Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Juventus

ASM beat BVB

In the opinion of many, Monaco being drawn against Juventus represented a worst-case scenario for Leonardo Jardim’s effervescent side. The Italian champions had topped a tricky group containing Sevilla and Lyon, and haven’t conceded in the competition since November, a run of nearly 500 minutes. In addition to a very solid defence, in Paulo Dybala Juventus have, like Monaco, a […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Borussia Dortmund

Mbappe v BVB

After a first leg in which the focus was hardly on football, following a nerve-shattering attack on Dortmund’s team bus, Die Schwarzgelben make the trip to Monaco ready to overcome a 3-2 deficit from the first leg. Like the Ligue 1 leaders, they won at the weekend, but it was far from a stirring performance. Unlike Monaco, however, Dortmund did […]

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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Monaco

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“We have an incredible atmosphere here,” warned Dortmund midfielder Raphaël Guerreiro in yesterday’s press conference ahead of a visit from Monaco in the Champions’ League quarterfinal. “There will be a lot of pressure, and they will be surprised.” While it is true that the Westfalenstadion is one of Europe’s most intimidating places to play, the match will more than likely […]

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FFW Pod : International Break, Europe, Cups

1 April pod medley

Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on a busy couple of weeks featuring Ligue 1, multiple European competitions, and various international fixtures, and forward to a couple of cup competitions including the Coupe de la Ligue final and Coupe de France quarter-finals. Congratulations to the men of Monaco and Lyon, and the women of Lyon and PSG; basically Lyon. All of Lyon. The podcast […]

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Champions League Preview : Monaco v Manchester City

ASM v MCFC

After a 5-3 thriller in the first leg at the Etihad three weeks ago, there is no doubt that Manchester City’s trip to the Stade Louis II is the most anticipated of all of the Champions League Round of 16 second legs. Needing at least two goals to progress, Monaco will be forced to go on the attack, something that […]

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Champions League Preview : Barcelona v PSG

PSG v Barca 2

Few would have thought that Paris Saint-Germain could enter this evening’s visit to the Nou Camp with even a hint of doubt after thrashing Barcelona 4-0 three weeks ago. However, the hosts’ good form, and a pair of uneven outings from the French champions have seen just the smallest bit of uncertainty creep into the minds of some. Whether the […]

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Montpellier – after the storm

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Claudio Ranieri was sacked as Leicester Manager on Thursday – and on Friday, his statement was widely shared, starting “yesterday, my dream died”. As Leicester headed for the title last season, parallels were drawn with Montpellier’s win in 2011/12, which we addressed. Now, with Leicester still in the Champions League but in big trouble in the Premier League, it seems a good […]

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Champions League Preview – Manchester City v Monaco

MCFC v ASM

While not the high-profile encounter involving a Ligue 1 team of last week, Monaco’s trip to the Etihad Stadium this evening is nevertheless an intriguing one. Manchester City’s season has been one of mixed fortunes; dogged by injuries (Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus) and the failure of big-name transfers (Claudio Bravo, John Stones) to settle, the team have seemingly […]

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