He is one of the most sought-after players in Europe but how good is Marco Reus? We asked our colleagues at Eurosport Germany to assist as we profile Europe's most wanted.
The north London derby has come early as rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are desperate to sign the same player, Roma’s Mattia Destro.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Jan 20, 2015 15:14 GMT
The charismatic Juventus star opted to select a team full of experience but did include the likes of Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm and Paul Scholes - players he would have almost definitely loved to have played with.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Jan 20, 2015 13:24 GMT
He's been voted Italy's best player by his peers at the Serie A awards for the third year in a row so it's no real surprise to see Andrea Pirlo's Champions League best XI being taken very seriously.
Pirlo is one of Europe's midfield greats in recent times, having entertained crowds at both domestic and national team level for the past 20 years.
The charismatic Juventus star opted to select a team full of experience but did include the likes of Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm and Paul Scholes - players he would have almost definitely loved to have played with over the years.Read More »from Andrea Pirlo picks his Champions League best XI and selects Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo
It has emerged that the north London giants are unbeaten in away games where they have had 45% of the ball or less since 2003.By Eurosport | Pitchside – Tue, Jan 20, 2015 09:33 GMT
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be thinking about a change in philosophy after Sunday's surprise win at Manchester City.
Wenger changed his tactics for the trip to the Etihad, deploying a more defense-minded formation and keeping the majority of players behind the ball in what proved the club's lowest possession percentage since Opta stats began.
The Gunners ran out deserved 2-0 winners and it has sinceRead More »from Arsenal are unbeaten since 2003 when their possession is under 45%
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet earned a spot in Opta’s European Team of the Week following his clean sheet against Aston Villa.Pitchside – Mon, Jan 19, 2015 21:41 GMT
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet recorded a welcome clean sheet against Aston Villa, with his performance enough to earn him a spot in Opta’s European Team of the Week.
Lionel Messi, fresh from his hat-trick heroics against Deportivo, earned a near-perfect rating of 99/100.
The Barcelona talisman is joined in an attacking midfield trio by Chelsea’s Oscar and Lorient’s Raphael Guerreiro.
Oscar scored twice in the 5-0 demolition Swansea, but it was his defensive work that also caught the eye as the Brazilian made an impressive nine recoveries. Guerreiro notched the only goal in Lorient’s 1-0Read More »from European Team of the Week: Lionel Messi, Santi Cazorla… Simon Mignolet
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla was the best player on the pitch against Manchester CityBy Eurosport | Pitchside – Mon, Jan 19, 2015 17:19 GMT
Arsene Wenger is often criticised for being naive tactically, with some justification, but the Arsenal manager got his system spot on as his team beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad.
The Gunners had failed to beat City, Chelsea, and Manchester United in the league since October 2011 before kick-off, but they fully deserved their victory. The champions had 57% possession, but even with David Silva and Sergio Aguero playing, they were unable to break down an incredibly disciplined Arsenal side.
The entire Arsenal team contributed to the win, but central to all their good work was SantiRead More »from How Santi Cazorla proved he is key to Arsenal’s hopes of success
Palermo have valued their highly-rated forward, Dybala at €40million, but should Arsenal or Manchester United pay that? Find out in our new scouting series.
Read More »from Euro Scout: Paulo Dybala – The next Sergio Aguero
The ball fell from the sky above the Stadio San Paolo just as it had at Hampden Park over a decade earlier. Tracking its flight, the Frenchman below it leaned back and waited, unleashing a perfect volley that would only stop when it hit the netting, the goalkeeper and defenders merely adding to the number of open-mouthed onlookers.
Where once Zinedine Zidane stood as the shining light of French football, Paul Pogba has now taken on the mantle, and while his goal did not come in the Champions League final, that stage is one that the 21-year-old should grace before too long. His strike wouldRead More »from Paul Pogba: Europe's most wanted
- Eurosport | Pitchside – Mon, Jan 19, 2015 12:50 GMT
Come the summer, Paul Pogba won’t be a Juventus player if Paris Saint-Germain have their way, but don’t rule out Real Madrid, who have €100 million to play with.
Read More »from Euro Papers: PSG offer Edinson Cavani AND Marco Verratti in Paul Pogba swap deal
With Aston Villa averaging 0.5 goals a game, Ben Lyttleton looks at the European history books to see what the lowest goal tallies for survival have been.Pitchside – Mon, Jan 19, 2015 12:22 GMT
Another weekend, another blank score-line for Aston Villa. They have now scored two goals in their last eight matches, and only twice this season has scored more than once in a game (2-1 wins over Hull and Leicester). With Arsenal and Chelsea next to come for under-pressure boss Paul Lambert, the ‘goals for’ column might not be tested too much in the coming weeks either.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is Villa’s position in the league: they are still 14th in the table, helped because only the top four sides have conceded fewer than their 25 goals.
As it stands, Villa have scored 11 goals in 22Read More »from On Reflection: Can Aston Villa survive despite chronic lack of goals?