FC Barcelona started their 2010-11 season under threat from the special, Jose Mourinho, as they knocked out Barcelona last year from the Champions League semi-final thanks to his unprecedented tactics. But Barca once again proved their superlative class by winning the Double – La Liga Crown – three times in a row with two games to lose and the Champions League great crown – twice in three years by teaching their opponent real good football. lesson. Moreover, Barca recorded a spectacular record of 28 games unbeaten and 16 consecutive league wins in the 2010-2011 La Liga season. Barca are now all about “Dream Team”.
Barca were spectacularly beaten 2-0 at Camp Nou in their second game against newcomer Hercules CF! It was a shock, not a fact that Barca did not prove it in the following matches. They managed to win the 3rd consecutive La Liga crown with two games to lose.
Series of “El Clasicos”
Five “The classic” in one season and four of them took place in April-May only within an 18-day time frame. In recent history only in 2001-02, the two Giants have met four times in a season and before that when they faced each other more or as even as this season, I really don’t remember.
The 1st“The classic” of the season took place on November 29. New Madrid coach, their exceptional performances in the league before this match, the fatigue of the Spanish players after the World Cup, etc. were major issues before the game. But as soon as the referee blew his whistle to start the battle, it was again the beauty of football drawn by none other than Barca players. Barca gave their fans an unforgettable five-star performance, a 5-0 victory over their eternal rivals at Camp Nou on the 111th anniversary of the best club in the world. Barca are at the top of the table, 8 points ahead of Madrid with this victory and the leading position was as stable as Everest until the end of the season.
The 2nd“The classic” was a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu as both Messi scored for the first time against Mourinho, as did Ronaldo against Barcelona after arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu. After the game, Barca were also eight points ahead of Madrid.
The 3rd“The classic” was in “Copa Del Ray Final “ So it was a big game for both of them. Mourinho stayed true to his super defensive strategy and eventually took home a victory and a trophy while Ronaldo scored in the 102nd minute at Mestalla. Barca owned 70% of the first half but no real effort before the goal post took place. Barça improved the second half, they created chances but everything went in the vein and it was 0-0 after the 90 minutes. Then Ronaldo scored in the 102nd minute and it was the decider as Barca failed to score but they kept pushing.
The 4 “The classic” was in the highly anticipated Champions League semi-final. The first stop was at the Santiago Bernabeu. Mourinho harshly criticized Pep Guardiola when Guardiola commented on the disqualification of a goal during the Copa Del Rey final. Right after Mourinho left the press conference, Guardiola responded quickly and furiously like never before using the ‘F word’. This incident added an extra spice before the battle. On the battlefield we saw the reflection of Guardiola’s anger as Barca players all rushed together to the referee as soon as a foul was committed by a Madrid player. Barcelona were playing their natural offensive game and Madrid were glued to their defensive plan. It was 0-0 after half-time. When two teams made their way to the dressing room, Barca’s extra goalkeeper Pinto was given a red card and there was a clash between some players from both teams. On time Pepe fouled Dani Alves and the referee gave him a direct red card – Barca’s plan worked. But from the replay we could easily see that this was a Dani Alves centerpiece. Mourinho also received a red card when he made an illegal gesture to the referee. Then Barca took advantage of 10 men and Messi scored the 76th minute and he doubled it with pure magic in the 87th minute and the latter was without a doubt one of the best goals in League history. champions. After a full time it was a huge 2-0 advantage and Barca had almost reached the final.
The 5 “The classic” It was a cruel formality as it was more than impossible to keep Barca away from Wembley while they had the 2-0 away advantage. It was a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou. Barça scored first and Madrid equalized. Mourinho was not even in the gallery during the game. Barça had left for Wembly.
It would be an injustice for Barca if I did not mention the game against Arsenal. Cesc Fabregas played for the losing team again. Arsenal had the 2-1 home advantage but they didn’t use it at Camp Nou where they were humiliated last year by 4-1 and all goals scored by Argentinian wizard Messi. This year Messi has once again made the difference, his first goal showed the world that his talent is limitless. Arsenal have achieved an incredible record breaking the record of more than a thousand matches in the Champions League. In this match, they couldn’t fire a single shot at the target! The score line was 3-1 and the only goal was an own goal scored by Sergio Busquets.
Champions League final – Obviously it’s considered the biggest game of a season. Barca players called the game the last Champions League final in their lives, as Guardiola did in 1992 at Wembley, where Barca won their very first Champions League final trophy. Sir Alex Ferguson called it “the final of the decade”. Some said it would be “Dj seen” from the 2008-09 season, others said ManU had improved. When the game started the first ten minutes, ManU threw a very good challenge for Barca, but it was again the beauty of football at its supreme level, Manu became the keeper of the bus again. The game ended 3-1 and it could have been a lot worse. The game is now considered the best Champions League final in terms of football class by any team.
Finally, it was another successful mission from FC Barcelona. They got the double and set few team and individual records this season. They are now very close to the “Dream Team” while some have already expressed that they are the “Dream Team” or better than that! But one thing is certain, Lionel Messi is getting closer and closer to stop repeating the question “Who is the best player of all time Pelé or Maradona?”