• FT

    Zenit

    2

    Malaga

    2

  • FT

    Ajax

    1

    Dortmund

    4

  • FT

    Anderlecht

    1

    Milan

    3

  • FT

    Arsenal

    2

    Montpellier

    0

  • FT

    Dynamo Kiev

    0

    PSG

    2

  • FT

    FC Porto

    3

    D Zagreb

    0

  • FT

    Man City

    1

    Real Madrid

    1

  • FT

    Schalke 04

    1

    Olympiakos

    0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Etihad Stadium

Attendance: 45740

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Manchester City

  • Sergio Agüero 73' PEN

1 - 1

FT

Real Madrid

  • Karim Benzema 10'
  •  

    James Tyler: Cheers, all! The Boot Room is nothing without every single one of you.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #EnglishClubsAreBrilliantInEurope

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Guys and gals, again, have a great day tomorrow. I'll be thinking of turkey from an ocean away. And pumpkin pie!
    Thanks for your company. JT, Rog and I enjoyed it.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @12thLady I've yet to go there but hear it's good.

  •  

    James Tyler: Spots at the dance filling up rapidly.

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Bayern, Schalke, Dortmund. All moving on to the last 16

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    Ravi Ubha: Dortmund and Madrid through.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Recap on who has gone through

  •  

    [Comment from Ed]
    Happy Thanksgiving All! Thank you Rog, JT and Ravi, awesome as always

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Everyone is awesome! Happy holidays!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes, everyone, have a great Thanksgiving.
    We should all be thankful for the Beautiful Game.

  •  

    James Tyler: Happy Turkey Day, all. This English expat will gladly accept the offering of a Christmas warm-up in November.

  •  

    James Tyler: Not sure if you saw the Benitez news, Charlie, but I was drawn to it. Lashed and forced to write on it. Give me leniency!

  •  

    [Comment from Omaha]
    Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for the wonderful punditry

  •  

    Roger Bennett: He's been paiting the boot room. Working man

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    Thanks Ravi, Rog, and James. Happy Thanksgiving!

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Have a great holiday everyone

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    JT, thanks for showing up....

  •  

    [Comment from maverick]
    Ravi, I get the impression you are a City fan

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Almost Rog, but I appreciate it! @r_ubha

  •  

    James Tyler: ATTENZIONE: We'll have a Boot Room for Chelsea-City. Time to be confirmed. Check ESPNFC.com

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Mancini smiling because now he knows he won't have to deal with Balotelli anymore once he gets the sack

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: City.

  •  

    James Tyler: Three points from five games. Real Madrid, Dortmund and Ajax "too tough"

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    I must ask - Chelsea or Man City over the weekend?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter

    @rogbennett

    @jamestylerespn

    @raviuhba

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

  •  

    [Comment from David]
    City looked terrible, toothless from free play.

  •  

    [Comment from depressed red]
    should rafa had waited for mcfc job to open up tomorrow?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You may not be the only one.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: At least they can focus on being shoddy in the Premier League now. Still top

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    I'm not going to lie. I find great pleasure in City's failures.

  •  

    James Tyler: English clubs in Europe. Dominant.

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    Man City relegated to playing in Ukraine on some Thursday night. Sorry lads.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    He's lucky to have drawn in the first place!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Your EPL Champs are out...

  •  

    James Tyler: How dare the referee not allow one final City counter-attack? BIAS. SHODDY OFFICIATING, etc.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Mancini smiles but he is crying on the inside.

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    Ravi Ubha: Madrid and Dortmund through, City eliminated.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: FT: City 1-1 Madrid.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: City can't get hold of the ball... damp sqibbing. Time to get the sprinklers on City groundstaff

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: And this one is all but over. Mourinho urging calm from his side.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Garcia with a yellow, frustrated.

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    James Tyler: To crudely paraphrase Alan Hansen, you'll never win the Champions League with draws, Roberto.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hey, if City can't qualify for the next round, no use playing in the Europa League. Focus domestically.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: And they may not. Into the 95th minute.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Milner looked spritely since he came on... giving them life on the left. one minute to go

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Get one first!

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Time for Hart to come up for corners yet?

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Arsenal win 2-0

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Just out of Tevez's range.

  •  

    [Comment from chicagooner]
    Full time for Arsenal, 2-0. They advance as long as Schalke holds onto their 1-0 lead.

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    Ravi Ubha: Dortmund win 4-1 in Ajax.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Cue photos of glum looking City fans...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Silva, ooh, almost. His looped through ball is inches away from finding Tevez's outstretched leg.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tevez close, scooped through by Silva unable to control

  •  

    [Comment from Torres]
    Ravi, Can you call and SHOUT at Mancini for me please!!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Half of the five done...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Milner thinks he has a throw, but ball off him, apparently, and throw to RM.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: But City back in possession.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    hahahah someone could make a video with all of Mourniho's facial expressions.

  •  

    [Comment from kevin (usa)]
    wow, Mourihno's sarcastic applause was priceless

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Where Man City will have another early exit.... AGAIN

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Radio commentator on Man City v Real game persisting with pronouncing Coentrao the same as the orange-based liqueur Cointreau,

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Tevez to Maicon and back to Yaya at the edge of the box but he skies it over.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Yaya with a sand wedge when a putter would have done. Blasts over

  •  

    Roger Bennett: In truth, the Real ten have appeared comfortable...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: FIVE MINUTES of added time and Jose is furious.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 5 to play. Mou cant believe it

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 90 minutes is up

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    City playing for the Europa League.

  •  

    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Only makes sense if Mancini pushes Toure to forward.

  •  

    [Comment from Cule X]
    Is Roberto out thinking himself again?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: '90 - Di Maria off for Albiol.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Back problem.

  •  

    [Comment from Brain]
    Is Mario even in the squad?

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Really you take out Aguero... Mancini???

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Three at the back, no Tevez, now this.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Milner trots on the field with a face that suggests he cant believe he has been bought on either

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: That makes no sense whatsoever.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: There will be no last minute heroics for Kun tonight... off for Milner

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: '88 - Milner on for Aguero (?)

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: City need a moment of magic...maybe they can conjure up one more.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Painful moment in the Arsenal match: Vermaelen went for a full clearance and smacked it right against the face of a Montpellier player. Vicious.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Even more now, given that Madrid has won a free kick just inside the City half.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Casillas is out to avert any danger and for now, the pressure is relieved.

  •  

    [Comment from burbank]
    Tom Hanks takes lessons from Suarez

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Five mins to go. City MUST score...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great question.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Corner.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    More theatrical player: Ronaldo or Suarez?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Great weighted ball by Yaya to Maicon, whose volleyed cross is cleared by Coentrao.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: To reiterate, even if City wins, the chances of advancing are slim.
    They'd be on 5 points and Madrid 7. To have any chance, Madrid would have to lose to Ajax - at home.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: City buzzing around the box now. Dzeko Tevez Silva really enjoying themselves. Final shot has been... missing

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    With that much talent and lucre, the need to be a goal-down or backed into a corner is a perplexing quirk. #MCFC

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Ronaldo. The boy who cried wolf

  •  

    [Comment from burbank]
    The official has botched this game somewhat

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: It was a foul. But also theatrical. He didn't need to go down.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Bizarre that Man City, modern era megalith, requires heavy dose of underdog mentality in order to play with coherence.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Calling that theatrical shows your bias. That was a clear as day foul.

  •  

    [Comment from Avi]
    That was a foul! No wonder Ronaldo is furious!

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    Poor Christiana.

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Ronaldo? Theatrical? Cant be...

  •  

    [Comment from Gooner]
    Was a foul though

  •  

    Roger Bennett: If you are not watching at home... Mou STILL gesticulating for a yellow for the foul on Ronaldo...

  •  

    [Comment from maverick]
    Kompany pushed him there to be honest

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Referee Rocky... seems appropriate for this game

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: It was 1 v 4 and Ronaldo was blocked off by Kompany.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Quite theatrical there from Ronaldo, who is peeved with the ref. So is Mourinho.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: City working the ball around with confidence. What a contrast to the first half. The forward 6 all seem hungry to get on the ball...

