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L’Equipe give manager Mauricio Pochettino a 9/10 rating for Champions League quarterfinal!

While there is no German side left in the Champions League, there are still plenty of players with German ties in the compeition. The Man City duo of Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are both German while Pep Guardiola managed Bayern Munich before moving to England.

City were knocked out Spurs in a game for the ages last night. L’Equipe tend to be very harsh with their ratings, but gave Mauricio Pochettino a 9/10 for this. We thought the Argentine did a decent job tactically, but perhaps not a 9/10 L’Equipe style one, and that the Llorente for Sissoko sub wasn’t the best one. His opposite number got just a 5.

Man City Ratings

Liverpool 2-1 Spurs & LFC 2-0 Chelsea- Reds stay in hunt for title

Liverpool extended their unbeaten home league run at Anfield to 38 games after beating Spurs 2-1 and Chelsea 2-0 in successive home games. Just as it had been in the Merseyside derby, the Reds’ title hopes were brought back on track thanks to an error from the opposition goalkeeper- in this case Spurs’ World Cup winning French captain Hugo Lloris. The 32-year spilled Mo Salah’s header straight onto the body of teammate Toby Alderweireld, who was helpless as the ball deflected off him and back into goal. Continue reading Liverpool 2-1 Spurs & LFC 2-0 Chelsea- Reds stay in hunt for title

BVB player ratings vs Mainz 2019- Sancho and Burki star for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund just about kept themselves in the race for the Bundesliga title with a 2:1 win over Mainz over the weekend. The win, while not as impressive as Bayern’s triumph over Dusseldorf, still ensured that BVB are just a point behind the Bavarians.

The ratings from Kicker show that England forward Jadon Sancho, who scored both of BVB’s goals, and Swiss goalkeeper Roman Burki, who made an amazing late triple save to deny the visitors, were the best Dortmund players on show. The worst were Diallo and Brun-Larsen, both of whom got 5’s for their showing.

A slightly improved performance from the 5:0 thrashing the week before, but perhaps not at the level that you’d want from a title-winning side at this stage of the season.

Thomas Delaney and Reus the best of the rest- they were also the players who covered the most distance for BVB in this game. Delaney had 13.4 km, while Reus did 12.75

Kicker Dortmund Mainz

Dusseldorf-Bayern Munich 1:4 Player Ratings- Coman shines

Maybe Bayern should organise fights between their players before every game? Winger Kingsley Coman was involved in an altercation with striker Robert Lewandowski in training prior to the trip to Dusseldorf- they came to blows before teammates Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng separated them. French winger was the star of the show here at the Merkur Spiel Arena as he helped the Bavarian giants win 4:1. The victory took Bayern top of the table (Dortmund had beaten Mainz 2:1 on Saturday), and left them one point ahead of BVB with five games to play.

Fellow winger Serge Gnabry was equally impressive as was midfielder Javi Martinez. It was a poor day at the office for Dusseldorf- their highest rated starting player was former Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing, and he conceded four, which tells a story in itself!

The only real downside to the game would’ve been the injury to keeper Manuel Neuer, which is expected to keep him out for the next few weeks.

DUS BAY

Dussseldorf vs Bayern Ratings