A Much Needed Update

1 05 2007

It’s been a while since I updated but I’ve been busy with school and some real life issues that maybe I’ll get into later. But tonight I’m going to talk about football, or what I used to refer to as ‘soccer’.

Last week Chelsea and Liverpool faced off in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. As I predicted, Chelsea came out on top and only threw me into a deeper state of depression as Arsenal battled for an indifferent fourth place in the English Premiership and one of my most hated clubs soared to a surefire spot in the finals. Today, Liverpool crushed Jose Mourinho’s dreams and expectations as the Reds tied up the series at 1-1 and finished off Chelsea in penalty kicks, 4-1. Mourinho is still claiming Chelsea is the “better team”. Sadly, I have to agree with Jose but I find it amusing that Liverpool is on their way to Athens and Chelsea is headed back to the EPL to fall short of Manchester United if statistics prove to be true.

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Speaking of Manchester United, they faced off with AC Milan in the opposite end of the Champions League semi-finals and came out on top 3-2 at Old Trafford. As an Inter Milan supporter, and somewhat of a Man U fan, it was my natural tendency to pray for AC’s downfall and even with Kaka’s stellar performance, they fell short. Rooney ended the match in the 89th minute with a precision strike to the bottom right corner, beating Dida.

Tomorrow, Manchester United head to San Siro in search of their place in Athens. I’m going to have to go with my gut on this one and give the win to Manchester once again. They have played amazing this season and their goal scoring is unmatched. They embarassed Roma in a 7-1 defeat which just demonstrated the superiority of English football in today’s game. I think Rooney and Ronaldo, with their newly founded appreciation for one another, will lead the way for their side once again and finish with enough grace to send them in Liverpool’s direction.

As for the outcome of that match, I’ll report on it when the time comes.

In other news, Arsenal hosted Fulham FC at Emirates Stadium this past Sunday and although coming out on top 3-1, just squeaked by in the final minutes. Julio Baptista led off the Gunners in the early minutes of the game with a nicely placed header from a nice chip from Emanuel Adebayor. Baptista had the chance to finish the game multiple times after his first goal, but failed miserably. Many speculate he will be gone over the summer and his performance on Sunday has basically solidified that, despite his early goal. Jen Lehmann made an absolutely amature mistake around the 76th minute by charging the 18 yard box to punch out a loose ball, only dropping it at the feet of a Fulham winger to lob a shot over his head and into the back of the net. When I saw that goal I honestly thought Fulham would score again and Arsenal would blow yet another win. But, Cesc Fabregas made a nice through ball to Adebayor and the Togo striker maneuvered around one defender and bent a shot into the lower right putting Arsenal ahead yet again. Ade’s winner was then followed by Gilberto’s penalty kick right before the end of regular time.

This Sunday, Arsenal meets Chelsea. This game is definitely critical for the Blues, because they are still in search of the EPL title and I’m sure they will come out hard after their unexpected loss to Liverpool. It would be nice to see Arsenal take this from Chelsea and bring a nice clean finish to this season that was fairly disastrous for the Gunners.

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29 05 2007
Boy George

Oh wait. Yes, I have. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me right now to type it all out again. Besides, it was just ramblings anyway. You didn’t want to hear me go on and on about this, right?

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