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    You're going to get roasted if Milner does score, Ravi...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Shouldn't be too harsh on him. Went from a winger to defensive mid at City and then England.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: About to enter.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Need a goal, so who do you bring on? James Milner.

  •  

    James Tyler: Mancini had better hope Kompany isn't actually hurt. Matija Nastasic has been a marginal upgrade over Stefan Savic thus far. And Kolo Toure's diet pills have hobbled him immeasurably.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Di Maria wants a card, as usual, when he's felled by, I believe, Zabaleta.

  •  

    [Comment from Vargo]
    Ooh, that looks bad for Kompany.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    That is a SEVERE cramp...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Kompany hobbled... Mancini making adjustments. Ten minutes to go. How he wishes he could bring on Dzeko now...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Silva initially pulls out of a challenge with Pepe (smart), wins the ball back, feeds it to Dzeko with a reverse ball but his cross/shot finds no one in particular or the net.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    A City win here would make for an interesting final matchday, especially considering Dortmund will already be group winners and won't have anything to play for.

  •  

    [Comment from Ross]
    I actually think mexes goal is better than zlatans

  •  

    [Comment from TottBot]
    When it comes down to it, Ajax is just an obscure dish washing detergent

  •  

  •  

    [Comment from Jarrod]
    BRING ON DZEKO!!..... oh wait

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Watch the first 10 mins. Then all of the second half.

  •  

    [Comment from Sunderland AFC]
    i'm at work. Is this worth rewatching tonight?

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Tough as nails? Really? Maybe if you were talking about Ramos or Puyol...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Dzeko thought he won a corner, but goal kick to Madrid.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Fans finally revved up at the Etihad, chanting.

  •  

    [Comment from BAS]
    This is shaping up to be just about the worst possible pair of results for my boys in Red & White from Amsterdam. Match Day 6 will mean something to RM. That could be ugly.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I think the commenter was joking.

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie]
    Ridiculous statement...Arbeloa is as tough as nails

  •  

    [Comment from Beagle]
    That was a harsh penalty to be completely honest.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Was it a penalty? Only in Manchester. But the stadium has come to life. ladies and gents we have a real Champions League night now with 15 minutes left to play...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Comedy hour tonight.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Arbeloa wouldn't hurt a fly. He's Real's most timid defender.

  •  

    [Comment from kalz]
    i hope ronaldo scores the winner

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: A draw is enough for Madrid to get through. With Dortmund romping, they, too, would be through.

  •  

    [Comment from Chuck]
    Madrid are used to playing with 10-men vs Barca so they should see out the rest of this game

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Mou makes a switch. Benzema off. Verane on. Madrid just need to cling on to proceed. Can they do it?

  •  

    James Tyler: Touch premature, I mean.

  •  

    James Tyler: The insertion of Callejon seemed a tough premature by Mourinho. Removing Modric (who does hold things a bit in midfield) for the more adventurous youngster... early hubris, perhaps.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    What would happen if the game end up as a tie?

  •  

    [Comment from MBB_NYC]
    i wish i wasn't at work!

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Not a penalty at ALL!

  •  

    [Comment from Ike]
    AGUEROOOOOOOOO

  •  

    [Comment from Phil]
    Game on!!

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    YES!!

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    KUUUUUUUUUUUUUN

  •  

    [Comment from rocks and sticks]
    aguero!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Vargo]
    How is THAT a penalty, and the other end wasn't a foul???

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Mr. Cool is Aguero.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    My my. If City win this one, there's an outside chance that Real won't make it past this round.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Clinical. rolls into the right after sending Iker the wrong way

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 1-1!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yaya with a lofted ball to Silva, who feeds Aguero, who eludes Arbeloa. Right call.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Kun to take...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Sorry Kun...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Dzeko leveled. Red for Arbeloa... INTERESTING.. can City capitalize?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Second yellow to Arbeloa and he's off!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: PEN TO CITY!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: It's raining great goals it seems.

  •  

    [Comment from ucl in atl]
    need to check out the goal by AC Milan...Mexes with a sissor fom outside the box to the top far corner.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Gotze has been around for so long it's easy to forget he's only 20.

  •  

    [Comment from gooner14]
    sagna is good...but he isn't as good as lauren was

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Benzema down now clutching ankle/giving Real a breather after being clipped by Silva. Deprived of things to cheer for by their own team. City fans most boisterous booing Real.

  •  

    [Comment from D]
    SAF in a beret?

  •  

    [Comment from Salisbury City FC]
    Dortmund on fire, poor Ajax.

  •  

    [Comment from ucl in atl]
    did an ibro impersonation.

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    What a goal by Podolski

  •  

    [Comment from TottBot]
    I don't know.... Sagna stands out with that flamboyant hairstyle

  •  

    [Comment from Mario]
    Dortmund have 4. Götze with one goal and 3 assists. An ok evening for him... ;)

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Now Benzema on the turf clutching his right ankle after colliding with Silva.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ronaldo on the right from Pepe but Kompany turns on the jets to avert danger.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Feel like I should be buying a baguette off him.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: What a hat by Fergie...you'd never spot him wearing that.

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    Real just needs the scoreline to stay the same, Guest.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not underrated, was France's starter before injury.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Is Bacary Sagna the most underrated fullback in European football? He was injured for a while last year, but has been stunning after his return this year.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Modric is now a small fish in a big pond.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Real needs ozil, not callejon

  •  

    [Comment from Sanchini]
    Callejon is going to cause some mayhem as per usual

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Modric off for Callejon. '68

  •  

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: My thoughts, too.

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie]
    Aguero obviously could have done better, but that was a fantastic save

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    HOW DID THAT NOT FIND THE ONION BAG???

  •  

    [Comment from Philip]
    So unlucky for City

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Aguero could have done better. If he keeps it low, it's under Casillas.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Could Aguero had done better or is it just a case of Iker throwing himself into a good position?

  •  

    [Comment from Ike]
    Maicon has been a great signing. Good save from Saint Iker.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Saint Iker for Golden Ball? Who has been better for club and country?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ronaldo looks for the pen as he goes down in the box theatrically but nothing given. Rightfully.

  •  

    [Comment from grahamruthven via Twitter]
    You had one job! ONE! hasrobertodimatteobeensackedyet.com

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    CASILLAS IS AWAKE!

  •  

    [Comment from CH]
    SAINT IKER.

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    HOW THE HEll

  •  

    [Comment from Cule X]
    Casillas is a beast.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    you don't mess with Iker.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    I was sure that was in. What happened there!?!?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Wonderful cross by Maicon, gentle touch from Aguero but Casillas slides across and makes himself big.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Wow. City could not come closer. Ball floated across. Kun fails to convert as it drops near the goal line. Maicon played the ball. Casillas able to parry with his chest

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: What a save by Casillas!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: How did that stay out?

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    Flying volley with his left off a one two from giroud

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Rafael Benitez will be appearing in London's fashionable West End to perform the eponymous role in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker." Book now

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    GOALAZZO for Arsenal: Podolski gets a chipped pass from Giroud, uses his left foot to volley right over the GK's head. RvP, eat your heart out.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Someone: Details.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I take it Lukie scored?

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    PODOLSKI!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    WHAT A GOAL for Podolski! Oh my word.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Don't mess with head injuries.

  •  

    [Comment from chicagooner]
    Dear lord Podolski with a wondergoal

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    OH MY GOD WHAT A GOAL ARSENAL

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Man City fans thought that was a flop, but that was a serious hit. Good call to stop the game.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Classy City fans. Way to boo a player when he's hit in the temple.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Silva takes it... catches Khedira flush on the head... City players eager for the game to get back on... they are sensing a trickle of blood here...

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    And in Spain, they're saying "it just feels like the night for Higuain".

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    ohhhhh right in the temple

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    Giroud putting in some work for Arsenal's defense.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: From Silva.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Khedira on the ground, taking one for the team off the free kick. Ouch.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Neville: "It just feels like the night for Tevez."

