Liverpool FC Transfer Rumors: Could Spartak Moscow's Quincy Promes Be Signing With The Reds?

Liverpool FC defeated Stoke City by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, and an own goal from Giannelli Imbula. The victory made it three wins in a row in the Premier League for the Reds and kept Jurgen Klopp’s side in second place in the table heading into a New Year’s Eve clash with Manchester City. The bad news for Liverpool is that leading goal scorer Sadio Mane will be leaving in January to compete for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations. Mane has contributed eight goals and four assists this season for the Reds and his speed and creativity will be impossible for Klopp to replace without a signing in the January transfer window. Sadio Mane has now been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 24 Premier League games. 16 goals
4 assists So, so vital. pic.twitter.com/X85TugO11o — Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 19, 2016 Ideally, Klopp would get Philippe Coutinho back healthy and be able to insert him into Mane’s spot, but Metro is reporting that Coutinho is garnering interest from Barcelona and could be headed to Camp Nou once the transfer window opens. Former Barcelona great Ronaldinho confirmed that the side has interest in the Brazilian national. “I hope when he (Coutinho) returns from injury that he will continue the form he has been showing all season with Liverpool,” Ronaldinho said. “He has been one of the stand out players in Europe this season – and I know there is a lot of admiration of him at Barcelona. Liverpool will want to keep him, they have built the team around him. But when you play at that level then there is always interest.” With the possibility of Coutinho departing for Barcelona, and Mane potentially missing over a month of action if Senegal advances far in the African Cup of Nations, Klopp could be forced to look outside the squad for help in the attacking third. Liverpool was connected to Wolfsburg and German national Julian Draxler, but the 23-year-old turned down the Reds and Arsenal in favor of signing with Ligue 1 powerhouse, Paris Saint-Germain. PSG reportedly paid a $38 million transfer fee for the services of Draxler. BREAKING: Wolfsburg have confirmed that Julian Draxler has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal pic.twitter.com/JxnmJCYE3h — Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 24, 2016 With Draxler off the board, it seems that Klopp and Liverpool have turned their attention to Netherlands national and Spartak Moscow star Quincy Promes. Promes has scored six goals and contributed seven assists this season for the Red-Whites who currently sit in first place in the Russian Premier League. According to Mirror, Promes could cost the Reds a $20 million transfer fee, but he would be the perfect replacement for Mane. He’s the same kind of pacey player with a knack for making plays in the attacking third. Liverpool will step up their bid to land Dutch star Quincy Promes in January. (Source: Daily Mirror) pic.twitter.com/LcyodX9tIs — Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) December 26, 2016 Promes’ Netherlands teammate Georginio Wijnaldum gave a bit of a hint at a possible reunion with his national team colleague when Quincy posted a picture to Instagram of him on a plane. Wijnaldum plays in the midfield for Liverpool Mirror took a screenshot of Wijnaldum commenting with a praying-hands emoji on Qunicy Promes’ picture. Although nothing’s official, it certainly seems as if Liverpool are moving toward signing Promes as a replacement for Sadio Mane and as insurance in case Coutinho decides to flea for Barcelona. In a perfect world, Klopp would be able to keep Coutinho and add Promes and then the Reds would be able to make a serious run at Chelsea for the league title in the second half of the season. Only time will tell. [Featured Image via Quincy Promes Instagram]

Liverpool FC Transfer Rumors: Could Spartak Moscow's Quincy Promes Be Signing With The Reds?

