Celery! Celery!

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  1. wxwax

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    Chelsea eke out a victory against West Ham.

    Man U thunder back against Spurs. Down two, they win by three.

    Obviously, I'm a Chelsea fan. But if they can't beat Barcelona, it's going to be fun watching a final between two no-defense, all-offense teams.
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  2. wxwax

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    I'm watching Santos play Corinthians in the final of the Campeonato Paulista finals. The first half of each year, Brazilian clubs play in regional championships, and this is the final for one of them.

    Why am I watching?

    Because the great and the original Ronaldo plays for Corinthians. He's rehabbing from a dreadful knee injury suffered in Europe last season. And I'd be lying if I didn't say he looks fat.

    But he just scored a corker of a goal. A long pass from the halfway line, Ronaldo gets a step on his defender, perfectly controls the long ball with a single lovely touch, then scores from just outside the box with his second touch. Phenomenal skill and control.

    And in fact, Ronaldo's scored seven goals in the nine games he's played for Corinthians. I don't know that he'll ever be fit enough to play in Europe again, but it's kinda fun to watch a classic striker at work. Only a handful of touches a game, and yet he still scores goals.
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    This is the worst cooking thread ever. :scratch
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    The fucker just scored again. On a breakaway, the pudgy one didn't have a lot of speed. So when the defender caught up, he stepped inside him and lofted a sweet chip from 20 feet outside the box. Three touches and a goal.

    Five touches and two goals. 8 goals in 9 games. Quite amazing.
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    I just watched Abby Wambach get her first two goals in the new women's professional soccer league.

    She's a helluva player. Crying shame she had to miss the Olympics.
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    I don't know how you can watch women's soccer. To my eye it's so lacking in the power of the men's game and no amount of supposed finesse can make up for it.

    How about that Man U - Tottenham game. Has the English game suddenly gone goal mad? (even their National team is scoring a lot lately).
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    No question their speed and power make the field look a lot bigger. But I do enjoy the skill and the passion. I especially enjoy watching the national teams play. And given that this is the world's only women's professional league and as a result has the world's very best players, watching these teams is a close second.

    There were three excellent goals in the game I watched. Plus, I like Wambach's guts.
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    That's one way to put it i guess.
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    She's no Hope Solo :evil

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    Hope Solo's hot. She has a very messed-up background so it's probably no surprise that she also has a rather messed-up life.

    Abby Wambach, like Mia Hamm before her, represents everything that's good about women's soccer.
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    Hey Sid...what kind of beatdown is Barca going to rain down on the Blues tomorrow?
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    It could be painful. Guus Hiddink has done many fine things since he took over at Chelsea, but he hasn't cured their defensive woes.

    Terry's lack of pace really shows. If he weren't such a strong leader, he probably wouldn't play. Ashley Cole's out and I believe that Ricardo Carvalho is out as well. That's two out of four first string defenders not playing. Not exactly what you want against Messi, Eto'o and Henry. :uhoh

    On Saturday Hiddink experimented with Bosingwa playing Cole's left fullback position, to help contain Messi. I don't know if he was satisfied with what he saw. :dunno They're going to ask Essien to be a miracle man again, probably glue him to Messi the way he was to Gerrard. I hope he's up to it.

    Chelsea are going to pressure the ball and not give Barca space to operate. It's their only hope. But the defense isn't quick. So those lovely slip passes and darting runs that Barca love so much could easily undo Chelsea just as they did a slovenly Bayern Munich. On the plus side, they don't loft the ball into the box much, and that's been Petr Cech's weakness lately. So that's good, as was his solid game against West Ham, which included a penalty save. With luck, Cech will have a bit of confidence. Fingers crossed, there.

    Frankly, I hope Chelsea can catch Barca's vulnerable defense by surprise. If they can knock in one or two away goals, they might have a chance.

    I also really, really hope that Barcelona's a bit overconfident. :lol3
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    I'd say "good lucK" but i'd be lying. I really hope they go Spanish Inquisition on you. :lol3
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    :umph

    We shall see. :lol3
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    Good luck to Chelski. And I do mean that. If Livepool can't win it, I still want an 'English' team to win it.
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    :thumb

    Getting nervous. Planning to go exercise right after the game to dissipate the ill humors of a loss. :lol3
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    Phew!


    Ugly, tactical and brilliant football by Chelsea. Defenders rode the pick and roll passer all night and disrupted Barca's favorite moves. The few times they put the ball in the air they revealed Cech's lack of confidence, but he bravely smothered anything on the ground.

    Essien felt wasted for 70 minutes. Inaccurate and slow, taking up space but not winning that many balls, I didn't think. And I never thought I'd see Lampard substituted. But as soon as he left the field, Essien slid into a more central role and Chelsea were immediately more threatening. Belletti added pace and freed up Essien to be a more advanced playmaker.

    Overall, first class tactics by Hiddink to overcome his immobile fullbacks, Alex and Terry.

    It's going to be another rough one at Stamford Bridge. A single away goal by Barca and the pressure will really be on Chelsea. I'm sure Hiddink will be a bit more attacking, but he can't afford to take too many chances. No matter where they play, Barca are still a deadly attacking team.

    I'm sorry Marquez seems to have a serious injury. I'm delighted Puyol has a suspension. Suddenly there's a bit of a hole in Barca's central defense. Could be an opportunity for Drogba.

    Who had a magnificent game, I must say. Missed one golden chance. But fantastic possession all game, great control, made excellent decisions with the ball, protected Chelsea brilliantly. A wonderful game by the much maligned striker.

    As I said, next week's match will be another tense affair. I'm curious and nervous to see how much Hiddink will open it up without an away goal in his back pocket.


    Celery, celery!
    If she don't come
    I'll tickle her bum
    With a lump of celery!
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  18. AntWare

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    Youthful midfield and Tevez rewarded with a start...game on

    Manchester United team: Van der Sar, Evra, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez.
    Subs: Foster, Berbatov, Giggs, Scholes, Park, Rafael, Evans.

    Arsenal team: Almunia, Sagna, Gibbs, Silvestre, Toure, Diaby, Song, Fabregas, Nasri, Walcott, Adebayor.
    Subs: Fabianski, Eduardo, Denilson, Ramsey, Djourou, Bendtner, Eboue.
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  19. wxwax

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    Cock is right. :lol3

    Surprised at seeing such experienced midfielders on the bench in a European match.
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    Answer me this.

    How do Arsenal expect to get a goal if they won't fucking take a shot?

    God, their endless game of pattycake is just infuriating. It's like they're terrified of turning around and facing the goal.

    Funny how United went off the boil as soon as they scored. Probably be 1-0 United down in London. Arsenal will really have to pull something out to beat them.

    Oh yeah, and Ronaldo is still a dick.
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