SportsNet - April 2013
Once again, Bayern Munich finds themselves caught in a match that many think should have been the final. Barcelona will likely prove a much tougher test than Juventus, and the Germans certainly have their work cut out for them as they try to tarnish the Catalan Footballing Dynasty known as FC Barcelona.
Neither side has an easy mountain to climb. Bayern Munich are currently playing some of the best football they ever have, and Barcelona have been pulling off miracle comebacks and wins all season long. Both teams are loaded with talent all over the pitch, and have world class players in various positions.
Some are tipping the Bavarians to come up on top, and others think the Catalans will pull through. Here are some reasons to believe that the Germans can go onto the final at Wembley.
Bayern Are Effective On The Counter-Attack
Arsenal are ready to bid £5 million to sign Sevilla defensive stalwart Federico Fazio. Landing the tall and powerful Argentine would be a bargain coup for the Gunners.
Fazio is likely to be a casualty of the La Liga's club deep financial woes. Arsenal would certainly benefit from adding Fazio to their ranks.
He is exactly the kind of rugged and combative stopper the Gunners need in defence. Adding his height alongside Per Mertesacker would strengthen Arsenal's ability to repel aerial attacks.
That's sometimes been a problem for the Gunners against certain English Premier League teams. Wenger's squads haven't always been ideally equipped to deal with long ball tactics.
One thing is for sure, things certainly aren't dull when it comes to following the fortunes of Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
With the Patrice Evra racist incident finally at the back of everyone's mind, Suarez once again stole the headlines on Sunday for all the wrong reasons.
Sunday's incident against Chelsea at first looked relatively innocuous. Suarez and Branislav Ivanovic tangled in the area and both fell to the floor. Ivanovic seemed to be gesturing to the referee that something had been aimed towards him. Suarez, as he normally seems to do, pleaded his innocence and got prepared for a Liverpool corner. It wasn't until the Television replays were aired that we saw the seriousness of just what Suarez had done.
9th Overall – DE/LB Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young University
Reason: The Jets have needed to upgrade their lackluster pass rush for the past couple seasons now. With recent rumors of Bills possibly selecting a quarterback 8th overall, there is a strong possibility that Ansah might slide to the Jets if a combination of Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, or Matt Barkley are selected by two teams ahead of the Jets.
13th Overall – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia University
Reason: The Jets have to get more offensive weapons capable of scoring touchdowns. Austin has a similar skillset as a former Marty Morhinweg wide receiver – DeSean Jackson. If Austin is able to contribute in the same capacity as Jackson in Morhinweg's system, the Jets should have an easier time scoring on offense next season. The Jets may also look to trade back in an effort to acquire more mid round selections during the draft.
So he is at it again. During a highly contested match between Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday—in a weird twist, Luis Suarez was caught on camera biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm. Prior to that ugly incident of the match, Suarez was having an excellent game. However he conceded a penalty in the 56th minute of the match (which allowed Eden Hazard to score the go-ahead goal for Chelsea). Luis had previously gained notoriety for his bizarre-borderline dirty play. In 2010, while at Ajax, he had another biting incident. Suarez bit PSV Otman Bakkal on the shoulder, and like yesterday's match he wasn't booked during the incident, but was eventually suspended for 7 games.
Last season he was suspended eight matches for racial abuse of Man U. Patrice Evra.
Rest assured there will be consequences for Sunday's action.
Noteworthy, he did go ahead and scored the equalizing goal for Liverpool, which resulted in a 2-2 draw.
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