Pep Guardiola thinks this side can get even better. I suppose if they do we’d just have to split them into two teams and play them against each other for real competition. Messi, ever the king of understatement, says “It’s not as easy as it looks, we have very good players”. Very good players?! That’s like saying Super Typhoon Nina was a bit on the breezy side, but oh well! Villa says “This victory is the result of a lot of work”, and to be honest, it didn’t quite look like that. They looked like a team of school kids having an absolute ball doing the thing they know best to do and can do better than anyone else in the world. FC Barcelona is in an unreal place right now – unreal for the fans, maybe unreal for the team itself. They are just mind-bogglingly good, and what must be even more worrying for rival teams is the fact that they are getting perceptibly better game after surreal game. Together, they are playing the kind of football that makes you want to pinch yourself at times, great players feeding off each other for a collective display of such dazzling brilliance that fans can just watch open-mouthed and wonder how long this can last.
It’s not even about winning games or progressing through the champions league anymore, this team is showing us how football ought to be played. In this age of commercialization and politics dominating sport, the ill taste of the Qatar deal still lingering in the mouth for many cules around the world, this team is capable of transcending all the bickering and corruption to show that great beauty lies in utter simplicity, in ninety minutes of perfection and unspoiled skill on display week after week when they take the ground. It’s not about superlatives or hype, but about a bunch of players who have honed their understanding of each other and of the game to levels that can only be explained by telepathy, and that moment of zen which comes from realizing that individual brilliance, when combined, add up to more than whole. And to think they are a mostly young side, still learning, still in the process of perfecting their art.
In this article, it would be wrong to take the names of individual geniuses, because this team has proven that its not how they function. As Guardiola so aptly remarked – “No one asks that others should play for him. Everyone plays for everyone”. All for one, one for all. As to what heights they can soar, only time will tell. For now, it just feels great to witness perfection unfold before your eyes and realize that its still a work in progress. It’s like watching Da Vinci paint Mona Lisa or hearing Beethoven compose his ninth symphony. Kudos to this FC Barcelona team for making us all fall in love with football all over again, like we are watching the game for the first time. It’s a great time to be a fan.