Category Archives: Champions League

Happy Birthday Casillas

May 20 is a day of celebration for Real Madrid . First, because that day , in 1998, won the seventh . And second, because he was born today 33 years Iker Casillas , the goalkeeper who won the Eighth and Ninth and wants to give his third Champions ago.
Casillas and closes a peculiar season in which Carlo Ancelotti entrusted two notable tasks of Hercules : Real Madrid to take the Cup final and the Champions League final . And the white captain fulfilled to perfection. Already lifted the Copa del Rey in Mestalla and has the five senses ( or having Iker ) meet on Saturday in the second part of their duties.
At 33 birthday candles has a tremendous track record and a mural of pictures in which there is a gap . Stock raising Euro , photo lifting the World Cup, lifting the League photo , photo lifting the Cup .. But it lacks one.

In 2002, when the Madrid conquered Europe for the last time next Iker was still a kid at age 21 . But now is the captain and can close a year and a time with a photo available to very few. Be the first championship team to lift the Orejona while confetti explodes . Is Chrome missing and what is to be achieved .

Besides playing with psychological advantage . Atletico Madrid has been lifted from all the complex . He has won the League, defeated Madrid after 14 years without doing it over and did it in the Cup final and the Bernabeu. But all this has been in the absence of Iker Casillas.
The white captain has 11 wins and 26 derbies without losing 27 played . And in that disputed tactics to end 1-3 in favor of Atletico and on the scoreboard and no goals conceded .
This season , with Casillas in white goal, Atletico Madrid removed in Copa del Rey semifinals with a convincing 5-0 aggregate score .
The cotton does not deceive
Iker has been the strangest season of his career , if you let go of what happened last year with Mourinho , but in the time that has gotten better numbers . He has received 11 goals in the 23 games he has played , averaging 0.48 goals per game. By comparing with rival Saturday Courtois conceded 36 goals in 55 games . A 0.64 goals per game .
A Iker has little to meet and nothing to prove. Saturday will win his 142 Champions to win his third trophy . He won the first 19 years . A lifetime of Madridismo and triumphs.

Is German football better?

Barcelona Bayern MunichSpanish football has been enjoying an incredible run for some time. Teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona have shined on a global stage while sporting the world’s greatest players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to begin. Spain took the 2012 Euro Cup in dominating fashion, topping off a streak of major tournament championships including the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 Euros.

But despite all of this success, a glaring reality is now beginning to set in after the recent Champions League thrashings suffered by both Barcelona and Real Madrid. German football has showed that they may just be better.

Bayern Munich smashed Barca in the first leg 4-0 Continue reading Is German football better?

Champions League: Valencia beat Lille but finish second in Group F after Bayern crush Borisov

Ball control: Valencia beat Lille 1-0 in their final Champions League Group F match, but qualify as runner-up as Bayern Munich beat BATE Borisov.
Ball under control: Valencia beat Lille 1-0 in their final Champions League Group F match, but qualify as runner-up as Bayern Munich beat BATE Borisov.

Valencia were forced to settle for second place in Group F despite their 1-0 victory away to Lille in Wednesday night’s Champions League group stage finale. Continue reading Champions League: Valencia beat Lille but finish second in Group F after Bayern crush Borisov

Bad night for Barca as Lionel Messi gets stretchered off in goalless draw

The biggest fear for any Barcelona fan is the sight of Lionel Messi being carried off the pitch injured, but at least La Liga defenders will get a good night's sleep for once.
The biggest fear for any Barcelona fan is the sight of Lionel Messi being carried off the pitch injured, but at least La Liga defenders across Spain will get a good night’s sleep for once.

Lionel Messi fell down in pain and had to be carried off the pitch in a stretcher after colliding with the Benfica goalkeeper in Barcelona’s goalless draw in the final Champions League game in Group G. Continue reading Bad night for Barca as Lionel Messi gets stretchered off in goalless draw

Ernesto Valverde faces tricky Champions League trip to Lille in first game in charge of struggling Spanish side Valencia

Ernesto Valverde faces a tricky trip to Lille as he attempts to guide Valencia to first place in Champions League Group F in his first game in charge of the La Liga club.
Ernesto Valverde faces a tricky trip to Lille as he attempts to guide Valencia to first place in Champions League Group F in his first game in charge of the La Liga club.

Ernesto Valverde faces his first test as manager of Valencia as he leads the La Liga club into their final group game in the Champions League against Lille tonight, and the pressure will be less intense for the new boss as his side have already secured at least second place in Group F. Continue reading Ernesto Valverde faces tricky Champions League trip to Lille in first game in charge of struggling Spanish side Valencia

Barca rest stars for Benfica battle but do include Messi who could equal goal-scoring record for a calender year

Many of Barcelona's first-team stars are missing for tonight's final group game against Benfica, but Lionel Messi has been included in the squad as he hunts down Gerd Muller's record for goals scored in a calender year.
Many of Barcelona’s first-team stars are rested for tonight’s final group game against Benfica, but Lionel Messi has been included in the squad as he hunts down Gerd Muller’s record for goals scored in a calender year.

Benfica visit the Camp Nou tonight desperate to get a result against La Liga giants Barcelona and clinch a spot in the next round of the Champions League at the expense of Group G rivals Celtic. Continue reading Barca rest stars for Benfica battle but do include Messi who could equal goal-scoring record for a calender year