Good Morning Fear The Wall!
The first leg of all the Champions League quarterfinals are all wrapped up, and German football now faces the genuine possibility that it will have zero representatives in the semifinals. Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will have to overcome deficits to make it through to the next stage of the competition, and while I wouldn’t count either out just yet, they’re certainly up against it.
Bayern Munich lost 3-2 to PSG last night, despite dominating much of the game. Keylor Navas and Kyliann Mbappe combined to spoil Bayern Munich’s night, Navas putting in an incredible performance between the sticks, and Mbappe going up the other end and scoring twice.
Mbappe speaks perfect English too. His talent knows no bounds!
The results so far, with highlights, are as follows:
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich 2-3 Paris Saint Germain
Porto 0-2 Chelsea
No Complaints Here
Sean touched on this a little in yesterday’s Daily Bee, but I wanted to take a moment to talk about the refereeing on Tuesday, and why I don’t think we should spend much time complaining about it. To be clear, none of this is an editorial decision, or me speaking on behalf of the rest of the writers, but it is something I felt worth expressing.
I think the referee shafted us, particularly with that botched call on the Bellingham goal. It should have been a goal, no doubt about it, and the blame lies squarely with the referee. They blew it. But I don’t plan to spend the next week writing articles about the great injustice we have suffered, and how it is us, the BVB fans, that are football’s real victims. Lord knows there are plenty of fan sites that spill a whole lot of ink talking about how hard done-by they are. Even fans of clubs that have basically every advantage you could possibly think of are hell bent on convincing the world that the refs, the injury gods, or football’s governing bodies are out to get them.
This pissing and whining just comes across as bitter, and I think it is a little pathetic. Everyone watching the game on Tuesday knows we were done out of a goal by the referee. But we were not the first team to suffer from referee errors (and that’s all it is, stupidity explains a lot more than corruption), and we certainly won’t be the last. It’s frustrating, but it has happened now, and I don’t plan on spending another moment whinging, because to be honest, I think the complaints are incredibly boring.
If fans want to hang on that bad call and spend their time shedding tears because referees do dumb things? I guess that’s up to them. But it’s not for me. It was a really good game of football, with some amazing performances from talented kids playing for both teams, and the tie is far from over. I’d rather spend time focusing on these talking points instead.
The Daily Buzz
Which player put in the best individual performance in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals? I think the leading candidates are Mbappe, Navas, Bellingham, and Foden, but who gets your vote?