Champions League

Champions League Final Preview: Road to the Final

Today, Barcelona will meet Juventus in the biggest football match of 2015; the Champions League Final. The truth is, the final can only be a casual sporting event and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things for us fans, who feel the urge to spectate this moment. We take for granted that for everyone associated with Barcelona and Juventus, this very Saturday could end up being the pinnacle of their careers. I’d like to focus specifically on the players and managers in light of some great work that’s been done in these two clubs. (more…)

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English Premier League: Preview of Window to Prepare for Champions League

At this point, it is relatively fair to say we have encountered our Top 4 and our title winning team of the 2014-15 EPL season. However, this season England’s Top 4 teams looked relatively off the pace compared to usual. Louis Van Gaal famously said to build a squad capable of being in consistent European contention, the squad must have “2 players capable of playing each position”. Looking at the provisional Top 4, they seem to be quite close to achieving this goal, but there are some places in which each side needs a little spark. (more…)

Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview: Predictions, Lineups, Latest News, Tactics

On Saturday, the in-form Manchester United will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on league leaders Chelsea. The Red Devils will be looking for scraps in case they can in the title, while the Blues will be looking to hold on and not let their lead slip up. (more…)

Jurgen Klopp: Review of Resignation

Earlier today, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp announced he would step down at the end of the season. Klopp is famous for establishing Dortmund as one of the biggest sides in world football, despite their financial limitations compared to the rest of the top bracket. Klopp’s tenure at Dortmund also wasn’t short of silverware, as Dortmund was able to capture 2 Bundesliga titles in the time he was at the Signal Iduna Park despite Bayern Munich’s domestic dominance. Most famously of all, Jurgen Klopp was able to take Borussia Dortmund all the way to the Champions League final in 2013, eventually losing to Bayern Munich at the death. (more…)

Top 4 Race: Does Liverpool Still Have a Chance?

After consecutive defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, the hope that Liverpool would make the Champions League had diminished. They sat 7 points behind Manchester City, the Citizens in 4th, and Pellegrini’s men still hadn’t travelled to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace. Since then, though, their fate has been as good as can be.

Manchester City surrendered to 2 of the most in form teams in the EPL (Crystal Palace is 4th in form, Manchester United is 2nd) and Liverpool reduced the gap to 4 points with a routine win against Newcastle (20th in form). City doesn’t have the most challenging schedule remaining on paper, with a trip to White Hart Lane seemingly the toughest match they have left, while Liverpool still has to travel to Stamford Bridge. (more…)

Manchester Derby Preview Part 2: Combined XI

The Manchester Derby is coming closer and closer, and this time it means a lot in the EPL race. Manchester City will be looking down at Liverpool as they are closer to the Reds than they are to the leaders, Chelsea. Meanwhile, United will be looking to keep up the pace or overtake Arsenal in the leaderboard as the Gunners travel to Turf Moor to play Burnley.

The Derby is a great showing of some of the best talent around, and I’ve built a super-team around which players would make the best combined team (formed in a 4-2-2-2). This is also based on form, so though Yaya Toure, Angel Di Maria, Vincent Kompany, Radamel Falcao, Robin Van Persie and Luke Shaw are fantastic players, they don’t show up in the team for today. (more…)

Manchester Derby Preview: Predicted Lineups, Score, Latest News

The Manchester Derby has become a showcase of arguably the best footballing city in the modern world- both City and United have left marks in European and English football in recent years. Though Manchester City has been the dominant side in previous meetings, United is in the better run of form of late- and they look like they’re raring to be unleashed into Old Trafford and capture their 6th win in a row. Manchester City, on the other hand, just lost to Crystal Palace, and will be looking to move out of their recent slump in form. (more…)