The Chargers finish the season with two home games - Oakland, which is a must win, and the Chiefs, which they probably can’t afford to lose as well. They might need some other results to go their way, but a 9-7 record in the AFC should be enough to make the playoffs. Despite being slightly inconsistent, the work done this season in raising this franchise up from the wreckage Norv Turner left makes them deserve to be in the playoffs.
Jurgen Klopp slaps Marian Sarr
There’s a chance Russell Westbrook has no memory, no recollection at all. It’s the only way to explain how he puts the quite common awful shooting performances behind him and turns into a much more effective scorer the next day. One of the interesting things about Thunder post-game interviews over the last couple of years is how much time they spend building Westbrook up. Both Brooks and Durant know that the road to a title goes through their point guard. Last season’s playoffs were excellent proof of how quickly things deteriorate - in a team completely reliant on talent and not on game plan or coaching, losing him is fatal to their title hopes.
Does this mean that now Neymar is going to score two goals every match, and that Barcelona should feel safe about their tiny lead at the top of the La Liga? No, but it should give Martino and idea about his front three - no need for Cesc Fabregas as a false nine. Play with Pedro, Sanchez and Neymar as a true 3-forward strike force, while the midfield consists of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets or some other combination, depending on fitness. Things don’t have to look so difficult every time, even with Messi out for a while longer.
To blame UEFA for everything will be an act of negligence by Juventus, who simply looked awful in the continuation of their crucial group stage match in Istanbul against Galatasaray. But aside from their own mistakes, the pitch should never have been played on, and the weather, still snowing, hailing and raining, would have delayed the match to a different time if a normal organization was running things.