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Michelle Ackermann

Michelle Ackermann

Born in South Africa, soccer has always been a part of my life, and was pretty much ingrained in my genes. Journalism is my second love in life, and what better way to combine my two favorite things in life than to write about the one thing I am most passionate about. I follow the New York Red Bulls religiously, but have a deep passion for La Liga. This passion is part of the reason why I have moved to Barcelona to pursue my dream of becoming a sports broadcaster.


Barcelona Victorious Over Rayo Vallecano Following Getafe Gaff.

Written by on November 30, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Barcelona, General, La Liga

“Keep Calm and Trust Pep”-the first poster board that was shown during FC Barcelona’s match against Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp, following a disturbing loss against Getafe; FCB’s defense seemed to fall apart during that match, which led to the only goal during the game to place Barcelona 6 points behind La Liga giants, Real Madrid.Considering the season is merely halfway, is there any validity in the concern of fans as their “untouchable Barcelona” is in 2nd place?

Guardiola and the boys were well aware that they had to show what they were made of, and did just that thrashing Rayo Vallecano 4-0. Perhaps no shock, as they were playing at home, where they currently have eight consecutive victories; scoring 34 goals and allowing none. However, when the squad plays away, the stats are not always in their favor.

The game was off to a slow start, and the defense that was lacking against Getafe was still weak at best, with Getafe creating a few chances, however with Victor Valdes guarding the net- scoring a goal is not that simple. It took 29 minutes for Barcelona to find the net, but once the first one was scored….three more would soon follow; the first was a long shot by Alexis Sanchez from outside the box, rendering Rayo Vallenco GK, Cobeno, helpless. Alexi would be responsible for the second goal merely ten minutes after the first; this one assisted by Leo Messi, and in the 42nd, Villa would make it three to put Barcelona in a comfortable spot right before halftime.

The cherry on top of an amazing game would be the fourth goal by Argentine striker, Lionel Messi in the 49th during a breakaway run. The four goals solidified the victory for Barcelona, while Rayo Vallecano was left struggling. Many may argue that a victory over a second division team is nothing to write home about, but the truth is that Barcelona is back on track and seem to have found their stride once more.

For the true “Catalan Cules”-no faith was ever lost as they surely remember that Barcelona was three points behind Real Madrid at more than one point during last season, and still came back to beat their biggest rival. For those who support the team simply because they are considered “unstoppable”-the question has to be asked; what happens when FC Barcelona no longer fuels superstars such as Messi, Xavi and Iniesta? Will they take their support elsewhere? For if that is the case, they have certainly missed the point of the beautiful game.

We can all appreciate the beautiful game, even more so when played by superstars such as Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, but at the end of the day, one must remember that they are only human and that victories are not always guaranteed. Messi put it best in an interview with Barca TV when he stated-“It is crazy to say that I was in a crisis just because I’d gone three games without scoring”.

Gerard Pique will miss the next match against Levante following yellow card accumulation, but will be ready for “El Clasico” on December 10th. Barcelona remains in 2nd place, three points behind Real Madrid who have a game in hand.

One response to “Barcelona Victorious Over Rayo Vallecano Following Getafe Gaff.”

  1. Colossal Cole (Producer) says:

    Once again, creative infotainment from the incomparable Miss. Ackermann, thank you for the great article. Us fans can always rely on you’re objective yet warm accommodating tone (as well as for the sporting jargon we love it).

    I’m always hungry for the written highlights through you’re writing. It speaks to me! So thank you.

    It’s great to know that as a fan my only source of interesting La Liga news is not solitarily owned by “Total-Barca”. Keep writing & providing us with the news Miss. Ackermann. Many thanks & respect to Pep Gaurdiola & his team excellent stuff!

    As a Colossal Barcelona & Spanish La Liga fan, I’ve only two words: “Visca Barca…!”

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