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Five Expensive Flops From The History of Premier League Football

Football sides take a big risk every time they spend a considerable sum on a player, and not every time it pays off.

In this feature, we take a look at five big-money signing that turned out to flop in the Premier League:

Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea for £50m

The Spaniard was one of the best strikers in the world when he moved from Liverpool to Chelsea for a record-breaking £50m. In January 2011, many believed that Chelsea had pulled off a coup by signing Fernando Torres. However, the Spaniard could never replicate his Liverpool-form at the West London side.

Andy Carroll – Newcastle United to Liverpool for £35m

Liverpool reacted to selling Torres by signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle in the same month. The English striker was coming on the back of an impressive season with the Magpies, but the move to Merseyside didn’t turn out well for him or the Reds. He left the club without making an impact.

Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid to Manchester United for £59.5m

The Argentinean has been a top football player through most of his career. He has won significant honors with Real Madrid, and he is currently an essential player in the Paris Saint-Germain. His one-year stay with United turned out to be the darkest chapter of his professional career as he failed to make an impact in the Premier League.

Christian Benteke – Aston Villa to Liverpool for £32.5m

The Belgian was signed by former Liverpool in Premier League boss Brendan Rodgers for a significant amount of money. However, his style of play didn’t suit Liverpool’s demands, and Jurgen Klopp eventually sold him.

Eliaquim Mangala – FC Porto to Manchester City

The French center-back established himself as a top center-back during his Porto days. However, following his big-money move to City didn’t materialize well. He has been to a couple of loan spells, and at present, he finds himself reduced to a reserve player on the Pep Guardiola’s side.

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Champions League Group Stage predictions
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Champions League Group Stage Predictions (Part 2)

How do you like our Champions League group stage predictions part 1? Here our second predictions covering Champions League group stages, we take a look at the final four groups in the tournament.

Group E

Bayern Munich seems to be struggling under the new management, and they could only manage a 1-1 home draw with the Dutch side. The German champions sit in the second spot with four points, and ideally, they shouldn’t have any problem in winning this group. However, their struggles have provided the likes of Ajax and Benfica a rare shot at knockout rounds. The Portuguese side has picked up three points in their two games.

Greek side AEK sits in the final spot with zero points, and we see no hope for them.

Predictions: Bayern Munich and Benfica to progress into the next round.

Group F

Manchester City lost at home to Lyon in their opening game, but they should still win the group. They currently sit in the second spot with three points. Lyon now tops the group with four points, and they currently have a considerable advantage over Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim in the race for the second qualifying spot.

Donetsk has managed two points from their two games, while Hoffenheim has only one. The Ukrainian side has the talent to progress, and their home game against Lyon could be the deciding fixture. Hoffenheim looks very unstable , but currently they are yet to play Lyon and Donetsk at home.

Predictions: Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk to qualify.

Group G

This group consists of two of last year’s Champions League semi-finalists in Real Madrid and AS Roma. However, none of them occupies the top spot after two rounds of the game. CSKA Moscow claimed a shocking 1-0 home win over Real last week to move to the top with four points. This result has thrown this group wide open. We expect the current champions to progress, but it would be a close fight between CSKA and Roma.

Viktoria Plzen is the minnows of the group, and they should finish in the bottom spot.

Predictions: Real Madrid and AS Roma to move to the pre-quarterfinals.

Group H

Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus sit at the top of Group H with six points, and they should have no problem in winning their group. Manchester United sit in the second with four points. Their home draw against Valencia was a disappointing result, but they are expected to finish ahead of Valencia, who have picked up just one point from their first two games. However, there is a lot of uncertainty at Old Trafford, and it’s hard to predict which way their season would go.

Predictions: Juventus to win the group, and Manchester United to finish in the second spot.

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