With a squad depleted by injury, transfers and card suspensions, Borussia Dortmund’s lineup is a far cry from what it was last year during the UEFA Champions League:
One player available, though? Kevin Grosskreutz, the jack-of-all-trades for BVB. But it’s a shame he can’t play every position against Real Madrid … or can he?
This video isn’t particularly new, but it’s certainly relevant. What would Dortmund look like with Grosskreutz between the sticks, leading the line, and everywhere in between?
Thanks to the internet, now we know. And we also know Grosskreutz falls like a total klutz after getting beaned with a ball.
Ups and downs of a PK shootout
Don’t mess with Webb
Thursday wasn’t a great day for Tottenham, having had their Europa League dreams essentially dashed by Benfica in a 3-1 loss.
The already-tense affair grew even more testy after Luisao scored his second goal of the contest. Benfica boss Jorge Jesus celebrated by throwing up three fingers, which appeared to be in the direction of the Tottenham technical area.
Spurs manager Tim Sherwood caught sight of it and took exception. At one point it looks as though Sherwood even squared Jesus up before thinking better of it. The world’s tiniest fourth official then stood between the managers as they shouted at each other, and cooler heads finally prevailed.
After the match, Jesus pleaded his innocence, saying: “I was saying ’number three, Luisao. Number three.’ That’s his own problem if he felt like that.”
Sherwood was unamused and accused Jesus of lacking class. “I thought his team were very good and showed a lot of class. It’s just a shame their manager didn’t,” Sherwood said.
"Waving goodbye like that? It lacks class. Why would anyone do that? He’s got a good side, of course he has, but not for me thank you. I have no intention of speaking to him.”
We can’t wait to see what the second leg has in store next week at Lisbon.
The Champions League is back in action this week and you know what that means: get ready for countless of listens to the glorious Champions League anthem!
But to switch it up a bit, check out this flawless acoustic version courtesy of Manchester United fan Paul Quinn:
Good luck trying to stop humming that tune to yourself all day.
Naughty by nature?
Image via Twitter/@BetVictor
The derby between Lisbon rivals Benfica and Sporting has been postponed after loose pieces of roof padding at the Estadio da Luz began flying down toward the pitch due to high winds.Yes, this is the same Estadio da Luz that is scheduled to host this year’s Champions League final.
About 60,000 fans were sent home after a 30-minute delay. According to Benfica’s Twitter, the roof was damaged by bad weather:
As más condições climatéricas danificaram a cobertura do estádio do Sport Lisboa… http://t.co/Ms9ukfbTaP— Sport Lisboa Benfica (@SL_Benfica)February 9, 2014
Bing Translation: “The bad weather damaged the covering of the Estádio do Sport Lisboa.”
H/T KickTV and 101GG
The road to Lisbon just got a lot harder for two Premier League giants.
Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona, while Arsenal will face Bayern Munich following the draw for the Champions League round of 16 on Monday.
Arsenal, the Premier League leaders despite their heavy defeat to Manchester City over the weekend, were beaten by Bayern Munich at the same stage last year, paying the price for their group stage defeat at Napoli which relegated them to runners-up in their group.
Here’s the full draw:
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