Posts Tagged ‘Jose Mourinho’

Champion’s League Live: Spurs vs. Madrd

Update:

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes; Corluka Gallas Dawson Assou-Ekotto; Lennon Huddlestone Modric Bale; Van der Vaart; Pavlyuchenko

Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol; Alonso, Khedira; Ozil, Ronaldo, Marcelo; Adebayor.

Inter: Julio Cesar – Maicon, Lucio, Ranocchia, Nagatomo – Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Zanetti – Sneijder – Eto’o, Milito

Shalke 04: Neuer – Uchida, Höwedes, Metzelder, Sarpei – Papadopoulos, Matip – Baumjohann, Jurado – Raul, Edu

Update: Line-ups shortly

The near-angelic strains of the UEFA’s Champion’s League choir are an appropriate cacophony for today’s Champion’s League bouts.

Modric: The little man will need to be BIG today for any shot

Tottenham Hotspur with a galactic task to surmount against Real Madrid at home.

Likewise, surprising Schalke 04–under the stewardship of a new manager–looking pretty comfy in their home confines against Inter Milan.

Expect both Real Madrid and Schalke 04 to advance here. If you’re keen on an upset and fixated that one might occur, you’ll need to look to Germany. Inter Milan, under new management themselves this season, are the champions. There last stand came against Bundesliga heavyweights Munich. If any team has the moxie and firepower to surmount the task today, it would be King Wesley and his men.

Their task? Make a 5-2 home loss disappear against a team that has scored nine times in their last three home games. Yikes!

Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs’ fans hold on to a glimmer of hope that their side can produce today on the strength of a Champion’s League campaign that was going swell until they traveled to the Bernabeu.

Supreme defensive strategist Jose Mourinho won’t give the home side an easy go of it and with Real Madrid likely missing out on hardware in La Liga this year, Mourinho, Ronaldo and the clan need something to hang their hat on.

If your Spurs today, just attack. Be relentless. They flashed the ability in Madrid, but if they respect Madrid too much today and sit back it will be back to the league for them quickly…and a ho-hum of a match to watch.

Jose Mourinho, Special in Net?

Some good work from Guardian reporter Sid Lowe and the Football Weekly podcast. As I walked to work today, I listened to their podcast (I also listen to Extra Time Radio, AM Soccer Show, World Football Daily for podcasts).

Anyway, Lowe was live and heading to a scrimmage at Real Madrid’s “Field Four.”

It was the media members versus the Real Madrid officials and Lowe joked that Jose Mourinho would likely be in attendance.

Low–no pun–and behold upon lacing up his cleats, Lowe confirmed that there was a Special One in goal. None other than Jose Mourinho manning the nets.

Here was Lowe’s tweet after the affair. And here’s some video.

sidlowe Sid Lowe 

For those asking: Mourinho was good in goal, made a couple of blinding saves. Also, playing up front, dreadful dive to try to win pen

Video: Jose Mourinho on Sergio Canales

In light of the game by and commentary on Sergio Canales in tonight’s 3-2 Real Madrid victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, here’s some video of Jose Mourinho commenting on Sergio Canales Wednesday night at Candlestick in San Francisco.

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