Pep Guardiola has a lot of admiration for the latest obstacle in Manchester City’s path to the UEFA Champions League final. The club begins its Round of 16 on Tuesday with a visit from Monaco, and Guardiola will match wits with Leonardo Jardim. The Premier League boss loves the way Monaco plays, but doesn’t adore the idea of staring them down. From ManCity.com: “As a spectator it’s so nice to see them. I’m really impressed how good they are. “Their fullbacks play like wingers, the wingers play like attacking midfielders. Their strikers are fighters, Falcao, Germain, they are killers in the box. Both holding midfielders are intelligent, physical, strong. They arrive to the box. “A complete team.
You may remember Danny Higginbotham from his time as a defender at Sunderland, Stoke City, Derby County, and Southampton, but these days he makes his dough as an analyst. You almost certainly remember USMNT right back and speed merchant DeAndre Yedlin, though perhaps not seeing him on your television has limited your intake on his progress since leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Newcastle United. Yedlin’s been very decent for the Magpies, making 23 appearances while providing a goal and five assists. Higginbotham has been impressed, and devoted a good portion of his prematch notes on Newcastle-Aston Villa to the American. From Sky Sports: Yedlin plays almost as a right winger at times. He’s the one
A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Barcelona 2-1 Leganes The Blaugrana were just minutes away from another disappointing result but Lionel Messi rescued his side on the brink of time with an opportune penalty kick. The Argentine attacker netted a brace on Sunday, which helped keep Barcelona within a point of league leaders Real Madrid at the top of Spain’s top flight. Messi entered his name on the scoresheet in the fourth minute before Unai Lopez equalized for the visitors in the 71st minute. The loss for Leganes keeps the club just two points above the relegation zone through 23 rounds of play. Real Sociedad 0-1 Villareal Samu Castillejo’s stoppage time winner kept