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Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic sits out with thigh injury

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:39:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Bundesliga correspondent Raf Honigstein explains where it all went wrong for Dortmund in the second half against Tottenham. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic sat out Wednesday's scoreless draw with Nuremburg with a torn a thigh muscle fiber. The injury occured during the German club's 3-0 Champions League defeat at Tottenham last week Wednesday. The United States star is doubtful for Dortmund's league home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Pulisic, on loan from Chelsea after completing a €64 million ($73 million) switch to the Premier League team in January, has endured a frustrating...

Barcelona can't 'obsess' over shock UCL exit to Roma last season - Busquets

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:38:00 GMT

Although Barcelona claimed yet another victory, Alejandro Moreno explains how a better team than Real Valladolid can give them big problems ahead. Sergio Busquets warned Barcelona they can't "obsess" over last season's shock defeat to Roma as they look to end a run of five knockout games without an away win in the Champions League against Lyon on Tuesday. Barca have come up short on the road against Roma, Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid in Europe in recent seasons. Their last away win in a two-legged tie was against Arsenal in 2016. That poor run of form has included defeats by four and three goals at PSG and Juve,...

Liverpool's Firmino, Lovren absent from training ahead of Bayern Munich clash

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:07:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play. Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage. LIVERPOOL, England -- Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren were both absent from training on Monday afternoon ahead of Liverpool's Champions League round-of-16 tie with Bayern Munich. A source has told ESPN FC that Firmino was absent from the session at Melwood due to a virus. The Brazil international has played in every single one of Liverpool's matches this season, scoring 11 times in 34 appearances. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news Lovren, meanwhile, has not featured for Jurgen Klopp's side since injuring his hamstring in January. Before...

Jurgen Klopp needs to rule with his head and focus on the Premier League, not Bayern

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:44:00 GMT

The trick is getting head and heart to coexist in the right proportion, at the right time, and a great manager knows when to turn the dial toward the "heart" end. It's how Liverpool came back from 3-0 down in a Champions League final, remember? You loosen the reins, go for it and believe in the improbable. To paraphrase "Risky Business," it gives you freedom, freedom brings opportunity, opportunity makes your future... But there are times when you need it turned back toward the "head" end....

Liverpool stars prepare for Bayern Munich clash by getting stuck in elevator

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 04:30:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play. Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage. With a massive Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at Anfield on the cards this week, Liverpool could probably have done without any slapstick mishaps in the build-up. However, as shared by Dejan Lovren on Instagram, it would appear that several of the Reds' first-team players had the misfortune of getting trapped in a broken elevator together on Sunday afternoon. Lovren posted a video of himself, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino...

Liverpool have no chance vs. Bayern if they look ahead to United clash - Klopp

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 03:44:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play. Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage. LIVERPOOL, England -- Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool "don't have a chance" against Bayern Munich on Tuesday if they allow themselves to look ahead to Sunday's clash with Manchester United. Liverpool host Bundesliga champions Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, with a trip to Old Trafford that could have significant implications on the Premier League title race then awaiting them. "Game by game, you cannot think about it in a different way," the manager told a news...

Exclusive: Manuel Neuer on Liverpool clash in Champions League, injuries and finding form

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 02:30:00 GMT

Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play. In an exclusive with ESPN FC, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer makes no excuses when asked about his side's Bundesliga campaign. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. MUNICH -- It would have been easy, understandable even, to cancel the interview. A few days before we were due to meet in the Bavarian capital last Sunday, Manuel Neuer had hurt his right hand in a training exercise. The injury was initially described as not serious but soon became the subject of much intrigue as the Bayern Munich goalkeeper missed two games and the club refused to provide any updates. Neuer, too, remained tight-lipped. The exact nature of his complaint was guarded jealously at...

Bayern Munich boss Kovac says Liverpool toughest UCL round-of-16 foe

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 02:22:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. LIVERPOOL, England -- Niko Kovac believes his Bayern Munich side were paired with the toughest opponents in the Champions League as they prepare to face Liverpool in the last 16. The two-legged tie begins on Tuesday evening as the reigning Bundesliga champions travel to Anfield. Liverpool reached the final of the competition last season where they lost to Real Madrid and are battling Manchester City for the Premier League title this season, leaving Kovac in no doubt about the task that lies ahead. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news "Tomorrow...

Liverpool favourites against Bayern, shows progress under Klopp - Grujic

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:44:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage. Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including Liverpool and Man City's big wins, a thrilling Madrid derby and much more. BERLIN, Germany -- Marko Grujic has said Liverpool's favourites tag against Bayern Munich in the Champions League highlights the progress made under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool, last season's finalists in the competition, meet the Bundesliga champions in the round of 16 first leg at Anfield on Tuesday. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news And Grujic, who is spending the season on loan at Hertha Berlin from Liverpool, said the reputation of Klopp's side is now much different to when he signed in January 2016. "It's changed," the midfielder...

Robben picks Anfield as his 'worst stadium' ahead of Champions League return

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:18:00 GMT

The guys respond to your tweets about Son Heung-min and Sadio Mane, types of fries, their favourite football trinkets, FA Cup upsets and more. The FC crew answer your tweets on whether they prefer Mohamed Salah or Raheem Sterling, who Craig supports, whether Stevie eats goat or lamb and much more. Despite Manchester City's strong run of form, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains why Liverpool remain his favourites to win the Premier League title. Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has described Anfield as his "worst stadium" as he prepares to return to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday. Robben has some unhappy memories of Anfield, having suffered elimination from the Champions League twice with Chelsea, in 2005 and 2007, and with Real Madrid in 2009. "I think, if you ask [about] the worst stadium for me, it's probably Liverpool," the 35-year-old told The Guardian. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news "You always have your favourite opponent and there always...

