There’s a lot of soccer on display this afternoon, including domestic leagues, domestic cups, continental cups, and even some crappy international friendlies. Plenty of variety for soccerphiles of every kind.
Most eyeballs will be glued to the action at Etihad Stadium when Chelsea take on Man City and we all become pensioners for a couple hours (or not, it depends). For Chelsea, de facto player-manager John Terry will be much less of a player and much more of a (behind the scenes) manager, and we all get to see if Fernando Torres really got his groove back, or if he only scores against NPowership sides. On the other side, multiple TV cameras will be glued to the Citeh bench to see if Mancini calls on Tevez in the second half. I have a theory about the precise circumstances under which Fun Bobby will call upon “Carlo”. It goes like this:
-If City are in the lead, Tevez stays on the bench so Mancini can take full credit for the win.
-If City are tied, Tevez stays on the bench so he can’t score the winner, hog all the glory, and spawn countless columns about how he was exactly what Mancini has been missing all along.
-If City are hopelessly behind, Mancini taps Carlitos’ shoulder to test his loyalty once more and sends him on.
Beyond Eastlands, we’ve got three other tasty Prem matchups, some potentially interesting La Liga ties not featuring Messi the Great, a pinch of Coupe de France, a dash of Coppa Italia, and much more. Carefully curated list (with TV channels!) after the jump.
(all times Eastern, as usual)
English Premier League
3:45 Manchester City v. Chelsea (ESPN2, ESPN3)
3:45 Tottenham Hotspur v. Stoke City (FSCD)
4:00 Everton v. Arsenal (FSC)
4:00 Queens Park Rangers v. Liverpool (FS+)
3:00 Atlético Madrid v. Athletic Bilbao (ESPND)
5:00 Villarreal v. Real Madrid (GolTV)
3:45 Napoli v. Siena (ESPN3)
Coupe de France
3:50 Paris Saint-Germain v. Lyon (ESPN3)
8:00 Chile v. Peru
9:00 Jamaica v. Costa Rica
6:45 The Strongest v. Internacional
9:00 Vasco da Gama v. Libertad
9:00 Corinthians v. Cruz Azul (FSCD)