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Carlo Ancelotti Sacked by Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have shown Carlo Ancelotti the door following Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The Italian coach, who won the Bundesliga title last season with the German team was hired in place of Pep Guardiola who now lives in Manchester coaching the blue side in north-west England.

“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put on them,” said chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences.”

The defeat at the Parc des Princes was the club’s biggest defeat in the Champions League group stages for 21 years. It didn’t look much like the Bayern Munich of old.

Ancelotti’s assistant Willy Sagnol, former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann are in the running to step in. Sagnol will be taking temporary charge for the Hertha Berlin game on Sunday.

Bayern have lost Hoffenheim this season and drew at home with a 2-2 result at home to Wolfsburg.

Speaking after the defeat to the Parisien side, Ancelotti had conceded that his side had been slow to start following Dani Alves’s goal in the 2nd minute.

Arjen Robben has been spreading stories that all was not rosy in the Bayern camp. He refused to back his manager. There’s no need to now.

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Barcelona thrashed Celtic, Leicester City had an easy baptism against Club Bruges and Monaco stunned Spurs.

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Alexis Sanchez Injury Complicates Olympiacos Game

Alexis Sanchez will be out for up to 3 weeks following the injury he picked up against Norwich in the Premier League. The Chilean player will be in the stands for the Champions League match against Olympiacos, adding a spanner in the works of the North London sides hopes for qualification. It just got harder.

Arsene Wenger came in for a lot of flak for his decision to play Sanchez against Norwhich. The severity of the injury comes as a blow to the club.

The Gunners need to beat the Greeks by 2 clear goals to progress through to the knockout rounds of the competition. Alexis will be joining Santi Cazorla who was also injured playing against the Canaries. The one silver lining is that Laurent Koscielny could be fit for the game. These injuries follow those suffered by Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin. Not good news.

‘……. it is a big blow.’ said Wenger. Yup. Arsenal are now in fourth place in the UK.

The Arsenal youngsters need to step up to the plate and prove their worth, but it is a big stage on which to do it on. Arsenal have a lot of young players who are pushing for selection- they just need to go out onto the pitch with the right mind-set.

Arsenal’s ambitions have been thrown a curve ball year after year with these kinds of injuries and people are starting to point the finger at the French coach.

Wenger had been warned about the physical state of Sanchez but the medical advice fell on deaf ears.

And Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are also in danger due to the increased pressure on them to play week in, week out.

It is a vicious circle for Wenger.

Man Utd Wolfsburg

Not that we like bragging, but just to point out that we correctly predicted the score of Manchester United’s Champion’s League tie with Wolfsburg yesterday! Well, it had to happen some time ;)

Manchester United v Wolfsburg.

Manchester United v Wolfsburg. Who’s going to win? Well, the English teams seem to be performing poorly in the 2015/2106 Champions League, but these teams have played each other twice before, with Man Utd scooping the spoils on both occasions in the 2009/10 season.

Somewhat bizarrely, the 2 previous Champions League group fixtures were on the same date as this year’s planned games (30 September and 8 December). Fans wearing the red shirts will be praying that the result is the same too.

In the Man U home game, Edin Dzeko’s goal was cancelled out by Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick supplied the afters to give the Reds a 2-1 score line. Dzeko stuck another in the back of the net in the other game to make it Even Stevens on aggregate, before ex Liverpool player Michael Owen ensured hit 3 in to ensure that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side sent Wolfsburg back to the Gatherland on a 3-1 win.

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Our Prediction? 2:1 Win to Man United.
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Man U to win: 8/11
Draw 3/1 (Not a bad punt)
Wolfsburg to Win 4/1
Wayne Rooney to score 1st: 5/1
Michael Carrick to score first- 28/1. That would be a dream for him as he scored in 2009/2010 against the same side.

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Man Utd to win: 8/11
Draw 29/11
Wolfsburg to Win 17/14

Half Time/Time: Draw/Man U win: 10/3. Not a bad punt.

But who knows what’s going to happen? The English clubs are having a terrible Champions League so far. They will be hoping to get back to winning when Wolfsburg visit Old Trafford tonight. You can only go on form and home advantage, which gives Manchester the edge.

