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30 November 2014

Southampton vs Manchester City

Pellegrini Targets Win against Surprise Package Southampton

Manchester City, as the reigning Premier League champions, were expected to be in the race for the title after 10 matches. Not many expected to see Southampton ahead of them after 12 matches. Ronald Koeman has had both great success and extraordinary failure during this time as a manager, but he was given little chance of success when he took over a Southampton team that saw the departure of several first-team players in the summer. The two teams face each other on Sunday at the St Mary stadium. The latest Premier League odds from Betfair places City as slight favourites for the victory at 2/5.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team have suffered from inconsistent form this campaign, but they come on the back of an impressive 3-2 win over Bayern Munich. Sergio Aguero appears to be better than any other player in the Premier League right now. His hat-trick against the German club has led to numerous plaudits in the last few days. The Argentine leads the way in terms of Premier League goals scored this season with 12 to his name.

Aguero will undoubtedly be the man to watch on Sunday, but Koeman reckons that his team has been the best in the league so far. They have certainly been the best defensively as they have conceded only six goals in the two league matches. A run of more than 400 minutes without conceding a single league goal recently came to an end after the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Only Chelsea can come close to Southampton’s defensive record and even they have conceded almost twice as much as the south coast outfit.

Even after losing important players like Dejan Lovren, Koeman has shown that he can assemble a squad that now looks favourite to finish in the top six.

City will have their work cut out in order to score against Southampton. Apart from having a stubborn defence, the team from the south coast also appear more than well-equipped to create havoc at the other end. Despite featuring newcomers to the Premier League like Pelle, Southampton have been able to average two goals per game.

The Premier League has become incredibly competitive, but one of the reasons for bookmakers favouring City over Southampton is the relatively kinder fixture list for the Saints up until now. Apart from Tottenham and Liverpool, Koeman’s team has not faced any of the big guns so far. The real test for the team will come in the next few weeks. After facing City, Southampton head into matches against Arsenal and Manchester United. The fixture against table leaders Chelsea is also not far ahead.

City kept their Champions League last 16 qualification hopes alive with a late win over Bayern, but it was against 10 men who almost came to getting a result had the Etihad stadium. The win disguises the poor form, which has resulted in Pellegrini’s job coming under threat in the last few weeks. They have already fallen a massive eight points behind leaders Chelsea and they cannot afford to slip any further. City appear to face a mental block, or the lack of motivation, just after success in the league. Pellegrini must ensure that this is not the case if he is to become one of the top managers in the league.

Even though Manchester City are the favourites to get a win, Southampton are not far behind. Betfair places the Saints at 21/10 for three points, while the possibility of a stalemate is given odds of 12/5.

Southampton could potentially exploit any tiredness within the City team given that they did not have any midweek action unlike the visitors. City could go above Southampton with a win, but a bigger motivation would be to close the gap between them and Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s team have the possibility to extend the lead into double digits if they get a win against Sunderland on Saturday.

Pellegrini is aware that Chelsea are going through a splendid period and it will be difficult to see them dropping points. The best City can do at the moment is staying in touch with them. The club from Manchester have eight matches between now and the turn of the year. Even though it presents a lot of opportunities to improve their form, there is also the danger of their season ending even before the turn of 2014.

City are already out of the League Cup, while they could be knocked out of the Champions League as well. It would be disastrous if they were to fall further behind Chelsea. 

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#graziano-pelle #manchester-ity #sergio-aguero #southmaption

29 July 2022

Vinicius Jr and the Champions League winner goal

Vinicius Jr scoring the goal that gave the UEFA Champions League title to Real Madrid.

Liverpool 0 x 1 Real Madrid | 28 May 2022 | UEFA Champions League

#vinicius-jr #real-madrid #champions-league

30 November 2015

Ballon d’Or 2015 nominees

FIFA has released the short list for the Ballon d’Or 2015, the Gold Ball award where the best football player of the world is chosen. Yes, that means one thing: the time of the year when you discuss whether Ronaldo or Messi is the best has come. During the last five years, these two have been present among the top three players of the world and, this year, it is Neymar who will try to stop this hegemony. Let’s have a closer look on the chances of each one.

