Fuck you Jose and other thoughts on the game
1-1. A sensational goal from 'dinho in the seventy eighth minute and a totally undeserved penalty by Frank Lampard in the ninty second after Gio made a good tackle and John Terry fell over himself. Barcelona were by far the better team this evening. Ronaldinho was outstanding, Edmilson and Motta completely dominated the midfield (Lampard was a non-entity, as was Joe Cole, who, one good cross that Crespo really ought to have scored from aside, did nothing at all. Robben and Duffer were poor too). Victor Valdes didn't have a save of note to make at any stage in the game. Useless twenty four million pound donkey Didier Drogba fell about a bit, committed a few fouls and was caught offside 1nce or twice. And he had the nerve to be upset at being substituted.
The scoreline really fails to convey how much better FCB were than the loadsamoneys from the Kings Road. There was no urgency, no verve, nothing. I'm off home now but more on the game tomorrow. The only negative was Puyols booking that rules him out of the first leg of the quarters. G'night and Forca Barça!
Actually Carles booking wasn't the only negative last night. Messi came off after twenty five minutes and he's out for a month with a muscle tear which will see him miss the quarter finals. With Giuly back to full fitness Barça ought be able to cope with his absence. Their next four matches are against Osasuna, Sociedad, Getafe and Malaga. Osasuna aside, who aren't as good as their fourth place suggests, the others are absolutely rubbish and FCB ought have no trouble beating them. Hopefully young Leo will be back for el gran classico at the beginning of April.