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Champions League Double 16/1

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Ronaldo very first to 125: top rated UEFA club scorers – UEFA Europa League – News

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the best scorers in UEFA’s club competitions by a large distance: UEFA.com celebrates European competition’s 50+ forwards.

Players who have scored 50 goals or far more in UEFA club competitors*

goals127: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)109: Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona)77: Raúl González (ESP, Real Madrid, Schalke)70: Filippo Inzaghi (ITA, Parma, Juventus, AC Milan)67: Andriy Shevchenko (UKR, Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea)62: Ruud van Nistelrooy (NED, Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg)62: Gerd Müller (GER, Bayern München)61: Karim Benzema (FRA, Lyon, Real Madrid)60: Robert Lewandowski (POL, Lech Poznań, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)59: Thierry Henry (FRA, Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona)59: Henrik Larsson (SWE, Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona, Manchester United, Helsingborg)58: Sergio Agüero (ARG, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City)56: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United)56: Eusébio (POR, Benfica)54: Alessandro Del Piero (ITA, Juventus)54: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (NED, Heerenveen, Ajax, AC Milan, Schalke)50: Didier Drogba (CIV, Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)50: Alfredo di Stéfano (ARG/ESP, Real Madrid)*UEFA club competitions indicates European Winner Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, European/South American Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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Title race issue attracts fury from Klopp in Munich

Jurgen Klopp gave an angry response when questioned how defeat or victory in the Champions League on Wednesday at Bayern Munich could effect Liverpool in the EPL League title race.

Immediately after a goalless draw in the last-16 to start with leg at Anfield 3 weeks in the past, a win or score draw in Munich in the return game would send out Liverpool into the quarter-finals.

Liverpool are locked in a tense battle with Manchester City at the top rated of the EPL League and their fans on Merseyside are desperate for a initial English league title for 29 yrs.

An exasperated Klopp took offence when asked whether he felt defeat in Munich would hamper Liverpool in the title race or if victory could support them make momentum in the league.

“I really do not believe that any other coach or manager in the world has to respond to this dilemma when he performs in the Champions League,” he fumed.”I truly think which is exceptional — that only transpires if you are the Liverpool manager or if the pundits (inquiring) occur from Manchester United.”We want to be centered on this game and even if it (defeat) would harm us, we could not transform it, the whole world will be viewing this game tomorrow night time.

“On the other aspect, it (victory) will establish momentum, certainly, but only if we play excellent football.”This game has nothing to do with anything else.”EPL League pressure aside,

Klopp knows his Liverpool facet face a stern test against a Bayern side buoyed by likely leading in the Bundesliga at the weekend for the first time due to the fact September.

Liverpool welcome again defender Virgil van Dijk, who was suspended for the initial leg, but Naby Keita, who begun the Anfield stalemate, is dominated out injured.

Bayern have gained their 3 league games easily since the initially leg, putting up crushing 5-1 and 6- victories about Moenchengladbach and Wolfsburg respectively.

Klopp tasted victory in 4 of his 9 games at the Allianz Arena as Borussia Dortmund coach from 2008-2015.

He is aware what to anticipate in Bayern’s yard and referred to as on the travelling Liverpool fans to lend their guidance.”I might say to ours (fans), never be reluctant — give it your all,” stated Klopp.”We have to be prepared from the 1st 2nd and if we deal with it, we will have deserved it.

“What I know of facing Bayern is you have to be seriously courageous on the ball, that’s what we have to do, we will get our times, but it is really all about striking a stability.”Bayern defended in the first leg at a significant amount and they will not do that tomorrow, but it will not be easier for us.”

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Alexander-Arnold & Oxlade-Chamberlain injury updates before Bayern

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool on Wednesday in the Champions League, Liverpool get Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The match at Anfield a fortnight ago finished 1-1.

Bayern occur into the midweek clash in fantastic form.

The Bavarians pursuing up a 5-1 win over Gladbach by beating Wolfsburg 6- on Saturday.

As a result, Bayern have moved into to start with tempo higher than Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have dropped behind Man City in the Premier League in recent weeks.

Trent Alexander-Arnold & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injuries updates

Liverpool conquer Burnley 3-1 in the league on Sunday.

In the final stages of the match, Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced out of the game with an damage.

Will Alexander-Arnold be in shape for the Bayern game?

Paul Joyce has posted a beneficial update in the Times on Tuesday:

One particular man who hopes to play his component is Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has a sore back but is optimistic that he will be accessible for selection.

In other places, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally return to the pitch previous Friday evening fir Liverpool U23s.

Sadly for Oxlade-Chamberlain, nevertheless, his initial comeback match ended early. Certainly AOC didn’t even play the entire initial fifty percent.

Paul Joyce has also up to date Liverpool fans on the Ox’s most current injuries status:

Klopp has performed down fears over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness just after a muscle problem pressured him off after only 41 minutes against Derby County less than-23s on Friday, in his to start with physical appearance in almost a calendar year following a severe knee injuries.

“The very good news is the knee is fantastic.” Klopp reported. “Football games are unique to football training, which is why he felt the muscle a small bit.”

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Manolas: Roma always the victims of VAR

Roma sweeper Kostas Manolas introduced a stinging attack on VAR after late controversy observed his side lose 3-1 to Porto in extra-time and be eradicated from the Champions League in the First Knockout Round.

Possessing direct from the initial leg 2-1, the Giallorossi ended up trailing by the very same score late in extra-time at Estadio Dragao and were being heading for a spot kick shootout, until finally Alessandro Florenzi was adjudged to have pulled Fernando’s shirt in the box.

Following a lengthy VAR consulation, Porto ended up awarded a place kick and Alex Telles fired home to knock Roma out 4-3 on aggregate.

On the other hand, with just minutes remaining, Lupi forward Patrik Schick was clipped in the penalty kick area by Danilo, despite the fact that the claims had been waved away by referee Cuneyt Cakir, main to Manolas hitting out.

“We go out with a bitter taste in our mouths,” the Greek defender told Sky Sport Italia. “I do not know how a place kick cannot be offered at this stage for this sort of a very clear offence [on Schick].

This is supposed to be the intent of VAR.
“The referee instructed us that he wouldn’t overview it and that there was absolutely nothing, but he should have absent to acquire a closer glimpse.

“They gave a place kick to Porto but denied a clear one for us. I’m sorry, but I don’t recognize why these matters constantly come about to us.”

Roma crashed out at the Initial Knockout Spherical for the fourth time in their previous five Champions League strategies.

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‘Nothing personal’ in beating Bayern for Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has buried the hatchet of his old Bundesliga rivalry with Bayern Munich but would like Liverpool to present they are Champions League contenders by beating the German giants when the sides meet in the initially leg of their final sixteen tie on Tuesday.

Bayern have gained the Bundesliga for the earlier six years since Klopp’s Dortmund claimed back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.

