UEFA Cold Hearted?
Borussia Dortmund players and officials on Tuesday experienced a plangent shock and unprecedented trepidation when an explosion rocked their team bus leaving Ex-Barcelona defender Marc Bartra needing a surgery to repair his right arm and left wrist. If this incident left me in a limbo, UEFA’s decision to have their game against Monaco go ahead less than 24 hours later sounded grossly insensitive.
It was obvious at the Signal Iduna yesterday when the game kicked off that the players were constipated psychologically, coy in possession, sultry off it. Dortmund players were on the pitch with the sovenance of the horrific incident, Monaco was always going to be at an advantage. UEFA claim they consulted Dortmund before taking a decision on when the match should be played.
Unhappy Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said: ‘We were informed by text message that UEFA was making this decision, a decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly. We will not forget it, it is a very bad feeling. How the Holy Grail of football organization in Europe become so strait and cold to delicate issues like this holds to bear.
Video Technology can’t come sooner.
Atlético and Bayern’s dubious penalties against Leicester and Madrid respectively including Kylie Mbappe’s goal against Dortmund are clear indications that the human errors in the game are becoming unbearable. I comprehend when cases are made that football is now played with much speed and intensity and that it’s easier for the fans who watch from the comfort of their parlors and pubs to criticize officials with the benefits of replays.
FIFA via the World Club Cup last December proved to the world it can work even more recently in the Friendly between Spain and France where Griezmann’s goal was correctly ruled out for offside via the Video Technology within 10 seconds. No recriminations, no fuss, no problems.
Ronaldo’s Club 100
Having not scored in the Champions League in 659 minutes before Wednesday night, last finding the net in a 2-2 group stage draw with Borussia Dortmund in September last year. Ronaldo has had a torrid season compared to his usual figures but it is also important to note that his coffin is properly nailed before dancing around it.
Bayern Munich soon found out in the most unfortunate circumstances scoring his 99th and 100th UEFA Champions League goal at the Allianz Arena becoming the first player to achieve that feat and etching Los Merangues to a spot in the semi final. It’s clear he’s not the speed merchant he once was but has changed his skill set into becoming a poacher.
His first goal was a classic example of it, peeling off Martinez’s back (subsequently got him sent off) to smash home from Carvajal drilled ball in, second was lurking around the 6 yard to stab in Ascensio’s delicious cross.
Is it safe to say Leicester City Football Club is an enigma, few years ago where like a dying duck – languishing in League one and in that time frame up to now has moved to the Premier League to struggle, then winners and back to strugglers then to holding their own against La Liga giants and Two time Champions League finalists. It only took a dubious penalty kick to get beaten at the Calderon which makes the fixture delicately poised going to King Power in six days.