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Chelsea. Liverpool. Halftime. Words.

Posted By Brian Phillips On April 14, 2009 @ 2:45 pm In Uncategorized | 6 Comments

It’s only halftime, but I want to get down a few thoughts about the game.

First, while I realize that the actual playing of entertaining matches can only do so much to counteract the widespread belief that this is a boring tie, we are in fact now on the fourth consecutive fairly thrilling Champions League game between these two clubs. There’s a reason I get excited about the matchup every year.

Second, Aurélio’s goal: As I was watching the ball scud toward the part of the goal toward which Petr Čech was unaccountably not moving, I thought to myself, “I bet I have time to take a cab to the airport, buy a ticket to London, catch the tube to Stamford Bridge, and stop that ball myself before it crosses the line.” In Čech’s defense, however, it actually went in sometime during the second in-flight movie.

Third, Xabi Alsono: If you were to hear the words, “Ladies and gentleman, the pilot has had a heart attack,” is there any other Premier League footballer you would rather have on the plane? The man is just calm-seeming. It would be eerie, maybe, if it weren’t already taking steps to reassure you about its own eerieness.

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