The two big upsets in the Champions League this week have left people confused and anxious at the same time. On the Spanish side, there is blame to be passed around in all directions.
For Madrid, many have blamed Mourinho for starting Arbeloa instead of Marcelo and Alonso instead of Kaka. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having Ozil and Kaka in at the same time. I would argue that Madrid found themselves playing according Munich’s style as opposed to playing the way they have been all season. That is to get the ball to Ronaldo and allow him to create opportunities either for himself or a teammate. Ronaldo only having one shot on target is the same as giving the ball to LeBron in the 4th – it’s just not going to work.
For Barcelona, on the other hand, things are a bit different. Their 1st leg against Chelsea was a classic case of ‘they didn’t win the game, we lost it.’ I’m pretty sure this is what Kobe says to himself after every loss. When you put aside the rain and Drogba’s apparent confusion between soccer and diving lessons, Barca can only blame itself. They had opportunities and didn’t finish. In the end, scoring goals is more important than passing the ball.
Of the two remaining Spanish teams I am still convinced that Barcelona will have no problem in the second leg against Chelsea at the Nou Camp. I can not say the same for Madrid, however. Both games next week should make for great T.V., so keep your fingers crossed and let’s hope for another Clasico – even though the two Spanish teams play against each other on Saturday in La Liga. In the back of my head, I am still blaming Terry for the loss because of this subtle yet conniving little move on Puyol (after the jump).