Dortmund also dropped the Champions League final to Bayern in 2013 and the rivalry between the two was intensified as Bayern picked off some of Klopp’s ideal players in Mario Goetze, Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski.

“It is almost nothing, not a small little bit private,” claimed Klopp on Monday. “There were under no circumstances any negative points with Bayern but when we performed them or when they bought our players how could I be content and say ‘Great, good strategy I am going to carry him in my auto.’

“That was not good for us at Dortmund but it really is component of the business. In these moments I was not content, but it is extended ago.”

Inspite of achieving 4 semi-finals and a quarter-final since 2013, Bayern have not additional to their five European Cup wins since Arjen Robben’s late winner at Wembley six years ago.

Liverpool also came close to adding to their five European crowns final season when shedding out to Real Madrid in the final, but Klopp thinks the reality his facet are even regarded contenders for the title now is a certain signal of progress since he was employed in 2015.

“The ideal matter of all the points we did so far since we are alongside one another is that we are a real competitor once again. That is of system not plenty of, but it is a huge phase,” additional Klopp.

“Staying not only component of the level of competition but persons thinking we can beat Bayern, which is a huge matter. The tale so far is a good one particular but not concluded nevertheless.”

Liverpool have had 10 times to get ready for Bayern’s pay a visit to, but in spite of the lay-off Klopp even now has a team range headache.

Virgil van Dijk is suspended, Joe Gomez is sidelined with a lower leg fracture and Dejan Lovren faces a race against time to recover from a hamstring harm, so Joel Matip and Fabinho are expected to sort a make-shift sweeper pairing.

Roberto Firmino also skipped training on Monday thanks to a virus making the Brazilian ahead a question.

Having said that, Klopp is hoping the electrical power of Anfield’s famous atmosphere on a European night will give his facet the extra encouraging hand they will need to choose a direct to Germany in 3 weeks’ time.

“In Germany a good deal of persons discuss now about the atmosphere at Anfield. There was a good deal of discuss that we are it’s possible the most psychological club in world football,” additional Klopp.

“Emotion in my opinion is a really positive matter, so let us present that tomorrow night.”

Bayern’s gradual begin to the Bundesliga season place coach Niko Kovac promptly under pressure in his initially campaign in cost.

But the Croatian refused to countenance irrespective of whether he faces the sack ought to Bayern fail to make the final 8 for the initially time since 2012 in spite of becoming handed a devilishly challenging draw.

“If you appear at what Liverpool did in the Champions League final season and the Premier League this season, it is the most challenging draw we could get,” claimed Kovac.

“It is not about me tomorrow. It is about the club and the team.”

Bayern could also be with no some essential players as Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng did not travel with the rest of the squad.

Ribery will be a part of up with his teammates following attending the birth of his daughter, while Boateng is suffering from gastroenteritis but could even now travel if his issue increases.

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Roma 2-1 Porto – Zaniolo makes his mark

A second half double from Roma’s teenage sensation Nicolo Zaniolo acquired his side a 2-1 win over Porto in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old found the net twice in six minutes to give his side a relaxed lead, but substitute Adrian Lopez’s absent goal means the tie is far from around going into the 2nd leg in Portugal.

It took 38 minutes for the initial exertion of note to arrive as Edin Dzeko raced on to a clipped ball into the channel, reduce within a defender towards the edge of the six yard box and fired a highly effective shot off the near post.

Roma broke the deadlock by Zaniolo on 70 minutes when he raced on to a lay-off from Dzeko to fire into the corner.

Just six minutes afterwards he doubled his team’s tally and Dzeko was the creator again, firing a prolonged variety shot off the post for Zaniolo to faucet in and come to be the youngest Italian to score two goals in a Champions League match.

Nevertheless, Lopez latched on to an sliced shot and found the net with 10 minutes remaining to give his side a lifeline in advance of the 2nd leg on Wednesday 6 March in Portugal.

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Who is in the Champions League round of sixteen? – UEFA Champions League – News

Group winners (seeded): Barcelona (ESP), Bayern München (GER), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Juventus (ITA), Manchester City (ENG), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Porto (POR), Real Madrid (ESP)

Group runners-up (unseeded): Ajax (NED), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Liverpool (ENG), Lyon (FRA), Manchester United (ENG), Roma (ITA), Schalke (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Draw basic principles

  • There are two pots – a single of seeded groups and a single of unseeded groups.
  • No club can be drawn against a team that performed in their group or a league from their have national affiliation.
  • Seeded team winners are absent in the round of sixteen first legs on twelve/thirteen and 19/20 February and at home in the return matches on 5/6 and twelve/thirteen March.

Draw: Dwell ON MONDAY

Group winners (seeded)

Barcelona (ESP)
UEFA rating: 3
Can be drawn against: Ajax, Liverpool, Lyon, Man. United, Roma, Schalke
Group phase: W4 D2 L0 F14 A5
Best scorer: Lionel Messi (6)
Last season: quarter-finals
European Cup finest: winners x5 (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Domestic position: 1st

Bayern München (GER)
UEFA rating: 2
Can be drawn against: Atlético, Liverpool, Lyon, Man. United, Roma, Tottenham
Group phase: W4 D2 L0 F15 A5
Best scorer: Robert Lewandowski (8)
Last season: semi-finals
European Cup finest: winners x5 (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013)
Domestic position: third

Borussia Dortmund (GER)
UEFA rating: 11
Can be drawn against: Ajax, Liverpool, Lyon, Man. United, Roma, Tottenham
Group phase: W4 D1 L1 F10 A2
Best scorer: Raphaël Guerreiro (4)
Last season: team phase (UEFA Europa League round of sixteen)
European Cup finest: winners (1997)
Domestic position: 1st

Juventus (ITA)
UEFA rating: 5
Can be drawn against: Ajax, Atlético, Liverpool, Lyon, Schalke, Tottenham
Group phase: W4 D0 L2 F9 A4
Best scorer: Paulo Dybala (5)
Last season: quarter-finals
European Cup finest: winners x2 (1985, 1996)
Domestic position: 1st

Manchester City (ENG)
UEFA rating: 8
Can be drawn against: Ajax, Atlético, Roma, Schalke
Group phase: W4 D1 L1 F16 A6
Best scorer: Gabriel Jesus, David Silva (3)
Last season: quarter-finals
European Cup finest: semi-finals (2016)
Domestic position: 2nd

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
UEFA rating: seven
Can be drawn against: Ajax, Atlético, Man. United, Roma, Schalke, Tottenham
Group phase: W3 D2 L1 F17 A9
Best scorer: Neymar (5)
Last season: round of sixteen
European Cup finest: semi-finals (1995)
Domestic position: 1st

Porto (POR)
UEFA rating: nine
Can be drawn against: Ajax, Atlético, Liverpool, Lyon, Man. United, Roma, Tottenham
Group phase: W5 D1 L0 F15 A6
Best scorer: Moussa Marega (5)
Last season: round of sixteen
European Cup finest: winners x2 (1987, 2004)
Domestic position: 1st

