Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko, Shaun Wright-Phillips – anyone else see a pattern here?
I feel vindicated thus far in the first paragraph of this post.
I have a lot of respect for Leonardo, but Inter Milan’s coach’s tactical acumen seems lacking. Cambiasso riding the bench in the second leg? I believe Ralf Rangnick, Schalke’s coach outfoxed Leonardo.
In case you were wondering, in Brazil they call a miss like the one Gomes, the goalkeeper for Spurs, made against Real Madrid a frango. The fact that he gave it up on a shot by Cristiano Ronaldo only makes it worse.
Lúcio seemed a bit testy, didn’t he?
As for Saturday’s games, obviously most of the attention will be on El Clásico, the La Liga match in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium between second place Real Madrid (WWWLW) and FC Barcelona (WDWWW). It will be on both Gol TV and ESPN Deportes at 4 p.m. EDT.
This is a contest steeped in history; not only the history of the sport, but the history of Spain from the Spanish Civil War forward. FC Barcelona’s motto is “Més que un club,” more than a club in Catalan and the symbol that the team represents to Catalonia cannot be understated. Betrayal – perceived or actual – is bitterly resented. When Luis Figo transferred from Barcelona to Real Madrid he was called all manner of names and two years later at Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium, Figo, who normally took corner kicks had coins, cell phones, the head of a rooster and the head of a pig tossed at him by Barcelona’s notorious ultras, the Boixois Nois. It was a disgraceful moment in a game that mercifully ended in a 0-0 tie.
That being said, if you’re a fan of the sport or have the slightest interest in it, the game is not to be missed.
Another important game is Manchester United against Manchester City in the semifinal of the FA Cup on Fox Soccer Channel at 12 noon EDT.
Here’s the rest of what’s on tomorrow. As always, live games only are listed, home teams are listed first and all times are EDT.
English Premier League:
West Bromwich Albion (DWDWW) v Chelsea (WWWDW) at The Hawthorns at 10 a.m on Fox Soccer Channel.
West Ham United (WWDLL) v Aston Villa (WLLDW) at Upton Park at 10 a.m. on Fox Soccer Plus.
Italian Serie A:
Roma (WWDLW) v Palermo (LLWLD) at 12 noon on Fox Soccer Plus.
AC Milan (WDLWW) v Sampdoria (LLLDL) at 2:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.