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All Things Footie | Wednesday, March 9 | Jordan


When you spend a fortnight bigging yourself and your team-mates up, deriding the opposition and then get tonked 4-2 despite dominating posession, you’re going to be a little sour, but that’s no excuse for the pathetic tantrum throwing we saw from Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o. We’ve all been there, throwing pizza, getting wound up, and it’s funny to a point. I’m also fully behind the maxim: show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser, but when you start making allegations of racist remarks to try and deflect attention from the shocking state of racial understanding in the country you ply your trade in, as well as try and get one back on your conquerors, that it gets serious.

Frankly, I found it all rather funny. After giving Chelsea some serious stick over the last ten days or so, the World Player of the Year (on the EA Sports’ FIFA games anyway) and Samuel Eto’o must have felt like utter prats at the final whistle yesterday. Particularly little Ronaldo, who despite nearly missing a penalty and scoring a beautiful goal, was utterly anonymous for the other 89 minutes and 30 seconds of the game. The reason he didn’t deserve the World Player of the Year award is not because he’s not a mecurial, footballing magician; it’s because he only does it in ten second spells every three games. The likes of Thierry Henry and Shevchenko have all the tricks and score wonderful goals—like Ronaldinho—but they also score hatfulls every season, set up bucketloads (in Henry’s case anyway) and contribute something to the team whether they’re having a good game or not. Baby Ronaldo doesn’t have that, and he didn’t turn up last night either.

Aside from the unpleasantness, it really was a wonderful game to watch. Perhaps the most exciting European game I’ve ever seen; but I was thankful at the time that I’m not a Chelsea fan. For all the talk of their defence, the English side were caught napping on more than six occasions last night, and only Barcelona’s ineffectiveness in front of goal saved the Blues. Coupled with Barcelona’s even more inept defending, Chelsea’s usually wasteful forwards were super-clinical; with Duff stealing the show slotting away beautifully following a glorious ball from Joe COle (or was it Frank Lampard…). Everyone raved about Kezman’s ball for Gudjonsen’s goal, but I didn’t think much of it; it was only an inexcusably square defence and some cool footwork and finishing from the Icelander that made that goal happen.

Best buy of the summer tranfer window—Robert Huth. He should be a regular at a top club, and it’s only the best defender and captain in England and one of the best ball-playing centre halves in Europe that’s keeping him out at the moment, and even then it’s a tough choice for Mourinho. Contract expires this summer and he’s leaving. Wenger, Ferguson, buy buy buy.

Talking of Ferguson, he was right to say he had no complaints over losing to AC Milan last night. It was a class team against a side in transition, and Milan toyed with United tactically and man-for-man. Crespo’s header was absolutely fantastic, and Kaká is a phenomenal talent, surely the result of a genetic experiemtnt involving Zico, Falcao and Rivaldo, and the most two-footed player in the World.

So what of tonight’s games. I actually fancy Leverkusen to surprise Livepool and snatch a couple of goals, just to make it interesting. Like Mr Chelsea did last night, I expect Mr Liverpool to grab a late goal to make it 2-1 to Leverkusen and push Liverpool through. The other game is even more fascinating; I said before the last one that I don’t rate Bayern, and I still don’t. They’re a poor side, whose only asset is organisation, but who are open to being spanked if the opposition are in the mood. The problem two weeks ago is that Arsenal were so poor and disorganised that they made Munich look good—I fully expect Arsenal to be in the mood tonight, and I fully expect Munich to get a spanking, whether Arsenal can hold out the Germans will mean the difference between an early exit and swift progress. Eith way, I expect it to be a thriller, with a gung-ho approach from the Gunners, and I’m cautiously looking forward to it.

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