A season in which nothing has worked out for David Moyes and Manchester United, a victory over arch rivals Manchester City could be their saving grace. Both the sides have different ambitions this season, whereas City have their sights on the Premier League crown, United continue to chase an unlikely top four place.
Man City will enter the field as clear favorites for the match but the Citizens have suffered five defeats already this season and there is no reason why the Red Devils cannot subject them to their sixth. Here are five things Moyes and United must do to get a positive result:
The Bundesliga title will be on the line when Bayern travels to Hertha Berlin on Tuesday. They could win the title with seven games to spare if they simply beat the capital side. When the two sides met in 2010, the scenario was different. Hertha had relegation…
Preview: Rudi Garcia's men look to widen the gap between them and third-placed Napoli
14 points currently separate league leaders Juventus from Roma, although the Giallorossi still hold a game in hand. However, coach Rudi Garcia has already admitted that his side are out of the title race and that Champions League football is their ultimate goal.
"Second place is not locked up yet, so we have to keep focused. Right now we have 64 points and I would like that to improve to 67 [after the Torino match]. But I think our sole realistic goal should be to retain that second-placed spot come end of this season."
Preview: The Biancocelesti will be going for all three points against a Rossoneri side devoid of confidence
Seven days. That is reportedly the amount of time new coach Clarence Seedorf has to salvage his already difficult career with his former side. After a seemingly bright start, he retired midfielder has lost seven out of his dozen games so far in charge--including both legs of the Champions League and four out of nine in Serie A.
Of course, Seedorf continues to remain defiant, stating in his press conference that he is "not responsible for everything that he has inherited...but I take responsibility for what has happened over the past few games."
In what is arguably one of the most scintillating domestic football showpieces, two of the most successful Spanish teams will go head to head in a tie which could ultimately prove vital in the title race for the league crown. Real Madrid who had initially lost ground on the race for the title have responded strongly and now enjoy a four point lead over the Catalans. The Castilians suffered a defeat in the return leg back in October when they suffered a 2-1 loss at the Camp Nou and will be looking to make amends this time around.
Here are five ways Real Madrid can get the better of their bitter rivals and gain an important advantage in the title race.
From seventh to winning the Barclays Premier League in a season would be some feat for any club but Liverpool's turnaround in Brendan Rodgers second campaign in charge has been somewhat impressive.
Following a miserable stint under Kop legend Kenny Dalglish, despite winning some silverware the Merseysiders played predictable football, passing the ball from side-to-side without really penetrating the opposition's final third. The club spent big on Andy Carroll which didn't work out and the club was losing its heritage of fielding top quality players in front of the fans at Anfield.
Preview: Spurs hoping to end winless streak
The Lilywhites have failed to record a victory in their last four matches in all competitions. The winless streak began at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the month when the North London side received a thrashing at the hands of league leaders Chelsea.
This was followed by a Europa League outing against Benfica and a Premier League tie against arch rivals Arsenal both at home, but Sherwood and co were unable to take advantage of playing at their own turf and suffered defeats in both the matches.
The media has been reeking of bad odors of late from Tottenham’s dramatic and unconvincing last couple of weeks. Concerns have been over the team lacking guts and the manager embarrassing himself in front of the media by publicly humiliating the team outside of the dressing room. To further pummel Tim Sherwood, his inexperience has come into question by dealing with situations without considering his actions, whilst the talk of Louis van Gaal looming around to take his place in the summer has certainly put the Spurs manager through unsettling period of late.
Duel dua raksasa Spanyol, Real Madrid melawan Barcelona dalam partai yang dikenal dengan sebutan El Clasico akan tersaji kembali hari Minggu ini, 23 Maret, 2014 di Stadiun Santiago Bernebau. Menderita kekalahan pada pertemuan pertama mereka atas El Barca pada akhir October taun lalu, Madrid mengincar pembalasan pekan ini dan anak buah Carlo Ancelotti memiliki modal besar untuk meraih tiga popint dalam partai tersebut. Semenjak kekalan 2-1 di Camp Nou, hingga saat ini, Los Blancos belum sekalipun menyentuh kekalahan di semua ajang, sebuah pencapaian yang sudah sepatutnya memberikan kepercayaan tinggi pada Cristiano Ronaldo dkk menjelan big match mereka minggu ini.
Walaupun kondisi mereka bisa dibiliang lebih baik jika dibandingkan dengan rival mereka, Ancelotti tetap menyadari bahwa apapun bisa terjadi dalam El Clasico, untuk itu dia berusaha untuk sedikit meringankan beban anak asuhnya dengan menyatakan bahwa partai minggu nanti belum akan mententukan gelar juara La Liga. Mantan pelatih AC Milan tersebut berasalan bahwa dengan adanya Atletico Madrid sebagi pesaing Madrid dan Barca, dia percaya bahwa gela juara baru akan bisa dipastikan pada akhir musim. Biarpun begitu, raihan tiga poin di Santiago Bernebau nanti akan bisa membuat Los Blancos melepaskan diri dari kejaran El Barca karena jarak tujuh poin bisa jadi akan membuat posisi dari anak asuh Tata Martino makin sulit.
Preview: United in buoyant mood after European win
A timely hat-trick from talismanic striker Robin Van Persie saw Man United secure qualification to the last eight of the Champions League. The result followed a series of poor performances which saw United lose ground in the race for a top four finish as well as being knocked out from both the domestic cup competitions.
