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    Guardiola’s Bayern ‘won’t give up’ after surprise loss to Porto

Guardiola’s Bayern ‘won’t give up’ after surprise loss to Porto

Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, never knows when he’s beaten. The Bundesliga leaders take a two-goal deficit into next week’s second leg match of their UEFA Champions League clash with Porto at the Allianz Arena after losing the first leg 3-1. But the Spaniard expects a change in fortune after the embarrassing loss in Portugal. “It’s a complicated result, but together with our [...]

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    Ibrahimovic slapped with four-match ban

Ibrahimovic slapped with four-match ban

Paris St Germain striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been banned for four Ligue 1 games for insulting match officials. The 33-year-old Sweden international will miss the games against Nice, Lille, Metz and Nantes as a result of his widely televised rant (above) in which he said France did not deserve a team like PSG because of the way they are treated. Sebastien Deneux, [...]

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    Echiejile glad to knock out the Gunners

Echiejile glad to knock out the Gunners

Monaco left back, Elderson Echiejile, has expressed delight in his team’s qualification for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League at the expense of Arsenal. The Gunners saw their Champions League dreams crash as they exited the competition on away goals on Tuesday despite winning the return 2-0 at Louis II Stadium. Olivier Giroud's first-half effort and Aaron Ramsey's goal after 79 [...]

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    Goal king Ronaldo vows media silence

Goal king Ronaldo vows media silence

Cristiano Ronaldo has told reporters that he will not speak to them again until the end of the season. Ronaldo, who has set a new all-time record goal total in UEFA club competition with his 77th and 78th strikes against Schalke 04 on Tuesday, was left seething by Real’s 4-3 defeat to the German side at the Bernabeu. The Champions League holders [...]

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    We can finish off the Gunners in Monaco, says Echiejile

We can finish off the Gunners in Monaco, says Echiejile

Monaco defender, Elderson Echiejile, has disclosed that his side can continue from where they stopped in London and finish off Arsenal in the second leg of their Round of 16 UEFA Champions League match in Monaco. In the match, a 25-yard deflected effort from Geoffrey Kondogbia put the French side ahead on 38 minutes, before striker Dimitar Berbatov scored a second [...]

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    Italians need the Juventus model and other UCL talking points

Italians need the Juventus model and other UCL talking points

Another mid-week, another round of UEFA Champions League (UCL) fixtures to keep us busy. Football fans can barely get their minds off Europe’s elite competition these days, thanks to the extension of fixtures over four weeks instead of a fortnight break. Atletico got beaten in Germany by Bayer Leverkusen, a sumptuous goal by Hakan Calhanoglu settling the affair. Barcelona flexed their [...]

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    UCL PREVIEW: ‘Easy’ is a word you have to ban in the Champions League, says Wenger

UCL PREVIEW: ‘Easy’ is a word you have to ban in the Champions League, says Wenger

Arsenal host Monaco at the Emirates in the 1st leg of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) last 16 match. After exits from the competition at this stage in their previous four seasons against the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, the Gunners are favourites this time to book a quarter final ticket ahead of their French opponent. But Arsene Wenger, [...]

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    UCL PREVIEW: City ‘not scared’ of Barca

UCL PREVIEW: City ‘not scared’ of Barca

A year is a long time in football. At this same stage last year, Manchester City lost 4-1 on aggregate against Barcelona – the four-time European champions. This time, though, City do not have an inferiority complex against the Catalan giant as they prepare to host them in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) last 16 first leg tie at the Etihad Stadium [...]

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    English refs need extra classes and other UCL talking points

English refs need extra classes and other UCL talking points

It has been a welcome return for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) after a two-month break following the end of the group stages. The round of 16 has promised so much and has tried to deliver on the mouth-watering ties drawn to the excitement of fanatics worldwide. In the midst of all the pre-match braggadocio and other behind-the-scene events, it was [...]

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    UCL PREVIEW: Schalke hoping to avoid another Real rout

UCL PREVIEW: Schalke hoping to avoid another Real rout

Real Madrid start the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) with a return trip to face German side Schalke 04 on Wednesday. Last season saw Real come back from the first leg of their last 16 tie at the Veltins Arena with a 6-1 away win which all but sealed qualification into the quarterfinals. One year later, Schalke hope they [...]

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    UCL PREVIEW: Chelsea set to pounce on injury-ravaged PSG

UCL PREVIEW: Chelsea set to pounce on injury-ravaged PSG

Chelsea, fresh from a rare weekend off, travel to Paris to face injury-blighted Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) at the Parc des Princes. The shock defeat to third-tier Bradford City in the fourth round of the FA Cup in January allowed the Blues to rest over the weekend fifth [...]

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    City opt for Bony over Jovetic in UCL squad

City opt for Bony over Jovetic in UCL squad

Manchester City have dropped striker Stevan Jovetic out of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) squad to make way for new £25million signing Wilfried Bony. The arrival of the Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire international from Swansea in January meant City had an extra foreign player in their squad than UEFA allows for their competition. And the decision by manager Manuel Pellegrini to omit [...]

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    UCL: Chelsea draw PSG, City meet Barca yet again

UCL: Chelsea draw PSG, City meet Barca yet again

Chelsea face French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) after the draw was made in Nyon.    Manchester City will once again face Barcelona while Arsenal will play Monaco. In the other ties, Bayer Leverkusen take on Atletico Madrid, Juventus play Borussia Dortmund, Schalke meet defending champions Real Madrid, Bayern Munich play Shakhtar Donetsk and [...]

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    UCL PREVIEW: CSKA, Roma, City jostle for knockout place in Group E

UCL PREVIEW: CSKA, Roma, City jostle for knockout place in Group E

CSKA Moscow visit Group E winners Bayern Munich needing a first win in Germany and a helping hand from elsewhere if they are to secure a place in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). After their 1-1 draw with Roma last time out, CSKA sit level on five points with the Italian side and Manchester City. To secure second [...]

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    UCL PREVIEW: It is all or nothing for Liverpool at Anfield

UCL PREVIEW: It is all or nothing for Liverpool at Anfield

Qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) is up for grabs when Liverpool and Basel meet at Anfield in final group match. Basel are second in Group B with a two-point advantage over the Reds, and need only draw to secure their first knockout-stage appearance since 2011/12. Liverpool require three points to reach the round of 16 for [...]

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    Liverpool, Ludogorets in Champions League survival fight

Liverpool, Ludogorets in Champions League survival fight

Liverpool and Ludogorets are playing for their UEFA Champions League (UCL) lives when they meet in Sofia on match day five. The clubs sit joint bottom of Group B with three points each and need a victory to retain realistic hope of overtaking second-placed Basel who has six points. Only six teams in UCL history have taken three points or fewer from [...]

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