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Im glad Bayern made it. They werent exactly at their best performance in some of the games.

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Stuttgart will play Zenith St. Petersburg in UEFA Cup...not exactly the opponent i wished for.... Dead

anyways, Schalke after failing to qualify for Champions League now also fell out of the UEFA Cup group stage LOL
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Much has changed since I made my initial picks in December... but since games start tomorrow, I might as well update a tad.

I think that the most interesting match-ups will still be Liverpool and Real Madrid, along with Manchester United and Internazionale. Real Madrid has recently recovered much of their form from past years, which may pose problems for a Liverpool side which is stumbling their way through the premiership. It's not an impossible task for Liverpool, I think that Madrid may now have the upper hand, as they are coming off of a series of wins, rather than the series of draws that Liverpool have had of late. I think that Madrid will edge out Liverpool tomorrow - especially if Gerrard doesn't play.

Manchester United have also recovered some of their form from last season, which will pose problems for Inter. I still think that Inter have been playing better than Manchester of late, in spite of the fact that both teams have been winning.
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Unfortunately I wouldn't be s sure, I'm praying for Inter to kick the ass of Man U but I am less than sure it is going to happen. Actually, when you see how lucky Inter got against Milan two weeks ago it makes you wonder. I'm afraid they are going to be eaten alive.

I'll particularly be watching the Roma-Arsenal match, my two fav teams ... sad they meet so early.

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I'm with you Maharbbal - I'd prefer that Inter win as well.

Edit - Now that Barcelona v. Lyon has finished, here's some analysis!

Lyon exploded out of the gates, and seemed to be taking control of the game early, and even as a Barcelona fan, I can't even be all that angry about Juninho's goal. It was a piece of free kicking brilliance - just about perfectly placed, with a tricky curve. If Valdés had been standing exactly where he needed to be, he may have had a chance to stop it. This took some of the wind out of Barcelona's sails, and they almost allowed Benzema another goal, but Barcelona keeper Victor Valdés managed a slick save to gather up the cross. Once Barcelona settled into their rhythm, the began to attack, but Lyon played very solid defence, stifling the creativity of Messi, Xavi, and Alves. Toulalán and Cris in particular shut down some promising Blaugrana attacks. Barcelona pulled one back off of Thierry Henry's diving header. Rafa Marquéz headed the corner kick right to the back post, where Henry threw himself towards the post to head it home.

Barcelona's defense was very suspect at the beginning of the game, and Lyon had a few stellar oportunities to score. However, as the game went on, they settled in and managed to thwart many of Lyon's attempts. Marquéz in particular played well. One of the only things that I would have changed about the game is that if I were Guardiola, I probably would have taken Sergi Busquets out of the game earlier, as he wasn't adapting to Lyon's playing style, and seemed awkward and out of place.

Messi started playing better as the game went on, and the whole of the team started to elevate their play. I think that if the game had been a little longer, they may have been able to put it away. I did notice that Barcelona hasn't been playing the full field defense that they had been playing at the beginning of the season, probably due the the physical stresses that it entails. After watching Benzema play, I certianly wouldn't mind if he made his way over to Barcelona one day, maybe when Henry decides to hang up his boots and retire.

Not a bad game, all in all.


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today is second game Stuttgart vs St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg won 2:1 their home match, so actually it would suffice that Stuttgart ends the game 1:0 but we all know it won't happen, still i hope they will make it somehow, afterall even dumb Bayern won 5:0 yesterday.... Angry
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Bayern 0:3 Barcelona 38 minutes. Devastating game so far.

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I'm not sure I understand the Bayern... they score 13 goals against Sporting (granted not the best team ever, but still) and then lose 5.1 in Germany and 4.0 against Barça... makes no sense! What the heck was Kaiser Frank doing?
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I have no clue either, but it is pretty much over for them - I don't see them scoring enough goals in the second match to advance.



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I must say that I enjoyed the Barça v. Bayern game very much. They dismantled the German defenses, and probably ought to have scored more goals. Messi probably should have had a hat-trick, but he was robbed by the referee. The Barcelona midfield did a great job holding the ball and preventing the Bayern midfielders from getting into their rhythm. I think that Barça will have a more difficult time at the Allianz Arena, and after seeing Bayern dismantling the Portuguese, I know that they're more than capable of dicing through our occcasionally suspect defense. If they can get Klose, Lahm and Rensing back, they'll be a much more difficult team to defeat.

I do think that the referee did an atrocious job calling fouls on both teams. He was very erratic, somtimes calling little fouls, and then letting crunching tackles, or very dangerous play (Van Bommel leveling his shoulder into Messi's face) go unstopped. I know it worked out as Henry managed to score, but he didn't even stop play, which probably would have been the correct call. Van Bommel was lucky not to be booked, or even sent off. Is consistancy too much to ask for?

I was impressed with FC Porto. They managed to contain Manchester's attacks, and has Bruno Alves not been completely incompetent, they could have made off with a win at Old Trafford. Either way, they grabbed two valuable away goals, so kudos to them. I still think that Manchester can come back and score the goals needed to advance, but it won't be easy playing in Portugal.

Chelsea may have destoryed Liverpool's Champion's League ambitions but scoring three in Anflied - this will be very very difficult for the Reds to overcome.

I'm looking forward to the other leg of the Villarreal and Arsenal game - this is the one I fell like is the most in the air. Both teams played well, scoring beautiful goals and Arsenal grabbed the away goal, but I think that Villarreal's stout defence can make the game interesting at the Emirate's Stadium.
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Originally posted by Maharbbal Maharbbal wrote:

I'm not sure I understand the Bayern... they score 13 goals against Sporting (granted not the best team ever, but still) and then lose 5.1 in Germany and 4.0 against Barça... makes no sense! What the heck was Kaiser Frank doing?


no one does! Franck should better look for another team because Bayern sucks. i'm just glad Bremen and Hamburg won their UEFA Cup matches. Bayern defense and Goalkeeper are serious crap (except Philipp Lahm).
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..one heart attack (or was it two?)...one major sore throat, and 20 cigarettes later and Chelsea go through against the Scouse....Clap
 
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At the office both days, so I will sadly miss tomorrow's game, too :(.

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Bayern's defense played well today - stifling a fair number of solid Barcelona attacking options.

The second half of the Chelsea v. Liverpool game was fantastic!
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I completely agree - Chelsea vs. Liverpool was epic. A fantastic game to watch, finishing with a victory for Chelsea Cool

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i wish i could have seen that one... Unhappy
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Oh you missed it, Temujin? Shocked Well if you get a chance, you must watch a repeat!

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funny enough, national TV didn't even broadcasted Barca vs Bayern - Honni soit qui mal y pense.....i still hope eurosport will eventually show a repeat.
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Unfortunately, it looks like the Barça v. Chelsea series will only be characterized by terrible refereeing.

For better or worse, I'm glad Barcelona won.
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Well Klinsman is out and people in Munich are happy.

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