Barcelona vs Manchester United 0-0

Posted on April 25, 2008. Filed under: UEFA, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

So the first leg of the Barcelona vs Manchester United Champion’s League semi-final ended up a draw with no goals scored. It wasn’t the most exciting match I’ve seen but it had some moments of good action and controversy. Main one being Milito’s handball in the area that earnt Man U a penalty. Unfortunately C. Ronaldo smacked it into the crossbar and missed a golden opportunity to grab an away goal. There were quite a few other penalty appeals throughout the match but the game was mostly controlled by Barca, problem is, Eto’o was doing everything wrong. He wasted chance after chance after chance. Even worse than Eto’o was his coach who brain-farted twice to substitute the wrong people.

First he took off Messi at about the hour mark and although he had only recently been back from injury and will be needed in the return leg, he didn’t look tired and was the best player on the park. He brought in the youngster Bojan but he’s not quite ready for the big stage. Then Deco went for Henry. Deco was also playing well and it should’ve been Yaya that went to allow for another attacker.

Oh well, at least C. Ronaldo flopped again in a big match. He still doesn’t have what it takes when push comes to shove. So annoying how he complained about everything and looked up at the sky for answers. Very ugly traits for such a gifted player. The return leg should be excellent though. Enjoy the highlights below.

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Lots of transfer action in Serie A

Posted on August 20, 2007. Filed under: Players, serie a | Tags: , , , , , , |

It seems that the big Italian clubs have been busy securing (or at least trying to) transfers before the deadline.

Roma seem to have sealed the Cicinho deal which works out well for the player since Real Madrid’s new coach has him playing on the left but mostly had the Brazilian out of his plans anyway. Since Cicinho has an Italian passport, he won’t take up a foreigners spot which is advantageous for Roma.

As for Juve, they’re madly chasing after Gilberto Silva, but will Arsenal sell another of their experienced, core players? It seems that they’re at least considering it by asking for about 50% more than Juve have offered so far…

Inter have Deco in their sights but so do Newcastle. Inter has more money to throw at Barca but an auction isn’t going to help get Deco for a reasonable price. He’s definitely a player that can make the difference with creative play and hard work, Inter can surely do with him.

AC Milan are trying to nab Emerson from Real Madrid. They seem to like their older players. Failing that, they may go after Motta who seems to have had his fill at Barca. He has just under a year on his contract so Barca would be keen to prevent a free transfer at the end.

Sure are a lot of Brazilians moving about…

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