Real Madrid (ESP)
UEFA rating: 1
Can be drawn against: Ajax, Liverpool, Lyon, Man. United, Schalke, Tottenham
Group phase: W4 D0 L2 F12 A5
Best scorer: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema (3)
Last season: winners
European Cup finest: winners x thirteen (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Domestic position: 4th

Group runners-up (unseeded)

Ajax (NED)
UEFA rating: 27
Can be drawn against: Barcelona, Dortmund, Juventus, Man. City, Paris, Porto, Real Madrid
Group phase: W3 D3 L0 F11 A5
Best scorer: Dušan Tadić (5)
Last season: 3rd qualifying round (UEFA Europa League play-off round)
European Cup finest: winners x4 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995)
Domestic position: 2nd

Atlético Madrid (ESP)
UEFA rating: four
Can be drawn against: Bayern, Juventus, Man. City, Paris, Porto
Group phase: W4 D1 L1 F9 A6
Best scorer: Antoine Griezmann (4)
Last season: team phase (UEFA Europa League winners)
European Cup finest: runners-up x3 (1974, 2014, 2016)
Domestic position: third

Liverpool (ENG)
UEFA rating: sixteen
Can be drawn against: Barcelona, Bayern, Dortmund, Juventus, Porto, Real Madrid
Group phase: W3 D0 L3 F9 A7
Best scorer: Mohamed Salah (3)
Last season: runners-up
European Cup finest: winners x5 (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005)
Domestic position: 1st

Lyon (FRA)
UEFA rating: 28
Can be drawn against: Barcelona, Bayern, Dortmund, Juventus, Porto, Real Madrid
Group phase: W1 D5 L0 F12 A11
Best scorer: Maxwel Cornet, Nabil Fekir (3)
Last season: UEFA Europa League round of sixteen
European Cup finest: semi-finals (2010)
Domestic position: 4th

Manchester United (ENG)
UEFA rating: 15
Can be drawn against: Barcelona, Bayern, Dortmund, Paris, Porto, Real Madrid
Group phase: W3 D1 L2 F7 A4
Best scorer: Paul Pogba (2)
Last season: round of sixteen
European Cup finest: winners x3 (1968, 1999, 2008)
Domestic position: 6th

Roma (ITA)
UEFA rating: thirteen
Can be drawn against: Barcelona, Bayern, Dortmund, Man. City, Paris, Porto
Group phase: W3 D0 L3 F11 A8
Best scorer: Edin Džeko (5)
Last season: semi-finals
European Cup finest: runners-up (1984)
Domestic position: 8th

Schalke (GER)
UEFA rating: 25
Can be drawn against: Barcelona, Juventus, Man. City, Paris, Real Madrid
Group phase: W3 D2 L1 F6 A4
Best scorer: 6 players (1)
Last season: not in Europe
European Cup finest: semi-finals (2011)
Domestic position: 13th

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
UEFA rating: 20
Can be drawn against: Bayern, Dortmund, Juventus, Paris, Porto, Real Madrid
Group phase: W2 D2 L2 F9 A10
Best scorer: Harry Kane (4)
Last season: round of sixteen
European Cup finest: semi-finals (1962)
Domestic position: third

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Monaco vs. Borussia Dortmund – as it occurred

Raphael Guerreiro found the net twice as Borussia Dortmund clinched top spot in UEFA Champions League Group A with a 2- win at AS Monaco on Tuesday.

Monaco 0 -2 Dortmund

Plans: -1 Guerreiro (15′), -two Guerreiro (88′)

With Monaco previously out, Dortmund’s aim was to rest a number of initial-selection stars — Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Axel Witsel were among individuals who did not even journey to the principality — and attempt to claim the win that would preserve their momentum and probably give them major spot in the area. Mario Götze signalled the visitors’ intentions with an early shot that flashed just wide in advance of Christian Pulisic and Maximilian Philipp mixed to tee up Guerreiro, who instantly broke the deadlock. Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer may possibly have extra far more goals in advance of the crack, but options for Radamel Falcao and Benoit Badiashile in the closing levels suggested the hosts — having difficulties domestically, unlike Dortmund — may possibly have some struggle in them nonetheless.

The save Ömer Toprak forced from former Wolfsburg goalie Diego Benaglio reasserted the visitors’ grip on the game immediately after the half-time interval although Philipp would have doubled their lead but for a devious bobble off the turf when he seemed destined to score but as a substitute sent his shot into the sky. Guerreiro came close to adding a 2nd six minutes from time in advance of he before long did thanks to good work from substitute Paco Alcacer to protected 3 points which — together with Atletico Madrid‘s goalless draw in Bruges — see Lucien Favre’s men end on top of what experienced appeared a screening team.

Match stats

  • Alcacer is Dortmund’s major scorer this season with eleven goals in twelve appearances (six starts off) in all competitions.
  • Marco Reus has registered twelve goals and eights assists in 21 appearances in all competitions in 2018/19.
  • Sixteen unique players have scored for Dortmund in the initial fourteen league games, a new Bundesliga record.
  • Dortmund have scored fifty four goals in 22 competitive matches so far this time period. Monaco have netted eighteen.
  • Favre was in cost of French club Good between 2016 and departing for Dortmund this summertime, overseeing third- and eighth-placed finishes. He also experienced a spell in France as a player, with Toulouse.
  • Monaco goalie Diego Benaglio won the 2008/09 Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg.
  • Line-ups

    Monaco: Benaglio – Biancone (Serrano 78′), Glik, B. Badiashile, Raggi – Henrichs, Tielemans, Bennasser, Massengo (Thuram-Ulien 69′) – Diop – Falcao (c) (Sylla 64′)
    Unused subs: L. Badiashile, Barreca, Jemerson, Gouano
    Coach: Thierry Henry

    Dortmund: Hitz – Hakimi, Toprak, Diallo, Schmelzer – Weigl, Dahoud (Wolf 76′) – Pulisic, Götze (c), Guerreiro (Gomez ninety+2′) – Philipp (Alcacer 79′)
    Unused subs: Bürki, Akanji, Toljan, Burnic
    Coach: Lucien Favre

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Liverpool coach enthusiastic by Keita

Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp is enthusiastic by Naby Keita’s the latest performances as the Merseyside club now change their interest to a will have to-win clash against Napoli in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Reds conquer Bournemouth 4- on Saturday to shift top of the English EPL League standings, a position they retained many thanks to Chelsea’s 2- win over Manchester City.

Keita formally joined Liverpool from German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig forward of the 2018-19 season, creating an immediate impact at Anfield. Irrespective of a slight dip in form and subsequent personal injury the 23-year-old has in the last two games showcased his qualifications.

Klopp has been impressed by the Guinea international, but expects even extra from him in the long term.

Questioned on Liverpoolfc.com if he considered Keita and fellow new recruit Fabinho would have this sort of impact so early in their respective Liverpool occupations, Klopp said: “Yes, but really do not overlook all the other individuals.

