a way of life

scoring a fantastic goal and soaking up the applause from about 50,000 roaring supporters, it doesn't get much better than this. for me, this is everything. football equals life.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

anything goes...

balotelli gets his marching orders at anfield in november


tuesday and wednesday night will see the first legs of the carling cup semi finals, and for the neutral, there are two tasty fixtures. tuesday night will see crystal palace (desperate to reach the final after dumping manchester united out in the quarter finals) host cardiff city (who defeated blackburn rovers in the quarter finals, and are chasing promotion from the championship yet again). wednesday night offers manchester city (fresh off an fa cup 3rd round exit at the hands of bitter rivals manchester united) hosting liverpool (who themselves seem to be in a world of trouble at the moment). the carling cup has always been seen as the secondary cup competition in england as the fa cup holds much more history and excitement. in the past few seasons, you have seen top-4 premier league sides giving the youth a chance to make a name for themselves, rather than fielding the best available side. there are many reasons for this to happen, but the most obvious one must be fatigue. the carling cup doesnt offer the biggest payout of all competitions, and thus, managers must decide which competitions rank as most important. ask any manager, and they will tell you that each and every game is important but they are likely telling you porkie pies. at the end of the day, lifting any trophy must be a very satisfying feeling. ask birmingham how it felt to defeat arsenal very late in the game last season and lift the cup, when surely they were rank outsiders to do so. this year, there will definitely be a championship side in the final against a premier league side, and what a final it could prove to be. if liverpool were to make it, it would be their 11th appearance in a league cup final, which is more appearances then any other football league side. they already have more appearances currently with 10, and lead the way in victories with 7. manchester city would be looking for their 4th appearance in the final, and 3rd time winning the trophy in total. cardiff city and crystal palace have never made an appearance in the league cup final, and both would relish the opportunity to take on a premier league giant to lift the trophy. the first legs promise to be very interesting, as well as the second legs (scheduled to be played on the 24th and 25th of january). when we do finally reach the final at wembley, one thing is certain.. we will be in for quite a spectacle