A few things became apparent while watching the matches of the last 16 teams in this years Champions League competition over the last two evenings.
- Liverpool are never easy to watch in Europe. How Riise didn’t have at least two goals be half-time is beyond me. As is why he doesn’t perform to the same level in the Premiership.
- Not being content with looking like one of the long-lost Marx Brothers, Ricardo Carvalho persists in defending like one too.
- If you don’t take your chances in front of goal then it’s more than likely that you’ll come to regret it (Arsenal, Barcelona).
- The jury is still out on Andrei Shevchenko. Maybe it’ll happen for him next season (if he’s still at Chelsea of course).
- The less glamouros matches are used to train novice camera men. The coverage of the AC Milan vs. Celtic match was simply abysmal.
But the main point I took from a the games is that a yellow card for diving in the penalty area in order to try and get your team a penalty kick is clearly not a sufficient deterrent. Step up Cristiano Ronaldo and Arjen Robben. I don’t deny that they are supremely talented footballers but they are also frankly, a disgrace to the game. Both fell to earth theatrically in clear attempts to con the referee and this time both were deservedly booked as there was obviously no contact between them and the defending player. I’m not sure what the answer is. A retrospective red card on video evidence? The threat of castration?