Sevilla are almost certain of playing in next season’s Europa League while Valencia have to win the whole competition this year in order to secure European football next year.
Happiness and difficulties
It has been a difficult season for Valencia. After losing fourth spot in La Liga in the last week of last season to Real Sociedad, they had to sell their most valuable assets and hope that they can fight off [...]
Both teams play in this competition after finishing third in their Champions League groups and are still unbeaten in Europa League.This year the final will be played in Turin, so the pressure in on Juventus.
Organisation and discipline
Both teams sit first comfortably in their leagues. Benfica are seven points above their derby rivals Sporting and Juventus are eight points above Roma. That’s a tie that could have easily been played in [...]
Both teams can finish season with a treble. It will be the second in a row for Bayern Munich and first in history for Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola might also become the first man after Bob Paisley to win the European Cup three times.
He has done it twice while managing Barcelona and soon became Madrid’s nemesis. He beat Real in the same stage of Champions League three years ago and overall [...]
Atletico Madrid are hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the Champions League and defeat Chelsea FC in Tuesday’s semifinal. Jose Mourinho can become the first man after Bob Paisley to win three European Cups and the first one to do this with three different clubs.
Return of the managerial contest
Diego Simeone and Mourinho met last time in May 2013 when Simeone’s Atletico beat Mourinho’s Real in Copa del Rey final. Real took [...]
April 16, 2014 by Jacek Staszak on Premier League
Everton continue their fight “for footballing dream” – reaching the Champions League spot and host Manchester United in what will be an emotional return for David Moyes to Goodison Park.
A lot has changed
The farewell was indeed an emotional one and there was a sense that without Moyes’ and effort to build a solid club structure Everton are going to be at most a mid-table side especially when Bill Kenwright appointed Roberto Martinez [...]
April 11, 2014 by Jacek Staszak on Premier League
Manchester City sit third in the Premier League table, four points behind leaders Liverpool FC with two games more to play. A win for the hosts will put them in comfortable situation.
Attack is the best form of defence
Both teams are mainly known for their offensive pedigree – Liverpool has scored 90 goals this season and City has done it 84 times. Most of the players in both teams like to play attacking [...]
April 11, 2014 by Jacek Staszak on Bundesliga
Other than prestige, there’s not much for Bayern to fight for in this season in Bundesliga. They’ve already secured their title. Meanwhile, Borussia wants to finish second and with Schalke three points behind they need results to fulfill their aims.
This will be the tenth game between Bayern and Dortmund in the last two years. Pep Guardiola’s team won the last match 3-0 which was a revenge for the German [...]
Bayern Munich have lost their first game in the Bundesliga this season against Augsburg on Saturday and will do everything they can not to lose on Wednesday against Manchester United.
On the first leg, played at Old Trafford, Bayern had much more of the possession and created more chances but eventually drew 1-1. United has to score at least one goal at the Allianz Arena but they’ve [...]
Last four games played between Atletico and Barcelona ended in a draw. Although both teams like to score a lot of goals this season, they try defence-first approach whilst playing each other.
Defence at its best
It’s more visible in case of Atletico, who loves to play deep inside their half, sit narrow and by aggressive tackling win the ball and start counterattacking moves. “Atletico cut down the space,” Xavi said. [...]
On Tuesday evening, PSG will be without their talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimović. If anything will make life hard for them, it’ll be exactly this.
Revenge from Naples?
But maybe it won’t be that bad, after all. Ezequiel Lavezzi flourishes in meaningful games and Edinson Cavani with his work-rate might be just what PSG needs at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea has a mountain to climb and overturning a 1-3 deficit from the first game sounds like [...]