Pep Guardiola gets his next chance at European success when Monaco visits the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16. It’s one of two Tuesday first legs, with big names like Fernando Torres, Javier Hernandez, and Antoine Griezmann all set to feature in the other. Manchester City vs. Monaco How they got here: Man City finished second to Barcelona in Group C, winning two of six matches, while Monaco won Group E over Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, and CSKA Moscow. History: Tuesday will be the first meeting of Man City and Monaco. The plot: Pep Guardiola’s tenure at Bayern Munich saw him bounced at the semifinals of three-straight UCL tournaments, and his last
Controversial coach Marcelo Bielsa will take charge of ambitious Lille for next season, signaling his return to French football after a chaotic end to his spell with Marseille. Lille said in a statement on Sunday that Bielsa will replace interim coach Franck Passi on July 1 and has been given a two-year deal. “Marcelo Bielsa is without a doubt one of the most respected and influential coaches in the world and it’s a huge satisfaction for Lille,” said Marc Ingla, a club director. “It also proves the ambition of our club.” A former Argentina manager, Bielsa is highly rated as an innovative, attack-minded leader who brings the best out of his players. With Lille hiring Bielsa, Lyon already settled
If ever anyone needed a reminder of this fact, all they’d have to do is look at the many overpaid players in the National Basketball Association. If the market is going to allow professional athletes to make obscene amounts of money for playing a game, then they have an obligation to themselves — and their families — to make the most of it — literally. Now, thanks to the annual “Global Sports Salaries Survey,” courtesy of Sporting Intelligence, which pro team tops them all.