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Tottenham vs Olympiacos
Tottenham have been able to put their embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich behind them with big consecutive wins over Red Star Belgrade, winning the home tie 5-0, before going to Belgrade and beating the Serbian outfit 4-0. They come into this match against Olympiakos with Jose Mourinho at the helm and they’ll know a win here would be enough to see them qualify for the knockout stages.
Spurs have scored 13 goals in their four games in the Champions League but that huge defeat against Bayern leaves them with nine goals against. They’ve certainly turned things around, though, and they’ll still be riding the wave of confidence a new manager brings after Mourinho’s appointment last week. With an average of over three goals a game so far, they’ll be confident of another big result this week.
Olympiakos haven’t enjoyed their Champions League campaign so far, with just a single point earned by the Greek side, following their 2-2 draw with Spurs in the reverse fixture. Since then, they’ve lost twice to Bayern Munich and once to Red Star Belgrade, conceding eight goals in the process. Things haven’t gone well for Olympiakos and it’s hard to see them getting anything from this game.
With that in mind, we think Tottenham are in line for a big result and we’re predicting them to beat the 2.5 goal line by themselves. They’ve been scoring for fun in Europe and this should continue with them looking very good in the final third against West Ham at the weekend, during Mourinho’s first game in charge.
Prediction: 1 & O 1.5
Real Madrid vs PSG
Real Madrid comes into this game knowing a win will be enough to secure qualification to the knockout stages once again. That is not a formality, with PSG looking in fantastic form in the Champions League this season, and the Spaniards will have to work hard to claim a result. Madrid has found things a little difficult so far this season and this could be a trend that continues into MD5.
A 6-0 win over Galatasaray would’ve given the side some confidence again. But, prior to that, disappointing results against both PSG and Club Brugge put head coach Zinedine Zidane under considerable pressure. This has been relieved somewhat since but Madrid will need to pick up where they left off against a PSG side that has excelled so far this term.
PSG have a perfect record to protect, winning four games from four, scoring 10 goals and conceding none while romping to qualification from Group A with two games to spare. The wealth of talent available to them has been clear to see but their ability in the final third has separated them from everyone else so far. This is evidenced by the side’s 21 shots on target in four games and conversion rate of just under 50%.
There is so much attacking talent on display for both teams that it’s hard to see anything other than goals in this game. We’re backing a goal fest with the 3.5 goal line being beaten. With teams expected to feature Karim Benzema, Rodrygo, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe, there should be plenty of chances at either end.
Prediction: 12 & O 1.5
Atalanta vs Dynamo Zagreb
The Serie A side have seen their campaign stall in recent weeks, with major problems both at home and in Europe. Atalanta have won once in their last eight games, while they come into this game winless in seven. They lost 3-1 against Juventus at the weekend, shipping three goals in the final 16 minutes. That could cost them again here, as Dinamo have scored three in the last 15 minutes across their last two in Europe – drawing 2-2 and 3-3 with Shakhtar Donetsk.
While Atalanta’s historic Champions League campaign has been a dud, this has been a great season for the visitors. Dinamo Zagreb have scored nine goals in their four Uefa Champions League games this season (W1 D2 L1), two more than they managed in 24 games in their previous four campaigns (seven goals in 2011/12, 2012/13, 2015/16 and 2016/17). That form has left them in the mix to make the top two.
Clinical finishing has helped the Croatian side into that position. Dinamo Zagreb have taken the joint-fewest shots of any team in the Champions League this season (36, joint with Galatasaray); however, they have the best conversion rate of any side, scoring with nine of those 36 shots (25%). That’s bad news for Atalanta, who head into this clash with a dreadful record at the back. In their four games, they’ve conceded over 12 shots per game, with 24% of those converted into goals.
Prediction: H wins
Juventus vs Atletico Madrid
Juventus can wrap up first place in their Champions League group on Tuesday. The Italian champions are on a great run, while they come into this one looking to punish an Atlético Madrid side winless in their previous five away trips.
Juventus have won 14 and lost one of their last 23 Champions League group games on home soil (D8). The Old Lady are looking to win four consecutive home group games for the first time since October 2008. Their form this season has also been brilliant, with 12 wins in their last 13 matches. Having scored twice in all four group games this term, they look likely to achieve a result.
History doesn’t seem to favour the visitors in this clash. Atlético Madrid have registered just three wins in their 10 previous encounters with Juventus in all competitions (W3 D2 L5), with four of those five defeats coming in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the other arriving in the Champions League (0-3 in March 2019). They’re yet to really click in this competition following their summer rebuild, so this trip could be a struggle.
