CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

  • Chelsea fans to contest banning orders for Paris incident 3 days ago

    London: Five Chelsea fans will contest the implementation of football banning orders for their suspected involvement in an incident where a black man was blocked from boarding a subway train in Paris. The fans attended a magistrates' court in London on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing after being served with summons...
  • Atletico coach Diego Simeone extends contract till 2020 4 days ago

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish champions by three years to 2020. The deal, announced on the Twitter feed of the champions, was widely expected although there was plenty of speculation a wealthy rival could try to lure Simeone away from the...
  • Liverpool can qualify for Champions League despite defeat, says Rodgers 6 days ago

    London: Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool's target of Champions League qualification is a 'big challenge' after Sunday's 1-2 defeat to Manchester United in an English Premier League match, but maintains belief in his side's chances. The loss at the Anfield stadium that saw Steven Gerrard sent off for a stamp on Ander...
  • Champions League exit can help Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho March 20, 2015

    London: Chelsea may have been bitterly disappointed not to be involved in the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday but manager Jose Mourinho believes their defeat on away goals by Paris St Germain can help them win the Premier League title. Speaking shortly after the draw was made, Mourinho said that...
  • Real Madrid face Atletico, Barcelona get PSG in Champions League quarters March 20, 2015

    Atletico Madrid were handed a chance to avenge last season's Champions League final defeat by city rivals and record 10-times winners Real after the two sides were drawn together in the last eight on Friday. Paris St Germain and Barcelona were paired together having met in the group stage, with the...
  • UEFA bans Zlatan Ibrahimovic for one match following Chelsea red card March 19, 2015

    Paris St Germain's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was banned for one match by UEFA's Control & Disciplinary Body on Thursday after being sent off during a Champions League last 16 match at Chelsea last week. UEFA also handed a three-match suspension to PSG's Serge Aurier for insults he posted on social...
  • Real Madrid need Cristiano Ronaldo at his best for Barcelona March 19, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid need Cristiano Ronaldo to channel his frustration into producing his top form as they face Barcelona in a top-of-the-table 'Clasico' showdown on Sunday that could decide the title race. The Portuguese has struck a moody figure in recent weeks as Real struggled to recapture the blistering form that...
  • Arsene Wenger joins Blatter in calling for change to away goals rule March 19, 2015

    London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday the away goals rule should be changed following his club's defeat to AS Monaco in the Champions League under the rule after the teams finished level at 3-3 over the two legs. Wenger is not the first to call for the rule to...
  • Manchester City exit leaves English giants in Champions League cold March 19, 2015

    Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday to leave the English Premier League without a representative in the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for the second time in three years. As three Spanish sides, two French and one each from Germany, Italy and...
  • Pellegrini sees Manchester City progress despite Champions League exit March 19, 2015

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side are making progress despite being handed a masterclass in Champions League football by Barcelona on Wednesday for the second season in a row. The City boss tried to remain upbeat after his expensively-assembled squad fell to a 1-0 defeat on the night and...
  • Juventus beat Borussia Dortmund to advance in Champions League March 19, 2015

    Carlos Tevez scored two and set up another as Juventus beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 away to reach the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-1 aggregate victory on Wednesday. Tevez opened the scoring in the third minute when he let fly with a thunderous shot from around 20 meters (yards) into the...
  • Barcelona beat Manchester City 1-0 to enter Champions League quarters March 19, 2015

    Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a convincing 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday that only goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented from becoming a rout, as the Spanish hosts reached the Champions League quarter-finals for a record eighth consecutive season. Faced with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 first-leg loss, Manuel...
  • 'Snubbed' Monaco had last laugh against Arsenal: Leonardo Jardim March 18, 2015

    As Monaco had the last laugh in their Champions League last 16 tie against Arsenal on Tuesday, the Ligue 1 side surviving a shaky second leg performance to eliminate a team they felt had shown them little respect. Monaco beat Arsenal 3-1 in London three weeks ago before losing 2-0 at...
  • Champions League: Inconsistent Manchester City take on in-form Barcelona March 18, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona are on another winning run, and that is bad news for Manchester City. The Spanish team has overtaken Real Madrid at the top of the league standings, advanced to the Copa del Rey final and lead Man City 2-1 in the Champions League heading into the second leg...
  • Pellegrini dismisses idea his Manchester City days are numbered March 18, 2015

    Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed a suggestion his days as Manchester City manager may be numbered as his side prepare to try to overturn a 2-1 deficit to Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg. Pellegrini has a contract with City until the end of next season but a run...
  • Champions League: Monaco fortunate to eliminate Arsenal, says Wenger March 18, 2015

