Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Football matters - UCL semi finals 2014 and a possible Madrid derby in the finals

Football is a live again tonight with the second night of UEFA Champions League 2nd semi final match between European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Last night saw a boring game from the overcautious talkative Portuguese master of mind games Jose, the Special One, Maurinho of Chelsea against the lively live-wire Argentine tactician Diego Simione of Atletico Madrid.

Both UEFA semi final first game ties were hosted and played in the Spanish capital Madrid.

With Barcelona out of the competition having been dumped by fellow Spanish outfit Atletico, tonight's match pitting two of the Ballon dior finalist, CR7 or Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery, is much more livelier than last night dull encounter between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid which ended in a stalemate of no goals.

At half time in Madrid tonight, Bayern had a staggering 73 percent ball possession against 27 percent for the home team Real Madrid who won with a solitary goal scored in the first half through a superb counter attack with a tap in by French sensational striker Karim Benzema.

It is sad how cruel football is at times
. Bayern outclassed Real Madrid and were yet a goal down at first half and ended up loosing one nil.

Bayern is coached by former Barcelona player and coach Pep Gurdiola, who won the EUFA CL with Barcelona and Real is led by Italian master-tactician Carlo Ancheloti, the only man who has won the coveted European cup twice as a player and two times as coach of the Italian giants AC Milan.

In both halves, Real missed a host of chances with the culprits being CR7 and Argentine winger Angel Di Maria. Despite their huge ball possession, Bayern never threatened Spanish keeper Iker Cassias in goal for the Spanish giants, with his real save coming late in the 82 minute when he blocked a goal bound Mario Gotze point blank shot.

World's most expensive footballer Gareth Bale of Wales, who came in the second half to replace CR7, had several half chances with his closest raffling the side net after dashing clear from one of the many counter attack chances that came in Real's way.

After watching both ties, with all due respect to Chelsea and Atletico, there is no question the Bayern vs Real game fitted to have been the final match, which this year will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.

With a one goal advantage, Real has a good chance of going through should they hit a goal in Munich in the second match next week making it more interesting to watch the second leg.

In London, Chelsea will have to attack, and that is when Atletico Madrid might also have an opportunity and opening they seldon got at home on Tuesday, to get an away goal that will take them through.

I foresee a Madrid derby in the final in Lisbon, between Real and Atletico, which will add another rivalry to the tie as both Spanish teams would hate to loose to their local backyard noisy neighbours!

In England and the EPL, the chosen one in Manchester United become the chased one...Blame me for your woos...Haters