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Bobby McMahon

Bobby McMahon

You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for and and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


Writing Off Spanish Soccer Is Premature

Written by on April 29, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Barcelona, Bayern Mnchen, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

Last Sunday, I had pretty much decided to write a piece on the approaching UEFA Champions League semi-finals. I even had the first paragraph done – “Just twelve months ago the accepted wisdom was we were getting set for a Champions League el clasico final. It didn’t happen but the bookmakers believe it will happen this time. Are we getting ahead of ourselves again?”   

Then Luis Suarez decided that Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic looked a bit tasty and decided to nibble on his arm.

Out went the Champions League and in came Suarez and his chomp.

At this time last week bookmakers had Barcelona….to read more click on the link.

2 responses to “Writing Off Spanish Soccer Is Premature”

  1. John Bladen says:

    German football has been progressing at an impressive rate in the last few years… but I don’t think anyone really expected two German clubs in the CL final.

    And hands up everyone who had Barcelona losing 7-0 on aggregate… with Messi or without.

    No disrespect to the German clubs this year (or the ManU/Che final of ’08), but I’d like to see a special “semifinal” rule in which if there are two clubs from the same country in the last four they must play each other in the semifinals… somehow the final loses something when it isn’t a contest between nations.

    Of course, nothing prevents there being three clubs from the same nation in the semis….

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    JB, if their recent battles are any indication, this CL final should be tremendous.
    I’ve always been of the belief that semis tend to be much better than finals. Teams tend to have to go for it while in the final a cautious approach tends to strangle managers brain.
    Bayern and Dortmund don’t seem capable of sitting back and defending. Yes they are solid defensively, but that also allows them to attack at pace.
    This is going to be a great final.

    By the way, I feel very much the same way about the Europa final.

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