Champions League

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Manchester City & self-perpetuated European inferiority

Something’s askew in Manchester City’s European thinking. Their loss to Juventus last night - from a winning position no less - will re-spawn the argument about the over-hyping of English…


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Picking an Arsenal side to face Monaco

Arsenal are in Monaco this evening, looking to overcome a 1-3 from deficit from the first-leg of this tie. That’s an awkward score, because it’s not a pronounced enough deficit…


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The Premier League’s knockout culture is undermining English clubs in Europe

This has been a really difficult week for English clubs in Europe, there’s no point in denying that.  Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City all fell rather limply to Spanish,…


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Picking an Arsenal side to face Besiktas

Arsenal return to The Emirates this evening, looking to rubber-stamp their Champions League qualification.  A goalless draw with Besiktas in Turkey has left them in a really favourable position, but…


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Arsenal: Notes on Besiktas

Whenever an English team is drawn against a Turkish side, all the usual platitudes get used.  It’s always described as a ‘difficult away leg’ in a ‘hostile atmosphere’, but Arsenal…


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Luka Modric silently fueling Madrid’s surge towards La Decima

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…


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Selecting a Manchester United side for Munich tonight

[AdSense-A]   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…


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Picking a Chelsea team for Stamford Bridge this evening

[AdSense-A] 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…