August 25th, 2011
Midweek Results: Drama & Delusion
If you neutrals need a reason to support Arsenal, here’s something you might want to take into consideration. When the Gunners win, this happens. Image: REUTERS/Giorgio Benvenuti, AP Photo/Daylife.
We are unable to bring you a full round-up of all the matches that have occurred this week, but we grabbed a few of pictures of naked footballers and wrote some vague stuff about a handful of the games anyway.
Oh, stop it, boys. Just because you’re scoring for funsies doesn’t mean you should mock former team mates who aren’t. Ahem. Image: Christopher Lee/Getty Images/Daylife.
With many top flight managers questioning the validity of the competition in today’s congested fixture schedule, it’s very difficult to apply the usual rules to the Carling Cup. Under normal circumstances, sides like Sunderland, Norwich City, QPR and Swansea City would be expected to cruise through ties against lower league opposition, but all were eliminated, with QPR boss Neil Warnock going so far as to state he was glad his side were out because ‘people don’t care about it’.
Sounds like Neil has got a touch of the ‘Mous’, no?
Joan Gamper Trophy
Seriously. Aren’t you guys getting bored lifting trophies yet? Image: Reuters/Daylife.
‘Downtime’ is not a concept that Pep Guardiola and his players are comfortable with. While the player strike in Spain remains unresolved, La Liga is suspended, but Barcelona haven’t allowed a small matter like that to halt their relentless quest for silverware. Having snatched the Spanish Super Cup from under the pretty noses of rivals Real Madrid last week, they thrashed Napoli 5-0 at the Nou Camp on Monday night to lift the Joan Gamper Trophy too.
New signing Cesc Fabregas will have been relieved to get off the mark with a cute strike into an open goal off Adriano’s through ball, but clearly the Catalans aren’t going to be short of firepower this season, with two from Leo Messi and one each from with Pedro and Seydou Keita. Napoli’s Edinson Cavani looked to be in the kind of form that might see him surpass last season’s twenty-six goals in Serie A, although his stunning overhead kick was ruled offside.
Barca play Porto in the European Super Cup on Friday. We won’t be betting against them.
Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu
It might be bigger, Iker and Sergio, but it won’t be if you drop it under a bus. Image: Angel Martinez/Getty Images/Daylife.
But then, are Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid the type of boys to sit and watch their rivals clean up? No, they aren’t. So they ruddy well went out and won their own trophy. Which was much, much bigger than the Joan Gamper one.
Dodgy symbolism and inferences of personal inadequacy aside, Los Blancos came from back from a goal down to beat Galatasaray 2-1 in the game which saw Kaka terrorise the opposition defence and Karim Benzema score the winner just after the break. The Ramos™ also got on the score sheet, which was presumably why he was allowed to hold the trophy.
Right back at’cha, Pep!
Thoughts? Concerns? Observations on the quality of the abs in our photo selections? The floor is yours, Kickettes. Please don’t slip on the spilt mojito.