Soccer Update: Chelsea Seek Club World Cup Title Against Palmeiras
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Chelsea is looking to slay the ghosts of their heartbreaking Club World Cup stint 10 years ago. They will take on Palmeiras in the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. The Blues are heavily favored to bring another hardware in their war chest as they face a Brazilian side reinforced by a crowd of 15,000 spectators in Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, according to the top online soccer betting site. Chelsea aren’t any strangers in the Club World Cup. Their last stint was in 2012 final – and lost 0-1 – against Corinthians in Japan. The Blues came off a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabian squad Al Hilal on Wednesday. This was to make it to the winner-take-all final against Palmeiras on Tuesday to advance. Also, they survived Egyptian team Al Ahly, 2-0.
Playing Without Tuchel in Club World Cup
Aside from playing outside thousands of miles away from Stamford Bridge, Chelsea is missing the services of manager Thomas Tuchel. This is after testing positive from coronavirus. On his behalf, Zsolt Low is calling the plays for the Blues against a Palmeiras side handled by Abel Ferreira. After taking over the Brazilian side in October 2020, Ferreira guided Palmeiras to consecutive Copa Libertadores titles. This is following the footsteps of fellow Portuguese Jorge Jesus at Flamengo. After the semifinal match against Al Ahly, Ferreira said that he was able to guide the squad to multiple titles. This includes the Club World Cup final due to hard work, persistence, and dedication. European clubs have won the last eight editions of the Club World Cup, a competition that traditionally has been prestigious for South American squads.
German Bundesliga Planning to Re-Jig Tourney Format
German Bundesliga chiefs plan to meet in the coming weeks. This is to decide if they will introduce a new format to bring more excitement to the league. With Bayern Munich set to wrap up their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title this weekend, tournament officials are thinking of revising the format that will insert the playoffs by the end of the season. With the league facing another year without a serious title contender to Bayern Munich, new German Football League chief executive Donata Hopfen is in favor of the new format. Hopfen is not alone though as she had an unlikely supporter in Bayern with team executive Oliver Kahn saying a new playoff format will be exciting for the league.
Before the creation of Bundesliga in 1963, a system of regional leagues and national playoffs decides Germany’s soccer champions. If the officials approve the format, it will become the first major league in Europe to introduce the system. However, the proposed change is met with skepticism as a supporter advocacy group slams the idea. They stressed that competition can be improved on stricter financial regulations and fairer distribution of television money. The majority of Bundesliga clubs oppose the idea with Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin leading the charge. Whether there is a format change or not, the league seems to accept the fact that Bayern’s dominance is becoming a serious issue. The introduction of the playoff format in the German Bundesliga would mean more opportunities to bet on European soccer. It would also mean more exciting games for the sports betting public to watch.