Finally, there is something for all ManU, Aresnal & Chelsea fans to cheer together.
India has won the AFC Cup, that too in style.
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Now this is not a match result, rather we can call it a Title result. Out of the Major 3 possible titles (am not counting the Carling Cup, which Chelsea had won) Chelsea & ManU both won each.
ManU, this was the best year for ManU to win all the three tittles, but they just managed to win the Priemier League. They also had the best (young) talent this season. They could have went on to be the European Champions if it was not for A.C. Milan & Kaka, who ruined their party by defeating them in the Semi-Finals. Cristanio Ronaldo has been @ the top of his form this year & this has rightfully earned him Awards for both Best Player of the year & Best Young of the year. Besides Ronaldo, Carrick, Rooney, Solskjaer have been in good form. Some(read Pro ManU) would say, this was the easiest EPL win for ManU, coz majority of the Big Clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, New Castle, etc… put up a poor show. But atleast they did their part of winning all their matches. None the less it was a really good season for ManU, not exactly a fairly tale finish… But its good to have them back….
Chelsea, this year has not been gr8 for them. A lot of questions have been rasied on Jose’s future with the club. They had a Star-Studded team, but most of the stars failed to shine, Ballack & Shevchenko namely. While Ballack was injured most of the time, Shevchenko tried really hard to justify that his signing amount was worth every penny, but Lady Luck was not kind enough. Drojba has been the pick of the lot along with Joe Cole, Mikel, Wright Philips. The Team was not on their peak this season, which resulted in their slip from the top spot in EPL & concede the title to ManU. They lacked fire in them, which was seen in abundance in their rivals ManU. The only consolation for Chelsea came in the form of FA Cup Win, to top it all they won the FA Cup by defeating ManU 🙂 . All in all not a very good season for the Blues, hope to see a better performance from them next time around.
As most you might have guessed it by now, this post is like most of my other posts which i have posted earlier on this blog & others blogs is abt FOOTBALL… 🙂
It was after a very long time tht i decided to watch an UEFA Champions League match @ night & I must tell you it was worth all the sleep that i lost, coz its not everyday tht u get to see two Gaints like Liverpool & Barcelona play.
Dt: 06-Feb-2007, 12:45 am
Liverpool v/s Barcelona
Barcelona was in a Do/Die situation; the Defending Champions had to win this match by atleast 2 goals. The atmosphere was electrifying(as usual), with all Liverpool fans singing for their team coz they knew they(Liverpool) were having the upper hand in the match. After kick-off there was no stopping Liverpool they were all over Barca & their attack was spearheaded by Risse (yes, the Liverpool defender); 3 times he came close to scoring a goal, 2 times of which he was denied by the Crossbar. Valdes(Barca Goal-Keeper) was having a real tough time. 30 minutes into the game & The Reds had 9 shots on Goal & Barca had 0 (very unlike Barca) . The only saving grace from Barca was Messi, he was the one who was running around trying to create chances for Barca to score. The score remained 0-0 till half time, with Liverpool dominating the first half.
In the Second half Barca looked more composed & started passing the ball around quite nicely. Ronaldinho also came close to scoring, but again was denied by the WoodWork. In the end it was Barca who drew first blood & the goal scorer was none other than Former Chelsea striker Gudjohnsen . He scored within few minutes of his substitution. In the end Braca tried to put Liverpool under a lot of pressure, but they were a tough nut to crack tht easily. Though Barca won the match, they were knocked out of Champions league on the basis Away goals.
