|Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez-Manchester United|
1. Ah, Schalke. I have to admit, even with the big deficit heading into the 2nd leg, I thought that Inter Milan could pull it off a beat Schalke…guess I was very wrong. Inter Milan needs to make big changes in their back four this summer, as Chivu seems to get very rattled and pick up stupid yellow and red cards, when his team needs him to be on the pitch. Ranocchia has not impressed me in the five or so games I have seen him play this year, but I will cut him some slack, since he is still only 23 years old. Lucio plays with his heart on his sleeve, there is no doubt about that, but he seems to push up to much and try to pinch, this usually results in a giveaway to the other team. Maicon has fallen off big time from the player he was a year or two ago, but then again, he is getting up there in age.
2. Javier Hernandez..you made me put my foot in my mouth once again. As much as I hate(d) him, he is a heck of a player, and a great signing for Man Utd. Seems like When Berbatov was a hot a streak, and then cooled down, Hernandez stepped in, and started scoring. The same can be said for when Rooney was going through a dry spell earlier in the 2010-2011 EPL season. There is nothing flashy about his goals, just seems like he has a great nose for the net. His goal in the 2nd leg vs Chelsea was a key one at that, who knows how the game would have turned out. If Hernandez is the reason why Man Utd. make it to the Finals, MARK MY WORDS, I WILL BECOME A FAN OF HIS ON FACEBOOK. How about Ryan Giggs, the ageless wonder, who made some of the Chelsea 23 year olds, look like they were the ones ready for retirement, and not him.
3. Real Madrid needs to improve their 11 vs 11 play if they want to beat Barcelona. Yes, Madrid did beat Tottenham by a rather later margin in the 1st leg, but who knows how that game could have turned out if Crouch did not get sent off early. I was pleased with the Spurs play, but that being said, they tried to take too many dives in the box (that being said maybe 2 of “dives” could have been penalties.) Spurs came out in the 2nd leg like a team that believed they could score 4 goals, but they came up short, to say the least. Once again, Gareth Bale looked like a man possessed, running at the Madrid back four at every chance he got.
4. Barcelona played just “OK” for once. Barcelona has played at the highest level they could possibly play at for the whole season, so it makes sense that they “slacked off” a bit in a game that they really did not need to win, with the big result that they got at home in the 1st leg. I give Barca head coach, Pep Guardiola, a lot of credit because he started most of his star players, which showed a lot of respect to Shakhtar. I can only wonder if the score line would have been different, if the boys from Donetsk took advantage of all the chances they had in the 1st leg, but all in all, i applaud Shakhtar for what they did in this years Champions League.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.