Gus Poyet`s Brighton Squad won League One in style playing nice football and being crowned Champions with games to spare from some other very talented sides.
They achieved all this whilst winning the respect of pundits, opponents and fans for their playing style.
Watching last nights ‘El CLassico` has inspired me to write this article. Now, in no way am I comparing Poyet`s title chasers to Barcelona or even Real Madrid but there is a way of conducting yourself which, Barcelona especially could learn a thing or two from. Play acting, and surrounding the referee on every given occasion in order to gain an advantage over your opponents is not football its playground stuff. The actions of Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets and Pedro put a downer on the whole affair which is a shame as last night`s match should only be remembered for one thing, the brilliance of Lionel Messi. The little Argentine produced a smart finish followed by a wonder goal to swing the tie into the hands of the team from Catalonia. Yet in the fallout from last night`s match the media and indeed the focus of the football world will be on any disciplinary action that will be taken for comments made or for tunnel bust ups.
The point I am making is a very simplistic one, when you have Lionel Messi amongst others why not just play football and earn respect by doing it? Barcelona last night did there little Argentine a disservice, because it`s his second goal that should be the talk of the football world, not the ugly antics which sandwiched it.
In League One (a million miles from The Champions League) real football rose to the top, and I have no doubt that Barcelona will win the Champions League mainly because there style of keep ball is utterly brilliant, but they are their own worst enemy and have not won the respect of the football world, a title which should be theirs and theirs alone.