Sunday, March 15, 2009


The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: If it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does

Deuteronomy- A series of addresses.

A wonderful week for Liverpool fans, as Liverpool advanced to the next stage of the Champions League with a 4-0 thrashing of Real Madrid, and then proceeded to thrash their greatest english rival Manchester United 4-1. I don't want to be biased, but being a Liverpool fan, I have to. So here is a series of newspaper summaries of Liverpool's last 2 games-

Liverpool 4 Real Madrid 0 -

Following Liverpool's victory the Spanish newspapers were quick to heap praise on Rafa's Reds. A typical reaction came from Jose Samano in El Pais, who wrote: "Liverpool had everything that Real lacked: energy, purpose, aplomb, speed, shape and flair.

"They were facing a team reduced to rag dolls. It was an exercise in demolition, with an imperious Torres and Gerrard and (Xabi) Alonso and (Javier) Mascherano running the show."

Pictures of a tearful-looking Iker Casillas contrasted with shots of his jubilant international colleague Torres, and the Spanish champions were variously dismissed as "pathetic", "lamentable" and "provincial".

The English press were equally gushing in praise of Liverpool's win with The Times declaring it "a result that will resonate through Europe and go down in the modern history of both clubs".

The Daily Mail said Liverpool simply "pulverised" Real. "There is no other word for it," wrote columnist Martin Samuel.

"Fittingly for a team nick-named The Meringues, Real Madrid were splattered and dispersed over a wide area of Anfield in the manner of an airy fairy dessert.

"One that has been run over by a steamroller. Then another one then. Then a herd of rampaging elephants. Driving more steamrollers."

The Independent added: "This was Liverpool playing like European royalty, delivering a four-goal cuffing to Real Madrid, their biggest defeat in the Champions League.

"This was European football's most successful club humiliated, eliminated, eviscerated. A rout."

Liverpool 4 Manchester United 1 -

Liverpool stormed back into the Premier League title race with a stunning 4-1 victory at leaders Manchester United on Saturday.
Rafael Benitez's side, fresh from their midweek thrashing of Real Madrid in the Champions League, responded in remarkable fashion and left the champions reflecting on the most goals conceded on home turf in 17 years.- Xinhua Online

Liverpool yesterday thrashed arch-rivals Manchester United in an astonishing game.
It was the Merseysiders’ biggest win at Old Trafford for 76 years.

It represented Liverpool's biggest win at United since 1936.
Benitez played the mind games afterwards. When asked whether this set-back might undermine United’s title defence, he said: “Maybe it puts a question mark in United minds.”- Sunday Mirror

The Red Devils saw their lead at the top of the Premier League slashed to four points as Rafa Benitez’s men handed United their heaviest home defeat since 1992. It really doesn’t get much worse than this.
The Scousers were buzzing - and the 3,000 away fans went mental moments before the break as Patrice Evra clipped Steve Gerrard just inside the box and a spot-kick was awarded. VDS guessed the right way - but Gerrard scored, kissed the badge and celebrated in front of a shell-shocked Scoreboard End.

United struggled to even feign a late comeback as the fans streamed for the exits. The misery was complete in stoppage time The defence failed completely to deal with Reina's goal-kick and the ball fell for Andrea Dossena who drilled home a delish long-range lob. What a shambles.
A terrible result and performance for the fans on derby-day. This is up there with the 5-1 humbling at Maine Road as moments to forget in recent United history.- ManUtdWeb.

That last bit from a Manchester United site says it all. Anyway, that I believe will be enough for now. And Ynnib Nai has something to say about soccer-
"Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple".