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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by joep89 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:23 pm

2-1 Barca, Messi again. The defence are caught flat footed, and manage to get themselves in a right mess. Can still take it to extra time with another goal, but it seems as though they'll have to kill the little Argie to stand a chance

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by joep89 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:28 pm

3-1, they really should have killed him, hat trick

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by Joe » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:36 pm

What a finish for the hat-trick.

Oh well, looks like that's it for Arsenal now. I kind of want United to beat Bayern now, just saw Barca can thump them in the final.

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Post by roversmillsy » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:37 pm

Messi is the best player EVER in my opinion. 4 Hatricks in 2010 :shock:

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by Joe » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:38 pm

I'd agree with that. In my lifetime anyway. He's recently overtaken Zidane in my estimation. It's not just his goals either. He has it all.

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by theadore » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:38 pm

there is this bloke called lionel playing who looks pretty good.

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by Gibbon » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:09 pm

theadore wrote:there is this bloke called lion-o playing who looks pretty good.
:-o :hyper:

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by theadore » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:33 pm

Ho!

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by Rover the Top » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:57 am

Messi steals the headlines for scoring the goals, but the team around him deserve a fair share of the credit. I thought Xavi stood out as being the best player over the two legs, he dictated both games with intelligent passes. At least the scoreline reflected the difference in class between the two sides last night.

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by iamarover » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:46 am

Opta wrote:Xavi misplaced just 15 of his 244 passes over the two legs against Arsenal with an accuracy of 93.9%

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by Rover the Top » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:48 am

Lies, damned lies and statistics.

No wait, you're actually backing up my point... 8)

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by theadore » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:16 am

Yup - although messi to his credit was quick to pass on the praise to the rest of the team.

Xavi is ridiculous at times.... he always looks to have about an hour to pick his pass, and turns up in the oddest parts of the pitch.

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by Joe » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:31 pm

theadore wrote:Yup - although messi to his credit was quick to pass on the praise to the rest of the team.

Xavi is ridiculous at times.... he always looks to have about an hour to pick his pass, and turns up in the oddest parts of the pitch.
Yup, and it's scary that his mate Iniesta wasn't by his side either.The fear I'd have if I was a Gooner is that Fabregas looks the ready made heir to Xavi, and I can see him going next summer, if not this summer.

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by iamarover » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:15 pm

Opta wrote:229 - Xavi made more successful passes over two legs vs Arsenal than Diaby, Denilson, Fabregas and Nasri combined (203).

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Re: The Champions League Thread

Post by Rover the Top » Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:25 pm

Joe wrote:
Yup, and it's scary that his mate Iniesta wasn't by his side either.The fear I'd have if I was a Gooner is that Fabregas looks the ready made heir to Xavi, and I can see him going next summer, if not this summer.
My understanding has always been that Fabregas left Barcelona because there was no chance of him getting in their team ahead of Xavi and Iniesta. Xavi's only 30, he's still got 2 or 3 years at least left in that team, so the question would be whether Fabregas would swap being Arsenal captain for an understudy's role for a few years, or whether Barcelona can find yet another wonderkid in that time.

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