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Rodrygo stars for Actual Madrid, Bayern Munich’s struggles proceed & extra


Europe’s prime groups have been getting their remaining reps on this week forward of the a lot anticipated UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Actual Madrid have been warming up for his or her conflict with holders Manchester Metropolis by placing a proficient Athletic Membership aspect to the sword, Barcelona have been getting ready for PSG by tightening up their defence, and Bayern Munich have been falling aside forward of their journey to London to face Arsenal.

Here is all the important thing takeaways from this week’s European motion:

Rodrygo Silva de Goes of Real Madrid celebrates his goal...

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If you happen to watched Actual Madrid’s conflict with Athletic Membership, you will most likely be shocked by the rumours that the membership could possibly be set to promote Rodrygo Goes through the summer season switch window.

And whereas these switch tales are predicated on Madrid signing actually the most effective soccer on this planet (Kylian Mbappe), one cannot however fell that they’d be remiss to let a participant nearly as good as Rodrygo go.

As he proved together with his gorgeous brace within the win on Sunday, the Brazilian has developed into a real celebrity on the Santiago Bernabeu and the kind of participant that, if Madrid are hoping to dominate European soccer as soon as once more, they can not afford to let go of.

Harry Kane

Kane’s Bayern are struggling / Matthias Hangst/GettyImages

The sub-heading is music to Arsenal followers’ ears.

Bayern Munich have notably been spiralling for the reason that flip of the 12 months, with the Bavarians shedding their 12-year grip on the Bundesliga regardless of signing England captain Harry Kane.

The two-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund – a crew that had gone 11 video games with out a win in opposition to them – was one more drab and uninspiring outing from Thomas Tuchel’s aspect. Judging by the efficiency on the weekend, they could want a miracle to beat Arsenal within the Champions League.

Massimiliano Allegri

Allegri is not doing an excellent job / Francesco Scaccianoce/GettyImages

Talking of dangerous soccer groups, here is Juventus.

After a promising first half of the 2023/24 marketing campaign, La Vecchia Signora’s kind has fallen off a cliff in current months. Since shedding a prime of the desk conflict with Inter again at first of February, Juve have remarkably managed to win simply one in every of their seven subsequent Serie A video games.

It is a run which has, rightfully, put Max Allegri’s future on the membership doubtful.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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Since Xavi Hernandez introduced his intention to go away, Barcelona have performed like a crew possessed.

Their 11-game unbeaten run has been partly due to the improved performances of Robert Lewandowski up prime, however primarily all the way down to Xavi’s aspect re-finding their defensive mojo.

La Blaugrana have been again to their 2022/23 defensive finest in current weeks, protecting 5 straight clear sheets in La Liga because of the type of fit-again Marc-Andre ter Stegen in aim and the emergence of 17-year-old Pau Cubarsi at centre-back.

Whisper it: Barcelona are darkish horses to win the Champions League.