Betting Spy: Fashion faux pas sinks Barcelona

Grant Prior 11 years ago

Everyone can have an off night – even the mighty Barcelona.

The Spaniards stunk out the San Siro this week with an infuriating display of pointless possession with no penetration.

My dough is on the Catalans for the Champions League so the air around east London was pretty blue as their constant crab-like passing got more infuriating.

And what on earth were those shirts all about?

Barca were decked out in a luminous orange and yellow kit which made their midfield look like an 80s rave.

And things got even more surreal when Carlos Puyol suffered a head injury and reappeared sporting a bandage which made him look like bizarre seventies “entertainer” Max Wall.

Defensive wall or Max Wall?

They are really up against it now and will have to come flying out of the blocks at the Nou Camp.

A repeat of Wednesday night’s nonchalant dithering will see them out on their backsides and my next door neighbours looking to move.

It almost seems cruel to intrude on Arsenal’s private grief by highlighting their many failings.

So instead let’s concentrate on an outstanding performance by Bayern full-back Philipp Lahm.

That was a true world class display from a man earning about the same as Theo Walcott.

Lahm is obviously a better defender than Walcott.

And if Tuesday is anything to go by he’s a more dangerous winger as well as he covered every blade of grass down the right wing of the Emirate’s pitch.

The Arsenal fans seemed as confused as their back line as the initial boos turned into half-hearted encouragement at half time.

It will seem weird to have no Wenger at the club but money talks and he is now 9/2 second favourite behind Roberto Mancini to be the next Premier League manager for the chop.

It’s a pretty uninspiring set of fixtures in the Premier League this weekend but a double of Reading to beat Wigan and Everton to get the better of Norwich looks worth a shout at a shade over 4/1.


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