CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

  • Barcelona attack on fire, defence yet to dispel doubts 3 hours 32 minutes ago

    While there may still be a question mark over treble-chasing Barcelona's defence, their fearsome attacking trident is firing on all cylinders ahead of Bayern Munich's visit in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday. The South American trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez reached a scorching 108 goals for the...
  • Champions League: Real Madrid face another defensive barrier at Juventus 3 hours 39 minutes ago

    Having battled to break down one of Europe's meanest defences in the quarter-finals, Real Madrid will have to do it all over again when they face Juventus in their Champions League semi-final. The defending champions took just under three hours to break down Atletico's resistance in the previous round, wining 1-0...
  • Benzema ruled out of Champions League clash at Juventus 19 hours 54 minutes ago

    Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has not recovered sufficiently from a knee injury and has been left out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Juventus, the holders said on Monday. The France international sustained the injury in last month's quarter-final first leg at Atletico Madrid and...
  • Late decision on Robert Lewandowski playing in Barcelona: Pep Guardiola 3 days ago

    Munich: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he will not know until shortly before the match whether striker Robert Lewandowski will play on Wednesday in Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. Guardiola says "we will see his condition on Monday, Tuesday," adding that "the doctor is the chief." Lewandowski suffered a concussion...
  • Brendan Rodgers ready to revamp Liverpool after difficult season 3 days ago

    London: Shopping for new players, solving Daniel Sturridge's injury problems and getting Liverpool back in the Champions League, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is expecting a busy close season. His team finished Premier League runners up last season but despite investing heavily after Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona, they have struggled to...
  • Casillas prefers Champions League title over La Liga 4 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas said he would prefer to win the Champions League over La Liga and emphasised the merit of 'Los Blancos' to become the first club to win the Champions League for two consecutive seasons. "Real Madrid fans are particularly fond of the European cup. If you're...
  • Arjen Robben to miss rest of Bayern Munich's season 5 days ago

    Munich: Football club Bayern Munich's winger Arjen Robben is set to miss the rest of the season with a calf injury, he suffered in their DFB-Pokal encounter against Borussia Dortmund which Bayern lost in a penalty shoot-out on Tuesday night. "Arjen #Robben has a tear in his left calf muscle. His...
  • Bayern's Lewandowski in danger of missing remaining season 5 days ago

    Munich: Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski is in danger of being sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering concussion in the DFB-Pokal semi-final against Borussia Dortmund. Bayern, recently crowned Bundesliga champions, were beaten 1-3 after a penalty shoot-out on Tuesday at their home ground -- the Allianz Arena. Lewandowski,...
  • Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema likely to be fit for Juventus clash: Carlo Ancelotti 6 days ago

    Holders Real Madrid are likely to have forwards Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema back for next week's Champions League semi-final first leg at Juventus, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. Wales winger Bale has been sidelined by a calf injury for just over a week, while France striker Benzema has not...
  • Champions League: Luis Enrique relishes battle with old pal Pep Guardiola April 24, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is relishing the chance to pit his wits against Pep Guardiola, the man who turned the Spanish side's style of football into an iconic brand. Barca play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals and Guardiola will return as coach of the German side to the...
  • Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola expecting a 'special' game against Barcelona April 24, 2015

    Berlin: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday he was happy to have drawn his former club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and expected the clash to be a special experience for him. The Spaniard, a long-time Barca player, won 14 trophies in a four-year spell as head coach...
  • Champions League: Barcelona face Bayern, Juventus get Real Madrid in semis April 24, 2015

    Nyon: Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, pairing coach Pep Guardiola's past and current teams. Guardiola, who spent four trophy-filled years at Barcelona, took over at Bayern in 2013. In the other semifinal, defending champion Real Madrid will face Juventus, with the Italian champions playing at home...
  • Juventus has a couple of canine options for Luis Suarez if needed April 23, 2015

    Milan: Juventus has a couple of canine solutions to keep Luis Suarez and his biting at bay if it draws Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. During an interview with Sky Italia TV late Wednesday, a studio member suggested to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon that he bring a dog muzzle. Laughing, Buffon then...
  • Massimiliano Allegri exceeds expectations at Juventus April 23, 2015

    When Massimiliano Allegri arrived in Turin last July, Juventus ownership had set two goals for him -- win a fourth straight "Scudetto" and reach the Champions League quarter-finals. The former AC Milan manager is set to do much better as Juve hold a 15-point lead in Serie A with seven games...
  • Rafa Benitez keeps option open over Napoli future April 23, 2015

