A take a look at what’s taking place around European soccer on Tuesday:

ENGLAND

The English League Cup reaches the quarterfinals stage today and Manchester City is surrounding another piece of history under Pep Guardiola. City’s players raised the prize for the third successive year last season and are 3 matches away from winning four in a row, which will match the accomplishment of Liverpool in the 1980s. Arsenal is City’s opponent in the last eight in the latest head-to-head between Guardiola and the male who was his assistant at City for 3 1/2 years, Mikel Arteta. The other match sees second-tier Brentford host Newcastle and search for another win over Premier League opposition having actually beaten Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham en path to the quarters.

SPAIN

Real Sociedad hosts Atlético Madrid looking for a win to stop its skid and pull back level with the league leaders. Back-to-back losses after three directly draws have Sociedad three points adrift of Atlético and Real Madrid, in 2nd put on goal difference. A win would restore Sociedad’s quote to end up being a longshot prospect for the title, while another loss would leave it with a big gap to make up. Barcelona likewise requires to win when it visits Valladolid if it wants to remain in touch. Lionel Messi’s side is in fifth location after being held to a draw by Valencia over the weekend. Sevilla will check out Valencia likewise on Tuesday, while Levante is at Huesca, and Elche hosts last-place Osasuna.

ITALY

Juventus will be positive of ending the year with its unbeaten league record undamaged as the nine-time defending champion prepares to welcome relegation-threatened Fiorentina. Juventus is among just two groups still to lose in Serie An along with leader Air Conditioner Milan, and has won three of its previous four league matches. Its most current success was a 4-0 thrashing of Parma. Fiorentina is just 4 points above the drop zone however there are signs brand-new coach Cesare Prandelli is beginning to turn things around. Prandelli lost his very first match in charge however drew the next 2, against high-flying Sassuolo and Hellas Verona. In other places, Parma is only 5 points above the transfer zone but will be confident of inching further away as it goes to bottom club Crotone.

GERMANY

Schalke is hoping for some pre-Christmas tonic for its barren run in the Bundesliga when it hosts fourth-tier Ulm in the 2nd round of the German Cup. The Gelsenkirchen-based club is in crisis amidst its worst ever run in the league – a run of 29 games without a win that interim coach Huub Stevens stopped working to stop versus Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday. Stevens, who took over from the fired Manuel Baum last week, remains in charge for just the game versus Ulm, where it is hoped the desolate players can restore some confidence versus a team that plays 3 levels below in the German soccer league system. Ulm would typically host the game in its modest stadium, but the coronavirus pandemic has required numerous smaller clubs to provide up their house right for logistical factors. Borussia Dortmund gos to second-division Eintracht Braunschweig for new coach Edin Terzić’s third game in charge, Borussia Mönchengladbach gos to fourth-tier SV Elversberg, Union Berlin and Perfume host second-division Paderborn and Osnabrück, respectively, and Leipzig gos to Augsburg for a Bundesliga battle. Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen had their games postponed to January to avoid overburdening the gamers.

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