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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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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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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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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 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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Transfer Talk Liverpool Everton may fight over Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

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. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio […]

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LIVE Transfer Talk Liverpool Everton may fight over Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

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. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio […]

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VAR in focus in Wednesday Champions League action

20/02/2019

VAR was a dominant storyline in each of Wednesday’s Champions League games. After a fairly inauspicious first three matchdays in the Champions League’s round of 16, the video assistant referee (VAR) took centre stage on Wednesday, as Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus and Schalke 04 vs. Manchester City saw no fewer than five match-changing decisions as […]

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Transfer Talk – Liverpool and Everton may fight over Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

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. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio […]

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Bayern fight and scrap to earn an edge vs. Liverpool but need a change of focus in Munich

20/02/2019

Thanks to the much-maligned aways goal rule in European football, many consider a 0-0 draw in the first leg of a knock-out tie a good result for the home team. But after Tuesday night’s game at Anfield, Bayern Munich walked away by far the happier side. The German champions probably knew that a goalless draw […]

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David Silva and Man City attack show their resiliency in comeback win at Schalke

20/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke. GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Manchester City snatched a 3-2 victory in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg at Schalke thanks to late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. City were ahead through […]

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David Silva and Man City attack show their resilience in comeback win at Schalke

20/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke. GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Manchester City snatched a 3-2 victory in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg at Schalke thanks to late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. City were ahead through […]

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Ike Opara wanted a fair deal. Now he’s got a fresh start and a new challenge in Minnesota

20/02/2019

Ike Opara is officially a Minnesotan now. It’s not down to the fact that he’s one of several new faces with Minnesota United, or that he spent his New Year’s holiday in the Twin Cities. Instead, it comes down to a recent purchase. “I finally invested in a proper outerwear jacket,” said Opara, a native […]

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Bayern earning draw amid Anfield atmosphere hardly a nightmare for Liverpool

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. LIVERPOOL, England — There are times when people get carried away with the emotion of a European night at Anfield. The noise, […]

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Mohamed Salah off target, Jordan Henderson immense as Liverpool held vs. Bayern

19/02/2019

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. LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool were frustrated by Bayern Munich at Anfield on Tuesday as the first leg of their Champions League last-16 […]

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Transfer Talk: Liverpool set to renew interest in Dortmund’s Sancho

19/02/2019

Jadon Sancho discussed his development at Borussia Dortmund, how he’s maturing and the influence Marco Reus has had on his career. Jadon Sancho says Christian Pulisic’s outstanding ability, commitment and passion for the game is an inspiration for him. The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals […]

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Manchester United supporters reinvigorated by club’s turnaround under Solskjaer

19/02/2019

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. Chelsea away has long been a problem for Manchester United, if not Manchester United fans. Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup win was the first in 10 visits, and […]

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