Champions League

  • 'Win, win, win!' - Kante eyeing clean sw...

    N'Golo Kante says Chelsea must add more trophies to their Premier League crown if they are to view the coming season as a success. Bet on Chelsea's Tour of Champions Antonio Conte's team swept to a dominant title success last term, winning 13 games on the spin to take control...

    'Win, win, win!' - Kante eyeing clean sweep at Chelsea this season

    N'Golo Kante says Chelsea must add more trophies to their Premier League crown if they are to view the coming season as a success. Bet on Chelsea's Tour of Champions Antonio Conte's team swept to a dominant title success last term, winning 13 games on the spin to take control of the league before cantering to success. Kante lifted the Premier League trophy for a second year, having inspired Leicester City's incredible title tilt the previous season before making a £30million move to Stamford Bridge. With a return to the Champions League in view, and having lost last season's FA Cup final to Arsenal, Kante says one piece of silverware will not do in 2017-18. "Football is like this: after every game you have to do better in the next and the [upcoming] season is the same," he said. "After last season we have to start in the same way and try to do better. Morata: Conte shows faith in me "We are looking to do a better season together and we know at a club like Chelsea a good season means to win titles. So we will try to win some titles. Win, win, win. We will fight for everything. "We will fight against good teams. So it is going to be difficult. But we will try to win everything we play in." Kante's desire to progress extends to his own game, despite being named Player of the Year by the PFA, FWA and Premier League last term. "I can always improve," he said. "Maybe score more goals and more assists, always help the team the best I can.  "Sometimes I can help the team to score, to make the last pass or to get more chances and try to score. Maybe I can do this more often." Only Tottenham managed to hold a candle to Conte's dominant side last term, but Kante believes the Blues' rivals will be revitalised in what is already shaping up to be a record-breaking transfer window. Kante said: "We see what the other clubs are doing. Things will change from last season.  "It's easy to say who will be in the top six. Anything can happen in the Premier League, but the top six will be a very good fight for the title."

  • Nwakaeme nets brace as Hapoel Be'er Shev...

    Anthony Nwakaeme netted a brace as Hapoel Be'er Sheva recorded a 3-2 away win over Budapest Honved to qualify for the Uefa Champions League third qualifying round. Having won the first leg with a slim margin at home, John Ogu opened the scoring for Be'er Sheva in the 12th minute...

    Nwakaeme nets brace as Hapoel Be'er Sheva clinch Champions League third round spot

    Anthony Nwakaeme netted a brace as Hapoel Be'er Sheva recorded a 3-2 away win over Budapest Honved to qualify for the Uefa Champions League third qualifying round. Having won the first leg with a slim margin at home, John Ogu opened the scoring for Be'er Sheva in the 12th minute before Nwakaeme doubled the lead four minutes later. Davide Lanzafame pulled a goal back for the hosts on the stroke of half time from the penalty spot, and in the 75th minute, Botond Barath put the hosts back in contention with the equaliser. And with six minutes left to play, Nwakaeme had the final say with the winner – which ensured his side book a ticket to the next round 5-3 on aggregate. The Camels will now face Ludogorets Razgrad who defeated Zalgiris Vilnius 5-3 over two legs to negotiate their way into the group stage.

  • Navas not ready to let go of Madrid numb...

    Keylor Navas is ready to remain with Real Madrid "for many years to come" despite the Spanish and European champions being regularly linked with moves for other goalkeepers. Navas inherited the Madrid number one shirt after Iker Casillas left to join Porto ahead of the 2015-16 s...

