Barcelona v Chelsea Semi Final!!!

Another Splendid night of European Football…

Barcelona – Bayern Munich:  4-0

Barcelona thrashed Bayern for 4-0 at home..That went right with my prediction… The tie is all done now and beyond Bayern’s reach.

Bayern were caught napping in the first half as Barca started scoring for fun.  It was as if Bayern defense did not do any homework for the Barca Trinity. They looked dazed at the ease at which Barca started scoring.

Messi & co. lead Barca closer to the Semi Final

Messi & co. lead Barca closer to the Semi Final

Messi led the Barca attack scoring 2 of the 4 goals and Eto and Henry shared 1 each.

Liverpool v Chelsea:  1-3

Look at Xabi alonso, he typifes Liverpools performance: Caught Sleeping

Look at Xabi alonso, he typifes Liverpools performance: Caught Sleeping

In Liverpool the story was much different.. Where inspite of the early Lead Benitez’s men could not keep their nerve’s and Branislav Ivanovic was the unlikely hero as he slid 2 from 2 corners past Pepe Reina in the Liverpool Goal. Drogba , the big match player that he is, scored the third for Chelsea from a delightful team effort to make it 1-3 for Chelsea. This tie too is almost beyond Liverpool now as they cannot be expected to go to Chelsea and win 3-0.

Ivanovic: Unlikely Hero for the Night...

Ivanovic: Unlikely Hero for the Night...

Chelsea showed great character to comeback so strongly from being 1 down. They were helped strongly by the unlikely hero of the night Branislav Ivanovic who put two delightful headers past Reina.

So what have we got at the end of the first leg of the Quarter finals. 2 teams that are more or less through , 1 team which has all the chance of making it there and 1 which has a tough task ahead to make it to the next stage.

I feel Arsenal will sail through and Man U might struggle. But this is Champions league my friend, the tournament where you can seldom predict the outcome, the tournament of tactics, the tournament of away goal rules and where away goals rule…

So lets just wait for a week and know for sure…

Champions League Quarter finals: – Arsenal 1-1 :-), Manchester United 2-2 :-(

Well. What a night of football we have seen…

Arsenal looked out of sorts in the first half and conceded the lead to Villareal through a great Marcos Senna goal. They then lost their Goal-Keeper Almunia and Centre half Gallas too. How do they respond to this? In an all out attacking strategy for the second half which saw Adebayor score a delightful overhead kick to give Arsenal the away goal they needed.

Arsenal’s good form continues… and Fabregas looked great again today as he assisted Adebayors goal with a sublime pass.

Song has been impressing me for Arsenal as i see the number of interceptions he has during the game have been steadily on the rise. And his physical presence is obvious to see.

Denilson still needs to work a lot towards not losing possession so often.

Manchester United trailing after the 4th minute goal from Rodrigez.. Come back from a Rooney goal, take a lead late from a Tevez Goal… only to give it away again from a late goal from Gonzalez…

Defensively Manchester United need to work on as they have been leaking loads of Goals off late…

It was a typical European night except that it was just the first leg. The matches aint over yet.
Arsenal could still lose it in the second leg and Man U could turn it around in the reverse leg.
We’ll see how it turns out in the second legs, wont we? Till then… Adieus!!!

Chelsea vs. Cluj and Liverpool vs. PSV (1st Oct, 2008)

The champions League is getting more and more exciting by the day. Especially, Chelsea’s group is wide open with both Chelsea and Cluj sitting at 4 pts after yesterday’s draw between the two and Roma at 3 pts after its comprehensive win.

Didier Drogba started for the first time this season but failed to make a mark and suffered a serious knee ligament injury in the closing stages of the game. Only further assessment of the same will let us know how long he will be away after just being back from a long term lay-off. Though Chelsea doesn’t lack the fire power in front of goal, with the likes of Anelka and Soloman Kalou along with the wonder kid Franco di Santo also signed from Audax Italiano in January of this year.

In another game featuring an English team yesterday, Liverpool comprehensively beat PSV with Robbie Keane finally breaking the duck. He had been struggling to score since his twenty million pound move from Tottenham.

Champions League Matches (30th Sep 2008)

Arsenal came back to their goal-scoring form by defeating Porto by a solid 4 goals. Arsenal opened the match in a state which can best be called nervousness with the Porto players hitting the bar and being denied by a clearance off the line. This could have been attributed to Arsenal’s defeat last weekend to newly promoted side Hull City. Seems that the hair dryer treatment given to the boys by Wenger after that match worked once they broke the deadlock with Van Persie’s opener. After the first goal Arsenal went from strength to strength and finally achieved their first win in the group stages.

Man United featured against Allborg in what can be described as a highly physical encounter. Sir Alex Fergusson’s boys eventually ran out winners by 3-0. Dimitar Berbatov scored a brace to open his goal scoring account for ManU after his record breaking move from Tottenham.