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Champion’s League Live: Man United vs. Chelsea, More

Update: You have to love Sir Alex putting Old Man Giggs in the middle of the field given Chelsea’s shoddy internal defending lately.

Update: Adriano misses two sitters, Donetsk down 1-0 should be at worst equal.

Shaun says he’s not stopping by with live commentary today, but I wouldn’t put it past him.

Chicharito...turning into Mr. Amazing overnight...

Today’s docket:

Barcelona vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

and an EPL

Manchester United vs. Chelsea

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Will Barca continue their impressive performances at Camp Nou? Can Donetsk keep the damage minimal on the road?

Manchester United’s striker kitty (Chicharito, Rooney) is starting to looking strikingly more positive than over the summer. Can they put pressure on a Chelsea defense that hasn’t always shown up this year?

Will Fernando Torres drop one in the mesh?

Live Commentary – Champs League Quarter – Real Madrid vs Spurs

Matt recently broke up with Higuain for Pastore, but occasionally dips back into the well.

PEEEEP PEEEP PEEP. Game over as Jose hugs Redknapp. Desperately disappointing for Spurs as their chances for advancing tot he semis are slimmer then Crouchs’s legs. You never know! A 4 goal lead is the most dangerous lead in soccer!

92:00 - Higuain might have had his first touch of the ball since he came on and sends a woeful pass into Gomes’s arms…be nice shaun!

91:00 – Jose looks bored

90:00 - Spurs have to score 5 to progress back at home…and stop Real from scoring. Not easy. Even if they had 11 men, Spurs have been outclassed. They defended well, but there is only so much one can do when Real are playing they way they are. I wonder if ‘Arry will blame Sporting Gijon? Wenger would!

87:00 – AND HE GETS HIS GOAL. Ronaldo hangs out at the back post and hits a first time volley from Kaka toward the near post that Gomes should have done better with. Real 4 – Spurs 0

83:00 – Spurs under siege here as Madrid and especially Ronaldo want more. He might be a prima donna at times, but he does work hard. Every game I’ve seen him play, he certainly gives it his all.

81:00 – Ramos sends in a shot not unlike Di Marias, but unlike D Maria’s it goes wide. They come at you from all angles this Madrid team.

78:00 - Kaka comes on for Di Maria. Talk about depth in a squad!

74:00 – Matt’s former man crush Higuain comes on for 2 goal hero, Adebayor. Please welcome the Argentinian Pippo Inzaghi. Higuain has an amazing ability to be in the right place at the right time. Aside from that I’m not impressed. Somewhere Matt is searching youtube for his favorite Higuain compilations!

70:00 – GOOOOOOOAAALLLL – Di Maria. What a gorgeous strike from the Argentine winger. He gets the ball on the corner of the box, touches it and then unleashes a howitzer in the top corner. WOW. Real Madrid 3 – Spurs 0

68:00 – Dawson is immense in the back for Spurs as he takes the ball of Ozil’s feet as he was about to shoot. The young German has been noticebly absent as well.

66:00 – Great cross and Adebayor rizes high over Gallas and almost gets his hat trick. Diarra sent in the ball. Dawson clears from the resulting corner kick.

63:00 – Ronaldo with a Riverdance like move to try and fool Assou-Ekotto. Impressive but it’s so quick that the Spurs defender has no idea. Cross is easily dealt with.

60:00 – Madrid really playing pretty football now as they ping the ball around. Spurs doing a good job of defending, problem is they need goals!

59:00 - To be fair to the commentators, they have nothing but gushing words to say about the second goal and the almost third one from a Khedira diving header and both balls that set them up.

57:00 – GOOOOAAAAL ADEBAYOR again. Ronaldo take a short quick free kick, as Marcello sends in an inviting cross that Adebayor, unmarked, heads easily home. A momentary lapse of defending and Madrid punish them. Adebayor 2 – Spurs 0

53:00 – Defoe gets ball and runs at the Madrid defense, lays the ball off to Bale who wins a corner. Ray Wilkins needs to shup up. Alan Parry is doing fine but Wilkins is embarrassing (at least i think that’s who it is).

51:00 - Madrid enjoying a great spell of possession and trickery just outside the Spurs box. The english side defend well, but there is nothing they can do, until Marcelo’s shot blasts over.

49:00 – Ronaldo really wants a goal here. Power is back, aim is getting better as his shot hits the side netting.

