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Champions League update #2

Well on a night of more surprises, Chelsea and Celtic recorded outstanding successes in Europe, while Liverpool’s stuttering form continued with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Marseille.


Celtic recorded one of their greatest nights in Celtic Park for many years when Scott McDonald pounced late on to secure a 2-1 victory over holders AC Milan in Glasgow. A harsh penalty awarded to Milan had looked like denying Celtic a famous victory after Caldwell showed why he was a defender when ‘chesting’ the ball over the line from approximately a yard out; why use your feet when you can use your groin? Clearly he feels his manhood is a more potent finishing weapon than his right foot. Either way, Celtic were disgusted with the penalty awarded to Milan to level things up; what were the chances of Kaka missing?? However when Dida spilled a tame shot late on, McDonald pounced on the rebound and although pictures show it was a relatively straightforward finish, how many of us would’ve panicked in that situation? McDonald gets our hero of the night award. Not that there’s an award. Or that we’ve ever done this before. (ahem). Our other award goes to Dida. Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. Should UEFA impose greater sanctions than a fine (which is deserved as fans shouldn’t be able to get onto the pitch), Dida can be rightfully ashamed of himself. The fan, an idiot (though delirious with joy so perhaps an understandable idiot), tapped Dida in the face as he ran past him and Dida, fresh from a howler which gave Celtic the win, clearly felt aggrieved as he had just fu**ed up (excuse the expression). The man has brains though. Deceitful brains, but brains nonetheless. It took him roughly three seconds of chasing his ‘attacker’ to realise, ‘hello? I wonder could this somehow render the result null and void’. At which point he collapsed to the ground in agony. Rivaldo’s performance in the 2002 world cup V Turkey is still our no.1 dive, but this certainly pushes it extremely close.

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(Dida celebrates the Academy Award for being a complete fairy)

Chelsea recorded a fantastic success in Spain to give the Blues some much needed respite from the media hounds. Joe Cole’s ball for Drogba and the Ivorian’s superb finish were sensational, and worthy of winning any game. Valencia’s staff have already spoken about the injustice of defeat and they may be right as they dominated for long periods. But Chelsea won’t care and have now put themselves back on course for qualification following the disappointing draw at home to Rosenborg on matchday#1.

Liverpool have only themselves to blame and for the second time in a month Rafael Benitez has had to admit that his team were, well, crap. The formation employed by Benitez’ men suggested they were content with a 0-0 draw. Gerrard was completely marginalised as it seemed that Momo Sissoko was the attacking midfielder while at 1-0 down Gerrard was frequently the last man back trying to orchestrate play from deep inside his own half. Sebastien Leto’s inclusion raised eyebrows, especially given that Babel hadn’t started the win over Wigan at the weekend. Babel wasn’t introduced at all while Sissoko had an appalling game in the centre. Benitez’ men are a shadow of the team that started the Premiership on fire little over a month ago. With games against Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal ahead in the league plus the now vital double-header with Besiktas, Liverpool will need to get their act together fast or the good start to the season will soon be forgotten……  

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