The cintillating draws on the previous article gave birth to fscintaing outcomes that have led to English dorminance in the Champions League dwindle. The variety of teams and nationality this year has broadened in the Semi-Finals encompassing four different nations. German haven’t seen semi-final stage action in more than five years and the last time a French team made an impression of this magnitude was when when Monaco made it to the finals but were put to the sword by Porto in David vs David encounter in 2004.Barcelona who are becoming usual suspects and Intermilan round up the teams. Inter will have to play their hearts out stop the indomitable Catalans, This of course is a replay of the group stages bout where Inter came out second best as one of the games was a draw and the Catalans clinched the other one.
The special one though is not incumbent about the elephant in the room who ironically is the diminutive Lionel Messi whose prolific form has beheaded some reputable scalps recently.Mourinho is seton engineering a plan to stop Messi from doing what he did to Arsenaland Barcelona’s arch nemesis Real Madrid over the weekend. His plan is to watch the Argentine over the next few games with his technical stuff to prepare a way forward as to how his team can be impervious to Messi’s panache come the 20th of April at the San Ciro. This encounter should be rivetting should Mourinho and his men lay down the gauntlet to Barca especially if Schneider’s form is at a vertex.
Messi who equalled the 40 goal mark this weekend proved a handful in the El Classico in a match left Barcelona in pole position. Xavi was supplier of goals to both Messi and Pedro to nullify any sceptics on the gravity of his form when Iniesta is not around to supplement him.Madrid should feel lucky the Argentine wasn’t as pernicious as he was against the Gunners when he netted four in the match with three of those goals achieved in the first half of the game. He made Arsenal look so ordinarywho at prima face seemed poised to be a threatas they scored first through Nicklas Bendtner in the early minutes of the game.
Locally Kaizer Chiefsmanaged to circumvent Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the draw between the two Soweto giants this season. This game was exciting in terms of play but pedestrian in terms of goals.
Fans in the country arestarting to say the games are insipid and predictable and that the magnitude of other fixtures preponderates this specific fixture. Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa certainly was the man of the match as he made pulsating saves as he was peppered with shots early in the game from Nhleko, Musona & Masango as early as the first 20 minutes. The game went into the dreaded penalties without Mahamutsa who is acrucial penalty taker for Pirates as he was red-carded for being vociferous for an infringement he felt he had been too severely punished. Happy Jele was the first to kick and his kick got saved, He got a second bite at the cherry and squandered that too. Torrealba has the covetable record of never missing a penalty since coming to our shores.Fanteni missed, Mathebula scored, Mabena missed, Bulu scored which led Chiefs to the finals against Ajax Cape Town. Chiefs managed to win yet another trophy on Saturday against a determined Ajax Cape Town to record a 2-1 win sending Ajax to more cup final destitude this season following their thumping from Arrows in the MTN 8.
Chiefs can not rest too much on their laurels as they need to need to be in their best form when facing Supersport United as the Nedbank Challenge commences. This game should be interesting as September is poised to go to Naturena in the new season. This is by far the most interesting game out of all the other games as most of the other PSL teams aren’t playing PSL rivals.