Absolutely loving this Galatasaray-Shalke barnburner.
There's a chance or injury a minute. You think they're faking the injury, until you see the replay and you wonder how they're still alive. Heads crashing into each other, arms nearly getting ripped off, etc.
Shalke has absolutely no fear or respect for Galatasaray's defense or going down 2 or 3 goals (which they could have been had Galatasaray not hit the crossbar on that open net, or had Sneidjder not slipped on his shot.)
Fun, fast game so far. Galatasaray's crowd whistling every seingle second Shalke has the ball, and is red hot as usual.
The internet broke, otherwise you would've known real All-American Jermaine Jones scored the equalizer to go with his yellow card (being that he saw the ref give Galatasaray's keeper a yellow for a pantomime imaginary yellow pleading, you may have thought he would keep from doing it himself. No such luck.)
Drogba's looking great in that 3-forward set, and Gala is determined to score within 3 seconds of winning any ball in the midfield. They certainly can score 3 or 4 in the 2nd half.
However, tight marking for them means standing anywhere you want in a 10-yard radius of any attacking player standing on the penalty area, so Barça and Messi would probably score 10 on them.
Fantastic effort by Milan, almost superhuman levels of running and pressing there. The old team had many virtues but they wouldn't have had the legs to do that tonight.
I suppose the downside to Milan's youth was the several times when they were in promising attacking situations and players made the wrong call. Worked out ok though.
Barcelona never really got going, did they. They had little snap to their game at all and they just never moved the ball quickly enough to trouble Milan. What must have been worrying for them was the lack of response to the opening goal.
I thought Milan might sit in even deeper, but their confidence rocketed and they looked much the better team for the last half hour.
Berlusconi's best decision in recent years was not sacking Allegri when Milan were toiling earlier this season. I think he's a great coach who has had to adapt to a constantly changing playing field at Milan. The quality of player goes down season after season through no fault of his and yet he marshals what he has really effectively indeed.
A good round so far for Germany and Italy and a lousy one for Spain.