CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

  • Manchester City a very difficult team: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique 6 days ago

    Geneva: In a repeat of last season's Champions League round of 16 clash, won by Barcelona, the La Liga giants will take on England's Manchester City again, in a "very difficult tie", according to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. Barcelona got the better of City in last season's Champions League round of...
  • Champions League last-16 draw: Real Madrid get Schalke, Manchester City face Barcelona 1 week ago

    A Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season, and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made his reputation. Defending champion Madrid will play Schalke a year after a 6-1 rout in Germany sparked...
  • Manuel Pellegrini hails Roman warriors not big-name absentees December 11, 2014

    Pellegrini celebrated Manchester City's remarkable brinkmanship in securing a Champions League knock-out spot on Wednesday by hailing the champions' Roman warriors rather than the absent leading players. The unruffled Chilean, who must have feared a quick exit before his side made a remarkable comeback against Bayern Munich last month, almost made...
  • Upbeat Luis Enrique hails Barcelona resolve in PSG win December 11, 2014

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was delighted to have ended PSG's unbeaten run in all competitions this season despite being forced to adopt a new system in a landmark Champions League triumph for the Catalans. Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead after 15 minutes on Wednesday before the...
  • Champions League: Neymar rocket helps Barcelona secure top spot December 11, 2014

    Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group F on Wednesday. Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead after 15 minutes with their first threat on goal but Lionel Messi...
  • Champions League: Manchester City complete great escape in Rome December 11, 2014

    London: Manchester City concluded one of the great Champions League Houdini acts on Wednesday as they qualified for the knockout stages with goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta sinking Roma 2-0 to eliminate the Italians at the Stadio Olimpico. The Frenchman's 60th-minute thunderbolt, before he laid on a second for...
  • Champions League: Ruthless Chelsea end Sporting Lisbon hopes December 11, 2014

    London: Chelsea gave a helping hand to a former hero on Wednesday by rounding off the Champions League group stage with a 3-1 victory over Sporting which sent the Portuguese side packing and opened the door for Schalke 04 to reach the last 16. The English side finished comfortably clear at...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: Slippery Bhubaneswar turf a concern ahead of quarters December 10, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Quality of hockey apart, the turf here at the Kalinga Stadium has been bit of a worry for teams ahead of the knockout stage that begins with the quarter-finals on Thursday. Players slipping, especially while attempting a slap push or a pass on the run, has been a common sight...
  • Wenger still under pressure despite Champions League win December 10, 2014

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's superb goal in Tuesday's Champions League win could not mask the fact that manager Arsene Wenger is under mounting pressure as the focus returns to their stuttering Premier League campaign. Club officials blocked unhappy supporters from displaying banners calling for Wenger to be sacked ahead of Arsenal's...
  • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero sidelined for up to six weeks December 10, 2014

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be out for up to six weeks with a knee ligament injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on the eve of their Champions League clash at AS Roma. Argentine Aguero, the Premier League's leading scorer with 14 goals, hobbled off after less than five minutes against...
  • Champions League: Ramsey goal of season contender seals Arsenal win December 10, 2014

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored a contender for goal of the season when he blasted home a 30-metre volley to help his team cruise past Galatasaray 4-1 to finish second in Champions League Group D on Tuesday. The Welsh international scored twice, as did Arsenal's Germany striker Lukas Podolski, whose opener,...
  • Champions League: Real Madrid beat Ludogorets 4-0 December 10, 2014

    Madrid: Goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory over 10-man Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday and a clean sweep of six wins in Group C of the Champions League. The defending champion, who had already won the group, stretched their winning streak to 19 matches...
  • Liverpool crash out of Champions League after meek show against Basel December 10, 2014

    Geneva: Liverpool's decline and fall from the European elite was confirmed on Tuesday, as Basel held the hosts to a 1-1 draw at Anfield to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. The five-time European champion trailed Fabian Frei's 25th-minute strike, and had substitute Lazar Markovic sent off in the...
  • Jose Mourinho ready to give youth a chance against Sporting December 9, 2014

    Chelsea may not need to change their approach after suffering their first defeat of the season at Newcastle United but that will not stop manager Jose Mourinho giving youth a chance against Sporting in the Champions League on Wednesday. Chelsea's blistering start came to an abrupt halt on Saturday when Papiss...
  • Defending together key to stopping Ibrahimovic: Luis Enrique December 9, 2014

    Defending as a unit will be the key to stopping Paris St Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday's Champions League Group F showdown, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday. Sweden striker Ibrahimovic, who spent a season at Barca in 2009-10, returned from injury and struck twice in PSG's 2-1 Ligue...
  • Champions League: Calculators out for Roma-Man City decider December 9, 2014

