Messi knew Neymar would cause PSG problems

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BARCELONA star Lionel Messi is supposedly happier without Neymar – and knew the PSG forward would cause problems at his new club, The Express reports.
Barcelona lost Neymar to Ligue 1 giants PSG over the summer, with Unai Emery’s side shelling out £198m to sign him from their La Liga counterparts.
The Brazil international already looks good value for money, scoring five goals from his first six games and striking up a good partnership with Kylian Mbappe.
However, the 25-year-old made the headlines for all the wrong reasons at the weekend, clashing with team-mate Edinson Cavani over a penalty and a free kick.

And Spanish outlet Diario Gol say  Messi always thought controversies would engulf Neymar once he decided to swap Catalonia for France.
The two enjoyed four years together, helping Barcelona win La Liga twice and the Champions League in the process.
Many thought Messi’s form would dip with Ernesto Valverde’s side theoretically weaker without Neymar in their ranks.
But Diario Gol say that was not the case.
Messi is reportedly unsurprised by Neymar’s appetite to cause disruption given how much he wanted to be Barcelona’s main man.
He was aware of how much the Brazilian wanted to overthrow him in the dressing room – despite the duo publicly insisting they got along.
Additionally, Messi is reportedly happier without his former team-mate at the club.
Without Neymar threatening to usurp him, the 30-year-old has taken La Liga by storm.
Messi already has nine goals for the campaign from just five games, and scored four as Barcelona beat Eibar 6-1 at the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile,  and  Cavani have been told they will have a new bonus structure that will encourage them to work together more, according to The Sun.
The pair clashed during PSG’s 2-0 win over Lyon on Sunday while squabbling over who should take penalties and free kicks.
And the selfish circus took place in full glare of the watching crowd, as world record signing Neymar pleaded to take a penalty, but Cavani won the argument.
The Uruguayan lost the battle of wits over the spot kick though, as he blazed his effort against the bar.
It was an embarrassing turn of events, that followed a spat to decide who should take a free kick.

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Check out Lionel Messi’s extravagant star-studded wedding (pics)

The glitzy bash was attended by a host of footballing royalty, and the bride’s dress was flown in by private jet.

The couple sharing the joyful moment

Lionel “Leo” Messi, the 30-year-old Argentine considered to be one of the best football players in the world, married his 29-year-old childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in their hometown of Rosario, northern Argentina on Friday.

As the third highest-paid athlete in the world, bringing in $80 million (£62 million) in salary and endorsements, the event certainly didn’t disappoint.

The glitzy, star-studded bash took place at the City Center Rosario complex, and was attended by a host of football royalty, including Luis Suarez, Cesc Fabregas, Javier Mascherano, and Carles Puyol.

Guests were reportedly instructed to bring several outfits for the glamorous affair, according to the Daily mail while mobile phones were strictly off limits.

Some 450 police officers were even deployed to man the event.

Fortunately for us, some guests did manage to take photos and video footage. Scroll down for a sneak peak behind the scenes of the lavish Latino wedding.

Childhood sweethearts and long-term partners Lionel Messi, 30, and Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, finally tied the knot in a star-studded bash in their native Rosario, northern Argentina, on Friday.

Childhood sweethearts and long-term partners Lionel Messi, 30, and Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, finally tied the knot in a star-studded bash in their native Rosario, northern Argentina, on Friday.
Childhood sweethearts and long-term partners Lionel Messi, 30, and Antonella Roccuzzo, 29, finally tied the knot in a star-studded bash in their native Rosario, northern Argentina, on Friday.  

The couple rented out the City Center Rosario Complex for the event.

The couple rented out the City Center Rosario Complex for the event.
The couple rented out the City Center Rosario Complex for the event. 

Mobile phones were reportedly banned at the event, but this photo shared on Roccuzzo’s Instagram account shows how stunning the venue was.

Below, the couple can be seen sharing a kiss during the ceremony, while one of their two sons, Thiago, gazes up at them.

Here, the three walk down the aisle after tying the knot under chandeliers and an arch made of flowers.

Madrid-based designer Rosa Clara was behind Roccuzzo’s stunning wedding dress, which was reportedly flown in from Spain by private jet.

