April 18th, 2012

Champions League Observations, Pt I: A Frustrating Night For Footwear

Mario Gomez curses the deceptively flat bit of grass that caused him to miss an open goal. Luckily for Bayern, he made up for it later. Image: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images.

Last night, Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor performance vs. Bayern Munich was blamed on thieves who stole three pairs of his boots from the dressing room at the Allianz Arena prior to kick-off. Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema also lost items in the heist but seemed less affected, seeking solace in each others arms when the trauma became to much to bear.

Ever the lone wolf, we can’t help but feel that if Cristiano was more familiar with the Kickette Code of Conduct, which basically requires an individual to habitually leave expensive footwear on public transport and in dumpsters on a night out, he would have coped with the situation more effectively.

Mario Gomez’ late, late winner last night gave Bayern the advantage, but can they possibly hang on at the Bernabeu? Real Madrid have scored sixty-three goals at home so far this season, while Bayern have only scored twenty-two away.

Which overwhelming force will win out? Mou’s bad temper or Bayern’s desire to play in a final in front of their own fans?


Tonight’s Game

Are you worried about how Chelsea are going to stop Barcelona? Not as worried as Frank. Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

According to Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, two perfect legs will be required to beat Messi and co. These should do the trick.

Anyone dare to predict the outcome of these two gigantic fixtures? Shyness isn’t something we’ve come to expect from you lot.

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25 Responses to “Champions League Observations, Pt I: A Frustrating Night For Footwear”

  1. Agnes Wonka says:

    I feel so bad for RM!

  2. Jennie says:

    Yess my Bayern boys! I think 2012 is the year for Germany. Hopefully Bayern could get the Champions league title and German NT for Euro cup 2012.

  3. KL7 says:

    Hats off to Bayern they played well. However, RM didn't really put out too much effort. I don't know if they were conserving for el classico but after they equalized they seemed to stop playing. Dropped back to much and played too defensive. How ridiculous is the theft though. Nobody seriously blamed the result on that, but I do think it's shitty that there are cameras in the dressing room (God, wouldn't we like to hack into that circuit!!) but BM wouldn't give any answers as to what happened. Not very sportsmanlike. Hopefully the whites can turn it around at home next week. Hala Madrid.

  4. embla says:

    Oh, the Photoshop magic one could conjure up with that picture of Nando… I'm thinking a headboard and Egyptian cotton. :)

  5. Loninha - Brasil says:

    And once again my husband did and saved Bayern Munich!

  6. Moxie says:

    Thank you for the pic of Fernando's legs. I'm having a bad day and that sight has cheered me up immensely.

  7. Nature says:

    Anxiously waiting for the Chelsea vs Barcelona game of course i support the blues with all my heart.
    I will be wearing my number 9 Fernando Torres Jersey with pride.
    Not gonna lie i'm very wary of Barcelona but i still secretly cheer on Cesc Febregas (Can't be helped he is mighty gorgeous).

  8. boston79 says:

    I wish I had Benzema to console me like that! ;)

  9. anna says:

    Marca seems to have exaggerated a little bit. Three pairs of boots (two belonging to Ronaldo and one to Özil) and two shirts were reported stolen, according to the police, nothing more. Sure, this still sucks, but I doubt either Ronaldo or Özil were cravely affected by it, it's not like these things can't be replaced. Apparently the theft was noticed at 5 pm, almost 4 hours before kick-off, so I don't think this can have had much of an effect on the team's performance… ;)

  10. Annika says:

    Last night Bayern outclassed Madrid and that's a fact. They dominated the match and deserved the win. I can say that I am proud of the boys, especially Alaba who handled Ronaldo very well. They proved that they are one of the best in Europe.

  11. Jenni says:

    I'm worried because I think Fatboy Frank looks nice in that picture. Am I broken?

  12. Sarah, Madrid says:

    How embarrassing bayern, smh!! Stealing boots really and jersey? Planning to host final…

    And " 90 minutes in bernabeu is soo long" as Juanito said! to many wrong things happened, but am an optimistic fan, winning and losing I just support my team!

  13. Kristina says:

    That Mario Gomez fella is mighty fine. Visca Barca!

  14. Thea says:

    Ahhhhh well- things I'll do to keep RM out of the CL final (ha ha! JOKE) Keep an eye out on ebay for the boots suckers!!!!

    • Kristina says:

      LOL! So that was you?! ;) Forget the "not-watering-the-pitch" trick, steal the shoes instead!

    • Mee says:

      you seem to be a Barca fan, oh the things I'll do to keep Chelsea winning LMFAO

  15. rafaela says:

    I love this photo of Frank!!!

  16. LizzyHS90 says:

    Getting your stuff stolen sucks.

  17. Doles says:

    Although many think it is unlikely for Chelsea to win, I still believe in the Blues.
    Also Chelsea is the only team that Lionel Messi played against the most without scoring (6 games, 0 Goals)!

  18. qqq says:

    Of course I'm worried. I want that finally someone would win against Barcelona. But I know that it's impossible, I already can say that Barcelona will win Champions League. And not even because they're the best (otherwise they would be the best in La liga too), but because they have some kind of mafia in that club, which does all the job. So, kickettes, let's prepare for penalties and the lost of Chelsea. :)

    • Annette says:

      really? welll Chelsea whooped some ass today.
      IK Barcelona fans are gonna be all like "we dominated the match…we were unlucky…the ref hated us…the pitch was horrible…blah blah blah" but Chelsea was the better team at the end of the day and I bet they'll win, Barca's time is over, it's other teams' turn now, the team and the fans are getting FAR to cocky…