Champions League MD1 Group Stage Previews: Lazio-Dortmund, Inter-Gladbach

Seven reasons why we love the Champions League, including Jose Mourinho, PSG and the music

A look ahead to two intriguing Italy vs Germany club encounters from MD1 as the Champions League group stages return in midweek. Lazio host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night before Inter welcome Borussia Monchengladbach back to Europe’s elite club competition after a three-year absence. Which players will shine for their respective sides here? Continue reading

Juventus 2-1 Lazio: Player Ratings as Ronaldo’s brace edges Juve closer to title

Ronaldo netted a quick-fire second-half brace as Juventus edged closer to another Serie A title vs. Lazio

Juventus increased their Serie A lead to eight points with a narrow 2-1 win over Lazio. Cristiano Ronaldo’s quick second-half brace helped Maurizio Sarri’s men earn an important victory, though there were nervy moments for them to endure during an action-packed affair. How did players individually fare in Turin?

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5 most improved players from Europe’s top leagues in 2017/18

Real Madrid vs FC Bayern Munich: UEFA Champions League Semi Final

With the 2017/18 campaign now all but over across Europe’s top leagues, only a few cup finals remain between now and next month’s World Cup in Russia. Naturally, everyone’s attention is fixed towards the international tournament – which only comes around once every four years, after all. 

However, following another enthralling season across all fronts, it’s time to take a look at five players who have improved the most and thus, contributed significantly for their respective teams. 

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Scout report: Keita Balde | Lazio’s talented forward

With the 2016/17 campaign finally over, it’s time to reflect. Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio side have fully embraced the tag of underdogs under new management, with the 41-year-old impressing many having only taken over on a permanent basis after Marcelo Bielsa’s shock departure just two days after he was officially appointed last July.

Ciro Immobile’s 23 league goals fired them to a commendable fifth-placed finish, whilst Felipe Anderson and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic excelled with consistent performances throughout the campaign.

However, there is another player whose progress has been intriguing to watch and with a year left on the 22-year-old’s current deal, many of Europe’s top clubs have continued to monitor Keita Baldé’s progress in Italy.

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