Chatter from the sidelines
- Cristiano Ronaldo's sister says losing ex Irina Shayk is 'like a death' Is gossip like this okay with the comm? In an interview Shayk said that she wanted someone 'faithful and honest' and said that she felt 'ugly' alongside him. You're a Victoria Secret Model, Shayk, they go for bandbox pretty with a stacked body over the 'interesting features' that high fashion magazines go for so you know...you're not ugly.
- Borussia Dortmund v Juventus: Champions League preview twitchy bum time!
- Serie A fans put hatreds aside for Europa, but not for Juventus a bit of a waffly post, but anything without the Pogba rumours I'll take it, savvy?
- La Liga - Gareth Bale v Cristiano Ronaldo debate: An ego out of control? I've been sideeyeing Ronaldo since he walked off the field brushing off his Club World Cup badge, tbh
- Mexico's Liga MX and Spain's La Liga to Compete in 'Basque Soccer Friendly' at Boise State in July It's a BFD in that part of the world
- Franz Beckenbauer fears Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng are hurting Bayern Munich
because of their tempers?
- Mario Balotelli posts bizarre video telling people to 'shut up' after missing Liverpool's narrow win over Swansea *buries face in hands* Oh, Mario
- Sunderland: Dick Advocaat appointed Black Cats boss another Dutch coach? Oh the whinging will be FUN
Advocaat and LvG are said to have a warm friendship
- Why Xabi Alonso Is Under Most Pressure for Bayern Munich After Bremen Game tl;dr: with every other player coming back from injury and Alonso's loss of form, he might be surplus to requirements. NGL, I thought that was the plan, bringing him in to hold the fort whilst the others healed (hence him just signing a year's contract, right?) and with him being 33, and the other lads getting older, Bayern needs to bring forth new players. Guardiola is well aware of this, being of the mind that you have to turn over a football team every four years. So it's all a mountain out of a molehill. But Alonso is someone who's just as proud as Ronaldo in his way. So, my ear is cocked for an announcement
- Messi is compared to Cryuff and Pele, what annoys Cristiano is that he's only compared to Messi. that's... not a lie. Well, about the comparisons, I don't know what Ronaldo thinks. Link is in Spanish
Monaco 3- 3 Arsenal (on aggregate): Monaco goes through because of away goals
A gallant effort, a noble defeat
Ozil exchanged shirts at half time. In the English game, it means that you've given up the ghost, checked out of the game, so this went down like a pork dish at... Ramadan
Monanco celebrates going through, Arsenal gets knocked out. I was rooting for the English coefficient!
SMH. It makes no sense to even post the goals because even though they came so far and tried so hard, in the end it didn't really matter
Ozil is having a moment
The definition of YYYAAAASSSS
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Bayer (3-2)
Diego Simeone held a press conference like an embattled politician of a republic yesterday. He told Atlético's fans to come and bring the noise, challenged them to be the twelfth man
There's been some gossip about how he doesn't feel that Mandzucich doesn't suffer enough for the team. Well, Mandz did that yesterday. Got a knock on the ankle fifteen minutes before half time, but Simeone couldn't risk his two subs because he already had to sub his keeper see? So he told Mandz to suck it up and play on, and Mandz did!
The match was pretty eventful! You see that goal keeper? Got a freak injury 20 mins in, felt his hammy go 'pop', held up his hand and said, "No more."
Suarez got the only goal in the match, in the first half. Bayer were strong, determined, and pressing
But Mario Suarez got in there.
Guardiola showed up for some hot man on man European action
Greizmann - I want to know what conditioners he uses because his hair seems to be in good nick
Torres came on in the 82nd minute. It was interesting, the narrative built around Atlético coming into this competition. They are behind in the league, Valencia and Sevilla are resurgent and breathing down their necks, Simeone is demanding stability (put his foot down when they wanted to sell on Mario Suarez, I hear), so this match was a MUST WIN for any chance of title glory!
It wouldn't be Atletico if they didn't get one card. To be fair, the match was spirited, and credit to the referee for it to play out, but stamping down on hotspots. I liked how he called the captains together and told the rest of the players to gtfo while he spoke with them
The match went into full time. Tie. Extra time. Tie. Extra time again. Still a tie. So, they came down to the dreaded penalty shoot out. The Germans don't lose penalty shootouts. The Calderon, normally teeming and frothing with noise, held its breath.
Torres' fairytale continues apace, as he cinched the win with a beautiful penalty kick. His first Champions League game with Atlético de Madrid. Nice that there are still happy endings in this world
Joy. Shock. Relief
Commiserating with the players who missed their kicks. Magnanimous in victory
Koke was a damned good captain. Showed vision, created key plays, and at the end, went over and consoled his opponent. Nice.
Oblak stepped into a situation that could have unmade him and grew as the match went on. Simeone might want to use him more now. Steady pair of hands
OP: done! Sorry about the lack of news, but the rumours are the same- Pogba might leave, Ronaldo is mad, Manchester United want Bale- so I'm going for the interesting rumours, savvy? Anyway, any cheers and jeers leave in the comments, and I'll amend. Thanks for reading