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UCL Analysis: Juventus Win, English Clubs Falter, Bayer Edge Out Atletico

If there is anything we learned from the second round of fixtures in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League round-of-16, it is that English clubs still have a long way to go if they are to consistently produce champion sides. Juventus ran out close 2-1 winners over a fighting Borussia Dortmund while Barcelona, yet again, provided an English club with a footballing masterclass. Old Lady stutters to a win Three first-half goals were enough to settle this tie, with Juventus having to thank Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata for giving them the lead going into the leg at Signal Iduna Park. An away goal, even in defeat, is crucial as we have learned over the years and Marco Reus will be grateful to Giorgio Chiellini, whose unfortunate slip gave Dortmund a glimmer of hope. An injury to talisman Andrea Pirlo could also be a cause for concern for the Italian giants. The Bundesliga side came into this match on the back […] Read more »

Zlatko Junuzovic – the Bundesliga’s most underrated player?

A name unknown to many, the Austrian midfielder has been of the bright sparks in a dull Werder Bremen side fighting to stay afloat in the top division. German media sources over the past week report that top sides Schalke and Mönchengladbach are among the many suitors looking to lure a particular Zlatko Junuzovic from Werder Bremen, whose contract runs out this summer. It may not be a marquee signing, but a close inspection of the player’s performance this season will tell you more about why teams are lining up for this Austrian midfielder. Signed from Austria Wien in January 2012, Junuzovic has since played over 90 games for Werder Bremen, but never the way he has this season. Here is an analysis of his performances, what he brings to the table, and why he deserves to be talked about Strengths: An offensive midfielder by trade, Junuzovic has been deployed in multiple roles in midfield in his career. Equally comfortable […] Read more »

Stevan Jovetic scored a brace to help City overcome Liverpool 3-1

Stevan Jovetic: Down And Almost Out

When Manchester City signed Stevan Jovetic from Serie A side Fiorentina in the summer of 2013 for a hefty fee of £22m, he was expected to be key member for them in the coming seasons. That, however, hasn’t been the case as the Manchester City attacker has failed to establish himself in the main team and his recent exclusion from Manchester City’s Champions League squad means that his career at Eastlands could come to an end this summer. When Jovetic signed for Manchester City along with Alvaro Negredo, the eye of the general audience went more towards the Montenegrin. However, it was his fellow new signing who made a better start to his career after scoring twice in the opening two games in the Barclays Premier League. The Spaniard failed to find the target after mid-January and finished the Premier League on nine goals. Although he ended the season on a low note, his goals at home in the first half […] Read more »

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Analysis: Atletico Madrid Outclassed Real Madrid Easily In Their 4-0 Victory

Atletico Madrid emerged the deserved winners as they beat Real Madrid at home in what was the sixth derby of the season. Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid have already proved to the world that they are not just another underdogs. The other team in Madrid are definitely one of the most dangerous teams in not just Spain but entire Europe. Atletico, who narrowly missed the chance of winning their first Champions League title, are still out their serving revenge to Real Madrid, who won the European competition in extra time. Led by Simeone’s magnificent tactics, Atletico have outdone Real Madrid for the fourth time this season and this time they left nothing for Real Madrid to be positive about. First Half Analysis Real Madrid were a depleted side in the derby playing without Ramos, Pepe, Modric, Marcelo and James Rodriguez. They had also come into this game with little time to rest having played Sevilla just three days prior to the […] Read more »