Champions League

  • Vidal will 'definitely be back on board'...

    Bayern Munich have allayed fears midfielder Arturo Vidal could miss next month's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Vidal is nursing a rib injury he sustained during the Telekom Cup final on January 14, when Bayern beat Mainz 2-1, and he was fo...

    Vidal will 'definitely be back on board' before Arsenal clash, announce Bayern

    Bayern Munich have allayed fears midfielder Arturo Vidal could miss next month's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Vidal is nursing a rib injury he sustained during the Telekom Cup final on January 14, when Bayern beat Mainz 2-1, and he was forced off early in the second half of Friday's Bundesliga triumph by the same score versus Freiburg. Vidal hoping to be ready for Arsenal The 29-year-old Chile international said after the match he expected to be out for "at least two or three weeks", with his availability to face Arsene Wenger's side on February 15 up in the air. But Bayern reported on their official website that Vidal would "definitely be back on board" for the home match with Schalke on February 4, while his participation in this weekend's trip to Werder Bremen "is still open". The ex-Juventus man trained on Monday and a statement from Bayern read: "Vidal will be on a reduced schedule for the next few days and will also be treated by the FCB medical staff. "A decision about his return to team training will be taken on a day-by-day basis."

  • 'I feel bad' - Vidal fears longer lay-of...

    Arturo Vidal's rib injury could sideline him for up to three weeks, placing the Bayern Munich midfielder in doubt to face Arsenal in the last-16 of the Champions League. The Chile international sustained the problem in the Telekom Cup final on January 14, where Bayern defeated M...

    'I feel bad' - Vidal fears longer lay-off but could return against Arsenal

    Arturo Vidal's rib injury could sideline him for up to three weeks, placing the Bayern Munich midfielder in doubt to face Arsenal in the last-16 of the Champions League. The Chile international sustained the problem in the Telekom Cup final on January 14, where Bayern defeated Mainz 2-1. Lewa nets 135th Bundesliga goal Vidal did start against Freiburg as the champions returned to Bundesliga action with a 2-1 success on Friday, but he could not complete 90 minutes and was forced off early in the second half. Carlo Ancelotti's side face the Gunners in the first leg of the tie at the Allianz Arena on February 15, and Vidal has his sights set on that meeting as a potential date for his return. "I feel bad and have severe pain on the rib. Now I will have to pause, because I cannot play," he told TZ. 'Man City simply not as good as Bayern' "I already missed training for a week, but now it should take at least two or three weeks. "[I will see] how I feel for the last 16 in the Champions League."  

  • Expect the Unexpected - The UEFA Champio...

    The 2015-16 season saw the football world turned on its head.  They said there could be no more shocks. Globalisation, unprecedented TV deals and the stockpiling of talent like never before had made the stuff of fairytales all but extinct from the modern game.  But Leicester Ci...

    Expect the Unexpected - The UEFA Champions League returns

    The 2015-16 season saw the football world turned on its head.  They said there could be no more shocks. Globalisation, unprecedented TV deals and the stockpiling of talent like never before had made the stuff of fairytales all but extinct from the modern game.  But Leicester City refused to buy into it. And so did Portugal. First the Foxes claimed perhaps the most unlikely league title in European football history and then, just weeks later, a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal stunned hosts France at Euro 2016. European football is once again ready to Expect the Unexpected and the UEFA Champions League will provide the great setting against which the most romantic of scriptwriters will be itching to plot yet more heroic surprise endings. The competition kicked off on Tuesday with a Barcelona masterclass as they swept Celtic aside 7-0 while PSG played out a competitive 1-1 draw with Arsenal in Paris.  Anderson Talisca returned to Lisbon to haunt his former club, Benfica, with a last-minute equaliser for his new club, Besiktas, and belting rain meant Pep Guardiola's Manchester City had to wait an extra 24 hours to kick-off their quest for glory. Wednesday sees Leicester make their bow, in Brugge, while reigning champions Real Madrid begin their hunt for a 12th UCL crown by hosting Sporting in the Spanish capital.  Tottenham, meanwhile, return to the group stage to welcome Monaco to London and Italian heavyweights Juventus face off against the reigning Europa League champions, Sevilla. And Goal has teamed up with Nissan to ensure you join us every step of the way. We’ll be taking you closer to the action than ever before as our team of club correspondents provide unprecedented access to the Champions League.   From PSG and Barcelona to Manchester City and Real Madrid, our eye witnesses will bring you an exclusive Instagram story throughout Tuesday to welcome you behind-the-scenes of the biggest stage of all. Also, stay tuned to the Goal International Facebook page for all the best VIP Matchday footage.

