UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

A day after Bayern Munich sent a loud message that they are indeed a strong title contender, the UEFA Champions League favorites from Barcelona take the field at the San Siro today to take on AC Milan (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Barcelona will be fielding a full-strength lineup today against AC Milan, with the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi pulling the strings against a Milan defense that will have its hands full. The good news for AC Milan is that star striker Stephan El Sharaawy is healthy and in the starting lineup today.

In Turkey, Galatasaray will take on German side Schalke 04 (2:45pm, MSG+ and Fox Soccer Plus) and they’ll be unveiling former Champions League winners Wesley Snjeider and Didier Drogba against a Schalke side beset by injuries. The Bundesliga club still has some weapons though, including Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan, among others.

If you will be watching today’s Champions League action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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55 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

  1. biff says:

    Turk Telekom Arena, Galatasaray’s home stadium…

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    is operated by none other than Anschutz Entertainment Group–better known by LA Galaxy fans as AEG. Makes the Drogba move to Galatasaray very interesting.

    Also, the Arena has the world record for loudest fan cheering at a soccer match: 131.76 decibels on March 18, 2011.

    Go Jermaine Jones. Make us proud.

  2. MikeG says:

    I like how Schalke’s forwards and midfield is shifting left and right in relation to the position of the ball, they pressure and get near somebody after they lose possession, and find space for each other to pass to after they get the ball back while playing a decent compact game…such a fundamental game…smart and simple.

  3. RB says:

    Well that was emphatic. Galatasaray came to play.

  4. Francois says:

    Sulley Muntari looks horrible in the midfield for Milan. He needs to go at the half.

  5. elgringorico says:

    lol jermaine strikes again. will miss next leg.

  6. Pete says:

    35′ Jones gets yellow card for theatrical diving display yet Schalke still get free kick out of it. By the book ref.

    • MikeG says:

      I would take Jones out and not risk a Red card.

    • Bird says:

      Terrible call by the ref. Who gives a yellow card for that? He was fouled, he did not dive or embelish it, he simply turned to the ref and shook his hand to say “that should be a card” for the Gala player, not overly aggressive or loud either. Very mild mannered you see it a few times every match, yet this ref gives him a yellow of it and now he has to watch himself for the rest of the match. Certainly affects his play from now, the ref shouldnt have that impact on the match for something so trivial.

  7. A says:

    Glad I decided to watch Milan play an entire match with 10 within a few yards of their 18.

    • beachbum says:

      at the San Siro no less

    • beachbum says:

      funniest part is that Milan probably had the best chances while maybe 20-25% of the possession

    • away goals says:

      Assuming the game remains 0-0, I’d expect them to continue playing ultra conservatively until the last 15-20 minutes.

      Then probably bring on a fresh attacking player, though still only adopt a moderately more aggressive attitude.

  8. Pete says:

    Jones scores all is forgiven!

  9. elgringorico says:

    JErmaine JONES!! Great goal off a terrible error by Galatasaray.

  10. A says:

    Jermaine Jones goal!

  11. bryan says:

    jones!!!

  12. Pete says:

    And it’s only been 5 years since his last one in the CL.

  13. beto says:

    Jermaine!!!! great run and finish, Gala defenders doubled up farfan with the ball and left JJ wide open.

  14. Nick4235 says:

    Yes Jones!! I just hope Klinsmann doesn’t go “look he scored. That means he’s an attacking mid.”

    • elgringorico says:

      Yeah t he play actually began from a quality turnover that he sparked. Good to see him hustle down the field and finish it off

      • Nick4235 says:

        Oh he did great to start it and I think he doesn’t get as much respect from Americans as he should but he’s not an 8 no matter how much JK wants him to be.

        • MikeG says:

          Agree 100% he is a DM who can start attacks and get a bit forward to make good passes. He is part DM and part Box to Box. This is where it is nice to have versatility of two positions packaged into one position..nice to have on an international team.

  15. BCC says:

    For all their greatness, Barca whines and cries more than other teams. Just play the game.

    Great goal by Boateng.

  16. ed - houston says:

    Nice surprise, or shock, Milan winning 2-0, hummmm

  17. MikeG says:

    Schalke game has a bad ref and is way to card happy.

  18. elgringorico says:

    Earlier I heard/saw that this was JJ’s first CL goal in 5 years. Who is the highest scoring American in the CL?

  19. RK says:

    Even Marca thinks the first Milan goal should’ve been called back.

  20. YO says:

    YES!!!! It is Christmas all over again, now the hard part is to win the second leg at Barelona. Not a great fan of AC Milan, just love the fact they beat the one man team.

    • BCC says:

      You will not find a person who “dislikes” Barca more than I do, but they are by no means a “one man team.” Xavi, Iniesta, and Puyol are incredible players, some of the best ever.

    • elgringorico says:

      And there you have it, the most incredibly wrong statement anyone has ever made on these here interwebs

    • Raymon says:

      “one man team”…..welcome to soccer, which is clearly a new sport for you YO. A one man soccer team is an oxymoron. The Barcelona organization and team is far far more than a one man team. Most of their players actually came from their own development academy. All their players are international caliber competitors. Messi is a force of nature, but the team without him would still be a top team in the world. I wont bother to name the other quality players on their roster, cause it’s basically all of them. By way of reference, there are two parts to the scoreline, and Messi cant be responsible for both. Thanks for the laugh.

  21. Joe says:

    I don’t know if Milan deserved to win 2-0, but I know for sure Barcelona deserved to lose 2-0!
    That was the worst “version” of Messi today and a disaster game by Fabregas.
    Barcelona are so dependent on Messi that when he doesn’t show up, they look clueless.

  22. xias says:

    Barcelona should have bought Dempsey last summer

  23. biff says:

    Jermaine Jones was awesome against Galatasaray both offensively and defensively and that goal was a thing of beauty–and he just about had a goal in the third minute with a hammer shot on target after dribbling around the defender from the corner. Jones touch today was the best I have seen and his passing exceptional. The yellow card he got was a joke. Never seen that before, otherwise Barcelona players would be getting 10 each game.

    And, guess what folks, Jones had a great game with a goal in the CL while playing in a defensive midfield position. I will say it right here and now: Jones is without a doubt the best and most important midfielder on the USMNT and people who will not admit it are in denial.

    • Hogatroge says:

      I love the nastiness JJ brings to the USMNT, and for all his card troubles w/ Schalke, he’s never been expelled from an international match.

      That said, when he and Bradley click (see vs. Scotland) it’s sure something.

      I hope JK does something to keep them both on the pitch together against Costa Rica while still deploying some width and attacking spark.

  24. chris says:

    Hahahaha Barcelona losing made my day. But its not fair they had more possesion than Milan. Hahaha Barcelona, crying when they win and even more when they dont.

  25. KJ says:

    Win a game possession does not, young padawan.