    Rafa Benitez is still unsure of his Napoli future despite leading a revival that has boosted their flagging Champions League qualification hopes. The Spaniard was under pressure after his side slipped from third to sixth in Serie A but have won three straight in all competitions, scoring 10 go als in...
  • Champions League: We're ugly but efficient, says Patrice Evra April 23, 2015

    Under pressure to beat an inexperienced Monaco side and end a 12-year absence from the Champions League semi-finals, Juventus did what they do best and qualified in typical Italian style-playing ugly. After a 1-0 home win in the quarter-final, first leg, the Bianconeri held firm for the goalless stalemate that ensured...
  • Diego Simeone proud after Atletico Madrid's painful defeat by Real April 23, 2015

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team and said they were exiting the Champions League with heads held high after elimination by holders Real Madrid on Wednesday. Javier Hernandez's strike two minutes from time in the quarter-final second leg at the Bernabeu knocked out Atletico 1-0 on aggregate,...
  • Javier Hernandez goal puts Real Madrid into Champions League semis April 23, 2015

    Madrid: A late goal by Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez gave Real Madrid a tense 1-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid and a place in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. After the first leg of their quarterfinal had finished 0-0 last week, Hernandez missed three good chances to break the deadlock for...
  • Juventus into Champions League semis with 1-0 aggregate win at Monaco April 23, 2015

    Monaco: A trademark display of grit and resilience earned Juventus a goalless draw at Monaco as the Italian side qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2003 with a 1-0 aggregate victory on Wednesday. Juve, the first Italian team to reach the last four of Europe's...
  • UEFA charges Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola over T-shirt statement April 22, 2015

    Switzerland: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been charged by UEFA after he wore a T-shirt to a Champions League news conference that supported a campaign to investigate the death of a journalist at last year's World Cup. UEFA said Wednesday that "disciplinary proceedings have been opened" against the Bayern coach...
  • UEFA confirms new Champions League seeding system April 22, 2015

    Nyon: UEFA has published Champions League regulations for next season confirming a seeding change to reward national league winners. Top-seeded teams in eight groups will be the defending Champions League winner plus titleholders in the seven highest-ranked countries. If the Champions League winner also wins its national title, then the eighth top-seeded...
  • Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan back to squad for Juventus game April 22, 2015

    Paris: Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan has been included in the squad to face Juventus at home in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg. The 31-year-old, who just extended his contract to June 2017 with the principle club over ten days ago, missed the first leg last Tuesday, a 1-0 Juve victory...
  • Barca treble depends on pressing game, says Luis Enrique April 22, 2015

    Barcelona's ability to continue dictating play by pushing high up the pitch will determine if they can win a treble, coach Luis Enrique said after they reached the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday. Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain...
  • Juventus ready to end Italy's Champions League semis drought April 22, 2015

    On Monaco's sun-kissed shores, Juventus can prove Italian football isn't on their deathbed. The first decade of this millennium was one of Italian glory. Between them, Milan's teams - AC and Inter - won the Champions League three times. Only Spain, with three titles from Real Madrid and Barcelona, did as...
  • Injury-hit Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid in Champions League April 22, 2015

    Madrid: If beating Atletico Madrid wasn't hard enough for Real Madrid, the defending champions must now find a way to better their crosstown rivals in the Champions League without four of their most important players. A depleted Madrid hosts Atletico on Wednesday in the second leg of the quarterfinals. Their 0-0...
  • Bayern Munich rout Porto 6-1 to reach Champions League semi-finals April 22, 2015

    Bayern Munich outclassed Porto 6-1 on Tuesday to reach their fourth consecutive Champions League semi-final. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals as the five-time champion overcame a 3-1 deficit from the first leg last week and advanced 7-4 on aggregate. Despite missing some of their biggest stars such as Arjen Robben and Franck...
  • Neymar nets twice as Barcelona beat PSG 2-0 to reach Champions League semi-finals April 22, 2015

    Neymar scored two goals as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal their return to the Champions League semifinals, joining Europe's elite four teams for the seventh time in eight seasons. Neymar had already netted Barcelona's first goal in their 3-1 first-leg win, and the Brazil striker struck in...
  • Karim Benzema out injured before Real Madrid's match against Atletico Madrid April 21, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid will be without striker Karim Benzema for Wednesday's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. The European champions said Benzema has "a sprain to the medial collateral ligament of his right knee." Madrid did not say how long it expects the France international to be out. Madrid was already preparing for...
  • Champions League: Bayern hope Pep-talk will boost confidence for Porto tie April 21, 2015

    Munich: Bayern Munich are on a mission with coach Pep Guardiola firing up his injury-hit team as they seek to reverse a 3-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday. The five-times European champions, who have reached the final three times since 2010, find themselves in...