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Lemar could have been a Liverpool star. Instead, he's on the Atletico Madrid bench

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 06:46:00 GMT

Steve Nicol doesn't see Jurgen Klopp tweaking a Liverpool side that's getting results ahead of Atletico Madrid. If he is lucky, Thomas Lemar might just find himself sitting among the Atletico Madrid substitutes for Tuesday's Champions League round-of-16 clash against Liverpool. Had he been even luckier, the French forward would have been preparing to take on Diego Simeone's team as a key cog in Liverpool's attempts to defend the European Cup. As it stands, Lemar, 24, is simply waiting for his nightmare in Madrid to come to an end after securing a dream move to the Wanda Metropolitano in July 2018. Lemar's...

UEFA's new Champions League Man of the Match award is truly a thing of beauty

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 04:40:37 GMT

Are Liverpool on upset alert vs. Atletico Madrid? The Exploding Heads use "FIFA 20" to preview the first leg. Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley explain why Juventus clearly prefers one competition over the other. Shaka Hislop says a Champions League berth could be instrumental in Jose Mourinho elevating Tottenham. Julien Laurens explains how Manchester City's UEFA ban will be perceived by other big clubs around Europe. With the Champions League due to resume this week, UEFA has introduced a brand new award to the mix and it is a glorious sight to behold... The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Mourinho enjoys a day to remember in win at Villa | Nike unveils new ball for remainder of Premier League season From the round of 16 onward in this season's Champions...

Arteta on Manchester City ban: I want best for my ex-boss Guardiola

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:22:00 GMT

Craig Burley says Arsenal have chosen a strong direction by allowing Mikel Arteta to run things his way. Craig Burley credits Jose Mourinho's Spurs for eking out a victory despite having less possession than Villa. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed symapthy for his mentor Pep Guardiola amid the shocking news that Manchester City will be banned two seasons from European competition. Arteta worked for Guardiola at City as his assistant for from 2016-19 before taking over at Arsenal in January. Arteta addded that he'd been in touch with his former boss following last week's announcement. "I just want the best for City. The admiration and love that I have for Pep, the players and staff, I just want the...

Solskjaer says Manchester United transfers easier with Champions League

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 04:24:00 GMT

Shaka Hislop explains why Paul Pogba should try to leave Manchester United before Euro 2020. The race for fourth is where it's at! The Exploding Heads use FIFA 20 to predict Man United's visit to Chelsea. The FC crew unanimously pick one club as the better landing spot for Dortmund star Jadon Sancho. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Manchester United's summer recruitment drive will be made easier if they can offer prospective new signings Champions League football. United have pledged to continue to invest in the squad with Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho on their wanted list, and ahead of the trip to Chelsea on Monday -- crucial in the race for the top four -- Solskjaer has said a return to the Champions League could help lure the best players to Old Trafford. "The Champions League gives...

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Manchester City ban: 'Complete wow!'

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 01:48:00 GMT

Liverpool's charge towards their first title in 30 years continues with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Norwich. Jurgen Klopp expresses his sympathy towards Pep Guardiola and his team following news of Man City's European ban. Shaka Hislop breaks down how Liverpool overcame another shaky start for their 17th straight league win. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he had sympathy for his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola in the wake of the English champions' two-year ban from European football dished out by UEFA for allegedly breaching Financial Fair Play rules. With City's domestic title challenge all but over -- Liverpool 25 points ahead after beating Norwich City 1-0 away on Saturday -- Klopp said the news on Friday about the European ban for the Manchester club had taken him by surprise. "It was a shock. Complete...

PSG to win the Champions League? Neymar, Mbappe & Co. compare closest to past 10 winners

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 01:54:00 GMT

How do you win the Champions League? It turns out that "be Real Madrid" is not a bad place to start. The Spanish giants have won 13 European Cups, and no other club has more than seven. They've won four of the past six, and their current manager, Zinedine Zidane, has never not won the Champions League. Three tries and three trophies for Zizou, so that's that, huh? Although Zidane The Manager has yet to be eliminated from the Champions League, other teams have in fact won the tournament. As I wrote...

What Manchester City's UEFA competition ban means and what might happen next

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 02:44:00 GMT

The independent Adjudicatory Chamber of UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has decided to ban Manchester City from UEFA competition for two seasons while hitting them with a €30 million ($32.5m) fine. The club were found to have committed "serious breaches" of Financial Fair Play (FFP) while submitting inaccurate information to UEFA between 2012 and 2016. They were also found to have "failed to cooperate" with the investigation. Q: So what does this mean? That Manchester City won't...

Source: Pep Guardiola worried for Manchester City players after UEFA ban

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 01:58:00 GMT

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is worried how the club's two-year Champions League ban will affect his players but he wants to remain at the club "as long as he is happy," a source has told ESPN. UEFA announced on Friday that the reigning Premier League champions will be excluded from European competition for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 campaigns and have also been fined €30 million ($33 million) for "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts" and failing "to cooperate in the...

Manchester City to appeal 2-year UEFA competition ban for FFP violations

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:30:00 GMT

Manchester City will appeal UEFA's decision to ban the club for two seasons from European competition -- including the Champions League -- after the governing body found them guilty of breaching financial fair play rules. UEFA announced on Friday that the reigning Premier League champions will be excluded from the Champions League for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 campaigns and have also been fined €30 million ($33 million) for "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts" and failing "to...

Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draw: When is it?

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:56:00 GMT

Frank Leboeuf doubles down on Julien Laurens' sentiments that PSG could win the Champions League this year. The FC crew debate which team should be considered the front-runner after the Champions League group stage. The draw for the quarterfinal and semi-finals of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League will be made at 11 a.m. GMT / 6 a.m. ET on Friday, March. 20. In the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, the teams are no longer seeded or divided into pots. This means that teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other. As the draws for the quarterfinals and semi-finals are held together before the quarterfinals are played, the identity of the quarter-final winners is...

Thomas Tuchel coy on Neymar return for PSG vs. Dortmund

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 02:03:00 GMT

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has opened the door to the possibility that Neymar misses next week's Champions League round of 16 first leg clash with Borussia Dortmund. Speaking with Eurosport after the French giants thrashed fellow Ligue 1 outfit Dijon 6-1 away in the Coupe de France quarterfinals, Tuchel was unable to guarantee the Brazil international's availability because of his current rib injury. "We must decide with each match," said Tuchel. "I cannot yet say if Neymar...

VAR would have stopped Remontada - Emery

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:04:00 GMT

Craig Burley explains how Barcelona's players can get out of position due to Lionel Messi's presence. Barcelona are nowhere to be found in Shaka's Power Rankings after their early Copa del Rey exit. The FC crew analyse Thomas Tuchel's standing at PSG after his repeated spats with Kylian Mbappe. Ale Moreno believes Neymar's progression as a player is dependent on his production at PSG. Former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has said that Barcelona's famous 2017 Champions League comeback against the French giants was only made possible by the absence of Video Assisted Refereeing (VAR). Speaking with France Football about his largely underwhelming two-season stay at Parc des Princes, the Spaniard stated his belief that refereeing mistakes aided Barca in wiping out a 4-0 first leg deficit with a 6-1 second leg success to improbably triumph 6-5 on aggregate. - Champions League...

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