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2 Spanish, 2 German, let's roll. Should be a good draw on Friday with multiple potential storylines.
Mia san Mia!
Really surprised not much commentary on the matches today. I happened to take a home office day so I was able to watch most of the action. PSG really had a good shot at winning but Barca is so solid no matter whom they plug into their lineup.
I thought that I used to like Juve but being a Bayern fan made me loathe the Italians' gamesmanship at times. I was surprised it was another 2-0 score.
Oh, and meant to post that Arjen Robben couldn't hit air if he fell out of a plane. Greedy bugger. He has lost my support.
Nice article, not only because of what Mou did for this guy, but for the insight it also gives into other aspects of the game (Mou and Ferguson sharing wine after the game, jersey swapping, etc).
Abel Rodríguez is a 41-year-old Mexican-American who waxes floors in Los Angeles for Metro Transportation. Real Madrid's José Mourinho is one of the world's most famous managers. On the face of things, the two men have nothing in common. Yet recently they became the central figures in a surreal but true buddy story that took Rodríguez behind the scenes as a member of Real Madrid's team in the biggest games of world soccer against Barcelona and Manchester United.
I am not a big Bayern fan, but a German league fan, actually root against them in league and for them outside the league. Sounds pointless, but they are going to win regardless, like to see parity within league. Would agree about Robben, a putz, hoping he is let go for next year by new manager, just does not add that much IMO, talented but predictable, love to cut in for the left footed shot over the goal from right side, seen it hundreds of times. Getting old. Plus he is a Schau Spieler, an actor who plays up when fouled, much like the Italians did Wednesday.
Hey how about Basel last night and Dempsey gets two goals. IMO, a little partial, but Basel deserved to win that one, played really well except Dragovich on D, man he made some dumb passes and it cost them. Tough way to lose in shoot out, nice save by Sommer and wiff by Abde.
That is a great story. Hoping for a final of Dortmund and Real or Dortmund v Bayern. ABB anyone but BARCA!!!
Champions league semis set. Bayern Barcelona and Dortmund Madrid. Should be a very good round as well. Im glad Dortmund and bayern are seperate
Agree but I wish it were switched...Dortmund and Real were in the same group. But both will be terrific match ups. I'd favor a Bayern v Real final at this point.
In Europa, Chelsea will face Basel...which I'm sure will thrill Loco. They played really well again against Spurs last night. Fener v Benfica in the other semi.
Let me preface this by saying there is no "easy" matchup out of these 4. But as a Real Madrid fan, I am happy with this draw. In a worst case scenario where RM loses, I'll at least be content rooting for Dortmund in the final. I don't know that I could have handled a Barca-Bayern final.
My thoughts on the (previously potential) matchups:
Barcelona: I had mixed feelings on whether I wanted to see Barca this round or not. Madrid has really had Barcelona's number this year, especially in 2 leg ties (Super Copa victory, Copa del Rey victory, La Liga away draw, home win.) However, any time you start to get a little confident against Barcelona, that's when they come back and beat you 3-0.
Bayern: Real Madrid's history against La Bestia Negra in the Champions League speaks for itself. No thank you. Bayern has a horrible record in the final though, so I would be ok seeing them there. Someone's curse has to end.
Dortmund: I'm not underestimating them by any means. They played very well against Real Madrid earlier this year, but some of that had to do with the two goals gifted by stupid Madrid defensive mistakes (Pepe being Pepe). If we have to go to German soil in the Champions League, I'll take this. Again, if Dortmund prevails, they have my support in the final.
This was worst case scenario for Barca. They've been fragile to this point, and Bayern is the most complete and stable squad remaining. Real v Dortmund should be open and entertaining.
I like these match ups, could have me dream final, Dortmund avenging loss of league title to Bayern. Love to see Dortmund in final, but am all in with Bayern even with Ribery and Robben (it pains me to type his name). I think Real is playing well, but there is always a Pepe moment.
I think they stick with Varane and Ramos in central defense.
Bingo, these days Pepe's only used to aggravate Barcelona.
Well if I have access to every game live, I can't complain. They're taking this very seriously.
NBC Sports has finally revealed its plans for the English Premier League, and upon first glance, the network's tonnage is as impressive as Robin van Persie in the six-yard box.
Cool picture as West Ham takes the lead on United at Upton Park.
Had to read that article a couple times to make sure I understood correctly. Sounds awesome on paper, lets see how it holds up once the new season gets underway.
They were robbed on that 2nd goal. RVP even halfed his movement toward the rebound bc he knew it. On a positive note, Luiz dropped a bomb en route to a good victory today. CFC still has a pretty tough stretch run ahead.
Diddy you been following the CFC Andre Schurrle saga? Would really like to keep Kevin De Bruyne and just loan him there for a year. I know there are some Bundesliga fans here any insight on the guy?
Meyer4Prez "This is wut happens when ur team site analyst are huge homers glad Bill K+Alex G keep it real instead of getting our hopes up."
I've heard that a straight cash swap is most likely. CFC still want De Bruyne long term, but he wants 1 more yr of full time play in Germany and I don't blame him. Schurrle is a real prospect. He'd be a winger with CFC initially, whereas De Bruyne has become a bit more versatile centrally. CFC has a lot of decisions to make with Lukaku, Courtois, De Bruyne, Piazon, Essien, etc. My guess is we buy Schurrle, 1 CM (hopefully Fellaini), and possibly 1 CD (Dede?).
What the hell was Suarez thinking? He's done for the year I would imagine. He's not mentally all there and he never has been.
"One man didn't build this program and one man sure as hell cannot tear it down."
I'm not sure what's the bigger disgrace him still on the field or the ball crossing midfield and 96:20 and no whistle pathetic really.
"ATLEAST 6 minutes" of stoppage. Plus, didn't Chelsea make a sub in stoppage?? That bumps it up.
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