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Maybe. His energy was much needed in the first half.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tevez over the ball... instant impact?

  •  

    [Comment from Pat]
    Think this game would be significantly different had Tevez started?

  •  

    [Comment from Stu]
    haha neville on tevez

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nothing malicious, but a clear foul.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Ramos yellow for handball... City have a real chance here.

  •  

    [Comment from Philip]
    I think it was a bad challenge from Garcia

  •  

    [Comment from dcu]
    sven bender gets an elbow to the face, bleeding pretty profusely

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    Nasri way to produce nothing.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    What % chance are people giving Messi to break the single season goals record?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Finally.
    Tevez on for Nasri.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Well, well, that looked like a blatant foul by Garcia on Arbeloa. Clear arm used by Garcia and slight pull back. Nothing given.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Arbeloa... a dive surely as he drives past Garcia... on a yellow

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie]
    Di Maria making the most of the challenge as usual

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Zabaleta carded for a good tackle.

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    It might not be very clever sounding, but George Best is a pretty apt one...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: T-E-V-E-Z.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    What does City need to do to get back into this game?

  •  

    [Comment from Sanchini]
    c'mon... that was all ball

  •  

    [Comment from Chuck]
    Simao Sabrosa

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Zabaletta slides through Di Maria who rolls over and over and draws a yellow. Real happy to break up play and get a breather, stop the Real momentum.

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    No yellow there ref! Not even a foul!

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    welcome back jack

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Dzeko making a nuisance of himself. Almost gets to a ball a yard away from Casillas. Zabaleta I'd say wrongly booked for a challenge on Angel Di Maria.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Phillipe Auclair just remarked that Wilshire's goal was his first for Arsenal since one against Aston Villa in the EPL on 27 November 2010

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    I can't believe no one's mentioned Hulk. Too easy?

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    how about the brazilians: HULK and Wagner Loooooove

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Li Na.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Li Na....or is it Na Li?

  •  

    [Comment from MBB_NYC]
    Phillip Phillips

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Dick Butkus - NFL linebacker. Case closed.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    My bit on Rafa Benitez at #CFC. He has his pratfall moments, but it could be a lot worse: j.mp/10eQlWh

  •  

    [Comment from yaya]
    Souchaux's CB Yaya Banana

  •  

    [Comment from ucl in atl]
    Radek Bonk

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ronaldo on the left in space but Benzema and Khedira cross each other up and Khedira's header doesn't really worry Hart.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Miroslav Satan.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Professional hockey player named Satan

  •  

    [Comment from brian]
    nacho novo or nacho camacho

  •  

    [Comment from RDM]
    lee catermole?

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Parody, parity... both apply here.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    City are starting to ask all the questions in the 2nd half...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Or remember Cris?

  •  

    [Comment from Sunderland AFC]
    my favorite name is "Fred"

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    Angel Rangel is a pretty good name too

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    best name is Tyton

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    [Comment from Phil]
    Snodgrass all the way

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    [Comment from Jackson]
    Silva! Cmon

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Garcia and Yaya starting to boss the midfield. Only City's imprecision around the box holding them back now. Tevez for Dzeko may be a move that could change that

  •  

    [Comment from TottBot]
    Odemwengie

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    Ravi Ubha: Silva's decent shot on target easily stopped by Casillas.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Best name: Odamwinge (sp)

  •  

    [Comment from Ed]
    Coentrao sounds like a brand of coffee..

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Oh, poor from Dzeko. As big as he is, goes down like a ton of bricks, bad dive. Madrid counters but lose possession.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'll have a Coentrao on the rocks. nice.

  •  

    [Comment from KwV]
    It sounds like a declicious alcohol

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    Nasri looks poor as usual.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Depth of Serie A wasn't what it was even 5-10 years ago. The EPL has the most parody... i.e. West Brom knocking out two Chelsea managers in 2 years.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    RT @ESPNFC: .@JohnBrewinESPN reflects on Chelsea's sacking of Roberto Di Matteo and subsequent hiring of Rafa Benitez. es.pn/QvoqAc

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    Ravi Ubha: Nasri does something for a change -- he hacks down Modric for a yellow. Ex Arsenal on ex Spurs, Martin Tyler points out.

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    Ravi Ubha: Love that name. Coentrao. Coentrao. Coentrao.

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    Ravi Ubha: Coentrao in on the left but his cross is cleared.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    Juve is still A quality

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Milan would do well simply to advance out of the Group Stage.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Juve are still undefeated in Europe this year.

  •  

    [Comment from TottBot]
    Serie A is not what it used to be. It's more like Serie C+

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: That official enough :)

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: ARSENAL GOAL.

  •  

    [Comment from Phil]
    Why haven't you officially announced the Arsenal goal?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Aguero and Silva play a one-two, but for once, Aguero's first touch is poor.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: City almost equalize. Silva creates the opening. Aguero for once miscontrols when through on goal... great opening first five minutes for City who FINALLY look up for this

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    Ravi Ubha: Christian, smart if it's Juve, silly if it's Milan.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Oh, poor touch from Aguero as City were in 2 on 0.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    A team from Italy will win the Champions League...Smart or Stupid?

  •  

    [Comment from Raza_88]
    Wilshere for Arsenal!!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Alonso benefits from the fact that he does not look like *that* kind of player. He is very much that kind of player...

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Goal for Arsenal: Vermaelen does very well down the left, cuts in on his weak right foot, floats a beautiful cross that Giroud heads down perfectly to a running Wilshere. Excellent finish with the outside of his boot. Good to see him score his first goal after the injury.

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    [Comment from MJ]
    Xabi leads the world in "pointing as if he got all ball" when in fact he is mauling and oponent

  •  

    [Comment from Vargo]
    He may have scored, but Benzema looks very wasteful today.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Maicon whips in his cross on the right, Aguero in space, but Sergio's header is over the bar.

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    Roger Bennett: That's the Maicon City fans wished they knew and loved. Great movement to bang in a dangerous ball. Aguero heads over

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    So who had El Shaarawy on their pre-season lists? What a breakout season.

  •  

    [Comment from Will]
    El Shaarawy is single handedly keeping Milan relevant

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Take Dzeko off then sub him back in - he'll surely score then.

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    Ravi Ubha: Alonso with a scissor tackle (Neville says) on Silva. FK to City, About 40 yards away.

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    Roger Bennett: Silva throttled by Alonso... City threatening

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Anderlecht 0, Milan 1 - El Shaarawy, 47"

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    Ravi Ubha: Centra mid or CB.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Ravi, what in your opinion is the best position for a captain? Midfield general? Vocal GK? Calm and collected CB?

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Strong start to the 2nd half by City!

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Thank god, one of the defenders went off.

  •  

    James Tyler: Glad the ref didn't whistle Dzeko for a foul on Casillas just then. Goalkeepers have it too easy these days. The faintest implication of contact and the ref awards a free-kick.

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    Roger Bennett: Effort to free up Yaya and let him roam.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Time for one last one? Wenger and Uncle Scrooge?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Javi Garcia on for Kolarov.

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    Ravi Ubha: OK, back to the game.

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    City* lol

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    Ravi Ubha: Kammy is a legend. His commercials are awesome.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris C in Fargo]
    Chris Kamara Lionel Richie

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Game is up again.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Stay classy Madrid. Hala Madrid!

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Ok ok Kickoff no more comparisons I cant handle it!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Should we return to the game or keep going?

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    Ravi Ubha: Holy cow, everyone, that was fab.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Madrid fans reported to be singing "Glory Glory Man United"

  •  

    [Comment from Himanshu]
    Peter crouch and Timmy from south park!!

  •  

    [Comment from rocks and sticks]
    tello and adam sandler!

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    sagna and venus williams

  •  

    [Comment from Jer Bear]
    Rog and Rafa Benitez!

  •  

    [Comment from carson]
    Trump and Abramovich... They fired their mum

  •  

    [Comment from Collin]
    Berbatov in FIFA looks like Fredo from Godfather

  •  

    [Comment from GB]
    el nino & cameron diaz ?

