Top five conclusions Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea

Posted by - April 28, 2009 - Champions League, Chelsea, Conclusions

1. A monobrowed right-footer is capable of subduing the best right winger/player in the world.

2. After Newcastle versus Portsmouth and now this, I think I have forgotten what a goal looks like. Let’s hope Manchester United and/or Arsenal are in clinical mood tomorrow.

3. Guus Hiddink’s mystery daydream goalscoring hero must have been Juliano Belletti. That is the only reason I can think of for his appearance in place of Frank Lampard.

4. Chelsea would definitely have taken that before kick-off. They have a very long way to go, and Barca are more than capable of scoring at Stamford Bridge, but they have given themselves a very clear target: win the second leg.

5. That second half string of injuries got a bit tiresome. Although I actually thought Thierry Henry was in serious trouble for a while what with the physio checking his pulse and all! Turned out he got off lightly compared to Rafa Marquez.

  • Mohamed S.

    Carlos Puyol is suspended for the away leg and Marquez might not make it before then. Looks dangerous for Barca.

  • Moussa KZ.

    I’m confident in everything Guus Hiddink does!

  • Ryan

    Chelsea parked the bus in front of goal and got lucky to come away with a draw. Outplayed and outclassed. The result was unfortunate for Barca, but I’m sure they’ll make up for it at Stamford.

  • OmegaSupreme

    Alves was acting like a little pussy.

    It was interesting to see premier league pragmatism and testosterone contrasted against the artistry and high-ideals of Spanish football. That said Toure battled like a one man army.

    The ref was a bit fussy but we saw one of the decisions of the season when he booked Toure for making the “yellow card” gesture. In conclusion it was inconclusive.

  • GT

    I wouldn’t go as far to say Bosingwa stopped Messi. I’d say the uber defensive 10 ten behind the ball tactic from Chelski stopped Messi and Henry and Eto’o and Xavi etc etc

    Also i totally agree with OmegaSupreme about the ref booking Toure for the yellow card gesture. Spot on and it’s something the FA should be looking at seriously in England.

  • Ab

    Barcelona fail against their FIRST realistic opponent this season.

  • Louwrens

    6) If Hiddink had tried to watch THAT game in his head, he would have fallen asleep every time