Saturday, April 30, 2005

Home disadvantage!

The Chelsea-Liverpool second leg is going to be a cracker of a game. Chelsea was a big disappointment in the first leg, though Jose Mourinho (Chelsea coach) seems happy that he has not conceded an away goal to Liverpool. Now what makes the Champions League so interesting and special are the concept of home & away ties. An away win is considered more important (rightly so, since in any game/sport winning away from home is tough. The universal rule is “tigers at home…”)

Now this is the interesting part. The second leg is being played at Anfield (Liverpool). If the Chelsea vs Liverpool game actually finishes in a 1-1 draw; Chelsea goes through to the final because they have scored the all important away goal! So the home team (Liverpool) will have to win with a 1 goal margin. Now do you understand why Jose Mourinho sounded confident even after the disappointing first leg? ;-)

As, I have told you earlier, I am not a Chelsea or Liverpool fan, but swear by Sir Alex Ferguson (coach of Man Utd). But I am still rooting for Chelsea in the Champions League for two reasons. One is that I am an English football supporter and second I think only Chelsea can beat AC Milan in the final (now why do I hate AC Milan? cos AC Milan beat us…so enemy’s enemy is my friend! :)

4 Comments:

At Mon May 02, 08:38:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Maverick said...

Nice to see that you are not just another fan who adores the team which is winning at the present and ditches it when it is not. Die hard Red Devil, huh?

As far as the Champions league goes, I thought a 0-0 draw at Stanford Bridge was a good result for Liverpool (would have been great if they had scored an away goal). The reason was that if they can hold Chelsea goalless at Stanford, they would think that they can do it at Anfield and score the single goal required. But that was before the weekend. Saturday came and Chelsea played Bolton at Reebok stadium and the team I saw playing in the first half was a pale shadow of its brilliant self all season. I thought that complacency has creeped into their game finally at the end of the season and Liverpool can only gain from this. But what I saw in the second was awesome (thanks to Jose's verbal tirade in the dressing room). Lampard was just fabulous (he's got an amazing attitude). Now, Chelsea brimming with confidence cannot think of losing the Tuesday tie. With such confidence, I think Chelsea would be real favourites to score more than a goal at Anfield!!

 
At Mon May 02, 08:42:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Maverick said...

btw, did you see Man U hammer Charlton 4-0? They played real good attacking football which wasn't there from them for quite sometime.

and I was elated to see Tots pummel Aston Villa 5-1. :-)

and the Chelsea crown and the celebrations that followed made my weekend.

 
At Mon May 02, 08:42:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Maverick said...

btw, which place are you from?

 
At Mon May 02, 05:36:00 PM EDT, Blogger tifoc said...

I saw the Chelsea-Bolton game live on tv....& the first half kept thinking to myself...how on earth are Chelsea going to win the Premiership & how are they in the semi finals of CL...but two great individual brilliance from Frank Lampard showed why Chelsea are up there..

I saw just the goals of ManU-Charlton...all of them were cos of lapses by the defence or the goalkeeper...but still a dominant performance by Man U

saw a lot of Tots vs Villa game & thought after the first goal that they were lucky...it was a counter attack..but as the game went on the spurs played arnd with the villas defense..i thought 3-1 was it..but they added 2 more...last 1 was atrocious...no defending at all!

Maverick, I am currently in the US.

 

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