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March 2008 Review: When England dominated Europe and Mascherano threw a fit



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March was somewhat of a slow month for Soccerlens but the world of football saw it’s share of football, debate and controversy.

Arsenal belied their league form with a 2-0 win at the San Siro against an experienced Milan side to knock them out of the Champions League. It was heralded as vindication for Wenger’s youth policy, vindication for ‘the Arsenal way’ and coupled with Liverpool overcoming Inter and Manchester United and Chelsea also proceeding to the quarter-finals, a sign of the strength of English football.

Liverpool fans were understandably upset at yet another league campaign derailing too early in the season and they could only watch as Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United slugged it out for the title. Their league hopes were effectively ended with a defeat against Manchester United that is more remembered for Javier Mascherano’s inexcusable on-field reactions than anything else.

Mascherano (who had officially signed for Liverpool on the last day of February from MSI) let his frustration get the better of him and it took Rafa Benitez’s best mind-melding trick to calm the Argentine down. It was a tough few days for Mascherano post-game but eventually the midfielder learned from his mistakes and his solid displays for club and country would lead him to be appointed Argentina’s captain in November.

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