September 16th, 2010
Champions League Results: Good For You?
Kickette reasons for watching group stages of Champions League #6.
Usually we lean towards a ‘multitasking’ approach to the Champions League group stages; the tendency towards exhibition football by the bigger clubs allowing us to freely surf for handbags whilst keeping half an eye on the games.
However, certain results and events this week have caused us to avert our eyes from the latest must-haves and in honour of this stupendous revelation, we’ve decided you deserve a little round-up. Aren’t we lovely?
Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Rangers at Old Trafford aside, the disappointing result for the English clubs on Tuesday was Spurs 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen. Leading 2-0 just before half time, Harry Redknapp’s men conceded once before the whistle and shortly after the second half began. To make matters worse, Rafa Benitez’ Inter Milan failed to beat FC Twente, so a win would have given Spurs a table-topping three points.
The Spanish clubs fared better; Barcelona putting their disappointing result against Hercules behind them with a comprehensive 5-1 win against Panathinaikos, while Valencia smacked four past Bursaspor. Lyon jointly top the Group B table with Benfica after a 1-0 win against Raul’s new side, Schalke 04.
Images: Reuters /daylife
A much more optimistic set of results for English clubs, with an imperious looking Arsenal firing an unanswered six past Braga at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas was unfortunate to miss out on a hat trick, but Marouane Chamakh and his buzzard cut, Andriy Arshavin and Carlos Vela all contributed, Vela with two. Chelsea finished 4-1 winners at MSK Zilina, Nicolas Anelka scoring two and celebrating with a handcuff gesture he later revealed to be aimed at the French NT.
In other results, AC Milan new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic (lead pic) scored two against Auxerre, putting his club joint top with Real Madrid, who also won 2-0 against Ajax. Roma’s miserable season continued with a 2-0 defeat away against last year’s finalists, Bayern Munich. We can only offer our condolences and hope Marco (left) accepts our offer to take his mind off things. Ahem.
Over-awed or bored with the opening round, Kickettes? Tell us…