The Bundesliga over the past few years has surpassed Serie A as one of the top three leagues in the world. This year, however, the German teams are struggling in the Champions League. Borussia Dortmund were drawn in a tough group with Real Madrid and Tottenham, but they were expected to compete for a knockout spot, if not win the group. Instead, Dortmund’s season has gone completely off the rails, and they just barely beat out Apoel for a Europa league spot after the group stage is over. RB Leipzig got a win this week, which just barely keeps their hopes of the knockout round alive. However they have to rely on Monaco, the team who will finish last in the group, to get a draw against Porto on the last day. It’s been an uneven group stage for Leipzig, but this being their first year in the Champions league, it would not be too disappointing if they missed out on the knockout rounds. Finally there is Bayern Munich. Bayern were terrible earlier in the group stage, but they had seen a rejuvination after Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti. However they had a really disappointing performance against Anderlecht this week, despite winning 2-1. This combined with an injury to Thiago, puts Bayern’s hopes of a long Champions League run in jeporady.
Michael Bradley had some thoughts about the Columbus Crew SC situation, where they potentially could be leaving for Austin. He was sympathetic to the “small group of loyal supporters” but also said that its undeniable Columbus has fallen behind in terms of atmosphere and the stadium compared to the rest of MLS. It should be noted that Bradley said this after being booed on his every touch in the game against the Crew. These are curious comments from Bradley. It is a fair point to argue that Columbus stadium situation is not great, but based on the way this whole thing has been handled by owner Anthony Precourt, and Columbus’ time and impact on the league, it would be a real shame if the team left Columbus.
Before they signed Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United were strongly pursuing Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann. For a while it seemed like Griezmann might join the Red Devils, but he opted to stay at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann has had a disappointing season so far, scoring just four goals, but he does not regret staying at Atleti. Griezmann also mentioned that he wants to follow the footsteps of David Beckham and play in MLS someday. Despite his goal scoring struggle’s this year, Griezmann is a great player, and would be a very fun addition to MLS. Plus, Carlos Vela already said he wants to bring his old Real Sociedad teammate to Los Angeles Football Club, wink wink.
Everton move closer to building a new stadium
Everton are looking to build a new stadium, and they took another step toward that on Thursday, announcing they had exchanged contracts to buy a lease for land that they are trying to build their stadium on. Everton have been trying for years to get a new stadium, but have been unable to get everything in order. This is a huge step for them in that aspect, and that combined with the investment by new owner Farhad Moshiri could see the Toffees jump up the table and start competing for trophies in the near future.
Finally, Happy Thanksgiving from me and all of us at Angels on Parade. Hope everyone enjoys the holiday!