Real Madrid's Ramos answered 'trick question' over Ajax booking - Solari

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 04:33:00 GMT

Real Madrid head coach Santi Solari believes that club captain Sergio Ramos answered a "trick question" over his late yellow card in the Champions League round of 16 tie against Ajax on Wednesday. UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Ramos on Thursday after he admitted to deliberately picking up a booking in Madrid's 2-1 win in Amsterdam before later retracting on social media. The defender could face a two-match Champions League suspension when UEFA hear the case on Feb. 28. "With...

Bayern's Coman fit to face Liverpool in Champions League despite injury scare

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 03:14:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman will be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday despite suffering an injury in the 3-2 win over Augsburg on Friday, the club have said. France international Coman scored as Bayern won 3-2 but turned his left ankle, on which he had previously had surgery, in the closing moments. At his postmatch news conference, coach Niko Kovac said the situation "does not look good," but Bayern said on Saturday that the winger would be ready to play at Anfield...

Borussia Dortmund chief Watzke: Hairdresser not reason for Tottenham defeat

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 03:03:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Bundesliga correspondent Raf Honigstein explains where it all went wrong for Dortmund in the second half against Tottenham. Craig Burley and the ESPN FC crew credit Tottenham for taking the game to Dortmund in the second half of their 3-0 win at Wembley. Tottenham looked comfortable in their 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund, as Real Madrid stole a late away win against the Dutch side. Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has dismissed claims that the players' focus was broken ahead of their 3-0 Champions League defeat at Tottenham by the visit of a hairdresser to the team hotel the day before the match. Midfielders Axel Witsel, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Raphael Guerreiro, along with defenders Abdou Diallo and Dan-Axel Zagadou, got new haircuts at their London hotel. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news Although the hairdresser reportedly also cut the Dortmund players' hair ahead of wins against Bayern Munich...

Liverpool manager Klopp planning for Bayern game without Lovren

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 02:21:00 GMT

The FC crew answer your tweets on whether they prefer Mohamed Salah or Raheem Sterling, who Craig supports, whether Stevie eats goat or lamb and much more. Despite Manchester City's strong run of form, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains why Liverpool remain his favourites to win the Premier League title. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is planning for the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League against Bayern Munich next week without Dejan Lovren. Lovren, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since Jan. 7, did not travel to Spain for Liverpool's warm-weather training camp this week. The Croatia international's likely absence gives Klopp a selection headache at centre-half, with Virgil van Dijk suspended for Bayern's visit to Anfield on Tuesday. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE How to fix the Champions League It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European super league. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Latest Champions League tables - Upcoming group fixtures - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news "I don't want to rule it out...

Neymar targeting prospective Champions League quarterfinal for PSG return

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:50:00 GMT

Julien Laurens believes PSG's win at Old Trafford is evidence of Thomas Tuchel's ability to prepare his players and win tactical battles. Craig Burley says Kylian Mbappe is the one player who can rival the world's two best players after his big night for PSG at Manchester United. The FC crew assess Paul Pogba's performance before his red card against PSG and why he didn't play to the level he has demonstrated in recent weeks. Craig Burley calls Manchester United's 2-0 loss to PSG a lesson in football as the FC crew react to United's first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is hopeful of recovering in time to play in the Champions League quarterfinals should the French champions progress beyond Manchester United. Neymar was ruled out for 10 weeks after suffering a metatarsal fracture of his right foot in the 2-0 French Cup win over Strasbourg on Jan. 23. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! The Brazil international, having missed Tuesday's first leg in the round of 16 clash at United, which his team won 2-0, will sit out the return on March 6. The 27-year-old...

Beyond Mbappe, Rashford and Icardi, are we heading for a generation without elite center-forwards?

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:36:00 GMT

Where is the next generation of center-forwards going to come from? You may notice it in the Champions League knockout rounds. Of the 16 teams left, how many have a proper, first-choice central striker under the age of 25? I know definitions may vary, but bear with me. If you want to include Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe, who are 21 and 20, respectively, and both played center-forward for their respective teams on Tuesday night, go ahead. But bear in mind that Mbappe is a freak of nature...

UEFA opens disciplinary case against Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:15:00 GMT

Tottenham looked comfortable in their 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund, as Real Madrid stole a late away win against the Dutch side. Craig Burley compared Vinicius Junior to Kylian Mbappe following Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Ajax in the UEFA Champions League. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop believes Ajax's attacking mentality may have been to their detriment after Real Madrid beat them on the counter. With Real Madrid back in the picture, the ESPN FC crew assess the chances Barcelona will relinquish their six-point advantage. UEFA on Thursday opened disciplinary proceedings against Sergio Ramos after the Real Madrid captain admitted to deliberately picking up a late booking in Wednesday's round-of-16 first leg against Ajax. Moments after Marco Asensio had put Madrid 2-1 ahead in the 87th minute, Ramos clattered Ajax substitute Kasper Dolberg near the centre circle, and was shown a third yellow card in this year's competition. He could face a two-match Champions League suspension. UEFA will hear...


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