With the Vancouver Whitecaps' season officially over, this weekend's soccer was slightly less exciting. However, there were still two games that I watched. The first game was Manchester United against Arsenal. This game had a lot of promise as it was Robin Van Persie's first game back against the Gunners since leaving during the summer transfer window. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Van Persie made his old team pay only 3 minutes into the game with a goal. The rest of the game was wildly uneventful, resulting in a 2-1 Manchester United win.
The other game I watched this weekend was Barcelona vs Celta. It was an relatively routine 3-1 win for Barcelona, keeping their undefeated season alive, making this their most successful ever start to a season. A couple of interesting notes though. This was Messi's first game since the birth of his son Thiago Messi. You could tell he really wanted that first goal to dedicate to his son, but it never came about. His frustration was clearly shown after getting checked by a Celta defender, he lightly punched him in the back, leading to a scrum. It is good to see Messi so fiery this year.
Two exciting games coming up in the coming week.
Tuesday: Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid - Can Dortmund prove that their previous Madrid victory wasn't just a fluke.
Wednesday: Barcelona vs. Celtic - Will Celtic return with their all our defending style, effectively playing soccer's version of the trap?