PEEEP PEEP - Spurs kick it off. Van de Vaart is off and Defoe in. Right entry but wrong person to take off. Jenas needed to come off as he has been absent and Van de Vaart is always dangerous.

Pepe looks like an alien. He’s got the same head as Sam Cassell

Brothers from an alien mother? Maybe i'm stretching it.

PEEEP – Halftime. Way to stick it with Spurs but Real are playing good football. “Arry needs to change his tactics and do something about Ramos and Marcello who are reigning free on the sidelines.

45:00 - Dawson is having a great half as he blocks another Ronaldo shot. From the deflection, Gale is cynically pushed out of bounds. The commentators are screaming for  a card. What happened to impartial judgement? These guys are see-sawing from great to horrendous. Report on the game guys, but keep your alliances to yourself

42:00 – Real pinging it around the box but its being blocked well. On a Di Maria cannon, Dawson blocks with his arms. Ref waves play on but he was wrong. It should have a penalty.

41:00 – Ronaldo wins a free kick. He was looking for it, but his resulting kick is ballooned over.

37:00 - Commentators failing in showing where their desires lie as they clearly are rooting for Spurs. They are being objective though. Game has opened up. Gale is becoming more dangerous, but so are the Madrid wing backs as Ramos and Marcelo are exploiting their English counterparts.

33:00 – Ramos sends in a diving header across goal that goes inches past Adebayors head. Almost 2-0 there.

30:00 – Dawson sends in a fantastic pass to Bale who chests it down and scampers into the penalty area. He’s marshaled by Ramos, but he brushes him aside but shoots wide. Better from Spurs.

28:00 - Gale makes his first appearance as he latches on to a Gomes through. He shows his speed but the three Madrid players force a throw in. Gale will have to be more prominent if Spurs are to have any chance.

27:00 - Madrid are playing sublime football. All that is missing is the finishing touch. How did they lose to Gijon over the weekend?

25:00 – Commentators referred to Spurs style of play as Tippy-Tappy. Is that the english version of Tiki-Taka?

23:00 – Casillas touches the ball for possibly the first time as Van de VAart sends in a free kick from 45 yards out. That was a waste from the former Madrid man.

20:00 - BLACKJACK. Van de Vaart gets a yellow for mouthing off to the ref. This could be entertaining!

18:00 – Real were dominating before the sending off, and they are just running rampant. Adebayor is playing frantically as well and needs to be careful as he could join Crouch in the showers…er…creepy and frightening.

17:00 – Might have to call him Crouchuso or Peter Van Crouchell

15:00 - Red card for Crouch. He makes another terrible challenge and the ref immediately sends him off. Can’t really argue with that. Admire his effort but he’s not a tackler. Spurs have it all to do now.

12:00 – Referee clearly was a blackjack dealer in a previous life as he is handing out cards with reckless abandon. Adebayor in the book for a rash challenge.

10:00 – Ronaldo shows his skills and pace down the wing, but Corluka takes care of him. Adebayor, invigored by the goal comes back to defend with speed unseen in a couple of years. Ronaldo shoots from long distance again, with more power but the aim is poor. Goal kick.

8:00 - Crouch gets booked from a sliding tackle that started on the halfway line but ended up in the Real penalty box. That is a very long person sliding and very amusing to watch.

7:00 - Spurs foray into their opponents half and win a free kick that Van de Vaart sends into to Crouch. It’s headed away for a corner. From it Spurs win another corner.

5:00 – GOOOOALLL ADEBAYOR with a header from the corner that goes into the back of the net. Simple stuff and very poor defending from Spurs. The former Arsenal man strikes against his old adversary. Gomes and Modric might have had a chance but that was poor marking from the corner. Real 1 – Spurs 0

Who would have thunk that this guy would ever play at the Bernabeu?

4:00 – DiMaria with a great chance but its touched wide for a corner. He was active against the US when they played, but his finishing touch was poor.

3:00 – Another long range shot from Ronaldo, though this time its a little more power and it bounces wide. I believe he is calibrating!

1:00 - Ronaldo takes an early shot, but he scuffed it and the ball trickles wide.

TWEEET and they’re off as Real Madrid kick it off. Apparently Lennon is sick…poor lad!

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Love the champions league theme. Lots of kids being exchanged for this one. It was almost a year ago today that I was at the Bernabeu for the Madrid Classico….sigh

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For the first time ever, I think Jose might be scared!