Basically Braca didn’t look/play like the Defending Champs. For me there was only one Man-of-the-Match & tht was
The Goal-Post… 😀 , coz it blocked 4 sure goals…
Dt: 06-Feb-2007, 12:45 am
Amidst all this action, i suddenly happened to notice a small marquee @ the bottom of my TV screen & my heart almost skipped a beat. They were showing scores from other Live Champions League matches. The score tht made me fall of my bed was of the match between Chelsea & F.C. Porto. I think it was in the 33rd minute tht i first took notice of the live score update & the score-line was Chelsea 0 – 1 F.C.Porto(noname.java 15). The score remained tht way until half-time. The marquee re-appeared after a period of 10 mins. When it appeared @ around th 55th minute of the match, my heartbeat was back to normal, coz now the scoreline was (Robben 48)Chelsea 1 – 1 F.C. Porto (noname.java 15). I had to wait till the 85th minute to get my lost smile back 🙂 , yes Chelsea had taken the lead thanks to Ballack. The scoreline remained tht way till the end. i.e. Chelsea 2 – 1 F.C. Porto
Dt: 06-Feb-2007, 12:45 am
Bayern Munich v/s Real Madrid
I also happened to see the Fastest Goal in UCL History (tht too Live, obviously on T.V.) by Makkay from Bayern Munich… 🙂
Yes, Real Madrid proved again tht they are no longer a Champion Squad & are just a bunch of ppl playing together, coz they get paid(heavily) for doing tht. Eventually Bayern went on to win the match on the Basis of Away Goals. Final score was Bayern Munich 2 – 1 Real Madrid
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You know Darling;
We won Carling… 😀
Ppl, we (read CHELSEA) have won the Carling Cup!!!
With one title in our bag, now we should concentrate to win the rest. This title win should surly do wonders to our confidence (am really keeping my fingers crossed on this…)
Facts Abt d Match:-
Arsenal came into this match as d underdogs, as they were playing their reserves & not their 1st team (actually their reserves played better than their Best team would have). Whereas Chelsea had fielded their best players (though some were still injured) for the finals, i guess this shows how desperately Jose wanted to win the CUP.
The young Arsenal Team drew First Blood in the 12th minute of the match; Walcott being the goal scorer for Arsenal (guys,watch out for this fellow). Chelsea had to wait till the second half to get even and just before the end of play they scored the vital goal to clinch victory; it was Didier Drojba (our savior this year) who netted both goals for the Blues. The win for the Blues came @ d cost of their Captain John Terry, he was taken off field in an unconscious state on a stretcher. 😦
The main highlight of this match was not Chelsea’s victory or Terry’s injury, but the things tht happened after d match. It was almost end of the match and a War Broke out between the two teams. It looked really bad to see them fighting like kids. Arsenal were acting as cry babies, they couldn’t digest the fact that they lost to a Brilliant Team 😀
If you guys missed the action don’t worry, i got this video for you.
John Terry’s accident
I used to hate this guy, but after Super Sunday am one of his biggest fan. All HAIL KING HENRY!!!
HAIL CHELSEA!!! 🙂
Ok now don’t start making those faces, when you read the word review, I know that the Appraisal 🙂 are round the corner but this blog was created for some purpose (about which I myself have no clue) & the purpose is not Appraisal review for sure. Now the review is not any book that I have read recently, the book review department is handled by mattu and she is damn good @ it. So now wht is this post about???
This post is a small review on the English Premier League (EPL) teams that have managed to qualify for the UEFA Championship League Cup. Major teams from EPL namely Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool & ManU have qualified for the Cup. This is happening for the first time since I started watching Football that so many teams from EPL have qualified for the Cup. Majority of the time teams from Italian League, Spanish la liga, Bundesliga are the people who rule roost @ UEFA. Now let me start with the (so-called) review.
1. Chelsea: Hmmm …… This happens to be my very favorite team. But lately they have been playing poorly. The fire to win is lacking in them. In their last match against Arsenal, they looked like 11 men playing against one Arsenal team. They need to get their rhythm back, if they want to bring the gold home for the very first time. They have enough talent in-house to make it to the top.
HAIL CHELSEA!!! 😀
2. Arsenal: Last year’s finalist. This team is the one to watch out for, they are the underdogs. Unlike Chelsea/Liverpool/ManU they don’t have stars in their line-up expect for Henry, but they do have a bunch of talented young fellows in their gang. With a manager like Wenger the boys can give the toughest team a run for their money.
3. Liverpool: This has been a bad year for former UEFA Champions; they are going through a bad phase in EPL too. They have good players just like Chelsea, but the chemistry is missing, they need to gel with each other, coz there are many foreign players in their team. Steven Gerrard also needs to get back in form, coz he’s their whole n soul.
4. ManU: (I hate myself for saying this) ManU is the one of the strongest team in the whole Championship & if they keep playing the way they are now, nobody can stop them. This season they are @ top of their form. Everything is in place for them; all they need is to play according to the plan.
People, you are free to voice your concerns or suggestions on my review.