Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Midweek Premier League, Sid Lowe At The Double, Podcast, Madrid Derby II, Americans Abroad

OK, Tuesday. Whatcha got? Matches, for one. Cardiff vs. Aston Villa, Hull vs. Southampton, West Ham vs. Norwich, West Brom vs. Chelsea, Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid, Fiorentina vs. Udinese, and...wait for it...Ballinamallard United vs. Crusaders (look it up).

We'll begin in Wales and England. A bunch of this stuff covers tomorrow's action as well. Here's your lot:

It's tight at the top in the Premier League. It's also tight at the bottom (that's what she said - OH!).

The match is Spain is part of The Quest for the King's Cup. Real already have one foot in the door, up 3-0 after the first leg. Still, it is a Madrid Derby, so anything can happen. Here's all you need to know.

Podcast! It's been awhile since we checked in. Too long, really. On today's Football Weekly, a rare opportunity to revel in Arsenal's misery, as AC Jimbo is joined by Gregg Bakowski, Philippe Auclair and Michael Cox for a postmortem on Liverpool's five star dissection of the wannabe champions. The Gunners' next three games will make or break their season – and this being Arsenal and this being February, it's possible that things might go downhill quickly in North London. Boo and indeed hoo. A magnificent hat-trick for Eden Hazard in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Newcastle means that José Mourinho's men replaced Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, while at the bottom, Fulham became the latest team to leave Old Trafford with more than they anticipated after they drew 2-2 with Manchester United. Next up for United, a trip to the Emirates. Finally, we get up to speed with everything around Europe, where three teams sit at the top of La Liga; Monaco held PSG; Bayern continued their indomitable run; and Mario Balotelli had a bit of a cry – possibly because Adel Taarabt scored the fastest debut goal for Milan since George Weah.

It was a bad week for Americans Abroad. A very bad week. Clint Dempsey didn't even make Fulham's squad. Gooch got hurt. Timmy Chandler got hurt. Not good.

Scribe Time!

Where? Spain. Who? Sid Lowe. What? Luka Modric's value at Real Madrid finally appreciated.

Where? Spain. Who? Sid Lowe. What? Atlético Madrid stunned by Almería.

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Balotelli's haircut and tears distract from Milan's bad result.

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? Hamburg undecided over future of manager Bert van Marwijk.

Where? Spain. Who? Guillem Balague. What? Real Madrid on the rise.

Eden Hazard had a plan, apparently. Word is he wanted to be one of the best. It would appear that his plan is coming together.

AC Milan are having their troubles. Likewise, Inter. Things aren't quite as bad for the Nerazzurri, but they ain't great. Let's take a closer look at Internazionale Milan.

And finally...this is pretty great. Robert Lewandowski has already told the Dortmund faithful that he'll move to Bayern Munich this summer. Now his car has no tires.



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