Louis van Gaal was wincing after a 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven. They are praying that they can repeat the results from 2009/2010. They will be looking to secure a good advantage tonight before heading to Germany on the return leg.

If omens are anything to go by, they’ll be pleased to note that Wolfsburg play at the Volkswagen Arena. Van Gaal will be hoping that the team will have had to reduce horse-power to get their emissions down.

Man Utd Form
Man U have 5 wins and one draw in their last half dozen home games in Uefa competition. Their home record against German sides is Won 8, Drawn 4, Lost 2.

Wolfsburg Form
Wolfsburg were defeated only once in 6 away matches in the 2014/15 Uefa Europa League: by Everton in September 2014.

Wolfsburg have scored on all their previous visits to England but they have lost every time.

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Barcelona to Win the 2014/15 Champion’s League?

Barcelona looks to have the best shot of winning the Champions League after last night’s defeat of Paris St Germain at Camp Nou.
Barcelona won the Champions League 3 times over six years from 2006 through 2011, but the “Blaugranas” haven’t won it since. For them, that’s like being in the desert for 3 years. Could this year be the year?

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New manager Luis Enrique almost lost his job in January (his boss, director of football Andoni Zubizarreta did get the boot). But fast forward to now, and the Catalan side are well positionied to take the cup in Europe’s elite competition. After beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in Paris last week, they notched up another 2 goals (both from Nehmar) to take the tally to 5-1 on aggregate. A drubbing by anyone’s measure.

And that was even with PSG’s star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the pitch, remember.

And let’s look at the competition. Bayern Munich pulled off a remarkable turnaround, beating Porto 6-1 and 7-4 on aggregate- so they look to be the main threat.

Real Madrid need to get one over their derfby rivals Atletico Madrid after the first leg at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon ended in a 0-0 draw. Real looked the more likely to win that game, but it was still a draw. Let’s see what happens at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight. Then there’s Juventus or Monaco – neither of which should present problems for Barça.

So it’s looking like the mouth watering prospect of Bayern vs Barcelona. The German side thumped the Catalans 7-0 on aggregate in the semifinals two years ago and eventually won the cup. Is it time for revenge? The dish is definitely cold. It’s an exciting prospect.

So who is going to win the 2014/2015 Champion’s League? Our heart says Barcelona. Our head says Barcelona. Let’s just see if they can keep up their “conveyor belt” football style against Pep- the man who invented it.

Can Arsenal Come Back From their Monaco Defeat?

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes are in disarray following their Monaco defeat in the Champion’s League (1-3)

They are on the cusp of going out of the competition thanks to former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov who helped Monaco to a 3-1 win in the first of 2 matches between the sides, this one in London at the Emirates Stadium.

The French team, with whom Arsene Wenger secured the Ligue 1 title in 1988, had been viewed as a soft touch in the knockout stage, but Arsenal proved softer and were stuck in reverse for much of the game. fluffed his lines on several occasions.

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Monaco to go through: 1/8
Arsenal to go through: 9/2

Monaco to win 2:0: 14/1
Arsenal to win 1:0: 7/1

2 Goals in the 2nd Half: 13/5
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Geoffrey Kondogbia slotted one in for Monaco after 38 minutes and Berbatov torpedoed in a second.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to give Arsenal hope in stoppage-time only for Yannick Carrasco to bag a third away goal which leaves the Gunners heading to the exit before the quarterfinals stage for another year- the perennial Eurioean underachievers.

Danny Welbeck had a good shot at goal, but curled it over the bar.

Mesut Ozil mad a shout for handball against Brazilian defender Wallace but it wasn’t given. The reply suggested he’d had a good case.

Arsenal have been in great domestic form and are now in the top 3 of the Premier League and FA Cup quarterfinals- maybe there was not enough left in the tank for Europe. Who knows?

Arsenal and now at the edge of the cliff in the Champions and the fans showed their feeling on the night as their team spluttered and stuttered around the pitch.

Monaco- you wouldn’t bet against them going though after this result. What are the Odds?