UCL Talk

With the 1st legs now finished, we take a look at who is best placed to make Lisbon in May.

Just one goal was scored over both games and that came courtesy of Karim Benzema as Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0 at the Bernabeu and will now travel to Munchen with the lead. If Real Madrid do make it to the final and win, it will be Carlo Ancelotti’s third Champions League win as a coach, twice with AC Milan and what would be once with Real Madrid. As reported by Sky Sports News, Pep will not be to disappointed not to have won yet would have at the very least liked to have registered an away goal but will be confident of a turn around in the Allianz arena.

La Liga leaders Atletico now travel to Stamford Bridge and after failing to score at home in the Vicente Calderon, they will hope that Diego Costa et al can provide Los Colchoneros with an away goal. Before the Chelsea game only Barcelona and Real had managed to stop Atleti scoring at the Calderon this season.

Jose Mourinho will be happy with the 0-0 draw away in Spain, but at what cost? Both Cech and Terry came off injured, the former will now miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder whilst Terry will only play again should Chelsea make the Champions League final.

The 2nd legs will be very tight indeed; each side knows how close they are to the final of Europe’s elite tournament and will be extra careful not to make any mistakes.

It’s tough to call who I think will make the final. It would be great to see Atletico lift the trophy with the big ears, nobody would have predicted that at the start of the season and it could well top off a double winning season for them. Chelsea could well win three European trophies on the bounce, taking their tally to two UCL trophies, with a Europa League sandwiched in between. Real will be hoping to win their 10th title and their first since 2002; long over due with all who are associated with the Los Blancos.

And to holders Bayern Munich, could they be the first team to retain the Champions League?  AC Milan, Juventus and Manchester United have all made the final the year after winning it; they all failed to retain. History then suggests Bayern will fail in their quest to retain the Champions League trophy, but there has always got to be a first… right?

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

4th December, NEWZ as it happens

Morning Football fans.

Adidas have unveiled the official ball for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. It is called the Brazuca.

Brazuca

 

Arsene Wenger says he is unmoved by critics that say “Arsenal cannot win the league”.

England will be hoping to avoid the dreaded “group of death” in the World Cup draw this Friday.

Rumours are circulating that Ronaldo is planning on opening a museum on his native home island of Madeira.

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent has confirmed he is looking to leave Fulham as soon as possible.

 

6th November – NEWZ as it happens

Sascha Riether has been given a three match ban for a stamp on Adnan Januzaj

Riether Stamp

Microsoft are in the running for the naming rights to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium

Good Morning, and welcome to another day of football NEWZ.

BREAKING NEWZ – Robert Lewandowski has revealed that he has decided what club he is to join next summer. “I will reveal my future next year. No one needs to contact me anymore”. So speculation will be rife, for the next month or so, who do you think he has signed for? Leave us your thoughts in the comments at the bottom.

Robert Lewandowski

We will start with the fallout from last night’s Champions League games, and we will begin in the San Sebastian Anoeta. Manchester United and Real Sociedad fought out a 0-0 draw in the Basque country. Marouane Felliani saw red, whilst Robin Van Persie missed a penalty, following a foul on Ashley Young, (I’ll touch on that lightly, much the same as the amount of contact for Young to go down).

The other game in that group, between Shakhtar and Leverkusen also finished 0-0, so nothing has really changed in Group A.

Juventus drew their third game of the group, meaning that they are yet to win in this years Champions League. Goals from Ronaldo and Bale, prevented a win for the Old Lady, as the game finished 2-2. Arturo Vidal has put Juventus ahead, before it was left to Fernando Llorente to equalise. PSG could only manage a draw against Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich did just enough to see of Viktoria Plzen. Manchester City’s 5-2 win over CSKA has put them within touching distant of the knock-out phase for the first time.

Ray Wilkins has blasted Ashley Young’s dive and says he really needs to cut it out of his game.

It is certainly not the first time Ashley Young has been accused of diving

It is certainly not the first time Ashley Young has been accused of diving

Arsene Wenger has called for a ‘positive approach’ when Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund this evening

 

23rd October 2013 – NEWZ as it happens

Ian Holloway leaves Crystal Palace

There has been a lot of reaction to Sir Alex Ferguson’s new book. Roy Keane claimed that Ferguson doesn’t know the word loyalty.

The mornings headlines

QPR have signed Oguchi Onyewu on a free transfer

Onyewu has signed a deal with the R's

Onyewu has signed a deal with the R’s

Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 in the Veltins-Arena.

Sucker Punch! Robert Lewandowski scored to provide Borussia Dortmund with the points at the Emirates Stadium.

21st October 2013 – NEWZ as it happens

Vincent Kompany and Mathieu Flamini will both be absent from their sides Champions League games due to injury

Patrice Evra has hinted at an exit from Manchester United once his contract is up

The draw for the UEFA World Cup play off draw has taken place and the following ties are

Greece vs Romania

Iceland vs Croatia

Portugal vs Sweden

Ukraine vs France

Brazil 2014

 

This morning’s headlines.

Patrice Evra to explain his comments about former France international Bixente Lizarazu

Stefan Effenberg has hit out at Munich boss Pep Guardiola, following his apparent refusal to allow Arjen Robben

Wenger says do not rule out Manchester United. The Champions are currently 8 points adrift of League leaders Arsenal, and have only won three in the League from the first eight games.

Walcott has suffered a minor injury set back and will be out for a further two weeks.

8th October 2013 – NEWZ as it happens

4:20pm – Paul Ince is banned from any stadium for the next five games for Blackpool

3:30pm – following his call up the the full Spain squad, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has slapped a £30million price tag on Michu’s head.

Michu has been called into the Spain squad to replace David Villa

Michu has been called into the Spain squad to replace David Villa

3:10pm – Ashley Williams ruled out for Wales’ world qualifiers against Belgium and Macedonia

1:10pm – Craig Bellamy to retire from Wales at the end of their current Wolrd Cup qualifying campaign

11:45am – Gareth Barry insists he has no intention of quitting international football despite, not being in the England squad since Euro 2012

11:30am – Dani Alves tells Diego Costa to carefully consider his international future, after recently announcing his preference to play for Spain over his native Brazil

Costa has turned his back on Brazil in favour of Spain

Costa has turned his back on Brazil in favour of Spain

10:30am – Arsenal duo, Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey named Manager and Player of the month.

Wenger, Ramsey and Arsenal have had a great start to the season.

Wenger, Ramsey and Arsenal have had a great start to the season.

10:15am – Schalke are adamant that Julian Draxler will not leave in JanuaryDraxler

10:00am – reports say Barcelona to try and poach Adnan Januzaj

8:45am – Rafael moves to deny any thoughts of leaving Manchester United for Corinthians.

Rafael has no intention on leaving Manchester United

Rafael has no intention on leaving Manchester United

8:30am – Vincent Kompany out for four weeks with a thigh injury

Kompany will be out for a month

Kompany will be out for a month

8:30am – Gus Poyet is confirmed as new Sunderland boss.

2nd October 2013

3:54 – Guangzhou Evergrande reach the AFC Champions League final following an 8-1 aggregate victory over Kashiwa Reysol

1:00pm – Real Madrid have confirmed that Gareth Bale is injured…. again.

10:40 – more NEWZ on Kevin De Bruyne, with Werder Bremen wanting to take the out-of-favour Belgian back to Weserstadion

9:10 – Both Arsenal and Chelsea won in the Champions League last night, 2-0 and 4-0, respectively

9:05 – Pirlo on his way to Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal? Italian veteran is being lined-up by the Premier League big guns.