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Champions League: Irish review

16 September 2010 1,865 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Aiden McGeady

Excellent European debut for Spartak for McGeady. McGeady played 83 minutes on the right wing and can be very happy with his display. An og from César Azpilicueta on 79 minutes ensured a surprising win for the Russian side and their first ever win on French soil. McGeady appears to have settled quite well in Russia. Spartak’s next Champions League match will pit them against MSK Zilna.

McGeady feels it is important for Spartak to keep their feet on the ground, “”Marseille put us under a lot of pressure and had the majority of the possession, but we were solid and we got our reward. It’s fantastic to get three points – even one away to the French champions would have been good. Now we’ll look to get more points at home to Zilina. But we won’t get carried away just yet. One game has gone and there are still five to go.”

Darron Gibson

Gibson was given a big opportunity in Man Utd’s first Champions League fixture of the year against Rangers. Gibson was one of ten changes in the United team. Its says a lot about United’s strikers on the night that Gibson was the most potent United player. Gibson overshadowed the very poor Park and Fletcher in midfield.  A handful of excellent efforts on goal, Gibson can perhaps count himself unlucky not to get on the goal-sheet. Showed good energy, but struggled at times to stamp his mark on the game.

Robbie Keane

Replaced Van Der Vaart after a calf injury ended his night. Keane will be disappointed to have only got 41 minutes and will be hoping for a lot more game time in the coming weeks. Struggled at times in a deep role behind Crouch.  Worked himself into the ground but never threatened goal in a second half that was controlled by Werder Bremen. With Defoe’s injury, Keane will be expecting more opportunities in the upcoming week, but it is beginning to look like he has become 4th choice striker for Harry Redknapp.

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