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Chelsea vs. Valencia 3-0

Chelsea won on Stamford Bridge with the a score that says it all. With 3 goals the English were able to win Group E. Although Chelsea and Valencia beat to fill second place of the group, which plays in the spring European position, Chelsea finished first because made ​​only a draw Leverkusen with the last position Genk.

Drogba goals were scored by 3 ‘, 76’ and Ramires 22 ‘.

“The team were excellent. They showed great spirit, solidarity, responsibility” Villas-Boas said André, Chelsea manager.

“Conceding so early made it very difficult for us, but even then, we had two big chances” said UNAI Emery, Valencia coach.

Group E ended with Chelsea and Leverkusen who go further in the Champions League knockout phase, Valencia who goes to Europa League and Genk going home.


Champions League tonight!

Tonight is a night loaded with matches in the Champions League. Today begins the first series of matches in the fourth round of the Champions League groups. After today the situation of some groups will be very close to the final, while in others we hope will be complicated.

Here are the matches to be played today:

Zenit – Shakhtar Donetsk
BATE – Milan
Plzeň – Barcelona
APOEL – Porto
Valencia – Leverkusen
Genk – Chelsea
Arsenal – Marseille
Dortmund – Olympiakos

For betting fans, they can bet online before the game and during games and the odds are not disappointing, Unibet Romania showing odds that attract many bettors.


Surprise brought by Trabzonspor AŞ

As the most important competition from the European football, Champions League, has started, the beautiful goals didn’t wait long to appear. But with the goals came also the surprises, even if we are only in the group stage.

The shock was brought last night in the game between Internazionale Milano and less known Trabzonspor AŞ. Şenol Güneş’s men first managed to shake one of Italy’s best team and the 2010 champions, as Ondřej Čelůstka struck to secure a famous win on the club’s debut in Champions League.

After a first balanced first half, when both team tried to take the lead, something changed. The second period brought another Trabzonsport team in the field. Motivated and wanting to make a good figure in front of their own fans, they pushed until, they got results.

Čelůstka won an aerial duel for Halil Altıntop who crashed a fierce shot against the bar. Čelůstka reacted first, picking up the loose ball, and shooting it back across César for the winning goal.

Many have talked about Gasperini decision for change the three-man defence for a four-pillared back line sustained by Joel Obi, Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti, where the creativity was inexistent.

Luckily for Inter is that we are just in the group stage and can recover. For Trabzonspor AŞ on the other hand was a well deserved victory with 3 important points achieved.


Barcelona and Milan finished in a draw

Last night, one of the most interesting games from Champions League was the one between Barcelona and AC Milan. It was a meeting of two motivated teams, with high expectations but which ended with a draw, score 2-2.

The game has a blowing start with Pato’s goal in the first minute that shake Camp Nou. Barcelona didn’t settled with this and then Pedro in the 34’ and Villa in the 50’ which put them in the lead. A situation that no one expected and that confirmed once again that a game is over only after the final whistle, Thiago Silva scored in the 90+1 making a draw for Milan.

We made ​​a good game, we played well, but it cost us as we entered in the field with too much confidence. We need to be grounded and pay attention to details.  Fans have nothing to worry about. This draw leaves a bitter taste, but we’ll sweeten the situation with some victories. I trust my team that we’ll continue to achieve beautiful things! ” said Pep Guardiola, Barcelona’s manager.

Bad news keep on coming for Barcelona, with the injury of Iniesta in the 39’. He has a tear in the femoral biceps of the left foot and could be out for more than a month. The midfielder will be under a deeper investigation to find out exactly extent of injury.


Barcelona got the best deals

Summer has passed, the transfers window is closed now. The clubs are in the position of drawing a line in order to see the spending for the new players and to see if they worth the money.

One of the big spenders of this year is Barcelona who managed to end last year with a deficit of 19 million euro.  This year, they continued on the same route, making the most expensive transfers from Europe by bringing Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas.

But still, they are very lucky. Once that Fabregas signed for them, the t-shirt sell and the increase of the ticket price on pre-sale, brought them almost 20 million euro, a huge sum of money even for them. The thing that helps with everything is the perfect shape of Fabregas, a midfielder with a scoring rate equal with the one of an authentic striker.

With a squad like this, Barcelona are again favorites for the Champions League trophy. The next meeting from this competition is tonight, when they will face Italy’s champions, AC Milan. It will be a big game, but they have the right players to make a difference.