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Champions League: What Guardiola Said about Haaland after Man City Defeated Dortmund
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Champions League: What Guardiola Said about Haaland after Man City Defeated Dortmund

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that Borussia Dortmund star, Erling Haaland, was almost unstoppable during both sides’ Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie in Germany. Guardiola explained that Haaland is a top-class player, adding that the Norway international will be stronger in the future. Phil Foden’s strike against Dortmund secured a place in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time under Guardiola’s leadership. Riyad Mahrez had equalised from the spot as Man City shrugged off Jude Bellingham’s early opener to beat Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate. The Premier League leaders will now face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final. “I would say this player [Haaland] is almost unstoppable, and the best way to defend against these talented ...
UCL: What Zidane told Real Madrid Players Before 0-0 Draw with Liverpool at Anfield
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UCL: What Zidane told Real Madrid Players Before 0-0 Draw with Liverpool at Anfield

  Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s conversation with his players before their Champions League quarter-final second leg with Liverpool at Anfield has now emerged. Real Madrid progressed to the semi-finals on Wednesday after a 3-1 aggregate win over Liverpool. While the game ended 3-1 in Madrid last week, the second leg at Anfield ended a barren draw, sending the LaLiga giants through to face Chelsea. According to El Chiringuito TV, the Frenchman told the Los Blancos before the game, “We are good, we are prepared, and we will be giving everything tomorrow. Focus on the match, mentality in the game.” Addressing his pre-match press conference Zidane said his side had come to Anfield to win, not sit on their two-goal lead. “We’re not going to try and manage our eff...
Borussia Dortmund vs Man City: What I Told Phil Foden When he ran to me – Pep Guardiola
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Borussia Dortmund vs Man City: What I Told Phil Foden When he ran to me – Pep Guardiola

  Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has revealed what he told Phil Foden after the England International scored the winner in the Champions League quarter-final second leg battle against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. For the first time, Guardiola guided Manchester City to the semi-finals of the competition after a 4-2 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund. Riyad Mahrez scored from the spot and Foden sealed the tie in a 2-1 win against Dortmund, with 17-year-old Jude Bellingham scoring what proved to be a consolation for the Bundesliga side. After Foden scored a screamer to put the tie beyond Dortmund, the England youngster sprinted over to embrace Guardiola. And the Spanish gaffer was asked what he told the Englishman that moment, he replied, “He found me, he ra...
UCL: We Apologise to Real Madrid – Liverpool
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UCL: We Apologise to Real Madrid – Liverpool

  Liverpool have apologised to Real Madrid after their fans attacked the bus conveying the LaLiga giants to Anfield on Wednesday. The club also vowed to work with the police to fish out those involved in the attack and have them punished accordingly. Liverpool supporters had gathered on Anfield Road before the second leg quarter-final clash, with several objects thrown at the Real Madrid vehicle. The Reds’ supporters shattered one pane of a double-glazed window on the bus with Anfield staff forced to clean up broken glass on the ground. “We condemn unequivocally the actions that led to Real Madrid’s team bus being damaged during its arrival to Anfield this evening,” Liverpool statement read. “It is totally unacceptable and shameful behaviour of a few individuals....
Real Madrid Team Bus Attacked At Anfield By Liverpool Fans
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Real Madrid Team Bus Attacked At Anfield By Liverpool Fans

Liverpool fans threw stones at Real Madrid's team bus as they arrived at Anfield this evening. Real Madrid's team bus window was broken due to the stones from Liverpool fans outside the stadium. There is no injury from the incident but the Champions League quarter-final 2nd Leg will still played tonight at Anfield. Real Madrid have a 3-1 advantage heading into the 2nd leg against Liverpool. Fans are not allowed to watch the Champions League match inside the stadium. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/dJEXhNhKR-w
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I’m a failure if i dont win the Champions League with Man City – Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola says he will be viewed as a failure as Manchester City boss if he does not win the Champions League during his time at the club. City take a 2-1 aggregate lead to Borussia Dortmund for the second leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday. They have not reached the semi-finals under Guardiola, going out in the last eight for the last three seasons. "I know if we don't win I'll be a failure and if we do it's 'how good is Pep'," said Guardiola. City's preparations were hampered by a series of fireworks being let off outside the team hotel in the early hours of Wednesday morning. On two occasions during the night explosions woke players and staff before a third attempt was prevented by the Blues' own security staff. City's cause will be boosted by the absenc...
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Kovacic’s Condition Made me ‘Very Sad’ – Chelsea Coach, Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea boss, Thomas has said that he was ‘very sad’ to be without Mateo Kovacic for the 1-0 defeat against Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie on Tuesday. Chelsea progressed to the semi-finals despite the defeat after the Croatian, who was set to start the match, pulled up at the end of training on Monday with a hamstring issue. Kovacic, one of the most experienced Champions League stars in the Chelsea set up, will also miss this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City. “Unfortunately yes I was very sad yesterday to see him after twenty minutes in training to have this little muscle injury more or less out of nothing,’ Tuchel told reporters. “We played little boxes after training just to have a little sweat and he felt h...
UCL: Luka Modric Cautions Liverpool Ahead of Anfield Battle
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UCL: Luka Modric Cautions Liverpool Ahead of Anfield Battle

  Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modrić has issued warning to Liverpool ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg tie on Wednesday. Modric addressed the press at the Anfield press room on the eve of the second-leg encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Croatian warned that despite their two goals advantage going into the game, Los Blancos were in England to deliver a performance befitting of the competition and will have to put in a top display. “I expect it to be a very demanding game, in which we’ll have to deliver a performance befitting of the competition and we’ll have to put in a top display,” Modric told the press. “We’ll have to try and do what we did in the first leg and attack and defend as a unit, go out to get the win and not defend our le...
Klopp Reveals ‘Special Plans’ to Stop Dangerous Real Madrid Player at Anfield
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Klopp Reveals ‘Special Plans’ to Stop Dangerous Real Madrid Player at Anfield

  Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his side has made ‘special plans’ for dealing with Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. when both sides clash again on Wednesday night in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg at Anfield. Real Madrid lead 3-1 lead going into battle at Anfield after Vinicius scored a brace in Madrid last week, with Marco Asensio also netted for the hosts. The result makes it almost impossible for the Reds to think of advancing to the semi-finals of the competition and they will be wary of getting hit on the break by the pace of Vinicius. But the German gaffer said his side will look to stop the supply into the in-form 20-year-old. Asked if he was surprised by Vinicius performance in the first leg, Klopp said, “I was impressed, not surpri...
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie at Anfield
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie at Anfield

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has named a 21-man squad to tackle Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie at Anfield on Wednesday night. Zidane announced the squad in a post on Real Madrid’s official website on Tuesday. Zidane’s men had won Liverpool 3-1 in the first-leg in Spain last week. Real Madrid head to the game after beating Barcelona 2-1 in the LaLiga El Clasico clash last weekend. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Liverpool: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: E. Militão, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, F. Mendy and Chust. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco, Marvin and Arribas. Forwards: Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Mariano and Rodrygo. The kick-off time for Real Madrid vs Liverpool is...
Champions League: Bayern Munich’s squad to Face PSG in France confirmed
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Champions League: Bayern Munich’s squad to Face PSG in France confirmed

  Bayern Munich’s squad to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie on Tuesday night in France has been confirmed. Bayern Munich manager, Hans-Dieter Flick, released a list of 19 players to tackle PSG in a tweet via the club’s official Twitter handle. Flick’s men had lost 3-2 against PSG in the first-leg last week in Germany. Bayern head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin in their previous game on Saturday. Bayern’s squad against PSG: Neuer, Nubel, Pavard, Kimmich, Martinez, Sane, Choupo-Moting, Boateng, Goretzka, Davies, Sarr, Hernandez, Nianzou, Muller, Alaba, Coman, Musiala, Stanisic and Zaiser. The kick-off time for PSG vs Bayern is 8 pm.
Chelsea vs Porto: Tuchel names Squad for Champions League Second-leg tie
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Chelsea vs Porto: Tuchel names Squad for Champions League Second-leg tie

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named his side’s squad to face FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie on Tuesday night. Tuchel released a 23-man squad that will tackle Porto at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain. Chelsea had won Porto 2-0 in the first-leg last week. The Bleus head to the game following a 4-1 win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend. Chelsea’s squad against Porto: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Willy Caballero, Kurt Zouma, Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kai Havertz a...
Gary Neville Predicts Likely Outcome of Liverpool vs Real Madrid
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Gary Neville Predicts Likely Outcome of Liverpool vs Real Madrid

