Champions League

  • Messi: Man City and PSG are Champions Le...

    Lionel Messi believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the strongest teams in Europe this season and the favourites to win the Champions League. Led by Messi's former coach Pep Guardiola, City are sailing at the top of the Premier League with 34 points, eight more tha...

    Messi: Man City and PSG are Champions League favourites

    Lionel Messi believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the strongest teams in Europe this season and the favourites to win the Champions League. Led by Messi's former coach Pep Guardiola, City are sailing at the top of the Premier League with 34 points, eight more than nearest rivals Manchester United, while they have a perfect record in Europe. PSG are also five wins from five games in the premier club competition and are looking strong at the top of Ligue 1 with Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in attack. Messi sees those two as the biggest dangers to Barcelona's hopes of winning the Champions League this season. "City is one of the strongest teams at the moment together with PSG," he told Marca. "So far, they have been the two teams that have shown themselves to be favourites, but this is a very long and tough competition." Barca are in fine form themselves and sit top of La Liga with a 10-point gap over main competitors Real Madrid. Although Zinedine Zidane's side have won just two of their last five games, Messi expects them to bounce back and make things difficult for his side in the league and Champions League. "I never rule out Real Madrid because although they're not having the results that everyone expects, I have no doubt that in the end they will be fighting for everything, as they do every year. "Bayern is another big team that will also be there at the end, but it's true that today City and PSG are the best." The 30-year-old was awarded the European Golden Shoe on Friday after scoring 37 goals in the league last season and remains at the top of his game,  As an elite athlete, he has to stick to a strict diet, and he admits there is one thing he misses eating. "Chocolate, it's the hardest thing for me, even now," he said. "I occasionally sin with chocolate."

  • Bayern boss Heynckes slams 'insanity' of...

    Jupp Heynckes voiced his support of Bayern Munich fans after their midweek protest over ticket prices left the club facing UEFA disciplinary action. Travelling supporters at Bayern's 2-1 win over Anderlecht on Wednesday unfurled a banner lamenting the cost of €100 to attend the ...

    Bayern boss Heynckes slams 'insanity' of Champions League ticket prices

    Jupp Heynckes voiced his support of Bayern Munich fans after their midweek protest over ticket prices left the club facing UEFA disciplinary action. Travelling supporters at Bayern's 2-1 win over Anderlecht on Wednesday unfurled a banner lamenting the cost of €100 to attend the game, while some threw bundles of fake money onto the pitch. FCB 15/2 to win Champions League European football's governing body this week charged the Bundesliga champions for the "throwing of objects" and an "illicit banner", with the case to be dealt with on December 7. But speaking ahead of Saturday's top-flight trip to Borussia Monchengladbach, veteran boss Heynckes insisted fans were well within their rights to protest. "If tickets cost €100 it's insanity," he said. "[The fans] are right. In the end, you can't finance that. It's like you say, 'Please stay home, we don't want to have you here'. "It's not okay. That's the reason why the protest is justified. "I have solidarity with our fans and support the protest. I'm, in general, an advocate of moderate ticket prices. "We need the fans. Games without atmosphere are bad for football."

  • I do not want to talk about refereeing, ...

    South Africa international Dino Ndlovu has bemoaned the state of refereeing during his club Qarabag's Uefa Champions League encounter against Chelsea. Qarabag were once again at the end of a thumping as they lost 4-0 to the English Premier League Champions, and in the aftermath ...

    I do not want to talk about refereeing, laments Dino Ndlovu

    South Africa international Dino Ndlovu has bemoaned the state of refereeing during his club Qarabag's Uefa Champions League encounter against Chelsea. Qarabag were once again at the end of a thumping as they lost 4-0 to the English Premier League Champions, and in the aftermath of another disappointing result for the Azerbaijani’s where The Blues were awarded two penalties, the 27-year-old was visibly disappointed. Ndlovu took to the club’s social media account to express his frustrations, suggesting that the referees had played a role in Qarabag’s elimination from the competition. Ndlovu himself has previously been on the wrong end of a referee’s fury as he was given a red card against Atletico Madrid for an apparent dive. "It was a good game in the first 20 minutes, but the referee solved the problem for us. I cannot blame anyone though, it's futile, anything can happen,” Ndlovu lamented on Qarabag’s Facebook account. “What can we do? It’s a good experience for the team, make no mistake. I'm not a UEFA official, I do not want to talk about refereeing. It's not my problem, but they did what they did… We get red cards in the Champions League games, and I do not understand the reason, maybe because we're a small club, so I'm sorry,” he concluded.  

