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!

2nd December, NEWZ as it happens

All change at Fulham this weekend, as Martin Jol was fired and Rene Meulensteen replaced him as head coach. It will be an interesting time for Fulham, Meulensteen’s previous managerial roles have been less than successful.

Wigan have also parted with their manager. Owen Coyle has left the club after only 23 games in charge. He won just seven of them.

Gareth Bale scored a perfect hat-trick for Real Madrid this past weekend, as they beat Real Valladolid 4-0.

AVB has hit out at Lord Sugar following tweets, criticising the Portuguese manager.

AVB

#LCQ Archive Players #2 – Gonzalo Higuain

Born in France, plays for Argentina, our second in our list of archive players is Gonzalo Higuain.

Currently at Napoli, Higuain’s career began at River Plate, where he made his debut in 2004. Whilst he didn’t score any goals in his first season (he only played four league games) he did manage a total of 5 goals in 12 games in his second season. His third and final season with the club was his best. He scored 10 in 17 games including a brace in the Super Clasico against Boca Juniors. Plenty of clubs in Europe were then interested in signing the young Argentine, but it was heavyweights Real Madrid, who won the battle, to welcome him to the Santiago Bernabeu, at around €12 million.

It wasn’t until his third season when Higuain really hit his stride, scoring 22 League goals in 34 games. He had come of age, and the following season was to get even better, when he scored 27 league goals in just 32 games. His follwoing season was beset by injuries, however managing a respectable 10 goals in 17 outings. He spent another two seasons with Madrid before finally moving on to Napoli in the summer of 2013. In total he scored 122 goals in 264 appearances for Real Madrid.

Gonzalo Higuain

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Signed as the replacement for the out-going Edinson Cavani. His start to life in Naples has been relatively good, scoring 5 in his first nine Serie A games. He has also scored one in two in the Champions League.

To date he can boast winners medals to three La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey and two Supercopa de Espana.

Whilst he can’t say he has won anything at International level, his personal record speaks for itself. He has bagged 21 goals in 34 appearances and should be fully expectant to be travelling with his side to neighbours Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Higuain

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

 

31st October – NEWZ as it happens

This afternoon’s headlines

Plenty of Chelsea news today.

Chelsea have signed Bertrand Traore after a trial with the club

De Bruyne has said he may well have to leave Chelsea in January to make certain his place in the Belgium World Cup squad

This morning’s headlines and round up

PSG are planning a move for Juan Mata of Chelsea

Southampton are apparently looking to bring in Victor Wanyama’s brother McDonald Mariga

Manchester City and Tottenham, just about made it through to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup. Manchester City needed extra time to beat Newcastle, whilst Spurs required penalties to see of Hull City.

Gareth Bale was on the scoresheet, for Real Madrid, twice as they beat Sevilla 7-3, with Ronaldo bagging a hat-trick. Will we finally start to see the Bale we remember from Tottenham?

Bale scored twice for Real last night

Bale scored twice for Real last night

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.