Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Frank's Champions League Final Prediction....
I know the conventional wisdom is that this one will be a free-flowing affair, but I don't think that will be the case. I do think there will be goals, but I think it will end 1-1 after extra time and Arsenal will win the penalty shootout. Henry will put us up late in the first half, then Barca will come out guns blazin in the second half and equalize on about 70 minutes, probably due in part from a catastrophic gaffe by Sol.
We'll come close in the late stages thanks to a moment of inspiration from DB10.
Extra time will be, for the most part, uneventful.
We'll win the penalty shootout 5-3, with Ronaldhino missing and the mad German saving one.
Of course, what I WANT is a 3-0 thrashing with Bergkamp finishing Barca off with a miracle goal in the 89th minute and an immediate post-match joint announcement from Pires, Henry and Cole that they've all signed reasonably priced contract extensions. Not likely of course but a fella can dream.
Leaving work for the afternoon in a bit. My marginal Gooner friend Chris and his friend, a Canadian whose profession is that of a player in Italy's professional hockey league are coming to the Franklin's Tower Pub to watch the match.
I'll be rubbing my Villareal ticket stub for good luck.
C'mon Arsenal! C'mon Arsenal!