Your daily round-up of the world of football (soccer), from a fantasy manager point-of-view.
This edition of Groundskeeping has fewer links than usual. I spent all day hiding away from the world so that I could watch the Champions League matches at night without knowing what happened. I thoroughly enjoyed Manchester United/Real Madrid - what a match! But at the end, leading into the broadcast of the Dortmund/Shaktar match, not only did they run the final score and goal scorers in the ticker across the bottom of the screen, but they showed highlights and the panel discussed the match! Why would they do that when they were showing the match not two minutes later?
Needless to say, I was furious. I vented through a series of foul-mouthed tweets, which I'll re-publish here for posterity:
So not only did @foxsoccer give me the final score and goal scorers on a ticker, but they showed highlights and discussed the match... (1/2)— Jeremy Spitzberg (@jspitzberg) March 6, 2013
...literally minutes before broadcasting said match! All the good work @foxsoccer has done this season just UNDONE in amazing fashion. (2/2)— Jeremy Spitzberg (@jspitzberg) March 6, 2013
Did anyone else fall for the same thing? Surely I'm not the only idiot. Anyway, on to the news:
English Premier League
A look at who you should be considering for your fantasy line-up ahead of the Week 29 deadline.
With eight teams idle in the Premier League this weekend, the best starting lineup for the week is minus many possibilities.
Aston Villa head to Reading on Saturday before hosting QPR next weekend - and FanZone's Villa blogger Peter Cameron is feeling rather nervous.
Was Jose Mourinho right? Did the best team lose? @Marcotti breaks down the key points from Real's win over United.
Major League Soccer
Midfield maestros like Graham Zusi led the way on the SBI MLS Best XI for Week One of the new season.