  •  

    [Comment from Casey]
    Giroud and ... oh god, he's just so dreamy ...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Rav. Please make it stop!

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Bob Bradley and the farmer in that fmaous rural american painting

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    xavi and robert downey jr

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    mata and vertonghen?

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    AVB and Messi. Seriously, go Google it.

  •  

    [Comment from anon85]
    Puyol and a poodle

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Fellaini and Hendrix

  •  

    [Comment from Xavier]
    toulalan and clooney

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Will we have a situation where Rafa is managing both Chelsea and City?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I was thinking the same thing Rahul... managers. They are overrated.

  •  

    [Comment from CFC in SC]
    Fabio and Rafael....to easy?

  •  

    [Comment from KwV]
    Toure and Toure. I'd swear they're related....

  •  

    [Comment from yaya]
    Xabi Alonso and Ewan McGregor. Uncanny

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Don't feel too bad for him. He'll be crying in his cash.

  •  

    [Comment from Julio]
    I wept a little when I woke up this morning to read RDM was sacked. He didn't deserve this, the guy is listed on the official club website as a club legend. #OnlyOneDiMatteo

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    Roger Bennett: Second half is going to be fascinating. Will be judged by many as an indicator of whether the players are really responding to Mancini... you get the feeling if Real score again, humiliation may not be far away.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Andrea Pirlo's beard and Wayne Rooney's toupee.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Xabi Alonso and the Wahlberg brothers.

  •  

    [Comment from Remy Bucksyplenty]
    balloteli and denzel washington

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Pep Guardiola and Roberto Di Matteo.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Take a small break, guys, I can't keep up!

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    The drummer form the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Will Ferrel! Wait I did that wrong... but oh so right...

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Franck Ribery and Fabio

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    Ravi Ubha: Yeah!

  •  

    [Comment from Chris C in Fargo]
    Berbatov and Andy Garcia

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yeah.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    michael ballack and matt damon

  •  

    [Comment from Salvatore]
    George 'Greek Jesus' Samaras and Jesus

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Brad Pitt and Andrea Pirlo.

  •  

    [Comment from Sam R.]
    Luis Figo and Ross from Friends

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: AVB and Vertonghen.

  •  

    [Comment from Karthik]
    AVB and Mata.

  •  

    [Comment from Collin]
    Diego Maradona and the most interesting man in the world

  •  

    [Comment from Sunderland AFC]
    Fellaini and a mop

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Did predator have a face?

  •  

    [Comment from yaya]
    didier drogba and predator

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Ronaldinho, Mr. Ed

  •  

    [Comment from Other Chelsea Fans]
    john terry kevin spacey

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Ronaldinho...Tevez....and ribery....

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Now, now, let's keep this civil.

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Luis Suarez and a horse?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Interesting one. Like Ruffalo's acting.

  •  

    [Comment from Todd]
    Cesc Fabregas and Mark Ruffalo

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yeah, he'd say that !

  •  

    [Comment from Nick Bendtner]
    Me and Brad Pitt...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Like that one...

  •  

    [Comment from Dimos Thrylos]
    Antonis Nikopolidis and George Clooney

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Santi Cazorla and Alvin the Chipmunk

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: UR on a roll!

  •  

    [Comment from columbia, south carolina]
    david silva and the master from karate kid

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Ronaldo and Ronaldo.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    howard webb and jason statham

  •  

    [Comment from columbia, south carolina]
    joey barton and piers morgan

  •  

    [Comment from Ed]
    Ozil actually looks like St. Louis Cardinal legend Willy Mcgee

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Agree, Nasri a waste of cash.

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    Samir Nasri was such a poor purchase for City. He is way too inconsistent to be as self-centered and unwilling to defend as he is. SIlva is better at the same position. Buy a good winger who is willing to track back ( NOT MILNER OR SINCLAIR PEASE) and a solid defensive midfielder and City would be moving forward.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good one, valid. Mr. Cricket.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Gary Cahill and Michael Hussey. Given this is an all America chat no one will know who Mike Hussey is, but that's my entry anyway.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: OMG...I really am laughing aloud.

  •  

    [Comment from GB]
    OZIL E.T. ?

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Fergie and Fergie...fraternal twins, both equally insufferable!!

  •  

    [Comment from yaya]
    leo messi and radiohead's thom yorke

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Alexi Lalas and ZZ Top

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I start with Clattenburg and Koscielny.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Or two soccer players or soccer officials!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Seeing as this is HT: Let's do a separated at birth. One soccer player and anyone else famous.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    I think the best City can hope for is a tie.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Rafa Benitez lasting the season? Are you kidding me?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: The day he fires Bruce Arena

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    At what point will Roman run out of managers to choose from?

  •  

    [Comment from RDM]
    Even I could fix city's defence. Just put 9 players in their own half and one player in real's half to spice things up

  •  

    [Comment from dave]
    did city win the prem playing 4 in the back? i think they did but i dont think mancini remembered that

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: New poll question, folks.
    I thought about adding c) only as Roman's chauffeur, but I thought better of it.

  •  

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Not a City fan, but this 3 in the back has to stop.

  •  

    [Comment from Gooner]
    I would take an early exit to focus on competitions we could realistically win.

  •  

    [Comment from KwV]
    Tevez is warming up by swinging his 7 iron

  •  

    [Comment from RobE]
    uh, no Ravi.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: CIty fans... what changes would you like to see?

  •  

    [Comment from Giroud]
    Santos just asked for my jersey at halftime. I told him I don't play for Montpellier anymore

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Halftime at the spaceship known as Emirates. 0-0, but Arsenal looks like they have goals in them.

  •  

    [Comment from Raza_88]
    Arsenal game has also been quite dreadful.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Do any Arsenal fans want the Gunners to miss out on round 2 so it might give the board a wake-up call?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tevez time?

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    How worried should I be about Arsenal? An Arsenal draw and Olympiakos win would be a disaster!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Stick with this one. It can't be as bad. First 10 mins was OK, but then...

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    This is a horrible game. What game should I follow for second hals???

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Fergie? What about the other Black Eyed Peeees?

  •  

    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    I loved the City fan screaming "how can that be half time?" Hilarious.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Bradley is the best player on the team, really has grown into a good player

  •  

    [Comment from Jarrod]
    Everyone keep your eyes peeled for Santos!

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Howard has slipped over the last 2 years... and all he does is yell

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Tame Impala playing over the Etihad tannoy? Well done, sound man.

  •  

    [Comment from Josh]
    Doubt it. Not a huge list of unforced errors on Howard's part.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Tim Howard deserves his spot until he plays poorly for the US. But he's been clutch for us in the past, so no reason to change.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Rob Stone. Class.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    He's Brain, I'm Brian.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 45 minutes done. Madrid have threatened on the counter. Have not in truth had to do much. City have barely threatened. Will Real rue their missed chances in the second half... (probably not)

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Fergie is in attendance. Bring him in to the dressing room to deliver some hair dryer treatment.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Halftime whistle, thankfully. 0-1.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    No, the US has a long history of Hero worship so Dempsey and Howard will not lose their spots

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie]
    Modric has provided depth more than anything...he's a more than capable deputy for Ozil, Alonso OR Khedira...from the games I've seen him play, he's been fantastic

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    City need to travel back in time and play with some quality in order to advance

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Is it Brain or Brian?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Linesman saves City -- defense extremely flat. But for all of the disorganization at the back, the stat that most irks City fans will be the one shot the team have mustered on goal in the first half.

  •  

    [Comment from Brain]
    Will you at least let on positive City comment go through or will you continue to let your anti-City bias run the board?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You didn't say that :)

  •  

    [Comment from KwV]
    If you give me a better answer I will

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Folks?

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    off topic but does anyone else think Tim Howard coul lose his spot to Guzan? Guzan has played well

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ho hum, this game hasn't taken off. City know they're out of the group, so hard to be entirely focused, even if it is RM.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes and no. There, I answered it. I'll send you my address for the case delivery.

  •  

    [Comment from KwV]
    Answer my question and I'll buy a pint of Strongbow: is modric making an impact at RM? I feel like I haven't heard his name mentioned often

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Back injury.

