• Ronaldo:  Madrid will retain Champions League

    Ronaldo: Madrid will retain Champions League

    Cristiano Ronaldo believes Real Madrid are capable of becoming the first team to successfully defend the Champions League.

    No club has retained the European Cup since the revamped format was introduced by UEFA for the 1992-93 season, AC Milan in 1990 being the last side to win the famous trophy back to back.

    Madrid are the most successful team in the competition’s history, winning two of the last three tournaments to secure their 10th and 11th continental titles.

    They begin their latest campaign […]

  • Toure OUT, Iheanacho IN: Manchester City name Champions League squad

    Toure OUT, Iheanacho IN: Manchester City name Champions League squad

    Pep Guardiola has elected to axe the Ivorian midfielder from his European roster, with the Nigerian making the cut.

    Manchester City have announced their squad for the Champions League knockout stages, with Kelechi Iheanacho included in the squad.

    The 19-year-old has been in good form for the Citizen this season though has played majorly as a substitute.

    He joins Argentine forward Sergio Aguero and Nolito in Pep Guardiola’s three-man attack.

    Meanwhile Cote d’Ivoire’s skipper Yaya Toure has been left out of the squad, a […]

  • Guardiola gets ruthless and drops unwanted star for Champions League campaign

    Guardiola gets ruthless and drops unwanted star for Champions League campaign

    Manchester City have left Yaya Toure out of their group for the Champions League group stages.

    The 33-year-old has made just one competitive appearances since the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager, in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest.

    Joe Hart also featured in that game before his loan to Torino, after the Citizens had won the first leg 5-0.

    Toure has been a key player for the Sky Blues since signing in 2010, but Guardiola doesn’t appear […]

  • Man Utd legend Ferguson leads calls for extra time to be scrapped at Uefa meeting

    Man Utd legend Ferguson leads calls for extra time to be scrapped at Uefa meeting

    Uefa has discussed the possibility of ditching extra time at the end of drawn knockout matches and instead going straight to penalties.

    At a meeting with top European coaches in Nyon, Switzerland, on Wednesday, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the most vocal in support of a change to rules.

    The Scot feels players are often too fatigued to play 120 minutes of football, which has often failed to provide the level of entertainment expected in big games.

    ‘I […]

  • You must win Champion League for us- Bayern

    You must win Champion League for us- Bayern

    The Italian has won three European titles, and as well as keeping Bayern ahead of the pack domestically he will be expected to improve Guardiola’s recent Champions League record.

    Carlo Ancelotti has replaced Pep Guardiola as the Bayern Munich coach after three seasons of domestic domination under the Spaniard. Guardiola won the Bundesliga in all three of his seasons at the Allianz Arena – with two of those forming part of doubles – but fell down where it mattered most.

    He was […]

  • UEFA Champions League groups

    UEFA Champions League groups

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will return to Barcelona in Group C

    Arsenal handed games against PSG and Basle in Group A

    Tottenham go into Group E with CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen

    Leicester land Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge in Group G

    Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basle, Ludogorets

    Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas

    Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic

    Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, Rostov

    Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham, Monaco

    Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, […]

  • Champions League round-up: Thomas Vermaelen sees red on Roma début and Villarreal are beaten by Monaco

    Champions League round-up: Thomas Vermaelen sees red on Roma début and Villarreal are beaten by Monaco

    Roma hung on to draw 1-1 at Porto in a Champions League play-off first-leg on Wednesday after having defender Thomas Vermaelen sent off before half-time on his debut.

    Seeking to improve on Italian clubs’ dire run in the play-off round, Roma began strongly and led in the 21st minute when Porto defender Felipe diverted a cross into his own net.

    Porto dominated the second half against 10-man Roma but only scored through Andre Silva’s penalty in the 61st, awarded for handball against […]

  • Steaua Bucharest 0-5 Manchester City: Aguero hat-trick seals easy win

    Steaua Bucharest 0-5 Manchester City: Aguero hat-trick seals easy win

    The Argentina international scored three goals and missed two penalties as Pep Guardiola’s men took a commanding lead in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie.

    Sergio Aguero shook off two first-half penalty misses to score a hat-trick as Manchester City all but sealed their place in the Champions League group stage with a 5-0 away win over Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their play-off tie.

    The Argentina international had his first attempt from 12 yards saved by […]

  • Yaya Toure dropped from Manchester City Champions League squad

    Yaya Toure dropped from Manchester City Champions League squad

    Yaya Toure has been left out of the Manchester City squad for the first leg of the crucial Champions League playoff against Steaua Bucharest, a source has told ESPN.

    Toure, 33, was not included in Pep Guardiola’s 18-man squad for his first game in charge on Saturday — the 2-1 victory over Sunderland in the Premier League.

    And the Ivory Coast international did not even make the 21-man squad that flew to Romania on Sunday night.

    Toure’s representative Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports: […]

  • Plane carrying Manchester City staff evacuated on runway

    Plane carrying Manchester City staff evacuated on runway

    City staff and members of the media were evacuated from a plane bound for Bucharest after a safety concern.

    The plane carrying Manchester City staff to the Champions League play-off with Steaua Bucharest was evacuated on the runway prior to take-off.

    Passengers were hurried off the aircraft by the crew as a safety precaution, after a fault occurred with the air conditioning system in the cabin of the Carpatair flight.

    Fire engines and an ambulance were placed on standby at the scene after […]

  • Manchester United has to be in the Champions League… it’s empty without them, insists Jose Mourinho

    Manchester United has to be in the Champions League… it’s empty without them, insists Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho has declared the Champions League as ’empty’ without Manchester United’s presence in it this season.

    Despite winning the competition twice in it’s current guise, and thrice overall, United have failed to qualify for Europe’s elite-club spectacle for the second time in three years.

    Newly-appointed manager Mourinho will be hoping to improve that trend this season in the Premier League and the Portuguese is adamant that the Champions League has lost some of it’s allure without the Old Trafford outfit.

    ‘Man United […]