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When is the 2019 Champions League final?

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:56:00 GMT

Find out the date and details of the 2019 Champions League final. Where is the 2019 Champions League final being played? The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, the capital of Spain. The stadium has a capacity of 67,829. The ground is the home of La Liga side Atletico Madrid. It opened in 2017 to replace Atleti's former home, the Vicente Calderon.  It was originally built and opened in 1994 as part of Madrid's unsuccessful attempt to host the 1997 World Athletics...

Son is proving that Tottenham are far more than 'the Harry Kane team'

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:03:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Tottenham and Ajax will be the tie of the round, after both sides reached the semifinals in dramatic fashion. The FC panel credit Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side for the way they handled adversity in the second leg against Manchester City. He scores early, he scores late; he scores at home, he scores away. Over two legs against Manchester City in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League, Son Heung-Min gave a performance that perfectly summarised his entire season; he is a man for all moments, for all stages. Of several players' remarkable contributions to Tottenham Hotspur's European cause -- with a special mention, of course, for the often outstanding Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko -- Son's is arguably the most extraordinary....

Manchester United goal could give Coutinho confidence boost vs. Liverpool - boss

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:30:00 GMT

The ESPN FC panel says Lionel Messi alone makes Barcelona favourites over Liverpool. Are the Reds good enough to stop him? BARCELONA, Spain -- Ernesto Valverde hopes the goal Philippe Coutinho scored against Manchester United will feed his confidence ahead of a reunion with Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals. Coutinho, 26, has endured a difficult second season at Barcelona. The Brazilian has been in and out of Valverde's side and has been criticised by supporters and the local media for his performances when he has played. An injury to Ousmane Dembele has allowed him a run in the team recently, though, and...

Liverpool hike price for Barcelona fans to subsidise own supporters at Camp Nou

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 02:00:00 GMT

Liverpool have taken a cue from Manchester United and hiked prices for away supporters when they host Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals to subsidise tickets for own fans travelling to the Nou Camp. United increased prices for their quarterfinal tie with Barca when the Spanish club charged £102, which British media reported was the most expensive ticket to a United game outside of a final. Liverpool have been allocated 4,620 away tickets priced at £103 (€119) for the first...

Why Llorente's goal wasn't a handball

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:13:02 GMT

Peter Walton and Alejandro Moreno debate the intricacies of the handball rule and how it applies to Fernando Llorente's goal against Man City.

Spurs' Lucas Moura: City thriller most emotional I've ever played in

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:45:00 GMT

Tottenham winger Lucas Moura reflects on his side's Champions League triumph over Man City and the emotion that comes with reaching the semifinals. Tottenham advanced to the Champions League semifinals courtesy of an added-time VAR decision while Liverpool marched past Porto. The FC panel credit Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side for the way they handled adversity in the second leg against Manchester City. Tottenham midfielder Lucas Moura has told ESPN Brasil that Spurs' wild Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday was the most emotional game of his life. The north London side advanced on away goals -- 4-4 on aggregate -- after a thrilling 4-3 defeat at the Etihad in which Raheem Sterling's go-ahead goal in stoppage time was nullified for offside after a VAR review. While the unforgettable events in Manchester marked a high for the Brazil international's...

Explaining the VAR drama: Why Fernando Llorente's goal stood as Spurs eliminated Man City

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:13:00 GMT

The FC crew argue the referee was not provided the proper angles to see whether or not a handball was committed on Tottenham's third goal. In a perfect world, we would have been talking only about four goals in 11 minutes, one of the wildest quarterfinal matches in history, how Manchester City's season is reduced to a "mere" potential Treble and how Tottenham are 180 minutes away from their first European Cup final. But we live in an imperfect world, and one of the legacies of Wednesday night at the Etihad is the controversy surrounding Fernando Llorente's goal and the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR). After speaking to multiple...

UEFA Champions League final four: Why Barca, Liverpool, Spurs and Ajax will or won't win it all this season

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:49:00 GMT

It's a cliche because it's true. With just 270 minutes (plus extra time) left to play, anyone can win the Champions League. Liverpool were in the final just a year ago and Barcelona were the last team not named Real Madrid to actually win it. Ajax and Tottenham look like the longshots but have earned their places by taking down Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus in the past two rounds. Plus, thanks to the fact that the quarterfinal and semifinal draws were made at the...

