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Vidal a shadow of former self

 By Alex Shaw

European Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's domestic struggles after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, finishing 2014 joint-bottom with Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

With football across Europe winding down for the winter break, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their side. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- and click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Click here for the verdict on all 20 Premier League teams.


Atletico Madrid: A-

Barcelona: C+

Real Madrid: A


Bayern Munich: A

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus Report Card: The champions' Serie A season so far

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Juventus' Round of 16 matchup against Dortmund and explains why Juventus may have the upper hand.

With Serie A winding down for the winter break, how have Juventus done so far, and can the champions keep their crown?

Grade: A

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

Predictably excellent; the team are challenging on all fronts and doing so in style.


Juventus have been in terrific form for some years now, but with a new coach in place and expectations unfathomably high, the highlight of the season came when Massimiliano Allegri had finally transmitted his own ideas and tactical ideals to...

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus were outworked and outsmarted in Super Cup loss to Napoli

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says his team's never say die attitude saw them emerge victorious on penalties over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.

If a team cannot manage the win when presented with three match points then the trophy is simply not deserved. Against Napoli in the Supercoppa, Juventus choked in the important moments and threw away the opportunity to win a trophy losing 6-5 on penalty kicks after the game ended in a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes.

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Talent, character or luck, are just a few of the reasons why a certain team is allowed to lift a trophy. However, in Doha for the Supercoppa final, maturity was the reason the Partenopei...

 By Mina Rzouki

Flaws and threats on both sides as Juventus prepare for Napoli showdown

Juventus face a showdown with Napoli in the Supercoppa with the Serie A champions seeking to add another trophy to their bulging list of honours.

The press sniggered. Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, the vice president of the organising committee for the Italian Supercoppa in Doha, Qatar, described the match as a "global event." Hardly. With the spectacle overly anticipated, it's important Napoli and Juventus play a worthy game of football to justify the hype.

Maximum attention has been paid by the hosts to ensure this particular final will be played in an appealing environment, an attempt to prove to onlookers that Qatar are capable organisers...

Liverpool eyes Fabian Delph to replace Steven Gerrard, no Godin for United

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol reacts to the link between Liverpool and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.

Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins on Jan. 1 -- keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk...

Delph to step into Gerrard's shoes?

How do you replace a player like Steven Gerrard? If you're Brendan Rodgers, you sign Fabian Delph, according to the Daily Mirror, at least. The paper reports that the Anfield coach has targeted the Aston Villa midfielder as the man to take over Gerrard's...

 By Mina Rzouki

Cagliari do themselves no favours as Juve strike early for win

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti analyses the title race in Italy between Juventus and Roma.

Zdenek Zeman's sides usually provide the opponent with a challenge, but his Cagliari team, despite some bright moments, allowed the strength of Juventus to consume it, with the Bianconeri winning 3-1 away.

One thing that has been evident about Juventus in recent weeks is the determination they have shown at the start of each game. Despite playing every three days and perhaps exhausted from the packed schedule and little rotation, each game has seen the Old Lady attempt to finish off the opponent...