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Brendan Rodgers Upset With Fixture Congestion

brendan-rodgers-lfcBrendan Rodgers is fuming his side will make a grueling journey back from their Europa League clash with Besiktas on Thursday night in order to meet Manchester City at noon on Sunday. Barely 57 hours after the Europa League match.

Rodgers says that he’s had to compromise Liverpool’s Euro dream because of ridiculous Premier League scheduling. He left Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson behind when they travelled to Istanbul to meet Bestikas in the Europa League, and their manager explained he was forced to do it, because he’s had “no help” over fixtures.

BerbatovFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov rolled back the years to score as Monaco pulled off the biggest upset in the round of 16 play as they beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates to all but lock up a place in the quarter finals.

The 34-year-old Berbatov scored the match winner and it mean that none of the three English sides left in the competition won their first leg games, Chelsea having been held 1-1 by defending French champions Paris Saint Germain last week.

“We are confident in our ability so honestly we deserved to win,” Berbatov, who is Monaco’s leading scorer this season with eight goals, told Sky Sports.

MLS Sells TV Rights To Sky Sports

mls-logo-useWe are used to hearing about US networks bidding to buy the rights to the English Premier League games, but in a validation of the quality of Major League Soccer, Sky Sports in the UK have announced that they have won the exclusive rights to broadcast live Major League Soccer from the start of this season in a new four-year deal.

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said:

‘Football in the US and Canada has enormous potential for growth and we can’t wait to bring this competition to our viewers for the first time. Thierry Henry has joined us, he created fantastic memories in MLS, and we look forward to seeing more of those great stories from across the Atlantic.’

Barca School Man City While Juve Beat Dortmund

suarez-neymar-messiLuis Suarez scored twice on his return to England as Barcelona taught Manchester City another footballing lesson with a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite being played off the pitch in a masterful first half Barça display, City have themselves at least a flicker of hope for the second leg as Sergio Aguero scored a brilliant goal. That being said, Barca should have wrapped up the game at the death, but Lionel Messi had a penalty saved by Joe Hart in injury time.

Inter are not yet a one-man team that relies on Mauro Icardi for goals and assist, but they are becoming one as Icardi is developing into one of the best young strikers in Europe. Since signing for Inter in 2013, Icardi  he has made 54 appearances, scoring 28 goals over the past two seasons.

This season Inward has almost single handled dragged Inter back into the top six, as his 14 league goals are more than Kovacic, Guarin and Palacio combined.

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lvg-newFormer Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes that Louis van Gaal should not be fired if United fail to qualify for the Champions League again.

David Moyes was sacked by United last season after it become mathematically impossible for his side to qualify for the Champions League, but Neville suggested his successor should not be judged by the same criteria.

“Louis van Gaal should not be sacked, even though it would be a terrible season for Man United and Louis van Gaal. He would probably say it was a big failure because he knows his job this season — he has to get in the Champions League.

Sports Illustrated’s SI.com is sharing an exclusive inside look at Chelsea Football Club. Senior writer Grant Wahl sat down for a rare 1:1 interview with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba about what makes the club, and it’s controversial manager José Mourinho, so special.

Sports Illustrated’s SI.com is sharing an exclusive inside look at Chelsea Football Club. Senior writer Grant Wahl sat down for a rare 1:1 interview with manager José Mourinho who Wahl describes as the best world sport coach, has an incredible ability to manage players, psyches, and egos.

Under The Crest: Chelsea FC

SI’s Grant Wahl explores the rise to dominance, and complex identity of one of the world’s most powerful clubs.

In this profile, Grant speaks with players and lifelong fans about the legacy of Chelsea. This inside look at one of the hottest teams in the world shares a sense of what makes this club so special.

The team at the top of the Premier League table has a long and diverse history, but its fundamental identity has been transformed in the last decade. Although Chelsea has built a cosmopolitan fan base, the club has retained some important ties to its working class roots.

2022 World Cup To Be Played In November/December

afc players world cupThe story broke over the weekend and a FIFA has now confirmed it. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played in November and December. A decision that will screw up the schedule for European leagues for years.

Even since FIFA misguided decision award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, this is “the day many in football had feared”, according to BBC sports editor Dan Roan.

“Despite rampant opposition, Fifa says this unprecedented break with tradition is in the interests of players and fans,” he said. “But the ramifications are considerable, causing havoc for fixture calendars in an estimated 50 countries.