UEFA Champions League

Napoli more motivated to peform in Serie A than Champions League - Sarri

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:32:00 PDT

Napoli remain unbeaten in Serie A after settling for a draw against Inter on Saturday. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri admitted his side are more motivated in Serie A than in the Champions League after his side "dropped two points" in Saturday's top-of-the-table draw with Inter Milan. Sarri's men had the better of the chances to find a winner and saw their 100 percent record came to start the Serie A season came to an end as they failed to win in the league for the first time since April. They're still unbeaten in the league, but Napoli have already suffered two defeats in Europe...

Coman wreaks havoc with pace, draws pivotal red card in Bayern victory

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:17:00 PDT

Corentin Tolisso's first goal since the opening day of the season led Bayern to a 1-0 victory at 10-man Hamburg. Arjen Robben reflects on Bayern's 'intense' clash at Hamburg and looks ahead to the team's upcoming slate. Bayern Munich were made to work hard for a third straight win under Jupp Heynckes, but scraped past 10-man Hamburg 1-0 thanks to record signing Corentin Tolisso's close-range tap-in on 52 minutes. Hamburg SV Bayern Munich 0 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Chasing an unprecedented sixth Bundesliga title in a row, Bayern moved level on points with Borussia Dortmund, who lead on goal difference by three goals. The gap was five points when Jupp Heynckes took over, but three straight victories, 9-0 aggregate without letting in a goal, is a pretty...

Juventus, Leicester City earned more from UEFA prize fund than Real Madrid

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:21:00 PDT

With just two goals in eight games for Real Madrid this season, the FC guys debate whether or not Karim Benzema is overrated. Beaten finalists Juventus topped the Champions League prize money table in receiving €110.4 million from UEFA last season. Leicester City edged title-winning Real Madrid for second place in the list that UEFA published on Friday because the English champion banked a bigger share of broadcasting rights money. British and Italian TV deals were more valuable than the Spanish rights, and were shared between fewer clubs than Spain's five in the competition. Leicester, eliminated in the quarterfinals,...

The Sweeper: Wenger selfie fail

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:36:17 PDT

A fan botches a selfie with Arsene Wenger, Ronaldo sings the Champions League anthem and more in The Sweeper.

Spartak Moscow get partial stadium ban over UEFA Youth League chants

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:28:00 PDT

Spartak Moscow fans have been punished for their behaviour last month. Spartak Moscow have been hit with a partial stadium closure by UEFA for "racist behaviour" towards Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye during last month's Youth League match. A section of the Russian club's fans directed monkey chants at the 18-year-old attacker in the 2-1 defeat suffered by Steven Gerrard's side at Spartak's academy on Sept. 26. UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB) upheld Liverpool's subsequent complaint and a section of Spartak's stadium will be closed for their next...

Roma charged with racist behaviour by UEFA following Chelsea game

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:42:00 PDT

Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey breaks down Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Roma and the ensuing press conference from manager Antonio Conte. Roma have been charged by UEFA after some of their supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during Wednesday's Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge. A statement from UEFA read: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma (3-3), played on October 18 in England." UEFA said the charge was "racist behaviour (monkey chants)," adding: "This case will be dealt with by the UEFA...

Kevin De Bruyne not interested in accolades without Man City trophies

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:00:00 PDT

Kevin De Bruyne says he's more interested in winning trophies with Manchester City than chasing after personal accolades. MANCHESTER -- Kevin De Bruyne says he doesn't want personal honours unless he's winning trophies with Manchester City. The Belgium international midfielder is already being talked about as an early frontrunner for the Player of the Year award after starting the season in sparkling form for City. Pep Guardiola said he needs to win a title to be considered among the best and De Bruyne, who was named German Player of the Year when he was with Wolfsburg in 2015, told ESPN FC he is more interested...

Real Madrid's Keylor Navas continues to dazzle with substance over flair

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:18:00 PDT

Hugo Lloris and Keylor Navas each put on a show between the sticks as Real Madrid and Spurs battled to a draw. Harry Kane raised his hands to his head and then lowered them down again. He rocked them back and forth, unsure of how to react, and glanced up at the Madrid sky. The Tottenham Hotspur striker, who had scored 15 goals in 11 games for club and country prior to visiting the Bernabeu, is not used to experiencing the sequence of events that had just unfolded. Usually when Harry Kane bears down on goal he is accustomed to time slowing down and the din of the crowd momentarily abating as his focus centres...

What's wrong with Atletico Madrid?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:41:42 PDT

With Atleti still winless after three games in the UCL, Sid Lowe shares his diagnosis for what's causing their struggles.

Edin Dzeko's two goals vs. Chelsea emblematic of career revival

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:09:00 PDT

Edin Dzeko and Eden Hazard both scored a brace for their sides as the two top teams of Group C battle to a 3-3 draw. Edin Dzeko's two goals earned Roma a point in their six-goal thriller against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Wednesday night will live long in the memory of the Romanisti who made it to Stamford Bridge. Used to their team collapsing in the face of adversity, they watched Roma battle back from two goals down to the Premier League champions Chelsea, a team managed by hated Juventino Antonio Conte, and come just a whisker away from leaving London with what would have been a huge -- and fully deserved -- three points. They saw their team, so often a joke on Europe's biggest stage, and their main man Edin Dzeko,...

