Three die as Barca and Chelsea fans clash in Lagos

A 23-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a makeshift pub, Shiro in Lagos on Tuesday night during a fight between fans of Barcelona and Chelsea football clubs.

According to police authorities, the boy was killed  when supporters of the two clubs some of whom were reportedly drunk, engaged in a fight following the outcome of the football match which favoured Chelsea FC.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, confirmed the incident, he however stated that no arrests had been made.

“On Tuesday, around 10pm, a report reached Shasha Police Division that one John Idoko was stabbed to death with a broken bottle during a match between Chelsea and Barcelona football clubs,” he said.

The policespokeperson also said that “the owner of the pub said almost all her property was damaged during the fight as the fans went crazy.”

Also, two football fans lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident while celebrating their club’s victory.

Mr. Jaiyeoba confirmed the two deaths and warned fun seekers to be careful when celebrating, “there should be a limit to every celebration…celebrations should be carried out in a peaceful manner “.

“Around 11:30pm, a Volkswagen bus somersaulted and caught fire around Ojota end of Ikorodu Road inward Maryland. The two occupants were burnt to death” he said.

Season not for Barcelona – Pep Guardiola

Barcelona Coach; Pep Guardiola has so much to worry about this time as his exceptionally gifted team Barcelona failed in their bid to reach the final of the Champions league last night against Chelsea when they lost by aggregate 3-2 to Chelsea.

Guardiola told a post-match news conference he did not know what else Barca could have done but their elimination from Europe’s elite club competition highlighted the fact that when their flowing passing game fails they have little scope to adjust their tactics.

With only defenders Carles Puyol or Gerard Pique able to challenge the imposing Chelsea players in the air, pumping balls into the box was not much of an option, especially after the latter went off with concussion midway through the first half.

This has come as no surprise for some pundits going by the unimpressive performance displayed the Spanish club in their last three games as it has not be up to the standard bar of display the club has set for itself.

Guardiola was left musing on whether luck was simply against the club this season following a spectacular run of success that has yielded 13 trophies since he took over in 2008.

The was not able to pinpoint what why the team lost to Chelsea last night which would have passed as his third champions league finals in four years and sadly enough Barcelona who fell to the sword of Chelsea are the holders of the title and would also have passed as the first club to win back-to-back European titles since Ac Milan in the year 1990.

Barcelona could not defend themselves at Stamford Bridge during the first leg of the champions league game against Chelsea as they fell by a lone goal despite their high percentage of possession and array of chances created which could not be converted to goals.

In the El-Classico, Barcelona fell against their Spanish arch-rival Real Madrid in a game that ended 2-1 last week also after their unlucky performance against Chelsea.

Last night at Nou Camp in a game where Barcelona was touted to carry the day as it is in the tradition of the Barcelona to turn tables around, dramatically Barcelona never knew what hit them as they were not able to pin down Chelsea even after getting a 2-0 lead and making Chelsea play with one man down after Chelsea Captain John Terry was red-carded and will be missing the final coming up May 19th, Terry was sent off 8 minutes before the halftime whistle was blown.

Barcelona forward man Lionel Messi who serves as the eye and wonder man for the Spanish club couldn’t add to the tally of his 63 goal season after he was availed a penalty spot kick and he whistled it against the bar just after coming back from the first half break, he also missed a screaming chance which flowed off the post.

Chelsea at this point believed in themselves and within the team on filed encouraged their fighting spirit despite playing with a man down went for the killer strikes as they came from 2-0 to make it a final 2-2 draw with a Fernando Torres breakaway and a quick dribble of goalkeeper victor Valdes to seal the equalizer minutes to the end of the second half.

With Barcelona’s dismal performance this season Barca coach admitted that this season is not Barca’s and their focus now will be on the King’s cup as Real Madrid are inching close to lifting the La Liga title and the coach’s future with the Barcelona is right now shady as he would be speaking club president Sandro Rosell days to come.

Raul leaves Schalke 04, Metzelder unhappy

Christoph  Metzelder; one of Schalke 04 main defender expressed his unhappiness in clear terms on the departure of Raul Gonzalez from the German club, he said he is disappointed at the striker’s decision to leave the club at the end of the season.

Metzelder could not hide his feelings as he spoke on hearing the news of the striker’s departure.

Raul Gonzalez, 34, on Thursday announced after rejecting the offer handed to him by Schalke 04 for an extension of contract and said he will be continuing his career outside of Europe and this news has not made the club management and other players happy as it was seen as a big blow to the plans laid down by the management of the club for the new season.

Metzelder said he believes that the Spaniard’s departure is a heavy blow for the club, but insisted that it will open the door for new players to prove their worth.

‘Raul has been looked at in Schalke 04 with great respect by other players coming up in the club and he will pass in the history of the club as someone who made a large contribution to the success of the club and he will be solely missed because of his quality of play on field ‘said Metzelder.

The former Spain international Raul, who joined Schalke in 2010

The Spanish footballer before deciding to leave Schlake 04 plays as a striker for the German Bundesliga club and has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season.

Raul spent most of his career playing for Spanish club Real Madrid and is the club’s all-time top goal scorer.

The Spaniard is a three-time winner of the UEFA Champions League and has long been the competition’s all-time leading goal scorer.

He left Real Madrid on 25 July 2010, having scored 323 goals in 741 appearances to join Schalke 04

 

With Real Madrid, he has won several honours, including further La Liga titles in 1996–97 (scoring 21 La Liga goals), 2000–01 (scoring 24 La Liga goals), and 2002–03 (scoring 16 La Liga goals in a campaign truncated by a bout of appendicitis).

From 1998 to 2002, Raúl and Real Madrid also won three UEFA Champions League trophies in 1998, 2000, and 2002. For most of this time, Raúl struck up a prolific scoring partnership with Fernando Morientes and later Ronaldo.

