Wednesday, August 05, 2009

La Liga - Preview

Mad activity in the transfer market which saw Florentino Perez splash out 130m pounds on Kaka, CR7 and others puts them in pole position to emulate Barca's treble last season. The results will however depend on how Manuel Pellegrini is able to deploy the wealth of talent he has at his disposal. The only problem with the current squad appears to be the defence where Sergio Ramos is the only man of galacticos calibre. This guy is poised to be as good as Il Captino. Hopefully, Pellegrini can implement his brand of attacking football on this squad as he did at Villarreal. Real is going to be a pleasure to watch this season.

Though no one will question Pep in light of his first season in-charge of the Catalans, his market activity has disappointed me. He has in essence paid too much for Zaltan and given away a much better striker. There is no doubt of Ibra's ability and skill. But, I believe that Eto was much better, knew the system and how do you let your top scorer go to buy another (unless you are Arsene and have others to take over)!!! I am hoping Bojan and Busquets will step up this season and begin to fulfill their enormous potential. Just like Real, Barca too seem frail at the back. The bid for Johnny Evans is an excellent move. Hopefully, Gabi Milito will return and provide some cover. It still is a formidable line-up, the only problem being the very high quality of their strating 11 leaves a lot to be desired for anyone else to move in.

Valencia have so far been able to hold on to their stars and their success depends on it. They along with Sevilla will be the teams that can step-up the pressure on the top two. It will be a brave man to bet against either Barca or Real to take the La Liga honors. Why do I care!
Blaugrana al vent
Un crit valent
Tenim un nom que el sap tothom
Barca Barca Barca!!!

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