Liverpool FC defeated Stoke City by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, and an own goal from Giannelli Imbula. The victory made it three wins in a row in the Premier League for the Reds and kept Jurgen Klopp’s side in second place in the table heading into a New Year’s Eve clash with Manchester City. The bad news for Liverpool is that leading goal scorer Sadio Mane will be leaving in January to compete for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations. Mane has contributed eight goals and four assists this season for the Reds and his speed and creativity will be impossible for Klopp to replace without a signing in the January transfer window. Sadio Mane has now been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 24 Premier League games. 16 goals
4 assists So, so vital. pic.twitter.com/X85TugO11o — Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 19, 2016 Ideally, Klopp would get Philippe Coutinho back healthy and be able to insert him into Mane’s spot, but Metro is reporting that Coutinho is garnering interest from Barcelona and could be headed to Camp Nou once the transfer window opens. Former Barcelona great Ronaldinho confirmed that the side has interest in the Brazilian national. “I hope when he (Coutinho) returns from injury that he will continue the form he has been showing all season with Liverpool,” Ronaldinho said. “He has been one of the stand out players in Europe this season – and I know there is a lot of admiration of him at Barcelona. Liverpool will want to keep him, they have built the team around him. But when you play at that level then there is always interest.” With the possibility of Coutinho departing for Barcelona, and Mane potentially missing over a month of action if Senegal advances far in the African Cup of Nations, Klopp could be forced to look outside the squad for help in the attacking third. Liverpool was connected to Wolfsburg and German national Julian Draxler, but the 23-year-old turned down the Reds and Arsenal in favor of signing with Ligue 1 powerhouse, Paris Saint-Germain. PSG reportedly paid a $38 million transfer fee for the services of Draxler. BREAKING: Wolfsburg have confirmed that Julian Draxler has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal pic.twitter.com/JxnmJCYE3h — Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 24, 2016 With Draxler off the board, it seems that Klopp and Liverpool have turned their attention to Netherlands national and Spartak Moscow star Quincy Promes. Promes has scored six goals and contributed seven assists this season for the Red-Whites who currently sit in first place in the Russian Premier League. According to Mirror, Promes could cost the Reds a $20 million transfer fee, but he would be the perfect replacement for Mane. He’s the same kind of pacey player with a knack for making plays in the attacking third. Liverpool will step up their bid to land Dutch star Quincy Promes in January. (Source: Daily Mirror) pic.twitter.com/LcyodX9tIs — Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) December 26, 2016 Promes’ Netherlands teammate Georginio Wijnaldum gave a bit of a hint at a possible reunion with his national team colleague when Quincy posted a picture to Instagram of him on a plane. Wijnaldum plays in the midfield for Liverpool Mirror took a screenshot of Wijnaldum commenting with a praying-hands emoji on Qunicy Promes’ picture. Although nothing’s official, it certainly seems as if Liverpool are moving toward signing Promes as a replacement for Sadio Mane and as insurance in case Coutinho decides to flea for Barcelona. In a perfect world, Klopp would be able to keep Coutinho and add Promes and then the Reds would be able to make a serious run at Chelsea for the league title in the second half of the season. Only time will tell. [Featured Image via Quincy Promes Instagram]

Jose Mourinho Admits Manchester United's Last Gap Victory Over Middlesborough Left Him 'Sad'

Manchester United overcame Middlesborough on New Year’s Eve in the most dramatic of circumstances, as they scored two goals in the last five minutes to come back and claim victory. But while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was relieved to have secured all three points, he also admitted that he was sad that he’d beaten Aitor Karanka. Karanka previously was the assistant manager at Real Madrid when Jose Mourinho was in charge. Clearly the pair have a very close relationship, because after Manchester United stunned Middlesborough to come back and win at Old Trafford Mourinho was visibly disheartened by hurting the man he referred to as his “brother.” Shortly after Manchester United’s contest with Middlesborough, Jose Mourinho spoke to the BBC, and made his mixed emotions very clear. [Image by Getty/Alex Livesey] Mourinho remarked, It’s a very good feeling, as I was expecting I don’t feel the same happiness because my brother is on the other side. Aitor Karanka did his job amazing away but my ‘brother’ is sad so I’m sad. My players were phenomenal. We managed to do something I love – bring the fans to the pitch. The last 15 minutes were 70,000 on the pitch against 11. Despite dominating the contest, going into the last 10 minutes of the match Manchester United looked like they were going to somehow conspire to lose to Middlesborough. Grant Leadbitter gave Middlesborough the lead in the 67th minute following a clever head down from Alvaro Negredo. Before then Manchester United had struck the post on two occasions, with Paul Pogba doing so with a overhead kick and Anthony Martial hitting the same part of the woodwork with a long-range effort. Martial had been Middlesborough’s chief tormentor throughout the contest, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic also had a goal cruelly ruled out for a supposed high boot on goalkeeper Victor Valdes. But it was Anthony Martial who saved Manchester United’s blushes, converting Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s smart header down with a cool finish in the 85th minute. At that point Manchester United were suddenly in the ascendency, and just over a minute later Juan Mata crossed for Paul Pogba to head home and immediately sent the Old Trafford faithul into raptures. After the contest Jose Mourinho spoke about just how important it was to have the fans on their side in the match, insisting that they made the difference as Manchester United looked to come back and win. [Image by Getty/Alex Livesey] According to the Guardian, Mourinho remarked in the post-match press conference, We managed to do something that is amazing, which is to bring the fans to the pitch. I think, we did that in the last 15 or 20 minutes, we played with 70,000 or 80,000 I don’t know how many there are, we played with them on the pitch. It was too much for a team that was very well organized. Jose Mourinho also praised Manchester United’s supporters for the way that they have backed the club over the last few months since he was appointed. While Manchester United have now won five Premier League contests on the trot, before then they’d won just two out of 11 games. But Mourinho believes that despite this poor patch of form, the fans were always on his side because of their attacking style. Mourinho insisted, I think the fans are loving the way the team plays. Sometimes with good results, sometimes not so good. I think they love the way we try to play football, they love the ideas and attitudes. I don’t think would kill me if we lost 2-0 when we played 2 against 2 in the back. I don’t think they’d kill me because it’s related to how they play football, too. So it was a big victory for us. [Featured Image by Getty/Alex Livesey]

