Joe Cole Accidentally Called Barcelona's Academy 'The Masala' Live On-Air
Joe Cole accidentally referred to Barcelona's legendary 'La Masia' academy as 'the masala' in an unfortunate slip of the tongue.
Cole provided punditry for the game on BT Sport and discussed the Blaugrana's young players. However, he must've had curry on the mind.
The former Chelsea man stated: "I'm interested in watching the younger players tonight. The Pedris, the [Sergino] Dests, the next generation of the... masala, the academy there."
Pedri and Dest were both summer arrivals from Las Palmas and Ajax respectively and didn't progress through Barca's academy.
Despite that, the clear talking point was Cole's complete butchering of 'La Masia' and fans were quick to react.
I've heard the quality of training is second to naan
- Matt Box (@mattboxxx) February 17, 2021
Dest, a top tier 24 million quid product of the masala academy
- Reev (@TheReevHD) February 17, 2021
Really impressive how the implement Tikka-Taka at such a young age
- datguycizz :reminder_ribbon: (@ciaren_ryan) February 17, 2021
They've got a young lad coming through called Joao Frezi
- Harry Davies (@Harry_Davies92) February 17, 2021
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I've heard they've got young talent called Sam Osa. Very good with the triangle passing movements.
- Daniel Daniel (@huckleberrydan) February 17, 2021
Joe Cole referring to La Masia as "Masala" reminded me of the time when Ashley Cole couldn't even read Espanyol
- Hałe (@CFCHale) February 17, 2021
Joe Cole referring to Barca's youth academy as the 'Masala' is my moment of the night.
- Brendy Boyle (@BrendyBoyle) February 16, 2021
Mbappe's hat-trick was great... but Joe Cole referring to La Masia as "The Masala" was the biggest highlight from last night :joy: pic.twitter.com/uvFggZYGb7
- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) February 17, 2021
A Kylian Mbappe hat-trick and Moise Kean header cancelled out Lionel Messi's penalty, meaning Ronald Koeman's side have it all to do in the second leg.
He explained: "[Mbappe] is the best player in the world, at the moment.
"The influence he has on his team, the way he can just run away from players.
"His link-up play, his work-rate off the ball... he is the alpha dog in football at the moment.
"The top player in my opinion - maybe Ronaldo still. But as young players go, if you want to build a team, go and get Kylian Mbappe."
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