    Navas not ready to let go of Madrid number one spot

    Keylor Navas is ready to remain with Real Madrid "for many years to come" despite the Spanish and European champions being regularly linked with moves for other goalkeepers. Navas inherited the Madrid number one shirt after Iker Casillas left to join Porto ahead of the 2015-16 season, although a key factor in the Costa Rica international retaining his spot was the club failing to get a move for Manchester United's David de Gea over the line on deadline day. Madrid have continued to be linked with De Gea since, while a move for AC Milan sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma hit the buffers when the 18-year-old penned a new contract at San Siro. Get Real Madrid title odds Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois is also a rumoured target but Navas is focused upon matters on the field, having overcome a string of errors to finish last season strongly as Zinedine Zidane's side triumphed at home and abroad. "What happened in the past has happened. This season I am happy, I am calm as always," the 30-year-old told reporters at Madrid's pre-season training base in California. "I have to keep my feet on the ground. It's not easy here. I want to stay here for many years to come "I've enjoyed it, I've won here and I've seen my family so happy here. "It's not just about [learning from] errors – that's not going to limit me in how I look to keep improving." Navas balked at the suggestion put to him by one journalist that he has come in for extra attention from boss Zinedine Zidane since returning to training. "My relationship with the coach hasn't changed since he came here. It's a bit ridiculous saying he's showing me extra affection – he's always been like that with me," he said. "He always shows all of us a lot of confidence, he is very close to all the players. I haven't noticed any difference in the behaviour of him or his coaching staff." A resounding 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff made Madrid the first team in the Champions League era to win back-to-back titles and Navas feels it is natural his team-mates should have the club's 13th triumph in Europe's top competition in their sights. "We have to be conscious of the fact it's difficult to win two Champions Leagues in a row but we start from zero again," he added. "We have a lot of confidence in the team and in the coaching staff. Neymar willing to leave Barca for PSG "We are not thinking about us having already won two. This is a new tournament and we have the same excitement as we had before. "We will work hard and have confidence. We have talent, a good team spirit and that can help us win another Champions League title."

  • Di Maria wants PSG stay despite Emery pr...

    Angel Di Maria insists he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain despite admitting to difficulties working with Unai Emery last season. Barcelona reject Roma approach for Munir The Argentina international played 43 times in all competitions in 2016-17 but struggled for form in th...

    Di Maria wants PSG stay despite Emery problems

    Angel Di Maria insists he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain despite admitting to difficulties working with Unai Emery last season. Barcelona reject Roma approach for Munir The Argentina international played 43 times in all competitions in 2016-17 but struggled for form in the early half of the campaign in particular, scoring just once in his first 19 Ligue 1 appearances. Di Maria has been linked with Inter during recent weeks, despite the Serie A club's sporting director, Piero Ausilio, suggesting that his wage demands would be too high. But the 29-year-old has no desire to leave Parc des Princes and believes he has become accustomed to the demands of his head coach in the last few months. "For me, there's no doubt about it. I want to stay," he said. "But, for the club, I don't know. The reality is that my family are well and I'm happy in Paris. "I know that not everything went well last season. At first, I didn't quite understand what the coach was asking me. Then we gradually got to know each other and I think people have seen the change in the last few months. I hope I can reproduce that this year." PSG claimed a double of Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue trophies in Emery's first season, but they lost their league title to Monaco and suffered a Champions League exit against Barcelona after a 6-1 hammering in the last-16 second leg. Di Maria says regaining their domestic crown and battling to reach the final in Europe's top competition are their primary goals for next term. Get odds on AC Milan vs Borussia Dortmund "Like every other year: win everything," he said when asked about PSG's objectives. "Last season, we won both cups but we lost the championship and we were knocked out of the Champions League. "This year, we'll try to go as far as possible in the Champions League and maybe reach the final. Then we have to win back the title and to defend the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue." Di Maria hopes that Dani Alves, who joined on a free transfer after leaving Juventus, can take PSG a step closer to their first Champions League triumph. "I've only played against him. But I'm happy with his signing as he is a player with huge qualities, who will bring something extra to the team and allow us to improve further," he added.

  • Griffiths, Celtic and Linfield charged a...

    Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has been charged by UEFA with provoking spectators after the Scottish Premiership champions' 2-0 win over Linfield at Windsor Park. Bet on Man Utd vs Real Madrid in ICC Early goals from Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic gave Brendan Rodgers' side a 2-0...

    Griffiths, Celtic and Linfield charged after ill-tempered Champions League tie

    Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths has been charged by UEFA with provoking spectators after the Scottish Premiership champions' 2-0 win over Linfield at Windsor Park. Bet on Man Utd vs Real Madrid in ICC Early goals from Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic gave Brendan Rodgers' side a 2-0 victory in the first leg of the Champions League second-round qualifier but the match was marred by fans throwing missiles at Celtic players. After one such incident, Griffiths was booked, having complained to the referee Alejandro Hernandez about a bottle being thrown in his direction as he prepared to take a corner. Following the final whistle, Scotland international Griffiths tied a Celtic scarf to one of the goalposts. Celtic have also been charged with improper conduct for having five players booked during the match, while Linfield must answer charges in relation to throwing objects and supporters invading the field. UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body will deal with the case on Thursday.

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