Friday, April 13, 2007

You Know You Should Have Kept Your Mouth Shut

You know you should have kept your mouth shut when your team, which is from a league well-known for its defensive attributes, got beaten so convincingly and shipped in seven goals in the process. Ladies and gentlemen, the most entertaining match I've watched so far - the second leg of the 2007 Champions League quarterfinals match between Manchester United and AS Roma at Old Trafford. Enjoy.

Francesco Totti's ego got the better of him when he shamelessly sounded to the media that he would make Sir Alex Ferguson pay for not mentioning him as one of the AS Roma players that could pose a threat to Manchester United's ambitions of navigating through the tricky Champions League match-up between the two clubs and eventually lifting the Holy Grail of European football in Athens.

As always, Ferguson made Totti eat his own words when a spectacular display by Manchester United defeated a top Italian team in the last eight of an European match, this after being 2-1 down in the first leg and missing top players like Paul Scholes, Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville and Louis Saha. It's like AC Milan missing the likes of Kaka, Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini and Filippo Inzaghi. Or AS Roma without Daniele De Rossi, Christian Panucci, Philippe Mexes and Francesco Totti. You know it's going to be an uphill task.

Looking at how ineffective Totti was during both legs, he must be feeling really foolish now for having being so outspoken before the matches. Seems like the only thing he was good for was launching stinging freekicks right into the arms of Edwin van der Sar! The goal is to put the ball in the back of the net my dear, not bruise the opponent's keeper! The least you could do was test the keeper by curling one like David Beckham, Roberto Carlos or Cristiano Ronaldo!

I must admit it was a freakish night indeed. It was as if every shot on goal by a Manchester United player would end up in the back of the net. But no one can fault their free-flowing attacking football though. Just amazing to watch. All the goals were brilliant. Even the one by De Rossi. It is without a doubt the most outstanding European match in recent times if not ever.

Definitely worth waking up in the middle of the night to watch. And I've not being doing that for a good few years now. What luck! Here's to a triumphant season and hopes of a second Treble!

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