Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Football Lost Again (as Some Might Say)

Some Quick Thoughts on Last Night's Champions League Results:
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Borussia Dortmund 1 - Arsenal 1
It's hard to recall the glory days of Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera's Arsenal: wonderful to watch but with a strong, rock-solid core. Today's Arsenal strike me as little wimpy boys. Won by a goal thanks to an error fit for a second-division side last weekend... no spine, no character, no poise to secure a lead. This is getting pitifully boring for the Gunners.
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Chelsea 2 - Bayer Leverkusen 0
Fernando Torres assisted both goals for David Luiz and Juan Mata. "Is that all he's good for now? Just assisting?" was my Liverpool-supporting (and Chelsea-hating) wife's retort when I told her what happened last night. It's obvious that the resentment is still palpable amongst Liverpool fans re: 'Nando. But what the heck, signs of life, right?
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Barcelona 2 - AC Milan 2
Andres Iniesta got hurt and is out for a month, following Alexis Sanchez to the injury ward. With Iniesta gone, in steps Cesc right into the midfield. Thiago's waiting on the bench too... 
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70%-30% Ball Possession in favor of the Cules. 22 shots to 6 in favor of the Cules. But a 2-2 scoreline. Call it fatigue / lack of fitness / whatever. Somehow I still sense that a few idiots Catalunya are now are saying / thinking: Football has Lost. Tss..!
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Just wondering aloud: had Barca chosen to spend some of that summer moolah on a Central Defender (e.g. Thiago Silva, who scored last night's equalizer), rather than on striker/wingers (Sanchez) and CM (Fabregas) - both of whom are generally 'bonus additions' to their squad, then perhaps they wouldn't need to have a Biscuit and Masch Potato to play on defense... and very likely - they probably might have won. 
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Valencia also turned out to be a dud last night.
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Villarreal play Bayern tonight while we head to Croatia to play Dinamo Zagreb in our far-from-traditional Red Kits tonight. Being of Chinese descent, I consider red to be an auspicious color - and I very much prefer to perceive our Red Kit as an equally auspicious omen to this season's Champions League Campaign.

3 comments:

  1. Ikr? If you watch the reruns of the "old Arsenal", you will see such a sharp difference. I am not really a gunner but I kind of hope they get better. It's sad to see Wenger so desperate like he's been.
    Btw, we won our game :D

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  2. I LOVED that Arsenal.
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    This Arsenal is a classic case of falling in love with the means to the end (developing youth) rather than the end itself (winning. They've missed the point completely and I'm sad to be a witness to it all.
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    Yes we won! It was hard and even ugly! But that's 3 points on the board!

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  3. Hi David, I just added your site to my bloglist :)

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