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Debreceni VSC V Budapesti Vasas SC, May 4
Ordaye (Liverpool) 6 years ago
All runs must come to an end and for Barca, 2010 would not yield the same frequency of success as the previous year.coming off of a season and a half of playing every three or four days, Barca found no rest and eventually the fatigue began to weigh. The Blaugrana narrowly lost out to Sevilla to be eliminated from the Copa del Rey and the consecutive title streak was broken in the first month of the New Year.

Just as in the 2008/2009 seasons when they suffered a dip in form that saw them relinquish a 12-point advantage over Real Madrid, Barca once again showed some signs of weakness. Uncharacteristic mistakes coupled with untimely injuries and suspensions saw the Blaugrana actually cede first place in the Primera to their archrivals. But in dispatching Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu for the second consecutive year, Pep Guardiola, who has not lost a Clasico match yet, guided his team back to the top of the table.

Andres Iniesta’s injury, Jose Mourinho’s tactics, and Barca’s inability to secure a last-minute goal saw the Blaugrana come within moments of gaining a berth to the Champions League final - a tournament the club was salivating to win in the Santiago Bernabeu final in Madrid. The European dream was not to be this year, but La Liga aspirations remained and with calm, discipline, and technical superiority, Barca were able to retain their advantage in the table to lift the domestic trophy before their home fans.

Many cules feel their team was somewhat short-changed with only one piece of silverware this spring - and to be quite honest, there is a point to such a complaint as, in terms of numbers, Barcelona were actually better than last season.

Messi, who was simply unstoppable last year, was even better this season, tallying 47 goals in 53 matches in all competitions. Pedro Rodriguez was the revelation of the year, scoring 12 goals and becoming the first player in history to score in six different competitions in a single season. Bojan Krkic, yet another youngster out of the youth ranks came on as one of the team’s best players in the final few matches of the season and even supplanted the club’s most expensive signing in history, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in the starting XI.

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