Friday, May 1, 2009
29 April 2009 : Arsenal (Home) – UCL [Post match]
1-0. As predicted in last column. In overall, we played well. We looked solid at the back and threatening up front. The line-up picked by Fergie is the best looking at our current ‘games-in-every-3 days’ agenda. But that is what all about when you are looking to lift two trophies in end of the season.
Our backline is the back-four, but the thing we never expect is of all the players, our right-back is the one who scored the crucial goal! Happy birthday O’Shea! This will be your best birthday gift ever, I assumed.
Using 4 midfielders including Rooney, Fletcher, Carrick and Anderson was a good move as we need a compact team at the centre. They all are very quick and always the first to get the ball. It’s effective as we can control the deadly-passing from Mr Cesc.
Unfortunately, that night was not a very good for Tevez. Even though he tried his best, but he can’t put the ball at the back of the net. He really wanted to score just to prove why United still hunger for his talent.
Next week, it will be a very different game in Emirates. Arsenal will push all out to get goals at home. Fergie must re-shuffle his players to accommodate that situation, and hoping he won’t be picking the same team from the first leg. Hopefully, Rio will be fit for that game.
Line-up: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Rio (Evans), Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Anderson (Giggs), Carrick, Rooney, Tevez (Berbatov), Ronaldo
Final score: 1-0