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The MLS Team Of Week has four members of the Colorado Rapids, after they took apart FC Dallas 4-0 last Friday. Interestingly, the starting XI from whoscored.com, includes players from only four teams, the Rapids, Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy.

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It is not often that Player of the Week honors goes to a goalkeeper in a winning cause, but that is the case with Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo who was brilliant in LA‘s 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at the weekend. Penedo made 10 saves, six of them massive and four of them on Lamar Neagle alone, in helping the Galaxy register only their second win of the season.

atletico-madrid-vs-real-madridAtletico Madrid and Real Madrid battled, literally,to a 0-0 first-leg draw at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday. This was not a match for the uncommitted. Every ball and challenge was heavily contested in a game that threatened to boil over at times, but never did.

The visitors had by far the better of the chances, particularly in the first period, and Atletico were grateful to goalkeeper Jan Oblak for keeping them in the tie with a string of fine saves.

Juve-FansFormer Manchester United target Arturo Vidal scored a disputed second half-penalty as Juventus laboured to a 1-0 win over a stubborn Monaco in the first leg of their quarter-final in Turin.

The goal came just before the hour mark when Alvaro Morata was brought down by Ricardo Carvalho. Despite Monaco’s protests that the foul was outside the area, it was, Czech referee Pavel Kralovec pointed to the spot, and Vidal, fired past Danijel Subasic and into the top corner.

The game early on settled in a pattern of Juventus domination, with Monaco looking to hit the Italian side on the counter-attack.

cl-drawThe Champions League quarter finals kick off tonight, with no English participation for the second time in three seasons. And the two headline games involve Spanish clubs as Real take on Atletico in the Madrid derby and the ambitious Paris Saint-Germain will once again meet Barcelona.

This week’s fixtures
Tuesday 14 April: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid and Juventus v Monaco
Wednesday 15 April: Paris Saint v Germain-Barcelona and Porto v Bayern Munich

DrogbaChelsea veteran Didier Drogba insisted Monday he intended to play for at least one more season, but it is still to be seen whether he will be wearing Chelsea blue next season.

The 37-year-old Chelsea legend is out of contract with the Premier League leaders at the end of the current campaign, having returned to Stamford Bridge after two seasons abroad. Drogba, asked if he had decided on his future, said:

“Yes I have and it’s not going to be my last season.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said last week he had still to speak to Drogba regarding his future.

Sturridge Injured Again

SturridgeLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could miss Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa at Wembley through injury.

The often injured striker missed the Premier League clash against Newcastle on Monday after feeling the effects of a knock suffered against Blackburn last week. Asked about the fitness of the England striker prior to the Newcastle game, manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports:

“He got injured at Blackburn and [is] unavailable fitness-wise for tonight.

“We will see how he goes the rest of the week for the semifinal at the weekend.”

After Monday’s victory, Rodgers expressed that Sturridge

Liverpool Close Gap On Fourth Place City

Raheem-SterlingUnder-fire Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling grabbed the headlines as Liverpool reignited their Champions League hopes with a 2-0 defeat of ten-man Newcastle.

The defeat was Newcastle’s fifth in succession and means they are still not yet completely out of relegation danger, while Liverpool are back within four points of the top four.

Sterling scored a superb opener for Liverpool in a game they totally dominated. He brilliantly controlled a crossfield pass from Jordan Henderson and cut inside to glide past Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan and clip a shot over Tim Krul.

Emirates_NightArsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says he is ‘not happy’ that the club are not going to win the title, despite the Gunners winning their eighth Premier League game in a row on Saturday.

It’s been an up and down season for Arsene Wenger’s side. They are in the FA Cup semi-final, and are expected to beat Championship side Reading next weekend to return to the final. The eight match winning streak is the best in a decade, but a slow start means that Arsenal still sit four points behind runaway leaders Chelsea. Plus they once more failed in Europe, going out at the last 16 stage in the Champions League to AS Monaco.

City Capitulate In Manchester Derby Defeat

mufc-celebrateJoe Hart called it the worst day of his Manchester City career as City were put to the sword by a rampant United side 4-2 at Old Trafford.

The score actually flatters City, who except for an opening spell when they went 1-0 up through Sergio Aguero were second best all day. United were too strong, too hungry and too powerful. All over the field Manchester United were superior. It has been a while since we have said that, in this fixture at least.

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For 87 minutes, Arsenal fans had been hoping that leaders Chelsea would drop two valuable points at Crystal Palace, a result that could have reopened the title race. But an 88th-minute winner from former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas helped Chelsea restore their seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Once again Jose Mourinho’s side found a way to win, without playing well. Fabregas’s shot was their first shot on target. They say that picking up points is a sign of a good team, but Mourinho will have to be concerned with how his side has limped over the finish line. Yes they will win the title, but the great football we saw in the first half of the season has disappeared as fatigue and a lack of form has seemed to hit the champions-elect at the wrong time of the season.