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.