OK, I suppose the reality is that the glass is really “half-full”, but I was somewhat disappoined with the results from the Champions League. At least from what was my expectations after the first leg.
On the positive, Borussia Dortmund lived up to billing, as they ripped Shakhtar Donetzk to shreds 3-0. The only thing left for the Neons is a good run in Europe, and they at least seem to be taking that seriously. In the Bundesliga, they are likely to grab 2nd, which is a decent result except that Bayern has run away with it.
Schalke was somewhat neutral. On the one hand, the Blues were reeling with horrible league form and looked a sinking ship. But they seemed to have recovered somewhat, and their away leg to Galatasaray was a solid performance. And it raised expectations that they would get the job done. Things started out well too, as they took the lead. Now you have to give credit to the Turkish side, they came into the return and played strong as well. After falling behind, Schalke had to desperately try and win, as the tie would no longer be enough. They basically just ran out of gas. Somewhat of a disappointment, since this matchup was for the taking.
Now to Bayern. Everybody knew that this was “over”, as their 3-1 away lead was likely insurmountable. So perhaps you’d expect them to take it likely, but like most fans, I wanted to see them rip Arsenal. Instead they played listless and deservedly lost, and all it could have taken was another Neuer-ism, and they’d end up with complete egg on their faces. Kudos to the Arse, but Bayern didn’t even bother phoning this one in. What’s worse, at times they reverted to their crap ways of the past, especially Robben, out of control, running all over into holes and ruining chances. Yeah, they advance, but hardly with any style. They could have made a statement with a crushing win. They made a statement alright, but it seems more like “we’ll coast along when we have a lead”. Which seems to have gotten them in trouble on a couple of occasions…
So what do you think?