Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Liverpool Edge Swansea, Sampdoria Rock Roma, Fiorentina Top Milan, Scribes, Champions League, Dick in at Sunderland, Reading Advance, Another Pitch Invasion

Good times in Reading...

Good Morning! Liverpool got, how shall we put this...a bit lucky yesterday and won at Swansea 1 - 0. The Next Gerrard scored off a deflection to set the stage for Sunday's clash with Manchester United. Juicy. Here are Three Thoughts from the match, as well as a Report, provided by Stuart James, who was at the Liberty Stadium. So the Premier League Table looks like this. It's quite tight once you drop below Chelsea. Should Liverpool defeat Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, things will get nutty.

Similarly in Serie A, once you drop below Juventus, you've got Roma, Lazio, Napoli, Fiorentina, and Sampdoria all within five points and competing for two Champions League spots. Shit's this tight thanks to last night's results.

Back to England, where the semi-finals of the FA Cup are now almost set. Reading ousted Bradford 3 - 0 to book their date with Arsenal. And it'll be either Blackburn or Liverpool against Villa in the other one. Oh, there was a pitch invasion at the conclusion of the Reading/Bradford match, don't you know?

Scribes! Time to go around the world with our favorite writers and see what is up. 

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Huub Stevens and Stuttgart stick to double-negative path in Bundesliga

Where? Brazil. Who? Tim Vickery. What? External shock could re-shape the calendar

Where? Spain. Who? Graham Hunter. What? Simeone should consider his Atletico Madrid future

Where? Germany. Who? Nick Bidwell. What? The good, the bad and the ugly in Berlin

Stade Louis II: Monaco

Sunderland? Guy Poyet is out. Dick Advocaat is in.

As with most weeks, Gabriele Marcotti has some musings. This week, Gab is gabbing about...Tired Chelsea, Ibrahimovic's rant, Van Gaal's discovery, Bale-Ronaldo, more. Enjoy.

Let's get to today's Champions League activity. Arsenal have a mountain to climb in Monaco (3:45 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1), while Atlético Madrid try to overturn a 0 - 1 deficit at the Vicente Calderón against Bayer Leverkusen (3:45 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 2). Here are your previews.

Monaco vs. Arsenal: Preview
Monaco vs. Arsenal: Preview II
Monaco vs. Arsenal: Preview III
Picture Special: Wenger Returns to Monaco
Atlético Madrid vs. Bayer Leverkusen: Preview
Atlético Madrid vs. Bayer Leverkusen: Preview II
Atlético Madrid vs. Bayer Leverkusen: Preview III

You asked for them. Now you've got 'em. Deal with it!  Major League Soccer POWER Rankings !!!

That's rather solid for a Tuesday, right? Keep it tite!



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