Thursday, November 07, 2013

Champions League Updates, Secret Footballer, Jozy, Microsoft Estadio Santiago Bernabeu?

See below for Giles Tremlett's review

Apologies for yesterday's radio silence, friends. SSN Headquarters had to be evacuated due to a mold issue. All is sorted now, though, so let's get to it, shall we? The obvious place to begin is in the Champions League. Barcelona beat a waning Milan side (Messi's "crisis" is over -- he scored twice) and are already through to the knock-out stage. The other big result came from Germany where Arsenal managed to nick three points from Dortmund thanks to yet another Aaron Ramsey goal. Chelsea had little trouble with Schalke (Eto'o embarrassed Timo Hildebrand - see below) while Napoli beat Marseille 3-2. Let the fun begin:

Champions League Review
10 Talking Points
Five Aside

Barcelona 3 - 1 AC Milan: Sid Lowe at Camp Nou
Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1 Arsenal: David Hytner at Westfalenstadion
Chelsea 3 - 0 Schalke 04: John Brewin at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 3 - 0 Schalke 04: Barney Ronay at Stamford Bridge
Napoli 3 - 2 Marseille: Higuain Brace

The Secret Footballer has a new book out and he's talking San Siro, his father, and Fabio Capello. The Guardian has an exclusive extract here and it makes for an enjoyable little read.

There was a What's in Your Wallet? Cup match yesterday between Sunderland and Southampton. Thanks to Yank Abroad Jozy Altidore, Sunderland got the win and will face Chelsea in the next round. Jozy didn't score, but he was instrumental in his side's two goals. Well done, son.

Way to recognize, Seb.

Apparently, Microsoft are talking with Real Madrid about getting naming rights for the Bernabeu. Say it ain't so, Bill.

It's November and Ian Darke wants to weigh in on the state of each squad in the Premier League. Do it, Darke.

One of our favorite scribes is Sid Lowe. He's got a new book out entitled, "Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid." Here's a review.

Raul 71 
Lionel Messi 65
Cristiano Ronaldo 59 
Ruud van Nistelrooy 56
Thierry Henry 50
Alfredo Di Stefano 49
Andriy Shevchenko 48
Eusebio 46 
Filippo Inzaghi    46
Didier Drogba 42

Finally, as we read above, Arsenal won their match yesterday. Paul Doyle asks, was Arsenal's away win at Dortmund their best ever in Europe?



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