Field View: UEFA Champions League Action

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(Maximum Sports Channels – Carlos Ortega) Welcome to Field View and we have a lot of action from the world of soccer. As usually we will talk about the best matches played so let’s get started !!!!

Barcelona vs Ajax 4-0 (UEFA Champions League): Great win by Barca but they do not look compact enough and Ajax did not capitalize on their chances. I will give credit where it is due; Valdes saved 2 point blank goals in the first half and Bojan in the 2nd half plus the penalty. Bojan played well, his long and short passing was great and he setup goal opportunities for his teammates more than once. The way he played, Barcelona should think about bringing him back next season. I still think Barca can be troubled by Bayern, Madrid, Juve, BvB, Chelsea, PSG and Napoli because Messi cannot have those gaps and Neymer fought with a single young defender and can strangle against top defenders.

Napoli vs Borussia Dortmund 2-1 (UEFA Champions League): Borussia Dortmund played badly. The fast paced passing was astonishingly. Jurgen Klopp and Roman Weidenfeller really should have done a lot better not to get sent off. Former Merengues Higuain and Albiol did superb in this game. Higuain, obviously, scored an important goal and his runs were timed to perfection with Marek Hamsik. As usual, doing his maestro-like magic. Lorenzo Insigne, is going to be a joy to watch. He could actually start for Italy in Brazil, provided El-Shaarawy, Giaccherini, or Peluso do not do as well as Insigne, which is a distinct possibility. The problem for Dortmund this season will be that they are not used to the slides. Jürgen Klopp is an outstanding coach and the rise of BVB is almost solely his achievement! This is a completely new situation for him and the team, they both need to adjust.

Galatasaray vs Real Madrid 1-6 (UEFA Champions League): Galatasaray played well in the first half and would have scored a few goals had it not been a misfortune and wasteful finishing. Drogba was a big loss, but the main problem was that when you attack Real Madrid you need to score as they most certainly will. Also lack of concentration after trailing 2-0 led to individual errors. This game could have gone so differently and much respect to Madrid for their clinical finishing in front of goal. Fatih Terim needs to realize you cannot go all out on the attack against the big teams, particularly not against, arguably, the best counter-attacking side in the world.

Bayern Munich vs CSKA Moscow 3-0 (UEFA Champions League): Great game. Pep took the 3-3-3-1 and has modified it to make it resemble a cross between it and the 4-2-3-1, leading to it becoming a 2-4-3-1 in possession. It worked quite well, offering a great balance of solidity and creativity. Lahm was excellent as the DM and really benefited from Kroos playing the deep-lying distributor because it took the weight of performing the “Schweinsteiger” role off of him. Kroos was excellent in distributing the ball and keeping things ticking, as well as cleaning up loose balls. Rafinha, he finally got the game plan right and it was amazing to see. He was no liability in this game and it was breathtaking. He filled into the RCM slot and didn’t go for the overlap. He basically did what Alaba’s been doing on the left. Our midfield looked solid now that everyone was where they are supposed to be. Alaba was fantastic, potentially the best LB in the world. Ribery has seemingly curbed his “selfish” streak of recent games. Robben is a true team player right now. Mandzukic had problems early on but picked it up as the game progressed. Mueller needs a different role on the team, he really looked a threat after he starting swapping with Robben and when Shaqiri came in to play centrally. I think Pep is realizing this and we should see the tweaks within the next couple of matches. All in all, impressive.

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