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The Laudrup Legacy

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Started on 19 October 2014 by Neal
Latest Reply on 29 March 2015 by Jamesg237
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Denzy: It was undoubtedly a blow, but thanks to our win-streak before that, we are still in a prime position to conquer La Liga :D

P-KIDDY: Yeah, the Bundesliga is a lost cause, but all other competitions are still on. I am truly craving a brother battle in Europe, I hope it happens! :)

Walter: Looks like Malaga are going down, however...also, yeah, f*ck Bayern :))

Josh_MU: Those jerks really screwed me over :P

RD17: If by some miracle they do, I wonder who will prove the greater? ;)
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9 yearsEdited

SAMUEL UMTITI OUT 4-5 WEEKS WITH HERNIA

Borussia Dortmund's injury woes continue as Samuel Umtiti joins Sven Bender on the injury list. The young French defender joined this past summer from Olympique Lyonnais.

21 year old Samuel Umtiti has been an important rotation player so far this year for Borussia Dortmund, being the main back-up for Neven Subotic and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. However, the powerful young defender will miss a month due to a sports hernia picked, leaving only three fit center backs, one of which is playing in midfield.

It's been a bit of a tough start to Samuel Umtiti's Borussia Dortmund career. Having made 17 appearances in all competitions so far, the central defender has struggled to beat out his more experienced counter parts to win an extended run in the side. Umtiti has shown flashes of his defending prowess throughout the season, though, and his loss will severely reduce the depth of der BVB's back line.

Defensive depth down to bare bones

With Sven Bender ruled out for the rest of the season, Matthias Ginter is expected to be the first-choice defensive-minded midfielder for the year. Sebastian Kehl, though also capable, seems to be out of shape and not quite cut for the standard. However, having now lost Umtiti for a month, the team is left with just two other central defenders.

To keep defensive options fresh, some people are wondering if Brian Laudrup will elect to play two creative players in the central midfield positions, abandoning his usual ball-winning midfielder so that Ginter can play at the back. With no good choice, the Dane will have an undoubted selection headache for the next month or so.

Laudrup: "Umtiti is a future star"

While some fans are wondering if Umtiti's injury problems this season, having already missed a couple weeks already with thigh problems, will have an impact on the young player's morale and overall development. Brian Laudrup has stayed right behind his signing, however, praising the Frenchman, and saying he could become even better than the man he replaced, Mats Hummels.

"Sam Umtiti is a future star," Laudrup told reporters yesterday. "When you see him in training, you can tell he is a natural. Physical, composed, brave, can read the game, sticks to his man, he has everything to go on and be one of the best defenders I've ever seen."

Umtiti will hope to recuperate in time for the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal stage next month, for which the draw will take place in two days' time. With teams as varied as Olympiakos, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid, all fans at Signal Iduna Park will be hoping their defender will be ready in time to play.

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Umtiti will be missed
Such a shame about Umtiti, he's a great players with tons of potential. Wish him a speedy recovery!
This detail though... :O

360 replies or so and you haven't even finished the first season :)) Did someone say New Bergomi? ;)
Umtiti is a good player and will be missed. Has the draw for the Champions league been done for.
He's going to be a big miss, such a shame to see a key player injured.. :/

2014-12-14 05:58#203642 Feliks : 360 replies or so and you haven't even finished the first season

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Justice: I hope he recovers quickly, else we may be very short on options when we have 2 games a week :(

Josh_MU: He definitely has bagloads of potential, hopefully when he gets back he can continue developing into a star! :)

Feliks: LOL :)) Hey, one Story of the Month already, 360 replies and not done with a season...this definitely sounds like a new Bergomi ;)

mo_123: The Champions League draw is coming up soon! :D

pompeyblue: I'm sure he'll recover quickly and well. And hey, shaddup, I sacrifice speed for quality and depth okay :P
Injuriesssss! Such a shame to lose a beast like him
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9 yearsEdited

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Draw


Yesterday evening, the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal stage fixtures were drawn, leaving the fans with four very enticing home-and-away fixtures. With three English sides, two German sides, two Spanish sides, and one, unlikely Greek side, only the top leagues are left in competition, and only the cream of the crop will take to the pitch now. Let's take a look at each draw:

Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich



Undoubtedly, the tie of the round is Cheslea vs. Bayern Munich.. The games will be a rematch of the 2012 final, where Didier Drogba's Blues stunned the Bavarians in their home, the Allianz Arena, and won their first ever Champions League trophy.

Bayern continue to storm their way in the Bundesliga but will know that Chelsea is an entirely different test; led by Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, and Eden Hazard, the London side will be stiff competition. Boasting stars of his own, however, Pep Guardiola will be hoping the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze can lead him past his arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho.

Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund




The next most important draw of the round is that of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Another big-time rematch, this tie pitting the combatants of the 2013 semifinal against each other. Nobody will soon forget the incredible showing Robert Lewandowski put on at the Signal Iduna Park, burying four goals past Real Madrid to send the Germans to the final.

Things are a lot different now, though. Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, and Mats Hummels are all gone, while Real Madrid has reinforced with the likes of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, and Toni Kroos. It'll surely be an extreme test for der BVB against the team with La Decima, but in football, anything can happen.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool




In the competition's only one-nationality encounter, two English teams in Liverpool and Arsenal take each other on. Two teams that are always in contention for the Premier League title are both in the race yet again, Arsenal in 2nd and Liverpool a little further back in 4th. In recent times, however, neither team has really made it that far in Europe; this is a chance to change that.

Brendan Rodgers' men will look to Mario Balotelli to lead the way. The Italian striker, under heavy pressure after replacing Luis Suarez, has been in brilliant form, leading the charts in the Premier League. It will be no simple task against Mesut Ozil and Gunners, however, and this all-English encounter could be the most thrilling of all.

Olympiakos vs. Atletico Madrid




This is the sole tie that has gone a little under-the-radar in the quarterfinal stage. Atletico Madrid, last year's runners-up, have lost some brilliant players, but under the management of Michael Laudrup they've hardly missed a step. Antoine Griezmann, Arda Turan, and Koke have been the standouts as Los Colchoneros top La Liga and continue to fight in multiple competitions.

Olympiakos, however, are ready to be a real thorn in Atleti's side, the David to Atleti's Goliath. Kostas Mitroglou and Patjim Kasami especially have had fantastic seasons as their team leads the way for another Greek league title. The Mattress-Makers will be an entirely new challenge, and it'll take the performances of their lives to make the semifinals.

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Wow, What a Draw that is, A. Madrid escaped!
Really strong draw. There will be some pretty interesting matches.
Atlético got the easier of the draws, luckily. Dortmund, however, are as good as out :/
Can Brian beat Madrid to set up brother clash?
A very interesting draw, and a very difficult game for Dortmund, up ahead.
Lewandowski may not be around any more, but hopefully you can recreate similar memories to those of the 2013 matchup - what a game that was!

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