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A few thoughts. September 12, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in European soccer.

Some thoughts on the games of the weekend:

  • I watched a replay of Real Sociedad v. Barcelona on ESPN3 after work and turned it off early because I had somewhere to be and thought it was a foregone conclusion. But I remember Pep Guardiola’s body language as apoplectic and didn’t really understand at the time. But I have to think he knew.
  • I was glad to see Mauricio Pinilla scoring the eventual winner for Palermo. He’s very talented and it would be good news to see him hit some kind of dominant form.
  • What hit me most during the Wolves-Spurs game was how sad it is that Ledley King can’t play more. There are no center backs in England, and few in the world, as perceptive at reading the game and composed about going about their business. I laughed out loud to see the contrast between his composure and the approach of his central defensive partner Younes Kaboul, which is essentially knowing how to apply all of his monstrous physique to an opponent’s body without committing a foul.


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