Thursday, April 07, 2011
Barcelona trounced Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 (Jess pronounces this "SHACK-tard DOUGH-nuts" for some silly reason), with David Villa and Lionel Messi both being held off the score sheet. Basically, this leaves only 1 of the 2nd leggers next week with any meaning.
Dani Alves looked like he had $$ on the Shak for most of the game, before scoring Barca's 2nd goal on Andres Iniesta's beauty of a set-up. Prior to netting the goal on a lovely finish, he seemed insistent on setting up Shakhtar with a goal of their own. Then he scored and proceeded to celebrate like a dick. I've grown tired of Dani Alvez.
I love Iniesta, though. Easily the man of the match. Props to Seydou Keita as well, who got me (minus 2 goals) the GW.
So the Barcelona and Real Madrid trouncings (up 4-0 on Spurs) basically means there will be meaningless 2nd legs next week. That sucks. What we can look forward to, however, is 4 (FOUR!) El Classicos over a 2 week period. These two will meet twice in the Champions League Finals (April 26-27, May 3-4) for a chance to go to the CL Final. They will also meet on Sunday, April 17th in La Liga action (Barca +8 pts), and again 3 days later in the Copa del Ray Final. FCKYA! I'm sensing another treble!
The Man U / Chelsea match was much more competitive. And while I was rooting for a penalty call on Patrice Evra in the closing minutes for taking down Ramires in the box (this should have been the equalizer and won me my "draw" play), I find enjoyment in watching Chelsea lose. Fernando Torres has still yet to score in a blue shirt, and seeing the frustration grow is pretty awesome. Even more comical is watching him nose dive in the box, and then get yanked off the turf by Rio Ferdinand. Eff Torres.
And what the hell is Drogba getting subbed off for in lieu of Torres?! I'm not a big Drogba fan, but he was clearly more effective than Chelsea's #9. Anyway, nice away W for the Red Devils, who will have the clear advantage up 1-0 going back to Old Trafford. The Winner will have the luxury of playing Shalke 05, and avoiding either of the Spanish giants until the Final. I'm rooting for a Man U / Barcelona final, myself.
Oh...Chelsea apparently has some dude named Jerkoff on their squad. No joke.
Going out to my man Iniesta!!
Posted by gary at 11:21 AM