Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dog Shits on Pitch, Manchester City vs. Barcelona, Scribes, Podcast Sans Jimbo, European Best XIs, Americans Abroad

Holy Tuesday! Loads to get through today. Scribes, that little Champions League thingy, Euro Best XIs, Gab's Musings, Podcast with no Jimbo, we'd better get moving.

Let's bust out of the gate and rock a few Scribes:

Where? Spain. Who? Graham Hunter. What? Atletico's UCL challenge, Jese's rise, Messi vs. Man City.

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Icardi fires Inter to Fiorentina win.

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? It's not easy being green.

Where? Brazil Who? Tim Vickery. What? Will World Cup stadiums be white elephants?

Two Champions League matches today. Manchester City host Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen host Paris-St. Germain. Here's your lot:

Manchester City vs. Barcelona: Preview
Manchester City vs. Barcelona: Matchpack
Bayer Levekusen vs. PSG: Preview
Guillem Balague: Barcelona in top form

Look at all of this! Go ahead! Take a look forward to Manchester City v Barcelona, Milan v Atlético Madrid, Arsenal v Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen v PSG, plus best XIs from around Europe this week.

Gab Marcotti is musing and gabbing. Today it's Rooney's new deal, Conte vs. Capello, Webb's bad day and more. Gab, Gab.

Oh, gosh. We almost forgot the Podcast. So, so much to discuss: On today's Jimbo-less edition of Football Weekly, charming host Dave Farrar has James Horncastle, Barry Glendenning and – tin hats at the ready – Fernando Duarte for company as they reflect on a weekend of FA Cup drama and look forward to some cracking games in the Champions League. Arsenal and Manchester City avenged their recent league defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea, but do they have what it takes to grab an advantage in their home ties against Bayern Munich and Barcelona? Next, we get ourselves acquainted with Felix Magath, the new and ever-so-slightly sadistic new manager of Fulham after the Cottagers decided to ditch poor old René Meulensteen. Finally, our fiery Latin friend fills us in on the progress of the hosts ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

That Arsenal/Bayern Munich match isn't until tomorrow, but Phil McNulty wants to talk about the win that kick-started a Gunners revival and we shall let him.

Let's conclude with Yanks Abroad, where Johannsson, Kljestan, Boyd, and Williams all scored.



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