It’s weird but I think I’m more worried about versing City tomorrow compared to 2 weeks ago and there are a couple of reasons for this.
Firstly this weekend’s performance. Although I didn’t get a chance to watch the entire thing, I think we can agree it was just a bad performance overall. Tata is partly to blame for the line up and substitutions. I was shocked to see Neymar starting as I just watched him score a hattrick live in Johannesburg(it was awesome :D) . He played the entire game on Wednesday and I really thought Tata would rest him, it was clear he would be fatigued.
Aside from this I always feel one of Barcelona’s biggest weaknesses is complacency. With a good 2 goal away cushion I won’t be surprised if we take it easy and that will only allow City to get fired up. They have absolutely nothing to lose so they will be coming at us with their best attack and not bother to defend. While this is a good thing for us in terms of the openness of space, I can see us initially not feeling the need to score. Just a defensive error and we have a serious competition on our hands. Let’s not forget that Aguero is back and if any of you have watched him play in EPL we definitely have a reason to worry about him. Especially considering the state of our defence. City are known to be dangerous at corners and we honestly can barely defend them due to our lack in physicality.
I’m hoping that the team doesn’t relax and rather scores a goal or two before letting off the gas. Knowing our team though it’s more likely that we’ll concede first. Which could be a good or bad thing. If we are going to concede, I’d rather let it be towards the beginning so that the team will switch into action immediately. Our team is not good at coming up with a goal towards the end of a game especially if we are extremely pressured.
For me the most important thing before the game is that the players go in with the right mind set. Tomorrow won’t be a walk in the park (well I would surprised if it was), it will be a difficult game that we can’t afford to lose due to carelessness. The players need to go in to the game willing to work not to just relax and play out the 90 minutes.
I hope we do smash City and we definitely have the talent to do it but the question is will we?
I guess we’ll all find out tomorrow, for now I will just carry on pacing up and down nervously.