Madrid-based designer Rosa Clara was behind Roccuzzo's stunning wedding dress, which was reportedly flown in from Spain by private jet.
Madrid-based designer Rosa Clara was behind Roccuzzo’s stunning wedding dress, which was reportedly flown in from Spain by private jet.  

Source: The Sun

Roccuzzo’s platform wedding shoes were custom-made by Argentine fashion designer Ricky Sarkany and bore the couple’s nicknames “Anto” and “Leo” along with the wedding date on the soles.

Guests were treated to a five-star menu which included a charcuterie board of cured meats and selection of cheeses, traditional Argentine meat dishes, and sushi.

A host of football stars joined the couple in Argentina to celebrate, a number of whom were spotted on the tarmac after flying into the city of Rosario via private jet.

Retired Spanish footballer Carles Puyol and partner Vanessa Lorenzo were among the glamorous guests to pose for photos on the red carpet.

Retired Spanish footballer Carles Puyol and partner Vanessa Lorenzo were among the glamorous guests to pose for photos on the red carpet.
Retired Spanish footballer Carles Puyol and partner Vanessa Lorenzo were among the glamorous guests to pose for photos on the red carpet.  

Cesc Fabregas and Daniella Semaan also attended. Guests were reportedly advised to bring a selection of outfits to the event.

Source: The Daily Mail.

Javier Alejandro Mascherano and wife Fernanda broke the no-phone rules with this snap taken inside the venue.

Luis Suarez and wife Sofia Balbi were also among the guests to join the newly-married couple at the wedding.

Luis Suarez and wife Sofia Balbi were also among the guests to join the newly-married couple at the wedding.
Luis Suarez and wife Sofia Balbi were also among the guests to join the newly-married couple at the wedding.  


UNBELIEVABLE!  RONALDO WANTS TO LEAVE REAL MADRID

By Toyin Akiode

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An  unexpected and almost unbelievable report coming out of Spain indicates that Cristiano Ronaldo has informed his team mates that he won’t be at Real Madrid come next season.

Marca, the number one news platform dedicated to Real Madrid coverage corroborated what respected Spanish newspaper A Bola reported earlier that the Portuguese had apparently called it quits with his club.

Cristiano Ronaldo, four-time Barlon d’Or winner enjoyed another highly successful season with Real Madrid winning LaLiga and Champions League. He is also firmly in line to win his fifth Barlon d’Or having had a breakthrough year all round.

Other reports monitored from the Sun mentioned that Ronaldo has stated his intention to make a sensational return to England with Manchester United.

Possible Causes of Disenchantment

Early last week, reports were rife that Spanish authorities will be prosecuting Ronaldo for tax evasion to the tune of £13 million. The Madrid Prosecutors office stated that the charges covered 2011 – 2014.

There was an early indication of complete support from Real Madrid but a different picture has since emerged which may suggest why he wants out after eight years at the club.

Ronaldo’s decision to quit may not be unconnected with reports in El Confidencial which claimed that, as it emerged that news of Ronaldo’s charge was going to break, Real Madrid contacted Spanish media outlets and requested them not to publish pictures of Ronaldo in a Los Blancos shirt when covering the story.

The Portuguese,  who left Manchester United to join Real Madrid in 2009 and won everything with the Whites was also unexplainably left out of the  line up in the video promotion for Madrid’s new kit.

Ronaldo was reported to have told Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez that his decision is irreversible.

While the teeming fans of Real Madrid shocked to hear this news, some mischief makers have been suggesting that Ronaldo is only trying to squeeze Madrid for more money after hearing of Lionel Messi’s new bumper contract at Barcelona!

Ronaldo is currently in Russia with Portugal at the FIFA Confederation Cup and seems to be unperturbed by all the news making rounds about him.

It will cost an arm and a leg to sign the prolific scorer from Real Madrid nut there are some clubs that could swing it.

Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City; even Chelsea could break the banks to bring him in.

As this news unfolds, it will be safe to say that Ronaldo will stay back at Real Madrid and all issues will be sorted out in due course.

BAFANA BAFANA SHOCKS SUPER EAGLES IN UYO

Bafana Bafana of South Africa played a superb second half to beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles in a CAN 2019 qualifier in Uyo this evening by two goals to nothing.

No one saw it coming!

Super Eagles played tamely in the first half as Bafana Bafana looked good in defense and compact without the ball. Even though the Nigerians had the lion share of possession in the first half, they made no headway with two clear chances created.

