UEFA Champion’s League Tuesday….begin:
• Real Madrid Hope To Be Lyonized in France
Your turn my man to step up.
For the past two Champion’s League seasons your team has not attained the crown and you’ve squarely placed the blame on your manager or, in the case last year, blamed your manager after guaranteeing advancement.
To date this year, Ronaldo has grabbed the goals in La Liga, but the accolades have went to Messi, Xavi and company.
This time, Ronaldo has Jose Mourinho on his touchline. Can’t make those excuses. Apologies Lyon–with Michel Bastos playing out of his mind in the competition–it’s also about the Madeiran in this series.
• FC Copenhagen hope to snuff out Chelsea at home
Is Parken Stadium the scene for Chelsea righting the ship?
Not sure where to put this next comment, but I’m surprised more hasn’t been written about how Chelsea are just desperately missing a single piece to the puzzle: a centrally attacking midfielder-forward.
They’ve got none. Anelka looks for his shot when withdrawn, Kalou is more naturally a winger and not a playmaker. Lampard prefers to trail, while Michael Essien prefers to defend.
Didier Drogba is much better deployed in the attack and prefers to run off center while Torres likes to threaten the opponent’s backline.
It has been fascinating watching teams play Chelsea for the past few months once they realize that, unless someone has a great game out of character to their skillset, they can sag off the Blues.
Copenhagen’s got some firepower in this one to challenge stalwart David Luiz and favorite villian John Terry in the form of veteran forwards Brazilian César Santin and Senegalese Dame N’Doye. If Copenhagen can provide the service, might be a tough one for the visitors.