Full of joyous highs, and crushing lows, 2012 was a roller-coaster ride of emotions for Cules across the globe. First, they had to endure the taunts of two of their closest rivals - Real Madrid and Chelsea - as Barcelona failed to retain either their La Liga or UEFA Champions League titles, and then came the shocking news that Pep Guardiola was to leave the club after four successful seasons in charge. Who could even come close to replicating the success that Guardiola delivered? Was this the end of an era? 2012 certainly had it's lows, but determined to return to the top, Barcelona recovered from those setbacks to end the year a staggering nine points clear at the top La Liga. Even in the face of adversity, the Blaugrana marched on, hell-bent on reclaiming what many feel is rightfully their's. And it's an infectious attitude too; both Eric Abidal and Tito Vilanova are set to return after fighting their own battles off-the-pitch and as 2013 starts, there is a feeling of unity at the club - all for one, and one for all; you can almost sense that 2013 is going to be our year.
However, Barca will have to take it one game at a time, starting with tonight's grudge match against Espanyol. The visitors are currently languishing way down in eighteenth place, but don't let their league position fool you, Espanyol are a dangerous team under the management of Javier Aguirre. The Mexican knows what it takes to win in a relegation dog-fight, and his team travel to the Camp Nou with a grand objective of taking points from the runaway league leaders. Feisty, yet disciplined; Espanyol are ready to leave it all on the pitch against Barcelona, but will it be enough?
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