August 18th, 2011
Midweek Results: The Ego Expanded
Mou contemplates the reality of losing a ‘tiny little trophy’. Images: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.
Right, people. A little cautionary note. We know you’re all foaming at the mouth and twitchy of the fingers after last night’s er… match, which we are thrilled about. We love it when you take part, and your comments form a huge n’ hoppin’ part of our site.
But. We will be watching you like remarkably well-dressed hawks. Play nicely, or find yourself in a virtual headlock courtesy of our comments moderator. She hasn’t been fed for three days in anticipation of this event and is quite frankly ready to ban if you so much as think about being rude to someone cuz you don’t support their club.
Spanish Super Cup
Yeah, this is kind of how we feel about it too, Sergio. Images: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images/Daylife.
Would you believe us if we said that last night’s SuperCopa second leg fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid passed peacefully? That Jose Mourinho remained impassive in his seat at all times, watched his team perform well but lose a thrilling five goal match late on before shaking hands with his opposite number and quietly leaving the field?
No. You wouldn’t. Whether you’d be horribly disappointed or not is another matter.
All we know is that somewhere in all this crap, a pretty good football match took place last night between two teams who boast (most of the) finest players on the planet. Today, few are talking about Cesc Fabregas’ first competitive appearance in a Barca shirt, his pass that led to the winning goal or his first trophy since 2005, Leo Messi’s pinpoint pass to Iniesta that led to the opening goal or Crispy’s 100th for Real Madrid.
Most, including the players, are trying to figure out whether The Special One’s ego has inflated over the summer by such dramatic and narcissistic proportions that it is overshadowing everything else. That his antics, which this time included an attempted eye gouge on Barca assistant Tito Vilanova, what appeared to be a kissy face when the dude reacted and his petulant post-match statement that the SuperCopa ‘is a tiny little title’.
It might be highly entertaining, but we too are not entirely sure whether it has anything to do with football anymore. And if nothing else, Real Madrid’s players deserve better than that.
Champions League Qualifiers
Oh Aaron. You so purrrrty. Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Happily, the Champions League qualifiers that took place over the previous two nights have been much more sedate affairs. Admittedly it frightens the hell out of us that the CL Final is scheduled to take place in Germany on May 19th 2012, and we’re already reporting on games, but sights like that above will help us through, we’re certain.
On Tuesday, Arsenal beat Udinese 1-0 in the first leg of their fixture, courtesy of a fourth minute Theo Walcott goal. It wasn’t a hugely convincing performance, particularly since it hinged on the hard work of ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny, but the Gunners take a lead to the Stadio Friuli, which we figure is marginally better than a kick in the teeth.
On Wednesday, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben scored one each to give Bayern Munich a 2-0 first leg lead over FC Zurich. They might have had many more though, and it is reported than some Bayern fans voiced their displeasure at the number of shots that didn’t make the grade, both during and after the game. It just shows, doesn’t it?
Elsewhere, Lyon beat Rubin Kazan 3-1, FC Twente drew 2-2 with Benfica, Dinamo Zagreb gave themseves the best qualifying chance possible by beating Malmo 4-1 and Villarreal suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Danish side Odense BK.
Only nine months and one day to go, Kickettes! Are you excited yet?