"You could knock me over with a feather. He's really fulfilled his potential," said former West Brom boss Tony Pulis on Sky Sports when told about Serge Gnabry's four goals in Bayern Munich's 7-2 humiliation of Tottenham in the Champions League in October.
Manchester City’s season now rests on the cup competitions and that means the margin for error is small. So the sight of Sergio Aguero crashing his penalty against the legs of Kasper Schmeichel should be a concern. That goalkeeper Ederson is now seen as a viable solution is a source of amusement but also indicative of City’s problems from the penalty spot.
Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri has rejected suggestions that fears over the coronavirus should prevent the Italian club's fans from travelling to France for their Champions League tie against Lyon.
There were times during the second half at Stamford Bridge, as the red shirts flooded forward and the travelling fans bounced in unison behind the Chelsea goal, that Frank Lampard, usually a restless figure on the touchline, could only slump in his seat, as powerless as his players.
Anticipation and vision were among Zinedine Zidane’s traits as a player so perhaps it is no surprise that the Real Madrid boss foresaw the problem. Asked last month about the sacking of Ernesto Valverde by Barcelona, he said: “At big clubs, that's how things are and nothing will change. I know that if we lose two games, I will be criticised.”