Under Pep Guardiola’s stewardship FC Barcelona have become an even more attacking and entertaining football team. During its prime Frank Rijkaard’s team were recognized as the best side in the world. Thus it was rather unexpected to see his squad implode after two glorious campaigns. FC Barcelona’s golden boy, Josep “Pep” Guardiola, has taken this once beaten and humiliated squad to new (footballing) heights.
Before the start of the 2008/2009 season he disposed the team of dead weight like Deco and the once untouchable and magical Ronaldinho. It didn’t took too long before FC Barcelona reaped the rewards of his foresight. The trio of Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi formed one of the finest, perhaps the finest attack, in all of world football. This was a remarkable achievement since Thierry Henry for instance was wildly deemed a failure after his indifferent debut campaign.
Maybe the success and achievements of the preceding season got to Pep Guardiola’s head because before the 2009/2010, Pep decided it was time for Samuel Eto’o to leave Catalunya. Thus he replaced Eto’o for the volatile character of Ibrahimovic. The man dubbed Ibracadabra was bought to address the notable absence of a plan B but it turned out to be a disastrous undertaking, for all parties involved.
People make mistakes but Pep, never one to repeat one, learned from his and acquired the services of David Villa. It remains to be seen if El Guaje can emulate or even better the goal-scoring exploits of Samuel Eto’o but one thing is for sure – he fits Barca’s philosophy perfectly. This Barca team has goals in them, why even entertain the idea of a plan B?
Maybe FC Barcelona only features “little players” in stature but they dominate even the biggest and most physical of teams. This little slideshow should serve as a reminder how mesmerizing FC Barcelona’s football is.