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Manchester City Vs Manchester United || Everton vs Liverpool || Starting XI Dilemma ?

What was that ? Boom ! Yes. Exactly that was my reaction when Liverpool thrashed City by 3 goals and more importantly with clean sheet. Weekend just getting better as we are awaiting to witness Manchester Derby at Etihad.

A night I won’t forget as I watched the best atmosphere that Liverpool played in recent times. Some one might argue that Dortmund game was quite amazing but given the daunting opposition this made more special.

Because of this first leg result this weekend’s derby clashes are unpredictable as ManCity and Liverpool might rest their players to go through in semis of champions league.

Let’s Analyse then

1. Manchester Derby

What an occasion for Manchester City to win the game and Premier league at this stage. Their fans would never have ever thought of this even in their wildest of dreams. Other side of the coin is that City have already won premier league to say and if they falter against Liverpool then in long-term that would hurt them more.

Had they got an away goal then things would have been different at Etihad in second leg.From Manchester United’s point of view there’s one thing they want and it is to avoid City winning at Etihad and there are no second thoughts about it.

As we have seen throughout the season what Mourinho can do stop City’s lethal attack. Even when he knows pressing high up the pitch might break city down as Liverpool showed every one twice this season. But Mourinho won’t be changing his style then it would be a shock to me than beating City.

Pep faces starting XI dilemma for this Manchester derby more than any one. He always likes to go full throttle when it matters. But I won’t be surprised if he rests players Kevin De Bryune , David Silva or Sane. He might put enough quality players to get the result. This one is very tough to call but I guess it will be a narrow win for City in the end as they need impetus going forward in the second leg. 

2. Mersy side Derby-

This is  the first time Liverpool fans would not be worried about losing to Everton in the history of premier league. As every one is so focused on getting right result in second leg against City. But truth is that Everton these days are not a great team as they have very limited quality players at their disposal.

Yes on their day they can hurt any one as they thrashed City last season at Home 4-0. But Jurgen Klopp will put a team to beat them as at the end of the day it is Mersyside Derby and every fan wants their bragging rights in town.

We know Mo Salah got injury and Klopp did not provide much information on his injury before the game as he said in press conference on 6th April 2018. He wants to wait till final moment before team sheet gets to the officials. 

Even Liverpool might rest players such as Mo Salah, Van Dijk and Robertson still they can beat Everton. If they make 4-5 changes to them previous starting XI then it might be  cagey affair.

So both Pep and Klopp have dilemma but we are sure of exciting attacking football from both sides and will certainly enjoy this weekend’s EPL games.

Let’s see which derby produces exciting clash. is it Manchester Derby or Mersyside Derby ?

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Champions League 2018 quarter final preview

This is it. The wait is finally over. Champions league quarter final games are few hours away. Every one who supports any one of the eight teams is very very excited and can’t wait to watch those games or should I say experience those nights ?I guess experience is the right word here.

Let’s look at all the fixtures and then discuss about it.

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Juventus vs Real Madrid-

It starts with two heavyweights of the tournament. yeah Juventus Vs Real Madrid. I mean how exciting it is for all football fans to witness this clash. We are aware of Real Madrid’s pedigree in this competition in spite of their domestic poor form. We experienced that in the last 16 clash against PSG when most of the football fans were rooting for PSG to tear Real Madrid.

At the end Real showed that they have won back to back champions league and they belong to this tournament more than any other team in the world.

As we know, Juventus have the experience and know how to play the game over two legs as they beat Barcelona last season but were beaten by Real in final which is a one off game.

It’s very difficult to predict but Real might edge this out to enter in semis but it’s Juventus so I want to see nail biting clash.

Sevilla vs Bayern and Barca vs Roma

I would not discuss more about games on Sevilla vs Bayern and Barca vs Roma as we are pretty sure that who will go through but I would like to see an upset. ( I got what I wanted, an upset check out review blog as Roma came back – Roma come back )

 

Liverpool vs Manchester City

Next big game is of course Liverpool taking on Manchester City. Two of the most attractive and exciting playing football sides in the England right now. But…There is always a but !

This tie will be decided by how well these two sides defend against each other, as we know both team’s attacking prowess will bang in goals for sure. Though I support Liverpool but recently Manchester City are playing football on another level. Just take recent game against Everton. Each pass of their play making had purpose in it and we have to appreciate it.

Few things work out well in Liverpool’s favor such as

  1. Klopp’s record against Guardiola is great.
  2. Liverpool presses higher up the pitch and that can cause City to make mistake.
  3. Most important one is facing Liverpool on champions league night these players have never experienced before.

We can talk about it for hours and hours but I hope to see great encounters and exciting football from all eight teams in the champions league quarter final stage.

In the end Football wins