Manchester United vs Bayern Munich and Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 1st Leg: Open Thread

The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League kick off today with two matches that will be played simultaneously, making it a tough decision which one to watch.

For viewers in the United States, here is today’s TV and Internet schedule:

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go

For the Manchester United-Bayern Munich game on FOX Sports 1, the commentators will be Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda. In the studio for FOX Sports will be Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Mikael Silvestre.

Starting line-ups:

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Büttner, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Giggs, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs: Lindegaard, Hernandez, Nani, Young, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Lahm Kroos; Robben, Muller, Ribery


Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Fábregas; Iniesta, Neymar, Messi.

Atletico Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, F.Luis; Gabi, Tiago, Koke, A.Turan; Villa, D.Costa.


Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

42 thoughts on “Manchester United vs Bayern Munich and Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 1st Leg: Open Thread”

  1. How long will it take for Silvestre to figure out that he is surrounded by idiots except for McBride?

  2. It’s bad enough to have that stupid banner underneath but Gus Johnson. Why are we punished so. Did you just hear him screaming goal when any halfwit could tell you the whistle had goner. F*** off Fox sports, miserable wankers. Stick to your stupid American slow motion fast food sports.

  3. It’s official: even the casual fan HATES Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda’s commentary

    Twitter is blowing up with negative comments and we are only ten minutes in.

    So much for Fox trying to attract the “casual” fan. It seems even they can spot a phoney when they see it.


    1. Watching a “alternate” broadcast… But I have been monitoring twitter and Facebook on the USA broadcast and can’t believe the negative comments on Fox.

      The ratio is about 20-1 negative response to the Fox broadcast of the Manchester v Bayern match.

      I think the volume of comments is triple or quadruple to the volume compared to last year.

      This is definitely NOT the hardcore fans complaining, this is the casual/mainstream fan


  4. Ah,Fox. Might as well put Bill O’Reilly on the commentary. He’s probably just as good as these two clowns.

  5. Did Gus just ask what are Bayern looking for? You would think your lead commentator would know what they are trying to do.

  6. Gus, the Fox sport expert .. “sideline throw – Man U. Bottom of the center circle. Each second that goes by for Manchester United has to be a confidence booster. Bayern will receive once again. Beautiful slide by Jones”

    Thats enough for me – can’t listen any more.

    1. They don’t have a choice the midfield players aren’t technically good enough to play in tight spaces so they end up hitting it long and they end up under pressure again

  7. Weird team selection.

    Gus is terrible, excited at the wrong moments, dumb comments, repeated use of the same phrases, constant references to Man U.

    Welbeck Fires
    Robben Fires
    Ribery Fires
    Kroos Fires

  8. Somebody somewhere is enjoying Martin Tyler and Gary Neville…..I just mauled Gus on Twitter and already 20 people have retweeted.

  9. Holy crap, that was the worst announcing job I’ve ever heard. Gus Johnson still isn’t any better than he was when he started, and Eric Wynalda was woefully incompetent as an analyst. I swear I thought that I would destroy my TV if I heard Wynalda say “I like it” one more time. I liked him on Fox Soccer Report and even on the old Fox Football Fone-in, but he is horrible as a game analyst.

  10. Never seen such so much pple complaining a comentator. But i really feel for yu. I thought we were listening same comms. For alan parry and alan smith

  11. Does anyone know who the broadcasters are on Sirius radio for the Champions League? I can’t take another match of Gus Johnson. He’s beyond terrible.

  12. I watched the game on FoxSoccer2Go. I had no issues. I just got home and re-watched some of the United match. I had to turn it off. Johnson and Wynalda were beyond bad. I honestly turned it on expecting it to be bad, but it was worse. Wynalda’s “analysis” is amateurish. If FOX wanted a former USMNT voice in the booth, they should have gone with McBride. Wynalda thinks he’s an expert and thinks he’s entertaining.

    I’m stunned that the commentary was so bad. Absolutely no improvement.

    I’ll continue watching the matches online…even if I’m home and have the option of watching it on TV.

  13. Again, when Gus is commentating all the comments are about him not the game.

    I would think this would annoy me but it doesn’t. The guy is a complete cretin – do the people at Fox not realize this?

    I have the great fortune to be in Ireland for most of the Word Cup but please accept my condolences for having to put up with this idiot for such a major event.

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