Champ’s League: Lionel Messi and You…

Update: Zlatan starting on bnech after away goal against Suttgart…anyone got an explanation on that one? Did TSG miss an injury?

Champ’s League action again today. Good stuff.

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Barcelona v. Stuttgart

• Will Lionel Messi ring up another triple today when Barca need it?

• ….or does Messi make like he is playing for his national team side? Ouch

• Will Stuttgart and striker Cacau knock out the last of the Spanish brigade in the Championship?

• ….or will Stuttgart even score in this one as they haven’t found the back of the net in their past two Bundesliga games….

Bordeaux v. Olympiakos

• Will French nattie Alou Diarra, fresh off a hammy injury, make an impact of even go 90 minutes.

• Will one-time England national hopeful Matt Derbyshire see the pitch for Olympiakos?

• TSG sees favorite and point leader Bordeaux making it through on this one.

Just plant all your commentary below.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/17 at 2:10 PM

    The Argentinean magican is at it again. He did well to make space to get both shots off, but you have to question the Stuggart defence for standing off of him and not closing him down. We all know what he can do, so why give him that much space around the box?

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/17 at 2:15 PM

      George:

      I honestly feel about Messi taking on defenders like I felt about Chad Marshall in the Honduras game. While there is a huge respect for his game, the plays he makes, defenders just don’t think they’re possible.

      For nearly any other player that itty-bitty space that Messi snuck that boombosa of a shot through for the 1st goal wouldn’t work…

      My comparison to Chad Marshall is that he plays against lower level competition so when he comes up against higher level competition he’s not used attackers making perfect plays on him.

      Messi makes perfect plays all the time.

      Both the pass from Messi to Toure and Toure’s almost nonchalant, totally in-control pass to Rodriguez were sublime.

      Beyond that, one thing I noticed about the game was how well Barca defending up the pitch. Stuttgart had to play about three quarters of the balls all the way back to Lehmann just to reduce pressure — that was amazing to see.

      The USMNT could learn that as well as how to move the ball quickly from watching Barca and Messi on tape today.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/17 at 2:33 PM

        That is a fair point, but if you were Howard and Rooney got shots off like that, you’re saying you would not be screaming at DeMerit and Onyewu?!

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/17 at 2:57 PM

          I might be screaming…but frankly, it’s not going to do anything. I really think that the Stuttgart defenders *thought* they were standing Messi up.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/17 at 3:06 PM

          That’s fair enough Matthew – I tend to be a little critical of the defence rather than give the offense credit…

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  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/17 at 7:32 PM

    I wouldn’t be too bothered if United got knocked out of the CL in the QFs – it would mean that United’s England contingent could join up for most of the training camps… Terry, Lampard, A.Cole and J. Cole should be there too!

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  3. Posted by Joe on 2010/03/17 at 8:49 PM

    I didn’t know Jesus was Argentinian and stood 5’5.

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  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/18 at 12:15 AM

    I need to mention that two guys I singled out in the Bordeaux game had a big impact.

    They both got red cards…what?!

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