we are off...
Review of 1st session of league coming soon ....
League Cup Quarter Finals
AND v SPL
SPL gaffer Leon didn't exactly give off an air of confidence before this one, two late strikes though sealed the win and SPLs defence looks particularly tough to crack this season.
ANDs Nic Colsaerts will surely land the cup golden boot but he was kept quiet in this one
PSV v FEY
Perhaps the mostly eagerly anticipated QF clash with the new boys going head to head. PSV stormed through their group with ease but manager Gary rested a few key players and his team were overrun.
A first half stall tactic failed to work as FEY cruised through the first half scoring 3 times and the game was all but over. 4-1 FEY and they will now face SPL.
MCY v VIL
MCY fans were in confident voice after the group stages however VIL were always going to be a tough test without a top GK.
An aggressive strategy saw VIL take an easy 3-0 lead into the halftime break and they never looked like relinquishing it. A goalless 2nd half sees the Spaniards through and with a squad looking relatively fresh they will fancy their chances.
ARS v SEV
A good game this with plenty of goalmouth action and ultimately GKs well on top. An early lead for the Gunners had their fans signing but a red card for your top striker is never easy to deal with, Giroud sent off midway through the first half.
SEV dominated with Szczesny keeping ARS ahead until a late equaliser broke their hearts.
Everyone loves a good penalty shoot out though ... Well except for Podolski and Kallstrom who both missed allowing the Spaniards to progress (Podolski having been brought on specifically with pens in mind looked particularly upset by the result but his new ad career with Pizza Hut perked him up again!)
The semis will see SPL play FEY in a clash of the top two teams in the game, and VIL play SEV in an all Spanish clash.
A fresher squad will, I think, see SPL home in the top clash and they will go on to defeat VIL in the final.
Good luck boys!