March 28th, 2012

Champions League Observations, Pt I: Is Less Ever More?

It’s quarter final time, and we have a few questions…

Benfica 0-1 Chelsea

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?

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Apoel Nicosia 0-3 Real Madrid

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.

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Wednesday Fixtures

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.

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21 Responses to “Champions League Observations, Pt I: Is Less Ever More?”

  1. Julia says:

    Yesterday I saw a short clip of Cassilas touching a little boy's cheek after he had been peelking in his nose. It was just before the game and it was a kind of nasty.

  2. April says:

    Kickette! How quickly you forget your own wonderful posts: http://www.kickette.com/fernando-torres-wishing-y…

    It ain't just the Chelsea shorts… though they are both Adidas. However, I'm thinking that this is just the clothing providing a good fit to show off the model. ; )

    • April says:

      Further evidence… Sure, he's probably like 15 in this picture and I feel kind of wrong for knowing it exists… but I think that it could prove helpful in this discussion in showing that maybe this was a pre-existing condition that has just really flared up over time. http://www.undiesboyssoccer.blogspot.com/2011/08/…

      Clearly I have not thought about this at all.

    • Michael_D says:

      Its the adidas shorts in general…our Sunday league team just received our new adidas kits and when I tried on my shorts, my first thought, sadly, was Kickette. Let's just say the whole "Thrust Master" idea is not all that far-fetched

  3. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I am so happy for Nuri, although game was really zzzzzz, he really impressed, I know Apoel weren't that great in the midfield, didn't impose pressure, but he needs minutes under his belt in order to get into form, really happy for him.

    As for Kaka, he is really sharing his time in the squad on weekend he played 90 minutes, explain why he didn't start as Ozil was suspended, I personally don't care who starts, who is subbed as long there is goals, assists, apparently RM players don't care either, especailly in the offensive line, really tbh specailly this seasons, what make RM such a strong team the depth of their squad that healthy competition among them that makes, players such Di Maria Ozil in top assists charts, benz PIPA Cristano pichcihi..etc.
    Kaka is playing enough, really!

  4. Jenni says:

    For a reason that I've forgotten, I recently asked my male friends whether it's more comfortable for blokes to wear boxers or Y-fronts when playing football. After sifting through a whole pile of dirty or irrelevant answers, I finally found out that football shorts have 'support' built into them, so the players are probably commando. I hope this sheds light on your Chelsea query, and gets your imagination going!

    • IrishBlue says:

      WHA?! That would be a bit risky no? That's definitely not true but I am happy to let my imagination think that just one little pull on the shorts would lead to the big reveal ha.

      • April says:

        I dunno, I have heard various responses of this nature. But I've also heard jokes made about the Chelsea shorts. And then I've also heard about their issued briefs- that apparently they all have to wear the same undies? I have noticed a couple of the guys rockin' the gray briefs there, including Nando, so he's not blowin' in the breeze exactly.

  5. littlegreenpea says:

    Real isn't going to lose at home. It's more likely that my beloved Ben & Jerry's will get freezer burn.

  6. IrishBlue says:

    So Di Matteo's 'risk?' paid off then. Delighted with the result and all in all the lads played well. Luiz had a great game. Torres too, although I can't see where his goals are going to come from at the moment.

    Things seem to be changing, whether it's the resilience of times gone by or just luck remains to be seen.

    Can't wait to go see the match next week!

  7. Loninha - Brasil says:

    Bayern de Munique 3 x 0 Olimpique de Marselle Vai Gomez !!

  8. Kristina says:

    José and the ref's… If he hasn't got anything bad to say about them he keeps quiet. It's kind of the reverse from what your parents taught you.

    It was a snoozefest yesterday. But Apoel really gave a good defensive performance without parking the bus. Of course RM won and now they can rest.

    David Luiz was so good yesterday! It will be a hard task for Benfica to come to London and try to beat Chelsea.

    Soon it's the clash of the Titans! I can't wait for the Milan – Barca game. It's gonna be a nail biter! I'm not sure at all that Barca will win, but as long as they score and Messi keeps injury free I'm glad.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      what apoel did is parking the bus!!! it was marcelo who came in worked on the left side, with kaka and width the apoel defense, apoel didnt have the intention to attack even, i respect them and i expected to do so afterall you are facing top scorers in europe.

  9. Kat says:

    As much as I love Kaka, I have to admit that he still isn't the player he once was. And while it's true that he's been in a good run of form lately, he hasn't been consistent enough in long stretches to deserve more playing time just yet. That said, I don't want him to leave Madrid. Apart from the fact that I can't take it if he breaks up his newly revived bromance with Cristiano, he partnership with Ozil makes for beautiful football, even if we don't get to see them as much as we'd like.

    If he continues with his current form, though, I doubt Madrid would let him go, unless a very, very good offer comes along.

    • Carvivlie says:

      Kaka will never be his Milan best consistently (injuries and age) but he is still better than most players out there on his worst day. Now that he is finally injury free and match fit he should be a regular starter. If Madrid can't give that to him then I have no problems seeing him move to a club that will–as long as its not an Italian team other than Milan. He is just too good to be a super sub.

    • Nate says:

      I agree with you I don't think RM are doing Kaka any kind of disservice. His injuries and his own form put him in the position he is in. And while now he has started being a little more consistent with his performances he should force himself into more playing time. That is how it should be. If he is not happy with working for it and being consistent then sure he should move on but why would he want to leave a team of hotties and bromance partners anyway?

  10. Doles says:

    I will be soo happy if Chelsea wins UCL this year regardless of AVB's departure and the reason behind it.
    I know old guards may have contributed to AVB's departure but I don't think they had been performing poorly to mess him up. If there is conflict in the dressing room, it can affect the game on the field. But I really don't think they did it on purpose.

    • con2e says:

      John Terry runs Chelsea. Don"t delude yourself. Unless there is a wholesale cleaning out of the "old guard" of players you can be first hand witness to Chelseas decline. They're already struggling to finish 5th in the Prem this year.!