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Lloris Fit But Plethora Of Spurs Stars Set To Miss Barcelona Clash

France’s World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris offered Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino a little ray of sunshine amid an injury crisis on the eve of their Champions League clash with Barcelona. Lloris returned to training having recovered from a thigh injury, that has seen him on the sidelines since the end of August, but Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Mousa …

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Reborn Sturridge Another Tool In Klopp’s Attacking Arsenal

It was a sight that just a few months ago would have been unthinkable — Liverpool a goal down in a big game, and Mohamed Salah hauled off by Jurgen Klopp. Klopp got the goal he craved for a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday that preserved Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League start, not via Salah’s immediate replacement Xherdan Shaqiri, but …

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Man City Struggling To Find Champions League Magic

Manchester City’s fourth consecutive Champions League defeat is a stark reminder of the size of the challenge facing the Premier League champions as they seek to replicate their domestic dominance on the European stage. Pep Guardiola’s richly talented team are among the favourites to be crowned kings of Europe after racking up 100 points in the Premier League last season. …

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Souness Continues Pogba Tirade: “He Treats Football Like A Joke”

Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United to a 3-0 away win against Young Boys in the Champions League, but it wasn’t enough to impress pundit Graham Souness. United’s performance was not as dominant as the 3-0 scoreline suggests, however, two goals and an assist from captain on the night Paul Pogba was enough to secure all three points. Pogba’s first was a …

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Lyon Stun Favourites Man City In Champions League Opener

Pep Guardiola had to watch on in horror from the stands as Manchester City’s Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday. Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season’s quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up to their billing. …

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16 Quickfire Conclusions As United Comfortably See Off Young Boys

Manchester United kicked off their Champions League campaign with a comfortable 0-3 victory over Swiss side Young Boys in Berne on Wednesday evening. A first-half brace by captain Paul Pogba, followed by a well-deserved second-half goal from Anthony Martial meant that United avoided a potential banana skin in their European opener. Hot off the heels of victory let’s take a …

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Firmino Good Enough With One Eye, Says Liverpool’s Mane

Sadio Mane said he had urged Liverpool match-winner Roberto Firmino to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he didn’t “need his eye to play”. Firmino sustained an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye in the weekend win at Tottenham after a clash with Jan Vertonghen and did not train on Sunday or …

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Kane’s Form And Other Stumbling Blocks For Tottenham

Tottenham’s bright start to the season is a distant memory after Mauricio Pochettino’s men slumped to their third consecutive defeat against Inter Milan. Spurs conceded two late goals after dominating the second half at the San Siro to slip to lose 2-1 in the opening match of their European campaign. It is the first time Spurs have lost three games …

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Mourinho Wants No Excuses On Plastic Pitch Against Young Boys

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United must not be left making excuses when they begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday on a synthetic surface against Young Boys in Bern. The Old Trafford club have been drawn in a tricky group along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus and Valencia, which makes starting out with a positive result at the Stade de Suisse …

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Liverpool’s Defence & Other Talking Points Ahead Of Liverpool v PSG

Two of the best forward lines in the world, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain clash Tuesday at Anfield as the Champions League group stage gets underway. ____ 1. How will Liverpool’s new-look defence cope against Neymar, Cavani and Mbappé? Liverpool have spent big on new defensive recruits, £75m on centre-back Virgil Van Dijk in January and £67m for goalkeeper Allison in …

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Spurs Make ‘Technical Decision’ To Drop Two Players For Champions League Opener

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Tottenham defensive pair Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier have been left out of Tuesday’s Champions League group stage opener against Inter Milan at the San Siro, coach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Monday. Pochettino told a press conference he had made a “technical decision” to omit the pair, but not as a punishment after defeats to Watford and Liverpool in their …

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PSG’s Neymar Smart To Protect Himself From Injury – Klopp

Klopp insisted Neymar wasn’t fully fit in Russia after breaking a bone in his foot in February that forced him to miss the rest of the club season with the French giants before the World Cup. However, the world’s most expensive player earned few plaudits for his performances and became a figure of fun for his constant feigning of injury …

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New Kick-Off Times & All You Need To Know About The CL On Irish TV

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This season the Champions League’s television format in Ireland will differ slightly from previous years. The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City will all be in action in the group stages of the competition which begins this week. Here’s everything you need to know about the Champions League on Irish television. What Time Are The Games On …

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Ronaldo Chases Juve Goal Before Champions League Return To Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo faces Sassuolo on Sunday still chasing his maiden competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus before he returns to Spain for the first time in the Champions League. Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for the Champions League title which has eluded them since 1996 in Valencia next Wednesday. Despite a seventh straight Serie A title …

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‘Green Light’ Given For Third UEFA Club Competition As Of 2021

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UEFA are clearing the way for the return of a third club competition, two decades after the disappearance of the Cup Winners’ Cup. European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli said at the ECA’s General Assembly in Split, Croatia on Tuesday, that “the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition…as of the 2021/22 season”. The move must …

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Champions League Group-Stage Draw In Full

The draw for this year’s Champions League group-stages has concluded and we’re not short on talking points, that’s for sure. Nightmare draws for both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are contrasted by handier groups for the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Overall, there are some absolutely scintillating matchups on the cards. The pick of the lot is the pairing of …

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Sergio Ramos Fires Back At Klopp As Champions League Row Continues

Sergio Ramos has taunted Jurgen Klopp over his record in finals as their war of words about the incident in the Champions League final continues.  The Real Madrid captain was embroiled in controversy in the final in May after his tackle on Mo Salah left the Egyptian international injured. It was also revealed that the 32-year-old had an altercation with goalkeeper, …

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