Champions League

Video: Watch Liverpool stars hone their finishing ahead of Bayern Munich showdown

The Reds host the German giants in the Champions League on Tuesday. Liverpool face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their mouthwatering Champions League last-16 showdown at Anfield on Tuesday. The clash pits two of the most successful clubs in the competition against each other, with both Liverpool and Bayern having conquered Europe five times each – a record only bettered by Real Madrid and AC Milan. The Reds have been preparing for the fixture at a mid-winter training camp in Marbella and, below, you can see players such as Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk being put through their paces in front of goal. Read Next: Liverpool can soldier on without inspirational general Van Dijk – Hyypia >

Allegri happy with Juventus form ahead of Champions League return

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes his side are in fine fettle heading into a crucial stage of the season. The Bianconeri cruised to a 3-0 home win against Frosinone on Friday night courtesy of goals from Paulo Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo. Juve extended their unbeaten Serie A run this season to 24 matches and hold a 14-point lead over nearest challengers Napoli, who play Torino on Sunday. Their latest win was also the ideal warm-up for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid in Spain next Wednesday. “Yes, we are in a good condition,” Allegri told a post-match press conference. “Apart from the setback against Parma we are doing well, and we are at a particularly important moment. The team’s effort has been good and it has b...

Tottenham ‘heroes’ have earned a few days off, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino will reward Tottenham’s players with some time off after they put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals. Spurs produced a superb second-half display at Wembley on Wednesday evening to build a commanding 3-0 lead ahead of their last-16 second leg with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. The north London club, who travel to Germany for the return match early next month, do not have a fixture until February 23 having been knocked out of the FA Cup. Manager Pochettino intends to use the break to go abroad, while his squad will also be given time away from football after he described them as “heroes”. “The players deserve all the credit because they were fantastic. They win the possibility to have a few days off,” he said. “I cannot tell you (my plans) but I am g...

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: My players are heroes

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s “heroes” after his side blew away Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Spurs will travel to Germany next month with a commanding 3-0 advantage following second-half strikes from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and substitute Fernando Llorente at Wembley. The emphatic victory came with the team once again missing key England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli due to injury, while Vertonghen was deployed out of position at left wing-back because of the absences of Danny Rose and Ben Davies. What a night! #COYS #UCL pic.twitter.com/CAMFYGNF1g — Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) February 13, 2019 Although manager Pochettino was delighted with the performance of his players, he also warned that they are not yet assured a place in...

VAR produced the right decision in disallowing Ajax goal – Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois felt video technology had come to the right decision after Ajax had a goal chalked off in Real Madrid’s 2-1 Champions League win. A header from Nicolas Tagliafico was ruled out by VAR, apparently because Dusan Tadic was in an offside position and standing in front of Real goalkeeper Courtois as the ball looped in. However, Courtois seemed to think the offence had occurred seconds earlier when Tadic had swung his leg in front of him and the Belgian keeper spilt Matthijs de Ligt’s initial header. “I think it was the right decision, when it happened I thought maybe offside,” Courtois told BT Sport. “It was a mistake by me but I went to go and catch it and Tadic made an attempt to shoot, yet didn’t touch it, and as he’s offside he’s offside. “Because of his intention I made a ...

Jadon Sancho shows touches of class on disappointing night for Dortmund

The England international left Wembley frustrated after second-half goals from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente. Jadon Sancho endured a difficult evening as Borussia Dortmund suffered a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash. The England international left Wembley frustrated after second-half goals from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente put Spurs in command ahead of the return match in Germany on March 5. Here, Press Association Sport analyses the 18-year-old forward’s contribution for the Bundesliga leaders. Role Jadon doing Jadon things ?️#THFCBVB 0-0 pic.twitter.com/BIBQ29JrVO — Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 13, 2019 Sancho began wide on the right, supporting Dortmund’s false-nine Mario Gotze. He ...

Result: Spurs put one foot in CL quarter-finals

Tottenham Hotspur produce a memorable second-half performance to earn a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. Tottenham Hotspur produced a memorable second-half display to take complete control of their Champions League last 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund courtesy of a 3-0 win in the first leg at Wembley this evening. There was little to separate the two sides at the interval, but Spurs took the lead through the in-form Son Heung-min within two minutes of the restart and further goals from man-of-the-match Jan Vertonghen and substitute Fernando Llorente left Spurs within touching distance of their first Champions League quarter-final since 2011. Dortmund, who offered no response to Tottenham’s improved second-half display, now have a mo...

A look back at Icardi’s derby hat-trick as he loses Inter Milan captaincy

New skipper Samir Handanovic counts over 260 appearances for the Nerazzurri. Inter Milan have announced that striker Mauro Icardi is to be replaced as club captain by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The 25-year-old Argentina international, who arrived at San Siro from Sampdoria in 2013, hands over the armband to his team-mate, who counts over 260 appearances for the Nerazzurri. Here we take a look back at a stunning hat-trick scored by Icardi in a 3-2 Serie A derby victory over AC Milan in October 2017. Read Next: Rakitic ‘to snub Premier League move’ >

Herrera insists United can still progress in the Champions League

Ander Herrera has not given up on Champions League progress and is confident that Manchester United’s loss to Paris St Germain will not “hurt” or throw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side off kilter. After winning 10 out of his first 11 matches in all competitions, the caretaker manager tasted defeat for the first time in the first leg of United’s eagerly-anticipated Champions League round of 16 tie against the French champions. Angel Di Maria proved the scourge of his former club as he provided assists for Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe in a 2-0 loss to PSG that could have been worse had David De Gea not been alert when his team-mates lost their discipline after going behind. Paul Pogba was sent off late on at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA) Paul Pogba’s sending off compounded a bad night fo...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘Manchester United will strengthen squad’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that Manchester United will strengthen their squad in this summer’s transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Manchester United will strengthen their squad this summer as the Red Devils look to reach the next level. United suffered their first defeat under the leadership of Solskjaer on Tuesday night, with Paris Saint-Germain recording a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. United’s interim boss has admitted that the Red Devils had “a reality check” against the French champions, but has insisted that the team will improve next season. “It’s a reality check. You can see the strength they have when they put those players in as you talk about but that’s the level...

Tottenham hoping to keep Sancho out of the headlines

Tottenham will be hoping Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is not in the mood to be making any more headlines when the two clubs meet in the Champions League last 16. England international Sancho was in the news as he delayed Dortmund’s departure to London on Tuesday after forgetting his passport. But his sizzling form for the Bundesliga leaders has also seen him grab the column inches, scoring eight goals and producing 11 assists in all competitions. Mauricio Pochettino is wary of young England star Jadon Sancho (John Walton/PA) He will be one of Dortmund’s main threats against Spurs in the first leg at Wembley, particularly as the Premier League club look set to play Jan Vertonghen at left-back. Sancho’s story has been well publicised this year following the decision to turn his back on M...

‘We need to step up our level’: Solskjaer urges United to learn from PSG defeat

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced up to his first defeat as Manchester United interim manager and admitted his side had been given a “reality check” by Paris St Germain. The French heavyweights were shorn of Edinson Cavani and Neymar for the first leg of this Champions League last 16 tie but still proved too strong for United as Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe secured a 2-0 win at Old Trafford. A loss for the Red Devils was compounded by the late dismissal of Paul Pogba, who will miss the second leg at the Parc des Princes, and Solskjaer lamented a gulf in class between the sides. Nevertheless, Solskajer, who presided over 10 wins and a draw in his first 11 fixtures, insisted United must learn from such setbacks if they are aspiring once again to be among the cream of the European elite. He sa...

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