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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brendan Rodgers' at Liverpool, Eden Hazard's status, 'Hotel Zlatan'

The ESPN FC team react to Eden Hazard winning the PFA Player of the Year award, where Alejandro Moreno still does not feel the Belgian international is yet one of the top five players in the world.
The ESPN FC team react to Chelsea's goalless draw with Arsenal, where Paul Mariner explains Jose Mourinho's side should've scored a few goals, but failed to convert their chances.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

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The Champions League semifinals are set, with Barcelona drawing Bayern Munich and Juventus matched up against holders Real Madrid. The fun begins May 5th and 6th.

Who will win this year's Champions League trophy?

Well, the weekend's worst-kept secret is out: Chelsea's Eden Hazard is the winner of the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year award, fending off...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Real Madrid's shock move for John Obi Mikel, Spurs chase Florian Thauvin

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Real Madrid's back and forth game at Celta Vigo and credits Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez with inspiring Los Blancos to a 4-2 win.
John Obi Mikel may not sound like a Galactico-like signing, but could probably do a job for Real Madrid.

The rumours are gaining steam and, in many instances, credibility. It's the sweet spot for Transfer Talk, where anything is possible as the summer window nears.

Real to make shock move for Blues benchwarmer?

John Obi Mikel was once rated so highly that Chelsea and Manchester United fought a bitter battle over the midfielder's future. Unfortunately for the Blues and Mikel, he never really fulfilled his potential, yet has become a solid squad option for Jose Mourinho.

That dependability is an enticing...

Chicharito powers Real Madrid to win for second time in a week

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Real Madrid's back and forth game at Celta Vigo and credits Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez with inspiring Los Blancos to a 4-2 win.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez brought a memorable week to a close with a brace that helped Real Madrid to a hard-fought 4-2 victory in an entertaining game against Celta Vigo in Galicia.

The Mexican, who scored the winner in the midweek Champions League triumph against Atletico Madrid, took his tally to six goals in just three starts in La Liga and three goals in five days with two neat and timely goals in Balaidos as Madrid kept their title aspirations alive following Barcelona's derby win over...

 By Rob Train

Real Madrid must be wary of avoiding another hiccup at Celta

Despite scoring the winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, the future of Real Madrid's Javier Hernandez is yet to be settled.

There was good news from Carlo Ancelotti's pre-match press conference on Saturday: Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are on the road to recovery. The Welshman is expected to be available for the league match against Sevilla next week and Real's first-choice striker should return to action in the first leg of the Champions League tie against Juventus in Turin on May 5.

The bad news is that alongside Luka Modric, neither will make the trip to Balaidos to play Celta on Sunday. The same situation was...

Real Madrid will respect Juventus, but will be pleased with UCL draw

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner ranks the remaining Champions League sides from best to worst.

Real Madrid will wheel out the usual respectful spiel about all possible opponents in the Champions League semifinals being dangerous but Juventus were undoubtedly the draw the European champions wanted.

That is not to say Emilio Butragueno, the club's director of institutional relations, and company are wrong. Juventus are Italian champions, runaway Serie A leaders and possess a squad packed full of quality, with experience and youthful exuberance in good measure. A tough tie lies in wait but Madrid...

The night of Chicharito Hernandez

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Chicharito's movement in the box that gave Real Madrid the game-winning goal.

An attack of cramps as the night wore on in Madrid, and the stadium went wild, cheering his name. Tears followed, cried openly on the exact same bench where he had once wept in silence.

Those who believe that this is some kind of aura, magic, luck or a sign of destiny are mistaken.

Javier "El Chicharito" Hernandez knew exactly what he had to do on the day that presented itself suddenly at the Bernabeu. In the starting lineup, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, in a derby, with a place in the Champions...