During today’s match between FC Barcelona and Las Palmas at the Camp Nou, the stands were empty as the football club decided to show solidarity with their 2.25 million vote-eligible fellow Catalans who chose to illegally participate in an independence referendum at one of the 4,661 polling stations set up for the purpose. Those who were both Catalans and club fans were left holding unusable tickets, and visiting fans, well, they simply had to find their ways back home. The visiting Las Palmas players, meanwhile, added a Spanish flag on their uniforms to show solidarity with national union over secession. See a quick review of the week’s action in Futbol Papa’s Roundup of La Liga’s week seven.
Carlo Ancelotti fired after Bayern Munich loss
On Wednesday, Coach Carlo Ancelotti lost his job after his team, Bayern Munich, lost 3-0 to hosts PSG in their Group B game of the 2017-18 Champions League. The coach, an expert at keeping a happy locker room seemed to have run into a foretold occurrence, the lack of discipline and respect that can come from too much permissiveness. Ancelotti followed the authoritarian regimes of Bayern’s recent managers and attempted to instill a less draconian series of expectations upon his squad. Unfortunately, it seemed discipline as a daily diet was precisely what the team had been accustomed to and reacted to best.
In a two-day Champions League slate, Tuesday’s matches saw Sevilla defeat visiting NK Maribor 3-0, Liverpool draw with hosts Spartak Moscow, Manchester City win at home over Shaktar Donetsk 2-0, Napoli defeat visiting Feyenoord 3-1, Besiktas defeat visiting RB Leipzip 2-0, Monaco fall at home to FC Porto 0-3, Tottenham Hotspur defeat hosts Apoel Nicosia 3-0, and Real Madrid defeat Borussia Dortmnund in Germany for the first time 3-1. Wednesday’s matches saw Roma defeat hosts FK Qarabag 2-1, Basel defeat visiting Benfica 5-0, Manchester United defeat CSKA Moscow 4-1 in Russia, PSG beat visiting Bayern Munich 3-0, Celtic win away over Anderlecht 3-0, Barcelona defeat hosts Sporting via an own goal 1-0, Chelsea win at Altetico Madrid 2-1, and Juventus, at home, win over Olympiakos 2-0.