1. It’s hard to see this as anything other than the end of an era for ‘the’ Barcelona side we all know. Minus Messi, the rest of the team – either older and achier members of the great side or lesser additions – are no longer up to the high standards they’ve set themselves. Expect spending and rebuilding in the summer.
2. At least Gerard Pique managed to impress himself onto the tie.
3. On this performance, you could make a claim for Arjen Robben being the best wing-back in world football. He and Ribery put in defensive shifts hardly befitting of their reputations. read more »