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Fantasy: Paolo explores second-leg options

Monday 2 March 2015, 10.43CET
UEFA.com's man in Milan, Paolo Menicucci, casts his net wide as he looks for second-leg inspiration, with Layvin Kurzawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Cristian Tello catching the eye.
 
 
Published: Monday 2 March 2015, 10.43CET

Fantasy: Paolo explores second-leg options

UEFA.com's man in Milan, Paolo Menicucci, casts his net wide as he looks for second-leg inspiration, with Layvin Kurzawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Cristian Tello catching the eye.

Things I noticed this weekend:

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Monaco's Layvin Kurzawa has been impressive recently

AS Monaco FC already have one foot in the quarter-finals after beating Arsenal FC 3-1 away in the first leg, when they conceded for only the second time this UEFA Champions League campaign. Leonardo Jardim's side once again proved how well they defend in holding Paris Saint-Germain to a goalless draw on Sunday. Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić made a couple of decisive saves, while wing-back Layvin Kurzawa was superb on his flank.

• After his surprise inclusion in the starting XI for the first leg at Juventus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan played 90 minutes again in the Bundesliga game versus FC Schalke 04 and scored as Borussia Dortmund prevailed 3-0 for their fourth consecutive league win. A forward for Fantasy Football, he could be a less attractive option compared to 'midfielder' Marco Reus, but Mkhitaryan has already scored against Gianluigi Buffon with Armenia and could be a decisive figure for Jürgen Klopp's side in the return leg.

• Cristian Tello made the headlines with a hat-trick in FC Porto's 3-0 victory against Sporting Clube de Portugal. Even if he failed to score, Jackson Martínez provided two assists and confirmed his great form. The surprise of the night, however, was Evandro, who has not enjoyed much playing time this season but was a regular goalscorer with his previous teams and earned the praise of coach Julen Lopetegui – and he costs only €5m.

• John Terry produced a man-of-the match performance in Chelsea FC's 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur FC in the English League Cup final. Not only did the veteran centre-back open the scoring for the Blues, he also made sure that the Chelsea defence was an in impenetrable barrier. Three minutes from time, the oldest player on the pitch made a brilliant challenge to keep out Harry Kane. It says much about his current level of form.

• Arjen Robben scored one goal and made two when FC Bayern München defeated 1. FC Köln 4-1 on Friday night. FC Shakhtar Donetsk somehow managed to contain him in the first leg; will the flying Dutchman take a sweet revenge when the sides meet again in Germany?

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