Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Champs league

15A) TUESDAY  DECEMBER 10TH : CHAMPS LG MATCHDAY 6 : BAYERN MUNICH  (AWAY) KO 7.45PM
They gave us a footballing lesson at The Etihad, though Pellers got his team selection and tactics all wrong. They went ahead through Ribery (7) Muller (56) Robben (59) before the Beast pulled one back  (79)  and Yaya was cheated of a goal when Boateng fouled him, was sent off, and Silva hit the bar with the resulting free kick.
Crowd was 45,201 with 2,525 Germans

This season, so far they’re in top spot with 41 points from 15 games and 13 wins and 2 draws, 4 points ahead of Leverkusen.

We know all about Munich from our previous visit in the summer, and in the infamous ‘Tevezgate match’ 
It’s unlikely we’ll overtake them in top spot but a decent performance would be a booster, even though we’re fielding a weakened team.

The Allianz Arena (Doughnut) Capacity : 71,137  (For City : 3,000)


Dave

12 comments:

  1. Incredible performance particuarly after the way we started. I'm bursting with pride.

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    1. Too true, Tony. Great performances from Milner, Silva and, dare one say, Garcia! However, the future looks bleak for Micah and Dzeko worked hard, but the Beast had one, self-created, more chance than Edin. That's one of the big differences between the two of them. If Jovetic can ever get fit, then Edin is very unlikely to be here next season, and didn't I notice our other mystery striker Guidetti on the bench a few games ago?

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    2. I was begining to thin keveryone had gone off somewhere to celebrate and hadn't invited me. I must say that I'm a wee bit disapointed with the media coverage this morning. Had united gone to Bayer and beat them, there would havce been a ten page centre spread and interviews with all the major united stars such as Jones and Smalling. Let's be under no illusions, we were being dismantled for the first fifteen minutes and then something changed. I think it was after our first genuine attack whn the players realised we weren't playing a team that included Batman, Superman John Jones (Manhunter fromMars) The Green Lantern and The Flash. For the last ten minutes Bayer were desperately defending and I can only remember one real chance they had in the second half. We had at least FIVE players who most Blues wouldn't consider as first choicers whist they were missing just one. Thiswas also the day that Milner joined the ranks of very good players, he made or scored all three goals.

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    3. Just watched Mancini's Galatasary qualify at the expense of Tevez's Juventus in atrocious conditions. Ironically they got through with 7 points, whereas we missed out 2 seasons ago on 10. Our 15 points the highest ever for a team not topping their group.
      A lot made of not topping group will give us non-English group winners other than BM. fair enough it will be tough, but I don't think that any of them will want us. Also, what's the odds that united get Galatasary?

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  2. Well, that was a turn-around! So many good things to come from that performance and result. A fight back, from not one goal down but two, character in adversity, a win away from home, solid performances from the players I have serious doubts about (in fact virtually every one of my concerns were there for all to see in the first 15-20 minutes) yet they turned it around.Silva was an absolute match winner who took control of the centre of the park, very ably assisted by the hard working Milner and terrier-like Fernandinho. And all this with a number of players many of us would class as 'second string'. I do, however, have one niggle deep, deep down. If we had really needed to win this game, with the pressure on, would we have done it?

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  3. "Yaya was cheated of a goal when Boateng fouled him an was sent off" - How we may regret that.

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  4. @Dave. We might whinge about failing to qualify on 10pts, but think how pissed off Napoli must be to fail on 12pts. And oh look, Arsenal's defeat gives us another possible last-16 opponent after all. Hmm. Dortmund. Whoopy-doo.

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  5. The more I think about Didi Hamans' comments, the more I think he's right. What a stupid bunch of pricks we have for a manager and players for failing to know that one more goal would have meant we topped the group. It really doesn't seem to matter any more that we beat the curreent European Champions on their own ground and had them playing for time for the last five minutes. It doesn't seem to matter now that having beaten them, we have sent a shiver of doubt in their minds. Pellegrini should be sacked for failing to buy a 99p calculator. By Didi's estimation, that mistake could end up costing us £3million if we go out at the last 16 instead of the last eight stage..

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    1. So many assumptions Tony - 1. Aguerro would have scored, 2. Bayern would not have become more dominant in midfield due to a lack of Rodwell, 3. Bayern would not have scored a third anyway - they hadn't been at it from about 20 mins in. They might have been a bit more motivated at 4-2. 4. We can't beat PSG, Athletico or Dortmund. 5. We would have beaten the appropriate 2nd place team.

      Deep down I'm fine with the European games, Arsenal lost and were unconvincing, we beat Bayern in their back-yard. Should we have been taking any risks with that result. A 3-3 would just have looked as if Bayern went 2-0 up, stopped trying and stirred themselves a bit at the end. And that would that have left us differently placed psychologically. Beating the best team in Europe has a value in itself and shouldn't lightly be risked.

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    2. I was being sarcastic Geoff

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    3. Sorry Tony - sadly there's plenty of people who actually think like that...

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  6. Perhaps I'm too convincing, I should be a politician. The way that the media have turned us into clowns instead of congratulatng us.

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