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.

Carling Cup

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’.

Well Neil, some people apparently do. Namely Aston Villa, West Brom, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United who were among the sides to win their fixtures and get through to the next round.

Sounds like Neil has got a touch of the ‘Mous’, no?

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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.

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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.

Ahem.

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!

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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.

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22 Responses to “Midweek Results: Drama & Delusion”

  1. Kristina says:

    Visca Barca! And Arsenal!

  2. Tee says:

    anyone else think that trophy looks a little… melted?

  3. sahil says:

    sagna has a weird hairstyle..

  4. Jen says:

    I am so happy for my Reds!!! I know that the carling cup isn't the most sought after piece of silverware, but it's still silverware!!

  5. keziah says:

    Um kickette you do realise that one line from the goal.com article "Madrid then took over the initiative and Kaka in particular caused the Turks' defence all kinds of trouble" from which you determined that Kaka "terrorised the opposition defence" is backed up by a player rating for Kaka of 5.5… the lowest on the RM team. Come on girls, I know the real football reporting isn't your thing but drain the martini glass and read to the bottom of the page!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      with all due respect to goal.com, BUT they dont always give correct rating to players! If they gave kaka 5.5 means nothing in my opinion, ( although Kaka was not the best either).

  6. camille says:

    sergio ramos is so cute it hurts
    and thats coming from a Barca fan lol
    congrats to the both of them for gettin silverware

  7. Agnes Wonka says:

    well done Arsenal :)
    great RM!!! XD

  8. Alyssa says:

    Iker looks like he doesn't trust Sergio to hold the trophy by himself haha. Sergio accepted it though because he was the captain during the match since Iker didn't come off the bench at all.

  9. xoWinnie says:

    bitches went crazy over Sergio on Tumblr!

    …yes, i was one of those bitches!
    man is hot fire! and now that his hair is back the way i like it…
    HOLD ME BACK!

  10. littlegreenpea says:

    congratulations to barca and arsenal!
    plus a subdued congratulations to iker for being so hot. I hate that you play for real madrid. but you're still hot ;)

  11. JA7 says:

    Arsenal made it into the champions league! I'm ecstatic :) This is just a big in your face to all those critics and negative people who have been bashing Arsenal recently. We're in the CL, where we belong!

  12. xbabyshakesx says:

    Go gunners! I am soo proud of you guys! we can win without those two! we just need some faith!!!! COYG!!!!!

  13. Leya_S says:

    ARSENALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!
    That is all.

  14. barca .<3 says:

    Barca.<3

  15. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Love the support for Jose in bernabeu! Yes, we are still supporting him!
    Ramos brings tears to my eyes proud moment, he held the trophy and went down the stairs holding it, bernabeu trophy is nothing compared to CDR! Ramos is hot, Alonso is boss, i will never get bored from these guys!
    Morata I love him! <3