It is another Saturday people, another weekend, another period of footballing action. It is a day to carry out major cleanings in the house and set your mind ready for the soccer activities this afternoon from Lagos to London, Beijing to Barcelona, Aba to Accra, Paris to Port Harcourt.
Goonerdaily has previewed today’s Premier League actions and you must look forward to the relegation battles there of. Who will survive? Who will go down? Aston Villa, Newcastle, Leicester City, Hull City, Sunderland, QPR and Burnley are candidates of the drop with 3 games to go. I have no preference for any of the 7 but i am looking forward to seeing Bournemouth in the Premier League. I have used them on FIFA15 and they have been good for me beating a fellow gooner using Arsenal.
So how was the last 5 days? 5 games took my attention. From Hull to Turin to Ibadan to Barcelona and finally in Port Harcourt. Football is a lovely sport but it can be cruel to others.
In Hull, Alexis Sanchez took his Chilean magic to the KC stadium and tamed Steve Bruce’s Tiger. They had grabbed a rare double clean sheet against Liverpool and Crystal Palace with all maximum points. They had savoured a nice meal of the Gunners but before the end of the first half, the game was ended with a brace from Sanchez and a goal from Ramsey. Arsenal rose above the 0-0 draw with Chelsea and will be looking forward to Swansea’s visit on Monday. Hull are in the relegation waters and they are still distracted by the fantasy of being called Hull Tigers. Will the Tigers survive?
Champions League football offered us two good matched: Juventus vs Real Madrid and Barcelona vs Bayern Munich. Before the draws were made, everyone wanted the Old Lady. Their legendary white and black stripes made them look like zebras among the three lions of Madrid, Bayern and Barcelona. There was joy in Madrid when they were chosen to face Juventus, the Zebra.
Ronaldo and his pride came to Turin. They were stunned by a Tevez-inspired Morata goal before the lions could understand the forests of Italy. Ronaldo grabbed an equalizer but Tevez had the last laugh with a second half penalty taking a 2-1 lead to Madrid next week. How the Zebras held off the Lions from Spain is an art and they will hope to do same in Madrid. Afterall, Real Madrid haev found scoring difficult in the Champions League. They needed a red card before Chicharito could grab a winner in the previous round.
The other Champions League game had two tiki-taka-ish team sweat it out at the Nou Camp. The game had many highlights but “The Fall of Man” still stands out. How Boateng fell under the anointing of Messi is still yet to be understood in the metaphysical world. A world cup winning defender was turned and laid to bed as the demi-god of football lifted Barcelona over Bayern Munich. For those of you still wondering if Messi is better than Ronaldo, more grease to your elbows. You can watch the fall here. Messi has to be sued to court. This is inhumane. More trolls can be found here
Suarez had missed a couple of chances but a 3-0 first leg lead is a very comfortable result. Is this a revenge of the 7-0 semi final aggregate win two seasons ago? Are there lessons from the game at the Nou Camp? ThatEnyimbaFan sure picks some out for the Nigeria Premier League.
Two other games rounded up my week. In Ibadan, newly promoted Shooting Stars shoot Current Champions, Kano Pillars in a rescheduled week 3 game of the Nigeria Premier League. The game ended 1-0 in favour of hosts, Shooting Stars. The Ibadan warlords are beginning to get into the groove but the Northern Groundnut kings have been found wanting on the road this season. 4 defeats in 7 games for the current champions? The other game in the Nigeria Premier League was a drab goalless draw in Port Harcourt. The Port Harcourt stadium have been lacking fans in recent times. Warri Wolves, the only Nigerian team in the continent, came and kept a clean sheet before heading back to Warri.
That is that for the week but i must commend Enyimba FC on their new and lovely Logo. I Love it.
Enjoy your footballing weekend.