There were two notable absences from the starting line up in PSG’s big rivalry match against Olympique Marseille on Sunday. The French champions were without two of their biggest stars in Kylian Mbappé and Adrien Rabiot for much of the game.
It was revealed later that manager Thomas Tuchel left Mbappé and Rabiot on the bench as a punishment for the duo showing up 25 minutes late to a team technical talk scheduled a few hours before kick off.
With El Clásico looming on Sunday, the only good news for Real Madrid at the present is the absence of Lionel Messi. Yes, Real climbed to the top of Champions League Group G on Tuesday after narrowly defeating Czech First League side Plzeň 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu, but you could easily argue that Los Blancos looked better during last weekend’s shock 2-1 defeat to Levante.
Atlanta United has announced that after cooperative negotiations between the club and manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino concerning a contract extension beyond the 2018 season, the 55-year-old Argentine coach has elected to decline the offer and move on following the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs.
After finishing 15th out of 22 sides during the 2017 MLS season, no one expected miracles from first-year coach Brad Friedel in 2018, despite his standing as arguably the finest playing export in U.S. soccer history. And so it’s proven for the 47-year-old, whose side will likely finish the season in 16th place this time around.