News – PH – Atletico v Chelsea, Man City, Suarez, Arteta in the big midweek


Game to Watch – Atletico Madrid – Chelsea At least 27% of Chelsea’s indolence on Saturday is likely due to this upcoming game and their trip to Romania (where else?) To play the La Liga leaders The good news is that Atletico miss Jose Gimenez, Yannick Carrasco and Sime Vrsaljko and have only looked a tiny notch above their arms this season in the Champions League so far The bad news is that this is still Atletico knocking out football, and that they’ve only failed once in their last six attempts at this point, and they usually find a way

Here we find out more about this Chelsea team and whether the fact that they conceded only two goals in seven games under Thomas Tuchel is a real sign of defensive stability or just an indication of the quality of the teams they are with face Chelsea haven’t won a single Champions League knockout draw since losing a semi-final to Atletico in 2014. Only Cesar Azpilicueta will remember the particularly brutal downsizing by Diego Costa; since then Chelsea tripped and tripped Tuchel is unlikely to make it through the season if they trip and trip again

As much as Frank Lampard’s dismissal was about a loss of momentum in the Premier League, it was also about sending Lampard into a fight with Simeone like this one would have been unnecessarily cruel, a disproportionate more to blood sports than football resembles

We know how Chelsea play and we know they need to do better against Atletico Tuchel absolutely knows which is why he publicly exclaimed Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham on Saturday The Timing – days before the biggest game of their season – is no accident He calls for intensity and any drop in those levels against Atletico will be suicidal If you can be punished by Takumi Minamino, just imagine what Luis Suarez can do …

Team to watch – Manchester City “I think they are the best team in Europe right now,” said Mikel Arteta, before his Arsenal team on Sunday was replaced by a City side that barely shifted out of second gear City managed games now so impressively that they can play against most opponents of the Premier League at half the pace and save themselves for these knockout games Borussia Mönchengladbach – poor since a conspicuous win against Borussia Dortmund a month ago – could turn out to be good arm hide And we could be pampered

The city’s bank on Sunday was exceptional.None of Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker, Rodri, Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy or Phil Foden were needed against Arsenal, and almost all of them came in with barely a creak in quality XI slide

What is extraordinary is that they are all-time favorites in all competitions in a season where little more than a quadruple has been mentioned. Put an asterisk next to that achievement, Johnny

Player To Watch – Luis Suarez’s three scoring games could suggest the 34-year-old is running out of steam or it could suggest Suarez is saving himself for Chelsea to prove he is still influencing the biggest stage In truth, Suarez has been every bit as disappointing as his Atletico teammates in the Champions League this season, but this is still the same player who scored 16 La Liga goals from an xG of just 1119 for context, Messi has 16 from 16 goals scored07 The Uruguayan is still a top scorer

He’s certainly way better than anyone Chelsea has in this position (and the two teams play very similar formations) and that fact won’t be lost to Tuchel, who wanted PSG to sign Suarez when it became clear that his Barcelona career was over they gave him Moise Kean instead. Now he would likely play either at Chelsea, where Abraham, Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud have failed to match Suarez’s La Liga 16 goals overall this season

Manager to see – Mikel Arteta’Arsenal had a total of two shots in the last 40 minutes and had no shot on goal in the second half If that was due to fatigue, fair enough but it up the ante ahead of her trip to Athens on Thursday night to play the second leg against Benfica – Daniel Storey, Premier League winner and loser

Suddenly, the return leg of a knockout tie with Benfica in European second competition is the biggest game of the season for Arsenal. This season must have a purpose beyond the next step in a “process” and a battle for the goal beyond Tottenham, but possibly still in the top 7 likely to produce European football that purpose could be found in the Europa League but Arsenal has to be so much better against such limited opponents as Arteta could have been able to have a 1-0 loss to Arsenal Manchester City can lead, which no one could reasonably complain about, but a lot is said when they fall back on the same goal line thank goodness they are not in the Emirates

Football League game to watch – Bournemouth versus Cardiff City6 versus 7 The young Jonathan Woodgate versus the mature Mick McCarthy Harry Wilson’s old club versus Harry Wilson’s new club Steve Cook versus Keiffer Moore And included here because I have no reason enough for derby against Huddersfield could be found as “UTT”

Four former England internationals have not yet played in the Premier League

this season

Liverpool’s top ten disappointments of the season with Man Utd’s static frustration

Atletico Madrid against Chelsea is a test for Thomas Tuchel but this week Mikel Arteta is under pressure

Quadruple, Croydon De Bruynes, training games and the wonderful world of Joao Cancelo And other things too, a total of 16

The Premier League 50 is ahead of Mourinho at Spurs We compare his record with managers like Klopp and Rodgers

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News – PH – Atletico v Chelsea, Man City, Suarez, Arteta in the big midweek