FC Barcelona Wins 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Surprise
For Barcelona to have won against Santos FC isn’t that surprising, I was being facetious with the title. However, there are some valid points to observe when discussing this game.
Neymar in Review
Do we really need to sit here and listen to people, commentators or bloggers say, “Neymar is not ready,” “He is not a top player yet,” “He might be good one day?” If we want to compare Neymar’s performance with other great players then let’s do so. Did Neymar do as bad or as good as Christiano Ronaldo in the “El Classico” on December 10th 2011? Did Neymar do as bad or as good as Wayne Rooney in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final? The American commentators said, “Neymar has definitely lost value based on his performance today and it is clear Neymar has a lot to grow.”
Defense Comparisons: Santos vs Barcelona
Do I need to point out how bad Durval is? (with all due respect to him as a professional but he had a bad day) Two goals were basically created by Durval’s inability to “touch” the ball. When I saw the ball basically go through his body as if he was a video game character on FIFA 2011 (EA Sports), I laughed. The second Barcelona goal wasn’t as bad; however Durval missed the opportunity to deflect the ball.
Clubs are “poor.” Brazilian clubs are unable to keep players because they need to pay their debts. For Santos to retain Neymar and Ganso they had to ask for outside investors as well as national help to pay their salaries. So no wonder there wasn’t any NEW quality defenders on Santos’s team; they can’t afford anyone new. So when we look at Barcelona in comparison to Santos, per player value and club worth, I feel the Brazilians showed some good play at times in the second half. Santos has four or five good/decent players and that’s exactly how “good” we should expect them to play. (even though I think they could have played a bit better)
Roberto Avey is an ex-soccer player from Brazil. Club, Associação Atlética Ponte Preta in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, 1995-1998 under coach, Francisco da Silva Júnior “Chiquinho." He has since graduated from Midwestern State University in Texas, with a bachelor degree in journalism and helps coach teams in Southern California. Read more