Champions League round of 16… the qualified teams

Atlético Madrid and Atalanta have completed the line-up for Monday’s round of 16 draw: we profile the contenders. Group winners (seeded): Barcelona (ESP), Bayern München (GER), Juventus (ITA), Leipzig (GER), Liverpool (ENG, holders), Manchester City (ENG), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Valencia (ESP)…

UCL: Bayern make it six out of six with win over Tottenham

Bayern Munich on Wednesday became the first German club to win all of their six group matches in the Champions League when they swept to a 3-1 home victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. Both sides had already made sure of…

UCL: Atletico, Atalanta reach last-16 as Bayern cruise past Spurs

Atletico Madrid claimed the final spot in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow, after Atalanta completed an impressive comeback in Group C to qualify. Bayern Munich sealed consecutive victories over Tottenham with…

Blatter ready to testify over 2022 World Cup

Sepp Blatter, the former president of Fifa, told AFP on Wednesday that he had opposed awarding the 2020 World Cup to Qatar, but that he has a “clear conscience.” Blatter said he is willing to testify to French prosecutors about…

Mourinho bans Spurs players from watching Bayern thrashing

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has banned his players from watching replays of their 7-2 Champions League home defeat by Bayern Munich earlier in the campaign as they prepare to face the Germans in the reverse fixture later on Wednesday.…

UCL: Liverpool, Chelsea through to last-16 as Ajax go out

Holders Liverpool safely negotiated Tuesday’s trip to Salzburg to take their place in the last 16 of this season’s Uefa Champions League while Chelsea are also through, but Ajax suffered a shock group-stage exit. Six clubs secured spots in the…

Ancelotti sacked despite guiding Napoli to UCL last-16

Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked by Napoli despite taking the Serie A side to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Genk. “Napoli has decided to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his role as…

Guardiola admits Man City standards have slipped

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City may no longer be able to match the standards of the best teams after a painful defeat against Manchester United left them 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool. Guardiola’s City have been the Premier…

Messi retirement not far away – Valverde

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said the football world must get used to the idea that Lionel Messi will retire in the near future, adding that he will cherish being able to tell people he was able to coach the Argentine.…

Chelsea cleared to make signings in January

Champions League contenders Chelsea were cleared to make signings in the January transfer window on Friday, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) halved a transfer ban imposed on the club last February. CAS said in a statement it…

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