Hold the Back Page – End of the road for City and Arsenal?

HTBP seaniemacNeil Sherwin, Ger McCarthy and Paul Little discuss a tough midweek for the two English sides in Champions League action, look ahead to the next lot of Premier League fixtures, and discuss the FAI player awards.

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All four home sides lost in this week’s Champions League last 16 first legs, with both Manchester City and Arsenal now facing a massive uphill battle if they are to go any further in this season’s competition. The debate is raging at the moment over straight red cards for denying a goalscoring opportunity, but Paul believes that there’s no need to change the rule.

After dissecting the performances of the two English sides, the focus switches to Paris St. Germain and Atletico Madrid who were both impressive in their respective wins and could cause a shock or two in the latter stages.

The focus switches to the Premier League where Everton in particular really need to pick up a result this weekend away to Chelsea with their fellow Champions League hopefuls having more favourable fixtures. At the wrong end of the table, it’s all change at Fulham but, even with the appointment of Felix Magath as manager, no one can see a way for them to avoid the drop.

To round off this week’s pod, the lads talk about the Ireland squad for next month’s friendly with Serbia, as well as the nominees for the FAI awards which take place this weekend.

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