Rather, it was the South Africans that could have gone ahead in the 42ndminute due to a poor goalkeeping from Daniel Akpeyi. It was the warning the Super Eagles needed to have taken into the second half.

Bafana Bafana’s coach Stuart Baxter made a change on resumption by moving an additional man into the midfield. This immediately unsettled the Super Eagles who suddenly had little possession and now faced with a resurgent opposition.

Lacking in attack and poor with set pieces, the Super Eagles clearly struggled and it wasn’t long before the South Africans scored their first goal.

Rantie Tokelo, who damaged Nigeria’s aspiration towards Equatorial Guinea reacted sharply to nod into Akpeyi’s near post off great play from the right. Nigeria had no response!

Now playing more like the home team, Bafana Bafana picked their passes and left the Super Eagles trailing for most of the second half.

A raft of substitutions by Gernot Rohr did little as Ahmed Musa’s introduction coincided with a lengthy period of possession by the South Africans.

Bafana Bafana gave the Super Eagles the sucker punch in the 82nd minute as Percy Tau latched on to a through ball that beat the whole pack of the Nigeria side to score the second goal.

It could have been more for the South Africans as the post came in aid of the Super Eagles on two different occasions.

Gernot Rohr and his team dropped the baton today. But they can get back right into it!

Had work and grafting is now required more than ever  as there is simply no margin for error in the reaming five games of the group.

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Zinedine Zidane: The making of a history maker

He was a B-team flop who looked like becoming just another playing genius who could not transfer his talents to the dug-out. But 17 months after taking over the toughest job in football Zinedine Zidane stands on the brink of history, becoming the first coach to retain the Champions League.

 

 

Where did it all go right for Zizou?

Was he really that unimpressive as B-team coach?

He was awkward in front of the media, so it was assumed with the spotlight that much brighter on the first team he would really struggle. On the pitch his B-team struggled and he compared unfavourably with Pep Guardiola who won the third division with Barça’s B-team but then Pep had better players.

There was no Sergio Busquets and Pedro for Zidane to call on. He did have teen Galatico Martin Odegaard who he failed to nurture but he has done little more out on loan. The sessions he put on were said to be uninspiring and the team failed to win promotion but managing the first team is so very different and he has excelled.

 

 

How is he with the media now?

He flashes the blue eyes and the smile and charms his way out of most difficult questions. He is even allowed to drop in the odd swear word describing the squad’s physical condition as ‘de puta madre’ – the Spanish equivalent of ‘fu****g great’.

He’s speaking his second language and he’s doing it with a smile so it’s accepted. He seems to have enjoyed the focus even more than he expected.

 

 

What is his coaching philosophy?

The team is built on the solid defence and midfield that characterized the 1998 French side. That doesn’t mean they don’t score an incredible amount of goals but that owes as much to the players he has than to his particular style.

There is a heavy Italian influence. This is a player who played under Marcelo Lippi at Juventus and alongside that very Italian Frenchman Didier Deschamps for so many years.

Will the job get easier or more difficult?

Win the Champions League and you have to say it would be very tough to top his first full season in charge. There will be other tests around the corner too. Last summer was his first pre-season and he didn’t have to deal with any new signings as the club had a rare summer off in the transfer market.

 

 

This time things will be different. David de Gea could be the first potential problem. Zidane is a big fan of current keeper Keylor Navas but De Gea is being signed to replace so that’s a selection dilemma right there. Beyond the Real Madrid job France manager surely beckons one day. He is passionate about the national team and many see him as Deschamps’ natural successor.

He didn’t sign any players but he did make important decisions.

True. His choice of No two was spot on and reflected his loyalty too. When he took the reins most thought there would be a high-profile assistant drafted in but he rejected the idea insisting instead that his number two with the B-team remain by his side. David Bettoni has known Zidane since they were 16 and 17 years old in the youth team at Cannes.

They shared a flat together in the Mimont neighbourhood of the city. Bettoni was a second and third division defender and he had retired by 2004 while Zidane was still two years away from his last World Cup but the friendship endured and Zidane resisted those calls to bring in a big name No 2 over his friend’s head even when it was pointed out that Bettoni lacked the FIFA badges to be his official number two when he first took over.

 

 

How have the team improved during his time in charge?

