Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Barca Bottles It


Barca bottled it. 
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They needed a 2-0 and they got it.
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Then, If they had to choose one player of Chelsea to send off they would've unanimously chosen Terry - and he got sent off for that idiotic knee to Alexis' back. Chelsea not only played with 10 men, they played without their captain and for Chelsea in particular, that's a big thing. What's the next thing that Barca could have asked for? A Penalty - they got that and they blew it too.
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The fates conspired to give them all the necessary breaks to win but they blew it all. They only have themselves to blame. I am honestly shocked how a multi-title winning team with so many title-winning experiences could bottle it like that.
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Having said that, the match is filled with lessons for Real Madrid. Despite losing the 1st leg, we're still the favorites and we play at home. We should learn from Barca's errors: lack of concentration, vulnerability on the counter, lack of incisiveness and inability to finish off the chances created. A repeat of these errors on our part will cost us dearly.
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In the bigger picture, the fates have given us the chance to face a very imperfect Chelsea in the final who will be playing it without key men Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires & Miereles. The onus is now on our boys to win and not repeat the mistakes of our Catalan rivals of bottling it.
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It's game on for us tonight and beyond. Hala Madrid.

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