Club World Cup Win:Coach Pep Guardiola delighted
Winning their second Club World Cup;Messi put up an impressive display and got two goals to show for it,while Xavi and Febregas shared a goal each to seal victory for the Spanish giants.
Claiming his Second win of the Club world Cup since joining Barca a Coach;Guardiola said it wasnt a task found easy to get to the final of the Club World Cup as you have to be the champion of the Champions League first to qualify which is why he is very proud of his team.
The build-up to the final had many believing it would be a competitive match, however Barcelona’s experience and maturity on the pitch ended up the defining factor in the Spanish team’s victory as they performed beyond even their coach’s expectations.
Santos coach Muricy Romalho said there is no point going into the shortcomings of his team as everyone should just accept that right now the beat club in the world is Barcelona and that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about because they were beaten the beat club in the world.
Thousands of Santos fans gathered at the club’s stadium in the city of Santos, some 33 miles south east of Sao Paulo, to watch the game that was played on the other side of the world.
Wearing the club’s shirts and waving flags carrying victory messages, Santos supporters filled the stadium and cheered for their team.
However, Santos’ dreams of victory were shattered in the 17th minute when Argentine wizard Messi put Barcelona ahead, exquisitely clipping a left-foot shot over goalkeeper Rafael Cabral after a clever ball from Xavi.
Only seven minutes later it was 2-0 when Xavi himself latched on to a pinpoint pass from Dani Alves, beating one defender before smashing the ball home.
Cesc Fabregas hit the post and then stabbed home Barca’s third on the stroke of halftime as the Spanish champions threatened to run riot in front of a crowd of 68,000.
The former Arsenal midfielder came within a whisker of another goal moments after the restart, forcing a magnificent save from Cabral.
Player of the tournament Messi made it 4-0 eight minutes from time, bursting past Cabral at breath-taking speed to slip the ball into the net and complete the rout.
As disappointed fans began pouring out of the stadium.