Champ’s League: Robben Silences

They are in stoppage time at Old Trafford and it looks like ex-Chelsea Man Arjen Robben has spoken last in this one. 3-2 Manchester United which puts Munich through on away goal count.

Robben puts Sir Alex to the sword...

Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich

Update: Rooney starts…

Update: Rumors that Rooney will start.

Rooney out of the starting line-up at least Wednesday for United and England, with the exception of the city of Manchester, collectively exhale and start playing Martin Tyler commercials again.

Will Robben and Ribery silence Old Trafford today?

I could just envision the conspiracy theorist’s headline for Thursday’s paper : “Manchester United squeak through..England claim foul as American Glazer demands Rooney’s presence and the star hobbles off.”

Can’t you just see that happening.


That said, Man United are in very real danger of losing their way at home to the barreling squad from Bayern.

What are we looking for in this one?

• United have a viable problem in this one. Should Robben play, the Red Devils are going to want to focus their offense through the interior pitch to avoid the tandem or Robben and Ribery on the wings.

One problem, Paul Scholes as look beyond his age in the middle for the home team. Can you rely on Fletcher and Carrick to manipulate the ball up the pitch? Would be to far afield to see Sir Alex name a player like Darron Gibson to shoulder the load in the middle and play the role that Scholes can’t command right now?

Bordeaux vs. Lyon

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20 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by KL on 2010/04/07 at 10:56 AM

    Wow. If he plays, I’m even more scared of him now than when he was not injured.

    Does anyone feel like Wayne Rooney doesn’t want to get one-uped by Charlie Davies? I think we’ll all agree he already has, but imagine if he were to sit out more than need be with an ankle injury.


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/07 at 11:00 AM

    Too funny KL.

    That whole Glazer thing might come to fruition now. :>

    You know what the real fallout here is…

    Man United sold Ronaldo for what $85M (I forgot the amount). They didn’t reinvest it in the team..Valencia was $10-15M I believe…

    Now that we are so reliant on one individul.

    Chelsea have Anelka, Drogba, Malouda (now), Lampard
    Arsenal have Van Persie, Arshavin, Cesc, even Nasri (and maybe Walcott)
    Man United have Rooney….and….and…Nani? Valencia?


  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 11:11 AM

    I am not sure if this is some sort of conspiracy to bait me, “but” I am going to chime in anyway!

    Sir Alex rules team selection at United. Nobody will ever put pressure on him to put certain players in a competitive fixture. Maybe the State-side Mickey Mouse pre-season games, but not a CL QF game. Hell no!


  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/07 at 11:13 AM

    Tongue in cheek George — I think Sir Alex got his line-up right tonight (minus Rooney I would have rather seen Macheda, Diouf starting)

    Nani needs to be a player tonight as does Valencia…especially.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 11:34 AM

      That’s OK Matthew. We all know that presently, the closest an American gets to the CL (QF) is owning a club… zing!!


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/07 at 11:37 AM

        ….of Clint Dempsey upon his transfer to Chelsea to replace Joe Cole next season…you know….


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 11:41 AM

          You cannot move to Chelsea after Fulham – especially after all the badge kissing he does. That’s just not right that…


          • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/07 at 11:43 AM

            Fair enough…I had to use Chelsea because if he heads to Liverpool he’s back where he started. :>


        • Posted by Bob on 2010/04/07 at 1:39 PM

          Just heard that Demsey is hurt again. Anyone know how bad? Edu also took a rough hit tonight but supposedly got up ok and played the rest of the game.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 1:48 PM

          Bob – I heard it was a thigh strain, so he might miss a game or two…


  5. Posted by KL on 2010/04/07 at 11:34 AM

    Oh my goodness. He is a freaking machine. I’m not going to lie if something happens to Roon this game that could very well have a lasting impact on SAFs credibility and decision making prowess. We could be witnessing a very historic moment.

    please note the sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek mentality of this post.


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 11:53 AM

    And I was worried about the EPL’s CL co-efficient…


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 1:25 PM

      I think I might have spoke too soon. Egg facial here we come…


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/07 at 1:28 PM

        Don’t worry — I don’t really consider Manchester United (and others) an English team–what do they have in their typical starting line-up 2, maybe 3 from England?


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 1:37 PM

          To me they will be English – remember, I have been watching football since 1980 and have seen the change / globalisation over the years. You don’t just turn off your patriotism like a switch. But to be fair, the same can be said of many of the top teams in the world – not representative of their ‘country of origin’; 80s was Italy, 90s was Spain… (but I concede not to the extent of England’s foreign invasion).


  7. Posted by KL on 2010/04/07 at 12:43 PM

    That first half was sick! Absolutely hate Manchester United, but I have to give SAF some props… Nani and Gibson were great decisions.

    You can definitely see the difference with Man U with/without Rooney.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 1:20 PM

      I hate Man. United too – but I will always go for an English team over a foreign team. Always.


  8. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 1:47 PM

    No English team in the CL SF since 2003 I think. Mr. Capello will be happy…

    Bayern Munich v Lyon
    Barcelona v Inter

    I feel a little sorry for Bordeaux after Lyon were awarded a sham of a penalty last week.


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