Bayern get battered
Real Madrid crushed Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions league semi-final last night. They won 4-0 on the night and made Bayern look toothless and very disorganized. Pep Guardiola’s tactics seemed naive and strangley gun-Ho! against the most powerful counter attacking team in Europe. Pushing their midfield forward right from the whistle and holding a high back line, gave Real all the attacking space they could have wished for, and as sure as eggs is eggs they exploited it. Bayern’s centre backs are not exactly quick yet giving Ronaldo, Bale and Di María 40 yards to burn into seemed wreck-less having 90 minutes to claw back just one goal. By half time the game was in the bag for Real, as Ramos scored two good headers against a defense that just ended up looking at other as if to say who was marking him? Then, from their own box burst the Real Express and before they new what hit them, a perfect slide rule pass across the box from Bale and Ronaldo was never going to miss, 3-0.
The second half was a slightly calmer affair, with Bayern having tons of possession but going from side to side, not one of them broke through the solid white line. The tippy tappy passing system seemed weak and light weight, and not one striker really took it upon them selves to drive through the line with the ball and turn Real’s defenders. Arjen Robben did his usual from out to in dribble and shoot, but it was always covered by the keeper. Ronaldo got his usual freekicks just outside the box, and the first went sailing over the bar. Finally he got another chance and he duped the apposing wall into jumping and with great technique he drove the ball under the leaping wall and that was 4-0.
The game was full of the usual faking of injuries and the relentless pushing ans shoving that follows, in essence it was quite ugly at times. Franck Ribéry should have been sent off for slapping a Real player in the face, but the ref didn’t see it. Given how frenetic it was I thought the Ref had a good game. The only black spot for Real Madrid was Alonso, who needlessly slid through the back of a player and was yellow carded, which means he misses the final. Whether it’s Chelsea or Athletic Madrid in the final, one thing for sure is they will have their hands full of a buoyant and confident Real…Do you think Bayurn’s tactics were wreckless? let me know…
Ryan Giggs has pulled off a masterstroke by persuading Paul Scholes to head down to United’s training ground and assist him for the remaining games of the season. Every United fan will be filled with excitement as the two Über talented heroes go about inspiring the uninspired. United fans will never have looked forward to four meaningless games with such anticipation ever before, and what if they produce magic? What if they supercharge what everyone calls a less than average team to play like the glory days of old? If that were to happen could the United board dare risk another whole season by letting them take it on, oh boy this could be really interesting…what do you think???
Yup I think everybody feels sorry for David Moyes as to be honest he was on a hiding to nothing following the legend of Sir Alex. As for his career? he might think about a long holiday as a new job maybe hard to find for a little while. United have given themselves some time to assess a replacement as club legend Ryan Giggs takes charge until the end of the season. I will watch with great interest to see just how the players respond to Ryan, and if he can re-create the United Power-Pace and Passion. For me Jurgen Klopp seems to have the right mindset and tactical beliefs that suit the United mold, it seems the supporters also are backing him. As with all vacant posts it should be very interesting to see who sticks their head up into the firing line? Who do you think should take charge of this giant club??
World Cup Fever
I love the world cup and apparently so do millions of women supporters. During a normal week the cavemen cheer their tribe of red or blue or white or pink or whatever colour that makes them shout like warriors, but most women just carry on unmoved by the strange and explosive 2 hours of animal behavior. However, once the pride of our nation steps out onto the battlefield at the world Cup, these calm and controlled ladies just can’t stop themselves and pow, they are on the front line cheering and ranting like us hairy types. That’s what I love about the world cup, it’s all embracing from 3 year old’s to 80 year old’s, male or female we all band together and become one…well at least until we get knocked out that is. What do you think?
Rumours abound that the Glazers don’t feel they can trust David Moyes with their £200million war chest. It’s going to be out with the old and in with the new this summer, but who’ll be doing the spending? The Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has been in contact with United, but he’s trying to be too clever with trading Spurs and United against each other, so much so that he’s probably shot himself in the foot and will end up at neither. It’s the big smiley Borussia Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp that all the papers are now toting as the new red devil boss. He did with Borussia what Roberto Martinez has done with Everton, basically taken a financial minow and got right up there in amongst the big boys (Matinez now there’s a thought?) Klopp is fed up with Bayern Munich taking all his big hitters, so United would be very difficult for him to turn down.
As for David Moyes, well he can only watch on and pray he gets maximum point from his remaining games.
So here we are with just a few weeks left of the football season and the pan of football broth is about to spill over as the winners and losers are exposed for all to see. This season has been a breath of fresh air, with no particular team dominating and already having the premier league trophy in their cabinet. Could it be Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City who knows, we’ll see players become super heroes and players who crumble under the pressure. The whole history of a football club will hang on a single decision from a manager. Whether to attack or park the bus, which players to drop or which ones to risk if carrying a knock? could a super-sub score a 94th minute winner?
I believe this season it could change literally minute by minute during the final game of the campaign. I don’t know if such things exist but we could all do with a screen that showed simultaneously three games at once because the emotional highs and lows will bounce around like a ball in a pinball machine. The world loves our premier league and this season will only enhance our reputation for having the strongest and most exciting football on the planet.
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Love him or loath him José has done it again. I said in my first report that I didn’t think PSG were that good but on that night Chelsea were worse. Well at Stamford Bridge PSG proved that they were only average while Chelsea raised their game with more energy and willingness to attack in numbers. José ‘s negative mind challenge to his attackers paid off with the forgotten striker Demba Ba poking the ball into the roof of the net in the dying minutes. This gave Chelsea an away goals draw win that puts them through into the semi’s. This means Mourinho is now the most successful manager in the champions league at reaching the semi’s with 8 to his name.
Arsène Wenger is a very nice man, he calmly sits on the bench as he watches his team get another beating…and that’s the problem! His team took another beating by the excellent Everton and the players seem to just calmly accept it. Being beaten is now in the Arsenal DNA and Arsène Wenger has to be blamed, or is it the Arsenal board? because a club of the stature of Arsenal having not won anything since May 2005 would surely have sacked the manager by now. Even Ferguson would have gone. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the Arsenal style, but where are the players with the total full-on desire to win? Where are the leaders on the pitch that don’t accept defeat, the players that really really make it happen? Finding those players and having that mental attitude comes from the drive of the manager, and I am afraid that Arsène Wenger has no longer got that. The question is have the board got that drive and the bahogies to do the deed and cull the legend, or are they just too nice also?