UEFA Champions League

Blaise Matuidi: Juventus experience will be key against Tottenham

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:47:00 PST

The FC crew agree that while Juventus will be favourites against Tottenham, the margin between them is slimmer than it may appear. Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson talk the issues surrounding Juventus' Paulo Dybala off the football pitch. Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says the Serie A club's experience will be important when they face Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 of the Champions League next year. Juve, who have reached two finals in the past three seasons, host Spurs on Feb. 13 before travelling to Wembley on March 7 and Matuidi is convinced the Bianconeri will have the edge. "Tottenham are a strong team, both from a technical and physical point of view," he told Juventus TV. "They play fast and box-to-box as we see...

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli: UCL win is objective, not dream

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:22:00 PST

The FC crew agree that while Juventus will be favourites against Tottenham, the margin between them is slimmer than it may appear. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has said winning the Champions League is now an objective rather than a dream. The Serie A champions have lost to Barcelona and Real Madrid in two of the past three Champions League finals, and Agnelli has now set his sights on the trophy. Speaking at the Juve Christmas dinner, he said: "We know that our objectives on the horizon must expand. "We want to win in Europe. This year we know that it is an objective, whereas in the past it was just a dream. "It's something...

Juventus can't take Tottenham lightly

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:54:33 PST

The FC crew agree that while Juventus will be favourites against Tottenham, the margin between them is slimmer than it may appear.

Champions League draw will bring best out of Real, PSG, Barcelona, Man Utd

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. What an absolutely sensational Champions League draw that was. Certainly the most tantalizing, the most intense and the most promising set of round of 16 contests that I can remember. From the stone-faced reactions of Xabi Alonso each time he drew one of his former clubs or one of his ex-"enemies" from the vase, to the patent delight of Manchester City's Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain when Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were partnered: it was a smashing little piece of drama. But you...

Real Madrid's UCL showdown with PSG will make or break Zidane's season

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:25:00 PST

Julien Laurens is in disbelief Unai Emery is downplaying PSG drawing Real Madrid for the Champions League last 16. Monday's Champions League draw threw up the worst possible scenario for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane's defending champions were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain. The side narratives to the tie run deeper than pitting the nouveau riche Ligue 1 club against the European establishment in the form of the 12-times winners. It could prove to be a very uncomfortable 180 minutes for the Madrid hierarchy, who courted Kylian Mbappe last summer in a deal scuppered when PSG pulled off a financial fair play-pending...

Chelsea's last-16 draw of Barcelona is what glamourous UCL is all about

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:48:00 PST

If Chelsea wanted to know how costly failing to finish top of Champions League Group C would be, they got their answer on Monday morning. When the draw for the round of 16 was made in Nyon, Xabi Alonso selected the ball that announced that the Blues would once again be pitted against their old foes Barcelona. To be fair, at that stage of the draw there were only two options remaining for Chelsea, though the possibility of a more benign tie against Besiktas still lingered. The real disappointment,...

Tottenham's Pochettino welcomes 'massive challenge' vs. Juventus

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:11:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. Mauricio Pochettino welcomed Tottenham's Champions League round-of-16 draw with Juventus, calling it a "massive challenge" against a club he has always wanted to face. Pochettino is from Argentina, but he told Spurs' website that his family has roots in Turin, and he was enthusiastic to make the trip to the Serie A leaders on Feb. 13 before the return back at Wembley on March 7. "It's fantastic because my family came from Italy, from Turin -- unbelievable!" he said. "My name Pochettino is from Italy....

Man City 'have to be careful' vs. Basel - director Txiki Begiristain

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:11:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. Director of football Txiki Begiristain insisted Manchester City will "have to be careful" after being drawn against Basel in the Champions League round of 16. It will be City's first meeting with the Swiss Champions, who managed to beat Manchester United 1-0 in the group stage last month. City were installed as the bookmakers' favourite to win the competition after being drawn against the 500-1 outsiders and avoiding the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich, but Begiristain is taking...


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