Real Madrid 2-2 Barcelona

Today’s Spanish Supercup (first leg) featured El Clasico, Real Madrid versus Barcelona. The game ended 2-2. Los Blancos dominated the game, yet Barcelona found the net twice. Ozil scored for Real Madrid first. David Villa and Messi both scored before the half to take the lead. Alonso scored in the second half to tie it up.

Barcelona didn’t have their normal squad. This game was played at home. As a result, when we play Barcelona again and at their strongest while also away, I fear we may not be so dominant.

The second leg is scheduled for 2011/08/17 at 2pm PT.

Goals:

  • Ozil: 1
  • Alonso: 1
  • Goals for: 2
  • Goals against: 2
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Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

Chelsea opened up the 2011-2012 Barclay’s Premier League with a nil-nil draw away against Stoke today. Read more about the game from the Chelsea website.

Torres started. Why? His preseason form was not good and he recently suffered a concussion. Drogba should have started and we should have stuck to a 4-3-3. Malouda should have been on the left wing. Not sure about AVB’s lineup here. At least we earned a point and kept a clean sheet. I didn’t get to see the game. At least Lampard got a yellow for throwing the ball. Yes, it is silly behavior, but at least it shows spark, which we clearly lacked at the start of last season with the Community Shield and especially in October-December 2010.

Here’s to hoping that the Blues will fan the flame and build momentum. In my eyes, the ideal starting lineup will be as follows:

Cech
Bane – David Luiz – Terry – Cole
Ramirez – Lampard – Malouda
Drogba – Sturridge – Anelka

Until he proves his form as a sub and demonstrates start-worthiness, I would sub Torres on for Anelka as necessary.

I would sub Alex on for David Luiz as necessary due to injury proneness and fitness.

How many forwards do we have? Drogba, Torres, Anelka, Sturridge, Kalou. How many spots in formation are available? Only three. I would say stick with what worked. Drogba – Kalou – Anelka. But Kalou has lost favor in the wake of Sturridge. It is a mighty nice problem to have, and it is really a good thing.