Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur sack Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been sacked as head coach of Tottenham. The club are yet to confirm the decision, but it is understood Mourinho has left less than a week ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday. Mourinho had been in charge at Spurs since November 2019, replacing Mauricio Pochettino, signing a deal until the end of the 2023 season. In his first campaign, Mourinho took Tottenham from 14th in the Premier League to finish sixth – securing Europa League qualification – but were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by RB Leipzig. Spurs are currently seventh in the table, five points off the Champions League places. Get more stories like this on Twitter You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined what a...

Borussia Dortmund chief confirms BVB, Bayern Munich reject Super League

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that both Dortmund and Bayern Munich are against the formation of a Super League. Plans to launch a Super League were announced by 12 of Europe’s leading clubs late on Sunday night. However, they do not have the support of either of Germany’s two biggest clubs. “The members of the European Club Association (ECA) gathered for a virtual conference on Sunday evening and confirmed the board decision of last Friday remains valid,” Watzke said in a statement released on Dortmund’s website. “This decision means the clubs wanted to implement the planned reform of the Champions League. It was the clear opinion of the members of the ECA board to reject the plans to form a Super League. “Both German clubs who are represented on the ECA board, Ba...

Despite opposition from Arsenal, Man Utd and other fan groups, new UCL format expected on Monday

Arsenal and Manchester United supporters’ groups have criticised the controversial proposal to reform the Champions League. The new 36-team format is set for final approval by UEFA’s executive committee on Monday, with a view to implementing it from 2024 onwards. In an open letter to European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli, 17 fans’ groups from 14 clubs blasted the idea. “Your plans to restructure the Champions League by increasing the number of games, introducing qualification based on past achievements, and monopolising commercial rights present a serious threat to the entire game,” it read (via thefsa.org.uk). SL View The current Champions League format already rewards failure. Finished fourth in your domestic league? No problem. The group stage of the tournament also of...

Zinedine Zidane: I don’t think I’m a disaster of a coach

Zinedine Zidane has responded to more questions of his future at Real Madrid by pointing out that he is not “a disaster of a coach”, but is also unable to speculate on how long he will be sticking around at Santiago Bernabeu. The Frenchman has secured two titles in La Liga and three Champions League crowns across two spells as Blancos boss, and remains in the hunt for more glory down both of those avenues this season. Questions have, however, been asked of whether he will remain in his current post through to the end of his current contract in 2022, with calls for change at various intervals being added to a pot that also includes links to Serie A giants Juventus. Asked at a pre-match conference about those who continue to suggest that his success is down to good fortune, the World Cup win...

Paris Saint-Germain wait for Neymar to sign contract extension

Paris Saint-Germain were revelling in the joy of knocking holders Bayern Munich out of the Champions League in midweek when Neymar offered more cause for celebration. In an interview with Brazilian broadcaster TNT Sports following PSG’s away-goals victory in the quarter-finals, Neymar dropped a clear hint that he would be staying at PSG beyond the end of his current contract. “For me there is no debate, it is obvious that I feel very comfortable here and at home at Paris Saint-Germain. I feel happier than I did before,” the world’s most expensive player said. His current contract, signed following his arrival from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($264m) in 2017, runs out at the end of next season, at the same time as Kylian Mbappe’s deal. It has been reported in France since the Bayern gam...

‘Let’s go!’: Liverpool star posts message on Twitter ahead of UCL clash vs Real Madrid

Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash at Anfield on Wednesday.  The Reds lost 3-1 in the first leg in Madrid, and they need a near-perfect performance to book a place in the semi-final of the competition. Mohamed Salah’s crucial away goal has given the Reds a glimmer of hope. Ahead of the match, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho took to social networking site Twitter to post a message for the Reds fans. All set and ready to the big one tomorrow. Let’s go! 🔴🙏🏾 #YNWA pic.twitter.com/8Mosx7mfAA — Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) April 13, 2021 Liverpool have struggled this season at Anfield, with the absence of the Reds fans being badly felt. They needed a moment of inspiration and quality from Trent Alexander-Arnold to ...

