Friday! In this weekly feature, editor Axel Falk embraces the role of the trequartista and roams through the week's events. Before you go out for drinks or settle down to watch Bundesliga, make sure to keep yourself updated with the Trequartista.
It has been a long week, but all weeks are long when you have a weekend like this to look forward to. Quite a few great clashes in all European leagues take place this weeekend, with Arsenal- Manchester City finishing it on Monday. However, it has been a good week, footballwise.
Two draws hava been made by Uefa, the draw for the Round of 16 in the Champions League and the Round of 32 in the Europa League, where six German teams will play a part to try to secure European glory in some way. Their opponents aren't easy though so every team will have to fight for their place in the next round, some even more than others.
Augsburg might be the German team with the least credentials in Europe and with the hardest opponent. The little club from Bavaria will face Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool in the Round of 32 in the Europa League and a team with only four seasons in the German top flight will go toe-to-toe with five-time European champions Liverpool FC. Schalke-s draw in the Europa League isn't that much eaasier, but Schalke are arguably able to deal with their opponents, Sjakhtar Donetsk. On of the best teams in Bundesliga go up against one of the est teams in eastern Europe, an exciting clash indeed.
Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund have to travel to Portugal for their game in the Round of 32 in Europa league as they will play FC Porto, a team that has been massively successful in Liga Portuguesa, but have struggles a bit during the recent years with Benfica winning the league multiple times. Bayer Leverkusen will also play in Porugal in the same round, but they face the team from the capital, Sporting Club de Portugal, one of the best teams in Portugal.
The Champions League draw was interesting to say the least. A few very interesting games a head, Bayern-Juventus for example and Arsenal-Barcelona. The two German teams, FC Bayern and VFL Wolfsburg were rather lucky and avoided the biggest guns, but Bayern were still unlucky enough to get the finalists from last year's competition, italian Juventus. Die Wölfe were, may I say, lucky. They will face gent, the Belgian miracle and it should be a rather light game for the wolves from Wolfsburg, even though they have been very inconsistent this season and Gent may surprise us all again.
These two competitions will resume in February and will most likely light up our worlds in the darkness, or that is what we hope they will, as football lightens up our weeks and days. A win might make a bad day a good one and a loss might do the opposite, thats football and we love it here at Fresh off the Gegenpress. Naja, I won't hold you much longer. neh´joy the weekend and enjoy Bundesliga. Thank you for your valuable time.
Nur die SGE
Axel Falk, editor and co-founder.
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