For the first time in their history, Manchester United lost a European knockout tie at Old Trafford by more than a goal after Paris SG emerged 2-0 winners at the Theatre of Dreams in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. Despite missing key players like Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Thomas Tuchel’s side were too good for the Red Devils as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat as MUFC manager.
French newspaper L’Equipe wasn’t too kind to the Red Devils, with around half their squad polling a 3/10 (Pogba, Lindelof, Matic, Herrera and Lingard), indicating that the home side’s midfield failed to execute their plans. The highest ranked United player was skipper and right back Ashley Young, who got a 6. No PSG player got below six, and Thiago Silva and Angel di Maria both got 8’s.
OGS himself got a 4/10 manager rating, while his opposite number Tuchel was awarded a 7/10 for masterminding a famous PSG win.
AS Monaco bowed out of the Champions League after a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home against Belgian outfit Club Brugge. The result saw ASM stuck at the bottom of Group A with a single point to show for their efforts after four games. With Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund both on nine points, there is no way for the Principality outfit to qualify for the Round of 16.
Tuesday evening’s result saw new manager Thierry Henry’s struggles continue- he is yet to win as coach and the club are winless in their last fifteen games across all competitions.
Check out the player ratings for the game from French paper L’Equipe. Bar Sofiane Diop (5) and Moussa Sylla and Diego Benaglio (4 each), all the others were rated 3 or below. The worst ratings (2/10) were reserved for the defensive pair of Kamil Glik and Jemerson, while manager Henry also got a 2. On an average the side rated 3.2/10, with Brugge performing twice as better (6.5/10) Continue reading
France’s solitary representative left in European competition, Olympique Marseille, will face German outfit Leipzig in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The eight teams left in the EL are all from different nations. RBL beat Zenit 3-2 on aggregate while Marseille won the “Bielsa derby” against Athletic Club 5-2 over two legs.
Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, who knocked Olympique Lyonnais out in the Round of 16 on the away goals rule, have been drawn against Arsenal.
Atletico v Sporting and Lazio v Salzburg are the other two QF match ups.
The ties will be held on 5 April and 12th April with the first leg to be played in Germany and the return one a week later at the Velodrome
Marseille and Lyon were the only two French teams left in the Round of 16 of the Europa League following the elimination of OGC Nice at the hands of Lokomotiv Moscow. The draw was made today, and OM will face Bilbao in the “Bielsa Derby”, while Lyon, the only team to make it to the Round of 16 in the 2016/17 as well the 2017/18 seasons, have been drawn against CSKA Moscow who are one of three Russian clubs left in the competition.
The other two Russian clubs have been given tough draws, with Lokomotiv Moscow against Atleti and Zenit St Petersburg taking on Napoli’s conquerors RB Leipzig. Continue reading