Saturday, May 22, 2010

day of the final

With the first half currently coming to a close, the score stands at 1-0 adv. Inter. Inter although not having the edge in time of possession has been the more attack oriented side. Bayern has been moving the ball around the back and not looking dangerous besides a couple of half chances that in the end didn't amount to anything. There was about a 10 minute period where Bayern's discipline went out the window and allowed Milito and schneider to play a simple 1-2 which unraveled Bayern's defense for the first goal, and soon after Inter nearly put in another one due to Bayern's slack defense. Bayern's chances in the second half will rest firmly on Arjen Robben who in a couple of instances created some offense but will need to create a piece of magic to beat the stern Inter back line...

Inter are the new kings of Europe... With Bayern playing a much more attacking style in the second half, they where still unable to net any goals and all it took was another counter-attack goal from Diego Milito to seal the deal for the Milan club.

Well done Inter, now lets see where Jose Mourinho ends up next year will his Treble with the Italian giants convince him to stay or will the challenge of trying to get Real Madrid past Barcelona in Spain prove to be too much of a draw?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Champions league final: prediction

With Bayern Munchen taking on Inter Milan tomorrow in the champions league final its time to make some predictions about the super bowl of European club football. This years final is similar to super bowl XLII when the Giants took on the 18-0 Patriots. Bayerns run to the final was highlighted by a win against Man United on away goals where united looked to be through before dropping down to 10 men and an Arjen Robben volley sent the Germans to the final. Inter had a much more impressive showing over the former European Champs, Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate. Inter has too much quality all over the field for Bayern to handle, Inter was able to put in 3 against Barca and there is no reason they wont be able to do the same against a weaker defense. Bayern has lost their best player in Franck Ribery, he will be irreplaceable and Bayern will miss his pace, attacking prowess, and presence on the wing. Its hard to see them cracking the Inter defense unless perhaps Robben can make an outstanding solo run or Schweinsteiger can score a wonder strike like we saw him do 4 years ago in the world cup against portugal. In the end however I can't see Bayern winning and even though we have seen bigger upsets its not happening tomorrow. 3-1 to Inter in a dominating performance.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Barcelona, almost perfect

Barcelona has already taken advantage of this summers transfer market by adding on of Spain's most consistent and prolific strikers in David Villa. The former Valencia man has not scored less then 15 goals in a season since 2001-2002 and hit his peak in the 2008-2009 season when he netted 28 in 33 appearances. The addition of Villa for 34m pounds makes the Barcelona front line the most formidable strike force in European football. It will be interesting to see how the catalan club will use all of there talent up front with the likes of Messi, Ibrahimovic, and Villa it might be too much? With Messi, who plays his best football out wide on the right and Ibrahimovic who plays as pure strike up through the middle of the field it might be hard to find a stop for Villa who is most comfortable occupying a similar position. Perhaps they could move Villa out wide to take up the vacancy left by Henry who will be moving to the MLS next season. I can't see Barca moving away from the 4-3-3 that has treated them so well over the past couple years, so i think that is same to say Villa will just fill the right wing vacancy. Another option would be to sell Ibrahimavic, leave Villa in the straight forward striker positions and rotate Barca's home grown talent in at right wing 19 year old Bojan Krkic and 22 year old Pedro Rodriguez. Pedro who has man Spain's final 23 roster for this years world cup has impressed over this past season and will be looking to get even more playing time next season. Speaking about Barca's home grown talent, Cesc Fabregas who was apart of Barca's youth system but left for arsenal will most likely be on his way back to Barca this summer. This would make Barca almost an entirely spanish side and on paper be possibly the best side ever formed. Already having formed the best front group in the world may be able to form the worlds best midfield with Farbregas's signature. It would be an all spanish midfield of Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc and not to mention Sergio Busquets coming off the bench. Xavi and Iniesta apart of the top five finalist for world player of the year but lost out to their own teammate, Lionel Messi. Turning to the defense now, Barca's and Spanish captain Carlos Puyol is the rock in the back for the La Liga champs and right next to him is the other Spanish center back, Gerard Pique. This center back pairing is second to none and with Dani Alves as possibly the worlds best wing back it would be hard to make an argument against this immovable rock of a back line. This is without mentioning Eric Abidal, the French international and Yaya Toure the ivory coast international who usually plays a center defensive mid role but can just as easily drop back to fill any defensive roll. This team with the addition of Villa and probable addition of Fabregas before the summer is over may end up being the best club side ever formed.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

First post.

This is my first blog post... This blog is going to be focusing mainly on football related stories. It may become evident that I am not the best writer, but that is partly a why I decided to start writing this blog so that I can improve my writing. Why not spend a summer writing about football? With the World Cup only days away and the summer transfer window already open there are going to be tons of stories to write about. I'll be writing about about anything and everything football that I deem worthy. Teams, players, coaching and whatever else. I will probably favor writing about the English premier league but will also be writing about the international game and all other European leagues, even the lower leagues and occasionally the north and south American leagues. I really don't know where this blog is going to go... it might end after a week or month or I might keep it going if I find it interesting enough but we will see... hope you enjoy.