Meanwhile, Juventus have shown real progression as a team, building a side who can share out the goals. That’s clearly a key part of Maurizio Sarri’s plan, as the Italian boss was reportedly unhappy with Chelsea’s reliance on Eden Hazard last term. His new side have had eight different scorers in this season’s Champions League – already twice as many as they had last season when they reached the quarter-final.
Of course, the Italian champions still have an obvious leading man who tends to hurt Atlético. Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 25 goals versus Atlético Madrid in all competitions – only versus Sevilla (27) has he netted more. The Portuguese forward has bagged four hat-tricks against Atlético, with two of those arriving in the Champions League (March 2019 & May 2017).
Red Star Belgrade vs Bayern Munich
In the past couple of years, Red Star Belgrade have carved themselves out a reputation as a difficult side to beat. But they haven’t been able to bring this into their Champions League campaign this season, with resounding defeats to both Bayern Munich and Tottenham in Group A. Indeed, they’ve conceded 13 goals, the most of any team in the competition this season.
Bayern Munich have performed exactly as expected, with four wins from four and 15 goals scored in those games, an average of 3.75 per game. The 7-2 victory over Tottenham was definitely the high point, with the Germans dismantling their opponents and putting themselves in a position where they have qualified for the round of 16 with two games to spare.
The reverse fixture saw Bayern Munich run out 3-0 winners and there isn’t much that has happened in the interim which indicates a similar result isn’t on the cards here. Bayern look full of confidence, having only conceded four goals in the campaign, and will be seeking another win to keep their momentum going before they welcome Tottenham to the Allianz Arena in two weeks’ time.
Prediction: O 2.5
Man City vs Shakhter Donetsk
Manchester City hasn’t quite assured themselves of qualification from Group C but a point here will be enough for them to book their place in the knockout stages. They were enjoying a perfect campaign until their last European fixture, when they had a bit of a meltdown, drawing 1-1 against Atalanta and finishing the game with defender, Kyle Walker, in goal after a red card for Claudio Bravo.
This season, however, we’ve seen Man City respond well to a poor result and that could well be the case here as they look to take the pressure off their last game in the group. They come up against a good Shakhtar side, though, and it might not be the run-of-the-mill victory Man City fans have become accustomed to.
Shakhtar Donetsk currently sit second in the group and know they need to keep picking up results. Dinamo Zagreb also have five points and are only kept in third due to the three goals Shakhtar scored in their last game. But getting a result from the Premier League champions is no easy task and Shakhtar will need to be in peak form to challenge City.
Prediction: 1 & O 1.5
Galatasaray vs Club Brugge
Galatasaray have endured an awful Champions League campaign, only picking up a single point and failing to score a goal. This was compounded by a 6-0 drubbing against Real Madrid three weeks ago, which eliminated them from the competition. The side have managed just six shots on target in their four games so far this season, looking second best against every team they’ve come up against.
Injuries haven’t helped them, with main striker Radamel Falcao missing part of the campaign, but the fans are still bitterly disappointed with the state of their European challenge and there are increasing calls for head coach Fatih Terim to be relieved of his duties. For now, though, he remains in charge and leads his side into what looks to be the game that decides which of these two teams will finish third and qualify for the Europa League.
Club Brugge haven’t fared much better in a tough group but a creditable 2-2 draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu has at least given them some cause for celebration. They’ve averaged two shots on target per game, not much of an improvement on Galatasaray, but hold a small advantage over their opponents coming into the encounter.
A draw would suit Club Brugge in this game, as it would mean Galatasaray have to claim a victory at Parc de Princes to finish third in the group; they could well look to keep things tight knowing Galatasaray have struggled in front of goal this season.
Prediction: 1-3 G A
Lokomotive Moscow vs Bayern Leverkusen
Both sides can still technically qualify for the Champions League knockout stages but it looks very unlikely. There is still plenty on the line here, though, with the winner being the most likely team to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League. Lokomotiv Moscow currently holds the advantage, with a single goal scored being the difference between the two sides at this point.
Lokomotiv Moscow’s opening-day win over Bayer Leverkusen in the reverse fixture is what separates the two sides at the moment. But since then the Russians haven’t enjoyed a successful campaign, with two losses against Juventus and a 2-0 defeat at home to Atletico. They’ve averaged four shots on target in that time but only scored twice in what has been a disappointing run.
The fortunes of Bayer Leverkusen have been the opposite of their opponents this week, with three defeats in a row being ended with a victory over Atletico last time out, keeping them in contention for qualification. Their conversion rate has been fairly average, scoring one in every three shots on target, but they’ll need to be a little more clinical in the final third to find the win in a tough game in the Russian capital.
Prediction: O 1.5
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.