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Thursday, February 23, 2006

"Do I send a 'B-team' and concentrate on the FA Cup and the league?"

What 'B-team' is that, Jose? Roman would like to know. Oh, you just have to love The Loquacious One. Barcelona is a very cultural city! You have wonderful theaters! So you know all about great acting!

Mourinho isn't just pricking the opposition when he comes out with these comments. He's also taking a bit of the stuffing out of the whole post-match press conference ritual. Let's face it, all these supposedly earnest journalists are asking supposedly earnest questions about a game. And as we all know, it's a funny old game - not one where you can seriously discuss the essentially arbitrary decisions of a single guy in black.

Perhaps Mourinho's breaking football's social contract with these departures from sincerity. After all, this game is paying his considerable salary. But maybe that just shows how smart he is. One can just imagine the young Mourinho: "Hmmm, I could make a million a year as a chief executive, or I could make several times that amount and be famous to boot as a coach. Hmmm...."

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TDH finally took in a decent Copa Libertadores match last night, Corinthians versus Catolica. "Finally" because there have been just a few too many matches pitting the cream of Argentina, Brazil and even Mexico against overmatched sides from the Andes.

Tevez - known as Carlitos on the other side of the border - was creating plenty of good opportunities for his teammates, but he always seemed to react too late to his own chances. Corinthians looked to be heading for an easy victory after the first half... and they relaxed commensurately. The patient Chileans eventually grabbed a draw, truly a tremendous result on the road in Brazil.

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TOMORROW: Er, UEFA Cup report, on the off-chance there's anything interesting later tonight....

2 Comments:

Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

you know, as much as I'm interested in carlitos, I'm really keen to get my eyes on Javier Maschereno. About a year ago, everyone was saying the kid had the potential to make Vieira look like Viafara. What's happened to the youngster?

6:39 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Mascherano did not play. He's listed in the squad as a defender. Will let you know if I see him later in the tournament.

2:04 PM  

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