In the battle of the the Olds, the Old Lady of Italian Football vanquished Old Trafford and its residents, Manchester United by a score of 1-0 in Champions League play on Tuesday. The lone goal was scored by Paulo Dybala, and set up by former United star Cristiano Ronaldo. The omens did not start off great for United, as Mourinho and his staff were forced to walk a half mile to the stadium for the game as the team bus got stuck in traffic. The game did not get much better for United, they only lost by one goal, but never looked like they had much chance of winning the game. After the late equalizer against United, and the scuffle with the Chelsea assistant coach in the aftermath, it’s been a rough week for Jose Mourinho in a series full of rough weeks.
After a stellar inaugural season with Atlanta United, and a campaign this year that sees them as currently leading the Supporters’ Shield race, Tata Martino is set to leave Atlanta United at the end of the season. With the Mexico job open and rumors of opportunities in Argentina, Martino will be leaving Atlanta United to explore other options. Atlanta United has been a staggering success in its time in the league, for its play and success drawing fans and breaking attendance records, and energizing Atlanta around a soccer team. A lot of that success has to go to Martino, for helming the team in their inaugural season, and he should be set for a good job opportunity after this season.
Lionel Messi suffered a broken arm in Barcelona’s game against Sevilla this past weekend, after landing awkwardly from a challenge from Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez. Messi is only slated to miss about three weeks, but there are two massive games in that time span, a Champions league match vs. Inter Milan, and the first edition of El Clasico this season. This will be the first El Clasico without Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007.
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