Ronaldo was signed by Juve to win the Champions League. He’ll need to deliver in second leg vs. Atletico

21/02/2019

Cristiano Ronaldo’s manita gesture went unnoticed on TV in Italy. Subtle and off-camera, the moralising was instead dedicated to Diego Simeone’s celebration of the testicular fortitude Atletico showed in opening the scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano. When journalist Gianluca Di Marzio asked Simeone to explain what some adjudged to be inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour toward […]

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Arrivals of Piatek, Paqueta have Gattuso, Milan in position to return to the Champions League

21/02/2019

Last Friday afternoon, Gennaro Gattuso walked into his pre-match news conference and did what he always does. He walked down the aisle to his desk, exchanging a few words and shaking some hands only to notice that a couple of the reporters were not in their usual places. To great curiosity and no little amusement, […]

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Man United stronger under Solskjaer than Mourinho – Liverpool’s Wijnaldum

21/02/2019

180 minutes of football produced two goalless draws in the Champions League round of 16, meaning it is still all to play for. Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at […]

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Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United a shot at the Premier League title

21/02/2019

The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. The most depressing day of the Premier League season so far? If you’re a Manchester United fan, it has to be October 6, 2018. That’s when Newcastle […]

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Ronaldo taunts Atletico Madrid: ‘I have five Champions Leagues and Atletico has zero’

21/02/2019

The FC crew answer your tweets on the repercussions if Juventus are knocked out of the UCL by Atleti, the video replays used by VAR and more. Following Atletico Madrid’s opener, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw a Juventus side that appeared ‘flustered and rattled.’ Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo left the Wanda Metropolitano […]

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Manchester United’s FA Cup draw makes Man City reschedule more complicated – sources

21/02/2019

Manchester City’s quest for the quadruple continues on Sunday at Wembley as Pep Guardiola’s side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. 10-man Manchester City left Germany with a 3-2 victory over Schalke, while Atletico […]

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Tottenham’s Kane has been ready to play for 10 days – Pochettino

21/02/2019

Mauricio Pochettino speaks about Harry Kane’s recovery from injury, but stresses he’s not ahead of schedule just yet. Tottenham looked comfortable in their 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund, as Real Madrid stole a late away win against the Dutch side. The FC panel answer your tweets on Tottenham’s trophy chances this season, where Mauricio Pochettino […]

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Liverpool made nearly £500m for local economy in 2017-18 according to study

21/02/2019

180 minutes of football produced two goalless draws in the Champions League round of 16, meaning it is still all to play for. Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at […]

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Man City fan in critical condition following Champions League game against Schalke

21/02/2019

Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. 10-man Manchester City left Germany with a 3-2 victory over Schalke, while Atletico Madrid took down fancied Juventus at the Wanda Metropolitano. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by […]

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Champions League best XI: Mbappe and Son plus Sane lead top performers

21/02/2019

The Champions League’s best performers from this week. We’re halfway through the Champions League round of 16, but who were the stars of the first leg ties? Here’s the best XI from the eight games so far. Goalkeeper – Anthony Lopes (Lyon) Barcelona rained in 25 shots on the Lyon goal but found Lopes in […]

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Transfer Talk – Manchester United to raid Barcelona for Luis Suarez?

21/02/2019

The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And […]

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La Liga flattered by reported Premier League interest in Javier Tebas

21/02/2019

Javier Tebas was linked with a move to Serie A in 2018. La Liga is unaware of any interest from the Premier League in hiring their president, Javier Tebas, but described reports linking him to the job “as a source of pride.” The Times reported that Tebas is a contender to succeed Richard Scudamore as […]

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Alvaro Morata on Real Madrid past Not even Jesus Christ was liked by everyone

21/02/2019

Following Atletico Madrid’s opener, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw a Juventus side that appeared ‘flustered and rattled.’ Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata accepts his Real Madrid past is a problem for some Rojiblanco fans, but “not even Jesus Christ was liked by everyone.” Morata joined Atletico from Chelsea in January on an […]

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Marko Grujic determined to make it at Liverpool as Hertha loan flourishes

21/02/2019

Marko Grujic, 22, has played just 14 games for Liverpool in three years but is still held in high regard by the club. Liverpool will welcome a revelation to their squad at the end of the season, a player from the “top shelf” of the transfer market. A 22-year-old considered to be the best midfielder […]

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Atletico Madrid ready to suffer in Turin in return leg against Juventus – Diego Simeone

21/02/2019

Following Atletico Madrid’s opener, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw a Juventus side that appeared ‘flustered and rattled.’ Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said his team had “shown their balls” in beating Juventus 2-0 in Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg, while predicting they would still have to suffer in the return […]

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Atletico spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid Juve’s UCL hopes

21/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe credits Atletico Madrid for showing their mental strength by overcoming the reversed decisions made by VAR. Following Atletico Madrid’s opener, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw a Juventus side that appeared ‘flustered and rattled.’ MADRID — “I’ve got five Champions Leagues, you have none,” was Cristiano Ronaldo’s icy response […]

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Wild Champions League Wednesday The VAR effect vintage Atletico fortunate Man City

21/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe credits Atletico Madrid for showing their mental strength by overcoming the reversed decisions made by VAR. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke. Following Atletico Madrid’s opener, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw […]

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Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus – Football Match Report – February 20, 2019

20/02/2019

Late goals by central defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin earned Atletico Madrid a 2-0 victory over Juventus in their Champions League round-of-32 first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano, amid more video assistant referee (VAR) controversy. The tie saw losers of four of the past five finals face off, with both sides renowned for their […]

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Arsenal’s Ozil needs to be ‘more consistent’ to earn start – Emery

20/02/2019

Following their Europa League defeat at BATE Borisov, ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner takes Arsenal to task for their less-than-impressive showing. ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop does not hold back in how Mesut Ozil has been performing at Arsenal under Unai Emery. ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner and Shaka Hislop disagree about the amount of pressure Unai Emery […]

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Liverpool considering US preseason tour for second straight year – sources

20/02/2019

Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at Anfield. 180 minutes of football produced two goalless draws in the Champions League round of 16, meaning it is still all to play […]

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