UEFA Champions League - Soccer Wiretap

Real Madrid To Play Juventus In Champions League Final

May 11, 2017 3:47 AM

Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the Champions League Final against Juventus.

Atleti won the second leg of the tie 2-1, testing Real Madrid with two early goals before Isco scored just before halftime to give Zinedine Zidane's side a cushion. Real Madrid won the first leg 3-0.

Saul scored in the 12th minute and then Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty four minutes later.

Real Madrid has defeated Atleti in each of the past four Champions League seasons.

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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Mourinho Gives Up On Top-4, Seeks UCL For United Through Europa League

May 8, 2017 2:15 AM

Jose Mourinho has publicly given up on the possibility of Manchester United finishing in the top-4 of the Premier League following their 2-0 loss at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger defeated Mourinho for the first time in 13 league matches.

United are four points behind Manchester City and Mourinho will instead focus on achieving Champions League qualifications on winning the Europa League.

“The top four? Impossible,” Mourinho said. “For two reasons. I don’t think the other clubs [in the race], who are playing one match a week, are going to lose. And, because we go with everything on Thursday [against Celta Vigo], we cannot go with everything at Tottenham.

“Go with everything at Tottenham and it’s difficult. Without everything, it’s more difficult. Then we play Southampton and Palace. I don’t think we have any chance of the top four. We have to chase the Champions League by trying to win the Europa League.”

David Hytner/The Guardian

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Real Madrid Defeat Atleti 3-0 Behind Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick

May 2, 2017 5:14 PM

Real Madrid will enter the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie against Atletico Madrid as overwhelming favorites following their 3-0 win at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a hat-trick for Real Madrid, scoring in the 10th, 73rd and 86th minute of the match. Ronaldo's second goal was particularly impressive with a strike from just outside the area.

With the exception of a chance in the first half for Kevin Gameiro that was broken up by Keylor Navas, Real Madrid dominated the entire match and Jan Oblak did well to keep Atleti in the match.

Atletico was even more defensive than usual and not as quick to 50/50 balls as Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid To Try New 'Something New' Against Atleti

May 1, 2017 1:15 PM

Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid will try a new approach in their Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid has defeated Atleti in each of the past three Champions League seasons.

Zidane was asked if it helps Real Madrid that they've defeated Atleti in the Champions League previously.

“I don’t think so. The opposite, maybe. For us and for them it’s a semi-final over two games. We start tomorrow and we’ll be extra motivated because it’s a semi-final. You can’t live on the past because that’s what it is, in the past. It’s different now and they’ll do everything to go through.”

While many of the players from the 2014 final are gone, Real Madrid's XI from 2016 remains largely intact. But Zidane will still try new ideas.

“We are going to try something new. There is always extra motivation. The little details will decide the tie. We know each other well. What we want is to see a great game of football.”

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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Gareth Bale Ruled Out Of Champions League Semifinals

Apr 25, 2017 10:59 AM

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Real Madrid's Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid with a calf injury.

Bale started Sunday's Clasico but came off with the injury. Tests have now shown a Grade 2 problem.

Bale has had 17 different injuries during his four seasons in Spain.

"[Bale] is the first one unhappy with what happened, but he told me he was at 100 percent, that the two training sessions before the game were perfect, with no problems at all," Zinedine Zidane said. "I trust everything my players tell me.

"Then this has happened. We cannot avoid it. The player wants to play. When you have a very long injury, when you return it is difficult. Maybe at the start you are good, but when you train every day you pick up another problem.

"It is not a big injury. We hope we have him back soon, before the end [of the season]."

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Tags: Real Madrid, Injury, UEFA Champions League

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UCL Semifinals: Real Madrid/Atleti, Juve/Monaco

Apr 21, 2017 10:25 AM

For the fourth straight year Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will meet in the Champions League as they have been paired in the semifinals.

The Madrid clubs have met in two of the past three Champions League Finals (2014, 2016) as well as the quarterfinals of 2015. Real Madrid has come out victorious in all three previous matchups with the final in 2014 being decided in extra time and the 2016 final decided in penalty kicks.

Juventus will play Monaco in the other semifinal.

Real Madrid will host Atletico on Tuesday, May 2nd with the return leg at the Calderon on Wednesday, May 10th.

Monaco hosts Juventus on Wednesday, May 3rd with the return leg in Turin on Tuesday, May 9th.

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Thomas Muller: Bayern Had To Play '10 Against 14'

Apr 19, 2017 12:28 PM

Thomas Muller said he felt his side had played "10 against 14" in their Champions League defeat at Real Madrid on Tuesday.

 

Bayern were angered by several key decisions by referee Viktor Kassai, feeling that the sending off of Arturo Vidal was unjust and that two of Cristiano Ronaldo's three goals were offside.

Muller told reporters: "If you look at the way things went, it is extremely difficult when you are playing with 10 against 14.

"The [goal that made it] 2-2 was the worst situation -- the assistant referee had a great view. That killed us."

Mark Lovell/ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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Neymar Believes Barcelona Can Complete Another UCL Comeback

Apr 17, 2017 5:22 PM

Neymar is optimistic Barcelona can mount a comeback against Juventus as they did against Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16.

Barcelona enters the second leg trailing Juventus 3-0 on aggregate.

“We have to believe we can do it,” Neymar said in an interview with the Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo. “The other day my father told me one thing which has stayed in my head, and I think it’s true. In front of us we have a different team, but Barcelona is the same. And we can do it.”

Neymar was excellent in Barcelona's comeback against PSG.

