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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

"I felt sorry for the match ball. It came off the pitch crying."

SNORE! That was all TDH had to say after watching Barca v Chelsea. By the end, TDH didn't care if Chelsea came back or not. All TDH wanted was for someone, somewhere to show a bit of talent on the pitch. No surprise who did, eh? That penalty was clearly ridiculous, but, of course, it didn't matter.

Chelsea looked like cold jellied eels, and the ball kept slipping away from them. They were completely unable to pass it around on the ground, and the airborne attempts went awry most of the time. Has Duff done anything worthwhile this year? And Fat Frank was MIA once again. Credit to Rijkaard for figuring out how to gum up the Chelsea works.

Too bad for the plucky Gers, too, who couldn't hold on at the Madrigal. Ah well, happy days in Spain and that other country to its east tonight. Of course, none of those folks will cry if The Goon Show hand the Merengues their sombreros tomorrow.

The away goals rule also ended the story for Werder Bremen. Incidentally, the Argentine commentators never tire of reminding us that Camoranesi is from Tandil, the Argentine salami capital. And did TDH mention that they've started calling Ronaldinho "Jar-Jar Binks"? Kempes didn't allow himself to laugh, good man.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

No it wasn't a good match, was it? Crespo came close to breaking the deadlock from Cole's cross, but apart from that Chelsea were anaemic. Messi was again the best player on the pitch for his 25 minutes, but after he went, so did the sting. Ron did a few wonderful tricks, though. After his goal I switched to the game in Turin. Juve look lucky this year, which means they could win it. That keeping error was absolutely atrocious.

5:41 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

btw - how bitter are the uk media about mourinho? true he's been standoffish with the press, but they are rubbing their hands with undisguised glee at Chelsea's elimination.,,1725994,00.html

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snore indeed. Chelsea had absolutely no ideas when they had the ball, although Barcelona closed them down brilliantly. That said Barcelona weren't exactly scintillating going forward themselves. But the onus wasn't on them. Drogba was rubbish, and I have no idea why Crespo and Gudjohnson (the toon need to get their checkbook out for this guy) didn't start. Crespo at least was making runs into the box. Drogba just sat deep and fouled people. What an anticlimax.

Although Ronaldinho did that trick where he feints to go one way, taking the ball with him, then drags it back to go the other. The ball never left the end of his boot (the first time I saw him do it I thought it was fake, computer trickery. It looks impossible. I don't even know how to describe it. How the hell does he do it? Glue on the end of his foot? If you know what move I'm talking about you'll share my disbelief, if not, I'm sorry I just don't know how to describe it better, it's incredible.)

10:17 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Yeah, L'il Ron calls that move the "elastico." With a little practice I was able to do a poor simulation of it, though nothing fast enough to fool a defender. I preferred the one where he juggled and dinked the ball behind his back on the edge of the 18-yard box.

Early in the match I thought the long balls into Drogba would eventually bear fruit. He seemed to have little trouble getting away from Puyol. But the accuracy in the crosses wasn't there. Crespo did look more promising (couldn't resist that tribute to Young Joe's one ball into the box, could you, Mara?), but I got the feeling he was sulking after missing the start.

Gudjohnsen for Toon is a brilliant idea. He's 27, virtually injury-proof and probably still has several good years left in him. But come on, who would really leave Chelsea now? He'd have to be pretty darn frustrated with playing in midfield. Maybe we could sell him on the fact that it's colder up Tyneside, just like home....

2:34 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

yeah Eidiego would improve any team in the world. Milan? Drop Seedorf for him. Barca? They wouldn't miss Xavi ever. Arsenal? He'd probably be their best midfielder. Liverpool? Hey, presto - goals!

5:38 PM  

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