UEFA to increase solidary payments for youth programmes

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:05:00 PDT

Around £111m will be made available from the proceeds of last season's Champions League and Europa League. Top-flight clubs across Europe are set to benefit from increased solidary payments in order to develop their youth programmes, UEFA has announced. A total of £111.7 million will be made available from the proceeds of last season's Champions League and Europa League competitions, an increase from £108.5m the previous year. The payments, which must be used to boost youth development programmes and community schemes, are available to all top-flight clubs not involved in this season's Champions...

Neymar: I'll help 'golden boy' Mbappe the same way Messi helped me

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:33:00 PDT

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar insists he will try to help Kylian Mbappe flourish the way Lionel Messi did for him at Barcelona. Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all found the back of the net as PSG went on to a 4-0 victory against Anderlecht. PSG star Neymar has vowed to support "golden boy" Kylian Mbappe in the same ways Lionel Messi helped him during his time at Barcelona. Neymar, 25, moved to the Camp Nou from Santos in the summer of 2013, where he teamed up with Messi, who took the Brazil superstar under his wing. In the following years, the Brazil No. 10 became the main target of Messi's passes, receiving a team-best 894 balls from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner over their last three seasons together. And since moving to...

Bayern back on track, Leipzig fancy a European run, Dortmund's costly draw

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:21:00 PDT

Despite a win over Celtic, Jupp Heynckes says Bayern still left much to be desired both offensively and defensively. Matchday 3 at last brought the first wins for the German contingent in the Champions League and underlined the recent return to form of RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich. For Borussia Dortmund, however, the 1-1 draw at APOEL has had the opposite effect: the Black and Yellows are beginning to wonder about their football's true quality in light of four unconvincing games (three defeats, one narrow win at Augsburg) on the trot. RB Leipzig poised to make a run After two unsuccessful outings in the...

Trending: Man United win with bizarre error, Lionel Messi hits 100th UCL

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho takes a dig at other football managers and promises not to "cry and moan" about injuries like others do. The FC guys provide their critiques for Jose Mourinho's Man United side following a narrow UCL victory over Benfica. The FC crew answer your tweets on Chelsea's defensive issues, Manchester United's style of play and Atleti's UCL struggles. Chelsea let a two-goal lead slip against Roma before settling for a draw, while Benfica's goalkeeping gaffe gifted Man United a win. Romelu Lukaku had a touching moment with Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, whose howler led to the only goal of the match. Thursday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending ... MAN UNITED:  Manchester United battled to a 1-0 victory away to Benfica to make it three wins from three as goalkeeper Mile Svilar allowed the ball to cross the line when saving Marcus Rashford's free kick. - Jose Mourinho has hit back at critics of his style of football by insisting good defending is not a crime. - Mourinho has held talks with Manchester United about a new contract but he...

Antonio Conte needs to use his creativity, boldness to fix Chelsea

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:02:00 PDT

Craig Burley says Chelsea players should sit down with Antonio Conte to discuss their issues, not go to the press. The FC panel delve into the reports that Chelsea's players may be unhappy with manager Antonio Conte. The experts at the ESPN FC desk talk Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Roma as Antonio Conte's men have let in five goals in all competitions since coming back from the international break. The FC crew answer your tweets on Chelsea's defensive issues, Manchester United's style of play and Atleti's UCL struggles. Antonio Conte hit back at Jose Mourinho's comment that he won't 'cry' like other managers have about dealing with injuries. If you want to see the glass as half-full, Eden Hazard's late equalizer against Roma meant that Chelsea avoided their third consecutive defeat in all competitions. To find the last time that happened, you have to go all the way back to September 2002: Claudio Ranieri was the manager, Chelsea were still owned by Ken Bates and the club was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Rationally, such streaks are meaningless, but psychologically, they matter, as Eden Hazard hinted after the game when he...

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta: 'The mood at the moment is not the best'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:26:00 PDT

Edin Dzeko and Eden Hazard both scored a brace for their sides as the two top teams of Group C battle to a 3-3 draw. Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey breaks down Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Roma and the ensuing press conference from manager Antonio Conte. Chelsea's Eden Hazard believes it was vital the Blues avoided their third straight defeat during the 3-3 draw with AS Roma at Stamford Bridge. Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted morale at Chelsea is low due to their three-match winless run. Chelsea, since winning impressively at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last month, have lost successive Premier League games to Manchester City and Crystal Palace. They avoided defeat -- and a third straight loss for the first time under Antonio Conte -- when drawing 3-3 with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday, but did throw away a two-goal lead at Stamford Bridge. "The mood at the moment...

Neymar: Mbappe is PSG's 'golden boy'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:09:58 PDT

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar insists he will try to help Kylian Mbappe flourish the way Lionel Messi did for him at Barcelona.

Hazard: Chelsea deserved draw with Roma

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:33:40 PDT

Chelsea's Eden Hazard believes it was vital the Blues avoided their third straight defeat during the 3-3 draw with AS Roma at Stamford Bridge.


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