Showing posts with label Champions league. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Champions league. Show all posts

Champions League semi-final fixtures confirmed

The two Champions League semi-final ties have been confirmed, following the completion of the last-eight fixtures.

Real Madrid booked their place, following a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
The Spaniah giants go through with a 3-1 aggregate and will now face Chelsea in the last four.

Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Signal Iduna Park.
Pep Guardiola’s men qualify with a 4-2 aggregate and will face Paris Saint-Germain next.


Champions League: Manchester United to splash bonus on signing C Ronaldo

Manchester United will splash money on bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo, now that they have all but secured Champions League football for next season, according to Calciomercato.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men came from behind to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Sunday.

They are now nine points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea with seven games left to play.

Man United finishing in the top four, means extra money will be made available to Solskjaer in the summer transfer window.

It is believed the Premier League outfit are considering a transfer for Ronaldo, who has not ruled out returning to Old Trafford in the future.
The deal could reportedly include Paul Pogba going in the opposite direction and signing for Juventus. Dailypost

Champions League: Steve McManaman names 3 clubs to qualify for semi-finals

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool star, Steve McManaman, has named three clubs that will qualify for the Champions League semi-final this season.

Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Spain on Tuesday night, while Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium.

Reigning champions, Bayern Munich, will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, while Chelsea will take on FC Porto in Seville.

But McManaman believes all three Premier League clubs, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, will eventually progress to the semi-finals later this month because they are stronger.

Providing his predictions, McManaman told, “I have said it all year long that I believe the English sides are fitter, stronger and just generally better than most other teams in Europe at this moment in time.

“Not only do I believe that Liverpool will be favourites for their clash with Real, but I believe the same regarding Chelsea against Porto and Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund.

“I think that all the English teams will qualify for the Semi-Finals. I saw Real Madrid get knocked out by Manchester City last season, and I understand Eden Hazard is still currently out for Real, so if they go into this tie with a similar team they fielded for the Atalanta Round-of-16 clash, then I believe that Liverpool will be too strong and too fit for this current Madrid outfit.” Dailypost

Champions League: What we will do against Chelsea in second leg – Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said they will have a lot of work to do ahead of their second leg clash with Chelsea in the Champions League.

The LaLiga side lost 1-0 to Thomas Tuchel’s side on Tuesday night.

Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the match in the second half.

As a result, Simeone’s side will have it all to do at Stamford Bridge in three weeks, as they seek to qualify for the quarter-final.

“Looking three weeks ahead is too far. We have a lot of games until then. We will be playing against an opponent with speed and will need to be able to stop it, to deal with forwards like Giroud and other powerful players.

“We need to have more of the ball and position ourselves better in attack. We’ll work on it, but we also have an important game against Villarreal.

“Work, work, work. I trust the team we have. If we were in the month of September and they told me we’ve lost but we’re still leading, I’d sign for it,” Simeone said. Dailypost

Champions League: We didn’t let Atletico Madrid breathe – Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said his side didn’t allow Atletico Madrid “breathe” as they won 1-0 in their Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night.

Olivier Giroud’s stunning overhead kick in the second half proved to be the winner, as the Blues claimed a huge advantage ahead of the second leg.

Tuchel admitted he prepared his team to face a defensive Atletico side.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect. We wanted to be brave and play in their half.

“We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counterattacks. We have a big reward with this result.

“This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.” Dailypost

Arsene Wenger kicks against changes in Champions League format

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has kicked against UEFA’s proposed changes to the Champions League, claiming they do not respect the “sporting merit” of the competition.

UEFA’s plans would see a “single table” with 36 teams replace the group stage format, which currently features eight groups of four.

The changes would increase the number of matches from 125 to 225.

“The model that is proposed for the modern Champions League, I don’t like it at all,” Wenger, who is now FIFA’s head of global development, told BeIN Sports.

“The clubs always want more money. To get more money, they want more guaranteed games. The fans want more games of significance.

“Modern football has to find a compromise between what the clubs and fans want.”

Europe’s top leagues, including the Premier League, have also asked UEFA to reconsider the plans amid concerns over fixture congestion. Dailypost

Champions League: Teams that have qualified for the knockout stages

A total of four teams have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League following Tuesday’s matches.

They are: Barcelona, Juventus, Sevilla and Chelsea.

Barca who were without talismanic captain, Lionel Messi, thrashed Dynamo Kiev 4-0 in Ukraine.

Sergino Dest opened scoring in the second half, before Martin Braithwaite added a brace. Antoine Griezmann climbed off the bench to net the last goal.

Juventus grabbed the second slot from Group, after they saw off Ferencvaros 2-1, with Alvaro Morata scoring a late winner.

Sevilla and Chelsea both won 2-1 against Krasnodar and Rennes respectively. Dailypost


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