“I know we signed these two players but Joel [Matip] had a challenging time period he is in good shape, trains and does anything and then at the conclude does not play or is not even in the squad extremely generally. That’s challenging, like for Alberto [Moreno].

“But it was apparent Fabinho and Naby required time to adapt. Naby is nevertheless not specifically the player he can be, that’s good. But he is definitely thrilling, it is awesome to see him.

He ongoing: “It was often apparent we will need all of them. We play [on Tuesday] all over again, I have no clue in the instant who I can line up. We have to see. We have to get better and do regardless of what we can to get refreshing legs all over again. Then, let us go against Napoli.”

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Barcelona’s shock predicted XI vs Tottenham

Spanish outlet Sport have this afternoon discovered their prediction for how Barcelona will line out in their Champions League clash with Tottenham tomorrow night time.

Barcelona vs Tottenham

The Blaugrana are set to welcome Spurs to the Camp Nou, for both sides’ respective ultimate group phase outing of the season.

As terms stand, Tottenham sit joint-next in the Group B table, alongside Inter Milan.

As these types of, a crucial evening lies ahead, with the Nerazzurri also set to welcome PSV Eindhoven to the San Siro.

Valverde’s conundrum

Nevertheless, whilst the respective fates of both Spurs and Inter will be determined above the coming 24 hrs or so, Barcelona are set for a markedly extra relaxed midweek outing.

This is due to the simple fact that the La Liga champions have now secured leading place in the Group B table.

Barcelona XI

As these types of, question marks have extended hung above how just Barca are set to line up tomorrow evening, with Ernesto Valverde no doubt strongly-thinking about utilising his side’s clash with Tottenham as a possibility to hand some a lot-required relaxation to the Blaugrana’s rake of stars.

And, as for each the aforementioned report from Sport, this is exactly what the Spanish tactician is set to do.

The Catalan outlet assert that it is completely probable that none of Marc-André ter Stegen, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez will characteristic from the beginning.

(Valverde has considering that confirmed that Suarez will not characteristic):

As these types of, teenage duo Juan Brandáriz (Chumi) and Juan Miranda could nicely be set for unusual begins, at centre-50 percent and still left-again respectively.

Denis Suarez and Carles Aleñá, in the meantime, are expected to slot into the Blaugrana’s midfield alongside Arthur.

The attacking trio set to be fielded by Ernesto Valverde, having said that, appears relatively up in the air as items stand.

Philippe Coutinho appears to be like sure to characteristic, possessing begun from the bench in the Derbi Barceloní on Saturday night time.

Munir, in the meantime, also appears to be like set to be handed a unusual possibility to impress.

Nevertheless, with Luiz Suarez sure to miss out on out, Malcom injured and Ousmane Dembele not likely to characteristic from the off, the probability remains, in accordance to Sport, that Lionel Messi could however be a surprise inclusion in the Barca XI.

Attainable Barcelona line-up as opposed to Tottenham:

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Roma 0-2 Real Madrid – What Just Happened?

Roma’s hopes of topping their Champions League group were being dashed as Real Madrid ran out 2- winners at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday to close the Lupi’s eight-match unbeaten home run in the competitiveness.

Second-fifty percent goals from Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez were being adequate to guarantee the Spanish side to start with place in Team G with a game to spare, thanks to their superior head-to-head file over Roma, but Eusebio di Francesco’s side were being nonetheless certain a place in the knockout phases due to the fact of Viktoria Plzen’s win away to CSKA Moscow.

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Bayern Munich apply to host 2021 UEFA Champions League Final

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have introduced that they are applying to host the 2021 UEFA Champions League closing at their Allianz Arena home.

“I’m able to affirm that FC Bayern, collectively with the Town of Munich, will be formally applying to host the 2021 Champions League closing,” mentioned club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

It would be the 2nd time the Allianz Arena has hosted the closing of Europe’s best-tier club competitiveness. The preceding event in 2012 observed Bayern even get to the closing before shedding on penalties to England’s Chelsea in what became recognised as the “Finale dahoam” – closing at home, in Bavarian.

“Despite the substantial disappointment of 2012 against Chelsea, we still feel back fondly to the “Finale dahoam”. We’d be incredibly delighted if UEFA granted us the probability to welcome the footballing world to Munich the moment once again,” Rummenigge continued.

The deadline for closing dossiers to be presented to UEFA is fifteen February 2019, and the decision on the host venue will be made in the spring. St. Petersburg in Russia was the only other metropolis to declare their fascination before the 26 October 2018 cut-off date.

While it would be the 2nd time the Allianz Arena has performed host to the Champions League closing, Bayern and Munich have experienced the honour on two prior occasions when the closing was held at the Olympiastadion in 1993 and 1997. The latter observed fellow Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund win their one and only Champions League title.

This would be the to start with time 5-time European champions Bayern host the closing as sole tenants of their stadium, with the Allianz Arena just lately getting renovated into the club’s red and white colors. The ground is also one of 10 that will host UEFA Euro 2024 matches in Germany.

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Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane chase Champions League glory

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will chase glory in the UEFA Champions League when they face Real Madrid in the closing, set for the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday 26 May 2018, kick-off at 20h45 CAT.

The match will be included Live right here on AfricanFootball.com.

Real are chasing a third successive European crown and a record-extending 13th general, getting claimed the trophy in 2016 and 2017.

The Spanish side’s path to the closing noticed them complete runners-up in Group H (behind Tottenham Hotspur) ahead of defeating Paris Saint-Germain (5-2 on mixture), Juventus (4-3) and Bayern Munich (4-3) in the past 16, quarter- and semifinals respectively.

‘Los Blancos’ have endured a disappointing season domestically, only finishing third in La Liga behind hated rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but if they win the Champions League yet again, then all will be forgiven for coach Zinedine Zidane.

They occur into the game getting played to a 2-2 draw away to Villarreal in a league clash on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale proving their physical fitness and variety by commencing and scoring a goal apiece.

Liverpool is chasing their sixth European crown and a 1st considering that 2005 when they famously came from a few goals down to defeat Italian giants AC Milan.

The English side’s path to the closing noticed them complete prime of Group E ahead of defeating Porto (5- on mixture), Manchester Town (5-1) and Roma (7-6) in the past 16, quarter- and semifinals respectively.

‘The Reds’ were passed in action on May thirteen, when they thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion 4- to safe a fourth-place complete in the Leading League. The match provided yet one more goal for Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, who has netted an outstanding 44 times in his debut season for the club.

In head-to-head stats, Real and Liverpool have achieved in just 5 earlier European Cup matches. The Reds have claimed a few wins in contrast to two for Los Blancos and outscored the Spanish aspect six goals to 4.

Included in Liverpool’s victories is a 1- win in the closing of the 1981 competitiveness in Paris. It was Madrid’s past closing reduction in the European Cup and the only time an English aspect have crushed Spanish opponents in the closing.

