There is UEFA Champions League this week with second leg ties being played to determine the quarter finalists. The following week we have the first round of World Cup Qualifiers for World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Let’s go around the back-pages and blogs to see what is happening in the beautiful game.
Big Ties in the last 16 Leading to The Last 8
The second leg of the Champions League plays out this week with some tasty ties including Atalanta’s visit to the Santiago Bernabeu to overturn a 1 goal deficit. It should make for an interesting game with the full out attacking nature of Atalanta versus, we are guessing, Zidane’s more pragmatic approach to secure a draw or win. With ZZ’s formidable record in the competition, the money is on Real Madrid going through.
The big team news will be that Eden Hazard will miss the tie. He has succumbed to yet another injury. After coming back from a 2-month layoff, he limped off against Elche on Saturday.
Domestically Real Madrid trail their fierce rivals Barcelona by 2 points and La Liga front runners Atlético Madrid by 6 points. That’s 2 wins and 2 games their rivals have to lose, but Athletico look catchable and Barcelona are in turmoil after investigators raided their offices on fraud investigations into former President Josep Bartomeu and links to funding the anti-Catalan independence movement.
Champions League Live Streaming & News
Not only can you get all the hot gossip and updates for the Champions League from reliable news outlets, but you can also watch the build up shows, and more importantly the games live via live streams via https://www.101greatgoals.com/ and watch the quarter final action. PSG, Liverpool, Chelsea, Dortmund, Man City, Porto, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich are all still in with a chance of winning Europe’s most prestigious football prize, and its all available on your mobile or desktop device via HD-quality live football streaming!
In the English Premiership, there was a North London derby where Arsenal without their star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang beat Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal manager Arteta dropped Aubameyang to the bench after arriving to training late and he remained on the bench as Arsenal won out 2 to 1 and Tottenham had Erik Lamela sent off and conceded a soft penalty.
Arsenal were lucky in many respects but did show more attacking intent despite Spurs fielding the offensive trio of Bale, Kane and Son. Son had to come off early after a hamstring pull and Giovani Lo Celso scored a fantastic opening goal, hitting a Rabona kick into the bottom right corner and evading Leno’s desperate dive. Must watch match highlights here.
This week Tottenham must travel to Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb for their Europa League Round of 16 tie. They have a comfortable two goal lead in the tie, but in some shock news from Zagreb, their manager, Zoran Mamic has resigned with immediate effect after being sentenced to 4 years 8 months for his part in tax evasion worth £1.37 million and the embezzling funds from player transfers estimated to be in excess of £13 million.
The most wanted striker in world football has been touting himself around, 20-year old Erling Haaland is likely to sign for Manchester City or PSG this summer. They are the only 2 clubs that could afford his transfer fee and sizeable wage demands. Manchester United have been linked to the Norwegian sensation but his father’s affinity to Leeds United and Manchester City may rule him out from ever pulling on the red shirt of United.
Elsewhere Southampton who are desperately hanging onto Premiership survival are also trying to hang on to 2 of their most consistent players in a dismal season. Starlet midfielder Sander Berge and central defender Jannik Vestergaard at 28 are both targets for bigger clubs in England with Spurs and Arsenal in the race for their signatures.