Archive for the ‘European Football’ Category

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Some of you may have noticed that there hasn’t been much football on the television, (or anywhere else), recently.

Apparently this is because of some global pandemic which has managed, in one fell swoop, to do what non-football fans have been trying to do for years. It has all come to a shuddering halt. CR7 has been temporarily replaced by COVID19.

People are now in lockdown and finding out things about family members that they never knew! One man explained how his “house arrest” has resulted in a perfect opportunity for his wife to point out everything he has done wrong in the last 15 years. (more…)

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Manchester City have finally had a VAR decision go in their favour. That is if, in fact, VAR actually checked the potential “push” performed by Gabriel Jesus when scoring the equaliser against Real Madrid. It was quite obvious that the City player had placed his hands on the back of the Madrid defender but there was actually no evidence to suggest that a push was made.

Naturally, Sergio Ramos went down as though hit by a sniper in the crowd but he didn’t fool the referee who also saw through his shenanigans shortly after this goal when sending off the Madrid captain for the 26th time in his career. This one was for pulling Jesus back and, as last man, denying him a goal-scoring opportunity. (more…)

So London lost more than it won. This is OK. It is the natural order of things and the way they should be.

Chelsea won the Europa League but the fact that the final was contested by two teams from the Big Onion meant that the trophy was always going to end up there. More importantly Arsenal lost a big final, Spurs lost a big final and even Anthony Joshua managed to lose to an unknown Mexican in New York! (more…)

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Well, in the main, pretty darn good. Unless, of course, you happen to hail from the European capital of football.

On Tuesday there were two “English” sides in action. The one with the Norwegian manager came to a predictably sticky end by losing to Lionel Messi, (and maybe a few team mates although they were somewhat irrelevant and almost unnecessary).

They also managed to fail to score in both legs meaning that the £££millions spent on a Belgian and a couple of French “superstars” is yet to provide much in the way of value for money. (more…)

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Following the recent Champion’s League draw the English clubs, with the possible exception of Tottenham Hotspur, can be reasonably optimistic about progressing.

Manchester United have already eliminated the so-called “favourites” by beating PSG so Barcelona, over two legs, shouldn’t hold any fears.

Liverpool have the “easiest” draw and should be able to find their way past Porto whilst, as we said, Spurs have the most difficult draw and could even see themselves exiting the competition from their new stadium! Now wouldn’t that be poetic justice? (more…)

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Manchester currently likes London. London has become, temporarily at least, Manchester’s favourite place after Manchester.

Having already visited Wembley this season, where the next permanent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær began to silence the doubters by boarding the return train complete with three points taken from his meeting with Mauricio Pochettino, he followed this up by calling in at The Emirates and dumping Arsenal out of the FA Cup. Unperturbed by yet another return to the capital he then proceeded to despatch Chelsea from the same competition. (more…)

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So the bubble has finally burst! Poor little Ole Gunnar Solskjær has lost a game of football for the first time since joining the club as caretaker manager. In fairness, he managed to do it in some style choosing, as he did, a Champion’s League night at Old Trafford against PSG who won quite comfortably by two goals to nil.

The mitigating circumstances would be that he lost Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to injury and had to play entire second half with two of his elder statesman in Juan Mata and Alexis Sánchez. This, of course, meant sacrificing any pace whatsoever and completely nullifed United’s attacking prowess. (more…)

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Well that was a mixed night for the city of Manchester. It turned out very well for the “United” of Manchester but the real “City” of Manchester fluffed their lines spectacularly.

In a game away from home, on a plastic pitch against a team who top the Swiss League having won all of their first six games, this was a potential banana skin for United.

They coped with it very well and, after a reasonable start by the Swiss, opened the scoring through a rejuvenated Paul Pogba. Now given more of a roaming role with Nemanja Matic and Fred as the two holding midfielders, the Frenchman is beginning to look the part. (more…)

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Two of England’s finest stepped into Champion’s League action for the first time this season. Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Milan where they met Inter and Liverpool travelled to Anfield where they were playing PSG.

The former seemed to be in control of their game and led 0-1 for most of it, thanks to a goal from Christian Eriksen.

Inter were decidedly average so quite how they managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat will be a source of disappointment for Mauricio Pochettino, particularly if Spurs fail to qualify from this group. (more…)

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So Wednesday night sees the first Champion’s League football for Manchester City and United. City at home to Lyon and United away in Switzerland playing Young Boys.

With their usual consideration for supporters UEFA have scheduled these games to kick off at the same time meaning anybody wanting to watch both, can’t.

This is a variation on the previous night’s games which saw Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur kick off at 7:00pm whilst Liverpool and PSG started at 9:00pm. No doubt there will have been football fans around Europe who wanted to see both matches and this timing will have made that possible. (more…)