The teams’ most current conferences were in the team phase in 2014/fifteen, with the La Liga aspect winning each matches.

Modern variety, all competitions, most current results 1st

Real – DWLDD

Liverpool – WLLDW

Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 5

Real wins two

Liverpool wins three

Draws

Real goals four

Liverpool goals 6

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Real Madrid favourable in excess of Cristiano Ronaldo but will he be in shape enough for UCL closing?

MADRID — Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane‘s is certain that Cristiano Ronaldo‘s restoration skills indicate he will be “150 p.c” ready for the Champions League closing against Liverpool on May 26 should ease problems between fans who saw their team’s talisman substituted at half-time of the weekend’s Clasico

On the other hand, Zidane’s vagueness about regardless of whether Ronaldo will be equipped to face Villarreal in his team’s closing 2017-18 game in La Liga a week prior to the Champions League showpiece indicates that the Portugal captain could very well begin in Kiev obtaining not kicked a ball competitively for a few weeks.

Madrid have but to supply any make any official club assertion on the extent of the ankle injury picked up as Ronaldo scored for Madrid immediately after just fifteen minutes of the 2-2 draw against Barcelona, and which he carried or the remainder of the first fifty percent prior to leaving at the break.

Zidane admitted immediately after that game at Camp Nou that the 33-year-old was “concerned” about the injury, as the ankle joint experienced swollen up, and that checks would take place back in the Spanish club on Monday.

No specifics of these exams have been made the community, despite the fact that local media have been briefed that the challenge is not too really serious. Madrid is ordinarily cautious of providing away too substantially details with their official clinical statements and had been usually not likely to make any concrete predictions in this scenario.

At Tuesday’s post-schooling news conference, Zidane was keen to speak up Ronaldo‘s “commitment” and “ambition,” and said it was “amazing” that he was now going for walks on the afflicted joint.

A probable problem is that Ronaldo has experienced hassle with his right ankle prior to, like an operation in July 2008 when he was still a Manchester United player. After moving to Madrid the following summer months, he hurt the exact joint in a Champions League team game against Marseille, rushed back to play a crucial World Cup qualifier for Portugal, but experienced to be substituted and then skipped his country’s playoff win against Bosnia; Herzegovina. He did not play again right up until returning in a Clasico two months afterwards.

This time, it is the summer’s World Cup which is looming and Portugal’s opening Team B game is on June fifteen against Spain in Sochi.

Ronaldo was usually most likely to be rested for Wednesday’s La Liga vacation to Sevilla, in line with a policy agreed with Zidane which has seen the No. 7 play just two of the team’s very last six away fixtures in La Liga. But he will want to attribute in at minimum a person of their very last two domestic matches — at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday night, and on the closing day at Villarreal on May 18 or 19 — to get him physically ready for the Champions League closing.

Managing Madrid’s report all-time scorer’s minutes domestically has paid out off in the Champions League: Ronaldo has fifteen goals in his 10 games so far this season, like a few strikes in the round of sixteen against Paris Saint-Germain, and a further a few in the quarterfinals against Juventus — like that amazing overhead kick.

People displays against PSG and Juve again underlined Ronaldo’s worth to Madrid on the greatest occasions, particularly with the ahead now ordinarily actively playing substantially nearer to goal, and focusing on changing probabilities created by his teammates somewhat than environment them up himself.

On the other hand, Zidane’s facet still progressed earlier Bayern Munich in the semifinals devoid of Ronaldo obtaining the net. In its place, it was Marcelo, Asensio and Karim Benzema who stepped up on those people occasions.

Really should Real Madrid‘s worst fears be realised and Ronaldo is ruled out of the closing against Liverpool, Asensio is the most likely to profit with a starting up spot. Benzema’s modern return to variety indicates he is also absolutely sure to be in the XI in Kiev.

Bale’s equaliser against Barcelona on Sunday was a further reminder of the Welshman’s quality still left boot, however, Zidane appears to have made a decision that tactically the team is greater devoid of him starting up large games. Isco has not performed because a shoulder injury picked up in the first leg in Munich, but should return to motion in La Liga this week and will most likely play as a fourth midfielder against Klopp’s men.

Zidane’s responses on Tuesday had been plainly built to nix any concept that Ronaldo will not make it to the closing in Kiev. And it does appear to be most likely that only a truly serious setback will now end Ronaldo from starting up against Liverpool. But regardless of whether Madrid’s top scorer and an essential player will be capable of firing on all cylinders by that point is something only time will notify.

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Liverpool fans to face greater safety for Champions League vs. Roma

Liverpool supporters travelling for the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Roma will experience greater safety measures right after a man was left critically hurt next an assault at Anfield.

Two Italian men ended up arrested and charged with violent condition right after the assault on Sean Cox, a 53-yr-old Liverpool supporter, before the initial leg on Tuesday.

Fearing the probability of supplemental difficulty, UEFA and local organisers will raise the safety presence around the Stadio Olimpico, with supporters of equal sides to be an issue to extra safety screenings.

Regional authorities have also worked to ban the sale of alcohol at a number of supplemental institutions near the stadium, and the 5,000 Liverpool supporters predicted to be in attendance will be provided with a list of areas in the city they should really not take a look at it get to prevent difficulty.

Liverpool released a statement on Thursday that claimed they will participate in a conference with officers from Roma and UEFA, as perfectly as local law enforcement and safety services, in getting to assure the perfectly-staying of fans.

“Liverpool have sought clarity on a number of problems surrounding the matchday operation considering that the draw was made and is hoping this extraordinary conference will offer the essential reassurances and essential facts … [that] will allow for the club to fully notify supporters of the measures that will be in place,” the statement read through

UEFA and the Italian FA now regard all of Roma’s home games as “superior-hazard” occasions and have routinely appointed a specified safety officer to function as a law enforcement liaison to assure protection and crowd management measures are applied and followed.

But for the second leg, UEFA has appointed supplemental specified safety officers to function with local authorities, hoping to avert any clashes that happen concerning supporters or include any members of Ultra groups wishing to start difficulty.

There is a history of incidents in Rome concerning supporters of the two groups, together with an ambush of Liverpool fans outside the Stadio Olimpico next the European Cup ultimate in 1984 and other knife assaults at a Champions League game in 2001.

The Stadio Olimpico was also the website of taking pictures before the Coppa Italia ultimate concerning Napoli and Fiorentina in 2014 that left one particular man lifeless.

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PSG’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi delighted with Ligue 1 title but suggests ‘big goal’ is Champions League

PARIS — In the wake of his latest Ligue 1 title, Paris Saint-Germain chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has made clear the Champions League is nonetheless his side’s best goal, while also strongly suggesting that coach Unai Emery could be replaced when his contract expires at the conclusion of the season.

Talking just after PSG clinched a seventh Ligue 1 title with a 7-1 thrashing of second-positioned Monaco at Parc des Princes, the Qatari denied getting Thomas Tuchel lined up as the Spaniard’s replacement.

