Wednesday, May 02, 2007

AC Milan 3 - Man UTD 0

Here endeth the lesson! All the hype about the quality of English football with three of the four semi-final qualifiers in the Champions League was blown away by the contrast between AC Milan and Man Utd.

All the hype about the brilliance of Man Utd, following their quarter-final 7-1 defeat of Roma and their resilient comeback in the first leg of the semi-finals to win it 3-2, seemed totally misplaced.

Last night Man Utd was given a lesson in football by AC Milan who totally outclassed their English opponents. The final 3-0 result could have been worse for United who hardly looked like scoring, while Milan oozed class and might have had several more goals. It wasn’t just football skills, Milan’s “aging squad” worked harder individually and gelled better as a team than their english counterparts.

This was a completely one-sided match and the winners must be long odds-on to beat Liverpool in the final.

Eamon Dunphy and John Giles on the RTE panel could hardly hide their delight at being proven right in their assessment of Ronaldo’s honesty and commitment.

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