Wednesday, 21 May 2008

evil triumphs again

fucking hell. I hate penalties. Too many if onlys or what ifs to enumerate... suffice it to say that Chelsea really should have won that game.

CB is in Moscow, in I can only imagine what state. John Terry looks utterly inconsolable. He appears to have aged 10 years since the final whistle, poor man. The rain is almost biblical, and fitting.

It was, unusually, a really exciting final. Ronaldo missing his penalty was a highlight, of course.
The Italian commentators have been chortling away to one another all evening in a self-congratulatory fashion about how English the weather has been. For some reason the Russian organisers chose to play Mars, from Holst's Planets Suite, as the United players collected their medals. Appropriate given the history between the two sides, perhaps, but scarcely fitting. Platini tried to give Bobby Charlton a medal. Now some kind of gold lamé is cascading onto the winning side, they look as though they are celebrating in a 1970s second hand car salesroom.

Michael Carrick, failing to understand that his comments will be translated back into Italian, speaks ve-ry slow-ly and clear-ly to the Rai interviewer in a comedy way. His insights include: when it comes to penalties, you have to hope and pray. Thanks, Michael, that's very informative.

I shall try to call CB in a bit, to offer futile condolences.

18 comments:

Patrick Porter said...

winners grin, losers spin.

btw, repeatedly hitting the bar/post means that you may be playing well, Chelsea was shooting badly.

:)

lots of love Spangly!

Patrick

Patrick Porter said...

I'll try that again (sore head after celebrating!)

A shot that hits the bar is a poor shot. So Chelsea claiming they played better is a bit empty. Football is about getting shots on target.

P

Spangly Princess said...

Dr P!! how lovely to see you. I owe you an email.

you are quite right, Chelsea had so many chances in the second half, they really should have wrapped the game up. But seeing as Man U dominated the first half, and Chelsea the second, and both sides really went for it over the course of the match, I don't think you could claim that either side would have been undeserved winners. Shame they couldn't divide the trophy in two.

Garibaldy said...

I am still laughing at Mister Chelsea. That is the price of massive ego. The idea that he had to take the 5th one because Drogba got sent off is nonsense. He could have taken one of the middle ones, and left the last one to Lampard, assuming they wanted Ballack to get them off to a guaranteed good start.

I suspect that instead he wanted to be the last one, to prove he was the hard man, and to have the chance to be the hero. And stoke his massive and unwarranted ego. I, and those watching it with me, loved it in a Keegan type way. If only Makele had crippled Cole, it would have been perfect.

As for Chelsea playing better, less talk of two efforts cleared of the line than the hitting of the woodwork suprises me.

Spangly Princess said...

I obviously wasn't clear with what I meant by "should have won the game". I didn't mean they were clearly better throughout, I meant they had a host of chances - more, I think, than Utd - to wrap the game up and they singularly failed to do so. So I mean not "if there were any justice they would have won" but "they have only themselves to blame, they *should* have won that". Happy?

Garibaldy said...

That was a general comment on the media coverage as opposed to an attack on your good self. Speaking of which, hardly any reference to the niggly nature of the game, the constant surrounding of and yapping at the referee, or the fact that the incident that led to Drogba's red card was sparked by the spoilt brats of Chelsea complaining at Tevez doing exactly what they had already done twice when putting the ball out as a means of giving it back. A bunch of overhyped and overpaid idiots and bullies, who don't like it when others behave the way they do. The same of course is true of most premier league footballers. It's a shame that a dignified man like Grant has had to put up with being disparaged by the likes of Drogba.

And I'm extremely happy. How could anyone who saw Terry crying like a big girl not be happy for at least the next two months?

chelsea boy said...

I suspect that instead he wanted to be the last one, to prove he was the hard man, and to have the chance to be the hero. And stoke his massive and unwarranted ego.

That's a huge projection based on nothing. The man is an experienced penalty taker (he scored one for England in a shoot-out previously) and is very good at it usually, as noted by Rio Ferdinand. We also don't have many good penalty takers.

Anyway, seing as you saw Terry cry in Moscow and the whole world saw the slow painful death of communism there, we'll call it a draw, eh?

Garibaldy said...

You don't think Lampard's comments back up the idea that Terry wanted to be seen to be Mr Chelsea, and take the burden and the glory for himself? Had he not cried like a woman, and taken it on the chin, then I would be filled with respect for him doing that. But the subsequent reaction suggests that he was sure he was going to score and claim the glory for himself.

As for the failure of Soviet socialism, the worst part may well have been the assets of the Soviet peoples being used to inflate the ego and bankbalance of John Terry.

Henry Ford said...

Come on, kids. It's just a game. And the football isn't that important either.

Chelsea Boy said...

You don't think Lampard's comments back up the idea that Terry wanted to be seen to be Mr Chelsea, and take the burden and the glory for himself?

No. And you could have bitten a little less hard? These teeth marks are going to be a bugger to get rid of.

patcook said...

As a Milan supporter i am well aware of the feelings as a fan of losing and winning the CL on penalties.

Chelsea's assistant manager said that Terry wasn't in the original 5 penalty takers but was promoted after drogba's dismissal.

Given that, its odd that he took the 5th as Ive always thought that one of your two best penalty takers should take the last one (the other, the first) because it is so often decisive.

It will be interesting to see how Terry responds, his star has been on the fade over the last few years after all those injuries and his confidence might never fully recover either after a miss like that.

I think the case can be made that Chelski were better on the day but over the corse of the season united deserved to lift the trophy.

Oh well, recent history suggests that both sides will struggle to make the final again next year so hopefully liverpool and arsenal bottle it too and we wont have to listen to the EPL domination stuff.

Garibaldy said...

If I didn't bite, where would have been the fun in that? In fairness, I thought Lampard and Cech spoke well today.

Chelsea Boy said...

I haven't bothered reading the papers today so I don't know what anyone's said, but the the idea of Cech speaking well is a bizarre one - usually he sounds like some sort of fucking foreigner.

Given that, its odd that he took the 5th as Ive always thought that one of your two best penalty takers should take the last one (the other, the first) because it is so often decisive.

But what if you lose because you don't make it to the fifth penalty?

Garibaldy said...

"the idea of Cech speaking well is a bizarre one - usually he sounds like some sort of fucking foreigner."

Funny, I've always thought the same about you English people.

chris c paul said...

"the idea of Cech speaking well is a bizarre one - usually he sounds like some sort of fucking foreigner."

Vote Boris?

ursus arctos said...

You guys know nothing about CB, do you?

chris c paul said...

Nada, I was hopefully making a wild, and hopefully humourous, allegation based upon one comment he has made here.

chelsea boy said...

Don't be daft Chris -as a Chelsea fan it's my duty to vote for the BNP. It's in the contract.