    The calculators will be out in force as AS Roma and Manchester City clash for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday with outsiders CSKA Moscow lurking in the background. The head-to-head rule which UEFA use to separate teams who are level on points means that...
  • Champions League: Real Madrid seek record 19th win against Ludogorets December 9, 2014

    A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid can set a new Spanish record of 19 straight victories when they take on Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday with first place in Champions League Group B already assured. The phenomenal Portuguese notched up his 200th league goal with a record 23rd La Liga hat-trick as Real...
  • Champions League: Schweinsteiger eyes first start this term vs Moscow December 9, 2014

    Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger could make his first start of the season against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday as the Bavarians struggle with a long injury list having already secured top spot in Champions League Group E. The 30-year-old playmaker only recently made a comeback after a four-month break due to a...
  • Champions League: Barcelona full of confidence ahead of PSG clash December 9, 2014

    Barcelona host Paris St Germain for Wednesday's Champions League Group F showdown on something of a high after securing a seventh straight victory in all competitions on Sunday, according to forward Pedro. Barca appear to have put consecutive La Liga defeats just over a month ago to Real Madrid and Celta...
  • Champions League: Man City reeling as Aguero ruled out of Rome trip December 7, 2014

    Manchester City's already slim hopes of remaining in the Champions League beyond next week suffered a devastating blow on Saturday when a tearful Sergio Aguero joined their lengthening injury list. Aguero, the Premier League's leading scorer with 14 goals, suffered a knee ligament injury in the opening minutes of City's 1-0...
  • Financial Fair Play is a contradiction, says Jose Mourinho December 2, 2014

    UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are "a contradiction" and only serve to protect big clubs with a long history of success, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho's club spent heavily in the close season to sign Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa but, after losing a number of players, had...
  • Coach Cesare Prandelli quits Galatasaray November 28, 2014

    Ankara: After elimination from Europe Wednesday, Galatasaray have confirmed coach Cesare Prandelli has left the club following four straight Champions League losses. Club vice president Abdurrahim Albayrak announced that the board has decided to dismiss the 57-year-old Italian coach Thursday evening, reports Xinhua. Prandelli replaced his compatriot Roberto Mancini in the summer...
  • Champions League: It's in our hands now, says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers November 27, 2014

    Sofia: Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he always believed his side's Champions League fate would come down to the last match at home to FC Basel and he has been proved right. Liverpool conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw away to Bulgarian side Ludogorets on Wednesday, leaving them...
  • Champions League: Arsene Wenger proud of Arsenal but says they can do better November 27, 2014

    London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud his side had reached the knockout rounds of the Champions league for the 15th straight season on Wednesday but said they now needed to make a real impact in the competition. In the eight seasons since they lost the 2006 final to Barcelona, Arsenal...
  • Champions League: Manchester City face test of resolve at Koeman's Saints November 27, 2014

    London: With Premier League leaders Chelsea on top form, Manchester City will be hoping their Champions League win over Bayern Munich boosts confidence and re-ignites their title defence when they visit high-flying Southampton on Sunday. Third-placed City have fallen eight points behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea after 12 games and face a...
  • 15 wins in a row great achievement: Carlo Ancelotti November 27, 2014

    Geneva: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called Real Madrid's 15th straight victory "a great achievement" and said he expected Basel to advance in the Champions League. Real defeated Basel 1-0 Wednesday night to qualify for the knockout stage in the Champions League. Basel will take on England's Liverpool in the...
  • Arsenal reach 15th straight Champions League knockout round November 27, 2014

    Arsenal reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 15th straight season with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, and Liverpool put itself in position to advance if it wins at home over Basel next month. Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal...
  • Champions League: Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez score as Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 November 27, 2014

    Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal on Wednesday to help the London club beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 and qualify for the Champions League knockout phase for the 15th successive season. The 21-year-old striker, who has floundered since joining from his native France, netted only two minutes into...
  • Champions League: Ludogorets Razgrad hold Liverpool to 2-2 draw November 27, 2014

    Ludogorets scored a late equaliser to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday that ended the home side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League. Dani Abalo opened the scoring for Ludogorets in the third minute, pouncing on the rebound after Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet failed to...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo goal lifts Real Madrid to 1-0 win against FC Basel in Champions League November 27, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal helped Real Madrid beat FC Basel 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, and tie a club record with a 15th straight win. Ronaldo's 71st career Champions League goal, in his 108th match, also tied the old competition scoring record long held by Madrid great Raul Gonzalez. Both...