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At the hands of the one and only Special One, Sir Alex Ferguson and his Red Army were defeated on their home soil. The first half was edgy and United looked the better side for most of the half with Mourinho’s men on their heels. As the first half came to a close, Madrid suffered a set back when Angel Di Maria went down injured and was unable to continue. Kaka was forced to come on for him and did not really provide much of anything for Madrid throughout the entire game. The loss of Angel’s ability to take advantage of the United defenders on the wings and his ability to cut into the middle would be sorely missed. Just ask Carles Puyol what he thinks about man marking Di Maria in the box. Di Maria made Puyol look like a complete fool with a nasty step over that resulted in a Madrid goal in El Classico.

The second half is where all the magic happened. It started with a Sergio Ramos own goal in the 48th minute. Just like the first leg, Madrid would see themselves working from behind (insert sexual joke here). Just like the first leg, Madrid would come roaring back. This time they received a little help from an unlikely source. Nani decided it would be a good idea to conduct a flying high kick (best watched to the tune of “everybody was kung fu fighting”) to Arbeloa’s ribs. To his surprise, Nani was not declared the undisputed lightweight champion of the world, instead he was shown a shiny red card and was instructed to kindly get the fuck off the pitch you stupid, stupid, boy. Just like that, the match was turned on its head and Madrid looked to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity. The Special One smelled the game was there for the taking and he subbed off Arbeloa and brought on Luka Modric. A change that turned out to be simply magnificent.

It did not take long at all for Luka Modric to reintroduce himself to the United faithful when he brilliantly struck a swerving ball off the side of the post and into the back of the net. It really was a magnificent strike that had me in awe. Madrid knew their job was not done just yet, they needed another goal to wrap up the victory and three minutes after Luka’s wunderstrike, a moment of brilliance from the Madrid players resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo sliding in to slot home the winner. The build up to the goal was what was truly remarkable. A lovely backheel from Ozil to set Higuain loose inside the box on the wing and Higuain drilled in a low cross across the face of goal for Ronaldo to cooly slide in and punch it home. Classy Ronaldo refused to celebrate his goal and simply basked in the glory of knowing he’s not only devilishly good looking, but his team just knocked off his former employer to advance to the next round of the Champions League.

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It seems like moments after Werder Bremen issued a warning to Real Madrid that if they do not step up their offer for Ozil he would play for Bremen in their upcoming UEFA Champions League qualifying match — they stepped up and offered what is being reported as €15 million and it was accepted. Had they not stepped up and had the bid accepted and Bremen played Ozil in their upcoming UEFA Champions League match, then Ozil would not be eligible to play for Real Madrid in the Champions League this season.

Ozil becomes the second German to sign for Madrid, joining his fellow countryman Sami Khedira. Madrid now have unbelievable depth coupled with enormous talent at the midfield position. Let’s take a look at that depth shall we?

Angel Di Maria

Xabi Alonso

Sami Khedira

Kaka

Mesut Ozil

Fernando Gago

Pedro Leon

Rafael Van der Vaart

Esteban Granero

Sergio Canales

Lassana Diarra

Mahamadou Diarra

Are you kidding me???? There will be no tired legs out there for Madrid that’s for sure. Jose Mourinho has a boat load of talent to experiment with in the midfield and with so many competitions nowadays, it’s never a bad thing to have an excess of talent in a certain position. It’s especially convenient when you can keep all the egos in check, which we all know Jose Mourinho can do.

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It seems like Manchester City, Inter Milan and Mario Balotelli have all finally agreed to terms and according to Balotelli’s agent a deal should be done in the next 24 hours. This is what Mino Raiola, Balotelli’s agent had to say after a Thursday meeting with the two clubs:

Will he play on Saturday against Tottenham? Look, at this point I would say no. Even if we close the deal tomorrow he wouldn’t be able to do it, because of all the paperwork. Then the English laws impose details that would exclude his presence as early as Saturday.

I am very optimistic, but today the deal is not already done. We haven’t decided yet if Mario will go to England tomorrow, we need to think about that, but we haven’t established that.

A deal is gonna get done. Inter Milan are gonna get their desired sum, the only real hitch is Balotelli wanting more money from City. Mario is a fantastic talent but he has a lot of growing up to do. Sure he might be a little misunderstood but he brings a lot of the hate and negativity projected towards him on himself. With Balotelli’s arrival, City will have to do some cleaning up at the striker position. Roque Santa Cruz is surely going to be dealt and Celtic have already confirmed their interest in Craig Bellamy. Emmanuel Adebayor has also been linked with a move out of City but those rumors were quickly shot down. We all know Robinho does not want to be part of Manchester City, the question still remains will City allow him to go elsewhere or will they force him to stay? They are most likely going to choose the former. Having Adebayor, Tevez and Balotelli at your disposal is going to leave City heavily equipped with fire power and a serious threat to every team in the league and in Europe. Add in skillful midfielders such as James Milner, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry, Shaun Wright-Phillips, and Nigel de Jong — you’re looking at a team to be feared for years to come.

