Zinedine Zidane’s aspect have already dropped extra factors than in the entire of final season and they’re 19 factors behind Barcelona after Villarreal received on the Bernabéu for the primary time – at their 19th attemptSergio Busquets most likely felt like hiding behind his fingers. “The ghosts appeared,” he stated. It was a chilly, darkish evening and all over the place he seemed they had been there. If he seemed left, particularly. Blue and white figures flew previous. Over the opposite aspect, on the touchline, Ernesto Valverde pulled his jacket up tight and peered by the pouring rain. “You will need to have thought: ‘once more’,” he was requested afterwards, when it was lastly over – the match, the curse, most likely the title, too. “Precisely,” he stated. Everybody did. The day earlier than, Barcelona’s supervisor had described this as the “worst place” – there was one thing about it that haunted Barcelona, had a hold over them, one thing that defeated them, or so it goes. Now, that appeared confirmed. Between them, Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Tata Martino and Luis Enrique received six leagues, 5 Copa del Reys and three European Cups, 25 trophies in all, however not one league sport at Anoeta. It had been greater than a decade since Barcelona received there. Solely Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta had been left from that day in Could 2007, and Messi hadn’t appeared but whereas Iniesta was sheltered on the bench – for his personal safety, Valverde admitted, and for theirs, too. Besides there was no safety from Real Sociedad, from Sergio Canales, Willian José, Xabi Prieto and Álvaro Odriozola, and Barcelona, unbeaten in 27, not defeated because the Tremendous Copa was over and the season started, the final European aspect to lose, had been dropping. Proceed studying…

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