“When we have signed a contract with someone, we will make an announcement,” mentioned Al-Khelaifi to Canal+. “For the moment, very little has been finished — very little has been signed.

“At this time, we have a coach. We gained 7-1 with him and he has a contract until eventually the conclusion of the season.

“We have finished a ton of favourable factors this season. We are a winner for the seventh time, the fifth for me. It is really seriously something attractive, thank you to all people. Of training course, all people are aware, our big goal is the Champions League. But currently, we are quite happy and happy with this title.”

Emery was happy with PSG’s win over Monaco and the title good results, which is his initial league crown as a coach, but hinted that there is no assure that he will stay in charge of the squad previous the conclusion of the season.

“Transferring ahead, the club’s emblem and supporters will stay,” Emery mentioned. “Everybody else is just passing by way of. For me, I am happy with my own challenge.

“Away at Saint-Etienne previous week, it was our worst initial half of the marketing campaign. Then, at 10 against 11, we responded. That is the indication of good collective power. That is why I think in this team — with or without the need of me.”

PSG defender Marquinhos praised Emery for his do the job with the group this season and Brazil worldwide disclosed his delight at his fourth Ligue 1 title.

“The coach got us to do the job, gave us a fantastic philosophy and design and style of play, generating us more attacking — it has been a fantastic season,” mentioned Marquinhos. “A title is always an attractive thing, it is a portion of the tale. When our careers are over, these are the factors that we will don’t forget.”

Club captain Thiago Silva also backed Emery.

“I am his captain, and even if I considered to the opposite, I could not say: ‘I want him to go,'” he mentioned. “I am always straightforward. In particular, about the do the job that we have finished alongside one another. I have always had his self-assurance in the identical way that we, the players, have always reliable the staff.”

Javier Pastore could not don’t forget that he has performed a position in all five of PSG’s Ligue 1 titles in the Qatari era and admitted that he is no more time maintaining monitor but instructed that this a person could be his previous a person with the French giants.

“Truthfully, I do not know — I no more time rely upon,” the Argentina worldwide mentioned. “I will do that when I leave. We will see what transpires.

“Truthfully, I do not know. We nonetheless have to have to speak with the club. It is ordinary just after getting invested several years at the club. The club has substantial ambitions and is seeking for new players, big skills. I am calm and just trying to do my finest.”

Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev branded the 7-1 decline “a catastrophic situation” and criticised the players for their no-display on the pitch.

“PSG gained the title in breathtaking style,” mentioned the Russian. “They are deserving champions. The only kinds who were being up to the undertaking, for us, were being the supporters — I thank them.

“What to say? This was a knockdown, but not a knockout.”

Meanwhile, coach Leonardo Jardim called the general performance “quite weak” and “nightmarish” and the club have verified their intention to reimburse each and everyone travelling supporter just after this kind of an unacceptable display.

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Italian media upset over penalty Madrid papers disagree

 

Massimiliano Allegri reported that Gianluigi Buffon’s actions were only human right after he was sent off when Juventus conceded a last-minute penalty against Real Madrid.

Real Madrid narrowly escaped the very same destiny as their bitter rivals Barcelona on Wednesday to go on their Champions League title defence many thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo‘s interesting head and a controversial refereeing conclusion.

Just one particular working day right after Barcelona was surprised 3- at Roma to bow out of the competition on away goals right after 4-4 mixture result, Madrid was rescued by Ronaldo as he scored for the 11th consecutive time in the competition in his 150th Champions League physical appearance. The Spanish giants, even with falling 3-1 on the night at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, progressed with a 4-3 mixture triumph in the quarterfinal tie.

Madrid’s newspapers agreed that the last-gasp penalty awarded by referee Michael Oliver next Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez was the right conclusion, while the Barcelona press vehemently disagreed of class.

 

Marca — It was a penalty!

Madrid was only able to breathe in the 92nd minute when Lucas Vazquez was introduced down by Benatia and the referee awarded a penalty. A lot more than four minutes passed prior to the penalty was taken and Cristiano did not overlook. The (Madrid number) 7, in this situation, isn’t going to overlook. Only in that fast were the Madrid supporters able to leave powering the worst scare that one particular remembers in the historical past of Real Madrid.

“Juve’s protests led to Buffon remaining sent off. He obtained an ovation by the Bernabeu devoted, who were up to common even with the rigidity wherever you could slice the air with a knife and their team depended on Ronaldo’s foot. Cristiano scored. Juventus died with greatness. The only thing they did not do well is to not know that in the European Cup you will need to eliminate Madrid six times.”

AS – From Stress to the semifinals

“Penalty and collective insanity from Juventus. Oliver sent off Buffon, who bid farewell amidst shouts, in the worst feasible way, and Cristiano sealed the ticket to the semifinals. Madrid‘s worry attack ended in a nervous attack by Juve, who grazed heaven prior to falling down. What was remaining at the Bernabeu was a scare and a lesson.”

Diario Sport – The robbery of the century

“Year right after year, the very same story is recurring. Penalties in favour, sending offs, offsides… Once again, controversy and scandal go on to accompany Real Madrid on their travels in Europe. And not just in Europe but in Spain. This season Valencia experienced 3 penalties against them at the Bernabeu in the second spherical (of La Liga), Sergio Ramos was not punished for a handball when it was – at (Borussia) Dortmund (in the group levels) and they conceded a 3-1 with Cristiano in offside, in the Madrid vs PSG there was a prior foul made by CR7 on (Presnel) Kimpembe with the score at 1-1 (prior to the Portuguese set Madrid in advance) in the 3-1 win… And so on and so forth… Like this, like this Madrid wins!!”

El Mundo Deportivo – Master in refereeing

“Cristiano’s goal in the 98th minute avoided Madrid’s failure that came mighty near to abyss, to say goodbye to the season on April eleven. Juventus came really near to pulling off “a Roma”, that is, to an unthinkable comeback, executing the unattainable to access the semifinals. It was a highly controversial penalty presented against Benatia on Lucas Vazquez on the last play of the game. Cristiano did not fail against Szczesny, who replaced a sent-off Buffon, who could not think what was happening. His farewell from the Champions League was not involving the posts but leaving with a monumental exasperation towards the bench. An unfortunate and undeserved goodbye that not even the applause he obtained from the Bernabeu would alleviate.”

The Italian media were plainly on the other facet…

La Gazzetta dello Sport: Furious Juve. Anger and pride.

“No, you can not do it like that. This will generally go down as the night of regrets and anger in Madrid. Regrets for a desire which vanished only many thanks to a highly disputable penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time, with Buffon sent off for protesting, and a Bernabeu terrorised by the worry of an elimination that experienced not even been viewed as. Regrets for an unattainable mission which they were carrying out, deservedly, because it was the most attractive, incisive and strongest Juve facet ever seen.”

