I see Shahensha made reference to the Chelsea game in 09. Some of this Unicef, Qatar Foundation cash could go into UEFA...and wouldnt Platini love to see the English fail.
Hell yes, I made a reference to the game that coined the famous phrase "Its a fu**ing disgrace". I am glad you pointed that out actually. I am not gonna deny Chelsea had a few unfair calls during that game but I dont believe all this speculation about it being a conspiracy.
You do realize that was a huge fu** up on Ovrebo's part right? Everyone speculates that its a conspiracy theory against the English, when in reality Ovrebo is a moron.
Why do I say that? Remember Bayern vs Fiorentina last season? No Barca, no english team........yet there were a lot of mistakes that worked out for Bayern in that game, especially the offside goal. I see no UEFA, Qatar Foundation conspiracy speculation........just a cold fact that this referee is prone to make mistakes.......and I mean to say others do too, but marginally less compared to this legendary fellow.
And as for Pep, i apologise I was to harsh. Hes a good manager. But dude, he strides into a side thats set bruzzz. A team with a solidified Catalonia base, a blooming Messi and David Villa and friends pleading to come play.
The records were going to be broken, please admit that! and as for demanding players...the players are obviously happy enough to sit around on the bench week in week out because that starting 11 is virtually the same...EVERY GAME! Afellay is the only one ive heard whose bitched, and if hes annoyed he can piss off, theyve got a good enough team.
When I said demanding, I meant the camp nou crowd. These are the same fans who started waving white handkerchiefs because rijkaard was completely loosing control and wanted him to surrender.
Its easy to overlook his managerial ability because the team is full of cracks, but I heavily disagree. When pep tied his first home game against Racing in 08 after losing to Numancia, Cruyff told these fickle fans to be patient because its best he has seen Barca play in ages. Even Laudrup mentioned this barca is better than the dream team that lifted the CL in Wembley 92 itself.
If thats not enough, the fact that he accomplished the difficult task of coaching the Barcelona B team (which had no superstars) for one year and in that year improved their playing style, promoting that team from the Third division to the Second division goes to show that he knows how to manage a football team......infact, that was the main reason he was hired to replace rijkaard right away.