Tag: UEFA Champions League

Bayern Munich

Novice and shaky Lazio are no match for a faltering Bayern

Bayern Munich may be faltering in the Bundesliga or running some sort of charity of giving points away domestically but this won't be the case in the UEFA Champions League. The Bavarian giants made a statement on Tuesday night with the 4:1 thrashing of Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie between the two sides. It can be recalled that Bayern Munich have not won in their last two Bundesliga games and folks thought the Italians could give them a run for their money as they supposedly appeared out of sorts in recent games. However, Hansi Flick's men traveled to Italy with ruthlessness and desire to punish every error from their opponents and they started from the first 10 minutes as a Mateo Musacchio back pass gifted Robert Lewandowski the chance to open t...
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PSG under pressure but must take the game to United

Manchester United have finally gotten their first Premier League home win of the season. They will be looking to consolidate on their home form with a win against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League and this will see them automatically book a place in the round of 16 with 1 game to spare. It's a wise game to spare too as it will be an away game to RB Leipzig in Germany. Meanwhile, PSG currently sit second in the group and know that a loss at Old Trafford will be disastrous for them. It can be recalled that the Red Devils beat them 2:1 at the Parc des Princes when they met in the first leg but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men will be wise enough to know that winning away doesn't translate to an easy win at home. READ: It seems Los Blancos want to play in the Europa ...
Real Madrid

It seems Los Blancos want to play in the Europa League

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League hasn't been fun for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid. The La Liga giants haven't impressed as expected and are now in danger of being ousted from Europe's elite competition to the Europa League. What a sight this would be if it eventually materializes. When the group draws for this season's UEFA Champions League were done, only a few would have seen Los Blancos struggling to make it to the next stage of the competition. Considering opponents in the group, most would have tipped either Inter Milan or Borussia Monchengladbach to give them some trouble. Sadly, Shakhtar Donestk entered the fray. After matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League, all four teams in the group are in danger of not making it past the group stage and none of them has been elimin...
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Premier League clubs show ruthlessness on UCL Matchday 2

The Matchday 2 fixtures of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League won't be forgotten quickly by football fans in England. The matchday saw all the Premier League teams participating in this season's competition win their games, keeping clean sheets in the process. Nobody saw such performances coming. Let's say they were expected to win. Okay, how about the clean sheets they kept? This was a very good day for the Premier League and it has been a while we witnessed such an occurrence. The Premier League's defending champions appear to be the only side that struggled scoreline wise. Their Danish visitors Midtjylland came ready for a fight at Anfield with possession stats ending at 60:40 in favor of Jurgen Klopp's men. The Reds couldn't find the back of the net until the 55th minute via a ...
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UEFA Champions League History & All You Need to Know about it

Commonly known as the Champions League, the UEFA Champions League or the UCL competition is one of the most important annual football tournaments in the world. As one of the most important football competitions in the world, the UEFA Champions League, also known as the European Cup, is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football. The competition is organized annually by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a group and knockout format. The Champions League came about as a new version of the European Cup and was played for the first time in the 1992-1993 season. In fact, in the beginning, it was a str...
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The pressure is on City in Champions League bid

Manchester City are under more pressure than ever before to win the Champions League having surrendered their Premier League crown to Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s men were outstanding for the past two seasons in the English top-flight, winning the title with a level of excellence not seen in the Premier League era. However, the Spaniard has watched his side fail three times on the bounce in Europe and he will be feeling the heat more than most to deliver the Champions League crown. It is one of the few criticisms that have been levied against Guardiola. Since his departure from Barcelona, he has not been able to win the ultimate prize in Europe during his time with Bayern Munich, and his four years at the Etihad Stadium. Given Liverpool’s exploits by triumphing in Europe after fa...
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This is Real Madrid’s worst UCL start in 17 years

Real Madrid avoided a shock defeat at the Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League game against Belgian side Club Brugge on Tuesday which ended in a 2 all draw. Madrid had to fight back after going down to 2 goals by Bonaventure Dennis in the first half. The Nigerian striker saw luck shine on him for both of the goals which he didn't hesitate to put away and heap more misery on Thibaut Courtois. Zinedine Zidane's men were awful at best in the first half of the game but leveled up in the second half through Sergio Ramos for the first, thanks to a controversial call from VAR, and Casemiro for the second, the latter's goal coming after Club Brugge's captain Ruud Vormer was sent off. READ: Conte says Alexis Sanchez is not ready to start for Inter Milan The result flattered Real Madrid...
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Can the English clubs dominate Europe in 2019/20?

The Premier League dominated Europe on all fronts in the 2018/19 football season, setting a record in the process. Europe's major elite club competitions had 4 all finalists emerge from English Premier League in the 2018/19 season. The UEFA Champions League saw Liverpool and Tottenham fighting for the holy grail of European club football while the Europa League final saw Chelsea and Arsenal fight for the honors. Very few fans would have thought of this when the season commenced seeing how their rivals in other leagues had invested heavily with eyes on the European honors. Regardless, the English boys were determined to prove a point in Europe and achieved it in record fashion. It remains to be seen if such a feat will ever be repeated in the two major European football club compet...
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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...
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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...