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Line ups

Real XI:  Casillas – Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo – Xabi Alonso, Khedira – di Maria, Özil, C. Ronaldo – Adebayor

Tottenham XI: Gomes – Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto – Sandro, Modric – Lennon, Bale – van der Vaart – Crouch

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Sorry for the late start, but all is well covered in the preview below

Champion’s League Live: Tottenham vs. A.C. Milan

Will host a Bunga Bunga party if Milan go through. Expect Robinho and Pato to be the first ones there. Ronaldinho will be serving drinks.

Game over. Spurs through the quarters thanks to a Crouch’s first leg goal. Not the best game, but they won’t care in London.

TWEEET TWEEET TWEET.

91:00 – Robinho and Ibra have a nice one two, but Robinho’s shot is deflected over the bar. Corner comes to nothing.

90:00 – Sandro might be getting the plaudits, but the MOM for me is Dawson. He’s been everywhere and marshaled the Spurs defense very well.

88:00 – Gomes comes out and claims the ball well. Such an enigma the Brazilian keeper. Within minutes can go from awful to excellent.

86:00 - Sandro excellently plays keep away from three Milan players at the corner flag. Milan are becoming more predictable as the game comes on. Strasser comes on for Flamini.

83:00 - Pav comes on for Crouch. Shame, I thought the bean pole was having a good game.

81:00 - He might be slow, but Dawson is having an excellent game.

80:00 – If Spurs go through will Merkel come to Berlusconi’s Bunga Bunga party? Shuddering over here.

79:00 – Spurs are conceding the ball  like their North London rivals as they gift the ball to Milan. Difference is Spurs are also attacking when they get a the chance.

77:00 - The duck unleashes a shot that the German Chancellors son feeds him, but it hits the side netting. Close one that!

76:00 – Did Angela Merkel’s son just come on the pitch for Milan?

75:00 - Anybody else want this to go to penalties? I haven’t seen a good shoot out in awhile!

69:00 – The speedy little fellas work the ball nicely in the Milan half, but they eventually get out muscled. Kudos for Spurs for going all out and attacking. I guess if the ball is in the Milan half, Gomes isn’t near it. Good strategy!

66:00 – Gomes makes a fine save from a Robinho shot that ends up bundling around the box. Eventually all is cleared

64:00 – Pato gets a yellow for encroachment. Stupid that and Van der Vaart gets another chance to found Crouchino’s head. He fails.

61:00 - Ibra blocks a goal bound shot on his chest that renders him offside. He then chants and prays to some form of deity for his stupidity. He also asks for the ability perform during the weekdays and not only on the weekends.

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Champion’s League: AC Milan vs. Tottenham Going Live

Can the drama of Tuesday’s Barca-fest be captured here on Wednesday.

First, in what today can be considered a junior competition, Everton faces of with Birmingham in the Barclays Premiership. Birmingham is steaming having dropped only one game since they got thrashed by Manchester United, 5-0, back in late January.

A tough challenge here at Goodison for the Toffees as captain Phil Neville is out, as are central middies Tim Cahill and Fellaini (out for the rest of the campaign). Jack Rodwell will need to step and play big for Tim Howard’s friends to hold serve at home.

Champion’s League:

In the undercard–as we sit–it’s Schalke vs. Valencia in Bavaria. Unfortunately, the story here is still the cliched Raul vs. the Spanish as the graying forward has been putting it together for the up-and-down Schalke side.

Meanwhile, Valencia has been rocketing through La Liga play with a recent 1-0 loss to Barca the only blemish on their record over the last three weeks.

With Schalke tenuously clinging to a slight away goal advantage in a 1-1 draw a few weeks ago in Spain, and Valencia welcoming back both David Albelda and Joaquin, the Germans are going to have to muster every bit of collective pride to take down Valencia even though they’re home.

Do they care to not see their coach Felix McGrath in the papers for the wrong reason Thursday?

And the marquee match-up: Milan vs. Tottenham.

Oh what festivities await. Easy to argue that both Gareth Bale and Spurs have been better–and perhaps the most entertaining team not from Catalan–in the Champion’s League.

A slug-it-out, drag-it-down affair last time, saw Mathieu Flamini two-foot Vedran Corluka putting him out of commission for a short lunar cycle (and draw the ire of The Shin Guardian).

An odd strategy by Milan, trying to make it an ugly match at home, and it didn’t work as the San Siro saw Spurs leave as victors. Since then, the Rossoneri have been surging and they’ll need to fire on the road to move on.

Lennon is the walrus...

