Chelsea confirmed there was more than one way to win
Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all-time. Period. Stop.
During the early stages of his career his lightning quick moves and reflexes, along with him bombastic personality, made him one of the greatest attractions on earth. Who could forget the early wins of his career where his power and movement left many in awe of his abilities and ring generalship.
Of course as he got older and slower we started to see the “rope a dope”. Ali would lie next to ropes and he would just let his opponents go after him and expend a great deal of energy in an effort to be able to counter and find the one mistake that he could take advantage of. He also had a cornerman that helped him believe in the concept in Angelo Dundee. Not once was Ali criticized for the style that saw him win the heavyweight title two more times and in the process paying the price physically later on in his life.
I remember my dad saying a phrase that stuck with me after
There are several other instances.
This is the case with
Benfica had 180 minutes to make something happen, but they couldn’t figure it out. Many could blame the refereeing, but there were other issues where the Portuguese failed to meet their end of the bargain as well.
Napoli had a two-goal advantage but did not have the courage to seal the deal when they had the chance at
Then come Barça. On paper and in every stat, they were superior. Stats are wonderful when telling stories of triumph and defeat, but they aren’t how winners are determined. Barça outshot
Barça were so blinded and frustrated by the defense, that they often forgot about defending. They also forgot about shooting from the outside. Let me take that statement back. Barça don’t shoot from the outside. Bayern do. All it took were three offensive opportunities for
Bayern got caught in the same Barça-esque one-track mind of having to dribble through a defense in order to attempt to shoot. Their defensive lapses and inabilities to vanquish their opponent are more the reasons that they today are looking at the Allianz Arena and still think of what might have been. Bayern didn’t lose the match in penalties. They lost it in their inability to break their opponent’s neck when they had them down 1-0 with three minutes to go. They lost it when Arjen Robben got flashbacks and saw Roman Weidenfeller in goal yet again. They lost it when they Mario Gómez was neutralized. They lost it when they became wasteful. At that point, the match was lost. The penalty shoot out and the eventual misses, just made it official.
In American football, there is a saying that goes, “Offense wins games, defense wins championships”.
I am saying it because I am right? No, I am saying it because I was just as wrong as everyone else. Of course, I never even imagined that
Football is not just a game that has to be played attractively. There are no scorecards. You don’t get bonus points for scoring an attractive goal. They all count the same.
In football you have to . They out executed some of the best possible competition in which they faced the best player and the best team in the world in the process. They also faced a team that historically in this competition were looking to win against them, in their own backyard. A place where they only lost once all year. To be honest, right now