Why Pep Guardiola Thinks Jurgen Klopp Is The Best Attacking Manager In The World

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp resumed their managerial rivalry on Saturday afternoon when Manchester City travelled to Anfield to play Liverpool. This time around it was the German that got the better of the Spaniard, as Liverpool ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum’s early header. Before the contest had even begun, though, Pep Guardiola talked about how difficult it was going to be to beat Klopp. In fact, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager even went as far as to call Jurgen Klopp the best attacking manager in the world, lavishing praise on the manner in which he gets his attacking players to press the opposition defence. Pep Guardiola made these remarks during an interview with Sky Sports ahead of the match, insisting that he’s a huge fan of how Liverpool have been playing under Klopp. [Image by Getty/Clive Brunskill] The Spaniard remarked, Our styles are not similar but I like a lot the way Liverpool play. Maybe Klopp is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch. They have an intensity with the ball and without the ball, and it is not easy to do that. They attack wide sometimes with [Nathaniel] Clyne and [James] Milner but they especially like to attack from inside, through the middle. I don’t think there is another team in the world attacking in this way with so many players capable of launching moves in an instant. Pep Guardiola, who is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world because of his huge success in both Spain and Germany, went on to admit that he understands why Klopp refers to his style as “heavy metal” football. But at the same time pointed out that this is much different to the brand of football he plays, which is referred to as Tiki-Taka. Pep Guardiola explained, When Klopp speaks about his football being heavy metal, I understand completely. It is so aggressive. For the fans it is really good. Our styles are not similar but I like a lot the way they play, for the spectators, because in three or four seconds they are attacking. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp came up against each other repeatedly when they were managing Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively. Their record in these 8 contests was actually really even, as they both won on four occasions. Pep Guardiola admitted in his interview with Sky Sports that after losing his first match against Borussia Dortmund as Bayern Munich manager he was shocked and taken aback by the “lesson” that he’d been taught by Klopp. It was something that he managed to learn from and adjust to soon after, though. [Image by Getty/Clive Brunskill] Pep admitted, I was new and it was ‘wow’, what a good lesson. We lost 4-2. Afterwards in the league I learned a bit more about how to control those situations but it was never easy. But after Saturday’s contest Jurgen Klopp now has a one victory advantage over Pep Guardiola. It was a vital victory for Liverpool, too, as it means that they kept up with league leader Chelsea, who won for the 13th game in a row earlier in the day. Chelsea beat a resilient Stoke City 4-2 thanks to goals from Gary Cahill, Diego Costa, and two from Willian, and they’re now six points ahead of Liverpool. Manchester City are still in third place, but their title ambitions are in disarray as they’re 10 points adrift of Antonio Conte’s team. In fact, Pep Guardiola admitted after the contest that his ambition is now just to finish in the top four and to qualify for the Champions League. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has got his sights firmly set on catching up with Chelsea. [Featured Image by Getty/Alexander Hassenstein]

Real Madrid Blanks Manchester City, Marches On For All Madrid Champions League Final – Hall Of Fame Magazine

Real Madrid Blanks Manchester City, Marches On For All Madrid Champions League Final

Real Madrid narrowly beat Manchester City, 1-0, to set-up clash against rivals Atletico Madrid at Champions League finals in Milan on May 28.

