Football is a religious experience, one which needs to be followed by each one of us who is attracted towards the sport. But football fans, are you ready.. For an insane weekend, a weekend of madcap football, big names, rivals clashing, of red cards, sending off, tears and joy of goals crashing into the net, an emotional roller coaster whether it is Spanish, English, German or Italian League.
These leagues are the big leagues in the world, drawing viewership of more than millions of audiences, with their eyes supporting their side and hoping for divine intervention to get that ‘W’ on their side.
Are you ready for Jose Mourinho vs Arsene Wenger, Carlos Anciolotti vs Tomas Tuchel, Diego Simeone vs Zinedine Zidane and Vincenzo Montello vs Stefano Piolo?
6.00 PM Saturday – Manchester United vs Arsenal
Most of the pundits have put their predictions, with both of the managers have the best track records in the Premier League. They have won 6 or 7 premier league titles in between themselves with Arsene having 3 and Mourinho having 3. So their accomplishments speak for themselves.
“Does that mean we should be respected, even in periods where our results are not the best? I think Mr Wenger has that respect for all of you. I don’t think I have. My Last Premier League title was 18 months ago not 18 years ago. I don’t get that respect, to be honest,” Jose Mourinho added.
Jose Mourinho’s team has had a whirlwind of a season after roping in some major talent, they are currently in sixth place and are pointing behind fourth place Arsenal and eight points off leaders Liverpool.
11.00 PM Saturday – Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have a less stellar career in the Bundesliga than formidable foes Bayern Munich, who are chasing a record-extending fifth domestic league title, while Dortmund have a less consistent performance than Bayern, the table toppers were able to win only 2 out of the last 5 league matches, Bayern on 24 points are top of the table, know another slip-up could prove costly. Dortmund is fifth at 18.
01.15 AM Sunday – late into Saturday night – Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Breaking Athletico Madrid’s stranglehold on a fixture that used to be a foregone conclusion for Real Madrid is the challenge facing coach Zinedine Zidane ahead of Saturday’s Madrid derby, the last at the Vicente Calderon stadium.
Real had a run of utter domination over their city rival for 14 odd years, but have not been able to win a match since Jose Mourinho oversaw a 2-1 win at the Calderon in 2013.
Atletico has also had a stellar performance having won four and drawn two of the last six league derbies, just shows what a difference the Argentine Coach Diego Simeone transformed the fortunes of the sleeping giants after he took over in 2011.
01.15 AM Monday – Late Sunday Night- AC Milan vs Inter Milan
AC Milan’s run of form in the Seria A in the last few games and the addition of a new head coach in city rivals Inter will make it a spicy encounter in the clash of the titans in a rivalry which has fallen out of the limelight in the last few seasons.
The rivalry of both the team and the lead up to the match has been overshadowed by the lack of form of a bother them in a derby which used to be one of the world’s great fixtures and a centerpiece of the series A season.
In this season with both teams not featuring in the Champions League and for a couple of seasons with both teams not in the running for the Seria A title, it has struggled to be billed as the top match of the weekend, let alone the season.