Will he stay or will he go? That's the question for Montreal Impact regarding Didier Drogba. The former Premier League star was impressive in his debut MLS campaign, scoring 11 goals in 11 games, so it's likely he would be a key cog for Montreal this season. But, the lure of a coaching position at Chelsea is pulling the Ivorian toward retirement. Drogba is still trying to make a decision, which leaves the Impact in limbo.
"Obviously, in the discussions, these are things being discussed right now with management and with Didier," Impact head coach Mauro Biello told Soccer By Ives. "I don't want to give too much information because things are delicate, and I don't want to go into that, but in the discussions there is that type of talk."
FA Cup Saturday highlighted by pitch-invading cat and Manchester United refusing to shoot [SBN]
England was focused on FA Cup action over the weekend, and there weren't too many surprises. League Two Exeter City managed a 2-2 home draw against Liverpool Friday to earn a replay at Anfield. The one big shocker came Sunday, when League Two Oxford United eliminated Swansea City, 3-2.
Immediate Reaction: Real Madrid 5 - 0 Deportivo [Managing Madrid]
In his managerial debut, Zinedine Zidane oversaw Real Madrid's thumping of Deportivo on Saturday. Madrid scored a fistful of goals, led by Gareth Bale's hat trick.
Barcelona vs Granada, 2015/16 La Liga: Final Score 4-0 as Messi, Barça cruise [Barca Blaugranes]
And Barcelona eased to its own lopsided win over Granada thanks to a hat trick from Lionel Messi. While Barca and Real both had fine weekends, it was Athletico Madrid that returned to the top of La Liga table.
Lionel Messi unlikely to play for Argentina at Olympics - Martino
Messi is eligible to play as one of three over-age players allowed per squad at the under-23 tournament. But, it appears he's saving his energy for the 2016 Copa America.
Jurgen Klopp warns Bayern boss Pep Guardiola over English schedule [ESPNFC]
Klopp hates the number of games Premier League games play, especially around this time of year.
"I don't have to tell Pep Guardiola anything because he is that experienced [but] the number of games is the biggest difference.
"When I came here, I didn't know there were two rounds in the semifinal of the Capital One Cup. I had people in Germany last week saying: 'Yeah, you're in the final again!' Idiots!
"In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup, that if you draw you play again, they say: 'What?' Here you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game."
In addition to complaining about the number of English fixtures, Klopp complimented England's cuisine — "the food is much better than everybody said" — and agreed that "the weather is not great, like everyone said."
What's happening in The A?
The Hawks won their second straight with an impressive 120-105 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. Al Horford went off for a season-high 33 points, and point guards Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder combined for 25 points and 14 assists.