Massacred at Wembley

Flash back: A while back I did a piece on who I thought were worthy enough to be Champions league contender’s, I left out Manchester United and yes fans were (Insert curse word) Bitching saying this and that, I was accused of being  biased and all sorts of bull.

Saturday May 28 Barcelona finally proved why from the get go I thought of the red devils as pretenders and not contender’s  to the throne, after simple…no easy victories against Schalke and Chelsea the United army for some reason thought they could win at Wembley.  What happened in the next 90 minutes was a massacre.

The duo of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi had an easy night watching UTD fall into their hands slowly by slowly. Xavi the mid-field general kept strolling goal wards and after a number of unchallenged touches found Pedro who smashed the ball past hopeless 40 year old Van der Sar.  Next was Messi who also unleashed a shot from approx. 25 yards to catch the defense off guard once more.

Barcelona clearly broke down United with their accurate passing, and it was amazing to see how composed and relaxed the Barca lads are with the ball. Watching Xavi school Carrick in the art of midfield domination was another fine moment in soccer too.  He touched the ball 163 times while the poor lad Carrick could only manage a mere 54 touches. The champions made a total of 148 passes, 141 of those completed with a success rate of 95%, showing why he is the mid field master Xavi ran a total of 8 miles while Carrick only managed 5 miles, a lesson indeed.

After a lesson well learnt I expect Sir Alex to tinker with his squad a little bit, like any other coach who has dreams of mounting a serious challenge in Europe come next season.

United were clearly out done in every way possible, the thrashing they got should be enough to shut up the red devils brigade for a while.

Verdict: Barcelona deserve to be champions of Europe. How about united…un worthy contenders I guess.

DR readers: Its  been a nice first season being a writer see you all next season, watch out for Copa America from July 2011. Lets look forward to Miami Heat heat giving Dallas a lesson or two on winning champions ships.

The Final Four UCL Contenders?

This has been a very long season and many teams have fallen by the wayside while the stronger ones have continued to progress forward.

Manchester United saw off England rivals Chelsea and booked a date with Schalke of Germany in the Semi-finals. The other two teams that will meet in the other Semi-final are Real Madrid and Barcelona of Spain. At this stage the Championship is still wide open with each of the four remaining teams strong contenders.

It will be interesting to see whether or not Schalke will end Man U’s run for another Champions League trophy and whether or not Jose Mourinho will emerge victorious again and win the cup for the third time with three different clubs. Every team here has a chance to win the cup provided they play their cards right, a question to all the DR readers out there is who will emerge the winner this time round is it going to be Sir Alex, Guardiola, Jose or Ralf Rangnick?

UEFA Champions League Contenders

The dust has finally settled after last weeks champions league draw and there is a palpable sense of excitement in the air as the current Champions league offers so many heart-stopping football clashes.  Picture a final between Chelsea and Real Madrid or Man United coming to Wembley after 43 years! For now though, the fans will have to be content with a must-see duels pitting Anceloti against Sir Alex and Redknapp against Mourinho.

Here is a brief run down on some of the serious contenders in the last eight and what sort of danger they pose.

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The Wayne Rooney Saga

Last week and part of this week has seen some drama come alive at “Old Trafford” aka the “Theatre of dreams”. One of their prized and valuable possessions – Wayne Rooney – has decided that he no longer wants to be part of the Manchester United family.

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