Neymar is the new kid on the block. He has been the main player for the Brazilian National team in the previous years and recently is on the spotlight in Barcelona. His skills are unique and it is visible that he became a much more mature player in relation to previous seasons. In the absence of Messi, he achieved consistently good performances which helped Barcelona to assure its position on the top of Champions League group phase and La Liga. It is debatable though, if he has reached the same level as Messi and Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of the two previous editions. His figures, as usual, justify his nomination. The 30-years-old player still holds an average of almost one goal per match this season. In addition to that, he has played a significant role in Portugal’s qualification for Euro 2016. The circumstances are different, however, from the last Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo’s accomplishment in Madrid are nothing like last year. With Real not reaching the finals of Champions League and holding the second position in the Spanish League, there are no trophies in his cabinet this season.

Lionel Messi needs no introduction. The Argentinian has won the prize four times and yet this year comes as a favourite. His outstanding performance during the UEFA Champions League, where he drove Barcelona to the title, is his best credential. An injury in September of this year however left Messi out of the pitch for around two months. Can this jeopardize his chances of a fifth Ballon d’Or?

The winners will be announced on January 11th in Zurich. All the players have their own particular reasons that could bring them to the top. The winner however can only be one!

#barcelona #cristiano-ronaldo #lionel-messi #neymar #real-madrid

04 September 2013

UEFA Champions League 13/14 – Group E

Group E of UEFA Champions League 2013/2014:

David Luiz (Chelsea), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Marco Streller (Basel), Federico Piovaccari (Steaua Bucharest).

#basel #chelsea #david-luiz #federico-piovaccari #klaas-jan-huntelaar #marco-streller #schalke-04 #steaua-bucharest #champions-league

09 September 2020

Bayern Munich wins Champions League

Congratulations to Bayern Munich for beating Paris Saint-Germain and winning another Champions League! This is how Lucas Hernandez celebrated.

#bayern-munich #champions-league #lucas-hernandez

28 February 2014

Madjer backheel goal – Champions League Final 1987

Champions League Final 1987, Porto vs Bayern Munich! Rabah Madjer scores a backheel that gives the title to the Portuguese team!

#bayern-munich #champions-league #porto #rabah-madjer

06 June 2015

UEFA Champions League Final 2015

The UEFA Champions League Final day has finally come! Juventus and Barcelona will face each other in Berlin. Drawing the 11 players for each team has become a tradition: Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich and Real Madrid v Atlético de Madrid have been featured in earlier years.

Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Giorgio Chiellini, Patrice Evra, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez, Álvaro Morata.

Barcelona: Marc-André ter Stegen, Daniel Aves, Gerard Piqué, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitić, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Neymar.

#alvaro-morata #andrea-pirlo #andres-iniesta #arturo-vidal #barcelona #carlos-tevez #claudio-marchisio #daniel-aves #gerard-pique #gianluigi-buffon #giorgio-chiellini #ivan-rakitic #javier-mascherano #jordi-alba #juventus #leonardo-bonucci #lionel-messi #luis-suarez #marc-andre-ter-stegen #neymar #patrice-evra #paul-pogba #sergio-busquets #champions-league

31 May 2019

Lucas Moura hat-trick

Lucas Moura scores a miraculous hat-trick and puts in the Champions League Final .

Ajax 2 x 3 Tottenham Hotspur | 8 May 2019 | Champions League

#lucas-moura #tottenham-hotspur #champions-league

16 September 2021

Sébastien Haller scores four times

Sébastien Haller scored four times in his debut for Champions League.

Sporting Lisbon 1 x 5 Ajax | 15 September 2021 | Champions League

#ajax #champions-league #sebastien-haller

03 April 2013

Champions League Quarter Finals – Match day two

Our 8bit teaser for the Champions League Quarter Finals day one.

