Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 27

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 27

Though Manchester United will feel the need to deliver at home against their massive rivals, Liverpool bears the pressure in this match. That is why, if Liverpool comes away with a point this weekend, they will see that as a decent result. Not necessarily because Manchester United pose a massive challenge, but because – now that the pendulum has swung and Liverpool are finding goals slightly harder to come by – Liverpool know how valuable this match will be.

Ultimately, this match will be decided by the more clinical side. If Liverpool finishes the way they did against Bayern Munich, missing golden opportunities to go ahead, Manchester United will make them pay. Due to each side’s respective form and the benefit of Manchester United playing at Old Trafford, the reds of Manchester will take this won – slightly.

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Atletico Madrid’s Crotch Thrusting Tour of Vengeance Might Just Win Them the Champions League

Atletico Madrid’s Crotch Thrusting Tour of Vengeance Might Just Win Them the Champions League

From top to bottom, Atletico Madrid are a squad hell-bent on proving the critics wrong. Whether it is the old regime of Godin and Luis revealing they’ve still got Champions League quality at 33 or it is Morata ferociously attacking the net, desperate to prove his caliber, Madrid are angry. Much of this team suffered the catastrophic last-minute collapse against rivals Real in the 2016 Champions League final. They remember the anguish of defeat that left their successful season that included winning La Liga in tatters. This Atletico Madrid side, therefore, are out for revenge. Yes, Manchester City look unbeatable, Juventus aren’t dead yet, and Barcelona still have the greatest player of all time, but if Atletico continues to perform as solid defensively and as lethal offensively as they proved capable of playing last night, they might just go all the way.

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This Is Paul Pogba's World, We're Just Living In It

This Is Paul Pogba's World, We're Just Living In It

In Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against Chelsea, Paul Pogba put on a show. Displaying why he is the world’s most valuable midfielder, the Frenchman delivered an assist to Ander Herrera and even bagged a goal of his own.

In a match that more closely resembled a Lion tormenting a baby gazelle, Pogba was the brain behind United’s ferocious potency.

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The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Six: Spain (2008-2012)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Six: Spain (2008-2012)

Unlike Germany, Argentina, Italy, and Brazil, success has never been synonymous with the Spanish national team. Though they house two of the best clubs in the history of the game, Barcelona and Real Madrid, the country always stuttered to produce results in major tournaments. Before 2008, their only trophy came in the 1964 European Championship – a four-team tournament that took place in Madrid and Barcelona. That year, Spain beat the USSR 2-1 to win their first and only international trophy for the next half-century.

In the late 20th century, as Germany blitzed their way across Europe, Brazil showcased their beautiful play, Argentina unleashed Maradonna, and even England brought football back home to Wembley, Spain sat on the sidelines, struggling to compete. Underachievers for decades, Spain resembled the Charlie Brown of international football.

In the knockout round of the 2006 World Cup, Spain was brushed aside by France in a 3-1 loss. Though their squad included promising talent like Sergio Ramos, Fernando Torres, David Villa, and Cesc Fabregas, Spain had once again been ousted by one of their European big brothers. Everyone believed Spain’s young team was merely a novelty act that would never stand alone at the top of world football – everyone except for Luis Aragones.

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Win, Lose, or Sack, It's Always Entertaining at Chelsea. Here's How to Make it Better

Win, Lose, or Sack, It's Always Entertaining at Chelsea. Here's How to Make it Better

Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea, the club has entered into a well-established cycle of prolific success and tragic capitulation. Though this pattern could be seen as far back as during Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea, the recent squad of players have taken it to an entirely new level.

After winning the Premier League under Mourinho in 2015-16, the core players of the squad such as Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, and Willian said, “You think finishing first was impressive, check this out.” The following season, Chelsea finished 10th in the league after sacking Jose Mourinho. At the time, the decision to remove Chelsea’s most successful manager in their history came as a result of locker room mutiny.

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Real Madrid ('56-'60) - The Greatest Teams in Football History: Week 5

Real Madrid ('56-'60) - The Greatest Teams in Football History: Week 5

In the past three seasons, Real Madrid won the Champions League three times in a row. Such an astonishing achievement solidified them as true conquerors of Europe. With players like Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo – this was one of the best Madrid sides of all time. In 2016, when Zidane was installed as manager, Madrid now had a galactico on the sidelines directing galacticos on the pitch. Though this Madrid side did not achieve much success domestically, they established a record that will develop into a jaw-dropping legacy in decades to come. 

Though they ruled Europe for three years, a harsh reality underlies their achievements – they aren’t the first Madrid side to do it. And compared with the Madrid side of the late ’50s which first achieved this accomplishment – they aren’t even close. 

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