Sunday, March 20, 2005

A few teams in fine form

On a steep rise of form is Chelsea. Marvelous wins at Barcelona and a vacuum cleaner for points in the Premiership have the blues firmly in position for a treble.

I’ve been really impressed with the form of Manchester United. The team, like its trading value, continues to grow and grow. The overused phrase ‘the team has gelled’ comes to mind. There is a focus and constant threat coming from every angle. How many passes has Gabriel Heinze missed all season? What about the fantastic play of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane? In addition to that, the constant switch of play up front make it virtually a given you are going to need more than a goal for 3 points against United.

Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon), in France seems virtually unbeatable and they are doing it with great goals and open football. This is a really good team. While they don’t have much of a chance to win from the Champions League’s last eight, but they are a dangerous team and will cause problems.

While losing to Chelsea in a classic, Barcelona remains to me the most talented team in the world. They have a core in midfield with enormous potential. Look for Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o to grow even further around wonderful passers and a great sprit.

Porto are languishing and out of the Champions League. Taking over the helm of Europe in Portugal is Sporting Lisbon who has recently stepped up their form and takes a 3-2 advantage home against Premiership side Middlesboro in the UEFA Cup. Sitting close behind leaders Benfica in the league, expect Sporting Lisbon to make it a very close championship. In particularly good form are Sa Pinto, Liedson, Fabio Rochemback, and Hugo Viana.
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