Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Champions League is Back!

The Champions League enters the knock-out stage today with two first leg matches, including a cracker between PSG and Chelski, two money-bags clubs who would have wanted to avoid each other at this stage. For Chelski, this one couldn't be more important, as an early exit will likely condemn them to a European-free schedule next season. Join me from 2:45 to follow this one. Cheers!

51 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Paris tonight:



Paris Saint-Germain: Trapp, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura.
Subs: Sirigu, Stambouli, Cavani, Kurzawa, van der Wiel, Rabiot, Pastore.

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Mikel, Pedro, Willian, Costa, Hazard.
Subs: Begovic, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Remy, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek.

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Madrid).

2:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel now at the Stade de France.

2:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Zlatan has just given me a wink - cheeky bugger!

2:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's all very chummy between the two sides in the tunnel - don't like to see that.

2:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. I'm here to join you for a Tale of Two Cities.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, mate - how's your day going?

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A determined start by the hosts - Chelski very much on the back foot from the off.

2:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It looks like a sluggish start by Chelski

2:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lucas Mora is wide with a long range effort

2:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A mixed day. Quiet at work, but found out that I need to replace the condensing unit , which looks to be a major expense. We'll need to run the air a little each day as it's expected to be well into the 80s every day through Sunday, so it's a priority

2:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PSG players are playing a really high pressing game that Chelski is struggling to come to grips with

2:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Thiago Silva on his compatriot, Diego Costa , who went on a run on the counter.

2:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zlatan is tripped by Willian after showing a trick or two.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was Chelski's first break through Costa well snuffed out by Thiago Silva.

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The curling free kick from Zlatan had too much curl and really didn't trouble Courtois

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Maxwell was off in an instant after being set up by Matuidi and his pass into the box was just inches off and gathered by Courtois

2:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you see my post on FB this morning?

2:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Azpi on Lucas Mora for a corner off a great slide rule pass from Verratti. I guess it was a goal kick

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Blackburn Rovers have taken the lead against the team from your house

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zlatan booked for foul on Obi Wan. There didn't seem much in it. Harsh , IMHO.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I just noticed it, mate. I think we'd take the fog over the foot and a half of snow we've got on the ground today. Still snowing, btw.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski getting a bit more adventurous now, but I suspect that Hiddink would be more than happy with a 0-0 draw.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Notts County are twqo up at Jeff's team while there are two matches in the Scottish Cup.
Hibs have taken the l;ead vs Hearts while it's Killie 1 Rangers 1

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelski nearly score As Kevin Trapp turns a header from Costa on to the bar off a great cross from Ali Babba Top Raman . Trapp caught the corner

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think I would too. The fog lifted and now it's warm and sunny. Hopefully the snow ends soon and hopefully Spring isn't more than a month away

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You will be pleased to hear that Scunny have taken the lead at the Lion's Den.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You will be delighted to hear that Bury have taken the lead vs the Evil Blades while Crewe have come from two down at Rochdale to make it Desmond

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard tripped by Lucas Mora . Ivanovic then crossed to Ivanovic , who chested down the pass and shot into the side netting

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zlatan nearly gives PSG the lead as he headed a cross into the ground that then bounced up and on top of the net.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I am delighted to hear that the Blades and Lions are both suffering. Long may it continue.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was a close call. I see this one being decided by one goal. Chelski could use one of those flukey Willian free kick efforts tonight.

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Sideshow on Hazard on a Chelski break

3:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

well wide by Di Maria. It's a feeling of Deja Vu.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. PSG were dominant the first twenty minutes, but Chelski have been frustrating the home team since then.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Di Maria wins a corner off of Azpi. Courtois easily catches the corner from Di Maria. Sounds familiar

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Obi Wan with a requisite booking as he tripped Lucas Mora from behind just outside the D

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! ZLATAN SHOOTS THE FREE KICK THROUGH THE SO CALLED WALL, WRONG FOOTING COURTOIS IT DEFLECTED OFF A COMBINATION OF OBI WAN AND CAHILL.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It was bound to happen, wasn't it? Chelski have a hole to dig out of now.

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dick York takes the lead vs Exeter City.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It will be tough unless they will be content with a one goal deficit, thinking that they can do the business at the Bridge. Obi Wan showing himself to be a true liability

3:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

willian fouled by Thiago Silva just outside the box. He went down rather easily.,

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The wall stood firm unlike the Chelsea wall and the free kick from Willian is off the wall and out for a goal kick. Useless corner by Willian

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pedro wins a corner off of Matuidi

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! 1-1 . A COLLECTOR'S ITEM AS OBI WAN SCORES A RARE GOAL. A VOLLEY OFF THE CORNER FROM WILLIAN

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That was the last kick of the half and what a time to score as it's 1-1 at the half.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great time as always to score. That one was a collector's item, wasn't it, like one of my goals. Half time and a decent return for Hiddink and co. so far.

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have a class, so I probably own't be around for the second half . it was great chatting. Cheers!

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My stream went out during half-time and it took a bit to get it back. Fox Soccer 2 Go having some problems this afternoon.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 1-1 at the 70th minute mark; this would be an excellent result for Chelski.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cavani has fired PSG into a narrow 2-1 lead. Still okay for Chelski, unless they concede another goal. The time can't run out quickly enough for them now.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

FULL TIME: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Chelsea

And that’s that! Chelsea came so close to a brilliantly determined draw. But Edinson Cavani’s late winner has given the French champions an advantage that, on balance, was probably deserved. Chelsea will be happy to still be right in this tie, though. The second leg at Stamford Bridge promises to be another classic. It certainly will be if it’s anything like this highly entertaining encounter.

Cheerio, lads!

4:39 PM  

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