Barcelona knocked out of Champions League as Benfica, Lille, Salzburg advance to last 16

Issued on: 09/12/2021 – 00:11 Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League in the group stage for the first time in over 20 years with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich on Wednesday, as Benfica, French champions Lille and Red Bull Salzburg all qualified for the last 16 . Meanwhile, Chelsea missed … Read more

No bonuses and a mass exodus – How PSG-conquering Lille’s Ligue 1 champions fell apart

The gloss has quickly worn off Lille’s Ligue 1 title win – a remarkable underdog upset which left Paris Saint-Germain in second place at the end of last season – and the fruits of that success are unravelling under a new regime. On the pitch, Lille were deserved title winners, but off the pitch, there … Read more

The last five managers to succeed Marcelo Bielsa and how they fared

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Marcelo Bielsa, a modern-day icon and one of the most idiosyncratic coaches in history. Succeeding El Loco will not be easy, and Marsch is finding out, stepping into a relegation battle with mixed results and performances since he replaced the … Read more

Kai Havertz stakes Chelsea starting claim as Lille win offers up yet more Romelu Lukaku questions

A 2-0 advantage means progression to the quarter-finals is within touching distance, barring a collapse in France next month. But on a night when the holders showed more attacking verve than they have for some months now, fresh questions were raised over the future of Romelu Lukaku. Tuchel dropped the club’s £97.5million record signing and … Read more

9/10 Messi produces masterclass; returning Hakimi, Di Maria get 6

Lionel Messi dropped a masterclass as Paris Saint-Germain secured a resounding 5-1 win over defending champions LOSC Lille. Paris Saint-Germain returned to winning ways on Sunday by securing a thumping 5-1 victory over defending champions LOSC Lille. The three points help them maintain their healthy lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table while … Read more

How Liverpool Signing Divock Origi From Lille OSC Started The Downfall of FC Barcelona

When Liverpool FC completed one of the greatest comebacks in footballing history, it not only signaled the rise of Jurgen Klopp’s side but it also started the downfall of FC Barcelona. Liverpool signed the forward after an impressive display in the 2014 world cup where Origi became Belgium’s youngest goal scorer in World Cup history. … Read more