Saturday’s Football round up

I watched Barcelona take Real Madrid apart at the Bernabeu tonight. Madrid’s millions were no match for the Barcelona youth policy, it could and should have been 3 or 4-0.

The way Pedro took the 2nd goal was pure class, his first touch was sublime and left the defender for dead. There was a massive gulf in class for me, Madrid are miles behind Barca. All this without Messi having a massive influence.

The only way Madrid can win the league is if Barca take their eye off the ball and concentrate more on defending their Champions League crown.

At the bottom of the Premier League, Hull just about managed to get themselves relegated on Saturday as well as Pompey, Adam Pearson’s gamble appears to have backfired spectacularly, will be justice for the way he treated Phil Brown.

If you can’t beat Portsmouth, or get at least a point when you are 2-1 up with just a couple of minutes to go. And if you lose 4-1 at home to Burnley, who have only picked up one point away from home prior to Saturday’s result, then you cleary deserve to go down.

West Ham’s mini revival continued, the players are clearly still playing for Zola. And they managed to win without the suspended Scott Parker.

Martin O’Neill will probably go to bed tonight with a feeling of deja vu, although he seems more pissed off with John Terry’s cowardly tackle on his (so-called) England team mate James Milner.

It should have been a red, he could have snapped Milner’s leg clean in two. God knows what Arsene Wenger would have said if that had been one of his players on the receiving end. We’ve all seen how Terry treats his team mates though (not going there again).

Villa started the game well, but were again let down by the referee, this time Howard Webb who didn’t give a clear penalty for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. It was that blatent that even Ray Wilkins said it was a penalty during a HT interview with television.

In fairness to Chelsea, a similar decision went against them in the San Siro, but thats no consolation for Matin O’Neill. I think he would need a massive decision to go his way to enable Villa to finish fourth before O’Neill would begin to think that these things even themselves out.

By the way, wasn’t ITV’s coverage crap. They had about 5 minutes of adverts and about two minutes of analysis at the end of the game, before rushing off to keep to the schedule. That’s the problem with football on terrestrial TV.

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