Good morning everyone. Happy hump day, am I right fellas?
Borussia Dortmund Bar Jude Bellingham From International Duty
According to the Guardian, Borussia Dortmund will not allow Jude Bellingham to travel to the United Kingdom to join the English national team in the upcoming international break. Recently, FIFA ruled that because of the Coronavirus pandemic, clubs would not be forced to release their players for international duty. According to German law, any travelers returning from the United Kingdom must undergo a 14-day quarantine. Such a restriction would obviously impact Bellingham’s ability to play for BVB following the conclusion of the international break, so it’s no surprise that the club has refused to release him for international duty.
A Boring Night in the Champions League
The Champions League round of 16 is wrapping up this week. Last night featured two very boring, mostly uncompetitive matches. The closest tie was between Real Madrid and Atalanta, with the Italian side entering the match only down a goal. Unfortunately for Atalanta, and the neutrals frankly, Real Madrid’s veteran experience showed through, as they snuffed out every chance Atalanta mustered, and scored twice. Atalanta clawed back briefly when Luis Muriel scored on a brilliant direct free kick. Unfortunately, Real Madrid *immediately* moved down the pitch and scored again, immediately sucking all the entertainment out of the game.
While this game was at least briefly entertaining, the match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Manchester City was over from the get-go. Manchester City are arguably the single strongest side in Europe right now, and with a 2-0 lead going into the match, it was going to be very hard for Marco Rose’s squad to overcome them. Needless to say, Manchester City also put in a professional performance, with two goals within the opening quarter of the game ending the tie practically before it began.
This has effectively brought an end to meaningful football for Marco Rose’s Borussia Mönchengladgach. The foals are out of the DFB Pokal and the Champions League, and are too far down the table in the Bundesliga to make a run at the top four.
The Daily Buzz
Consider this an extension of yesterday’s buzz. We were talking in the FTW discord yesterday about times that parents got heavily involved in sporting events as kids, either trash talking, starting fights, coaches showing favoritism to their kids, etc. What experiences like these have you had?