Gareth Bales’s cross caromed inside the net when it got deflected off Manchester City defender Fernando for own goal and ultimately decided the fate for both teams.

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On the night that would validate coaching credentials of outgoing Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s neophyte Zinedine Zidane, it was the latter who made his mark.

This was the first time France great Zidane got to taste what it is like to be in Champions League semifinals as coach. He experienced and won it as a player and now he has chance to win it as coach. On the other hand, this game summed up Manuel Pellegrini’s stint with Manchester City – always coming up short despite a wealth of talents and players not delivering during crucial matches.

Manchester City paid a handsome price to assemble a powerhouse lineup, but stars on the team failed to deliver when it mattered most. Uninspired play from talisman Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure sealed the deal for Manchester City, which missed brilliance of David Silva in midfield.

BBC Sport reveals this was the fifth Champions League game Sergio Agüero has failed to score, with 522 minutes gone without registering a shot on target. The suddenly gun-shy Manchester City only tallied one shot on target against five for the home team. The defense was not up to par either; Vincent Kompany, the team’s anchor on defense, hobbled off the pitch after only 10 minutes of action due to injury.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who hounded Sergio Agüero all night, could have put the game beyond reach but his goal was waived offside in the 35th minute. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was not fully fit but made his presence in attacking felt by lackluster defense of opponents. Real Madrid clearly did not display a better game according their high standards but still managed to pull the rug under Manchester City.

The Guardian reports if not for brilliant saves from Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, the final score would have been greatly in favor of the home team.

In the end, it will be another Madrid derby for Champions League final pitting Atletico Madrid’s defensive brilliance against Real Madrid’s potent attacking play.

Also Read: Leicester City Win Premier League Against All Odds

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Real Madrid Blanks Manchester City, Marches On For All Madrid Champions League Final – Hall Of Fame Magazine

Real Madrid Blanks Manchester City, Marches On For All Madrid Champions League Final

Real Madrid narrowly beat Manchester City, 1-0, to set-up clash against rivals Atletico Madrid at Champions League finals in Milan on May 28.

Gareth Bales’s cross caromed inside the net when it got deflected off Manchester City defender Fernando for own goal and ultimately decided the fate for both teams.

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On the night that would validate coaching credentials of outgoing Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s neophyte Zinedine Zidane, it was the latter who made his mark.

This was the first time France great Zidane got to taste what it is like to be in Champions League semifinals as coach. He experienced and won it as a player and now he has chance to win it as coach. On the other hand, this game summed up Manuel Pellegrini’s stint with Manchester City – always coming up short despite a wealth of talents and players not delivering during crucial matches.

Manchester City paid a handsome price to assemble a powerhouse lineup, but stars on the team failed to deliver when it mattered most. Uninspired play from talisman Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure sealed the deal for Manchester City, which missed brilliance of David Silva in midfield.

BBC Sport reveals this was the fifth Champions League game Sergio Agüero has failed to score, with 522 minutes gone without registering a shot on target. The suddenly gun-shy Manchester City only tallied one shot on target against five for the home team. The defense was not up to par either; Vincent Kompany, the team’s anchor on defense, hobbled off the pitch after only 10 minutes of action due to injury.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who hounded Sergio Agüero all night, could have put the game beyond reach but his goal was waived offside in the 35th minute. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was not fully fit but made his presence in attacking felt by lackluster defense of opponents. Real Madrid clearly did not display a better game according their high standards but still managed to pull the rug under Manchester City.

The Guardian reports if not for brilliant saves from Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, the final score would have been greatly in favor of the home team.

In the end, it will be another Madrid derby for Champions League final pitting Atletico Madrid’s defensive brilliance against Real Madrid’s potent attacking play.

Also Read: Leicester City Win Premier League Against All Odds

Photo source: Facebook|Real Madrid C.F.

Real Madrid Blanks Manchester City, Marches On For All Madrid Champions League Final – Hall Of Fame Magazine

Real Madrid Blanks Manchester City, Marches On For All Madrid Champions League Final

Real Madrid narrowly beat Manchester City, 1-0, to set-up clash against rivals Atletico Madrid at Champions League finals in Milan on May 28.

