The Blues settled for a 1-1 draw in Valencia after taking the lead early in the second half thanks to a Frank Lampard goal. Ironically, Lampard who had been seeing a lot of the bench in recent matches turned saviour when he slotted home Florent Malouda’s cross to break the deadlock with close to an hour played.
In other matches, it was business as usual for the defending champions Barcelona who scored 5 past a hapless BATE Borisov. Incidentally, the two goals scored by Lionel Messi took his official goal tally for the club to an amazing 194 in all competitions to equal Barcelona’s second all time goal scorer Ladislao Kubala.
If you consider that Messi is only 24, then you start to realise the magnitude of his achievements. Messi only needs 41 goals to equal top scorer Cesar Rodriguez’s tally of 235 goals. With the season only just having started, it will amazing to see how Messi goes after another record.
Meanwhile, in the other Group H fixture, Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return with a stellar performance that saw the Milan beat Viktoria Plzen 2-0 to keep their 100% record in the competition.
Apparently that win has sent the motivation levels in the team camp soaring high with players like Seedorf and Antonini believing that the club can go all the way to the final.
That could be true, however , a keen look at the opposition should reveal to them that it would not be an easy task. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea are all top contenders.
The match also saw Milan’s new Nigerian signing Taye Taiwo play for the first after an injury kept him out o Milan’s past 5 games. Milan will be boosted by their confidence as they travel to Turin on Sunday to face league leaders Juventus.
The match should be fire cracker as both teams renew their rivalry for the Italian Scudetto. Matters will only be made worse for Milan as they will come face to face with their former star player Andrea Pirlo who was sold to the Turin outfit under very unclear circumstances.
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