Chelsea squeeze through to UCL semis after late Porto scare

Chelsea booked their spot in the Champions League semi-finals despite a late goal from Mehdi Taremi for Porto on Tuesday night. The Portuguese outfit tried to set a fast tempo from the off but struggled to break down Chelsea in a first period where neither side had a shot on target. The pattern continued after the interval and it wasn’t until the 65th minute that Edouard Mendy was forced to make a save when he easily kept out substitute Mehdi Taremi’s header. The Blues had the better of the half chances through Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic but seemed content with a stalemate that was broken four minutes into added time when Taremi struck to give Cheslea a late scare. Chelsea, who will meet either Liverpool or Real Madrid in the last four, will now shift focus to the FA Cup semi final ...

Key Chelsea stars return, two changes for reigning champions

The Champions League quarter-final second leg line-up features some intriguing UCL fixtures. We’ll update this story with reports, results and the latest Champions League highlights as the matches are played. Paris Saint-Germain were beaten 1-0 at home by Bayern Munich, but progress to the last four on away goals after securing a 3-2 win in the first leg. Chelsea are also through to the semi-finals despite losing 1-0 in their second meeting with Porto. The Blues triumphed 2-1 on aggregate. Liverpool will be on the comeback trail as they try to overcome a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Manchester City’s tie against Borussia Dortmund is finely poised, with Pep Guardiola’s side leading 2-1 after the first leg. Champions League Quarter-Final Second Leg Results Tuesday, April 13 ...

‘Big game player’, ‘Top class’: Some Chelsea fans praise 22-year-old’s display vs Porto

A selection of Chelsea fans on Twitter heaped praise on Mason Mount following his impressive display against Porto in the Champions League last night. The Blues made the trip to Seville for the away leg of their quarter-final tie and secured a 2-0 triumph thanks to goals from Mason and Ben Chilwell. The game was not straightforward despite the scoreline, and the west London giants had to work hard for the victory with only three shots on target in 90 minutes. Mount opened the scoring for the Blues in the 32nd minute of the contest. He took control of Jorginho pass with a terrific turn to outwit Chancel Mbemba. The England international thereafter unleashed a first-time shot for the bottom left corner, which beat the diving goalkeeper. The Blues doubled their advantage five minutes from tim...

Klopp shakes up his starting XI, City boss benches forward again

The Champions League has reached the quarter-final stage and features some mouth-watering UCL fixtures. We’ll update this story with reports, results and the latest Champions League highlights as the first leg games are played. Three Premier League clubs have made it through to the last eight of the competition, and two of them were in action on Tuesday evening. Liverpool face a tough task to reach the semi-finals after losing 3-1 at Real Madrid – Vinicius Junior (2) and Marco Asensio scored for the La Liga giants. Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were on target for Manchester City as they secured a narrow 2-1 home victory over Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea are in action on Wednesday as they face Porto, while Bayern Munich will go head-to-head with Paris Saint-Germain. Champions League Quarter-...

Strong XI for Reds, Man City defender doubtful, Chelsea midfielder out

The Champions League is back with a bang this week as the first leg of the quarter-final ties are played across Europe. The action gets underway on Tuesday, with two Premier League teams hoping to boost their chances of progressing to the last four. Despite still missing some key players, Liverpool will field a strong starting XI for their visit to Real Madrid. Diogo Jota could get the nod in attack after bagging twice as a substitute in the Reds’ 3-0 Premier League victory over Arsenal on Saturday. Manchester City have nearly a full squad to choose from for their game against Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium. Defender Nathan Ake is City’s only major doubt as they get set to face the Bundesliga outfit. Chelsea will be without midfielder N’Golo Kante for their trip to play Porto at t...

Manchester City close in on Premier League title with Leicester win

Manchester City took another significant step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory at Leicester City. The visitors dominated from the off and thought they were ahead on five minutes. Fernandinho rifled a 35-yard strike into the bottom corner, but Sergio Aguero – who was appearing for the first time since his impending summer departure from City was announced – was deemed to be offside. Kevin de Bruyne then hit the crossbar with a stunning free kick before Leicester’s best moment saw Jamie Vardy’s strike ruled out for offside on the stroke of half time. The pattern of Man City dominance continued after the break and they deservedly took the lead on 58 minutes when Benjamin Mendy showed great composure to cut inside and place a low shot into the far corner. Gabriel Jesus made ...