Premier League stalwart-turned-Optus Sport expert Michael Bridges reviews a bumper week in UEFA Champions League and Europa League semi-finals action.
It’s weeks like these that remind me how lucky I am to be able to do what I do. Being in the stadiums to witness shock results, spine-tingling atmospheres and of course, incredible goals - and to be able to deliver that to football fans on Optus Sport right around Australia is an absolute joy.
This week, we were treated to another Lionel Messi master-class, as the four-time Ballon D’Or winner scored one of the best free kicks in Champions League history in his side’s clash against Liverpool at the Camp Nou.
The match really could have finished 4-4. Both James Milner and Mo Salah were guilty of spurning chances to nab that vital away goal. Liverpool managed a healthy 15 attempts, three more than the home side. But against a world-class team like Barcelona, if you don’t take your chances, you give yourself no hope.
If I had to guess, I’d say Luis Suarez must’ve spent the week watching my YouTube highlights, because that one touch finish over a stranded Alisson was straight out of the Bridgey playbook.
But it was Messi’s thunderbolt free-kick that stole the show and sent social media into meltdown. What an incredible blessing it is that we’re alive to watch players like Ronaldo and Messi with our own two eyes.