The biggest difference is probably a physical one. Last summer he called in the Italian fitness coach Antonio Pintus who was at Lyon. Pintus was also fitness coach at Monaco in 2003 when they reached the Champions League Final.

He was taken to France by Deschamps who is a huge fan having worked with him at Juventus and then at Chelsea. The players are finishing the season fresher than at any time in recent years. Ronaldo in particular is flying.

Is Ronaldo his biggest success story?

Ronaldo would say yes! Of the last eight away games Ronaldo only started three. He was often left resting at home even if that meant missing out on the shooting fish in a barrel matches where he would usually have been racking the goals up.

Zidane asked Ronaldo to, in effect, surrender the Golden Boot by telling him that he would be fresher when it mattered most and that he’d win the Golden Ball instead. It may well work out that way.

 

 

Is it not true that tactically he is not the most astute though?

Not according to rival coaches. Eibar manager Jose Mendilibar whose side won a point at the Bernabeu at the start of the season says: ‘The played with two styles.

‘You have the power and pace that we have come accustomed too and then when the younger players played they play with this rhythm and passing that is also very effective.’

It’s true Zidane has an incredibly strong squad but he has made the most of his options.

And he has done it without upsetting anyone?

That would be the other big change after Rafa Benitez. Before there always seemed to be one or two players who were not happy. Zidane has made sure everyone has felt useful.

 

 

Even James Rodriguez has been made to feel important – off this summer – but having played a part in the team winning the league and reaching the Champions League final.

So he really has gone from beyond consideration as a top coach to beyond question the manager of the year?

Well, let’s see if he wins in Wales but if he does then he will have made history. No Madrid coach has led them to a League and European Cup double since 1958 and no one has won back-to-back Champions Leagues.

He is currently averaging around one title every 100 days. In the league it is 146 points from a possible 174 in his 58 games in charge and he has reached two European finals. Maybe you can fluke it once but twice? In spite of all the doubts he is starting to look like a very special manager.

 

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Chelsea close in on title as crushing win seals Middlesbrough relegation

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Diego Costa celebrating his goal

Victory at West Brom will see Chelsea crowned Premier League champions after they relegated Middlesbrough with a 3-0 win on Monday.

Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic were all on target as Chelsea moved a step closer to the Premier League title with a 3-0 home win over Middlesbrough, who are relegated as a result.

Chelsea will be crowned champions if they are able to win at West Brom on Friday, while Boro drop back to the Championship after a single season’s stay in the top flight.

Costa gave Chelsea a deserved lead after a dominant opening to the game, finishing off a fine pass from Cesc Fabregas, via a touch off Cesar Azpilicueta.

Within 10 minutes the Chelsea lead was doubled, Alonso stealing in at the back post to steer home his sixth league goal of the season thanks to a deflection from Brad Guzan’s thigh.

The goalkeeper was nutmegged again by Matic, Fabregas supplying his 10th assist of the campaign for a record sixth different season, as Antonio Conte’s men ran riot to register Chelsea’s 300th Premier League home win.

A crushing triumph extends the Blues’ series of successes against Boro to seven without conceding a single goal, as Steve Agnew’s side were unable to cope with the quality of the champions-elect.

Chelsea almost took the lead in the second minute when a lovely lofted Fabregas pass picked out Alonso, but Guzan got enough on the wing-back’s volley to deflect the ball on to the crossbar.

Fabregas – selected in place of injured Player of the Year winner N’Golo Kante – had Chelsea’s next chance when Eden Hazard picked him out with a low cutback, but the Spaniard’s placed strike fizzed wide of Guzan’s right-hand post.

Costa felt he should have had a penalty after 20 minutes when George Friend brought him down, with Hazard’s cross only needing a touch, but the striker would not be denied moments later.

Fabregas was given too much space to find Costa in the box and, following a touch from Azpilicueta, the Spain international centre-forward rolled a calm finish between Guzan’s legs for his 20th league goal of the season.

Boro could not hold the champions-elect at bay and the second goal duly arrived after 34 minutes.

This time it was Azpilicueta who was left in the same pocket of space outside the area, with Alonso timing his run perfectly and exploiting slack Boro marking to finish through Guzan’s legs.

The interval failed to stem the flow of chances, with Conte’s men hitting the woodwork again immediately after the restart, Pedro firing a strike that clipped the crossbar.

