by Tim Stannard
Gareth Bale's agent calls for respect ahead of crucial Champions League clash against Ajax
There will be a number of lines for supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
A line to get into the stadium, a line to obtain a drink or some kind of snack.
Perhaps a line for the bathroom at halftime to deal with the aforementioned drink. And the newly-formed line for fans to kiss Gareth Bale's feet after the Champions League match against Ajax. At least, with the Welshman's inactivity on the pitch of late, the feet won't be overly sweaty.
The line was the brilliant idea from the inspirational mind of Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, who suggested that rather than booing Bale, the supporters should be kissing his feet. "The way Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace," fumed Barnett.
Well, for that line to gain any traction today, Bale is going to have to pull the stops out in a tournament where he does have a decent record of big goals. It's the Champions League Last 16 second leg today, and Ajax in town with Madrid holding a 2-1 advantage over the Dutch visitors. So, nothing can possibly go wrong, in a week that has not exactly gone to plan?
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Pochettino getting in early excuses incase a mega-Spurs is pulled against Dortmund
Today's other Champions League clash has Borussia Dortmund at home trying to pull the ultimate Spurs move on Spurs by overturning a 3-0 lead currently held by Tottenham. However, Mauricio Pochettino has already gotten his excuses in early in case everything goes south and blamed the English football federation and the Premier League for any potential mishap.
The Argentinean's beef - pun intended - is that Dortmund had an extra day to prepare for the game with the side being allowed to blow the team's Bundesliga title charge on Friday night in Germany, while Spurs played Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime. "It's massive" complained the Spurs boss on the advantage for Dortmund.
As well as producing two fine games, the Champions League will offer up speaking opportunities for the coaches of the four teams involved in Wednesday's games - PSG v Manchester United and Porto v Roma.
Copa Libertadores gets underway with Boca Juniors in Bolivia
It's a big day on this side of the Atlantic as the business end of the Copa Libertadores gets underway with the start of the group stages. And it's all live, live, live on beIN SPORTS.
There are 10 live games across our English and Spanish services and you can choose to switch languages so you will never be too far from Ray Hudson fulfilling a life-long happy dream in calling Argentinean football. Everything else will be covered by our CONNECT service.
Boca Juniors lead the way in Tuesday's six games and are in action against Bolivian side, Jorge Wilstermann, who play at an altitude upwards of 10,000 feet. Which can't be fun by any stretch of the imagination.
This is officially going to be a blast.
The She Believes Cup also wraps up on Tuesday with the final two matches from the four-nation round robin tournament. The USWNT is still without a win, having drawn against both Japan and England. The US is currently third in the standings, but a victory against Brazil partnered by a draw between Japan and England earlier in the day could be enough to top the table.