Tag Archives: Champions League

Spain

Valdes proves his worth to Barcelona yet again

Throughout history there have been sporting sides with members in it who are often an after thought or deemed to not be as important as others. The headlines following Barcelona’s Champions League tie with Manchester City largely centred around Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi but there would be a good argument to suggest that their goalkeeper Victor Valdes was as, if not more, important in the Catalan’s win.

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England

Mourinho the master

This season was always going to be one of unpredictability. With the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson the seat at the head of the Premier League managers’ table was vacant for the first time in decades. The return of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea seemingly left this seat open for him to succeed and on the evidence this season this theory would seem correct.

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Germany

Guardiola making doubters look foolish

How could Josep Guardiola possibly improve a side that has just won every trophy possible the season before? Why does a coach who has lead the best players in recent times to unprecedented success at Barcelona really deserve that much credit?

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England

The League Cup should be taken seriously

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Sitting in front of Arsenal vs Chelsea last night it seemed obvious that the league cup really should be taken a little more seriously. Whilst fixture congestion certainly played a significant part in the starting elevens in this particular game, it clouds the main issue; the league cup means nothing to far too many teams any more.

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World

Are Champions League outsider’s odds an outstanding offer?

Whilst the majority of the Champions League debate focuses on who will win it, Viktoria Plzen are 10,000/1 outsiders to lift the most prestigious of Club Trophies. But should they really be that big, or even bigger, or are there teams who have even less of a chance than their odds suggest?

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World

Champions League returns but is it enough?

The European Champions League group stage got underway on Tuesday night and it felt nice to go back to watching the continent’s elite compete against each other. Every fan of football, whether they will admit it or not, wants to watch the best sides in the world compete on a regular basis.

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European Super Cup preview: Bayern Munich vs Chelsea

This Friday Bayern Munich and Chelsea will play each other at the Stadio Eden in Prague to see who lifts the European Super Cup 2013. The annual competition pits the previous seasons UEFA Champions League winners against the UEFA Europa League winners.

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England

Wenger is right to be prudent

Despite the numerous high profile friendlies being played the football headlines have been dominated by transfer rumours all summer long. However, the top few in the Premier League are yet to really make any significant waves in the market as you read this and questions remain as to why.

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Germany

Guardiola will enhance Bayern

When Pep Guardiola was appointed as the new coach of Bayern Munich in January he was taking over at a club who were seen as perennial underachievers. A mere matter of months later and suddenly the Spaniard was walking into a club who had just won an unprecedented treble and could surely not repeat the feat.

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Spain

Anims Tito

After suffering a relapse in his fight against throat cancer Tito Vilanova has stepped down from his role as head coach of Barcelona. Having returned to the club earlier this year after missing two months of last season (after another relapse) there was hope that the worst was behind him.

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