Olawale Adigun’s touchpoints from Matchday1 of the UCL

 After the first round of matches in the UCL, two  players lead the scorers chart,  Cristiano Ronaldo  hitting Gala for three and Messi  hitting his fourth hatrick in the UCL. Raul Gonzalez now knows that  nine more    goals for Messi in this prestigious competition makes La Pulga the all time UCL top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo to be  fair is also not far off. The  summation of all of these is that both players have monopolized world football, nobody  comes close to them in terms of goals, assists, panache and efficiency.

Ronnie has scored 206 goalsin 204 matches, is that not frightening? Messi is just a couple of goals from being  Barca’s all time top goal scorer. just a shame that both  players have failed to reach these enviable heights with  their national  teams,until the Argies win the World Cup with Messi, some  won’t regard him as  the greatest ever  while  Ronaldo and Portugal have struggled for international  acclaim.

 

JOSE’S SECOND COMING WOULD BE UGLY

The happy one pre-game, talked  about nurturing his eggs to  maturity, I fear, those  eggs are beginning to crack before they get smashed for Mourinho’s omelletes. We saw the signs but for heaven sake! it was Basle,  but  due respect to the  Swiss side, they’ve been a pain in the butt for English clubs.

Personally, i’ve always thought Chelsea  never needed Jose Mourinho from the onset, his second coming has ensured Chelsea lose plenty of  creativity they had under Rafa Benitez, Jose  wants more functionalism, i’m just surprised that Jose hasn’t gone for the tried and tested hands,Juan Mata for example has failed to make it into Jose’s plans,  Mata was key to Chelsea’s  success in Europe last season. Chelsea under  Mourinho  have lacked an identity, a system and continuity.

Now  they’ve lost two back to back games,that’s  not Mourinhoesque, he needs to help the team find rhythm and balance,its early doors yet to ask questions about  Chelsea’s season but the signs are worrying.

MANCHESTER CITY  MEAN BUSINESS

Obviously Manuel Pellegrini was employed to improve their Champions League form, the trip to Czech Republic reprented a platform to set the ball  rolling. Plzen never threatened  but City found it hard to get the important first goal. Once Dzeko scored, everything fell into place for City. They key to their success will be keeping their defensive guys fit, Kompany, Nastasic and Demichelis need to be fit to keep their UCL knockout phase hopes alive and intact.

WAZZA RELOADED

I have always reiterated that football fans, analysts misunderstood David Moyes when he said they need Rooney fit all season just incase Robin Van Persie gets injured, but has everyone also forgot that the RVP-Wazza  partnership remains the most fruitful for United. Against  Bayer, Rooney as usual played between the lines, he had a good first half, got a goal and in the second half he entered the hallowed 200 club, 200 goals for a  club is  no small fry but with  bucketloads of goals  at Old Trafford, methinks he just remains a Manchester United player  not a  legend.  But one needs to tell the Premier League especially title rivals that Wazza is  now reborn and reloaded.

NAPOLI MEAN BUSINESS

The last time Rafa Benitez graded his team, he rated them at 72%, thatwas against Atalanta over the weekend, after last night’s encounter at the San Paolo, i’m sure he’ll be looking at  85%. Napoli all season have been frightening  offensively and Dortmund  had no  answers, although Roman Weindenfellergot sent  off  but Higuain already put the Naples side ahead with a goal Arsenal fans would have wished Pipita wasscoring for them.

Step up Lorenzo Insigne, one player that i’ve always had my eye on, fantastic  curler that beat Limerick the subsititute  Dortmund goalkeeper. Napoli could even afford to score an own goal but  Rafa would be happy with the Partenopei performance and he will be licking hislips  at the prospect of taking on Arsenal at the Emirates  on Nigeria’s Independence day anniversary and last time Napoli visited the Emirates, the gunners smelt their elbows.

 

 Written by Olawale Adigun

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Adeyemi Adesanya
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