Monday, December 16, 2013

Champions League Draw, Spurs Sack AVB, Weekend Reviews, Dempsey Back to Fulham

Bang! Right out of the box this Monday. First up? Champions League draw. As expected, Manchester City (Barcelona) and Arsenal (Bayern Munich) will face tough opposition. Here's the complete list:

Manchester City v Barcelona
Olympiakos v Manchester United
Milan v Atlético Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen v PSG
Galatasaray v Chelsea
Schalke v Real Madrid
Zenit v Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal v Bayern Munich

It should certainly provide some epic ties. Besides those mentioned above, Milan/Atlético Madrid and Galatasaray/Chelsea are enticing to SSN staffers. Let's look at the match-ups. 2014, yo!
AVB, Steve, step into my office...

Someone who suddenly has some free time to get his shopping done and enjoy the holidays is Andre Villas-Boas. As you'll see below in the fallout from the weekend matches in the Premier League, the pundits wondered if Tottenham's battering by Liverpool at White Hart Lane might be too much for the young Portuguese gaffer to bear. In the end, it was. Jeremy Wilson has five reasons it all went wrong for AVB. Also let go since we last spoke? Poor Steve Clarke at West Brom

Right! So, the Premier League. Manchester City 6 - 3 Arsenal. Tottenham 0 - 5 Liverpool. We said on Friday that these two matches would bookend the weekend nicely and we were spot on, thank you very much. Both offered some stunning play, intrigue, and ultimately, AVB's job. Here's a look at all the other shit that went down:

Jack loses his cool...
Looks like Deuce will be back at Craven Cottage for a little loan spell this winter. God knows, they need him. All the best, Clint.

Over in Italy, Juventus are now six clear at the top (Roma play today against Milan) thanks for a Carlos Tevez hat-trick. Elsewhere, Napoli took care of Inter 4-2.'s a review. Back in Spain, Neymar is in form and helped Barcelona to victory over Villarreal, while Real Madrid salvaged a point against Osasuna. Meanwhile, Atlético kept pace with Barca with a win against Valencia.

So...uh...wanna go back to my place?

That'll have to do for today. We'll be back tomorrow with more scribes and perhaps a Podcast and certainly some Monday Musings.



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