Anderson's Goal(!) and Almunia's Header(!!!)
It's like I had said: Tottenham didn't have a chance in heck to beat United. But there were some hiccups.
I had just settled into my beanbag when I screamed "WHAT THE FOUR LETTER WORD JUST HAPPENED!!". Defoe bicycled a brilliant goal within the first minute of the match. That must have inflated the heads of Spurs fans to a humongous level.
I expected United going down against them, but within a minute?? No way! This was a much better Tottenham team than last season. Their results have shown that.
But Giggs and co. were just too good for them. No pressure was taken and play continued normally as if somebody had just joked that Anderson had scored a goal.
United were in complete control. But Spurs kept creating the chances. Crouch was brilliant and used his height very well.
Then came the free kick from about 10-yards from the box. The commentators were debating who would take it and how great Ronaldo was from these positions when Giggsy fired in one of the best free kicks I've seen. The top corner finish showed that he still had it in him.
There was no stopping there. The whole team suddenly came to life and Scholes started tackling. Period.
Then the most amazing thing happened. To make a long story short. Anderson scored. A fine left footer into the bottom corner. There couldn't have been a more relieved Anderson, who was having a good game.
If I have to analyse the player performances, again Fletcher stands out. He went for everything without fear—though he was reckless at times.
Foster had a good day and could have done nothing about the goal. I was expecting a lot more from Rio but it was his first match after sometime so that's OK.
Berba was excellent. With all the jeers and pressure, he played exceptionally well. He seemed to be a target for the Spurs players.
Rooney had a good game. Which was disappointing. He's been playing much better than that. But after Scholes sending off, which I would say appropriate, he turned it on and scored a brilliant goal by first putting the ball between that bald defender's legs, then between that Chelsea keeper's legs.
All in all, an expected result.
But a few hours before this match, was another exciting match between Man City and Arsenal. I was rooting for Arsenal but Almunia...I don't know what to say.
I know it wasn't on purpose but I can't help but think, "How many times does it rebound off the keeper and into the net? OK maybe a bit but how many times does it hit a keeper's head and go in??"
How much ever Emmanuel acted like an idiot, it was Manuel who stole the show!
Next week's derby is one I actually am ready to skip ANYTHING IN THE WORLD to watch. With United already breaking Arsenal and Tottenham's 100 percent record, its time these Blues are taught a lesson.
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