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    Why isn't Balotelli playing?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    if City finish 4th in the group they're out of Europa too right?

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    "City have to start playing well."

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    @Vargo, act of God

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 3-0 to Dortmund, so Dortmund on the way to round 2.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Real Madrid has to let them score, and Dortmund has to let Ajax score.
    It'd be in keeping with what's happened this week.

  •  

    [Comment from Vargo]
    Ravi, what has to happen for City to have a chance of advancing?

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Yellow for Cazorla as he hacks down a Montpellier player to stifle a quick counter. Taking one for the team there.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Red.

  •  

    [Comment from gooner]
    how does arsenal look?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'd take Hummels on my team any day.

  •  

    [Comment from Salisbury City FC]
    Reus is amazing with superstar hair to match

  •  

    [Comment from Rex]
    hummels

  •  

    [Comment from kalz]
    ozil!!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Lot of talk on twitter that Eva Caniero has also left Chelsea...

  •  

    [Comment from Salvatore]
    Why would 'Arry take a job? England will be available in another 6 months. 10 tops.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ronaldo with the ball at midfield, starts his run, dishes it to Modric, but the pass is behind the Croatian. The fans liked that one.

  •  

    [Comment from MBB_NYC]
    Ozil!

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    I don't think Wilshere or Cazorla know that they can use their heads

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'd pick Reus.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Best young German: Ozil, Reus, Gotze, Muller, Kroos, Schurrle, Hummels, someone else?

  •  

    [Comment from Jer Bear]
    Ukraine in for 'Arry!

  •  

    [Comment from Sanchini]
    Aguero defends better than Maicon

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Lots of City fans rolling around Vancouver going to MLS games. They are the butt of alot of hate

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    It would be funny if the champions league and premier league winning managers were fired on consecutive days, while Wenger, who hasn't won anything in a long time is still securely employed

  •  

    [Comment from George]
    Yeah, Man City fans have been coming out of the woodwork in the U.S. the past 5 years. Shocking #bandwagon

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: He could be on his way to Ukraine to manage the national team.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Ronaldo hovering ahead of back four. Eager to command the counter from the middle of the field. You can just tell he is desperate to be among the goals tonight.

  •  

    [Comment from Superspurs]
    Haven't heard Redknapp come up yet.... if anyone can motivate Torres its him

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @honigstein Pwopah nawty firm? Heard they can mix it.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Bit of comedy as Giroud is on the wing and crosses in trying to find Wilshere, Cazorla, and Podolski. Not sure one of them will win an aerial challenge.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: One or two in Abu Dhabi

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Would love to see it: A manager with an attacking philosophy, and a quote machine. We love him.

  •  

    [Comment from Interista]
    Has anyone ever met a City fan outside of Manchester? I haven't

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    How about Ian Holloway? Should he get a chance with a big club?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Will try!

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Well played Ravi... love the word nervy. Now if you can squeeze in a 'whirling dervish'...

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremiah]
    Gotze, 2-0

  •  

    [Comment from Green]
    I'm still shocked.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Crowd's enthusiasm severely dampened at Manchester...

  •  

    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    City should feel fortunate to leave the field down only 1-0.

  •  

    [Comment from Josh]
    Just read about the Benitez news...definitely thought the "I went for lunch and Chelsea hired Benitez" thing was a joke

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No, no chance.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Do you think Mancini's job is actually on the line if he loses today?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Stats: 58-42 possession for City, as you might expect after the early RM goal.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: City looking more settled and less scrambled after a nervy start.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 10 minutes to go until halftime.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Shakthar is a good example of playing as a team, so in sync at times. I'd put that down to management

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    City are very lucky they're only 1 behind. Madrid should have 2 or 3 by now.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: The poor man's Chelsea? Tinkering owner. more money than sense? they have become a bit of a plaything. Never quite clear who is advising the new owners -- Liverpool are another example. QPR will get relegated and will hopefully be all the wiser when they return to the Premier League second time round.

  •  

    [Comment from Salisbury City FC]
    Rog, UCL day is a bad time to ask, but what is going to happen with QPR?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Benzema for Real.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Who scored the goal?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No disagreeing there.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Athletic Bilbao's manager is pretty good (and a bit crazy, which is always good).

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie]
    Alonso should be booked there as well I think

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Laurent Koscielny makes a 60 yard run with the ball after interception. Podolski ends up with it at the top of the box, but drags a right-footed shot well wide. Should have done better.

  •  

    [Comment from Collin]
    Podolski with a near miss. He and Giroud looking better, no?

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Shakhtar Donetsk's manager is quality. Same with Klopp and Pellegrini.

  •  

    [Comment from hari]
    Has to be the Malaga manager !!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yellow to AA for tangling with Aguero. Then Alonso clatters into the Argentinean.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Aguero starting to become a handful for Arbeloa... yellow for a mugging.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Lucescu, the Romanian.

  •  

    [Comment from Parag]
    Who is managing Shaktar Donestk

  •  

    [Comment from Mourinho]
    Mourinho

  •  

    [Comment from aamir]
    Pellegrini

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    JUPP! JUPP! JUPP!

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    You know it's been a bad week when the most stable big club in England is Arsenal.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Silva breaks into the box, on the right, cuts it back to Dzeko, but the pass is a little ahead of Dzeko and he can't get a clear shot away.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: @ColwynBayFC
    Chelsea have spent £69m on sacking managers since 2004. For that you can run a decent sized non-league club for 250 years

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    favortie manager in the competition? my pick would have to be Jurgen Klopp

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Intent was there, Wren, and his leg impeded Ronny.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Doesn't look like Yaya touched Ronaldo. I smell a flop.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Is it just me, or are the English clubs competing to see who has the worst crisis?

  •  

    [Comment from Stu]
    city making sure they dont qualify for europa

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    Oh c'mon ref first foul for Yaya!

  •  

    [Comment from john_iowa]
    maybe Abro will go after another Porto manager

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Yaya shows some passion finally... confronts the ref after bringing down Ronaldo and gets a yellow.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Toure booked and told off by the ref for a lazy challenge on Ronny. Justified. Misses last match at Dortmund.

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    Ravi Ubha: Playing under the little maestro at Watford.

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    What ever happened to Almunia?

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    Ravi Ubha: Oh, yeah, he's that good!
    No, it was with Aguero.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    he played a 1-2 with himself? Hes amazing!

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    Played a 1-2 with himself? Very nice.

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    [Comment from Jackson]
    Just wish Maicon was 8 years younger

  •  

    [Comment from Jackson]
    See that's what Maicon can do.

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    [Comment from paul]
    gotze will be terrifying if he isnt that already

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    Ravi Ubha: Ha ha.

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    [Comment from brian]
    almunia still hasnt been capped #englandsnumber1

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    Ravi Ubha: Now that's why Maicon is in the lineup - for his offense. He plays a 1-2 with Maicon, races into the box, but his right-footed shot is two yards wide.

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    Roger Bennett: Yaya leads City in touches with 28 -- crucially just one is in the final third. He is going to be a barometer of their progress. The further forward they can release him, the better they will do.

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    Ravi Ubha: I really like Dortmund.
    Good balance, the defense is usually solid, Reus and Lewandowski are great up front.

  •  

    [Comment from hari]
    Ravi, how far do you think Dortmund can go in the ucl ?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: His ship has sailed.

  •  

    [Comment from Phil]
    Ben Foster is waiting in the wings.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    St. Iker is awesome. I'd still trade him for pretty much anyone other than Neuer.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Celtic say he is.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Don't generalize from the particular. Forster had two INCREDIBLE games against Barca, but is he really that good all the time?

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    So Rafa in for RDM hey? Why didnt Roman just buy Liverpool 9 years ago.

  •  

    [Comment from hari]
    Valdez is a mediocre keeper at best !!!

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Don't know if I'd put Joe Hart in the class of those other keepers

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I know Valdes gets a lot of plaudits but I've never felt comfortable with him in goal. Always a mistake waiting to happen.
    Good judgement in the air, making saves and the like should be the first priority, not playing from the back.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Loved Nasri's defending there. A big "no thanks, can't be bothered" from him.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    What's with all the good goal keepers being spotty? Casillas, Hart, Reina, Valdez.....

