Friday, May 27, 2011

Pinto's Picks: European season in hindsight

 



Rated Barcelona stars settlement claiming lived just Spanish title up to their pre-season one-third.


Every time, if you make a prediction, you run the risk, such as a genius or an idiot.


Back in August last year I looked in my crystal ball and tries, forecast, what would happen in Europe's major leagues this season. Time to recall the action; see what were the big stories and what I did right and wrong.



Alex Ferguson with his 12 Premier League title.

Headline:
Manchester United won 18 of their 19 home games on the way to a record 19 Premier League title. Their dismal away form was enough a factor like no other team consistently challenge Sir Alex Ferguson of well mounted squad.


Told you so:
Prior to the season ahead I would be crowned champions United and arsenal would again finish empty handed. It is Arsene Wenger willing, his philosophy and tactics change, go the "Gunners" nowhere fast.


DOH!
I thought really Roy Hodgson would do well in Liverpool, but he was very disappointing at Anfield. I actually had the reds finishing before the Chelsea in the standings. Despite a late revival under Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool threatened to stop four never in the first.


Biggest surprise:
How are West Ham with Avram Grant, if everyone who I talk in the world of football says he is of the most uninspiring Manager to? Had a decent squad and infinitely much more potential than she had in this year showed, winning only seven matches all season.

José Mourinho error in its offer, Barcelona at the top of La Liga to overthrow.

Headline:
Make it three titles in a row for Barcelona as they add another case the argument, which they have the best team of all time are. Leo Messi was again fantastic the best football from all sides as the Catalans was in this season, and easily the José Mourinho galácticos won in the League.


Told you so:
I had Barca underachieving win the title and Atlético Madrid. To say I got both these predictions right happy!


DOH!
I thought Cristiano Ronaldo hit not the back would be expected more players of the net as often as the previous season, because I share the load. Of course, I was totally wrong about, as a new record with 40 goals in the Spanish first Division set.


Biggest surprise:
Deportivo down. Obviously, the Galician side had recently fought, faulty Europe since 2004, but I still claim to believed had they finish enough talent from the drop-zone. That is not and will play in the second Division for the first time in two decades.

AC Milan won their first League title since 2004.

Headline:
AC Milan win their first title in seven years in Maximiliano Allegri first season at the San Siro. The Rossoneri ended their rivals Inter Milan strangle a keep of the series. The Nerazzuri had won the last five SSC.


Told you so:
Rafael Benitez wanted to fight to the following in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho. Rather than keep faith with the tactics that worked so well for so many years, the Spaniard tries the team put its stamp and it back triggered. The first sign of difficulties arose during the early defeat to Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup. After I advance this match I would last at the San Siro Rafa not long and I was right.


DOH!
I predict that AC Milan would be too old, to the Scudetto win, but I was completely wrong. Their experienced players such as Clarence Seedorf and Alessandro Nesta, was once again and helped lead the Rossoneri on course.


Biggest surprise:
Udinese invented such as Juventus and Lazio to the final Champions League spot. With Chilean winger charts Alexis Sánchez from age and Captain Antonio Di Natale, increase the scoring come back once the Bianconeri finished fourth thanks to a draw on the last day of the season.



Dortmund fans turned out thousands for the team victory parade.


Headline:
Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga for the first time since 2002, eclipsing powerhouses Bayern Munich, which not to meet the expectations. Jurgen play a series of 14 wins in 15 allowed Klopp page a big advantage at the top take the ranking, and his young players showed surprising maturity and class, to hang in the first place.


Told you so:
While many people thought, would challenge Schalke for awards this season, I was never convinced that would be the case. Their midfield was very poor and Felix Magath had always been a good reputation for his players with his intense style burning out. Raul had a good season, and they obviously had a great run in the Champions League, but they have never any sort of consistency in the Bundesliga.


DOH!
I predicted Bayern again in the light of the fantastic season she had the title in 2010 would win, but a combination of injuries key actors and tactical error by Louis van Gaal meant that they hardly succeeded, third stop.


Biggest surprise:
There were so many unexpected twists and turns in the Bundesliga campaign with Hanover and Mainz qualification for Europe and Werder Bremen finishing in the bottom half of the table, but I have to go with Dortmund won the title. In the recital, that they had so many young players, I thought she would crumble under the pressure, but that does not happen, and they deserve much applause for their implementation


source:Cnn-Sport

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