Player Ratings Monaco vs Brugge 2018 | ASM out of Champions League after 4-0 defeat

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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

Marseille to face Leipzig in Europa League quarter final

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

EL QF Draw Result 2017 2018

Marseille to meet Bilbao in “Bielsa Derby”, Lyon take on CSKA Moscow- EL Round of 16

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

Player Ratings- Lo Celso flops, Emery tactics backfire

Paris Saint-Germain were beaten 3-1 at the Bernabeu by Real Madrid and the visitors’ Spanish coach, Unai Emery, came copped a fair bit of criticism for his tactics. Emery opted to start with rising star Giovani Lo Celso in midfield against Los Blancos, and the Argentine had one of his poorest games in a Paris jersey. Emery also chose to bench captain Thiago Silva and go with young Kimpembe to partner Marquinhos in the heart of defence.

Emery’s tactics of adding an extra defender towards the end in Thomas Meunier backfired as Zidane sent on attacking substitutes and turned the game on its head in the last ten minutes, with two crucial goals giving Real the advantage in this two legged clash Continue reading

Europa League Round of 32 Draw | Opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille revealed

Here are the opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille from today’s Europa League Round of 32 draw.

There were three French teams in the group stages of the Europa League and all three qualified for the Round of 32 as runners up- Lyon behind Atalanta, Nice behind Lazio and Marseille behind Red Bull Salzburg.

There could have been a fourth Ligue 1 representative in the Round of 32 had Monaco atleast managed to finish third in their Champions League group, but the principality outfit finished last and bowed out of Europe altogether. Continue reading

Real Madrid vs PSG- Paris to face defending champions in Round of 16

Paris Saint-Germain’s “reward” for topping their Champions League group is a clash against mighty Real Madrid in the Round of 16. The Parisians faced Barcelona in the Round of 16 last season- an epic two legged clash which saw the Catalans overturn a 4-0 lead from the first leg, and will now square off against the defending champions this season. Continue reading