Mohammed Salah walking to the bench with tears strolling down his face, and Jurgen Klopp trying in vain to motivate his players, is still fresh in memory for the Reds. In the recent past, I really can’t think of a more unlucky club in European Football. Despite their admirable status, they have failed in winning several major trophies these last years, and agonizingly missed most of them between the cup and the lip.
Trust me on this. They will battle it out at the renowned Anfield.
The Bavarians have really walked into a trap that had been in the making for several years. After a long period of domination in the Bundesliga, Dortmund has eclipsed them in the league, and the team is giving a desperate chase to hold on to their beloved title. More than that, the core of the team that is past their prime has started to take its toll.
It’s common knowledge that Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are stars of yesteryears, and despite their high-profile performances every once in a while, it’s time they are replaced by young blood. That’s really where the English team has done well. Ever since the arrival of the eccentric but smart Klopp, their transfer season has been top notch.
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Olympique Lyonnais x Barcelona
At the start of the season, Lionel Messi promised Cules to bring back the beautiful trophy of the Champions League back to the Camp Nou. And when La Pulga gives you word on something, you believe it.
After dishearteningly witnessing their eternal rivals being crowned champions for the last three years in a row, Barca has had enough. It’s time they put an end to it. This season, they have highly prioritized European triumph, and it’s evident from their line-ups alone. Last year, Ernesto Valverde refused to bench main players even for fixtures against the likes of Leganes, and that too 72 hours before a continental tie.
They rightly paid the price for passing on good rest and recovery time and was put to shame by Roma at their home. Never again will the Spanish squad take a minnow for granted.
If you think the Blaugrana is in for a cakewalk, you are hugely mistaken, though. Just two weeks back, Les Gones delivered the first league loss of 2018/19 to PSG, at this same venue. Paris was really hoping to close out their season unbeaten, but the team from Lyon had other plans. Bruno Genesio has also started mind warfares, with claiming that he has a strategy in place to cut out the Argentinean stalwart from influencing the game for Barca.