SO THIS is how it ends.
I wanted to write a celebratory post the day Barça won the double but I decided to wait until after the Champions League finals. As a solid Barça fan, I really wanted Atleti to win over Real Madrid. Never mind that they were the ones who kicked Barça out, or that their game play usually involves rough defending that ends with barely any goals. Call it schadenfreude but I really do find pleasure in seeing Real Madrid lose.
But today they won. Pffft.
Real Madrid are the champions of Europe this season. And even though I am perfectly happy with Barca’s two domestic trophies, I still feel terrible about the results. It’s the second CL final loss for Diego Simeone’s Atleti, and both were lost to Real Madrid.
This season’s final match boiled down to a penalty shootout. Atleti was down by a point, 1-0, until the last 12 minutes of the game when Yannick Carrasco scored after a brilliant cross from Juanfran. The scoreline remained 1-1 even after extra time. Unfortunately for Atleti, Jan Oblak’s immense performance in regulation time didn’t last all the way through the shootout and Real Madrid ended up scoring more penalty goals, 5-3.
(Side note: I hate, hate, hate how Cristiano Ronaldo always has to make everything about himself. First, this awesome Cruyff-esque penalty from Messi that Ronaldo implied was about him. And now, apparently he requested Zidane to let him take the fifth penalty because he knew it would be the winning goal. Juskolord. Ronaldo’s an amazing player but he sure exudes a narcissistic asshat vibe.)
I wonder how my favorite Frenchman Antoine Griezmann feels right now. He could have scored a decisive penalty goal and tied the match early on. Or what if the linesman correctly saw that Ramos’ goal was offside? This begs a debate on whether offside goal technology should be used in modern football, but that’s for another post.
Oh well. Yet another football season has ended. Time to celebrate the wins and move on from the losses. At least there’s going to be the Euros and the Copa America to look forward to for the rest of the summer.
Here’s to hoping that next year, Barça would win the Champions League again! #jejeje
The featured image is from The Guardian.