Friday! Trequartista is the weekly feature in which editor Axel Falk embraces the role of the trequartista and roams free through the week and its events. Use this weekly feature to update yourself before you go out for drinks or stay home to watch Bundesliga.
The week started with Bayern being beaten, which of course made the whole week enjoyable, but then the happiness continued as the Champions League kept us busy with some dramatic action and that's never a bad thing. Four german sides were in action in the European top and two of those four managed to reach the Round of 16, Wolfsburg and bayern, with the latter being rather obvious considering their immense quality and fantastic season so far. Wolfsburg however haven't had as good of a season, But Bayern's season is nothing to compare anything to, but are still placed fifth in Bundesliga.
After a certainly interesting game at the Volkswagen Arena in automobile Wolfsburg they managed to reach the Round of 16 as winners of their group. I had expected them to finish second, and still qualify, and most Manchester United supporters were certain of their own dominance, but football never ceases to amaze and inspire. Instead PSV finished second and Wolfsburg won the group through a few massive displays, among others the last one at home versus the English giants.
Ah well, Bayer Leverkusen missed out and so did Borussia Mönchengladbach. This was quite expected, considering the strenght of both team's groups. Bayer had Roma and Barcelona and 'Gladbach had Manchester City, Juventus and Sevilla. Out of those two groups, Bayer's was the easiest and that says a lot, considering Barcelonas obvious brilliance.
The way Bayer got dumped out of the Champions League was, however, rather embarrassing for the club and the fans. Players who fought and screamed at each other at the pich in the last game and a demonstration of their shambolic defence at home versus Roma in the 4-4 draw.. Honestly, Bayer didnt't deserve a place in the Round of 16, but did Roma? Arguable.
Mönchengladbach on the other hand did themselves no disservice. They played great football throughout the whole group stage and I think they were worthy of at least an Europa League spot, but Sevilla, not a very good Sevilla though, took the third place after reaching a few better results than the German newcomers. Manchester City dominated the group, but still managed to lose against a Juventus in shifting form. Die Fohlen themselves lost both their games against City, but were extremely unlucky in the home tie where they had the lead for almost the whole game.
I have to bring up Gent. The Gentlemen from Gent, a self-fabricated pun and not a very good one, managed to reach the Round of 16 in a especially complicated group in which Lyon finished last, which says quite a lot about the odd nature of it. Valencia didn't even manage to reach the Round of 16 and instead Gent and the forever underappreciated and consistent Zenit managed to pull through.
An exciting weekend awaits us, with Bayer Leverkusen versus Borussia Mönchengladbach as the big game in Bundesliga and a, for me at least, not too enjoyable tie in Dortmund as I expect my dear Eintracht Frankfurt to be smashed by die Borussen. There's probably action in the other leagues as well... Jokes aside, Leicester face Chelsea in the Premier League, a very interesting clash, and in La Liga Levante face Granada, both placed in the bottom of the table.
Whatever you watch and whereever you are, enyoy this weekend. I know I will.
Axel Falk, editor and co-founder.
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