The Red Devils now chase an unlikely dream of finishing the season as the champions of Europe and as things stand only winning the competition may guarantee David Moyes’ side a place in the competition next season.
Preview: Arsenal out to ruin Mourinho's home record on Arsene Wenger's special day
Arsenal and Chelsea will lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, in a match that has serious title implications.
The Gunners are four points back of Jose Mourinho’s squad, but they also have a game in hand. Claiming all three points would really ignite the title race, but it would also give Arsenal a big lift on an important day.
Arsene Wenger will manage his 1,000th match as Arsenal manager at Stamford Bridge. That should be more than enough of a reason for his players to leave everything on the pitch. But if they need more motivation, Mourinho has yet to lose a match against Arsene Wenger. Speaking of losing, Mourinho has also not lost at home as Chelsea manager.
Preview: Merseyside Reds poised to extend unbeaten run in 2014
Buoyed by their massive triumph at Old Trafford last weekend, the soldiers of Brendan Rodgers will be expecting to pass today’s challenge in Wales. By the time a ball will get kicked, Liverpool may find themselves in third position – that is if Arsenal avoid defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunch time kick-off.
In any case, the chase for the English Premier League title is right on for the Merseyside Reds. The flattering idea of finally putting their hands on this trophy for the first time ever is having a positive effect on captain Steven Gerrard and his team mates.
Preview: Can Bayern win the Bundesliga title in March?
Saturday is usually the day the ugly salad bowl is handed over to the champion-elect. What is unusual is a title deciding game could be held on a Saturday in the middle of March. Bayern has dominated the Bundesliga; they are 25 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. In order for the Bavarians to officially clinch the title, they need other results to go their way and they need to win their match. In other words, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke must drop points. Jürgen Klopp’s side might end up doing exactly that against Hannover but Schalke is less likely to do so against Braunschweig.
Preview: Can Fulham pull off a shocking victory against one of the favorites for the Premier League title?
Manchester City has three games in hand; they sit only six points behind league leaders Chelsea. Following a shocking elimination at the hands of Wigan in the FA Cup, City has only one competition to play for. This gives them a head start on all their opponents for the title aside from Liverpool. Also, Roberto Mancini’s reign came to an end following a defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup. Manuel Pellegrini has been brought in to improve on Mancini’s results. Mancini did not win the league last season; he can improve on his predecessor’s 2012-13 record by handing the Barclays Premier League trophy to the fans.
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The previous meeting ended 2-1 in favour of Barca. Messi and Ronaldo’s presence was overshadowed by Neymar’s dream debut in El Clasico and Alexis Sanchez’s wonderful long-range strike.
PSG, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich qualified first. They were joined by Chelsea, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. The Last 8 line-up is a mouth-watering one. Who are the favourites to reach the semis?
Round of 16 results – how it happened
Les Parisiens gave Bayer Leverkusen no chance in the Round of 16, thus underlining their ambition to seat at the table of giants on the European scene. One of PSG’s targets is to clinch the giant UEFA Champions League trophy. With on-fire Zlatan Ibrahimovic, few may underestimate the chances of the French team to progress into the Last 4.
Preview: Atmosphere in the Stadio Sao Paolo could make the difference
A second half goal from Jackson Martinez gave Porto a one-goal lead to take with them to Italy. Now playing at home in the intimidating Stadio Sao Paolo, Rafa Benitez is hoping that can play a big factor.
Napoli has won all four of their Europa League matches in Italy, and they would love to make it five out of five on Thursday. To do that, they will need to overcome the current Portuguese Champions, who are coming off a defeat in Lisbon against Sporting.
Preview: Injuries are a big concern for Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Lisbon to take on the current Portuguese League leaders. After a 1-3 defeat at home against the Eagles, the English side are in desperate need of a miracle.
Adding to Tim Sherwood’s problems are a number of injuries that will put Tottenham against the wall on Thursday evening.
Jan Vertonghen is suspended for this match after picking up a yellow card in the first leg. Younes Kaboul also picked up an injury at the weekend against Arsenal, which has ruled him out of the match in Lisbon. With Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches already out, Sherwood has no central defenders at his disposal.
It is likely that Brazilian midfielder Sandro will be forced to fill in at the back, alongside Belgian defender Zeki Fryers, who is naturally a fullback.
Preview: Viola will be hoping to get the best of the Bianconeri in their third consecutive meeting
Only one side in Serie A has defeated Juventus all season--Fiorentina--back on mach day eight on 20th October. And this feat was accomplished at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, something that will be on the back of the players' minds as they attempt to keep their European campaign alive against a side that will be keen to knock them out of the competition once and for all.
Of course, heading into the match, Juventus coach Antonio Conte attempted to diffuse any pressure on the league leaders, noting that, "there's no pressure on us to win the Europa League because our real place is in the Champions League." But with the final set to be in Turin this May, obviously the reigning Scudetto champions would very much like to be one of those sides contesting the trophy in front of their own fans.
Preview: Moyes and United desperate for qualification to the last eight
Moyes’s maiden season in charge of the Red Devils has been one of United’s worst in recent years. When he took over the reins from departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson it was unfathomable that the defending champions will be struggling for a place in the top four. However with the season almost about to end top four seems like a distant dream and the only way United can participate in next year’s Champions League is if they win the competition this time around something which seems increasingly unlikely.