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WMR
02-19-2008, 01:37 PM
Liverpool vs. Internazionale @ 2:30 on ESPN2


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Roma vs. Real Madrid @ 5:00 on ESPN Classic

This is when it starts getting REAL good.

OldRightHander
02-19-2008, 01:40 PM
At least I'll have something to watch if I don't find a load by then. I'm currently watching Everton and Reading on FSN. Those should be good matches, but I hope to be on the road by then.

M2
02-19-2008, 01:50 PM
Rafa Benitez's job could be riding on this game. If Liverpool loses at home, then the Reds have officially hit full-tilt crisis status. They're out of the FA Cup and they'd be on the brink of being eliminated from Europe while also running behind in qualifying for Europe next year.

Roma's likely going to put some serious Catenaccio on Real, trying to shut down Guti's service to the forwards.

WMR
02-19-2008, 01:53 PM
Rafa Benitez's job could be riding on this game. If Liverpool loses at home, then the Reds have officially hit full-tilt crisis status. They're out of the FA Cup and they'd be on the brink of being eliminated from Europe while also running behind in qualifying for Europe next year.


Benitez says Reds will not walk alone

Rafael Benítez has called upon Liverpool FC's supporters to rally the team through these tough times as they prepare to meet FC Internazionale Milano in the UEFA Champions League first knockout round at Anfield on Tuesday.

Cup shock
Europe represents the only realistic hope of Liverpool – 19 points off the pace in fifth place in the Premier League – winning silverware this season after they were beaten 2-1 in the FA Cup by lower-league Barnsley FC on Saturday. However, manager Benítez draws strength from the club's famous anthem as he seeks to turn around a disappointing campaign, saying: "We know they [the fans] must be behind the team because they always are. When you have a legend that says You'll Never Walk Alone, that means something.

Change vital
"The players have confidence and know that this is now another competition, so we will try to win this game and I am sure we can do it," the Spaniard added. "We must win because we have to change what's happening. Inter don't have too many weaknesses so it will be difficult to find them, but we have some ideas and we will try to use the quality we have in our own squad." A late substitute against Barnsley, captain Steven Gerrard will return along with rested goalkeeper Pepe Reina while Fernando Torres is expected to shake off a hamstring strain. Fellow striker Andriy Voronin (knee) and defender Daniel Agger (metatarsal) remain out, however.

Unbeaten streak
Italian champions Inter defeated AS Livorno Calcio 2-0 on Saturday to stretch their unbeaten run to 29 games in all competitions since losing 1-0 to Fenerbahçe SK on Matchday 1 – and their lead atop Serie A to eleven points. Coach Roberto Mancini said: "Even though we are winning on the home front, it's still not enough. We want to improve, and to succeed in the Champions League is a huge goal for absolutely everyone. We are aware there is still a long way to go but that's certainly our aim. This stadium [Anfield] is part of the history of football, so it would be absolutely fantastic to come here and win."

Wounded animal
Mancini added: "I suppose it is true to say that Liverpool are not playing particularly well in the league at the moment, but that means they have to give everything in the Champions League, so that might actually make it more dangerous for us. We are going to have to be very attentive and very careful. We have a great deal of respect for Liverpool and we know the next couple of games are going to be very tough. To play well here, in this kind of match and in this kind of stadium ... if we were to win, it would be a truly prestigious victory."

Ibrahimović back
Key striker Zlatan Ibrahimović and Nicolás Burdisso are available again after suspension – the defender having served a six-match ban – although midfielder César is suspended and Luis Antonio Jiménez injured. In midfield, Patrick Vieira lacks match fitness but could play along with Luís Figo. The Portuguese made his comeback as a substitute against Livorno after fracturing his fibula in November.

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/fixturesresults/round=15106/match=301890/report=pr.html

OldRightHander
02-19-2008, 03:18 PM
That was surely a break for Liverpool, but I'm not sure that deserved a card.

M2
02-19-2008, 03:55 PM
Back at the beginning of the season I wrote that Fernando Torres has a way of disappearing in big games and today is a perfect example. Liverpool's a man up and he's nearly invisible so far. He could still have a flourish, but he should be able to get the ball on his feet and run by some people.

WMR
02-19-2008, 06:29 PM
What looked to be nil-nil ended up a 2-0 victory for 'Pool. Massive.

WMR
02-19-2008, 06:29 PM
That one shot by Torres that Julio Cesar BARELY pushed wide should have been a goal.

OldRightHander
02-19-2008, 07:15 PM
What looked to be nil-nil ended up a 2-0 victory for 'Pool. Massive.

Could have been 4-0 easily.