Gareth Bales’s cross caromed inside the net when it got deflected off Manchester City defender Fernando for own goal and ultimately decided the fate for both teams.

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On the night that would validate coaching credentials of outgoing Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s neophyte Zinedine Zidane, it was the latter who made his mark.

This was the first time France great Zidane got to taste what it is like to be in Champions League semifinals as coach. He experienced and won it as a player and now he has chance to win it as coach. On the other hand, this game summed up Manuel Pellegrini’s stint with Manchester City – always coming up short despite a wealth of talents and players not delivering during crucial matches.

Manchester City paid a handsome price to assemble a powerhouse lineup, but stars on the team failed to deliver when it mattered most. Uninspired play from talisman Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure sealed the deal for Manchester City, which missed brilliance of David Silva in midfield.

BBC Sport reveals this was the fifth Champions League game Sergio Agüero has failed to score, with 522 minutes gone without registering a shot on target. The suddenly gun-shy Manchester City only tallied one shot on target against five for the home team. The defense was not up to par either; Vincent Kompany, the team’s anchor on defense, hobbled off the pitch after only 10 minutes of action due to injury.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who hounded Sergio Agüero all night, could have put the game beyond reach but his goal was waived offside in the 35th minute. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was not fully fit but made his presence in attacking felt by lackluster defense of opponents. Real Madrid clearly did not display a better game according their high standards but still managed to pull the rug under Manchester City.

The Guardian reports if not for brilliant saves from Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, the final score would have been greatly in favor of the home team.

In the end, it will be another Madrid derby for Champions League final pitting Atletico Madrid’s defensive brilliance against Real Madrid’s potent attacking play.

Also Read: Leicester City Win Premier League Against All Odds

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Atletico Madrid Marches On To Champions League Final – Hall Of Fame Magazine

Atletico Madrid Marches On To Champions League Final

Atletico Madrid may have lost 2-1 against erstwhile trophy favorite Bayern Munich in Allianz Arena but it will be Diego Simeone’s men who are marching on to the Championship League Final in Milan on May 28.

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are tied on aggragate, 2-2, but the lads from capital of Spain won based on away goals, blanking Pep Guardiola’s team at the famed fortress of Vicente Calderon Stadium, 1-0 during the first leg of semifinals.

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Midfielder Xabi Alonso’s deflected ball shot through the net for a precarious and much needed 1-0 lead for Bayern Munich going in to halftime. A golden opportunity came begging just after the second half resumed as Atletico Madrid’s Gimenez was penalized for a foul on Bayern’s Martinez inside the penalty area, however Thomas Mueller committed a blunder when his free-kick was brilliantly saved by Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.

That penalty miss proved to be the game’s turning point as Antoine Greizmann, Atletico’s top Champions League scorer, coolly slotted home the ball past German keeper Manuel Neuer. This time, desperately needing to get a two-goal lead to overhaul the away goals of the opponents, Bayern pressed forward but could not break the phalanx of Atletico defense as brilliant saves from Oblak denied efforts from a spirited Bayern comeback led by Lewandowski and David Alaba.

Lewandowski finally scored in 74th minute, in an effort a little bit too late, as Atletico Madrid held on despite Fernando Torres missing his penalty, and sent Pep Guardiola’s grand ambition of finally delivering Championship League to Munich on his last year as Bayern head coach crashing with a thud.

According to BBC Sport, Pep Guardiola is already considered as one of the brightest mind in football history because of the multiple championships he won in Barcelona and Bayern Munich but his three years in Bavaria will be judged by his failure to bring the only thing that matters, a Champions League trophy, after failing to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone expressed admiration and respect toward his opponents and said via ESPN FC that Bayern Munich was the best team he has had to face in his career.

For now, all Pep Guardiola can do is focus on winning the Bundesliga title and give some respectability back to Bayern Munch. The fact remains the trophy case for Championship League hardware is empty and will remain empty during the rest of Guardiola’s days in Munich.

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Atletico Madrid Marches On To Champions League Final – Hall Of Fame Magazine

Atletico Madrid Marches On To Champions League Final

Atletico Madrid may have lost 2-1 against erstwhile trophy favorite Bayern Munich in Allianz Arena but it will be Diego Simeone’s men who are marching on to the Championship League Final in Milan on May 28.

