Many people have felt aggrieved that they cannot watch the Champions League and Europa League finals due to not having a subscription to BT Sport. Having to pay for even more sports channels on top of a Sky Sports subscription turned a lot of people off of BT Sport, despite them having the rights to every Champions League and Europa League game this season, as well some Premier League and FA Cup games.
Today, the sport broadcasting giant has announced that the finals of European club football’s most prestigious tournaments will be streamed for free on Youtube.
The Champions League final is set to be one of the biggest in recent years, with Real Madrid facing off against local rivals Atletico Madrid; with the bragging rights of the city at stake, it is sure to be a fiery affair. The Europa League too is set to be a very interesting match up between Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated Liverpool side, and Sevilla who are looking to become the first team to win the trophy for three years running.
Whatever your opinion is of BT Sport, it must be said that they are being very generous in allowing the general public to stream the match via Youtube instead of pushing their own business. Perhaps Sky should take a leaf out of BT’s book and give something back to their customers every once in a while.
The Round of 16 for the Champions League 2015/16 has thrown up some very tasty fixtures, as well as a fixture which has become a familiarity in the past few seasons too.
Arsenal v Barcelona:
It seems that every season in the Champions League Arsenal draw one of the favourites to win the tournament in the Round of 16, and get knocked out.
2010/2011: Knocked out by Barcelona
2011/2012: Knocked out by AC Milan
2012/2013: Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2013/2014:Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2014/2015: Knocked out by Monaco
This year Arsene Wenger’s men get to face the unstoppable front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar… good luck!
Paris Saint Germaine v Chelsea:
For the third year running, Chelsea have been drawn against French club, Paris Saint Germaine. Two of Europe’s biggest teams will yet again battle it out to advance in the competition.
2013/14: Chelsea 3:3 PSG – Chelsea win on away goals.
2014/15:Chelsea 3:3 PSG – PSG on away goals after extra time.
Expect to see another 3-3 draw, it seems to be a running trend for this fixture!
Juventus v Bayern Munich:
Last year’s finalists, Juventus, have been drawn against the seemingly unstoppable German force that is Bayern Munich. Despite having a team which is arguably weaker than last year’s team after the departure of the likes of Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo, Juventus are still a massive threat to Bayern, who are at the summit of the Bundesliga.