Sunday, December 20, 2015

Hooligan's Wake Up: Guardiola officially leaving Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola has gone public with his long rumored departure from Bayern Munich. He will leave the club after this season, possibly for amove to England. On the field, plenty of penalties dominated the Premier League, Guardiola's Bayern Munich and Paris St. Germain both extended their big leads at the top, and some pressure for Champions League spots in Spain and Italy were the highlights.

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland
(Ivanovic 5', Pedro 13', Oscar PK 50')-(Borini 53')

Everton 2-3 Leicester City
(Lukaku 32', Mirallas 89')-(Mahrez PK 27', Mahrez PK 65', Okazaki 69')

Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City
(Martial 66')-(Jerome 38', Tettey 54')

Southampton 0-2 Tottenham
(Kane 40', Alli 43')

Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace
(Wickham PK 45+2', Chung-Yong 89')-(Krkic PK 76')

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
(McAuley 79')-(Smith 52', Daniels PK 87')

Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa
(Coloccini 38')-(Ayew 61')

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Werder Bremen
(Meier 31', Aigner 48')-(Pizarro 29')

FC Koln 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
(Zoller 82', Modeste 90')-(Sokratis 18')

FC Ingolstadt 04 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Chicharito 73')

Hamburg SV 0-1 FC Augsburg
(Moravek 76')

Hanover 96 0-1 Bayern Munich
(Muller PK 40')

VfB Stuttgart 3-1 VfL Wolfsburg
(Didavi 22' 47', Kostic 31', )-(Arnold 14')

The Dortmund slip up allows Bayern Munich to extend their German lead to eight points. Dortmund was, and sort of still is, the only team capable of competing with Pep Guardiola's squad. A squad that faces some questions as they now know they will be under new leadership next year. The only thing left for them to win is the Champions League, so with the league comfortably under control, that should be their real focus. Meanwhile, Chicharito continues his stellar form with another road goal against Ingolstadt.

La Liga
Valencia 2-2 Getafe
(Alcaer 15', Mina 35')-(Sarabia 10', Lafita 22')

Espanyol 1-0 Las Palmas
(Caicedo 67')

Real Betis 0-0 Sevilla

Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 Eibar
(Lucas 41', Arribas 73')

Deportive takes a small step towards Spain's top four. They are two points back of fourth place  Celta Vigo, who is yet to play this weekend. Barcelona has the weekend off from domestic action while they play in the mostly meaningless Club World Cup in Japan.

Serie A
Bologna 2-3 Empoli
(Brienza 36', Destro 45')-(Pucciarelli 24', Maccarone 42', 48')

A double from Massimo Maccarone lifts Empoli into sixth position and within striking distance of the Champions Leaue. They are five points back of a top three spot, which is currently held by Napoli. Trouble is, Juventus and Roma, two far superior sides, stand in their way.

Ligue 1
Caen 0-3 Paris St. Germain
(di Maria 16', 50', Ibrahimovic 36')

Bastia 2-0 Stade de Reims
(Ayite 21', Romain 79')

Guingamp 0-2 Stade Rennes
(Dembele 63',  Sio 77')

Lorient 0-0 Nantes

Toulouse 1-1 Lille
(Ben Yedder 11')-(Boufal 87')

Troyes 0-0 AS Monaco

Paris St. Germain has opened up a 17 point lead atop Ligue 1 and really has no competition for the title. Their real season is the Champions League, and their domestic matches should be seen as no more than tune ups for that which really matters. Monaco is the leader in the clubhouse for the other two Champions League spots, although their bland away draw against bottom feeders Troyes leaves a lot to be desired.

Looks like Pep Guardiola is officially on his way out of Bayern Munich. Reports have surfaced that he will quit his post at Germany's three time defending champions to pursue other opportunities. It also appears that they have secured Carlo Ancelotti to replace him. Ancelotti has agreed to a three year contract to take over the team in the summer when Guardiola departs.

Jermaine Jones says he would like to return to New England Revolution for next season, but he doesn't want a substantial pay cut. Jones claims his latest offer from the Revs is for less than 20% of what they paid him last year. I can't say I blame him. If someone wants to cut my salary by 80% or more, I'd be interested in finding a new place to work as well.

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