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.
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