Champion’s League Live: Real Madrid vs. Tottenham, More

Update: Real XI:  Casillas – Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo – Xabi Alonso, Khedira – di Maria, Özil, C. Ronaldo – Adebayor

Update: Tottenham XI: Gomes – Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto – Sandro, Modric – Lennon, Bale – van der Vaart – Crouch

Update Pre-Match: Ronaldo starts today for Real Madrid coming off a hamstring injury.

Share your live commentary today on the title bout, Real Madrid vs. Tottenham and on the undercard, Schalke ’04 vs. Inter.

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Go time...

I’m coercing Shaun into doing live commentary, but he’s still spellbound by England’s women’s national team or so it seems.


Anywho, today, Champion’s League, back in action.

The title bout: Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Over under on “Gareth Bale transfer comments today with in the match?” I’ll throw out 22. Too much, too little?

Some great dynamics coming into this game. Jose Mourinho all but conceded La Liga hardware this past weekend as did his team, losing at home (Mourinho’s first home loss in more than nine years…that’s incredible) to Sporting Gijon, 1-0.

Real Madrid will be fired up at the Bernebeu, but Tottenham’s should be given their respect.

The Londoners are not in the best form coming in, but they possess two things which should give Real Madrid trouble at home.

The first, width. With the return of Bale on one end and Aaron Lennon on the other. Rafael Van Der Vaart pushing forward and Luka Modric pulling strings, Harry Rednapp’s crew at least possesses the components that make it most difficult for Mourinho.

Spurs need big games from Crouch and Sandro (here defending Robinho) if they want to mistreat their hosts...

The Spurs will, also, need a massive game from either Peter Crouch or Roman Pavlyuchenko who could both be threats in the air but fail to show it often enough. Crouch specifically can be a world beater here, but he’s got have a game.

Tottenham has shown a penchant to keep it an open game on the road in the first 15 minutes and if they can sneak one in there and close up shop, well…

The second strength for Spurs. Their Champion’s League defense has been tremendous and it will need be again today, especially on the flanks through Corluka and Assou-Ekotto.

For Real Madrid, it will be all about what influence the one and only Greasy One, Cristiano Ronaldo (back from a hammy injury) can exert on the game. If he’s not up to his usual marauding self, than the two teams attack are very much on par, especially if youngster Sandro continues to show that he wield the big tackle stick.

The undercard: Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur

If I can change, and you's can change, then we all....can...change...

Thankfully Raul is not playing a Spanish side so we don’t have to keep hearing about his homecoming.

Shalke’s got a new manager since last time we saw them in the Champion’s League. On the other side, Inter is looking a look better under Rafa Benitez’s successor Leonardo. Well except  for that nasty beatdown Sunday at the hand’s of their chief rivals.

The Italian teams has looked pedestrian at home during the past stages, but Inter will stave off a rejuvenated Shalke side today through the steady guidance of Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito–back in the line-up.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by alexalex on 2011/04/05 at 11:14 AM

    I am an Arsenal fan through and through, but I really see want to see THFC’s 4-4-2 with actual wide play win out. I am getting tired of these inverted wingers, and the old school fan in me loves to see Bale fly down the wing and put in a cross. It’s interesting because he isn’t as dominant in the EPL as he is in Europe, but that’s because, I think, the play in the UCL has been getting so narrow with these 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-1-2 diamonds that he has the space to punt it up to himself and move that he doesn’t have in England. I think Ramos is going to get stranded on an island today and Bale will take his lunch. It’ll be tough, but I think they will get at least a point on the road.


  2. Posted by joe on 2011/04/05 at 11:37 AM

    I think you meant to say in the bold undercard that is is Inter Milan vs. Shalke’ 04


  3. Posted by EFG on 2011/04/05 at 1:27 PM

    I think any argument that Germany doesn’t deserve Italy’s 4th CL spot is all but over. Embarrassing display at home.


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