Real Madrid vs Galatasaray, at Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (ESP)

Málaga vs Borussia Dortmund, at La Rosaleda, Málaga (ESP)

Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Maria vs. Drogba, Sneijder, Yilmaz.

Isco, Roque Santa Cruz, Toulalan vs. Götze, Lewandowski, Reus.

#borussia-dortmund #champions-league #galatasaray #malaga #real-madrid

02 September 2013

UEFA Champions League 13/14 – Group D

Group D of UEFA Champions League 2013/2014:

Frank Ribéry (Bayern Munich) Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow), David Silva (Manchester City) Stanislav Tecl (Viktoria Plzeň).

#alan-dzagoev #bayern-munich #cska-moscow #david-silva #frank-ribery #manchester-city #stanislav-tecl #viktoria-plzen #champions league

07 May 2022

Rodrygo's header

Rodrygo and the header that put Real Madrid back in the game and eventually in the Champions League Final.

Real Madrid 3 x 1 Manchester City | 4 May 2022 | UEFA Champions League

#rodrygo #real-madrid #champions-league

04 May 2013

UEFA Champions League Final

Finally, our 8bit teaser for the UEFA Champions League Finals between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich:

Borussia Dortmund: Roman Weidenfeller, Lukasz Piszczek, Neven Subotić, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Ilkay Gündogan, Sven Bender, Marco Reus, Mario Götze, Jakub Błaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Dante, Javi Martínez, Daniel Van Buyten, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller, Mario Mandžukić.

#arjen-robben #bastian-schweinsteiger #bayern-munich #borussia-dortmund #daniel-van-buyten #dante #david-alaba #franck-ribery #ilkay-gundogan #jakub-blaszczykowski #javi-martinez #lukasz-piszczek #marcel-schmelzer #marco-reus #mario-gotze #mario-mandzukic #mats-hummels #neven-subotic #philipp-lahm #roman-weidenfeller #sven-bender #thomas-muller #wembley #champions-league #manuel-neuer #robert-lewandowski

01 September 2013

UEFA Champions League 13/14 – Group C

Group C of UEFA Champions League 2013/2014:

Lima (Benfica) , Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Rafik Djebbour (Olympiakos), (Demy de Zeeuw) Anderlecht.

#anderlecht #benfica #demy-de-zeeuw #edinson-cavani #lima #olympiakos #paris-saint-germain #rafik-djebbour #champions-league

02 April 2013

Champions League Quarter Finals – Match day one

Our 8bit teaser for the Champions League Quarter Finals day one.

Paris Saint-German vs Barcelona, at Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)

Bayern Munich vs Juventus, at Allianz Arena, Munich (GER)

Lucas Moura, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic vs Iniesta, Messi, David Villa.

Neuer, Schweinsteiger, Robben vs. Pirlo, Matri, Buffon.

#barcelona #bayern-munich #juventus #paris-saint-germain #champions-league

29 July 2014

Diego Milito goal Champions League Final 2010

Internazionale won Champions League 2010 after beating Bayern Munich by 2 x 0. This is the second goal by the Argentinian player Diego Milito:

#champions-league-2010 #diego-milito #internazionale

31 August 2013

UEFA Champions League 13/14 – Group B

Group B of UEFA Champions League 2013/2014:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Nicolai Jørgensen (FC Copenhagen)

#andrea-pirlo #cristiano-ronaldo #didier-drogba #fc-copenhagen #galatasaray #juventus #nicolai-jorgensen #real-madrid #champions-league

15 March 2013

UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals

The UEFA Champions League quarter finals have been defined today:


Malaga vs Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid vs Galatasaray

Barcelona vs Paris Saint Germain

Bayern Munich vs Juventus

#barcelona #bayern-munich #borussia-dortmund #galatasaray #juventus #malaga #paris-saint-germain #real-madrid #champions-league

10 July 2013

Zidane’s volley (Champions League 2002)

Real Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen Champions League Final of 2002. On the 4th minutes, Zinedine Zidane scores a sensational volley with his left foot. The incredible goal gave the title to the Spanish team.


#champions-league #real-madrid #zinedine-zidane