Watch out Chelsea – here comes Barça

May 3, 2009

Watch out Chelsea, he comes Barça! That seems to be the message after the Catalan club’s shock thrashing of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Saturday. And the whole of Barcelona was in a party mood as soon as the visitors went ahead, with people cheering and applauding from terraces and from outside the overflowing bars that were screening the match, fireworks and car horns.

It’s too early to say that the league title is decided for sure, but with just 12 points available and FC Barcelona seven points ahead, that’s what many had decided and congregated on Canaletas at the top of the Ramblas for a night of celebration. Out of the four matches remaining Barça needs one win and two draws to take the title, something that looks well within their capabilities.

But not only does it put Barça in the right position to take the league title, it must surely be a huge boost of confidence ahead of their clash against Chelsea on Wednesday. While Chelsea must have been happy with their 3-1 win against Fulham on Saturday, they must have watched the result from Madrid with horror as Barcelona overcame the psychological disadvantage of playing away against one of their biggest rivals and annihilated their hopes; after Real Madrid, Chelsea surely qualify as their bitterest rival and if they can pull of the same stunt on Wednesday then the Champions League title looks like it is in the bag too.

However, there is more work ahead for Barcelona and the show ain’t over until the fat lady sings, so watch this space.

1-0 Higuaín (min 13)
1-1 Henry (min 17)
1-2 Puyol (min 20)
1-3 Messi (min 35)
2-3 Ramos (min 55)
2-4 Henry (min 58)
2-5 Messi (min 73)
2-6 Piqué (min 82)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
34
27
4
3
100
28
85
2
Real Madrid
34
25
3
6
79
41
78
3
Sevilla
34
18
6
10
48
38
60
4
Valencia
33
16
8
9
62
47
56
5
Villarreal
34
15
10
9
49
46
55
6
At. Madrid
33
15
7
11
67
54
52
7
Malaga
34
14
9
11
52
53
51
8
Deportivo
33
14
8
11
43
43
50
9
Mallorca
33
11
9
13
43
51
42
10
Valladolid
33
12
5
16
42
51
41
11
Almeria
33
11
7
15
40
52
40
12
Athletic
33
11
7
15
44
54
40
13
Santander
33
10
9
14
44
42
39
14
Betis
33
9
10
14
47
53
37
15
Osasuna
33
8
12
13
37
41
36
16
Espanyol
33
8
11
14
34
46
35
17
Getafe
33
8
10
15
43
52
34
18
Gijon
33
11
0
22
39
72
33
19
Numancia
34
9
4
21
37
66
31
20
Huelva
33
7
9
17
30
50
30

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