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Khedira all alone when the German was allowed to waltz into the box.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hart to the rescue!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great tweet: @pdbrown77
    It's predicted that by 2025 you'll be no more than six feet away from an ex-Chelsea manager.

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost 2!

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    Ravi Ubha: Not concerned one bit, me thinks.
    But now it seems England has a solid No. 2 in Fraser Forster.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    At what point does Hodgson become concerned about Hart's form? Or is the City back line really that bad that there's nothing Hart can do?

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    It's mostly Arsenal early. Wilshere and Cazorla look primed and the defense/Szczesny look solid, but Koscielny's crossbar header is the only notable goal chance.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    is it just me or has Iker Casillas been spotty as of late. Especially against Dortmund

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi.
    There's no question that he hasn't been as good as in season's past. He's been so good for so long that any dip is bound to raise eyebrows.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    @IGuryashkinESPN No, and he's have a striker who can score (from time to time, anyway) as opposed to one who is damaged goods.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    CITY WITH A (SHOT ON) GOAAAAAAAAAL (it felt as good as a goal for them, I'm sure)

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    [Comment from MBB_NYC]
    Ravi, what are your thoughts on how Casillas has been performing this season?

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    Ravi Ubha: The punch from Iker from the corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Aguero forces a comfortable save from St. Iker.

  •  

    [Comment from burbank]
    That counter attack produced a shot in 7 seconds

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    This looks like Varsity vs. JV.

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    Ravi Ubha: Just in case anyone's asleep at the Etihad, Hart just woke 'em up with an almighty, 'Away.' Corner amounts to nothing.

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    Roger Bennett: City attempting to impose themselves on the game by enjoying a bit of possession, yet Real poised to spring the counter on the flanks. Key that Yaya and Silva get on the ball if City are to steady this

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    RT @ChinaAC: So Benitez is 'interim' Chelsea manager.. As they all have been in the past anyway

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: A promising move unravels when Dzeko's pass has too little weight. Counter from Madrid, threatening. Ends with Modric's shot blocked for a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nothing dangerous, mind you, all on the perimeter.

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    Ravi Ubha: Finally, City with the ball in the Madrid half.

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    Ravi Ubha: No truth to the reports that Santos skipped today's game so he could wait near the tunnel for Ronaldo...

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    I think that should become a tradition. Halftime jersey swapping. It would make the second half much more interesting....

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    After the year and Chelsea win the EPL, Benitez will be sacked by Chelsea in favor of Jose or Pep. Liverpool, having been impressed by Rafa, sack Rodgers after finishing 10th and hire their old manager.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Los Verdes!

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    [Comment from Izzie]
    Ronaldo was ready to celebrate

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Can I borrow some of his hair? Him or Novak Djokovic.

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    Roger Bennett: For those not watching live -- Real Madrid are wearing a sludgy mossy shiny green kit. Like some kind of Hobbit movie promo tie in.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Now that's a double LOL.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Fun fact: Mikel Arteta's hair hasn't moved since 1997.

  •  

    [Comment from Rubio]
    ronaldo doing ronaldo things

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Ronaldo should've gone for the Messi patented one-touch-around-the-keeper move there.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    If Ronaldo follows up on his shot, he'd have scored. Lazy.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    It IS Ronaldo; he gets the spectacular and misses the simplistic.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: City rocking.

  •  

    [Comment from GB]
    I love Ronaldo's side part...much better than the mini mohawk!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ronny played onside, one on one vs. Hart, Ronny chips, but not enough pace and it's cleared. Then on the rebound, Ronaldo's shot is deflected for a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: How did that not go in?

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    Ravi Ubha: On side!

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    Ravi Ubha: LOL.
    No one worthy to swap with for Montpellier...

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Has Santos exchanged jerseys with anyone yet?

  •  

    [Comment from SG]
    Kompany and Maicon are non-existent when Ronaldo dribbles

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    So, City's looking strong, eh?

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Ronaldo just made Kompany look silly...three times.

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    Ravi Ubha: Khedira flashes a header wide.
    So far Ronny ever dangerous.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Interesting hair product for Ronaldo. Rigorous side parting. Did he pull it off? You be the judge...

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Maicon playing the 1 in the 1-3-4-3

  •  

    [Comment from Pavel]
    Yes, Rog, definitely. Mancini considers it good news. Not.

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie]
    Khedira should have done better

  •  

    [Comment from Salisbury City FC]
    Madrid better hope they don't go up 2 goals, worst position to be in.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Bad news for City: Early goal, giving Madrid more chances to score.

  •  

    [Comment from trevgunner]
    gervinho is available for whatever is in the man city couches fyi................

  •  

    [Comment from Green]
    What is this. I leave for lunch and Rafa is new Chelsea coach?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Maicon doesn't close down Ronaldo, who gets his low cross in to Khedira. Front of goal, eight yards, shot wide.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wow, that was SO easy.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Good news for City fans: early early goal. Plenty of time for them to respond. Going to be interesting to see if they can...

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    And no chance Muller goes to United. I can't see them breaking up this young group. If anything, I'll give MU some of my own money to take Arjen Robben

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Can't wait for City to overpay for more players. Wenger must have dollar signs in his eyes right now....

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    From the US - we are all thankful for the Boot Room. Cheers gents!

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @teddy_montoya Nate Silver developed SPI for ESPN (seriously)

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: City trying to quickly reply but Kolarov can't get his cross in.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Breaking news: Manchester City appoint Roberto Di Matteo as Interim First-Team Coach.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Don't want to make a habit of doing that.

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie]
    Man City to come back and win this time?

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Can't wait for Ronaldo to look evilly at the grass and blame it for a poor shot!

  •  

    [Comment from Philip]
    WOW Maicons defending was awful

  •  

    [Comment from mike]
    too easy...

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    thank god for the bootroom - how can i be expected to work on the day before thanksgiving?

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    hahaha here we go!!

  •  

    [Comment from RDM]
    Where do I send in my application for the city job?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Modric to Di Maria, loads of time for the cross, Benzema gets behind Maicon, easily, and he has a tap in from two yards. '10

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Di Matteo in for Mancini. Anyone? Anyone? #RM #MCFC #UCL

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Wry smile from Mancini.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Karim Benzema!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hart's legend continues

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nice spell of possession for Real and it ends in a goal!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Well, he should be actually -- annoyed that is. He was brought down with no attempt to play the ball and there was no card.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ronaldo pointing and being a pest.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    REUS!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    and dortmund are infront

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: JT, all eyes on Shakhtar vs. Juve. No thought of them letting up now...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Silva, Mr. Forgotten, with a good chance to shoot from outside the box but his effort is blocked.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Montpelier has a lot of possession early on. Arsenal readjusting to 11 vs. 11

  •  

    James Tyler: Exactly. But I bet the hammer comes down on Adriano for such an anodyne thing. I'm just glad Shakhtar scored four other goals that rendered the "incident" rather moot.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    That's not going to amount to much, especially if he appeals to CAS. He didn't break any rule.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I agree, JT.
    And like you said earlier, when fines are given, they're quite ridiculous - lesser fines for more serious offenses and vice-versa. Bendtner and the underwear...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Rafa Benitez: Two good things for Chelsea fans
    1. He is not Avram Grant
    2. He's magic
    http://i.imgur.com/pa9xA.gif

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    James Tyler: Spirit of the game is so silly, Ravi. It's haphazardly applied and examples are made of the easy targets. When UEFA or FIFA actually takes a bonafide stand on issues like racism, I'll have more faith in their judgment. The Luiz Adriano kerfuffle is diversionary nonsense, in my opinion. But it's a simple case for them to hoist someone on a petard, make an example etc.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Come on City, I'm rooting for you just because I want Real to lose!!

  •  

    [Comment from Jarrod]
    What about that ugly RM kit Ravi? Let's talk about that!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Didn't give ball back to Nordsjaelland when he should have. The home team put the ball out of play when one of their own was down injured.

