Filed under: Champion's League, European Football | Tags: Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich, Champions League, Chelsea, Didier Drogba, Manuel Neuer, Petr Cech
By Tom Johnston
Fitting to see that first to embrace in celebration after Chelsea’s unlikely Championship League victory over Bayern Munich were striker Didier Drogba and goalkeeper Petr Cech. After all, the men on opposite sides of the pitch provided the one-two punch that allowed the Blues to even get a stab at the heavily favored German side. And though Chelsea did plenty to show their inferiority through most of the match in Munich, Bayern weren’t sharp enough to capitalize on several chances and overcome the seeming destiny of Chelsea’s dynamic duo, which once more carried the day.
Somehow, somewhere I sense there is still a sizeable doubt about Chelsea; they are Champions League champions, but will we call them the best football club in the world, or even Europe? As their faithful party in West London without care for such irrelevant discussions, the world still might be shaking its head in disbelief. But then we never learn, do we? Predictions don’t play the game. (more…)
Filed under: Champion's League, European Football | Tags: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Champions League, Chelsea, Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer, Real Madrid, Ronaldo
The Champion’s League Final is set! Even though the match up is now quite how we predicted here, I was still happy to watch four great matches of the past ten days. Chelsea has punched its ticket to an improbable final, halting Barcelona’s trophy-room expansion plans with two impressive performances. Bayern Munich has earned the right to play for a European championship in their home stadium with a clutch goal in the first leg and an performance by Manuel Neuer in penalty kicks at the Bernabeu. Read our analysis and initial prediction here. (more…)
Filed under: Champion's League, European Football | Tags: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Champions League, Chelsea, Classico, Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid
Last week, I took a firm stance that the Champion’s League Final would see two Spanish sides battling for European supremacy. Both of those teams lost the road leg of their respective semifinal matches, but I am still holding strong in my prediction – Madrid v Barca, Madrid wins. Here’s why:
Filed under: Champion's League, England, European Football, Germany, I Know I Think, Spain | Tags: AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga, Champions League, La Liga, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Premier League, Real Madrid, Tottenham
The close of the European season is fast approaching. Here are 5 things I know I think about the next two months.
Filed under: Best Kit World Cup | Tags: Atletico Paranaense, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Lazio
Filed under: England, Germany, MLS, Spain | Tags: AC Milan, Argentina, Atletico Paranaense, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Boca Juniors, Borussia Dortmund, Brazil, Celtic, Chelsea, England, Espanyol, France, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Inter, Juventus, Kaizer Chiefs, kits, Lazio, Malaga, Marseille, Olympique Lyon, Portland, QPR, Racing Club, Real Madrid, River Plate, Stuttgart, Sydney FC, Tottenham, West Brom, Zenit
NTA is watching the Chelsea v Fulham match, realizing this match-up is between one of my favorite and least favorite kit in the EPL. So why not a post on the best current uniforms in world football, a nice soft post before this weeks podcast? (more…)