad that would not even get into the final phase of the private and exclusive Super League that a few want to create so that the likes of Alcoyano don’t come asking for crumbs.
Fortunately for Barcelona, nobody had to take a penalty. Ousmane Dembele carried the side again, a puzzling player. At times, his own teammates don’t seem to follow him out of lack of faith.
Frenkie de Jong is having more and more prominence in the team’s game. He looks happy playing more advanced and, when everything falls apart, there is always Marc Andre ter Stegen to act as a kind of fireman on duty. The less Leo Messi is missing from the team, the better for Ronald Koeman, whose side still don’t look like title competitors.