Fabregas picked up his landmark assist after 64 minutes following patient approach play, flicking the ball up to Matic’s chest, the midfielder controlling before firing home with Guzan beaten between his legs for the third time on the night.

Tottenham’s loss at West Ham on Friday opened the door to Chelsea and their coronation as champions is now imminent, with Conte even able to give captain John Terry a cameo from the bench – to a rapturous reception – as he nears his departure from the club.
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ARSENAL HOSTS MANCHESTER UNITED IN A MATCH OF PRESTIGE AT THE EMIRATES

By Toyin Akiode

As Arsenal battles Mourinho’s Manchester United on Sunday at the Emirates, an unfamiliar sense of reality will be up in the air – both teams are not competing to win the league!

Similarly, they are off a pace or two in the battle for Champions League places.

Except that Manchester United could make it through another route if they manage to win the Europa league. No one can bet against them doing that with the fantastic result they obtained in Spain away to Celta Vigo in the first leg of the semifinals.

Wenger has not managed to beat Mourinho in the Premier League. In 11 league matches, six were drawn and Mourinho won the remaining five. It is a dreadful head to head record to say the least!

It will take a miracle and total collapse of both Manchester clubs and Liverpool for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League.

Manchester United are in fifth on 65 points while Arsenal are sixth with 60 and a game in hand. It is certainly not looking very bright for Wenger and his Gunners!

Priority

The Manchester United manager presided over a narrow Europa League semi-final first leg win over Celta Vigo on Thursday and believes winning that competition represents his side’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

United remain in contention for a top four finish – they currently sit just a point behind Manchester City – but with trips to Arsenal and Tottenham to come during the run-in, Mourinho has made the Europa League his clear priority.

The Special One will be protecting a proud unbeaten Premier League record against Arsene Wenger when his side travels to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but he is ready to jeopardize that to ensure his team are fresh for Thursday’s second leg against the Spanish side at Old Trafford.

Despite Mourinho’s sentiments, he will be more than happy to get another win over his bitter rival, Wenger.

Head to Head

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  • Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over United at the Emirates last season is their only win in 11 Premier League games against them (D4 L6).
  • United haven’t lost consecutive away Premier League games against Arsenal since November 2001.
  • Alexis Sanchez is two goals away from scoring his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal, becoming the 8th player to do this for the Gunners.
Arsenal will need him to be at his best
  • Sanchez needs just one goal to register his best-ever return from a single campaign in Europe’s big five leagues (currently on 19, tied with 2013/14 for Barcelona). However, just six of his league goals have come at home this season in the Premier League (32%) despite playing at the Emirates on 16 occasions in 2016-17.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11).
  • This will be Arsene Wenger’s 58th match as Arsenal manager against United in all competitions. It’s the side the Frenchman has faced most often with the Gunners, but also the side he’s got the lowest win rate against (29% – minimum of 15 games).

Not much will change in past Wenger – Mourinho match-up. Arsenal will usually hold the larger percentage of possession but end up conceding silly goals to lighting fast counters from the Portuguese teams.

There are many dimensions that command heightened interest in this encounter.

Will Mourinho overstretch his playing personnel by committing his big stars on Sunday rather than sacrificing this match to fully focus on the Europa competition?

Is it expecting too much to even think that Arsenal will be able to beat a potential second string Manchester United team that could be put up buy Mourinho?

How will Mourinho react to a possible defeat of Manchester City by Crystal Palace?  One can only try but the answers are so difficult to obtain.

One thing is certain; Arsenal won’t play with handbrakes at the Emirates. This s may play very well into the hands of Manchester United.

However, on a good day and at the Emirates, Arsenal should be able to beat any opposition and that includes Manchester United!

Seven dies while watching football in a viewing center, FIFA, Man utd commiserated (pic)

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At least seven people have been confirmed dead by the police in Cross River State and authorities of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital after a high tension cable fell on the roof of a popular football viewing centre in the Nyangasang axis of Calabar municipality.

The incident, which happened around 10pm on Friday during the match between Manchester United and Anderlecht in a return leg of the Europa League quarterfinal match, left at least 11 others critically injured.

The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company confirmed that the high-tension cable was the UNICAL 11KV Feeder.