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are tied on aggragate, 2-2, but the lads from capital of Spain won based on away goals, blanking Pep Guardiola’s team at the famed fortress of Vicente Calderon Stadium, 1-0 during the first leg of semifinals.

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Midfielder Xabi Alonso’s deflected ball shot through the net for a precarious and much needed 1-0 lead for Bayern Munich going in to halftime. A golden opportunity came begging just after the second half resumed as Atletico Madrid’s Gimenez was penalized for a foul on Bayern’s Martinez inside the penalty area, however Thomas Mueller committed a blunder when his free-kick was brilliantly saved by Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.

That penalty miss proved to be the game’s turning point as Antoine Greizmann, Atletico’s top Champions League scorer, coolly slotted home the ball past German keeper Manuel Neuer. This time, desperately needing to get a two-goal lead to overhaul the away goals of the opponents, Bayern pressed forward but could not break the phalanx of Atletico defense as brilliant saves from Oblak denied efforts from a spirited Bayern comeback led by Lewandowski and David Alaba.

Lewandowski finally scored in 74th minute, in an effort a little bit too late, as Atletico Madrid held on despite Fernando Torres missing his penalty, and sent Pep Guardiola’s grand ambition of finally delivering Championship League to Munich on his last year as Bayern head coach crashing with a thud.

According to BBC Sport, Pep Guardiola is already considered as one of the brightest mind in football history because of the multiple championships he won in Barcelona and Bayern Munich but his three years in Bavaria will be judged by his failure to bring the only thing that matters, a Champions League trophy, after failing to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone expressed admiration and respect toward his opponents and said via ESPN FC that Bayern Munich was the best team he has had to face in his career.

For now, all Pep Guardiola can do is focus on winning the Bundesliga title and give some respectability back to Bayern Munch. The fact remains the trophy case for Championship League hardware is empty and will remain empty during the rest of Guardiola’s days in Munich.

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Atletico Madrid Marches On To Champions League Final – Hall Of Fame Magazine

Atletico Madrid Marches On To Champions League Final

Atletico Madrid may have lost 2-1 against erstwhile trophy favorite Bayern Munich in Allianz Arena but it will be Diego Simeone’s men who are marching on to the Championship League Final in Milan on May 28.

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are tied on aggragate, 2-2, but the lads from capital of Spain won based on away goals, blanking Pep Guardiola’s team at the famed fortress of Vicente Calderon Stadium, 1-0 during the first leg of semifinals.

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Midfielder Xabi Alonso’s deflected ball shot through the net for a precarious and much needed 1-0 lead for Bayern Munich going in to halftime. A golden opportunity came begging just after the second half resumed as Atletico Madrid’s Gimenez was penalized for a foul on Bayern’s Martinez inside the penalty area, however Thomas Mueller committed a blunder when his free-kick was brilliantly saved by Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.

That penalty miss proved to be the game’s turning point as Antoine Greizmann, Atletico’s top Champions League scorer, coolly slotted home the ball past German keeper Manuel Neuer. This time, desperately needing to get a two-goal lead to overhaul the away goals of the opponents, Bayern pressed forward but could not break the phalanx of Atletico defense as brilliant saves from Oblak denied efforts from a spirited Bayern comeback led by Lewandowski and David Alaba.

Lewandowski finally scored in 74th minute, in an effort a little bit too late, as Atletico Madrid held on despite Fernando Torres missing his penalty, and sent Pep Guardiola’s grand ambition of finally delivering Championship League to Munich on his last year as Bayern head coach crashing with a thud.

According to BBC Sport, Pep Guardiola is already considered as one of the brightest mind in football history because of the multiple championships he won in Barcelona and Bayern Munich but his three years in Bavaria will be judged by his failure to bring the only thing that matters, a Champions League trophy, after failing to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone expressed admiration and respect toward his opponents and said via ESPN FC that Bayern Munich was the best team he has had to face in his career.

For now, all Pep Guardiola can do is focus on winning the Bundesliga title and give some respectability back to Bayern Munch. The fact remains the trophy case for Championship League hardware is empty and will remain empty during the rest of Guardiola’s days in Munich.

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