Monday, September 15, 2008

Starting Eleven Football Blog Roundup

So what was The Story of the weekend: Liverpool getting over the United hump? Mourinho's first Serie A win courtesy of a phantom goal? Or Real Madrid getting it done against Numancia, the same team that knocked off Barcelona in the season opener? Or Milan losing again; wither Carlo Ancelotti. Let's address in this week's trip around the football blogosphere.
  • Liverpool beats back United 2-1, overcoming a 1-0 deficit after three minutes. The Reds did so without Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, despite both declared fit. Sportingo says Michael Carrick's injury and Edwin Van Der Sar's flub on Wes Brown's own goal made Rafa Benitez's day.
  • United has no time to wallow in defeat with Villareal waiting in the wings for this week's Champions League opener. The double winners have four points after three games. Sir Alex says they'll bounce back.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, says he'll be fit for Villareal, and believes the fans will still love him despite his pining for playing time in Madrid.
  • The Days and Nights has a nifty recap of the game. Buttermilk chicken counts as takeout in England?
  • Kabian says Liverpool was more physical than United.
  • A Liverpool Thing says pride and determination--and not form--was the difference in the Reds victory.
  • And finally, Oh You Beauty likes Mascherano for man of the match, with Alonso a close second.
  • As for Inter, The Offside will take three points any way they can get them--phantom goals or no.
  • Jose Mourinho isn't making any friends at Catania. Inter won 2-1 with 10 men and Mourinho laid down the barbs, calling Catania's Giacomo Tedesco a diver. Soccernews has the details.
  • More from Mourinho: He says he could have played in goal and the result would not have been a different one. How special! Read more at The World Game.
  • At the other end of Milan, well not really the other end, but you get what I'm talkin' about, AC has two losses after two matches and they're already talking about who may replace Carlo Ancelotti. Frank Rijkaard anyone?
  • Milan GM Adriano Galliani says Ancelotti "better stop losing." Cagliari is the only thing keeping Milan from the bottom of the table.
  • Reuters Soccer Blog covers the story too.
  • Kaka The Offside chimes in, pointing out that Kaka, Ronaldinho and Shevchenko were in the Milan attack. Just sayin..
  • To be fair, Ronaldinho The Offside says it can't judge its favorite player because, well, he was just non-existent. Sounds like the rest of the Milan lineup.
  • Real Madrid 200708 points out that Madrid playing in its first home game lived up to its billing as a potential goal-scoring machine. Defense? Well, that's for another day. Consider this: Numancia was missing three strikers for the match--and still scored three goals.
  • Madrid Galacticos is working on his Spanish, and says Real Madrid resembles Brazil. OK.
  • Soccerlens covers the news that Newcastle is for sale, and asks whether Toon fans are happy Mike Ashley is on the way out?
  • EPL Talk has more on the Newcastle-Mike Ashley story, plus offer a transcript of his statement announcing the club is for sale.
  • And did we mention Chelsea beat down Manchester City? Cash beats, well, cash. Read an unbiased account at Blue Champions.
  • EPL Talk covers the Blues' win, and points out that neither Joe Cole nor Frank Lampard were worse for the wear after playing Wednesday against Croatia. Lampard's left-footed goal with a screamer and a beauty.

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