March 28th, 2012
Champions League Observations, Pt I: Is Less Ever More?
It’s quarter final time, and we have a few questions…
1. Why the hell haven’t we made good on our plans to speak to adidas about Chelsea’s shorts? Speculation is rife in the Kickette newsroom (ok, sofa, but it’s important we maintain a veneer of glamour) that the players are being issued specialist pants which propel their equipment forward for happier effect. We have christened the item the “Thrust Master”, but only because we actually spent a considerable amount of time thinking about it. We’d hate to offer credit where none is due though, so we’ll probably hit up our contacts for the goss. Soon.
2. Hypothetically speaking, if Chelsea won the Champions League after the AVB debacle, would you be pleased or peeved? It would certainly be perceived as a victory for player power, but one that might set a rather dangerous precedent, no?
You want to see more Ricardo, or less? Image: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.
1. Should Kaka move to a club where he’ll get more game time? He arguably bossed this fixture when he came off the bench last night, and no one disputes his talent, but is he being wasted in a side that have more midfield magic than we have impulse purchases stuffed in the back of our closets? There’s been a ton of talk about the Brazilian’s future in the press, but for us, visibility is paramount. Is less ever more?
2. What is more likely to happen than Apoel Nicosia turning this scoreline round at the Bernabeu and earning themselves a semi-final spot? Arsene Wenger seeing a penalty appeal from an opposition player? Jose Mourinho complimenting a ref on a great performance? Give us your take on this ‘when hell freezes over’ type prospect.
Image: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images.
Are you looking forward to tonight’s fixtures as much as Marseille’s Didier Deschamps and Mathieu Valbuena seem to be? We figure they’re just peeved because they’ll have to concentrate on their fixture vs. Bayern, rather than feasting their eyes on the football (and mayhem) we’re likely to see in AC Milan’s match against Barcelona.