  •  

    [Comment from Lewis]
    sorry, but I missed it. What did Adriano do?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Spirit of the game.

  •  

    [Comment from Kasey]
    How can you be charged for something that isn't a rule?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Four minutes in and not anything of note to tell you about at the Etihad. Quiet.

  •  

  •  

    [Comment from Pep talk]
    0-3 Mancity loses and Mancini ges axed on Friday

  •  

    [Comment from paul]
    that whole adriano thing was messed up!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hart's recent form hasn't been good.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Mou gone with the Peacoat. Interesting.

  •  

    [Comment from Lebron Mourinho]
    3-2 Madrid, Hart will let in a easy goal

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nothing dumb in soccer, Aaron. Be proud.
    I watched the first half of Shakhtar last night. Turned out to be eventful.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Am I dumb for not watching the Man City/Madrid game? Arsenal can advance tonight.

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    2-1 City

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    [Comment from MBB_NYC]
    3-1 Madrid. ronaldo hasn't scored in the last of couple of games

  •  

    [Comment from Philip]
    2-0 Madrid

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    [Comment from Phil]
    5-2 madrid

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Ronaldo hat trick: 4 - 1

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Bold, Jason, bold.

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    0-0

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    [Comment from Vic]
    2-1 man city

  •  

    [Comment from RobGFOP]
    City 1 - Ronaldo's right thigh 2

  •  

    [Comment from Mark D]
    1-2 real

  •  

    [Comment from Aboud]
    Prediction: 4-1 Madrid wins

  •  

    [Comment from burbank]
    4-1 Read Madrid

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    2-0 madrid

  •  

    [Comment from Jer Bear]
    3-1 Madrid

  •  

    [Comment from D]
    3-1 RM

  •  

    [Comment from Connor]
    2-2

  •  

    [Comment from SG]
    Malaga has no competition in their group

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    Apoel's on a whole other level.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: They're doing fine now but you would imagine he'd help.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    I feel like City is going to get slaughtered.

  •  

    [Comment from chicagooner]
    How good would Malaga have been if they had held onto Cazorla?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Everyone else...?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Prediction: City 2-2 Madrid.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Kick off!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Good thought, but I don't think you can equate any team in La Liga with APOEL.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Going to be interesting to see how Real play the first ten minutes. Mou could try and overpower City right from the off and blow them off the field... jugular time?

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Malaga = this year's APOEL?

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Maybe Zenit will hire RDM to piece together their mysterious team.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Muller or Kroos? Carrick no longer the player he was; Kroos would be an upgrade.

  •  

    [Comment from Jace]
    Ravi, would United try and go after Muller from Bayern?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Gooch played.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: In case you missed it earlier, Zenit and Malaga drew 2-2. Malaga wins group.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Goosebumps.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    I hope everyone is standing and singing the champions league song

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Blood pumping now right? That anthem get me every time

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: In a perfect world, how about Cazorla and Tiote?

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    who would you buy for United to make the midfield stronger? scholes and giggs being gone, who would your priority be

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    I forgot choice 6: No city player whining when Mancini subs them

  •  

    James Tyler: THE CHAAAAAAMPIIIIIOOOONS

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 2-1 to the Belgians.

  •  

    [Comment from JJ]
    Ravi, prediction on Anderlecht-Milan?

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    A defender, Grace.

  •  

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hmm....they're doing fine as it is, but as it's been said before, the D could use bolstering.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Who do Barcelona need to buy this winter to help their Champion League chances?

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    MUFC lost to Norwich... easy there JOE

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: A good fit for who? You think RDM would go to a side that's on the slide? Any manager at AC Milan after what happened in the summer needs loads of time.

  •  

    [Comment from Philip]
    Ravi, Thoughts on RDM to AC Milan for Allegri's replacement? A good fit?

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    BTW, "sacked" sounds so much more lyrical than "fired"

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not this season, no. Too thin in the center of midfield and defense suspect.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    United destined for champions league glory??

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed]
    Torres will be playing in the MLS in 2 years

  •  

    [Comment from RobGFOP]
    I think Roman has his heart set on pulling Falcao out of his stocking.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No. I wouldn't have guessed it.
    RDM was the first manager from a West London team to get the sack...not Sparky.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Hey Ravi, did you lose any chickens when Roberto Di Matteo "won" the sack race?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: If there's anyone who can unlock him, maybe his former boss at Lpool.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Will Torres survive this season? He looks like second in the chopping block.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Alright I'm here. The boot room can begin!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tough not to go. The severance packet is the stuff dreams are made of

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    PEP DON'T DO IT!!!! DON'T GO TO CHELSEA!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    both AVB and RDM was sacked after the PL match against West Brom. coincidence much?

  •  

    [Comment from Aleksei]
    So you're saying there's a chance (0.4%)

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    Beating Nords and Shaktar beating Juve. Not happening.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Good one.

  •  

    [Comment from Gunner]
    Will Rafa be sacked if Chelsea lose to City this weekend?

  •  

    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Never thought it would be "permanent manager RdM fired for interim manager Rafa Benitez" hahaha

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: They need to win at home vs. Nordsjaelland AND hope Shakhtar, already through, beats Juve at home.

  •  

    [Comment from hari]
    ok so what is the scenario for chelsea to still make it ?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hey, could be. A great sign that Giroud has started scoring (notice how many goals he scores at the near post? loves those runs).

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    SPI odds to advance from UCL Group D(eath): Real Madrid 99.3%, Dortmund 99.2%, Ajax 1.1%, Man City 0.4%.

  •  

    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Ravi, call me crazy, but I think Arsenal pour it on today. Confident group, and Mont are not in good form. Repost this when Montpellier win.

  •  

    [Comment from EmpireITtech]
    and he has to play ManCity this weekend lmao

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'll go with a draw in Amsterdam.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: City game this weekend will be a can't miss. But on 20th April 2013 a Chelsea team possibly still managed by Rafa Benitez and maybe containing Fernando Torres will travel to Anfield to play Liverpool.

  •  

    [Comment from D]
    Dortmund and Ajax today...think Ajax can keep the dream alive?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: He was disappointing for Denmark last summer at the Euros.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    When does a big club pluck Christian Eriksen from Ajax? This summer?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Official: Rafa appointed until the end of the season.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I look forward to Rafa pulling some paper out of his pocket and ranting at Fergie.

  •  

    [Comment from Pep]
    NO THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Rafa Benitez: out of the blogging game and into the fire. Nice of him to take focus off Mancini/Man City too.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Dembele is back in training, i guess, not quite fit yet

  •  

    [Comment from RobGFOP]
    Rafa is keeping the seat warm for Pep.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 3-1 Arsenal.

  •  

    [Comment from Frimmy]
    Arsenal-Montpellier scoreline prediction?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Dembele has been a big miss. Such a classy player.

  •  

    James Tyler: Nice of Chelsea to totally upstage Man City's Euro failings this afternoon, by the way.

  •  

    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Tomorrow's Spurs v Lazio should be a good game. Spurs need the win in Rome. Dembele wont be playing but Adebayor will probably start.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    LOL Here comes Rafa!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Will Benitez get along better with Roman than his former US bosses? Could Roman be a step up?

  •  

    [Comment from Stu]
    perfect job for benitez...chelsea on resume and when roman axes him he can say he does it to everyone

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: It wouldn't say anything special. If City beats Madrid, it's not like it would be a massive shock.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    SPI odds to advance from UCL Group B: Schalke 91.2%, Arsenal 83.6%, Olympiakos 25.2%, Montpellier 0.0%.

  •  

    [Comment from Greg]
    If Man City win today, what does that say about Ronaldo and Mourinho?

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    Dortmund-Ajax easy.

  •  

    James Tyler: He even blogged on MLS games. Rafa the blogger.

  •  

    [Comment from chicagooner]
    So will RDM now be linked with every BPL club in a 'crisis'?

  •  

    James Tyler: Find his official website. Think it's rafabenitez.com, Phil. He blogs there. It's great.