    Monaco were fortunate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday after his team's 2-0 win at Louis II failed to overturn their first-leg defeat. Monaco won 3-1 in London three weeks ago but were overwhelmed by a dominant Arsenal side in the...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on penalties to reach Champions League quarters March 18, 2015

    Fernando Torres scored the decisive spot-kick as Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The match finished 1-1 on aggregate after extra time, with the home side avenging its 1-0 defeat in Germany in the first leg...
  • Monaco reach Champions League quarters despite 2-0 loss to Arsenal March 18, 2015

    Monaco withstood Arsenal's onslaught to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League despite a 2-0 home defeat on Tuesday, advancing on the away goals rule after drawing 3-3 on aggregate. Following a 3-1 humiliating defeat at the Emirates two weeks ago in the first leg of the last 16, Arsenal needed...
  • Barcelona not taking last eight spot for granted, says Luis Enrique March 17, 2015

    Barcelona are not taking progress for granted despite holding a 2-1 advantage heading into Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Manchester City, coach Luis Enrique said. Only twice in the Champions League era has a team won a knockout round tie after losing the first leg at...
  • Borussia Dortmund out to end losing home record against Juventus March 17, 2015

    Berlin: Goals haven't come easy for Borussia Dortmund lately, and wins over Juventus at home are ever rarer. The German team hosts Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League trailing 2-1 from the first leg. If Dortmund can win 1-0, the 2013 finalists will advance to the quarter-finals on away goals....
  • Champions League: Arsenal travel to Monaco with renewed confidence March 17, 2015

    Arsenal were on the floor after losing 3-1 to Monaco last month but the Londoners have rebuilt confidence enough to believe they can overturn their Champions League deficit in Tuesday's return match. Since being beaten in the last-16 first leg at The Emirates, the Gunners have bounced back by knocking Manchester...
  • Champions League: Atletico struggling for goals before Leverkusen clash March 17, 2015

    Atletico Madrid will need to put an end to a recent goal drought if they are to have any chance of overturning a 1-0 deficit in Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Atletico, last season's beaten finalists, have only scored once in their last four...
  • You have to stick up for your team mates: John Terry March 12, 2015

    London: Chelsea skipper John Terry has hit back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's description of his team mates as "babies", saying Paris St Germain's players were equally culpable on a night of ill-discipline at Stamford Bridge. Ibrahimovic was shown a straight red card after 31 minutes of the Champions League last 16, second...
  • Champions League: Bayern Munich dream of home final after record-equalling win March 12, 2015

    Bayern Munich could be forgiven for sneaking a peek towards the Champions League final in Berlin in June after their 7-0 destruction of Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday sent them through to the last eight. The five-time European champions, who last won in 2013 and also played in the 2010 and 2012...
  • Champions League: PSG victory is turning-point in history, says Blanc March 12, 2015

    Paris St Germain's victory over Chelsea in the Champions League was a turning-point in their history, coach Laurent Blanc said on Wednesday. PSG survived the early sending-off of talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to battle to a 2-2 draw after extra time and reach the last eight of Europe's premier club...
  • Champions League: Mourinho blames Chelsea exit on loss of confidence March 12, 2015

    Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho blamed a mystifying loss of focus and confidence among his players for their shock elimination from the Champions League quarter-finals by 10-man Paris St Germain on Wednesday. "We deserved to be punished with this draw-defeat," Mourinho told reporters after the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge which produced...
  • Bayern rout Shakhtar 7-0 to advance to Champions League quarter-finals March 12, 2015

    Munich: Bayern Munich cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 7-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk with the visitors losing a defender to the fastest red card in the competition's history. Thomas Mueller notched two goals, while Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery, Holger Badstuber, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze added...
  • PSG knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on away goals, enter quarters March 12, 2015

    London: Thiago Silva sent 10-man Paris Saint-Germain into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after a 2-2 draw at Chelsea in extra time of a fiery and ill-disciplined game on Wednesday. Although PSG had striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in the 31st minute for a challenge on Oscar, the visitors...
  • PSG are most aggressive team we have met: Jose Mourinho March 11, 2015

    London: Jose Mourinho has accused Paris St Germain of being the most aggressive team his Chelsea side have played all season ahead of their Champions League last 16 return leg on Wednesday. Mourinho told a news conference that PSG repeatedly fouled his players in the 1-1 first-leg draw in France last...
  • PSG's Laurent Blanc wary of 'provocative' Diego Costa in Chelsea clash March 11, 2015

    London: Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc has described Chelsea striker Diego Costa as provocative and warned his players not to rise to the bait in their Champions League game on Wednesday. Blanc's side visit Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their last-16 clash with the tie in the balance...