It’s that time again for Champions League action, and we’re all in for a treat as Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid today, and Bayern Munich host Paris Saint Germain tomorrow. Dortmund are coming off a 3-1 loss against Tottenham at Wembley, so they have to be looking for some sort of result at home, even though they have to match up against the defending European Champions. Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win over Apoel, but are sitting in sixth in La Liga, so they will be looking for a statement win in Dortmund. Other big games coming up include Bayern-PSG and Atletico-Chelsea (the Diego Costa Derby, if you will) tomorrow, and Monaco hosting Porto tonight. You can view all the live scores on UEFA’s website here.
Remember this past summer, how every week there was a story about Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann possibly going to Manchester United? That story has resurfaced, as according to ESPNFC’s Mark Ogden, the return of Diego Costa from Chelsea has made it more likely that Atleti may sell the french striker. Griezmann would have gone to United in the summer, but decided to stay for at least the year after Atleti got a six-month transfer ban, and then signed a new contract. His new contract still has the €100m release clause that he had in his last contract, so Manchester United and Jose Mourinho may be looking to activate that at the end of the season.
Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has been banned by the Italian Soccer Federation for a year for his part in selling tickets to hardcore “ultras,“ that encouraged ticket scalping on a secondary market. Juventus is appealing the decision, and the Federation Prosecutor is appealing for a harsher punishment, including Juventus playing two matches behind closed doors. The ban means Agnelli is still President of Juve, but can’t officially represent the club: for example, he cannot be a part of transfer dealings, and he can’t go into the dressing room during matches. This ban has not been extended to UEFA and FIFA, but we may not have seen the last of this story.
On the heels of having to play a home match in East Hartford, Connecticut, a report has surfaced that New York City FC will bid to build their own stadium next to the Belmont Park Race Track just outside of Queens. There is a deadline of Thursday from Empire State Development to put a bid on the 43 acres of land around the race track, and NYCFC will have to bid against the NHL’s New York Islanders, who apparently want out of the Barclays Center.
Manchester City left back Benjamin Mendy is going to undergo more tests on his knee in Barcelona, as City fear he may be out for several months with possible ligament damage. It appeared at first that Mendy only picked up a knock against Crystal Palace, but now the 23-year-old is being sent to Dr. Ramon Cugat, who has helped several City players in the past, including Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.
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