Here it is: The Game. Many football fans I know can survive watching domestic leagues and Champions Leagues and Europa Leagues or even national teams competitions – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong about it. Now, what they would not stand was if this game didn’t exist and these two football colossus didn’t meet about six or seven times a year. Because, when it comes to football – the real deal class A top flight football – this is The Game. Expected to be the first of many in the next nine months, and knowing that it will be at least four of the kind, this first one is special, not to say “unique” (no, I don’t want to piss Mourinho of): because that is the status of the first times things happen – they become special, because the very first occasion can determine the subsequent ones. So, all of the next season will be some sort of consequence or heritage of whatever happens later on that pitch on Camp Nou.
There will be many points of interest in this match – including the game itself. However, we all know what such a game means: who is the best, after all, huh? That portuguese football machine or the little terrifying guy who is just pure magic on field? It all comes to this, doesn’t it? Well, maybe not, since you’re talking about the two biggest clubs in the world. But it takes a substantial part on the play, I tell you that.
Then you have also this meeting between Tito Vilanova and José Mourinho. I’m so curious about that. Will they be gentlemen? Or will they entertain us instead? Can’t wait to see. The other day, somebody was telling me they have many things in common, Vilanova and Mourinho. Well, actually, maybe it was not “many things”. Maybe it was “a few things” – which, anyway, represents a few things more than I expected. One of these things is they both have been subdits of someone at Barcelona. The other is that they don’t fancy one another – what a coincidence, huh? They could easily be pals some day.
But let’s focus on the game: who is the favourite? If you often read me, you should know I love predictions and I’m good at it, “you’re a kind of master at predicting things” people tell me all the time. So, my guess is: Barcelona will smash Real Madrid. Not win: smash. There’s the smell of revenge in the air. Barcelona, 5 – Real Madrid, 2.