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Champions League – Inter Milan versus Spurs

The signing of the season. Whats not to like? Incredible football player and a lovely lovely wife! Yes i'm jealous.

93:00 – Bebe scores as Man United are up 3-0. Copenhagen are holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw late in Denmark. and PEEEEEP PEEEP PEEP. Game is over as Spurs are deserved 3-1 winners. Are there a better two players in England right now then Bale and Van de Vaart?

90:00 – Milito answers right back with a shot that swerves just wide.

89:00 – GOOOOOAAAAAAL PAV! but all Bale. Kaboul tackles the ball and Bale runs end to end, out paces everyone and sends in an easy cross to Russian who slots it home. Spurs 3 – Inter 1

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Champs League: Edu, Mata & Miller Time

Some quick previews, more a piece to post your thoughts.

It's go time again for Edu...

• Rangers Attempt to Carve Up Bursaspor

2:45 p.m. EDT – DirecTV

The Ibrox side did well on the road a few weeks ago against Fergie’s crew. Now Maurice Edu puts down his PlayStation paddle for a few hours and will take it to the Turkish side from Bursa.

The Rangers would be wise not to sleep on Bursapor who finished ahead of more notable clubs Fenerbache and Galatasary in their league last year.

Prediction: Kenny Miller, who’s in great form, has at least one goal for the home side, maybe two.

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• Spurs Hoping That In Hindsight They Knock Off Twente

2:45 p.m. EDT – FSP

Steve McLaren’s former crew–who’s having a rough go of it in the Eredivisie–travel to White Hart Lane to face a non-so-red-hot Redknapp squad.

Spurs, who are coming off a 1-0 loss to West Ham where their central midfield, especially Tom Huddlestone, got absolutely worked by TSG not-so-favorite Scott Parker.

For the visitors, keep an eye out for Swiss youngster Luuk De Jong. He’s already got five goals in seven competitions this year after primarily being a sub last year and notching 7 onion baggers in 20 matches. Thirteen of those matches though he played less than 45 minutes!

De Jong is sort of like a tall Pippo Inzaghi. He consistently tests and skirts the offsides line looking to pounce on lead passes, but he can also get it done in the skies.

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• Valencia Hope to Make Manchester United’s Spanish Sojourn An Absolute Nightmare.

2:45 p.m. EDT – FSP

Sir Alex Ferguson would be wise to go with his most veteran team in this game as the home side Valencia is flying right now.

The Spanish side has not lost in La Liga all year.

Their #10 is Juan Mata who’s recently been linked with moves to both Liverpool and Inter Milan. The 22-year-old Spaniard is an absolute wizard with the ball…one of those players that fits the cliché “he sees two passes ahead of everyone else.”

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• A Rafa Team Is On The Ropes Again. Is An Upset Bremen?

2:45 p.m. EDT – FSP

Inter Milan is stumbling and with AC Milan bringing in the firepower right before the window closed, there’s mucho pressure on the side that Jose Mourinho waltzed to a treble last year.

Milito’s out for the hosts, but Werder Breman have left some major pieces of their arsenal back to celebrate Oktoberfest (Pizarro, Frings and Fritz).

Milito though had some inspirational words (below) for his side.

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Elsewhere:

Rubin Kazan-Barcelona 12:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel

Spurs-Twente 2:45 p.m. FSP

Inter Milan-Werder Bremen 2:45 p.m.

Hapoel Tel Aviv-Lyon 2:45 p.m. DirecTV

Schalke-Benfica 2:45 p.m. DirecTV

Panathinaikos-Copenhagen 2:45 p.m. DirecTV

Champ’s League-ing Tuesday

Raise your hand if you love UEFA Champ’s League. Okay, who was the one guy in the back that prefers CONCACAF Champ’s League? Is that you Don Garber?

Good ones of course today:

• Will Ajax Scrub Milan Out at Home?

Oops! Wrong jersey. Is Zlatan the Johnny Damon of Serie A?

This should be the game that you’re going to want to pirate at work.

Ajax is flying in the Eredivisie with a league-leading 20 goals through seven games. They’ve only leaked one goal per game as well.

That said, Milan travels with a Robinho, Pato, Ronaldinho, Boateng and Ibra-with-a-chip-on-his-shoulder.

I’m sorry Grant Wahl, Ajax is going to struggle to get through this group.

• Frankly, the Blues should still win in a walk.

Lampard is out for Ancelotti’s men, Marseille bring Loic Remy, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Ghanian Andre Ayew to the Bridge. It’s still not enough.

• Will it be Merry Festivus for FC Basel?

Um, no.

Bayern Munich will come out with their guns blazing on the road at FC Basel after manager Louis Van Gaal gets a vote of confidence with a new contract and after being embarrassed by Mainz at home this Saturday.

Plus, FC Basel start Franco Costanzo between the pipes. My motto? Never trust a goalkeeper who pulls one of his defenders’ hair.

• Wenger’s going to need an Arsenal if his netminders continue to pull Homer Simpsons. Partizan Belgrade vs. Arsenal Wenger.

