Euro Owl

Luka Modric silently fueling Madrid’s surge towards La Decima 1

Conor Kelly from The Final Third discusses Luka Modric’s role in Real’s destruction of Bayern Munich last night… One moment encapsulated the match. Luka Modric received the ball just outside his own penalty area, surrounded by three Bayern Munich players. Ordinarily, a midfielder in such a position would aimlessly pump the ball along the touchline(…)

Manchester United’s task in Germany calls for bravery and ambition

Manchester United’s task in Germany calls for bravery and ambition 1

What is the worst that can happen? Manchester United are expected to tip-toe into the Allianz Arena this evening, defend stoutly for 90 minutes, and hope somehow to level the tie with Bayern Munich with their own away-goal. Understandably, a trip to the home of the European champions comes with a sizeable dose of trepidation,(…)

Selecting a Manchester United side for Munich tonight 0

  What an opportunity for Manchester United. Nobody expects anything of them tonight, yet they have a realistic chance of knocking-out Bayern Munich and rescuing something from a dismal season. Here’s a projected line-up: - Rafael, Marouane Fellaini, Robin van Persie, and Jonny Evans are all injured, whilst Ashley Young is reportedly struggling for fitness.(…)

Chelsea vs PSG: Individual Player Statistics 0

Another wonderful European night for Chelsea, as they overturn a two-goal deficit and progress at the expense of PSG. Here are their statistics: - David Luiz had 74 touches, more than any other Chelsea player. - Andre Schurrle led the game with 4 shots. - Oscar and Willian each created 2 goal-scoring opportunities, a team-high.(…)

Picking a Chelsea team for Stamford Bridge this evening

Picking a Chelsea team for Stamford Bridge this evening 0

Beyond conceding two very cheap goals, Chelsea were also very ponderous in Paris last week and after Eden Hazard had equalised from the penalty-spot they didn’t take advantage of the swing in the game’s momentum. Tonight will be easier, though, because tonight the objective is very obvious: a two-nil win sees them through. Here’s a(…)

Picking a Chelsea team to face Paris St-Germain tonight

Picking a Chelsea team to face Paris St-Germain tonight 0

Chelsea travel to the cavernous Parc des Princes this evening to face French Champions-elect Paris St-Germain, and Jose Mourinho might well react - via his team-selection - to what happened at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The Portuguese was evidently deeply upset with a couple of his players and he was fairly honest with his assessment(…)

Manchester United hold back the Bayern Munich tide and achieve respectability 0

Manchester United 1 - 1 Bayern Munich Within the context of the tie as a whole, maybe Manchester United’s draw this evening won’t be enough to see them through in Germany, but that’s really a discussion for next week. Tonight? Tonight they deserve a nod of recognition. The uncomfortable truth for the club’s fans may(…)

Manchester United’s defensive performance (vs Bayern): Graphics

Manchester United’s defensive performance (vs Bayern): Graphics 0

Defensive-discipline was the key at Old Trafford this evening, and Manchester United had it in spades. Bayern Munich, as expected, enjoyed vast amounts of possession - especially in the first-half - but Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and the rest of David Moyes’ defensive unit kept their concentration really well. Yes they conceded in the end,(…)

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich: Individual Player Statistics 0

A hugely creditable performance from Manchester United, and although it may not have provided them with anything to protect in Germany next week their fans have every right to be proud of a very disciplined display at Old Trafford. Here are United’s statistics: - Antonio Valencia had 63 touches, the most of any home player.(…)

Picking a Manchester United side to face Bayern Munich tonight

Picking a Manchester United side to face Bayern Munich tonight 0

How do you beat Bayern Munich? Well, there’s no real answer to that, but Manchester United should start by trying to keep the ball away from their German opponents as much as possible - so here’s a suggested, possession-based starting eleven for this evening. - Robin van Persie is injured, Patrice Evra is suspended, Jonny(…)

Nacer Chadli’s Tottenham performance: Graphics 2

Nacer Chadli spent most of this game on the periphery, but he came to life in the last fifteen minutes and put Spurs on his back in pursuit of a quarter-final spot. It wasn’t to be, but this was a tiny glimpse of the quality that the Belgian is capable of and it might have(…)

Benfica vs Tottenham: Individual Player Statistics 0

To have come so close to seeing their side overturn the first-leg deficit will have made that much harder for Tottenham fans, but in the cold light of day they’ll be thankful for a very gutsy performance - it was exactly the kind of positive ninety-minutes this team needed. Here are their stats from Portugal:(…)

Tottenham need positivity rather than progress this evening 1

Realistically, the hole Tottenham dug themselves in the first-leg of their tie with Benfica is too deep to escape, and they were almost certain to be eliminated in Portugal this evening. Three away goals to overcome, missing a plethora of defenders, Emmanuel Adebayor not having traveled - come on, it’s not going to be a(…)

Manchester United vs Olympiakos: Individual Player Statistics 0

Manchester United got the three goals they needed last night, and all came courtesy of Robin van Persie - here are their statistic-leaders from Old Trafford: - Rafael had a team-high 67 touches. - Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney each had 3 shots, Manchester United’s most. - Van Persie hit the target and scored(…)

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