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Jurgen Klopp: 'Almost Impossible' For Liverpool To Finish In Top-4

Mar 18, 2021 5:31 PM

Jurgen Klopp concedes it will be "almost impossible" for Liverpool to finish in the top-4.

“I like to be an optimist, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the Champions League places that we have,” Klopp told the German newspaper Bild. At Tottenham, Gareth Bale is now playing again, and they are also in the running. Plus [Manchester] City and United, who are far away. Chelsea is on the rise. Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that.”

Liverpool are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but Klopp added: “You don’t usually win the Champions League itself in a year with injury worries as big as we have. Then in the worst case it will be next year: no Champions League, maybe Europa League, although that is not guaranteed either.”

Klopp recognized the financial hit Liverpool will take without the Champions League, but doesn't believe his job would be in danger.

“It would mean a huge financial loss,” he said regarding a lack of Champions League football. “Otherwise not that much. I am aware, in almost all football clubs in the world, I would be questioned in a situation like our current one.

“This is completely normal, reality, the business. I would accept that immediately. But it’s different here in Liverpool. Our owners, the sports director, even the players, nobody doubts anyone here. We have accepted the situation for ourselves and fight our way through it.

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Sergio Ramos Out Six Weeks Following Knee Surgery

Feb 6, 2021 1:04 PM

Sergio Ramos will miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

Ramos is likely to miss Real Madrid's matchup against Atalanta in the Champions League round of 16.

The 34-year-old defender, whose contract expires in June, has yet to reach an extension agreement with Real Madrid.  

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Liverpool Won't Be Allowed To Travel To Leipzig For UCL Match

Feb 4, 2021 1:54 PM

Liverpool will not be allowed entry to Germany to play their Champions League match at RB Leipzig on Feb. 16.

While RB Leipzig pushed for an exception, the German Ministry of the Interior confirmed to German news agency, dpa, on Wednesday that there will be "no special rules for professional sports."

Leipzig now have until Feb. 8 to propose an alternative venue to UEFA which could be in a neutral country.

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Barcelona-PSG Headline Round Of 16 Champions League Draw

Dec 14, 2020 10:52 AM

Barcelona drew Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the 20-21 Champions League.

The two clubs last met in 2017 when Barcelona defeated PSG 6-1 in the second leg to recover from a 4-0 first leg defeat. 

Neymar subsequently left Barcelona for PSG that summer and this will be his first return.

Full Draw

Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Manchester City

Lazio vs. Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea

RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool

Porto vs. Juventus

Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund

Atalanta vs. Real Madrid

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Juve-Barca Headlines Champions League Group Stage Draw

Oct 1, 2020 5:29 PM

The 20-21 Champions League group stage draw took place on Thursday.

Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, FC Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach

Group C: FC Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille

Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, FC Midtjylland

Group E: Sevilla FC, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes

Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge

Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros

Group H: PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

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Bayern Wins 6th Champions League Title, Defeating PSG 1-0

Aug 24, 2020 7:59 AM

Bayern Munich have won their sixth Champions League, defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0.

Kingsley Coman scored in the 59th minute off a header. Coman is a former PSG youth academy graduate. 

The victory also completed a treble of trophies for Hansi Flick's side after they also won the Bundesliga and the German Cup.

"I am proud of this team," a beaming Flick told reporters. "When I started in November I read the headlines: 'No need to fear or respect Bayern Munich anymore', 'The team is awful."

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Thomas Tuchel Says Neymar 'Cannot Do Everything' After Loss

Aug 24, 2020 1:26 AM

Thomas Tuchel defended Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's performances following PSG's 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.

"Neymar has had a great tournament, he cannot do everything.

"Mbappe, it's a miracle that he was with us after sustaining a serious [ankle] injury [in July]," said Tuchel following the loss.

Marquinhos agreed with Tuchel's assessment, saying that PSG lost as a team.

"Nobody thought we'd do that well in this campaign. We're disappointed because we wanted more but we need to continue like this, to make sacrifices, to work for each other. We have to think about the next campaign and see what we can do better."

When asked whether he would return for next season, Tuchel said "I have a contract, that's all I can say."

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Single-Game Knockout Format For Champions League To Be Considered

Aug 23, 2020 12:38 PM

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said that he would consider implementing a single-game knockout format for future Champions League tournaments.

Ceferin added that the changes could take place beginning in the quarterfinals.

"We were forced to do it but in the end we see that we found out something new. So we will think about it in the future for sure," said Ceferin.

Ceferin noted that while games have been more exciting without a second leg, the single-leg format will mean less televised matches.  

"[There has been] not so much tactics. If it is one match, if one team scores then the other has to score as soon as possible. If it is two-legged system then there is still time to win the next match.

"More exciting matches for sure but of course we also have to think about the fact that we have less matches and broadcasters [can] say: 'you don't have as many matches as before, this is different' so we will have to discuss when this crazy situation ends."


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20-21 Champions League Pots For Group Stage Determined

Aug 21, 2020 8:24 PM

The pots of the 2020 Champions League group stage draw were finalized on Friday with Sevilla's win in the Europa League Final over Inter Milan.

Sevilla are joined in Pot 1 by the champions of the top six leagues, namely Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Zenit St Petersburg. FC Porto join them as champions of the seventh-ranked league as either Bayern and PSG will be the Champions League holders.

Pot 1: Bayern Munich, PSG, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, FC Porto

Pot 2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea, Benfica or Ajax

The remaining two pots will be determined based on the qualifying rounds. 

RB Leipzig, Inter Milan and Lazio will be in Pot 3. Dynamo Kiev, FC Salzburg, Olympiakos and Celtic will join them should they qualify.

Stade Rennes and Istanbul Basaksehir are assured of being in Pot 4, while Atalanta, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge and Borussia Monchengladbach could also be in the lowest-ranked pot.

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Bayern Advances To Champions League Final, Will Play PSG

Aug 19, 2020 4:52 PM

Bayern Munich has advanced to the Champions League Final with their 3-0 win over Lyon.

Bayern will meet Paris-Saint Germain on Sunday, August 23rd.

Bayern last appeared in the Champions League Final in 2013 when they defeated Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Bayern lost the final in the previous season on their homeground to Chelsea. 

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PSG Advances To UCL Final With 3-0 Win Over Leipzig

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Lyon Defeats City 3-1 To Advance To UCL Semifinals

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Bayern Defeat Barcelona 8-2 To Advance To UCL Semifinals

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Leipzig Defeats Atleti 2-1, Advances To UCL Semifinals

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PSG Advances To UCL Semis With Comeback Win Over Atalanta

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Juventus Sack Maurizio Sarri As Manager After One Season

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Real Madrid-Manchester City Match To Be Played At Etihad

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Kylian Mbappe Doubtful For Champions League Match Vs. Atalanta

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Patrick Kluivert, Laurent Blanc Linked With Barcelona Job

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Quique Setien Says He Will Not Resign As Barcelona Manager

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City Has Two-Year Champions League Ban Reversed

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Turner Opts Out Of Champions League Rights Deal

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Premier League Clubs In Europe Seek Delayed Start To 20-21 Season

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Lisbon To Host Knockout Tournament Of Champions League

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Lisbon Emerges As Favorite To Host Final Stages Of Champions League

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UEFA Considering World Cup Style Format To Complete Champions League

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Jean-Michel Aulas: Lyon To Play Champions League Match On August 7th

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UEFA President: Finish Champions League Without Fans Than Not At All

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Champions League On Hold Indefinitely, Could Finish In August

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UEFA To Discuss Future Of Champions League On Wednesday

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