Champions League update: Man City falls to Barcelona, Ozil leads Arsenal to victory
Messi returned from his injury spell to score a hat trick and sealed a victory for Barcelona over Guardiola’s Manchester City. Neymar was also on point as he scored the final goal of the match just before stoppage time.
Atletico Madrid were able to secure a narrow win against Rostov. Courtesy of Rostov Ferreira’s 69th minute goal.
Arsenal continued their impressive Champions League run, as they thrashed Ludogorets by 6-0. Ozil was the hero, scoring three goals for his side. While Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Oxlade Chamberlain also registered their names on the score sheet.
French Champions Paris Saint Germain, didn’t break a sweat as sealed a routine home victory against Basel. Courtesy of goals from Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani.
Struggling Bayern Munich, surprised fans as they sealed a 4-1 win over Dutch champions. Lewandoski, Muller and Kimmich were all on point for the German Champions.
Borussia Mochengladbach kept their Champions League hopes alive as they defeated Irish Champions Celtic by 2-0.
Benzema hits back at Hollande for Morality statement
Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, has hit back at French President Francois Hollande, for a part in his new book, which questioned his morality.
The 30-year old has been exiled from the national team, not featuring for Didier Deschamps side, ever since the blackmail and sextape scandal involving fellow compatriot Mathieu Valbuena, came to light.
In his newly released book, the president was critical of several players, though he particularly stated that Benzema was not a good “morale example”.
While speaking during the post match press conference, after Real Madrid thrashed Legia in the UEFA champions league, here was Benzema’s response to the statement:
“What do you want me to say? That I am not an example?” Benzema said, as quoted by Le Parisien.
“I play football, I make people enjoy themselves and I was well educated by my parents.”
While players like Pogba have stepped up in Benzema’s absence, the lack of his presence is felt, thought he admits to not being anxious, as he hopes for a callup soon.
“The national team? We’ll see,” the former Lyon player added.
“There’s no point me talking about it all of the time. I have to concentrate on making sure I play well for my club.
“I hope I do get a call from the national team, but I am not going to get anxious
“For me, it’s important to go back to playing with France, but that’s all.”
Fosu Mensah signs new four year deal with Manchester United
Timothy Fosu Mensah has bagged and penned a new deal, that will keep him at Manchester United for four more years.
The youngster, had been rumored to be on his way out of the club during the last transfer window and this had United fans worried because he has a promising future. Though, it turns out, Mourinho was a big fan of the 18-year old and opted to keep him on instead and has now offered him a new revised deal.
Mensah’s delight was apparent in the interview he had with the club website:
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract here at Manchester United,” Fosu-Mensah told the club’s official website.”
“I have enjoyed every minute since I joined this great club and I want to continue the progress that I feel I have made so far.”
“I am learning every day from the manager and the coaching staff. I appreciate the trust that the club has in me and I want to repay that with my performances on the pitch.”
Jose Mourinho also shared his excitement about keeping the youngster at Pld Trafford, adding: “Tim is young player with great potential”.
“I am pleased that he has signed a new contract and I am delighted at the progress he has made so far.
“It is clear to see that he is learning every day in training and there will be plenty of opportunities for him as the season continues”