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!

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.

3rd October 2013

1:43 – England announce squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, view the full squad HERE

Lampard is included in the squad

Lampard is included in the squad

12:32 – Already playing catch-up in La Liga, Real Madrid are looking to sign Luis Suarez in January

11:00am – Marco Reus to leave Borussia Dortmund? Is Reus on his way to Arsenal or Manchester City?

10:50am – Angel Di Maria scored twice for Real Madrid last night, as he stared alongside Ronaldo in Real’s win. He really is staking a claim for a regular place whilst Bale is out injured.

Ronaldo and Di Maria scored two each last night

Ronaldo and Di Maria scored two each last night

10:29am – Fernando Torres out injured for three weeks with knee ligament damageTottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League

9:53am – Everton unveil their new club crest, following a fan protest against the change this past summer

Martinez unveils new Crest

8:43am – FC Seoul reached the AFC Champions League final and will face Guangzhou Evergrande. The first leg will be played on the October 26, whilst the second leg takes place on November 9.

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.

1st October 2013

1:00pm – Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, has today claimed that Manchester City made a bid of £29 million for Edinson Cavani. He eventually moved to PSG

9:45am – Roberto Mancini confirmed as new Galatasaray boss

9:15am – Jose Mourinho walked out on the pre-match press conference for the Champions League tie against Steau Bucharest, following a question about a his Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. The Sun had reported that De Bruyne had been dropped to the under 21 squad, as Mourinho was unhappy with his performances for the team. De Bruyne had a successful spell at Werder Bremen last season scoring 10 League goals. He has however struggled to this season to adapt to the rigors of the Premier League.