Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern: The home side dominate, but miss too many chances

April 13, 2010
Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern: The home side dominate, but miss too many chances

An enjoyable game that Leverkusen should have won, and ultimately it was a terrific weekend for Bayern – with Schalke suffering a surprise defeat, Bayern are now two points ahead of Schalke and six ahead of Leverkusen, with four games to play. Read more »

Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona: Xavi runs the show yet again

April 11, 2010
Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona: Xavi runs the show yet again

The most eagerly-anticipated league match of the 2009/10 season, and a comprehensive, deserved win for Barcelona, who will now surely go on to win the title for the second consecutive season. Read more »

Fiorentina 2-2 Inter: The same goal three times, and a good result for neither

April 11, 2010
Fiorentina 2-2 Inter: The same goal three times, and a good result for neither

An exciting game that finished with a deserved point for either side, but it is a result that isn’t of much help to either at the moment – Fiorentina’s vague Champions League hopes are almost dead, whilst Inter are off the top of the table for the first time in months. Read more »

Rory Delap – a throw-in taker first, a footballer second

April 11, 2010
Rory Delap – a throw-in taker first, a footballer second

We all know that Rory Delap has a rather long throw, but the statistics from Sunday’s game against Wolves demonstrate quite how much of his game revolves around the taking of throws:
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Thomas Vermaelen’s poor positioning keeps costing Arsenal cheap goals

April 9, 2010
Thomas Vermaelen’s poor positioning keeps costing Arsenal cheap goals

There’s little doubt that Thomas Vermalen has been a good signing for Arsenal. Lacking a top-class centre-back last year, Arsene Wenger did brilliantly to dispose of Kolo Toure and bring in the Belgian – and made a profit by doing so. Read more »

Manchester United 3-2 Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben does it again

April 7, 2010
Manchester United 3-2 Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben does it again

Bayern do it again. Their victory in the last round against Fiorentina featured a last-minute goal at home to win the first leg 2-1, and then a 2-3 defeat away from home, with a brilliant Arjen Robben ‘winner’ near the end. It seemed inevitable when Bayern pulled a goal back before half-time that the same would happen here. Read more »

Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Messi dominates the game, but Arsenal let him

April 6, 2010
Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Messi dominates the game, but Arsenal let him

If there was any remaining doubt that Lionel Messi is the greatest football player of his generation, they were erased tonight, as Barcelona got the better of Arsenal in the much-hyped battle of the teams playing football ‘the right way’. Arsenal didn’t lose this match tactically, but they didn’t help themselves. Read more »

Barcelona v Arsenal: passing statistics

April 6, 2010
Barcelona v Arsenal: passing statistics

No surprises for guessing that Barcelona again saw more of the ball in the game at the Nou Camp – it’s doubtful any side will visit there this season and see more possession. Read more »

Schalke 1-2 Bayern Munich – visitors triumph despite early dismissal

April 5, 2010
Schalke 1-2 Bayern Munich – visitors triumph despite early dismissal

A game as tight, tense and nervy as you’d expect from a 1st v 2nd clash – Bayern emerge from it on top, despite playing for 50 minutes with ten men after having Hamit Altintop dismissed. Read more »

Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea: Ancelotti gets it right with his strikers

April 3, 2010
Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea: Ancelotti gets it right with his strikers

A tight game that was won the better side. United looked tired after their midweek game in Munich – Chelsea were fresher, brighter and created more goalscoring opportunities. They are now in the driving seat. Read more »