Tuttosport: ‘Not like this!’ An immense Juve is eliminated

“No comeback completed, no Roma-type achievement. But in Madrid, Juve go near and only overlook out in the 97th minute to a penalty, with their captain sent off. Allegri’s men should have an enormous ‘thanks anyway’ because they played a big game in the return of this Champions League quarterfinal: 3- by way of Mandzukic, Mandzukic and Matuidi. To the dying, it was a domination of heroic resistance and with a superlative Buffon. Until the 93rd minute, that is.”

Il Corriere dello Sport: ‘What a robbery!’

“An inexistent penalty in the 93rd minute denies Juve a feat against Real: 1-3, Buffon sent off: the referee was a shame. Agnelli: All Italian golf equipment penalised. Juve received on the field and Andrea Agnelli received by a mile off it, blaming the referee – or instead all referees and the man who picks them, on one particular of the most amazing nights that the Champions League could maybe reserve.”

La Stampa: ‘The most attractive Juve stopped by a 97th-minute penalty’

“Ronaldo, it’s generally Ronaldo. A penalty from the fantastic Portuguese player deep into stoppage time extinguishes Juventus’ desire right after they surprisingly overturned the 3- defeat from the to start with the leg in Turin. Mandzukic’s brace and a goal from Matuidi inside a game which was technically and tactically practically perfect were pushing the Bianconeri towards extra-time, to consider to generate a qualification which experienced seemed compromised right after the to start with 90 minutes at the Allianz Stadium.

“In the stop, even though, the English referee Oliver remaining his mark on the game, awarding a dubious penalty for Real and, above all, brandishing a red card under the nose of Gigi Buffon. For the goalkeeper and captain of Juventus, there could not have been a bitterer ending to a legendary profession. It really is an authentic slap in the face because right after Roma’s achievement on Tuesday, Italian football was about to encounter one more of people unforgettable nights which make this sport

 

Angel Di Maria: Champions League Round of 16

Angel Di Maria: Champions League Round of 16 elimination was a big blow

Angel Di Maria, PSG

Angel Di Maria


PSG midfielder, Angel Di Maria has stated that their Round of 16 elimination in the Champions League from the hands of defending champion, Real Madrid was a big blow to the team and it’s very likely that it will prompt major changes in the squad.
The Ligue 1 giant signed the most expensive player in the World, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer to guarantee their triumph on the continent. However, with the expectation now shattered for this season, the Argentine believes that the club hierarchy might act come summer.
The future of club manager, Unai Emery is in doubt having failed to guide the cub to a significant stage in Europe in the past two seasons.

The 30-year-old told Ole: “It was a tough blow. We spent €400m on players, the club had a different expectation with Neymar and it was normal that that expectation was very high. The club really felt it to be knocked out in the round of 16. There is going to be a big change for next year.
“It was obvious that, because of the arrival of important players, the fans were going to criticize and be disappointed. But you know you have to lose and lift your head when it happens.”
They are however on course to win the French league again as they are far ahead with a 17-point lead.

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I have great admiration for Iniesta; I hope to see him play – Conte

I have great admiration for Iniesta; I hope to see him play – Conte

Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has expressed his intense admiration for Barcelona skipper, Andres Iniesta who is facing a race against time to be fit enough to be involved in the crucial Round of 16 second-leg between Chelsea and Barcelona at Nou Camp.

The 33-year old midfield maestro was reported to be injured in Barcelona’s top-of-the-table clash with Atletico Madrid a few weeks ago. However, recent reports have indicated that he might be fit again to play a part in tonight match.
Many Chelsea fans will prefer that the Spanish international is not game-fit because of the obvious threat he poses to the Blues’ chances of qualifying. However, Conte has insisted that he will want to see Iniesta play.
“We are talking about a great player, I have great admiration for Andres Iniesta,” Conte claimed.
“For him and the [many] players of Barcelona brought through, I’m talking about [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets. These are players with great talents.
“Iniesta is a genius with the football. I like to compare him with Andrea Pirlo. I think we’re talking about a genius. I don’t know if he will play, but it’s a game for the best players.”

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Matic: This is our most important game so far

Matic: This is our most important game so far

Manchester United midfielder, Nemanja Matic believes that the club’s Champions League Round of 16 second-leg clash with Sevilla on Tuesday is their most important game so far this season.

The tie is level after a goalless first-leg in Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan last month. With Sevilla keen on progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in their history, the former Chelsea man is confident that the Red Devils will draw inspiration from their recent run of victories in high-tensioned games to edge out the Spanish side.

While speaking with pressmen ahead of the game, the Serbia International said: “This is very important for our confidence to win this sort of game.”

“in the Premier League, we defeated Champions, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and our bitter-rivals, Liverpool, so confidence will be on a big level, definitely and this will be to our advantage.

“We have to see what we did well to continue like this; we have to know where we made mistakes to improve.

“The next game is very important for us, maybe the most important game of the season. We have to beat Sevilla to go through, so we will give our best.”

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Chelsea Legend urges Conte to set his team up with a recognized strike

Chelsea Legend urges Conte to set his team up with a recognized striker

Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard has urged Manager, Antonio Conte to set up the squad with a recognized striker and drop his false nine technique as he believes that will give the London club a huge chance against Barcelona.

The former Juventus coach played without a point man in the first leg at Stamford Bridge last month. He repeated the same formation at Old Trafford in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United not long after, with Eden Hazard used in the false nine position.

The Belgian midfielder endured a frustrating night in both encounters, while the Blues must score at Nou Camp to progress, Lampard believes that under-performing forward, Alvaro Morata has what it takes to deliver a top-class performance drawing inspiration from Countryman, Fernando Torres’ cameo six years ago.

In his Evening Standard column, Lampard wrote: “It is for big occasions like this that Chelsea bought Morata from Real Madrid for £58m last summer in the first place.

“There is obviously a question over whether coach Antonio Conte will play with a striker or revert to the false nine he used in the first leg.

“I would certainly consider picking Morata to lead the line with Eden Hazard and Willian behind.

“The striker has to play better than he has done in recent weeks. He needs to be physically stronger and hold the ball up more. He has the physical attributes and technical ability to do this.

“But what Morata can also provide is a target for Chelsea players to aim at and someone who can run in behind.

“He can do that job more naturally than Hazard, who without the responsibility of playing up front can get more involved in the game himself.

“What Fernando Torres did in 2012 shows what a recognized striker can give you against Barcelona. There is that opportunity to play balls over the top to get out.”

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We must be ready to suffer – Montella

We must be ready to suffer – Montella

Sevilla Manager, Vincenzo Montella has admitted that the team is aware that to have a chance of progressing to the next round at the expense of Premier League giant, Manchester United, they must be ready to suffer.

The Round of 16 tie is poised at 0-0 on aggregate after last month’s first leg at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan which ended goalless. Sevilla are desperate to progress to the competition’s quarter-finals for the first time in their history and Montella is mindful of the tough task that lies ahead of Los Rojiblancos to make history.