  • Klopp trusts Moreno '100 per cent' despi...

    Jurgen Klopp still trusts Alberto Moreno "100 per cent" after the full-back faltered badly in the midweek Champions League draw at Sevilla. Moreno, returning to his home city, gave away the free-kick and penalty that led to his former club's first and second goals, as Liverpool ...

    Klopp trusts Moreno '100 per cent' despite Sevilla shocker

    Jurgen Klopp still trusts Alberto Moreno "100 per cent" after the full-back faltered badly in the midweek Champions League draw at Sevilla. Moreno, returning to his home city, gave away the free-kick and penalty that led to his former club's first and second goals, as Liverpool squandered a 3-0 half-time lead to take only a point away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Liverpool 21/10 for Blues clean sheet The Reds face Premier League champions Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, in what is likely to be another stern test of Moreno's defensive credentials. Klopp could opt for James Milner at left-back - the England international replaced Moreno in the 63rd minute on Tuesday - but the manager maintains an unshaken belief in the Spaniard's abilities. "I had a talk, of course, to Alberto and I am really happy about his shape, I am really happy about his performances," said Klopp, who confirmed Emre Can is a doubt to face Chelsea due to a muscular issue, while Adam Lallana and Joel Matip remain on the road to recovery. "Yes, I know in this game it was obviously [not his best] and that's then really my responsibility. I could have done different things and obviously it was difficult in Seville with all the circumstances; everyone was talking to him like a family member. He left there but a lot of people are still there who he knows well. "[If you lose] one, two or three per cent of concentration and come a little bit too late and that's how it started. My response would have been to think about the line-up or change or change earlier or whatever. It's not the player to blame, I am 100 per cent responsible for that. "I told him I still trust him 100 per cent, so for me the game is over. How you concede the goals is not important anymore after the game, only for the analysis but not for anything else. "We know how we came into the situations and that's what we have to change."

  • We have to stay awake all the time - Cou...

    Philippe Coutinho admits Liverpool must learn from Tuesday's 3-3 Champions League draw with Sevilla, despite the result keeping them on course to win Group E. Jurgen Klopp's side looked to be coasting to victory on Spanish soil when they led 3-0 at the break, only to suffer a wo...

    We have to stay awake all the time - Coutinho frustrated after Sevilla collapse

    Philippe Coutinho admits Liverpool must learn from Tuesday's 3-3 Champions League draw with Sevilla, despite the result keeping them on course to win Group E. Jurgen Klopp's side looked to be coasting to victory on Spanish soil when they led 3-0 at the break, only to suffer a worrying second-half collapse that once again raised questions over their defensive deficiencies. Coutinho 6/4 to net vs. Chelsea Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice before Guido Pizarro struck a dramatic late equaliser to rescue a point for Sevilla and deny a shell-shocked Liverpool from qualifying for the knockout stages. Coutinho put the capitulation down to the players losing focus after such an impressive first half, something they can ill-afford to let happen again in the future. "It wasn't a good result, we almost felt like we do after a defeat," the Brazil international told Liverpool's official website. "We had a great first half and then in the second half we let everything unravel and so we were all feeling very frustrated.  "We have to stay awake all the time, 100 per cent. I think that the first half, the way we went into the game, we have to go into the second half [like that] too.  "And I think all of the players, we all switched off a little bit and we thought that at 3-0 it was going to be a little bit difficult for the opposition [to come back].  "That’s what happens sometimes when you play football." Despite the disappointing result in Seville, Liverpool will still win the group if they beat Spartak Moscow at Anfield on December 6. "If you had offered us a draw [before the game] that would have been fine and [felt] better than the way the game went," Coutinho added. "The problem is that we were 3-0 up and playing with great intensity and had a result that was going to be great but then they drew level and that frustrated us.  "But really, it’s a point for us and we are still top of the group, so it was an important point."

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