Wednesday, May 6, 2009

CL Preview, 2nd Leg: Barcelona cometh

Frank Lampard: excited. Possibly suffering from lockjaw.

When flair and class descends on the Stamford Bridge grass, we must hope and pray it doesn't end in 0-0 again. After all, the other semi-final provided way more goals than I expected (sorry, Gooners), so it seems criminal and unfair that a match involving Barcelona, scorer of 156,413 goals this season (at least 91,673 of those provided by Lionel "God" Messi), should give us nil-nil over 90+ difficult Nou Camp minutes.

What say you, folks? How about more dumb reasons why either side might win?

LB
WHY CHELSEA WILL WIN
- Lampard/Drogba in good form
- Far better at grinding out 1-0 wins than Barca

WHY BARCA WILL WIN
- Away goals, baby! Just need one
- They have a La Liga defense... nuff said


NY Kid
WHY CHELSEA WILL WIN
1. The French tandem of Anelka and Malouda [Ed. Note: He's totally kidding]
2. Abramovich and the Russian mafia want it that way

WHY BARCA WILL WIN
1. Titi, Messi and Eto'o are unstoppable up top
2. Pep Guardiola dresses nicer than Guus Hiddink


Autoglass
WHY CHELSEA WILL WIN
1. Full squad, in form, at home vs. Puyol and Marquez out.
2. Hiddink shut them down at the Nous Camp, this hasn't been done.

WHY BARCA WILL WIN
1. Barca remindes us in Madrid that they are the rampant side in Europe this season, the first leg aside.
2. Messi, Eto'o and Titty can't be held for 180 minutes, can they?


Spectator
WHY CHELSEA WILL WIN
- Because the football gods want a soul-crushing Man U-Chelsea final

WHY BARCA WILL WIN
- Because the football gods exist


The Fan's Attic
WHY CHELSEA WILL WIN
Michael Essien

WHY BARCA WILL WIN
Xavi


Precious Roy
WHY CHELSEA WILL WIN
The Baby Jesus hates me.

WHY BARCA WILL WIN
They'll probably get some room to operate as Chelsea can't play for a goalless draw again (unless they want to put their fate on EBJT's penalty-taking foot again)

10 comments:

The NY Kid said...

dude, I wasn't kidding. I expect an apology if Anelka and/or Malouda score

The Fan's Attic said...

3-1 chelsea.

ü75 said...

Same. 3-1 Chelsea. The only reason I didn't participate above is because I had no plausible reason that Barcelona would win. I tried to come up with anything, but no.

The NY Kid said...

1-1 Barca through on away goals

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

Looking at the lineups, why did Chelsea take Bosingwa off Messi in favor of Ashley Cole?

Mike Georger said...

Isn't Titty out with a knee injury?

Run TMC said...

yup hes out

yaya toure at cb too

Run TMC said...

i'm assuming of course that soccernet remains a bastion on fact based reporting

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

Nobody's assuming that Platini has the match fixed? We all know how much he wants another all-England final.

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

UEFA's lineup says he's off.