UEFA Champions League - Soccer Wiretap

Max Allegri: 'Ronaldo Is The Future Of Juventus'

Apr 19, 2019 7:55 PM

Max Allegri shot down rumors of Ronaldo's future at Juventus.

There were questions surrounding how long Ronaldo would remain at the club following Juventus' Champions League dismissal this week. 

"Ronaldo is the future of Juventus. He is an extraordinary player who has had a great season and he'll have a great one next year. He is relaxed, even though he is disappointed like we all are. We've exited a competition we thought we could win," said Allegri.

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Pep Guardiola: Champions League Loss Will 'Always' Remain In Hearts

Apr 19, 2019 5:24 PM

Pep Guardiola said that Manchester City players are not over their Champions League heartbreak.

"If they forgot what happened on Wednesday that would not be the truth -- they would not be human beings. It will take time but you have to live with that feeling and play with that feeling and it's nice. What we lived last Wednesday in terms of emotion and simple life, it was incredible -- we were fortunate to live it. More than 55,000 people went from joy and happiness and within one second everyone was devastated. There is not an activity in this world you can put in these limits. Always it will remain in our hearts. The performance we did was incredible at this level. I don't want to see my players saying it doesn't matter what happened, I like to see them that it hurts," said Guardiola.

Guardiola added that his side are prepared to face Tottenham again this weekend.

"Both teams are going to attack, them in their way with long balls to Llorente or Lucas Moura picking up second balls and the attacker running in behind. We are going to attack with a more positional game but it will not be easy because they are an incredible top team -- we saw it in the last two games -- but we are going to try."

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Tags: Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Champions League

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Pochettino: Losing To City Would Have Been Lowest Point In Career

Apr 18, 2019 7:04 PM

Maurico Pochettino admitted that losing to Manchester City in the quarterfinals of Champions League would have significantly affected him from an emotional standpoint.

“In that moment, yes of course [it would have been the lowest moment of my career]. It was going to be a massive situation emotionally. We for sure would have been very down. In that moment you start to think: ‘Why?’ The action where Christian Eriksen played back the ball. I was thinking: ‘Why not play forwards?’ I was reviewing the action, the decision, how I was going to face the players, the fans ... it’s amazing how quick things happen in your mind, different emotions and ideas," said Pochettino.

Pochettino lead Spurs to their first European semifinal in 57 years. 

“This is a massive example for us – how important it is never to give up, to always have faith and believe in yourself, your teammates, the club, the fans. All our decisions we take are to help the club and this amazing history we are writing today will be a massive example for us in the future.”

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, UEFA Champions League

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Ronaldo Unlikely To See Out Juventus Contract

Apr 18, 2019 12:52 PM

Two reports out of Italy suggest that Ronaldo will not see out the entirety of his Juventus contract, with one suggesting that next year will be the striker's last in Serie A.

Juventus' elimination from the Champions League has cost the club at least $18 million, with Ronaldo's marketability in the tournament one of the primary reasons for his high-priced signing. 

Ronaldo's contract runs through 2022.

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Tags: Juventus, Misc Rumor, UEFA Champions League

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Mauricio Pochettino After City Win: 'We Can Achieve Big Things'

Apr 17, 2019 9:02 PM

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham's 4-3 win over Manchester City that moved them into the semifinals of the Champions League.

“We showed [here] and last week that all is possible in football. That is the most important thing. Sport always gives you the possibility to beat teams that no one thinks we are capable of [beating]. Football is not only about talent but belief. This team has the personality and mentality to believe all is possible. That is a massive achievement for us. With this belief, we can achieve big things," said Pochettino.

Pep Guardiola could only criticize VAR after two decisions - a goal from Fernando Llorente and Raheem Sterling's potential match-winning goal - went against City.

I support VAR but maybe from one angle Fernando Llorente’s goal is handball, maybe from the referee’s angle it is not. I am for fair football, for fair decisions. The referees must be helped sometimes. When it is offside, it is offside. What can I say?”

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Tags: Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Champions League

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Spurs, Liverpool Join Ajax, Barcelona In Champions League Semis

Apr 17, 2019 5:33 PM

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have joined Ajax and Barcelona in the semifinals of the 2019 Champions League. Spurs have never reached the semifinals in club history, while Ajax returns to the semifinals for the first time since 1997. Barcelona returns for the first time since winning the competition in 2015, a surprisingly long drought for their club. Liverpool reached the final in 2018. 

The following infographic shows the Champions League Final Four in every season since 2007:

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Ronaldinho Says Tottenham Can Win Champions League

Apr 17, 2019 1:47 PM

Ronaldinho tipped former PSG teammate Mauricio Pochettino to lead Tottenham to Champions League glory.

“Why can’t Spurs win the Champions League? Because they don’t have the history in the competition, or because they have never won it before? Every team that has won the Champions League had to win it for the first time once. Their result against Manchester City, who are one of the best teams and have some of the best players in the competition, showed that they can compete with the best," said Ronaldinho.

Pochettino appreciated his former teammate's words.

