Saturday, September 30, 2006

Oh, Eto'o!

I'm sure most have heard by now: Samuel Eto'o is out for 2-3 months. Maybe I'm being naive here, but is this really a big deal? Poor Saviola is dying to get a game. Plus Barca signed Gudjohnsen away from Chelsea this summer, which was a big acquisition. And, of course, there's a couple of guys called Messi and Ronaldinho to score a goal when you need one. Remember, Barca coped extremely well with injuries last year - they played without Messi and Xavi during the latter stages of both la Liga and the Champions League. Look, is Eto'o a big loss? Of course he is - only players named Sheva and Henry are better in front of goal. But Barca, in my eminently fallible opinion, won't suffer much. If they don't win the league or the CL this year, it'll be because (a) teams like Chelsea, Inter and Real have improved and (b) they seem to be overconfident every now and then. But the Eto'o injury won't cost them too much.

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