Alright well, two people have read this blog so far…. thank you guys, means a lot. Being an American blogger, blogging about soccer is a little tricky because you guys probably are not too fond of the sport. But that’s alright. This goes out to all of my two readers and all my teachers that told me I would never amount to nothing… it’s all good ba ba babay. (Everyone loves a Biggie Smalls reference)
It was all a dream, last year Chelsea found themselves at home against Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea had won their away game against PSG 2-1 so all they need to do was tie 0-0 to advance to the quarter finals. Well, it was easier said than done; PSG came out on top that game and I, being the die hard Chelsea fan….. cried myself to sleep that night. So if you haven’t been following the Champs League, we are on to the round of 16 second leg. For those of you that don’t know soccer, rather than teams playing one playoff game, there are two. Each team gets to play at their home stadium to make an even playing field. Whoever scores more goals out of the two games moves on.
First, lets start with yesterday. Real Madrid beat AS Roma 2-0 in the second leg. Real will be moving on, winning on aggregate 4-0 (aggregate: the total score from both games). This game was played how you expected. It was pretty much run by Madrid; Roma never really came to life or had too many chances. Pretty boring game. The other boring game was VfL Wolfsburg vs KAA Gent, which Wolfsburg won 2-0. Wolfsburg is moving on to an inevitable slaughter by Madrid or Barcelona. I didn’t watch this game for two reasons. One, because these two teams have no chance at being actual contenders for the title, and two, I did get the channel so it wasn’t worth illegally streaming.
Okay, now on to today and my predictions. First we have Zenit St Petersburg vs Benfica. This is one of those match ups kind of like the Wolfsburg vs Gent, where which ever team moves on will most likely be destroyed by a top European club, but the show must go on. Benfica is coming into this game with a 1-0 lead over Zenit, so Zenit will need to come out guns blazing in order to win. With that being said, there is a good chance that they do this, because in my opinion they are the stronger team. With names like Witsel, Garcia, Danny, Garay and Hulk, who all have the skill and talent to come back from this small deficit. I see no reason why Zenit cannot come out and win this thing. Oh back tracking real quick, I did not make up the name Hulk. There is a Brazilian player named Hulk… quite famous actually . And now moving on. Befinca, however, have Julio Cesar in net who is one of the most talented goalies in the world. If they play a defensive game it will be tough to score. I don’t want to stay on this game for too long because in the long run both these teams will be knocked out in either this round or the next. My prediction: Zenit 2-0. Chelsea vs PSG also play today and I will be watching. Last game Chelsea lacked in possession and in heart but only lost 2-1 away from home…in other words they’re fine. Chelsea is at home and ready to go. They will need Hazard and Fabragas to step up and dominate in possession if they want to have the chance of a comeback. These two teams are very even, having world class players on both sides, so my non bias prediction is…PSG wins 2-1. PSG has been playing great football and has won at Stamford Bridge, so there is no away factor. Chelsea isn’t at their best this year, and with John Terry out, they will not be able to stop Zlatan and Di Maria.
So going on to next week it is Manchester City vs Dynamo Kiev……it’s going to be a blow out and not even worth my time (or yours) to watch. Man City wins 3-0. On to the next one, Atletico Madrid vs PSV. This will be interesting but I think since they are tied at zero a piece heading to Spain to play at Atletico, the home team will have the upper hand and win the game 2-0. I believe this because of the overall team quality. Madrid has better forwards in Griezmann and Torres, compared to Narsingh and van Ginkel, a.k.a nobodies. So after those two games we have the more interesting Barcelona vs Arsenal. Barcelona are up 2-0 and playing at home this game. So it’s pretty much game over for Arsenal because Barca doesn’t lose at home and Arsenal is nowhere as good as Barca. Barcelona is the best team in the world…Arsenal is not, simple as that. Barcelona football is beautiful to watch and cannot be stopped, especially when your forwards are Neymar, Suarez and Messi. Arsenal will try and they will fail. Barcelona 2-0. Next, is the final game which I am really excited for, Juventus vs Bayern Munich. This is going to be good, with the leg tied up at 2-2 and playing at Bayern. So who will be the keys to a Juve win……. POGBA, my man, will have to play like the beast he is and control the midfield. Set the tone earlier and shove players like Vidal, Muller, and Lahm around to show who’s boss. Next start Dybala because he is a dangerous striker who is looking for his chance to shine….well this is it. Other than that, shut down Douglas Costa at all cost and Juventes might just win. What does Bayern need to do? Give the ball to Costa. He is a great play maker and will create a lot of great chances for Muller and Lewandowski to score. So with this said, I give it to the under dogs, Juventus 3-2. I hope that prediction is right because that would be an awesome game to watch.
Well thats about it in the Champions League. I’ll be back next week talking about the BPL title race and other leagues like La Liga and Seria A. So I hope you two readers will enjoy and maybe we could even get up to, I don’t know…… 5 readers??? I know, I know, that’s pushing it. Hope you enjoy!
P.S. Last week my predictions were right so just saying if these are right I should probably start gambling.