“Wow – he knows a lot about football and I am going to respect him. He was a great teammate when we played together in PSG – we spent amazing time together on the pitch, training ground. In football, all can happen; like in life, you must believe and have trust in yourself and your ability and quality. It is good that people like Ronaldinho think you have the quality to win. That increases our belief," said the Tottenham manager.

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Hugo Lloris: Tottenham Must Be Ready To Suffer Against City

Apr 17, 2019 1:43 PM

Mauricio Pochettino took a long-term view of how Tottenham need to stay competitive in England and in Europe ahead of their Champions League clash against Manchester City. 

“After this season, a chapter is going to be closed and we are going to start another chapter and we need to translate to our fans what we want to do, which is challenge for the next few years. With our new stadium, we need to be contenders to fight for the Premier League and fighting for the Champions League, and find the tools to try to be there. We are ambitious. We are here not because we love to play football but because we love to compete and we love to win," said Pochettino.

Hugo Lloris said that the team need to be prepared to suffer to beat City.

“We know we will have to suffer. We are ready to suffer because tomorrow we are going to suffer," said Lloris.

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, UEFA Champions League

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Max Allegri Following Ajax Defeat: I Will Stay At Juventus

Apr 16, 2019 6:44 PM

Max Allegri affirmed his commitment to Juventus following their 2-1 loss to Ajax that knocked the Italian side out of the Champions League.

“I met the President a couple of days ago and told him that I will stay at Juventus. We’ll sit down with the club and think about the future," said Allegri following the loss.

Allegri added that Juventus were too inexperienced to work their way back from being down.

“Ajax absolutely deserved to win and qualify in the second half. Juventus cannot give away goals like this in a quarter-final. We should’ve paid more attention and been more careful. We were too hasty to move it forward once we won back possession, whereas we should’ve moved Ajax around better. It was a good first half, but Ajax become devastating when allowed spaces to run into and we lost our shape.”


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Barcelona Are Favorites To Win Champions League

Apr 16, 2019 6:41 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Barcelona were the favorites to win the Champions League following a 3-0 loss to the Spanish side.

"I think they are [favourites to win the Champions League]. With the quality they have, everything is possible. You can make whatever tactical changes you like. but if you have a player like Messi then everything is easier. He's a player with exceptional talent. He and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the best players of the last decade," said the United manager.

Solskjaer said that United still have a long way to go before competing with Barcelona.

"We've seen the difference between the two teams. The quality of their shooting was extraordinary. We thought we had it right in the first few minutes. We know there's work ahead and we have to do it. Things don't change overnight," he added.

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Messi After 3-0 Win Over Manchester United: 'It Was Spectacular'
Messi scored 2 goals to lead Barcelona through to the semifinals of Europe.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'We Need To Score Goals' Against Barcelona
Manchester United are down 1-0 on aggregate heading into the second leg.

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Erik Ten Hag: Ajax Will Never Man-Mark Ronaldo
Juventus are up on away goals ahead of their second leg clash.

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Mario Mandzukic, Giorgio Chiellini To Miss Ajax Match
Allegri said Juve must display the same intensity they showed against Atletico Madrid.

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Ernesto Valverde: Messi Has 'Significant Bruise'
Messi suffered the injury after getting hit in the face by Chris Smalling.

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Frenkie De Jong: Juventus Better Than Real Madrid
De Jong added that he wanted to play against a healthy Ronaldo.

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Ilkay Gundogan: Manchester City Get Too Nervous In Champions League
Gundogan added that City never recovered from Aguero's missed penalty.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Harry Kane May Be Out For Season
Kane suffered an ankle injury following a challenge from Fabian Delph.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Wary Of Barcelona's
Solskjaer added that he expects Pogba to return to United next season.

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Pepe: Porto Will Win Champions League This Season
Porto face Liverpool in the Champions League quarterfinal.

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Adrien Rabiot Suspended By PSG For Liking Evra Post
Rabiot liked Evra's post celebrating Manchester United's win over PSG in the Champions League.

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Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Looking To Create New Competition
Andrea Agnelli added that he wanted to create a solution that would satisfy top European sides and smaller clubs.

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Ronaldo Charged Over Champions League Celebration
Diego Simeone received a fine but no suspension for a similar celebration.

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool Won't Spend Big Money This Summer
Klopp added that teams are beginning to fear Liverpool in the Champions League.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer On Barcelona Draw: Confidence Is 'Sky High'
Solskjaer said United result against PSG proved his side can beat any team in Europe.

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City-Spurs, Barca-United, Liverpool-Porto, Ajax-Juve In UCL Quarters
City and Spurs will play each other three times in 12 days with their previously scheduled Premier League match scheduled for April 20th.

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Jorge Mendes: Ronaldo Is The Best Player In History Of Football
Mendes added that Ronaldo is the greatest player in Real Madrid's history.

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Fabio Capello: Messi, Pele, Maradona Are The Only Geniuses
Capello reignited the debate between Messi and Ronaldo following Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atleti.

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Bernardo Silva Says He Does Not Want To Play Ronaldo In Europe
Silva added that Ronaldo is still the best Portuguese player in the world.

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Liverpool Beats Bayern 3-1, Advances To UCL Quarterfinals
Sadio Mane scored twice in the match.

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