Manchester City must move on from Champions League heartbreak or lose title to Liverpool - Silva

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 02:00:00 GMT

The FC panel credit Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side for the way they handled adversity in the second leg against Manchester City. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City have to put their Champions League heartbreak behind them quickly or they could blow their Premier League titles hopes too, according to Bernardo Silva. City's hopes of a historic Quadruple ended on Wednesday night when they were dumped out of Europe on away goals by Tottenham after a thrilling 4-3 second leg victory. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);;js.src='';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); The two sides meet again on Saturday with City needing another victory to keep their title hopes in their own hands and Silva says they cannot...

Juventus shares plummet following Champions League failure

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:33:00 GMT

Ajax reached their first UCL semifinal in more than 20 years by beating Juventus, while Barcelona proved too much for Man United. Gab Marcotti examines where things went wrong for Juventus and where the blame lies following their second-leg defeat against Ajax. ESPN FC's Craig Burley credits Ajax for teaching Juventus a footballing lesson over two legs in their Champions League quarterfinal tie. Shares in Serie A club Juventus fell by 24 percent on the Italian stock exchange in the wake of their Champions League elimination on Tuesday night. - Marcotti: Why we should have seen Juve's collapse coming Trading was temporarily suspended after a rush of trades saw the club's value plummet before a recovery saw a total drop of 17.7 percent in the day's trading. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European Super League - Latest Champions League tables - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news Shares in the club had hit an annual high of €1.706 per share on the eve of Juve's Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash...

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino does the simple things right and that's why he's so important

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:23:00 GMT

In simple terms, it was the classic Plan B: a backup striker coming off the bench to get on the end of a teammate's cross and nod home in the closing stages. Except for the fact that Liverpool had already wrapped up their 6-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Porto by the time Roberto Firmino headed goalwards in the 77th minute. And that their substitute centre-forward isn't the classic Plan B at all, but a slender, mobile centre-forward once considered a false No. 9. Firmino...

What we learned from the Champions League: Llorente actually made Spurs worse...

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:23:00 GMT

Champions League knockout ties are meant to be tight -- instead, we were treated to 18 goals in the four quarterfinal matches this week, with almost non-stop action from Lionel Messi's brilliant opener for Barcelona against Manchester United to Raheem Sterling's disallowed goal against Tottenham in the final minute. Here are some key talking points from a wonderful week of European action. Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur (4-4 on aggregate): Llorente actually made Spurs worse... At the end...

Klopp: I look forward to clash vs. Messi, thankful for time to prepare

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:41:00 GMT

The ESPN FC panel says Lionel Messi alone makes Barcelona favourites over Liverpool. Are the Reds good enough to stop him? Tottenham advanced to the Champions League semifinals courtesy of an added-time VAR decision while Liverpool marched past Porto. Liverpool face a testing Champions League semifinal against Lionel Messi and Barcelona, but have made a statement by reaching the last four for the second straight year and are equipped to deal with the very best, manager Jurgen Klopp said. Liverpool beat Porto 4-1 at the Dragao Stadium on Wednesday to advance 6-1 on aggregate with their attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all on target once again. With their defence marshalled by the hugely impressive Virgil van Dijk,...

Liverpool show again they can win 'by any means necessary' to set up a showdown with Barcelona

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:06:00 GMT

PORTO, Portugal -- If the apocalypse comes and all life is wiped out, Liverpool will be right there next to the cockroaches. They're the side that won't go away. They're the side that in the space of a year has turned from a reckless teenager into a furrowed-brow 30-something, from a side just as liable to blow teams away as explode into one that wins by any means necessary, grinding out results when you didn't think them possible. -- Mane 9/10, Fabinho 8/10 as Liverpool ease into semifinals A 4-1...

Guardiola: Man City must 'stand up' for Premier League race after 'cruel' UCL exit

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:39:00 GMT

With Pep Guardiola once again crashing out of the Champions League, the FC panel confront the question of whether or not the City manager is overrated. MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola said it was a "cruel" way for Manchester City to go out of the Champions League after a late Raheem Sterling goal was ruled out by the virtual assistant referee. City beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 on the night but went out on the away goal rule in a breathtaking quarterfinal second leg at the Etihad Stadium. The home side initially thought they had snatched an injury-time winner when Sterling scored his third of the night only for the goal to be ruled out after...

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