Lionel Messis masterclass gives Barcelona resounding win over Lyon

Lionel Messi scored two and set up two in a convincing 5-1 win for Barcelona over Lyon to put them into the Champions League quarter-finals Paris Saint-Germain fell, Real Madrid fell, Atltico Madrid fell, but Barcelona didnt. This time there was no surprise, not even really for Lyon who saw Lionel Messi coming again and again, just as they knew they would, but couldnt prevent him from putting them to the sword. Bruno Gnsio had talked before the game about limiting Messis influence and talked after it about a player who, in his words, is almost impossible to stop at this level of performance and motivation. By then, the Lyon coach had watched the Argentinian score two and make two, …

No plan, no courage German press lays into Bayern after Liverpool loss

Bayern Munich were heavily criticised after their defeat, with Der Spiegel writing that German football has been left behind For the first time in 13 years there will be no German club in the Champions League quarter-finals, a fact not lost on the countrys media the morning after Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Real Madrids unhappy birthday sees club with nothing left to play for

Defeat to Ajax ended a run of three Champions League wins, days after Copa del Rey and La Liga hopes also evaporated Today is 6 March, Real Madrids birthday but there is nothing to celebrate. This week has been the worst in their 117-year history: three home defeats, eight goals conceded and only one scored, all three competitions gone, one after the other the La Liga title race, have won more clsicos than Real, two victories in four days last week leaving the all-time record at 96-95. For the first time too, a home team holding a 2-1 first-leg lead went out of the Champions League. Real are used to breaking records but not like this. Four home defeats in …