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Barca in crisis ahead of UCL clash against Napoli
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Barca in crisis ahead of UCL clash against Napoli

Barcelona lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid but still have the UEFA Champions League to fight for, although it remains to be seen if they can get far in the competition with how average they've been this season by their standards. The Catalan club is reportedly in crisis ahead of the UCL Round of 16-second leg clash against Serie A outfit Napoli. Barcelona have struggled this season but it came as a little surprise when Ernesto Valverde was replaced with Quique Setien. The decision hasn't paid many dividends thus far as the same problems persisted under the new manager. It can be recalled that Valverde had Barcelona topping the league before his dismissal.  However, Setien couldn't replicate the feat for long and eventually lost the La Liga to perennial rivals Real Madrid. ...
Nagelsmann – Spurs vs Leipzig not Mourinho against Baby Mourinho
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Nagelsmann – Spurs vs Leipzig not Mourinho against Baby Mourinho

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsman has insisted that it won't be a case of Mourinho versus Baby Mourinho when his side faces Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixture in London on Wednesday. Nagelsmann has been previously tagged Baby Mourinho in Germany and will be taking charge of his first maiden UCL knockout game. However, the 32-year-old who is the youngest coach in the Champions League was quick to shift focus from the battle of wits in the dugout in his pre-match press conference. He said: "It is only a game between Leipzig and Tottenham. Eight years ago, Tim Wiese [former Hoffenheim goalkeeper] called me Baby Mourinho, but that was only for two weeks. After that, he called me Julian again. "Tomorrow it is Leipzig ...
Saul Niguez – We can hurt Liverpool
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Saul Niguez – We can hurt Liverpool

Saul Niguez believes that Atletico Madrid can hurt Liverpool when both sides meet in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday. Diego Simeone's men welcome the Premier League's highflyers at the same venue where the Reds emerged as UCL winners last season with a 2 nil win against Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool are favorites following Atletico Madrid's poor run of form with just 1 win in their last 7 games although Saul has insisted that they can surprise bookmakers and get the fans back on their side. "There's no memory in football: What you did yesterday is no use. We had a good run before Christmas then we fell away and it was hard. People wanted to kill us. Do I think it's unfair?  "Honestly, yes. But it's life. People wh...
Klopp – Simeone won’t be happy he’s facing Liverpool
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Klopp – Simeone won’t be happy he’s facing Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side faces a tough task against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. However, he pointed out that his opponent in the dugout Diego Simeone won't be happy he's facing Liverpool. The Reds topped their group ahead of Serie A side Napoli and will be looking to defend their UCL title when they visit the Wanda Metrop[oplitano, where they emerged victoriously in last season's UCL competition. He noted that the stage only comprised teams from the top 5 leagues in Europe, thereby making it a very tough stage of the competition. “It’s an interesting draw,” Klopp told his club’s official website. GET THE LATEST FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR TODAY Live Football Streaming Over 1.5 Goals predictions for today BTTS Tip...
Neymar a major doubt for Man United UCL clash after dreadful injury
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Neymar a major doubt for Man United UCL clash after dreadful injury

Manchester United may have been handed a huge boost in their quest for UEFA Champions League glory as Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar is a major doubt for the round of 16 UCL clash between the two sides in February. Neymar left the pitch in tears during PSG's 2 nil Coupe de France win against Strasbourg on Wednesday night. It was thought that the Brazil international had suffered an injury to his right ankle. However, after initial examinations, it was confirmed that Neymar had suffered a "reactivation of the lesion of the fifth right metatarsal," and the degree of the condition will be ascertained in the coming days. READ: Fulham striker Kamara arrested for allegedly causing bodily harm and criminal damage The Brazilian suffered the same metatarsal fracture last...
It’s the Premier League vs the Bundesliga in the 2018/19 UCL round of 16
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It’s the Premier League vs the Bundesliga in the 2018/19 UCL round of 16

The UEFA Champions League returns with the undiluted action of the round of 16 stages in February as all teams now know the foe they'll have to beat to get to the last 8 of the competition. The UCL round of 16 draws brought further league competition for the Premier League sides. It can be recalled that the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United had to come up against Serie A sides who stood on their paths to qualification in one way or the other in the group stages of the UCL. Well, the UCL round of 16 stage is perfectly set for a rivalry between the Premier League and the Bundesliga as three clubs each, from the two leagues will have to battle each other come February and March 2019 for a place in the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League. REA...
Tuchel – Man United is a great test and a challenge
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Tuchel – Man United is a great test and a challenge

Paris Saint Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is ready for the great test that awaits his side when they take on Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in the R16 stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League. The draw was obviously not the best for the Red Devils going by how they've struggled this season but their fighting spirit against Juventus in the group stages of the competition is one that PSG should be wary of. Man United have never faced PSG before and will now come up against former winger Angel Di Maria, as well as Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. PSG scored 17 goals in Group C to seal top spot ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Napoli. Regardless of how the Ligue 1 giants seem to be favorites on paper, Tuchel has stated that his side will not approach any of the two-legged ties ...
UCL – PL sides battle Serie A sides for a place in the round of 16
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UCL – PL sides battle Serie A sides for a place in the round of 16

The UEFA Champions League returns tonight for the first set of games of the last match day and it's all set to be action-packed. Some teams have their destinies in their hands while others will have to rely on other results to favor their quest to make it to the UCL round of 16 stage. The likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Napoli, and PSG will definitely steal the spotlight for Tuesday's fixtures as they are so near and yet so far with regards to qualification to the next stage. It's effectively a battle between the Premier League and the Serie A on which league's sides seal a place to the next stage tonight. The Premier Leagues sides such as Liverpool and Tottenham have to win tonight to stand a chance of making it to the next stage. Liverpool welcome Carlo Ancelott...
Mourinho responds to United critics after goalless draw away to Sevilla
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Mourinho responds to United critics after goalless draw away to Sevilla

  Man United manager Jose Mourinho seemed happy with his side's goalless draw away to Sevilla in their UCL round of 16 first league encounter after being asked if his team were lucky to emerge unscathed from the tie. However. Mourinho didn't heap praise on the Man of the match on the night David De Gea, as he insisted that the 0:0 scoreline was a fair result although Sevilla dominated the game and had 25 attempts on goal “No, I am not relieved,” the United boss, who faces former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, said. READ: Totti – Mohammed Salah is one of the best players in the world “I think we finished the game with more space with more close to the possibility of scoring a goal, so no. “I think that the only moment where we felt relieved was in the l...
Cahill keen to avoid Barcelona and PSG in UCL round of 16
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Cahill keen to avoid Barcelona and PSG in UCL round of 16

  Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has admitted that Chelsea would be happy to avoid locking horns with the likes of Barcelona and PSG in the first knockout round of the Champions League. Chelsea played a 1 all draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night which ensured that they lost their grip on the group's top spot to Roma. Chelsea will now be drawn against the winner of another group in the last 16 draw scheduled to hold on Monday. Meanwhile, UEFA's law ensures that teams from the same nation can't play against each other in the round of 16 and Chelsea may be in line to square up against PSG, Barcelona and other impressive group winners in the 2017/18 UCL. READ: Diego Perotti signs contract extension with Roma Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard had earlier welcomed the prospect...