A new dawn.
A new era.
The Pep Guardiola era at FC Barcelona officially begins tomorrow. And it couldnt have been any more messier, stressful or hyped. On and off the field this off-season has been one of the most turbulent in the history of FC Barcelona. Starting with the horror movie that was their last season, players like Ronaldinho and Etoo showing a lot of dicontent and discord among the ranks. The beleagured Rijkaard was promptly shown the door after the last game of the season. Bring the curtains down on a period 5 years in which Barcelona won 2 Spanish league titles and 1 Champions League in true Barcelona style 'wow'ing all the world with their slick football.
And then things started going south in 06/07 when they lost La Liga title to Real Madrid in the penultimate game of the season in an incredible few months of meltdown. And it got worse last season.
And then all the off-field non-sense of the president and his politics. That guff doesnt belong here.
So here is FC Barcelona circa 2008. Definitely No Ronaldinho. And mostly likely no Etoo either. Deco is already gone. Messi will play the first month or so as he plans to play in the Olympics for Argentina. The biggest signing they have made this year is that of Right back Daniel Alves from Sevilla and the impending purchase of Adebayor from Arsenal.
Will that be enough to take them past Real Madrid, who have been trying to finish the deal of Ronaldo from Manchester United. This garbage is running longer than Hanna Barbera. Ughhh!
Now this is Guardiola's team. The affectionate Catalan son returning to take over the reins of the team. The same player from the Dream Team of Barcelona of 90s. This is all such goody-goody storyline. Only that all of this doesnt matter if Pep cannot deliver. The pressure will be on. He has to first ensure Barça makes it to the group stages of the Champions League. And that without his best player. Leo Messi.
It is Guardiola time in Barcelona!
Jorgé - Amigo! what do u think?