  • Guardiola: Toure deserves Champions Leag...

    Pep Guardiola has said Yaya Toure will "definitely" be recalled to the Manchester City squad for the Champions League knock-out stages. Toure was excluded from the City squad for the knock-out phase after Guardiola decided the Ivorian did not feature in his plans - something he ...

    Guardiola: Toure deserves Champions League recall after overcoming 'many physical problems'

    Pep Guardiola has said Yaya Toure will "definitely" be recalled to the Manchester City squad for the Champions League knock-out stages. Toure was excluded from the City squad for the knock-out phase after Guardiola decided the Ivorian did not feature in his plans - something he now puts down to "many physical reasons". That decision caused Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, to hit out at Guardiola in the press, which in turn lead to Toure being excluded from match day squads until Seluk apologised. Man City refute Jesus TPO claims Toure then lost 8 kilograms in weight as he worked to get back into the team and he has proven to be a key player for City since earning a recall at Crystal Palace in November. And with Ilkay Gundogan now ruled out for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury, Guardiola will reinstate Toure to his squad list at the expense of the Germany midfielder. "Definitely yes," Guardiola responded when asked if the midfielder would return. "He deserves that. In the first part of the season he was not able [to play], in the first first part for many physical reasons, in the second part you know why [the dispute with Seluk], but of course he deserves to be in the Champions League in the second round." Guardiola, however, would not discuss the possibility of offering Toure a new contract. 'Pep won't change his philosophy' The 33-year-old's current deal expires this summer, but Guardiola would not be draw on his intentions: "We are going to talk at the end of the season." Toure is one of six City players whose contracts expire at the end of the summer, alongside Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Jesus Navas. Guardiola was similarly evasive regarding whether any of them will be offered new deals, but warned that they would find themselves out of the team if they are "angry or upset" about their situations. But the Catalan says that has not been a problem until now and doubts it will be in the coming months. "They have to play every game for himself, for their families and for the team," the City boss added. "Of course we are concerned about that, but they are so professional. We are going to decide in the next month or at the end of the season, we have to see how to develop the team until the end of the season." Man City team news & likely line-up He added: "They will not be professionals if they don’t have the contract and they don’t want to play. Maybe it’s happened in the past, last season, but it depends on them. If they are angry or upset because they aren’t renewing their contract they are not going to play, another guy will play. "The four or five guys in that situation, I see them every single training session and in the games, and until now I am glad with how they are doing."

  • Zidane: Real Madrid not thinking about t...

    Zinedine Zidane is adamant Real Madrid are not thinking about winning the treble just yet, maintating that there is still a long way to go in the 2016-17 season. Klopp explains note to Sturridge Madrid have been in sublime form this campaign and hold a four-point lead over seco...

    Zidane: Real Madrid not thinking about treble

    Zinedine Zidane is adamant Real Madrid are not thinking about winning the treble just yet, maintating that there is still a long way to go in the 2016-17 season. Klopp explains note to Sturridge Madrid have been in sublime form this campaign and hold a four-point lead over second-placed Sevilla in the Liga table, with a game in hand. They are also on track in the Copa del Rey, having won the first leg of their round of 16 tie with Sevilla 3-0, while Napoli await in the Champions League round of 16. Nevertheless, Zidane is not getting carried away just yet. "We are not thinking about the treble," Zidane stressed at a news conference. "We are just taking things day by day. "Of course, everybody would love to win the treble, but it is still far away and we cannot think about it." Madrid will be looking to book their ticket for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday, before again taking on Sevilla in the league on Sunday and Zidane expects two difficult encounters. "We have a Copa game coming up and then a match in La Liga against the same opponent," he added. PL pays DOUBLE wages of next league Sevilla have been doing phenomenally, they are doing a great job. They are very strong and have a lot of quality players, we are aware of that. "It will be two important games for us, it is a vital week."

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