Today is Hump Day and full of news for you footie fans out there trying to labor through the rest of the week. The biggest story of the day concerns the Arsenal v AC Milan Champions League match. The Gunners almost pulled off an unimaginable victory over their Italian rivals and if you missed the match, you can read my match review below. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is also in the news, as are Chelsea, but this time it is for a win rather than an embarrassing defeat. Get today’s Champions League fixtures and your daily football news to help get you over the mid-week hump in Wednesday’s Daily Kick Around.
Yesterday’s Champions League Results
Last night, Arsenal came up short to AC Milan in what would have been the come-back of the season. After AC Milan crushed the North London side 4 – 0 in the first leg tie-breaker at San Siro, the Gunners needed to score five goals and concede none last night to advance to the quarterfinals. After a valiant effort, the final score ended up at 3 – 0 (Agg 3 – 4). Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have redeemed themselves. Read more about last night’s match in my recap.
Benfica beat Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – 0. Find a match review here as well as some video footage. Benfica will advance to the CL quarterfinals along with AC Milan.
Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen at 2:30 ET on Fox Soccer
Apoel Nicosia v Lyon
FA Cup Results
Roberto Di Matteo, acting manager who recently replaced Andre Villas-Boas, led Chelsea to a 2 – 0 victory over Birmingham and will advance to the FA Cup quarterfinals. Read a full recap here.
English Premier League
Current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is Mr. Popular these days. He has been linked with a move to take over the England National team and today, there are rumors he might be next in line to manage Chelsea. Redknapp admitted it would be a “dream job” for anyone but not the job for him. Can anyone blame him when knowing you’d have Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich breathing down your neck all season? That job is not for the faint of heart.
Speaking of Tottenham, it is rumored that midfielder Luca Modric will be offered a £3.5million loyalty bonus if he signs a new £100,000-a-week contract for Spurs. If you remember, towards the end of last summer, Modric was sending a loud and clear message that he wanted to be traded to a team that could qualify for Champions League. Harry Redknapp refused to sell him, which was wise because Modric is a key element in the center for Spurs. Currently Tottenham are third in the league standings, very likely to end up in a top four finish, so this is a win-win for Modric and Spurs.