  Former Manchester United star, Gary Neville has predicted that Liverpool will be knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Wednesday evening. Liverpool were beaten 3-1 in Spain by Real Madrid in the first leg of the quarter-final ties and now have a mountain to climb at Anfield in the return leg. Although Jurgen Klopp’s side won their weekend Premier League clash 2-1 against Aston Villa, Neville believes Liverpool’s injury-time victory against Villa suggests that they will be unable to pull off the rest they require to knock Zinedine Zidane’s side out of Europe. Neville said on Sky Sports, “They [Liverpool] were really poor in Madrid in midweek, and they’ve given themselves a lot to do and I’m not sure they have got it in them to do it because at Anfield ...
Champions League: Real Madrid Suffer Fresh Injury Blow Ahead of Liverpool Clash at Anfield
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Champions League: Real Madrid Suffer Fresh Injury Blow Ahead of Liverpool Clash at Anfield

Real Madrid have suffered a fresh injury setback after their winger, Lucas Vázquez, picked up a sprain in his left leg ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Liverpool on Wednesday night at Anfield. Vázquez had sustained the injury during Real Madrid’s LaLiga El Clasico 2-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday. Real Madrid disclosed this in a statement via the club’s website on Sunday. The statement read, “Following tests carried out today on Lucas Vázquez by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed.” Zinedine Zidane’s side had defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg last week. The Los Blancos ar...
Champions League: Chelsea suffer fresh injury blow ahead of Porto clash
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Champions League: Chelsea suffer fresh injury blow ahead of Porto clash

Chelsea have suffered a fresh injury setback after their defender, Andreas Christensen, picked up a hamstring injury in training ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with FC Porto on Tuesday night in Sevilla, Spain. Christensen sustained the injury before Chelsea’s Premier League 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. The centre-back was missing from the Chelsea squad that defeated Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park Stadium as they boosted their top-four hopes. His absence from the match was a surprise after the Blues manager, Thomas Tuchel, confirmed he had a fully fit squad. However, the 25-year-old was replaced by Kurt Zouma at the defence line. A brace from Christian Pulisic and a strike from Kai Havertz and Zouma gave Chelsea all...
Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp
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Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he benched Sadio Mane in his side’s Premier League 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.   Klopp said Liverpool’s next week’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid did not influence his decision to drop Mane to the bench against Aston Villa at Anfield. According to him, he made the decision based on performance. Two second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool all three points against Aston Villa. Asked if the game against Real Madrid played a part in his team selection, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “No, not it’s pure coincidence that you brought up at that moment. “Well, not you personally, but the media brought up Sadio didn’t score f...
Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta
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Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, has given reasons for his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at the Emirates on Thursday. Nicolas Pepe put Arsenal in front late in the first leg of their quarter-final tie but the visitors hit back with a dramatic injury-time goal through Tomas Holes. The result means that the Gunners will hope for a better result in the second leg with Slavia now in a more advantageous position. Arteta’s side failed to take a number of opportunities during the game and the Gunners’ Europa League ambition is now hanging in the balance. Arteta told reporters after the game, “It’s difficult [to beat them] because they were a good opponent. They have beaten some big teams and are really difficult to play against. “They have a lot of man-to-man si...
Champions League: Chelsea hero, Frank Names Favourite Clubs to win Trophy
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Champions League: Chelsea hero, Frank Names Favourite Clubs to win Trophy

Chelsea hero, Frank Lebouef, has named Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain as the favourites clubs to win the Champions League ahead of the Blues this season. Leboeuf feels Chelsea is far away from winning the Champions League this season despite beating Porto 2-0 in the quarter-final first-leg on Wednesday. “You can say you have a feeling, but you cannot say Chelsea has a chance to win the Champions League, You have to be far away from really thinking that,” Leboeuf told ESPN. “Of course, in one game, you do not know what can happen and it happened for them when they played Bayern Munich in 2012, playing the final in Munich. It is possible. “But they’ll have to be more consistent up front, stronger in the middle of the park to just hope of winning someth...
Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada
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Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has cemented a place in the history books of the club after scoring in the 2-0 win over Granada in the quarter-final of the Europa League on Thursday night, April 8. The 56-year-old Manchester United record was set by Sir Bobby Charlton but on Thursday night, April 8, Rashford put United 1-0 up against the Spanish outfit in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes . The 23-year-old's strike in continental competition has seen him emulate former Red Devils midfielder Bobby Charlton. Rashford is now the first English player to score eight goals in Europe in one season since Charlton way back in the 1964-65 season. Rashford had recorded six goals in the Champions League and just one in the Europa L...
Mason Mount Warns Chelsea Players after Victory Over Porto
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Mason Mount Warns Chelsea Players after Victory Over Porto

Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, has warned Thomas Tuchel’s men following their Champions League quarter-final first-leg 2-0 victory over FC Porto on Wednesday night in Spain. Mount, who scored a goal against Porto, cautioned the Blues players that it was ‘only half-time’ and their work was far from complete in the Champions League last-8. Two goals from Mount and Ben Chilwell gave Chelsea the first-leg advantage ahead of the second-leg next Tuesday. “A very important game for us and me personally, to get my first goal in the Champions League,” Mount told Virgin Media Sport. “It was probably a long time coming, I have been waiting for the moment, and I am delighted it’s come tonight in a big win. “To keep a clean sheet as well going into the second leg, it’s a big perfor...
Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]

  Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website on Thursday following the conclusion of the week’s quarter-final first-leg games on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are César Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Chelsea players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos. Recall that Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Mount and Chilwell. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s last-8 matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Marquinhos (PSG) Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Midfielders: ...
Tuchel Speaks on Ben Chilwell’s Performance after Chelsea’s Win Over Porto
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Tuchel Speaks on Ben Chilwell’s Performance after Chelsea’s Win Over Porto

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has commented on Ben Chilwell’s performance following his side’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg 2-0 victory against Porto on Wednesday night in Sevilla, Spain. Tuchel said he was pleased with Chilwell’s display against Porto, adding that the England left-back was impressive. Chelsea defeated Porto, thanks to Mason Mount’s first-half goal and Chilwell’s second-half strike. Tuchel’s men will now take on Porto in the second leg next Tuesday in the same venue. “I was really pleased with Chilly [Ben Chilwell] for applying pressure and forcing the error which gave him the opportunity to score,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website. “He pushed on, finished well and scored a big away goal for us. “He showed a lot of composure becaus...
PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games
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PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been suspended for two matches, following his red card against Lille last Saturday. This means the Brazilian international will not feature for PSG when they tackle Strasbourg this weekend and Saint-Etienne on April 18, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced. Neymar was sent off during PSG’s 1-0 home defeat following an altercation with Lille defender, Tiago Djalo, who was also dismissed. Neymar and Djalo were given three-match bans, but with one of those games suspended. PSG’s defeat against Lille means Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now three points behind Christophe Galtier’s side on the Ligue 1 table. Meanwhile, Neymar was impressive for PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-2 victor...
What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich
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What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has heaped praises on his players, including Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, for their “enormous sacrifice” after beating Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Wednesday night in Germany. Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG before Marquinhos made it 2-0 for the visitors, thanks to Neymar’s assists. However, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller then equalized for Bayern before Mbappe netted again to give Pochottino’s men a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week. “I am happy with the result and the attitude of the team, who found themselves in difficult situations against the best side in Europe,” Pochettino said at his post-match press conference after the game. “We ne...
Porto vs Chelsea: Why I Benched Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante – Tuchel
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Porto vs Chelsea: Why I Benched Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has explained why he benched Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante in the Blues’ Champions League quarter-final clash first-leg tie against Porto on Wednesday night. Tuchel decided to name Silva and Kante among Chelsea’s substitutes against Porto at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Spain. The German said he left Silva on the bench because the Brazilian defender was not yet at full fitness after being denied the chance to earn 90 minutes against West Brom in the Premier League last Saturday. According to him, he left Kante on the bench because he wanted Chelsea to play quick and fluid attacking football against Porto. However, Tuchel eventually featured Silva and Kante late in the second half of the encounter as the pair replaced Reece James and Mas...
Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich
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Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich

  Julian Draxler has said that his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe has ‘quality like no-one else in the world.’ Draxler said this after Mbappe netted twice to help the French champions to a memorable 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night. Mbappe opened the scoring for the visitors and Marquinhos made it 2-0, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller had equalised for Bayern before Mbappe netted again. PSG now have a huge advantage going into the second leg in France with three away goals and Draxler had no doubts who they had to thank for the fine win. He said the prolific Frenchman possesses quality that no other player in the world can match. “That’s what [Mbappé] is there for becau...
Tuchel very Happy with Precious’ Chelsea Result, Response in 2-0 Win Over Porto
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Tuchel very Happy with Precious’ Chelsea Result, Response in 2-0 Win Over Porto

We didn’t have to wait too long for Chelsea to get back on track after Saturday’s shocking 5-2 home defeat, as the Blues swept aside a tough Porto side on Wednesday night, winning the first leg of our Champions League quarterfinal (technically the away leg of this all-neutral-venue affair), 2-0. Yet another clean sheet, yet another match won mostly with controlled possession, a few periods of “suffering”, and a couple crucial moments of quality in front of goal. That may not be everyone’s cup of tea — Boring, Boring Chelsea is an acquired taste — but it’s the winning formula that’s worked so well for Tuchel thus far. The head coach was accordingly pleased with the performance, especially in light of the weekend that was. “It was absolutely necessary to show these little details a...
Tuchel Explains why he Substituted Havertz, Werner against Porto
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Tuchel Explains why he Substituted Havertz, Werner against Porto

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has given reasons he took off Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, during their 2-0 win at FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-final. The Blues returned home with a commanding lead from the first leg of the game. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell got the goals, while it was another miserable outing for Werner and Havertz. Werner was replaced by Olivier Giroud and Havertz by Christian Pulisic. “At the time I accepted that it was a tough match for Timo and Kai today, they didn’t have their best day. “We did not deliver so good, so the connection between the seven and the front three wasn’t there. The balls we delivered weren’t the best balls. “Also, I could feel that our two German players, Kai and Timo, didn’t play at their highest level so I wa...
Tuchel Opens up on Chelsea Players’ Reaction after West Brom Defeat
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Tuchel Opens up on Chelsea Players’ Reaction after West Brom Defeat

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has insisted his players responded immediately in the dressing room after a 5-2 defeat to West Brom and in training the next day. The Blues put behind the shock loss to Sam Allardyce’s side to beat FC Porto 2-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday night. “It was a tough match against a strong Porto side. There were many moments where we suffered. We accepted it. The circumstances are a bit different in a quarter-final. The spirit was good and it was an excellent result. “I was pretty sure about that [they’d react well after the WBA defeat]. I saw a response immediately in the dressing room and the next day. That wasn’t a big concern. We were ready to respond. There will always be setbacks in sports. The bigges...
Tuchel vs Lampard: Michael Essien Names right Manager for Chelsea
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Tuchel vs Lampard: Michael Essien Names right Manager for Chelsea

Former Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien, has named Thomas Tuchel as the ‘right’ manager for the Blues ahead of his predecessor, Frank Lampard. Essien disclosed this ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against FC Porto on Wednesday night in Sevilla. Tuchel replaced Lampard at Stamford Bridge after the Englishman was sacked by Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, last January. “I have to be proud of him [Frank Lampard] for what he did because I think he did a very good job [at Chelsea],” Essien told talkSPORT. “He brought several young players through, so I think he did a good job. He did very well. “But it’s the business of football. If the results aren’t coming, then the manager pays for it, but he should be very proud of himself. “Knowing Fr...
Arteta speaks on ‘little mafia’ within Arsenal squad
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Arteta speaks on ‘little mafia’ within Arsenal squad

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has told his players they must take Gary Neville’s harsh criticism “on the chin” ahead of their Europa League quarter-final clash against Sparta Prague on Thursday. The Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool on Saturday night, with their lethargic performance even more damaging than the result. Neville, speaking on Monday Night Football, particularly laid into skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette, branding them a “little mafia”. While Arteta would not be drawn on whether a disconnect had emerged between himself and his players, he feels any criticism of the side was justified. When asked to respond to Neville’s “little mafia” comments at a press conference on Wednesday, Arteta replied: “No, no respons...
Solskjaer hints on Man Utd stars he will not play ahead of Granada clash
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Solskjaer hints on Man Utd stars he will not play ahead of Granada clash

    Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said he will never select any player who is “at risk”. Solskjaer stated this on Wednesday while answering questions at a press conference over Marcus Rashford’s fitness. Rashford will travel for the team’s Europa League quarter-final against Granada on Thursday night in Spain. He scored United’s equaliser against Brighton on Sunday but came off after being caught in a tackle and missed training on Tuesday. With Anthony Martial injured, Rashford is hoping to lead United’s attack, alongside Edinson Cavani. “Marcus is travelling and we’ve just got to make a decision tomorrow if he starts or if he’s on the bench. “I don’t pick players when we know there’s a risk,” Solskjaer said. “Of course there’...
Controversy As Linesman Asks Haaland For Autograph After Man City Game
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Controversy As Linesman Asks Haaland For Autograph After Man City Game

Erling Braut Haaland has become such a superstar, even match officials appear to want his autograph. After Manchester City 's 2-1 defeat by Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, one of the Romanian assistant referees followed Haaland down the tunnel at Etihad Stadium, with his flag under his arm, and appeared to get him to sign a red and yellow card he produced from his top pocket. "You shouldn't be [doing that] anyway," said BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves. "The officials had a job to do and a difficult first half. They got a lot of things wrong. You can be a fan but you can't do that in front of other players - it doesn't look right." Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola - who wants to sign Haaland - seemed less fussed. "Maybe he's a fan of Haal...
UEFA Announces Slavia Prague’s player ban ahead of Arsenal clash
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UEFA Announces Slavia Prague’s player ban ahead of Arsenal clash

  UEFA have banned Slavia Prague defender, Ondrej Kudela for one match. He will not feature in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Arsenal. Kudela is under investigation for alleged racial abuse. Rangers midfielder, Glen Kamara, had accused him of racist abuse after the defender leaned into his ear and said something while covering his mouth, in the final stages their Europa League round-of-16 match. Kudela denied the allegation and Slavia stood by him, alleging a “physical assault” on the 34-year-old. UEFA said its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) was looking into Kudela for a potential violation of UEFA regulations over racism and other discriminatory conduct, and for misconduct such as insulting players. A statement read: “T...
Solskjaer adds Anthony Elanga to Man United’s Squad to Face Granada
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Solskjaer adds Anthony Elanga to Man United’s Squad to Face Granada

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has added forward, Anthony Elanga, to his side’s squad to face Granada in the Europa League quarter-final, first-leg tie in Spain on Thursday night. Man United disclosed this in a statement on the club’s official website on Tuesday. The Red Devils head to the game following a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday. The statement read, “The Reds are due to fly to Spain on Wednesday for the quarter-final first leg, and Elanga is the latest youngster in contention for a place as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to show his faith in youth. “Clubs are allowed to add homegrown players to their B list for the competition if they meet certain criteria. “The reigning Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year is fit again a...
Owen Predicts Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Man City vs Dortmund
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Owen Predicts Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Man City vs Dortmund

  Michael Owen, a former Manchester United striker, has predicted tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. Owen also predicted Manchester City’s clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “Manchester City welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad ahead of a match, which on paper has the potential to be a classic. “Although a few years have passed, Pep Guardiola is no stranger to the Germans after going head-to-head with them on multiple occasions whilst manager of rivals Bayern Munich. “This time around, Guardiola’s City side are on the cusp of greatness as they remain on course in all competitions. It’s 26 wins in their...
Real Madrid Confirm Key Player to Miss Liverpool clash
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Real Madrid Confirm Key Player to Miss Liverpool clash

Real Madrid have confirmed defender Raphael Varane will miss their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday against Liverpool, after testing positive for coronavirus. This means Zinedine Zidane will be without his first-choice central defender, as Sergio Ramos is already sidelined with a calf problem. Varane and Ramos will likely miss the second leg at Anfield next Wednesday, April 14. Zidane is set to start Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao in the first leg. Zidane also hinted over the weekend that Eden Hazard could be fit after a hip injury but the former Chelsea man was not named in the Spaniards’ squad.
Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool
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Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus. The 27-year-old French international was set to start the quarter-final first leg in Spain but will now be unavailable for Zinedine Zidane’s side after he returned a positive Coronavirus test on the morning of the match. The Spanish giants will be without both first-choice central defenders for the game tonight with Sergio Ramos already sidelined due to a calf injury he picked up on international duty with Spain. Real said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning.” Brazilian defender Eder Militao will ...
Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others
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Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others

  Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy, has delivered his predictions for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Real Madrid will host Liverpool on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Spain, while Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund. Reigning champions Bayern Munich will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, while Chelsea will face Porto. Providing his predictions, Murphy told The Mail on Sunday: “Real’s teamsheet used to strike fear into opponents but not anymore,” Murphy told The Mail on Sunday. “Injuries have prevented Eden Hazard from becoming another Galactico and their best players, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, are all in their 30s. “In fact, Liverpool carry the greater firepower with Salah, Sadio ...
Chelsea Suffers Injury Blow Ahead of Porto Tie after West Brom Loss
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Chelsea Suffers Injury Blow Ahead of Porto Tie after West Brom Loss

Chelsea will not have Christian Pulisic available for their Champions League clash against FC Porto in midweek. The American winger was taken off at half time, during their 5-2 defeat to West Brom on Saturday. Pulisic started the season still recovering from a hamstring strain he picked up in last year’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal. He has struggled to maintain his fitness ever since his return in October. Pulisic was allowed to impress from the start against the Baggies and registered only his second Premier League goal of the season to put his side ahead. He was, however, replaced by Mason Mount at the start of the second half. According to NBCSN pundit, Robbie Earle, Tuchel confirmed Pulisic had complained of a hamstring niggle which would likely render him...
Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel Names Key Player to Miss Champions League Clash
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Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel Names Key Player to Miss Champions League Clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed one key player that will miss his side’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against FC Porto on Wednesday night. According to Tuchel, midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the Porto clash at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Spain due to a muscle injury. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Recall that Kante had returned to Chelsea early from international duty after picking up a minor hamstring injury following France’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine last month. “With N’Golo, we will have to be patient. Will he miss the Porto game? Yes, probably. He’s doing individual training and tomorrow’s gam...
Chelsea Gets Triple Injury Boost Ahead of West Brom clash
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Chelsea Gets Triple Injury Boost Ahead of West Brom clash

  Chelsea have received a triple injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is expected to see the return of a number of his first-team players, Thiago Silva, Tammy Abraham and Jorginho, when Chelsea host West Brom at Stamford Bridge. The trio was at Chelsea’s training ground (Cobham) earlier this week with the rest of their team-mates in a bid to get ready for the West Brom clash. Silva had missed Chelsea’s last ten games due to a thigh injury. Abraham had missed Chelsea’s last seven games due to an ankle problem he picked in their 2-0 victory over Newcastle United. Jorginho was ruled out of Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-final and...
Chelsea to Play Bayern Munich in Champions League Semi-final
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Chelsea to Play Bayern Munich in Champions League Semi-final

Bayern Munich beat FC Rosengard 1-0 in the second leg of their women’s Champions League quarter-final on Thursday, to qualify with a 4-0 aggregate. Lea Schueller netted the only goal of the encounter for the German side. The result in Malmo extended the Frauen-Bundesliga leaders’ winning streak in all competitions to 26 matches. Schueller scored in the 22nd minute, heading in defender Carolin Simon’s cross from the left, following a slick passing move by the visitors. Bayern will now face Chelsea in the semi-final. Chelsea secured a 3-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg yesterday, to progress with a 5-1 aggregate win. Lyon will take on Paris Saint-Germain in their rescheduled quarter-final second leg on April 18 after a string of COVID-19 cases within the Lyon squad. The win...
Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Kenny Dalglish Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals
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Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Kenny Dalglish Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals

Liverpool legend, Kenny Dalglish, has backed Jurgen Klopp’s men to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals ahead of Real Madrid when both sides clash in the quarter-final first and second legs on April 6 and 14. Dalglish believes Liverpool can beat Real Madrid and face Chelsea, who will tackle FC Porto in the other last-8 tie, in the semi-final. Liverpool eliminated RB Leipzig in the Champions League last-16, while Real Madrid knocked Atalanta out from the competition. “[Liverpool] are still a threat. They are still a team to be proud of, and that can go places. They’re still in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” Dalglish told talkSPORT Breakfast on Thursday. “When the draw came out, when have you ever been happy drawing Real Madrid? You were happy to draw Re...
Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho
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Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho

