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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Champions League Real Madrid 0 - Arsenal 1

Well, that was a bugger of a match, was it not? Poor play all around from the boys in white, I would have to say. Fortunately, it seemed they were simply out of sorts (or sync) as opposed to being disinterested in putting forth a proper effort. I thought the effort and desire were there, but the touch and creativity were not.

Arsenal must be credited with sticking with their game plan of counter-attacking and doing enough to disrupt the Madrid attack. Henry, Reyes and Ljunberg were thorns all night, with the Frenchman scoring a nice goal after having muscled his way through the Madrid defense (but if you expect me to put up that video clip, you can stick it up your arse...nal!).

And speaking of the defense, it should be noted that Woodgate managed to injure himself once more and is expected to miss about a month. This is certainly a blow to Madrid, as he had been playing exceptionally well the past month.

The tie is not over, but the climb is surely a bit steeper now that Madrid must pull off a win at Highbury. Perhaps it is in that very return leg that Arsenal's youth will begin to feel the pressure.
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