Champions League

  • Pogba might regret leaving Juventus for ...

    Andrea Barzagli believes Paul Pogba might regret his decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United after his former club's fine performances this season. Ronaldo issues support to Zlatan Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer ahead of the 2016-17 cam...

    Pogba might regret leaving Juventus for Man Utd - Barzagli

    Andrea Barzagli believes Paul Pogba might regret his decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United after his former club's fine performances this season. Ronaldo issues support to Zlatan Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer ahead of the 2016-17 campaign but has failed to live up to his price tag since returning to Manchester. Juventus face Monaco in the semi-finals of the Champions League, meet Lazio in the Coppa Italia final and are on track to win their sixth consecutive Serie A title. Barzagli acknowledges Pogba could not have foreseen Juventus' European success but believes their run to the last four could be tinged with regret for the France international. "I saw Pogba the other day via video chat. He was happy that we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and is cheering for us," Barzagli told Tuttosport. Bale more Kaka than Cristiano "Whoever leaves this group will always be part of it. Our biggest strength over the past few years has always been the team. "On the other hand he would surely have liked to be there. "But they are decisions you make. Nobody can expect to leave and then see your team reach the final four of the Champions League next season." Pogba, meanwhile, has already lifted the EFL Cup with United and is still in the race for Europa League glory.

  • 'Nobody notices when decisions go agains...

    Luka Modric has hit back at Bayern Munich after Real Madrid's Champions League victory was overshadowed by refereeing controversies. The Madrid star insists critics only notice when decisions go in his side's favour and never when they go the other way. Madrid beat Bayern 6-3 ...

    'Nobody notices when decisions go against Madrid!' - Modric responds to Bayern criticism

    Luka Modric has hit back at Bayern Munich after Real Madrid's Champions League victory was overshadowed by refereeing controversies. The Madrid star insists critics only notice when decisions go in his side's favour and never when they go the other way. Madrid beat Bayern 6-3 on aggregate after Tuesday's quarter-final second leg went to extra time. The Bundesliga side were furious after two of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals appeared to be offside, while Arturo Vidal was controversially sent off in a match that reignited calls for the adoption of video technology. But Modric is unhappy with the focus on officiating and feels Madrid would have won the tie regardless. "I feel sorry that there are controversies after our win against Bayern because I am convinced we were better in two games, created more chances and once again made Manuel Neuer look great," Modric said to Sportske novosti. "I am used to it now that every refereeing decision in Real's favour gets big publicity and when it goes against us, no one notices it. "Bayern got a penalty that never was in Munich, Sergio Ramos' own goal came after an offside and Vidal should have got a second yellow in the 47th minute. "But I don't want to discuss [what Barcelona's Gerard Pique has said about referees]. "I was against VAR in Japan at the Club World Cup because it lasted too long and match officials were not handling it well.  "But after I saw it in the France v Spain game, I saw it can be very good for football." Real's victory means they face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, with Modric relieved to draw Diego Simeone's side now rather than play them again in the final, having won in 2014 and 2016. The Croatia midfielder said: "It is better to meet Atletico in semi-final than in the final, people would be fed up of the same final three times in last four years.  "Of course it will be very tough, as any match against Atletico is."

  • Phenomenal Mbappe will score two past Ju...

    Monaco defender Andrea Raggi believes the presence of Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco a good chance of beating Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals. The 18-year-old has been sensational this season, scoring 22 goals in 36 in all competitions, with five coming in the knockout...

    Phenomenal Mbappe will score two past Juventus - Raggi

    Monaco defender Andrea Raggi believes the presence of Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco a good chance of beating Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals. The 18-year-old has been sensational this season, scoring 22 goals in 36 in all competitions, with five coming in the knockout stages of the European tournament. Mbappe scored three times over two legs as Monaco beat Borussia Dortmund to a spot in the last four, setting up a clash with the Serie A side. As the Ligue 1 side look to reach their first final since 2003-04, 32-year-old Raggi expects the rising France international to be at his clinical best once again. "He is a true phenomenon," he said. "When you face him in training you have to cross yourself and hope that something goes wrong and stops him. In one-on-ones he is very fast and has great technique. He is a serene boy. "He didn’t feel any pressure against Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund. I hope he sustains the pressure against Juve, so he’ll score two against them as well.” Juve beat Monaco 1-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the competition on their way to the final two years ago, and Raggi says his team are after revenge.

  • Atletico not caught up on revenge agains...

    Diego Simeone insists Atletico Madrid are not obsessed with a Champions League revenge mission against Real Madrid as his focus remains on facing Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday. Atleti have big chance to end Real hoodoo Atleti have been defeated by their rivals in each of thei...

    Atletico not caught up on revenge against Real Madrid in Champions League, says Simeone

    Diego Simeone insists Atletico Madrid are not obsessed with a Champions League revenge mission against Real Madrid as his focus remains on facing Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday. Atleti have big chance to end Real hoodoo Atleti have been defeated by their rivals in each of their last three European campaigns, twice in the final, and the sides were again paired together in Friday's last-four draw. But with his side still fighting to secure a top-three league position and automatic qualification for the Champions League next season, Simeone is adamant he cannot look too far ahead, while his team will not be distracted by the identity of their semi-final opponents. "The goal is to reach the final and, for this, you have to beat the opponent you play," he told a pre-match news conference ahead of playing Espanyol. "Whoever the rival, it would be the same goal and the same reason to win. Barca to appeal Neymar ban "I'm thinking of Espanyol, it's a tremendous week to look for third place. I do not think of anything else. "The players have looked at the rival we will play in the Champions League, but the league does not allow you to be distracted." Atleti are three points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla heading into the weekend, but Simeone expects a tough test against Espanyol, who have won their last four home games. "It will be a very complex game against Espanyol, a rival in good form," he added. "This game will demand a lot."

  • Tuchel warns Dortmund critics to handle ...

    Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has warned reporters to be careful when criticising his players as they continue their recovery from an attack on the team's bus, urging commentators to "differentiate between the sporting and the human aspect". Ahead of his side's trip to ...

    Tuchel warns Dortmund critics to handle players carefully

    Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has warned reporters to be careful when criticising his players as they continue their recovery from an attack on the team's bus, urging commentators to "differentiate between the sporting and the human aspect". Ahead of his side's trip to face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga, Tuchel was positive about his own wellbeing but would not be drawn on how his players were faring following the attack. Since the explosions occurred near the Dortmund team bus as it was travelling to Signal Iduna Park for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco, Tuchel's men have beaten Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 in the Bundesliga but lost 6-3 to the French side over two legs. Tuchel reflected on the importance of the police investigation into the incident, saying: "I'm convinced that the solving of the case will be very important for everyone of us. I believe that it's very important for us to know the background of the attack. "I can only speak for myself: I personally am dealing well, but I do not dare to speak for my players here. "I cannot expect the same from my players. I cannot expect everyone else to deal as I am, which is why we have to be very careful in how we criticise the players. "We have to differentiate between the sporting and the human aspect when and if we utter criticism." Dortmund are fourth in the league table, one point behind third-placed Hoffenheim, but Tuchel said that the return to Bundesliga action and the push for a top-three finish comes at a time when his players are mentally and physically drained. "The Gladbach game can be considered not detached from the events," he said. "We also have to regard the minutes we played and the already straining mental pressure of a Champions League quarter-final. "Of course a win in Monchengladbach would give us a massive boost." On the fitness of his squad ahead of the trip to Borussia Park, he added: "Since I'm yet to talk with the doctor, I assume that everyone is tired, but healthy."

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