While authorities faulted an earlier report that over 30 persons lost their lives, eyewitnesses insisted that the number of those who died in the incident were not less than 10.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said only 18 persons were affected.

Inuwa said that the briefing became necessary following some reports that over 30 persons died in the tragic incident.

“People should stop spreading falsehood in sensitive issues like this. The earlier reports that over 30 persons died is false,” he maintained.

Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Ogbu Ngim, who spoke on behalf of the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Prof. Thomas Agan, said 18 persons with various degrees of burns were brought to the hospital.

He confirmed seven dead, while the remaining 11 were responding to treatment.

Our correspondent, who visited the viewing centre on Friday, observed that the structure which was constructed with zinc was sited directly under the high-tension cable.

The cable fell on the building after an explosion from a transformer that was located nearby. It was estimated that the viewing centre could contain about 120 persons.

An eyewitness, Jasper Azu, said there was a loud explosion from the transformer while the match was ongoing which led to immediate blackout.

He said, “The power went out and the cable landed on the roof of the viewing centre. Those watching the game were aware of the cable that landed on the roof, but being so eager to continue their match and thinking there was no current in the cable as the power had gone out, urged the owner of the centre to put on his generator.

“After the generator was put on, they all went back inside to continue their match and then power was restored by PHEDC and the fire erupted in the building and there was vibration. In the pandemonium that ensued as many made for the exit, several of them got electrocuted. We counted over 10 bodies.”

As shared on its twitter page :

“FIFA is deeply saddened by the deaths of several football fans in Calabar and offer our deepest condolences to family and friends of the victims”

The English Premier League giants were quick to acknowledge the death of these unlucky fans in a tweet on Friday.

“Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday,” the club wrote.

Analysis On UEFA Champions League Semifinal Draw – 

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The draw for the UEFA Champions League semifinals have just been concluded and here are my thoughts on the fixtures.

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid have shown that they are masters of the Champions League and they are always hard to beat when they get to this stage as their record 11 victories in this competition indicates. However, if there is any team that can beat Real over 2 legs, it is probably Atletico Madrid. 2 losses in 2 close-fought finals in the last three years to Real will definitely serve as motivation for Diego Simeone and his men.

However, with Cristiano Ronaldo in fine form, it might be a difficult challenge to beat this Real team under Zinedine Zidane, a great player that is also turning out to be a great coach.

I am tipping Atletico to win this one though, they have been rather unlucky in their losses to Real and I just get the feeling this might be their time to get one over their big city rivals in Europe’s premier club competition. Their mixture of Spartan discipline and technical finesse when required could prove decisive this time around.

Monaco vs. Juventus

This is a classic game of the masters of attack against the masters of defence. The margins at this stage of the competition are so small that any of the 4 semifinalists could actually win the competition. Monaco have shown an amazing mentality and attacking philosophy in this competition. Their approach is simple- we do not mind conceding goals because we are going to outscore you anyway. Juventus on the other hand have shown they are excellent at keeping the best strikers in the world quiet considering the fact that Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar could not find the back of the net over 2 legs against Juventus, neither did the rest of the Barcelona team.

But the Mbappe-Falcao partnership is proving to be difficult to resist and going by the way this Monaco team is dispatching some of Europe’s finest, it is hard not to tip them as favourites to go through. I rate them highly and expect to see them at the final.

I am in effect expecting a Monaco-Atletico Madrid final. Now, that would be quite a spectacle.

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A football fan dies after being pushed at a stand (pic)

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You better watch your utterances when you are watching  football matches. You may die in the process.

This is a sad story of an Argentine football fan who met his untimely death. Read this sad story:

An Argentine football fan has died of head injuries – two days after being pushed from a stand by an angry crowd who thought he was a rival supporter.

Emanuel Balbo, 22, had reportedly quarrelled with a man during Saturday’s derby between his Belgrano team and the visiting Talleres in the northern city of Cordoba.

Witnesses said the man had shouted that Mr Balbo was a disguised Talleres fan.

He was then pushed over the edge of a stand, video images showed.

He fell onto concrete stairs from a height of about five metres (16ft).

He was taken to hospital with severe head injuries, where doctors declared him brain dead.

Four people have been arrested over the attack, with the Argentine Football Association calling for “those responsible for this inconceivable assault” to be brought to justice.

Campaign groups say more than 40 people have died in football related violence in Argentina since 2013.

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