Yeah, I saw most of the second half of this and they were amazing. Sporting looked terrified of their harrying. Great finish to the game. Llorente looks like the kinda guy who wants to be a lifer at Bilbao.
They are just a proper old fashioned team with players who all come from the local area and are properly adored by the fans. Such a contrast from the usual bullshit circus these days. Seems like Bielsa will be Barca's first choice if Guardiola doesn't renew his contract, which would be a massive shame. Everything about them last night was wonderful - agreed about the harrying, sporting are very fast on the break but Bilbao had 4 or 5 men sprinting back every time to close them down and come at them again. the winner was a bit lucky but that's the kind of luck you get from persistence and pure force of will. the channel 5 commentators in the UK were totally won over, it actually sounded like they were going to cry too when they won, it was all very emotional. I just haven't felt this happy from watching a football team for ages.
Not much to the story. Was in an ice cream shop, got chatting to the girl behind the counter, mentioned I was Irish, at which point 2 lads who overheard started laying into me saying shit like, 'we don't need you Irish here, we are Basques', 'fuck the irish', etc, etc.
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