Three thoughts from Tottenham's 2-0 defeat and Europa League elimination at the hands of Fiorentina on Thursday night in Italy.
1. Tottenham implode in Florence
Tottenham had more than enough possession and chances over the course of their two matches against Fiorentina to make it through to the last 16 of the Europa League, but glaring errors at both ends of the field proved costly for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
LONDON -- Three quick points from Arsenal's stunning 3-1 defeat to Monaco in their Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash at the Emirates.
1. Monaco humiliate Arsenal
A club that holds great memories for Arsene Wenger dealt him what looks like a fatal blow. Monaco made themselves completely comfortable in the Emirates with a composed, professional display beyond that of harried and misfiring Arsenal. It was a familiar North London foe in Dimitar Berbatov who scored what looks a crucial...
MANCHESTER, England -- The agony the Champions League annually brings to Manchester City was only partly eased by the sight of Lionel Messi having his injury-time penalty saved by Joe Hart and his header of the rebound sliding by the post.
There were smiles among those home fans who had stayed behind. A moment of levity, perhaps even a glimmer of a chance for the second leg, but not one to disguise that at this level, in this competition, City again look short of the quality required to progress...
MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts on Barcelona's 2-1 win over Manchester City in Tuesday night's Champions League round of 16 first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
1. Barcelona exude supremacy
It was a night when Barcelona touched their best, but Manchester City never looked so far away. The gap between these teams seemed so much more distant than the Catalans' 2-1 winning margin, and it's hard not to think the tie is over.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini got his tactics badly wrong, and City will...
MADRID, Spain -- Three quick thoughts from La Liga leaders Real Madrid's eventually straightforward 2-0 win at Elche's Estadio Martinez Valero in the late Sunday night game.
1. Madrid and Ronaldo eventually stretch lead over Barca
This was no routine away win for Real Madrid. The La Liga leaders dealt with all that was thrown at them, though, and goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo saw them emerge with three huge points in what looks an important weekend in the title race.