Thursday, April 26, 2012

Germans win on penalties shocker

Bayern Munich overcame Real Madrid last night to book a 'home' final clash with Chelsea on the 19th May. For Jose Mourinho it will be bitter disappointment as the door appeared to be open for him to achieve a third 'big double' with a third different team.

Having gone two goals up early in the match, Real should have been in the box seat but Bayern have quality throughout their ranks especially in the excellent Robben. They will be strong favourites to overcome what will be a tired and depleted Chelsea next month. The prospect of Ribery against Bosingwa alone should strike fear into the Stamford Bridge club.

For Real Madrid, their task is now to close out the remaining league fixtures and wrest the La Liga crown from Barcelona. It will however not be enough to sate either Mourinho, his paymasters nor the fans. Everyone at the Bernabeu knows they have missed a huge opportunity and for Mourinho in particular, he has lost the opportunity to ride out of Madrid with two fingers in the air to all the nae sayers in the Spanish press with whom his relationship has become untenable.

Bayern's Bundesliga campaign has been poor given the resources at their disposal. They have been soundly beaten by the youthful Dortmund team yet they will care not should they lift the famous trophy yet again in Bavaria - No Nonsense.