First, let me say I think Luis Fabianski is a decent keeper.

That said, I actually feel for Arsenal fans. Their goalkeeper situation is a like a port-o-potty at an underfunded state park: The longer the situation goes on, the more it fills up with sh*t. It stinks to high heaven and the area around it (the defense) starts to get trashed.

Enough already, bring in Lloris….watch Wenger transfer in Robert Green.

All I can tell you about Partizan Belgrade is that 14 out of 18 of their players’ last names end in “ic.”

They seem too one-dimensional to me; Emirates pulls this one out.

(Thank goodness for the unique Jonathan Wilson who actually has a viewpoint on Partizan.)

And more:

Spartak Moscow v MSK Zilina

Auxerre v Real Madrid

Braga v Shakhtar Donetsk

Roma v CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca

Wednesday Champs recap

The Gunners were rampant today

Goals galore in today’s matches without a bore draw amongst them.

Both English clubs in today’s competition had an easy time, though Chelsea’s score was a little flattering. 2 of their goals were clearly due to poor defending from the Slovak side and Cech was dodgy all night, but an emphatic away victory is a great way to start the campaign.

MSK Zilina did have moments of great attacking and fluid passing, and if they can shore up their defense, should be able to give Spartak Moscow and Marseille some difficulty. The other Group F game was a 1-0 win for Moscow.

Arsenal breezed through their game against Braga, running out as 6-0 winners with Vela and Fabregas picking up a brace each. Like Group F, the other game was also a 1-0 win with Shakhtar Donetsk coming out on top.

The other notable games today pitted Bayern against Roma and Real Madrid against Ajax.

Last years finalists started off the campaign well against the Italians with a well earned 2-0 win. Young and old scored as both Muller and Klose found the back of the net.

Mourinho too started off well as Real were 2-0 winners away from home. In honor of Matt’s favorite player and scorer of the second goal, please enjoy the montage of Gonzalo Higuain.

Finally, Ibra is starting to prove he can score in midweek, putting two past French outfit Auxerre in a 2-0 win for MEELAN.

TSG Does Champ’s Wednesday, Too

Lots of goals on Tuesday–except for, you know, United vs. Rangers.

Wednesday has some more big guns in action:

Hey, Milan didn't want me!

• Defending champs and Arjen Robben-less Munich face a fierce home battle versus Roma. Roma bring Milan reject loanee striker Marco Borriello and carry Julio Baptista on the bench.

Anyone else think Baptista was going to be the Charles Barkley of Serie A….I did. Not so much.

On another note, Roma got pummeled by Cagliari on Saturday with Robert Acquafresca scoring for the Checkers. I just get a kick out of the fact still that there is a soccer player named Acquafresca.

• Chelsea travel to Slovakia to face MŠK Žilina. A team I officially have never, ever seen play. Sorry folks.

• And the game you’re going to want to watch. No, not Arsenal-Braga, though that should be entertaining.

Mourinho vs. Jol. Ronaldo, Casillas vs. Stekelenburg, Suarez vs. Higuain….and then Real Madrid piles on with Ronaldo, Khedira, Ozil, Pedro, Di Maria.

Holy smokes Madrid is loaded. Seriously, Curt Onalfo could, should win with that crew.

The game is at the Bernabéu, so the team formerly known with Raul takes this.

Video: Champ’s League Tuesday

Some video round-up:

• Messi and Barca takes out their Herculean frustrations on Panathinaikos with a 4-1 win at Camp Nou. A slice of the beautiful game below.

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• Schalke continue to disappoint losing on the road to Lyon, 1-0. Michel Bastos goes Charlie Hustle for the lone goal.

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Champions League – Rangers versus Man United

Edu with an above average grade defensively, but needs to lead the counter more effectively

Edu played well defensively and though composed with the ball, I just feel he could have done more with it, and off it, with some more penetrating runs. All told, Rangers and Edu played well enough to earn a point.

TWEET TWEET TWEET. Game over. A well deserved point for Rangers. SAF’s face is at threat level red.

95:00 – Edu and Giggs collide on the edge of the box as Edu inadvertently handles the ball and Giggs’s balls twice. Ref correctly waves play on.

94:00 – All United as Rangers hang on desperately.

93:00 - By an hour I mean 6 minutes…which means 10 if the referee wants to leave Old Trafford with his testicles.

91:00 – About an hour of extra time has been added. Can Rangers hold on?

90:00 - Rangers counter dangerously, but United stand firm.

85:00 - Edu getting in the mix of things a bit more and has either woken up or been given the go-ahead to be more adventurous. Either way it makes Rangers more dangerous.

82:00 – Gibson with a swerving pile driver of a shot that goes just over. Edu game him some space and Gibson was inches from making the Scots pay.

81:00 – Miller off and Lafferty on for Rangers.

80:00 – Giggs with a delicious over the top ball to Fletcher, but it’s cleared out at the last second. Classy stuff from the Welshman.

79:00 - Rangers keeping United on their toes, but the game is entering the time period when defensive teams tend to make mistakes.

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