Chelsea say goodbye to a fantastic defender

I firmly believe Ricardo Carvalho is one of the best defenders on the planet. Many will agree with me. One of those people that agree with me is none other than The Special One himself — Jose Mourinho. Ricardo and Jose go way back, their relationship starts well before Chelsea. Ricardo Carvalho anchored Jose Mourinho’s Porto defense to a Champions League trophy, UEFA Cup, and two Portuguese Liga titles. He then followed Mourinho to Chelsea where he helped John Terry anchor that defense to an FA Cup title, back-to-back Premier League titles, and two Carling Cups. He will now follow The Special One to Real Madrid where he will try to bolster that defense and help his manager become the first to ever win three UEFA Champions League titles with three different teams.

Chelsea recovered £8 million from Real Madrid for Ricardo, which in my opinion is an absolute bargain. Despite Carvalho being 32 years old I believe he still has a couple more very solid years in him and the difference he makes should be worth more than £8 million. I digress. This does leave Chelsea with a disability to start the season, however, with the man who made Carvalho expendable — Alex — injured for the start of the season.

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Ashely Cole has informed Carlo Ancelotti that he wishes to leave the club and join his old manger Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. He has even issued Real Madrid a plea to come get him.

On the other hand, Carlo Ancelotti stays firm in his stance that Ashley Cole is not for sale for any price whatsoever.

So what’s the deal here? Who will win this fight? Let’s see..

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Real Madrid have signed Sami Khedira from Stuttgart for a reported €14 million. Khedira only had 1 year left on his contract, therefore, Stuttgart decided to cash in on the young promising midfielder. Khedira made a name for himself at this world cup by filling in nicely for the injured Michael Ballack. It will be interesting to see how Mourinho fits Khedira into his system; Khedira is a defensive midfielder but has the ability to attack as well. Xabi Alonso usually holds down that role for Los Merengues. Pairing up Khedira and Alonso together in the midfield with Angel Di Maria on the wing and Kaka playing in an attacking midfield role could potentially be a very dangerous midfield. Then add Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuain up front and you have yourself a menacing attack with Rafael Van der Vaart waiting to come on at any moment.

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Perhaps it was fitting that The Special One completed his historic treble with Inter Milan at the Santiago Bernabeau. After leading the Nerazzurri to their second straight Scudetto, first Coppa Italia title since 2006 and first Champions League crown in 45 years — making them the first Italian team to complete the treble — Mourinho will bid adieu to Milan and pursue history with Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho will inherit a squad oozing with talent, yearning for discipline and a stronger emphasis on defense; these are things The Special One specializes in. The only question is who from Inter will follow Jose to Madrid? My guess is a handful of players are eager to pack their bags and join their beloved leader. A few notables I believe Mourinho would like to take with him are:

Maicon, Right Back-

Quite possibly the best defender in the world will immediately improve the soft Madrid defense. Maicon is incredibly strong and has the talent to push forward in attack and score some goals. I am 75% sure this move will actually happen and Maicon will join Mourinho. The only thing in the way is Maicon’s contract but there’s always a way around that.

Diego Milito, Striker-

Where would this Inter team be without him? He scored the goal that won them the Scudetto, he scored the winning goal against Roma in the Coppa Italia final and he scored 2 goals against Bayern Munich to secure the Champions League and lock up the treble. He made the Bayern defenders look absolutely silly. Gonzalo Higuain’s future with Real Madrid is in doubt and we could see him transferred. Karim Benzema’s days in Madrid are numbered with Manchester United having a keen eye on him. Therefore, it could make sense for Milito to follow Mourinho to the Bernabeau.

Samuel Eto’o, Striker-

Ok, I’ll be honest. I’m only mentioning Eto’o because the thought of him joining Madrid makes me smile from ear-to-ear. After leading Barcelona to a La Liga Championship with 30 goals and a UEFA Champions League title scoring 6 goals, the team decided to send him to Inter Milan, preferring Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s services over his. How awesome would it be to see him at Real Madrid, the arch rivals of the team that took a shit all over his face?

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For the 5th year in a row Inter Milan are Serie A champions. Diego Milito sealed the championship with a 57th minute goal to give the Nerazzurri a 1-0 victory over relegated Siena.

This title gives Inter Milan a total of 18 Serie A championships.

Was this Jose Mourinho’s final Serie A match? Likely. See you in Madrid (and I’m not just talking about the Champions League Final).

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