He can do a good job which is involved in several difficulties. When they were against Real Zaragoza, Messi suffered a broken metatarsal which ruled him out of game for three months. Taking each player individually, let’s start with Hazard.
Sports is a big part of the world and there are great sports fans everywhere. The top five sports are soccer, football, baseball, hockey, and basketball. Each one has fans of specific teams and of course those teams’ greatest players.
The weekend’s other big game sees third placed Villarreal take on the side in eighth, Sevilla, at the Camp El Madrigal stadium. Villarreal have a home record almost as impressive as Real Madrid as they have played ten matches at home in all competitions this season, winning nine and drawing one. Sevilla have lost both of their last two matches and they have lost two of their last three away games, conceding ten goals in those three matches. However, we are not expecting many goals to be scored in this game as both sides are tight defensively in general.
The only other MLS team in this round is the New York Red Bulls – in the Champions League having never won a trophy. They will play W Connection of Trinidad & Tobago. In the 2007 Champions Cup, W Connection stunned Chivas Guadalajara, 2-1, in the first leg of a quarterfinal, but fell, 3-0, in the return leg to be eliminated. The Houston Dynamo and the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew will join the tournament in the round of 16.
AC Milan look to be undergoing a renaissance with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho, and a resurgent Ronaldinho. But they also contain fossils such as Clarence Seedorf and Andrea Pirlo. Both are still fantastic players, but both are on the wrong side of 30. Could they stand up to Barcelona over two legs and 180 minutes? Me thinks not.
Different team owners will take differing approaches, often depending upon their own beliefs and expectations. For some, there is a willingness to stick with an employee, even when many outsiders feel that success is a long way away. Is such an approach an indication that the owner is too stubborn? Possibly, but it may also be influenced by this belief that stability is the key to winning matches and trophies.
And like some other recent Clasico matches, this was a non-starter as Barca completely ripped Jose Mourinho’s men apart, 5-0, in Barcelona. A brace from David Villa and efforts from Xavi, Pedro, and Jeffren ensured Barca retook the lead in La Liga and sent a message to the rest of Europe. It’s their year, whether we like it or not.
At the end of the season the Premier League will say goodbye to two of its longest serving members – Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher. Both players began their careers with Liverpool in 1996, and while Owen has played for many clubs, Carragher has remained a loyal servant to the Reds for his entire career. Owen deserves one last hurrah by scoring a goal for his current team Stoke City, while Carragher deserves to go out in glory as one of the Premier Leagues most consistent defenders. They have both been a joy to watch.