Good morning, Fear the Wall.
It’s now two days after Christmas, which means everyone is back at work. Well, I’m not at work because I’m still on winter break, but that’s another story. Anyway, Happy nondescript Thursday, everyone.
BVB Closing in on Young French Midfielder
According to Le Foot Mercato (French), Borussia Dortmund have submitted a €4 million offer to Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais for Lucas Da Cunha, a 17-year old attacking midfielder who has already featured numerous times for the French U-18s. Borussia Dortmund have reportedly offered Da Cunha a 5-year contract.
I was able to find one single highlight compilation on Youtube, which can be seen below:
Premier League Action
With the Bundesliga on furlough until mid-January, the only matches for us to enjoy are in England and Italy. Considering the ugliness that took place in Serie A yesterday, which doesn’t even deserve comment, let’s instead talk about the Premier League.
Yesterday was a very consequential day in the Premier League. Leicester City beat Manchester City, the English defending champions, who have shockingly lost three of their last four matches. Liverpool stomped Newcastle 4-0, and Tottenham smashed Bournemouth 5-0, to pull Manchester City all the way down to third-place. This is what the Premier League table looks like now:
As we can see, Borussia Dortmund’s next Champions League Opponents, Tottenham, are keeping pace with the big boys in Manchester and Merseyside. While they’re definitely the weakest of the current top three, the margins are so tight that a title challenge for Spurs isn’t out of the cards.
The big story, of course, is Liverpool. With City dropping another three points to Leicester, Jurgen Klopp’s boys suddenly have a seven-point gap between themselves and Manchester City. While there is still a lot of time left in the season, a seven-point gap will be a daunting task to overcome, considering Liverpool have only dropped six points during the entire first half of the season. Considering this, next Thursday’s showdown at the Etihad against Liverpool is the closest that Manchester City have had to a must-win in the Premier League in years.
Liverpool have many reasons to be optimistic, but if years of watching Pep Guardiola has taught me one thing, it’s to never, ever, count him out.
Will Liverpool bottle it, or will the reds cruise to their first Premier League trophy in decades?