Saturday 21 November 2020
After the last international break in the nerve-wracking Corona year 2020, Europe’s top clubs continue in the national leagues. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi no longer wants to be the scapegoat for everything. In England, the focus is on the top duel between leaders Leicester and champions Liverpool. And in Italy, old master Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to expand his series of goals.
Premier League: Next hit for Klopp
Manchester City will continue to rely on star coach Pep Guardiola until 2023 – the ex-Bayern coach should finally win the Champions League with City. And maybe it is the necessary signal to the team after the weak start of the league season in the top game on Saturday (6.30 p.m. in the ntv.de live ticker) at Tottenham Hotspur and not to increase the gap to leader Leicester City of currently six points to let.
Leicester is challenged on Sunday (8.15 p.m.) in the league cracker at champions Liverpool FC. With the sixth success of the season, Jürgen Klopp’s team could take the lead – if Guardiola and City provide support. The German manager stated in an interview with the Daily Mail Secret of success: “I am good at some things, but at all other things the men and women who work for me are much better. I am smart enough to take their advice”
It’s about being nice to people and not acting like an idiot. Klopp also practiced using the calendar to explain what the challenge of this belated season is: “December and January are already brutal in a normal season. That is well known. But this year October feels especially for them Champions League and Europa League clubs already on like December and November like December. December remains December, then comes January, then February. ” Sounds a bit like the classic children’s song “The clock of the year never stands still”, but translated means something like: many games, little break.
Nothing less than the health of the players is at stake. A circumstance that Klopp has already felt painfully in 2020/21. With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, you have to do without many injured stars on Anfield Road. Mohamed Salah also has to pause after a positive corona test.
La Liga: will Messi explode on the pitch too?
There is still a lot going on at FC Barcelona. After the headlines about an impending bankruptcy, discussions about salary cuts in the Corona crisis and only eighth in the league, superstar Lionel Messi expressed his anger with unusually clear words: “I’m getting tired of always being the problem at the club in everything . ” The newspaper “Mundo Deportivo” had the following headline: “Messi explodes”.
The Argentine should provide solutions again on Saturday (9 p.m.) on the pitch at Atlético Madrid, third in the table, so that Barça can continue to make good ground on the competition. Atletico will have to do without Messi’s ex-striker Luis Suarez, who tested positive for the corona virus on the Uruguayan national team.
Meanwhile, arch-rivals Real Madrid have to do without captain Sergio Ramos in the top game at Second Villarreal (4.15 p.m.). The central defender was injured in the 6-0 win against Germany and could be out of the next three games. Surprise leaders San Sebastián want to defend the top of the table against Cadiz on Sunday.
Serie A: Will Ibrahimovic continue his series of goals?
Sami Khedira will also only watch the home game of champions Juventus Turin against Cagliari Calcio (8.45 p.m.) and is therefore allegedly toying with a move in winter, perhaps to England. While the 33-year-old 2014 world champion is left out, AC Milan star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows that you can still be world class at 39. That even compelled his ex-coach José Mourinho to praise: “A 40-year-old doesn’t have the same potential as a 20- or 30-year-old. Unless you’re Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”
The Swede leads the Serie A scorer list with eight goals and could further improve on Sunday (8.45 p.m.) in the top game at cup winners SSC Napoli. In addition, the Rossoneri want to remain unbeaten and defend the championship lead. The surprising second Sassuolo will play on Sunday (3pm) at Hellas Verona, the club that won the club’s only championship in 1985, the “Walz aus der Pfalz” Hans-Peter Briegel.
Ligue 1: PSG fail, what are the pursuers doing?
Surprising bankruptcy: Kevin Volland contributed significantly to a failed dress rehearsal in Paris St. Germain for the Champions League duel with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. Despite the comeback of his superstar Neymar, Thomas Tuchel’s team conceded their first defeat in Ligue 1 after eight wins in a row with 2: 3 (2: 0) at AS Monaco through two goals from the former Leverkusen player Volland. Read more about this here!
The table runner-up OSC Lille welcomes FC Lorient on Sunday (9 p.m.). The third Stade Rennes also has home rights against Girondins Bordeaux. The competition is hoping for a slip by PSG, which was able to present on Friday evening with a win against AS Monaco with coach Niko Kovac. The last duel between the two Germans to date was won by Tuchel in May 2017 with Dortmund when they won the DFB Cup (2-1) against Eintracht Frankfurt with Kovac.
Eredivisie: Götze is chasing Ajax
Former world champion Mario Götze wants to win the seventh win of the season with PSV Eindhoven at Twente Dezede on Sunday (4.45 p.m.) and thus not let the gap on front runner Ajax Amsterdam increase. The fact that Götze, who recently dived a bit, really came to the Eredivisie Club, surprised even General Manager Toon Gerbrands.
The 63-year-old asked whether Götze had understood that it was the salary for two years. “I then phoned the supervisory board, who reacted in the same way. Is it the idol we know?”, Gerbrands told “Kicker” in a conversation with the PSV fan club. Amsterdam (12.15 p.m.) – two points before the Götze Club – is required at Heracles Almelo.