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?
Are you worried about how Chelsea are going to stop Barcelona? Not as worried as Frank. Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
Anyone dare to predict the outcome of these two gigantic fixtures? Shyness isn’t something we’ve come to expect from you lot.