So after a much awaited night of footballing action, i have to say i am very disappointed. Disappointed because not only did Milan lose (which i was not expecting), but also because of other shocking results across the continent.
Before i get into the Chelsea game, i just want to give my 2 cents worth on the Milan v Barcelona tie. In my opinion this was arguably the biggest game of the season so far and though it did not fail to excite, it also did not live up to its billings.
Whether Barcelona are lucky or not is not the question -although it should be, however, the Catalans came in, got the job done and collected all the points on offer.
At the end of the day, results are what matter. However, the match also revealed just how tenacious Milan are. For a team that has an average age of 29 years, the Rossonerri proved that their age was not a disadvantage.
The match to me was evenly placed with both sides creating a myriad of chances, however, the highlight of the game came in the 54th minute when Ghanaian international Kevin Prince-Boateng beautifully controlled the ball and flicking a clean pass that left Abidal going in the wrong direction before Shooting straight into to the bottom left side of the Valdez’s goal post.
The goal was a beauty and is a definite on the short list for the goal of the season. Though both teams had already qualified, the match was to decide who finished top of the Group.
Of course much emphasis is placed on the top spot as the club that finishes top is normally seeded with a ‘easier’ opponent in the next round. With Barca securing the tops spot Milan will be playing for pride in their last group match against Viktoria Plzen away.
Moving onto to the other shocking result of the night, Chelsea were once again losers after throwing away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen. Drogba put the visistors ahead before the hosts equalised on the 73rd minute.
The game was heading for a draw until an injury time winners for Manuel Friedrich sealed Chelsea’s fate. Another terrible result has increased speculation that coach Villas-Boas tenure with the Blues won’t last long. Reports are now emerging that French striker Nicholas Anelka is thinking about quitting the club.
I have to admit, the last couple of weeks have been bad for Chelsea and only time will tell how much longer Ambramovich’s patience can last.
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