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Premier League title or not, one thing is for certain. Mo Salah is no one-season wonder. The Egyptian pharaoh made the jump to world class territory after winning the Premier League Golden Boot back-to-back. Approaching only his 27th birthday, what looks like a “sky is the limit” career didn’t always look a sure measure.
The Blues of West London have already secured a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League and are in their second cup final of the campaign as they square off with Arsenal in Baku for the Europa League trophy. Relatively good successes, papering the cracks that has marked Chelsea’s season. Where do we go from here?
A tale of two tales. Here is a review of how Messi pick-pocketed Liverpool and the Reds in turn completing a miraculous comeback against the Blaugrana on their way to the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League final in Madrid.
Champions League success is almost synonymous with Real Madrid, four wins in the past five seasons. Do you know who else has done that sort of thing in the same period, Lyon. The Women’s French Ligue 1 champions are redefining the word, dominance.
All of football’s “Houdini,” the underdog that has become the big dog, gritty Spurs and the African flanked Merseyside Reds are on show in the UEFA Champions League semis. It doesn’t get better than this!
He came, he saw, he conquered and came back for more. Real Madrid posed as the ‘prodigal club’ in calling back their three consecutive UEFA Champions League hero back to the Spanish capital after two unsuccessful attempts at replacing him. The Frenchman seemingly has all his demands met and keen to work the club back to La Liga and European dominance.
Unai Emery and Arsenal were faced with the tantalizing prospect of landing a Premier League Top 4 spot and bringing Champions League football back to the club. Considering the all-round changes, they have undergone as a club and stiff competition from their top 6 rivals, the Spaniard could be deserving a mighty shout-out as the Gunners still have a chance.
As far as unsung heroes are concerned, Benz definitely ranks high in that category. The Frenchman has been in the books of the La Liga club for almost a decade and really staking a claim as the greatest striker the club has had. Is there really a case for him though?
When’s the last time your team has had two African both finish with 20+ goals in all competitions? Klopp is probably the only one raising his hand. Even though Mane and Salah’s stellar seasons weren’t enough to secure Liverpool’s first Premier League title in almost 30 years, both could still make the difference in Madrid.
After the first legs of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and even as we countdown towards the return clashes, there is one story too good not to notice. It’s all about the “Sons of God,” the eye-catching Ajax side.
Juve haven’t won the UEFA Champions League trophy in close to 23 years now. Even as they've been perennial champions in Italy and are waiting an eighth consecutive Serie A title, it may not mean much without a UCL title triumph . But with Cristiano Ronaldo, anything seems possible.
The Garden of Eden in West London’s Stamford Bridge could very soon have to let go of the talisman. Belgium’s captain who recently wore his 100th cap for the country is tipped to join record Champions League winners, Real Madrid. The move just makes sense.
Napoli vs Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final will be treated as a final by both sides. Even more interesting will be the Wakanda battle between Aubameyang and Koulibaly. Check out who we think will emerge victorious?
Are we witnessing Mane ascend to “World Class” before our very eye? With eleven goals in the last eleven matches, the Senegalese might just hand the Reds a Champions League and English Premier League title in a single season after many years of drought.
Madrid’s savior may have arrived in the form of serial Champions League winner, Zinadine Zidane. But it may not be all good news for the 29-year-old Welshman, Gareth Bale.
For a long-time, the former Arsenal midfielder has had to play through the pain. Now, at the tender age of 27, the former Ghanaian international has decided to hang up his boots. Lest we forget, he has left us with solid memories created across his experience in the Premier League, Russian Premier League, UEFA Champions League, English Championship etc
In light of Women’s History Month, Ada Hegerberg is one of the most inspirational ladies across the globe. After historically becoming the first woman ever to win the Ballon d’Or, Norway’s Hegerberg is also keen on using her platform to improve the women’s game. Even if it means she has to sacrifice her dream of playing at the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup.
Upon becoming the Premier League champions in the 2015/16 season, Leicester City released the Ghanaian fullback to Crystal Palace. After months of playing second fiddle to many players, Schlupp has cemented his place in Palace’s midfield, courtesy of Roy Hodgson’s faith in the 26-year-old.
It’s confirmed, the Malian forward is a real beast. He was again involved in the goals as FC Porto reached the quarter-finals and etched himself in history joining a very exclusive list of footballers with 6 goals in 6 matches.
Ajax were fearless and unrelenting in their pursuit of the champions’ scalp. They came to the Bernabeu, saw and conquered. The Dutch Eredivisie side are now in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time 16 years.
Who said South Africans are too laid back to pursue careers away from home? They are definitely looting up spots in top European leagues, with the English Premier League not being an exception. The latest addition is Khanya, who has found a home amongst the Foxes.
He is the first ever Tanzanian to play European football but is already creating the stuff of a legend. Averaging a goal in every Belgian Pro League match, topping the charts and helping Genk to a possible league title, Samatta is writing new history for Tanzanians. The CAF Champions league winner means business.
Most of Chelsea’s veteran forwards are way past their prime and with increasing speculation that Eden Hazard could be snapped by the UEFA Champions League holders, Real Madrid, the Blues also have work to do if they are to keep the 18-year-old in the Premier League. Whom they need to.
The 22-year-old Nigerian international clearly has the manager’s backing, as well as age and talent on his side when faced with the task of becoming one of Arsenal’s key players. But the time may be now or never for him to take the next step and secure his place at the club.
Senegal’s Idrissa Gueye has been the Premier League’s overall best defensive midfielder and tackler in the past four seasons and yet remains without the pride of every footballer, some silverware. No other player could benefit more from a transfer than the 29-year-old.
La Liga champions, Barcelona, have prioritised the UCL trophy and do have all the needed ammunition to bring the prize home. However, the “factory” of Europe’s brightest talent, Olympique Lyonnais, know how to upset big guns and will be ready for Messi and company.
With Van Dijk suspended and Firmino a doubt, it all bows down to Mane, Salah, Naby Keita and Joel Matip to play leading roles for Liverpool as they welcome fellow five-time champions league winners and current Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich to Anfield.