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Barca would have won regardless of sending off

I have to start off by saying that I felt the sending off of Robin van Persie was extremely harsh and arguably spoilt an otherwise fascinating Champions League match between Arsenal and Barcelona.

But having said that, people have to understand the rules of the game. If you're already on a yellow card and you kick the ball away then you're going to get sent off. Simple as that.

No matter how you put it, van Persie knew he was on a yellow; he knew he had to use caution. Unfortunately he had to suffer the consequences after shooting despite referee Massimo Busacca blowing his whistle for offside.

I”m not going to say that was the difference in the game, because I think even if he would have stayed on the pitch Arsenal would have lost.

I thought Barca deserved the victory. The Gunners' tactic was to try and stop them playing but that ploy was always going to be difficult. You can't just sit back and let Barca come at you considering the attacking quality they have.

Nine times out of ten they will beat you playing that way and unless you have strikers like Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o that Inter Milan had last season in the Champions League.

I was thrilled to see my old mate Harry Redknapp's and Tottenham do the business against AC Milan.

I can envisage Spurs going far because they play with a passion and, although they're not the best footballing side in the competition, they press well in a typical English fashion.

When you add Peter Crouch into the mix they have a lot of avenues to get their goals.

As for the Premier League, it's great to see my former club West Ham on a run. We've been plagued by injuries this season but those players are starting to come back and are paying dividends for us. Thomas Hitzelsperger, who has been out for much of the season, and Scott Parker are forming a great partnership in the middle of the park.

At the moment we're looking a good bet to escape the drop and the interesting thing about this season is that the bottom half of the league is just as exciting as the top half.

What a win it was for Liverpool over their arch rivals Manchester United!

I'm a big fan of King Kenny and love the selfless way he goes about his job. It's not all about him; it's about the team.

There were a few flash points in the game but they were blown out of proportion. Sure, it was a late tackle by Jamie Carragher on Nani but this is football; it's part of the game. If you aren't allowed to tackle then what's the sense in playing?

United complain about their players being kicked but their opponents don't get those calls at Old Trafford, so I don't see why they are moaning.

To bet honest, I thing United look pretty ordinary without Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the back.

But if United can get one of their defenders back for today's FA Cup game against Arsenal then you would have to favour them although I'd love to see Arsenal do it.

The trouble is that Arsenal also look too soft at the back and lack a bit of steel.

I remember when Arsenal had Peter Storey, he wasn't the best passer but he got stuck in and won the ball for you. They could really do with someone like him now.

Finally, I would like to wish Dandy Town the very best in their CFU Club Championship match against Defence Force next weekend.

They got a good result in the first leg and must now go and get the job done in Trinidad.

Hopefully they can do it.

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Published March 12, 2011 at 8:00 am (Updated March 12, 2011 at 8:08 am)

Barca would have won regardless of sending off

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