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    Dortmund-Ajax, Alex. Or Arsenal-Montepellior.

  •  

    [Comment from Phil]
    Benitez blogs? Why hasn't anyone told me this before... Website please?

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, I don't think Benitez can even afford to think about matching Mourinho's legacy. He's just trying to survive until Christmas. One day at a time in that gig. Legacies are for dreamers.

  •  

    [Comment from Phil]
    I think RDM's next job will be at AC Milan. To me Galliani is waiting for a reason to axe Allegri after their horrid start to the season. RDM would be a good replacement persoanlly.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Anderlecht vs. Milan?
    Never thought I'd say that...

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Other than Man City Real Madrid, what is next best game to watch?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Challenge with Benitiez is the legacy of Mourinho. Said to have done in him at Milan. Mou is still on texting terms with many of the Chelsea veterans... going to be very interesting.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: A matter of when, not if, as he keeps hinting.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Would love to see Jose back at Stamford Bridge...it will even more be Chelsea vs. the world

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No Clichy tonight...ankle injury.

  •  

    James Tyler: To be honest, Benitez is not a bad person to serve as interim boss for Chelsea. Far from it. But funny to see him emerging from his home, where he's been blogging tactics for a while now, to take on this job of all jobs.

  •  

    [Comment from Rick Lee]
    That Mancini quote in a load of bunk. He should play 3 at the back, ask Maicon to play conservatively against Ronaldo

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Mancini is being a realist, not trying to cover for his team when he says City can't really advance. Thus, maybe he's saving Tevez for Sunday.

  •  

    James Tyler: Lads, lads, I can't stop laughing at Chelsea. Someone please send help.

  •  

    [Comment from Rick Lee]
    How about that Dzeko start? He's at his best coming off the bench

  •  

    [Comment from Sid Farber]
    Real Madrid 4-2 win at City. Book it. Modric with 1, Ronaldo with 3

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    Who in their right mind would fire RDM..for Rafa? Idiocy.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Rafa Benitez will be swiftly wielding the axe on his arrival at Chelsea - on Jose Mourinho's old desk. The Damned Chelsea.

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    Ravi Ubha: LOL.

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    [Comment from Jason]
    Ravi, in other words: "I have no idea when it comes to tactics, so I just make stuff up."

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    Roger Bennett: Ronaldo back in Manchester. Snooded and begloved

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Pep shouldn't go to Chelsea. It would be horrible for a man of his stature if Abramovich treated him shoddily and witheringly like the others. Pep is a legend and doesn't need any roman crap.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hmm, the lineup doesn't fill me with excitement. Draw?
    No Tevez.

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    [Comment from Grace]
    CIty"s chances???

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    Ravi Ubha: You would think that after paying as much as they did for Modric he'd get a look.

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    Roger Bennett: Hi Rav... Happy CL afternoon...

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    SPI odds to advance from UCL Group A: Porto 100% (clinched), PSG 95.8%, Dynamo Kiev 4.2%, Dinamo Zagreb 0.0%.

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Has Modric's stock risen above Ozil's? I am a fan of both players but don't follow Madrid.

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    [Comment from Joe]
    to be fair, arsenal vs united isn't much of a rivalry anymore

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    Ravi Ubha: "We know we do not have a lot of chance to advance."

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    Ravi Ubha: On Ronaldo: "I said three days ago we call the police around the stadium ...it's difficult to mark Ronaldo. He scores 1 or 2 every game. I hope for him it will be a bad night."

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Waiting for confirmation that the Rafa Benitez introductory press conference will be a bonus ep of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

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    Ravi Ubha: Mancini: "I think that is not important if we play 3 or 4, the attitude is important to play our football." (formation)

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    Ravi Ubha: Is Roberto Mancini playing 5 at the back with that lineup, or a 3-5-2?
    I'll enjoy watching Maicon try to contain Ronaldo.

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    Ravi Ubha: Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Maicon, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Barry, Tevez.

    Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Varane, Kaka, Ozil, Albiol, Callejon, Nacho.

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    James Tyler: The Torres Whisperer at Stamford Bridge.

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    Ravi Ubha: Guys, I'll give you the lineups first, then we can continue to chat about RDM.

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    Ravi Ubha: 15-1. That may be too conservative.

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    James Tyler: Fat Spanish waiter... he's just a fat Spanish waiter...

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    [Comment from Lou]
    If I were a betting man, and I am. What odds should I be looking for before backing City to advance?

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    [Comment from Aleksei]
    JT, Lamps, and El Nino are gonna love the revolving line-up to come...

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    Ravi Ubha: Rafa got the best out of him, so could he possibly do it again?

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    [Comment from Jer Bear]
    I bet Torres will love the Benitez appointment

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    Ravi Ubha: I have already applied.

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    [Comment from Stretch]
    I want the Chelsea job. I will be terrible and get fired with a large severance package.

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    [Comment from guest]
    adriano should be banned

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Fact: AVB outlasted RDM

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    Ravi Ubha: No, not only RVP -- Silvestre. Remember him? Oh, dear...United got us good there.

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Ravi, you mean Arsenal to United.

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    Ravi Ubha: Matt -- that's coming up, but not now!

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Will the Special One resign after the game and go back to where his heart is? His daughter is moving to London

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    Ravi Ubha: Thanks, John.
    So, Roman wants attractive football, eh? He's not gonna get it with Rafa.

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    Ravi Ubha: Their chances of qualifying would still be very, very slim.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Fact: Rafa Benitez to be announced as Chelsea boss in the next few minutes.

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    [Comment from Aditya]
    What if City nick a winner today?

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    I cant be the only one who thinks RdM to Rafa is a downgrade?

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    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    Tributes to Di Matteo. That was an unbelievable CL run.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Dan.
    Here's why: Massive club in the world's most popular league. Would look on the resume. So you'll get fired. Who cares? Prospective employers would expect it!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Adriano's gamesmanship void is an easy issue on which UEFA can grandstand as it's one few would argue against.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Who really wants the Chelsea job? You are doomed from the start with Roman in charge

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    Ravi Ubha: Loyalties count for nothing nowadays. If players can go from United to City, Spurs to Arsenal, United to Arsenal, etc...

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    [Comment from Guest]
    thoughts on a EX Liverpool manager taking over chelsea?

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    Ravi Ubha: Even if it's 4-0, I don't think so.

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    [Comment from Rubio]
    Does mancini get fired after man city loses 4-0 today?

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Steve.
    No chance. He wouldn't come to Chelsea mid-season and amid all the instability. Rafa is the man, it seems.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Luiz Adriano tedium. "Spirit of the game" applied so inconsistently. If fined, bet it's larger than racism-related fines.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Di Matteo gone...Pep in?

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    Ravi Ubha: Manchester City vs. Real Madrid is the game I'll be focusing on, but we'll keep an eye on everything. Roger and James Tyler will be joining us for what figures to be a fun evening.
    Another Shakhtar incident tonight?

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, everyone, and welcome to what shapes up to be a wonderful Wednesday in the Champions League.
    Is is the night when Man City is officially ousted?

 
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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Manchester City

  • 13(6)

  • 18

  • 21

  • 66%

    34%

  • Real Madrid

  • 14(5)

  • 20

  • 10

Manchester City

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Joe Hart

D

4 Vincent Kompany

D

5 Pablo Zabaleta

D

33 Matija Nastasic

M

3 Maicon

M

8 Samir Nasri
F
32 Carlos Tevez

M

13 Aleksandar Kolarov
M
14 Javi Garcia

M

21 David Silva

M

42 Yaya Touré

F

10 Edin Dzeko

F

16 Sergio Agüero
M
7 James Milner
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 30 Costel Pantilimon
D 6 Joleon Lescott
M 7 James Milner
M 11 Scott Sinclair
M 14 Javi Garcia
M 18 Gareth Barry
F 32 Carlos Tevez

Match Stats

  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid
13(6) Shots (on goal) 14(5)
21 Fouls 10
4 Corner kicks 2
3 Offsides 7
66% Time of Possession 34%
5 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 1
4 Saves 5