Raúl took over the captaincy of Real Madrid when Fernando Hierro was transferred in 2003, a responsibility he held until leaving the club in 2010.

Despite appearing in two finals, in 2002 (in which he scored) and 2004, Raúl never lifted the Copa Del Rey.

Drogba sinks Barcelona at Stamford Bridge

Before the game against the Catalans Barcelona,interim coach Di Matteo prayed his choice of a pointman for Chelsea in a game of wit be the right one, as he selected Didier Drogba over Fernando Torres.

Now Di Matteo can be sure he made the right choice of a forward man tonight as Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a surprise win over Barcelona inching closer to the Champions League final.

It was the only goal recorded in the first leg of the champions league match as the Ivorien struck the Catalans in the first half stoppage time.

From the blow of whistle signaling the start of the match,Di Matteo’s boys played to instruction as they deviced a tactical and defensive formation keeping the Catalans at bay, although going by match stats, Barcelona got so much of the possession but were stopped every time they attempted to get to the back of Petr Cech’s net.

Spectacular goal attempts by Barcelona were from Alexis Sanchez and a curler from Pedro at stoppage time which both hit the goal bar, former Arsenal forward man Cesc Fabregas’ attempt almost produce an equalizer as it was cleared by Ashley Cole.

Also Barca captain Carles Puyol almost got an equaliser in the final minutes but thanks to Cech who brilliantly clawed out his close-range header.

It can be said that Barcelona were short of luck tonight plus they were tactically outplayed.

An impressive Chelsea side had a disciplined defence line which actually played out the mercurial Lionel Messi in front of the home fans likewise the visitors as Barca could not make any breakthrough to leave Chelsea with a slim lead ahead of next week’s second leg at the Nou Camp.

The goal which has put Chelsea in a better position came when Messi gave the ball away in the centre circle and Frank Lampard switched play with a fine pass to release Ramires down the left as he picked out Drogba lurking at the back post and the striker hit a left foot shot under Victor Valdes and into the net.

Drogba has been very phenomenal recently with the sinking of Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend,which is why he got the upper hand against Torres in the attack and he never dissappointed his coach as he produced the winning and only goal.

Wenger may face another UEFA touchline ban

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may receive his third UEFA touchline ban, inside of a year, for having a few angry words with referee Damir Skomina after Arsenal’s Champions League match against AC Milan at the Emirates earlier this month, according to a Daily Mail report.

Reports say that Wenger swore at Skomina after the match and called him “a disgrace”. The incident happened before a UEFA official and was also mentioned in Skomina’s match report.

Wenger was charged with improper conduct and UEFA’s disciplinary body will meet in Nyon, Switzerland, on Thursday to hear the case. Meanwhile, the Gunners boss thinks his actions were justified and believes he had good reasons for confronting the Slovenian official

Andre Villas-Boas backs Team Despite Loss to Napoli

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says he stands by the team he selected for the 3-1 champions league defeat by Napoli.

The Portuguese left Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres out of his starting eleven.

Cole was however introduced as a 12th-minute substitute for injured Jose Bosingwa while Essien and Lampard came off the bench in the second half with their side two goals adrift.

With Chelsea 17 points off the top of the premier league and facing a tricky FA Cup fifth-round replay away to Birmingham on the 6th march, the Champions League could be the only trophy which the West Londoners still have an interest in by the time of the second leg on the 14th of March.

Villas-Boas insisted that despite his side’s failure to win any of their past five matches, he was confident he would still be in charge when that game is played.

UCL: Ahmed Musa sure of Victory against Real Madrid

CSKA Moscow winger Ahmed Musa is confident his team could still shock out Real Madrid from the UEFA Champions’ League after they forced the Spanish giants to a 1-1 draw at home.

Musa, who played 61 minutes of Tuesday’s round of 16 games, said he was fulfilled making his UEFA champions league debut, but hoped for a better performance and result in the second leg at the famous Bernabeu.

Musa’s electrifying pace on the right flank caused so much worry for Real Madrid in the first half and the Nigeria international also had a chance to hit target.

Musa also disclosed that boyhood hero Ronaldo, who opened scoring for the visiting Spanish giants, acknowledged his talent and encouraged him.

Moscow cold worries Mourinho

Real Madrid’s coach Jose Mourinho seems more concerned with the cold weather and artificial turf at the Luzhniki stadium than Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first-leg opponents CSKA Moscow.

“Minus 10 (degrees Celsius) outside is not the same as a plus 15,” Mourinho told reporters in reference to the sub-zero temperatures in the Russian capital.

“Then you must play on a plastic pitch, which is not easy, especially in cold weather.”

The outspoken Portuguese expressed his dislike for the Luzhniki’s synthetic surface on his previous visit to Moscow with Inter Milan two years ago, saying soccer was “much more beautiful when it is played on a natural grass”.

“Nevertheless, we expect to get a positive result tomorrow, either a win or a scoring draw,” Mourinho said on Monday.

“The main thing for us is to get the aggregate victory and reach the quarter-finals.”

Mourinho also intends to field his strongest team on Tuesday.

“I don’t think I will rest a player just because of the cold or the plastic pitch,” he said. “We have a strong squad, all players are of the same top level and I will make my selection based on the opposite team and not on the outside factors.”

Real’s Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao said his team will have to overcome strong opponents as well as the elements.

“Of course, the cold would make the game much tougher for us. But it’s not just the cold we must worry about,” he said.

“(CSKA) are a strong team, they are used to the cold weather, familiar with the pitch, so it’s going to be tough.”

Coentrao and his team mates will be relieved to know that mild temperatures of around zero degrees are forecast for Tuesday’s game