“We did it once and we can do it a second time. We have to give our absolute maximum. If everything goes well, there will be another comeback,” Neymar said. “I believe in the team and in our power. Everything is lost [already], so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

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Thomas Tuchel Criticizes UEFA For Treatment Following Attack

Apr 12, 2017 7:02 PM

Thomas Tuchel criticized UEFA for postponing Borussia Dortmund's match against Monaco by just one day following an attack on their team bus.

"We were never asked; we were informed by a text message that the UEFA made a decision in Switzerland. It felt lousy. And that sticks with us," Tuchel said at a news conference.

"Minutes after the attacks, the only question was whether the game could go through or not. We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus. It gives you a feeling of impotence.

"It will stick with us that we have to function and that everything else plays no role. We are outside of the bus, Marc [Bartra] gets driven away in an ambulance, and we are informed about the decision. It does not feel good."

Tuchel then explained how Dortmund had taken the decision over who would play in the game.

"We left it open to every player if he wants to play," he added. "We realised this morning that training is a distraction. Every player, every human, and this attack was on us as humans, can be scared stiff by this. But all of them wanted to play.

"We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this time. We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. It's about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling they could make the difference in the small situations.

"Later in the afternoon, we encouraged the players to go into the match."

Tuchel admitted that he couldn't even field a full squad.

"We weren't even able to fill up our squad; all of our youth players from the B-list were injured as well," he said. "It's not done by playing the match. The match itself was a distraction from coping with the events. We just had too little time.

"Every one of us has to cope with the incident by himself. The thoughts will continue to circle around the events. Time helps. But ask me prior to the match next week if we are ready. There's no recipe for this."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League

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Targeted Attack On Dortmund Bus Postpones UCL Match

Apr 11, 2017 2:59 PM

An explosion occurred near the team bus of Borussia Dortmund as they were leaving their hotel ahead of their Champions League match against Monaco. Police say it was a targeted attack.

Police confirmed there were three separate explosions near the coach, bursting the vehicle’s windscreen and injuring one player, identified as defender Marc Bartra.

The match will played on Wednesday.

Police and Borussia Dortmund officials assured supporters that they were not under threat at the stadium and that they should “stay calm” while leaving the stadium.

Philip Oltermann/The Guardian

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, UEFA Champions League

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UCL Quarters: Madrid-Bayern, Barca-Juve, BVB-Monaco, Atleti-Leicester
Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid will face a familiar foe in Carlo Ancelotti and Bayern Munich.

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Monaco, Atleti Round Out Champions League Quaterfinalists
Joining Monaco and Atleti in the quarterfinals are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Leicester City, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

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Barcelona Pulls Off Improbable Comeback Against PSG
Barcelona came back from a 4-0 deficit after the first leg and scored three goals from the 88th minute on.

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Turner Buys Champions League TV Rights For $60M Per Year
Turner will begin to broadcast the Champions League in 2018.

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Atleti's New Stadium Could Host 2019 Champions League Final
Madrid faces competition from Baku's Olympic Stadium to welcome the Champions League decider.

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Round Of 16 For 16-17 Champions League Set
Dortmund, Atletico, Barcelona, Arsenal, Napoli, Monaco, Leicester City and Juventus have won their respective groups.

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Aleksander Ceferin Voted New President Of UEFA
Aleksander Ceferin won the support of smaller federations by complaining they were not properly consulted about the changes to the Champions League.

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Mauricio Pochettino Expects Spurs To Adapt To UCL Matches At Wembley
Spurs will play their European fixtures at the 90,000-capacity national stadium while their new ground - to succeed White Hart Lane, presently reduced to 32,000 - is being developed.

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City Omit Yaya Toure From Champions League Roster
Yaya Toure has featured just once this season for City, which was a meaningless second leg of the Champions League knockout round.

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Top-4 Leagues Will Get Automatic Four Champions League Spots In 2018
The Premier League were in danger of losing one of its places to Serie A.

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Barcelona-City, Bayern-Atleti Headline UCL Group Stage Draw
Pep Guardiola's first assignment with City in the Champions League will include playing Barcelona.

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Champions League Pots Set Ahead Of Thursday's Draw
Pot 1 contains the seeded teams, featuring holders Real Madrid and the champions of the top seven leagues: Barcelona, Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, PSG and CSKA Moscow.

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Champions League To Give Four Automatic Bids To Top Leagues
Based on the current UEFA country coefficient ranking, the four countries who would benefit directly from the measures are Spain, Germany, England and Italy.

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Real Madrid Wins 2016 Champions League Final
Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal for Real Madrid in the first half while Yannick Carrasco equalized for Atleti in the 79th minute.

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EPL To Resist Attempts To Play Some UCL Matches On Weekends
Another idea would be base a side's record over three seasons as a factor for qualification, which makes it less likely usual clubs would miss out.

Owen Gibson/The Guardian

Real Madrid Beats City, Will Again Play Atleti In Final
Real Madrid was far from convincing in killing off the match and were fortunate Manchester City played with no real sense of urgency until the final minutes.

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Diego Simeone: Life Not About Revenge But About New Opportunities
Diego Simeone compared this team to the one that won La Liga in 2014 and also reached the final of the Champions League.

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Real Madrid-City, Bayern-Atleti To Meet In Champions League Semis
Real Madrid will play Manchester City in the semifinals of the Champions League, while Atletico Madrid drew Bayern Munich.

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Atleti, Bayern, Real Madrid, City In Champions League Semifinals
Atleti defeated Barcelona 3-2 in the quarterfinals to end their title defense.

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Leicester City Clinches Spot In Champions League
The Foxes last played in Europe in the 2000-01 UEFA Cup.

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