While speaking with reporters in his pre-match conference, the former Milan Manager said: “This is a massive opportunity for us and important for the history of the club.”

“We will be giving everything to try and achieve progression, but we are under no illusions that we will have to suffer for 90 minutes or more.

“It’s a very special occasion for Sevilla, a really important game and we dream of a place in the quarter finals, it’s a big competition and to reach that stage would be momentous for us.

“We have confidence in our own ability, and we believe this will be an evenly contested match.”

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We are focused on keeping our momentum going – Ederson

We are focused on keeping our momentum going – Ederson

Manchester City first-choice goalkeeper, Ederson has stated that the only thing that himself and his teammates are focused on right now is keeping their momentum going.
City is Champions-elect in the Premier League as they are 16 points clear at the summit. They defeated Arsenal in the EFL Cup final two weeks ago to claim the trophy and have also thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash in the Champions League.
There are talks of a possible treble at the end of the campaign for Guardiola’s exceptional side from every corner. Ederson has, however, called for calm insisting that they will only celebrate at the end when they have won and not now.

While speaking with City’s official website, the Brazilian said: “The players are very calm, and all we’re thinking of is to keep doing our best, keep our concentration and the momentum going.”
“We will only celebrate when we are champions and not before. We are focused on our next challenge now, the Champions League, but we can’t feel comfortable at all, we must always be careful and doubtful.”
“For us, the key is to keep on working hard to be focused like we have been doing this season, that’s how we get to win games.”
Ederson has been in a great form since completing his move to City from Benfica in the summer, taking Claudio Bravo’s place as the club’s number one shot stopper and going on to establish himself as one of the most consistent in the league – keeping 13 clean sheets along the way.
“I am feeling very well and the whole team too,” he added. “We are playing amazing football.”

Liorente Wanted Juventus

I saw Juve coming – Llorente

Tottenham forward, Fernando Llorente disclosed that he saw Juve, his former club coming for Tottenham as he wanted it to happen because he has lots of friends there.

The Champions League draw held earlier today and Tottenham Hotspur will be playing Serie A Champion, Juventus in one of the Round of 16 encounters. The first leg will be in Turin on February 13th and the return leg will be played at Wembley on March 7th.

“I’m very excited about this draw. I was with Juve for two years and I won five titles with them. I wanted to play them” Llorente said while speaking with Spurs website.

“I have great memories and I enjoyed my time at the club a lot, It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. I have a lot of friends there. It will be an amazing game. They are a very good team with very good players”.

Llorente, who made 92 competitive appearances for Juventus from 2013 to 2016 scored 27 goals with 10 assists.’

“We can be confident in ourselves because we are a very good side as well, focused, concentrated, aggressive- we can do amazing things”.

It will be a very special match! // Sarà una partita molto speciale per me! // Será un partido muy especial! #UCLdraw #COYS #THFC pic.twitter.com/OiE64TCiub

— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) December 11, 2017

Liverpool Will Worry Rivals

Liverpool attacking firepower will worry rivals – Klopp

Philippe Coutinho, who bagged a hat-trick for the first time in his Liverpool career alongside Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah were all on target as the Reds dismantled Spartak Moscow in a 7-goal rampage. Hence, Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp believes his side’s attacking brilliance will cause worry for their rivals in the Champions League.

In an electrifying display, Liverpool sealed their qualification to the round of 16 alongside all four other English clubs to make it five clubs from the same league in the knock-out stage for the first time in Champions League history. The victory also capped Klopp’s Men as the second highest scoring side in Champions’ League group stage and the highest scoring side from the premier league ever.

“If we perform like this tonight if we are that clinical, then yes we can [strike fear into opponents]” reiterated Klopp, whose team also put seven past Maribor. “But we had the same players before and they didn’t score and then it is not that we talk like this. That is not a criticism of the past. If we always perform like this then we are obviously a threat, 100 percent. And if you see how Dom Solanke performed at Stoke, how Dani Strurridge performed when he came on tonight – he could have scored two or three but he made a goal for Sadio – that’s good”

Liverpool’s victory ensured they topped their group and they are set to face either Basel, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk or holders Real Madrid in the next round as they qualified for the round of 16 for the first time since 2008-09

Klopp added “We knew if we win we would top the group so that’s not the biggest surprise but I think it’s strange this year in the group stage. There are a lot of really strong teams in second place. Obviously, all the teams in the last 16 are strong but this year is quite special. It’s not often you face Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Juve if you win your group. Antonio Conte mentioned it yesterday – there are no easy opponents and I don’t think anyone is happy when they get us in the draw. We will not be happy when we see who we face in the next round, but we will be ready”.

The premier league has endured frustrating seasons in Europe but it’s a different story this year as Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea all join Liverpool in the round of 16. “I could not be less interested in the other teams, to be honest, but I think the reason [for five English teams in the draw] is quality”, Klopp concluded

“All the teams in the Champions League have strong squads. We will see where this leads to, but it’s a fact that English football is top quality. I don’t know why it didn’t happen in the last few years. I don’t think there are a lot of options for English teams in next round but it is good news for English football. There has been a lot of good news for English football recently with their youth teams winning World Cups.”

The Liverpool handler was in an extremely high spirit after the match but he must now begin to think about the derby clash with Everton on Sunday. The injury suffered by defender “Alberto Moreno” will be the only low point in a fascinating evening for Liverpool.

Owen believes a Premier League Side will Play in Champions League final

Owen believes a Premier League Side will Play in Champions League final in Kiev BT sports Pundit and former Liverpool Striker, Michael Owen has affirmed that this might be the season that a Premier League side will claim the biggest price in Club football again. It has been a forgettable experience for English teams in Europe in recent seasons but the 2001 Ballon d’Or Winner alleges the time might just be right. He said he wouldn’t be surprised to see all five English teams in the Round of 16 as they could all go through as group leaders. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City claimed victory over Westham on Sunday to make it 13 wins in a row in the League. Their form in the league is only a replica of what we have seen them do in Europe and they are certainly one of the most fancied football team in the world at the moment. Owen is nevertheless concerned about their defence as he doubts if it can contain the attacking flair and brilliance of teams like Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He will, however, expect to see them at least in the semifinals. The former Manchester United forward went on to sing praises of the Red Devils, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. He said “Jose Mourinho has incredibly mastered the art of setting a team to defend solidly and break fast and that has helped him to win the Champions League on two occasions in his career” Chelsea is a vibrant side with fast-footed players like Eden Hazard, Willian and Alvaro Morata in their rank and just like anyone else, I will expect to see them thrive in Europe this season. “I’d also love to see my old club Liverpool win the Champions League once again, and while it seems unlikely for many reasons, the team Jurgen Klopp is working with now is better than the Liverpool team that won it in such a wonderful fashion in 2005” reiterated Owen and Tottenham will go all the way as well.