Champions League Recap, Messi and Ronaldo Need to Chill (Mane is Good Too) – Europa League Predictions

Ronaldo’s aerial ability, leadership, and sheer athleticism dominated his forever rival Atletico Madrid. Juventus were down 2-0 after the first leg, but a Ronaldo hat-trick erased that deficit.

I mean what more can be said about this man. Juventus signed him to win these games and he does more than enough for the team. Szczęsny and Bernardeschi were amazing as well, but Juventus doesn’t move on without Ronaldo. I’m on team Messi in this great debate, but Jesus, Ronaldo makes it hard to hate him with performances like this. Diego Simeone’s “showing” of his team’s big balls was awesome in the first leg, but Ronaldo got the last laugh.

Man City beat Schalke 9-2 on aggregate. Pep has nothing but respect for Ronaldo and knows that he has to go through him or an equally amazing person to get his first Champions League title with Manchester City….

That equally amazing person… Lio Messi. Barcelona did not score in the away leg at Lyon. They scored at the Camp Nou though and won 5-1 on aggregate. Messi didn’t get a hat-trick like Ronaldo.. he only had 2 goals and 2 assists.

I honestly just feel blessed that I get to watch these two in their prime. I was too young to watch Michael Jordan in his prime and got stuck with this Lebron guy, but Messi and Ronaldo show GOATness every time they get on the pitch.

Bayern tied Liverpool 0-0 in Liverpool in the first leg, but that clean sheet was not enough for Bayern as they lost 3-1 at home in the second leg. Messi and Ronaldo are the two best players in the World, but Mane is 3rd in my opinion. Step aside Salah, Hazard, Modric, Kane, Lewandowski, De Gea, and whoever else.

Mane’s first touch on his first goal is simply sublime. He is the best in the world at the first time touch that goes backwards a few yards. Every time he does it, it seems so calculated. Klopp is my favorite manager right now. He won me over when he first joined Liverpool with this interview.

Little did I know he would take this Liverpool team to greatness. Salah, Mane, van Dijk, Alisson, Henderson, and many others are playing at their best under Klopp. There are some great managers left in the Champions league and he is certainly one of the best of this elite group. Manuel Neuer seemed to be playing as a centre-back for most of the game. Not wise against Liverpool’s fantastic forwards.

I doubt Europa can surpass what we saw in Champions league over the past few days simply because this competition lacks Messi, Ronaldo, and Mane; however, with 8 teams getting knocked out of Europe today, drama will happen.

92-78-9 on Soccer in 2018 up 8.17 units

35-28-7 on Soccer in 2019 up 1.15 units

“I’m blowing ganja, so much work they call me old school, I remind ya” It’s always a winning day when new Schoolboy Q comes out.

Rennes +2 at -144 for 8 units. Arsenal will be without Bellerin, Holding, and Sokratis in this game. That means Mustafi will start. That is a plus for Rennes. Rennes won the first leg 3-1. Rennes were not supposed to beat Real Betis and they definitely are not supposed to beat Arsenal, but Rennes don’t care bout that. The French side backed their first leg victory with a 3-1 result against Caen over the weekend. Rennes have scored in 13 of their past 14 away games. Benjamin Bourigeaud has scored in each of his last 3 games for Rennes. Sarr, Ben Arfa, and Grenier each have more goals in this competition than any player on the Gunners. Arsenal have to win by 2 or more, but they won’t get it done. Arsenal gets knocked out of Europe today.

Sevilla at +103 for 6 units. Slavia Prague tied the first leg in Sevilla 2-2. Prague have not lost at home since August. The absinthe and pub crawls in that city are wild, so I can only imagine how crazy Prague will be with 3-time-Europa-League-Champs-Sevilla coming to town. Sevilla are not as strong on the road, but they have 40 goals in 15 European games this season. Ben Yedder, Sarabia, Jesus Navas, and Promes all played great over the weekend in Sevilla’s 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad. The Spanish club seemed to have figured out their final third product that was lacking, even with the 2 goals, in the first leg. Taking the better team at plus money here.

Frankfurt +0 at +136 for 4 units. Frankfurt average over 2 goals in away European matches this season. Ivan Perisic has never lost to Frankfurt and they were the last team he scored against before leaving the Bundesliga. Sorry Perisic, but I think that run ends today. Icardi, Miranda, and Nainggolan are all less than 100% for Inter even if they play. Asamoah and Martinez are out due to card suspensions for Inter. Jovic, Haller, and Gacinovic of Frankfurt are too much offense for Inter to handle in this one.

Arsenal/Rennes over 3 at -142 for 3 units. Arsenal have to beat Rennes by more than two and are missing 3 defenders. This game will see goals.

Valencia +0 at -149 for 2 units. Valencia are scoring more than they are drawing lately, which is saying a lot because they seem to love ties more than Ronaldo loves scoring hat-tricks in the Champions League… That’s how you make an article come full-circle ladies and gentlemen.

 

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