  Ifeanyi Udeze, a former Super Eagles defender, has told head coach, Gernot Rohr, to allow Kelechi Iheanacho lead the team’s attack ahead of Victor Osimhen against Benin Republic and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, qualifiers. Rohr’s men will travel to Cotonou on Friday for their matchday five ties against Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday. The Super Eagles will also tackle Lesotho next week Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. But Udeze believes Iheanacho’s brilliant goal-scoring form for Leicester City in the Premier League and recently his two goals against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final last week is an indication that the former Manchester City star must lead Nigeria’s attack ahead of Osimhen. Recall that Osimhen has be...
Chelsea vs Man City: Ian Wright Predicts Club to Qualify for FA Cup Final
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Chelsea vs Man City: Ian Wright Predicts Club to Qualify for FA Cup Final

Former Arsenal star, Ian Wright, has predicted the club that will qualify for the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City, when both teams clash on April 17 in the semi-final at Wembley. Chelsea defeated Sheffield United 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals last week, while Man City won Everton 2-0. But Wright believes Pep Guardiola’s side will beat Chelsea in the FA Cup last-four and face Leicester City, who take on Southampton in the other semi-final at Wembley, in the final on May 15. Recall that Leicester had defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the quarter-final. Chelsea remains unbeaten under their manager, Thomas Tuchel, since his arrival in January. “You feel under this manager, [Hakim] Ziyech the other day, the way he was. Mason Mount is never going to drop,’ ...
Chelsea vs Porto: Vitor Baia predicts club to qualify for Champions League semi-finals
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Chelsea vs Porto: Vitor Baia predicts club to qualify for Champions League semi-finals

  FC Porto Vice President, Vitor Baia, has backed his club as favourites to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals when they tackle Chelsea in the quarter-final first and second legs in April. Baia stressed he is confident Porto can eliminate Thomas Tuchel’s side out of the Champions League. Porto eliminated Juventus from the Champions League last-16, while Chelsea knocked Atletico Madrid out. “When you are in the quarter-finals of a competition of this level, any opponent is of great quality”, Vitor told Porto’s official website. “We’ve to prepare because we still have a lot to give in this Champions League campaign. “There’s confidence, but we know that we’re playing against a great team, who have been on the way back to their best since Thomas Tuchel too...
FA Cup: Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Predicts Club to Win Trophy
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FA Cup: Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Predicts Club to Win Trophy

Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, has predicted Chelsea to win this season’s FA Cup. Kepa believes Chelsea can win the FA Cup this year after they lost the trophy in the final last season against Arsenal. The Spaniard said this after Chelsea defeated Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, thanks to an own-goal from Oliver Norwood and Hakim Ziyech’s strike. Chelsea will now face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final tie next month at Wembley. “We have an international break now, but when we come back to play, we must continue in the way we have been playing recently,” Kepa was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying. “The manager has come in, we are unbeaten, and we are in good form. We have a lot of exciting games coming up, we must prepar...
Oliseh Reacts as Iheanacho’s Brace Dumps Man Utd out
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Oliseh Reacts as Iheanacho’s Brace Dumps Man Utd out

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Oliseh, has hailed Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Ndidi, for putting Nigeria’s name on the football map. Iheanacho scored twice as Leicester City beat Manchester United 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday. The Nigerian forward, who was making his 15th start of the campaign, also set up another goal for Youri Tielemans. “Bravo 4 tonight, @Kelechi72 & @Ndidi25 are maybe on the way to bringing Nigeria back to Top club football, Makes me proud,” Oliseh tweeted. Iheanacho is now one of only two players, along with Sergio Aguero, to score 20 or more goals in England’s cup competitions over the last six years. He has bagged 12 goals in total and provided five assists in 28 appearances across all competitions this season, amid oth...
Mark Hughes Names Man United’s Worst Player in 3-1 Defeat to Leicester
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Mark Hughes Names Man United’s Worst Player in 3-1 Defeat to Leicester

Former Manchester City manager, Mark Hughes, has identified Donny van de Beek as the worst player on the pitch for Manchester United when they crashed out of the FA Cup to Leicester City on Sunday. According to him, it looked like the Dutch man was ‘wandering around lost’ on the pitch after his rare start in United’s 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side. Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the team that beat AC Milan in the Europa League in Italy on Thursday with Van de Beek one of the players who was included in the starting lineup. Van de Beek has started just two games in the Premier League this season with a little more game opportunities in Cup games. Kelechi Iheanacho capitalised on Fred’s poor back pass to open the sc...

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