As for the Londoners, they’ll likely continue with the same game plan albeit with different pieces. Last time out, Tottenham played through Aaron Lennon who, like a boxer repeatedly shooting jabs at the side of his opponent, continually flummoxed of Luca Antonini on the Spurs’ right flank. Lennon’s play pushed Milan back and ultimately decided the game.

This time, the Spurs add visionary Rafael Van Der Vaart to the attack and, if Bale’s back healthy, you have to like the home sides chances of spreading the field even further and finding their way through, despite a sub-standard striking ability. (Yes, Jermain Defoe had two goals against Wolverhampton this past weekend, but he missed a few sitters that could have earned the victory away.)

It will be interesting to see how Milan counter in the absence of Gennaro Guttuso, suspended quite frankly for being an idiot, and needing to attack. You’ll likely see Pato introduced as he and Robinho try to catch the Spurs on a counter when they give up possession on the flanks.

The one to watch, even though TSG expects Spurs to prevail.

By the way, Spurs fans, why isn’t Roman Pavlyuchenko either a star or more favored by Harry Rednapp? He’s got the game “just missed” complex, as the rest of the Spurs’ strikers, but his first touch to open up his shooting foot might be the best, or near the best, in the Premiership.

Barcelona Vs Arsenal – Second leg

Fabregas's audition to play for Barcelona is not going all that well.

TWEEET TWEET TWEET. Barcelona go through. Barcelona were amazing but the referee was even better. All told the Blau Grana deserved to win, but the referee denied us fans an exciting second half with the RVP sending off. Shame.

92:00 - Barcelona are playing keep away as Arsenal desperately try to get the ball back.

90:00 – Arsenal’s defense has been poor and amazing all at the same time. They have given up so many bad passes and gotten beaten so easily, but have done what it takes to stop the final ball. Game could very well have been 32-1.

87:00 – Arsenal get a break-away and Wilshire tee’s up Bendtner but the lumbering Dane’s touch is poor and Valdes claims it. A better striker would have scored. Little Miss TSG would have scored.

86:00 - Wow. Barcelona waltz into Arsenal’s box and it was Dani Alves and Messi versus Almunia who is haplessly rooted to the spot and yet the Brazilian’s half pass, half shot goes wide. Not sure how they screwed that up.

85:00 - Messi charges down the middle again, surrounded by 5 players and lays the ball of for Afellay, but Almunia again makes himself big and blocks the shot.

83:00 – Afellay makes an immediate impact as he scampers onto a long ball, beats Djourou for pace but his side footed shot goes wide. Another speedy Dutch winger in the making.

82:00 – Villa comes of for Afellay.

78:00 - Arsenal reach for the bottom of the barrel and send on Bendtner. Meanwhile Messi has a shot, but it is well saved by Almunia who has been Arsenal’s best player.

76:00 - That said, Arsenal’s passing has been pretty shocking tonight, as they for the upteenth time pass the ball straight to a Barcelona player.

74:00 - Arshavin comes on for Rosicky who hasn’t down much. Barcelona are rampant and playing beautiful football, but the referee’s antics has made a huge impact on this game. RVP’s sending off had a huge impact as they no longer really became dangerous.

71:00 – Goal by Messi. Almunia is rooted as Messi sends it into the bottom corner. Barcelona 3 – Arsenal 1 – Referee 5

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Champion’s League: Arsenal v. Barca Going Live

Up to the minute live commentary on TSG by the man who did EVERY World Cup game

Champion’s League back in full effect today.

The clear undercard? That would be Shahktar Donetsk vs. AS Roma. A clash of styles more than anything else. Roma lost serve at home, 3-2, and now heads to Donbass Arena where Shahktar has not lost since the building opened in 2009. Quite a feat for the Tottis to overcome.

Clash of the titans....

The marquee match-up, or at least the one that always has the Euro press drooling? That’s of course the battle of the so-called “beautiful game” as possession-oriented squads Arsenal and Barcelona face-off.

The Nou campers went to the Emirates and poked and prodded till they got the lead in the first stanza a few weeks back, but after halftime it was all Arsenal as the home side fired back twice to take the leg on the back of some shoddy Barca defending.

Ahead of the clash today, confusion over just who is healthy. Jack Wilshere, who Pep Guardiola complimented, not insulted yesterday, should be in play after an ankle injury over the weekend against who else but Sunderland. For the visitors, they should have Robin Van Persie, but critical components Theo Walcott and Alexander Song (perhaps a bigger loss on the road) are out.

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