UEFA Champions League - Soccer Wiretap

Sergio Ramos Admits He Received Yellow Card On Purpose

Feb 13, 2019 9:12 PM

Sergio Ramos admitted that he got his 89th-minute yellow card on purpose to sit out Real Madrid's second leg against Ajax.

"Looking at the result, I'd be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking]. It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football you have to make tough decisions," said Ramos.

Ramos was fined in 2010 for purposely getting a yellow card in the group stages of the Champions League.  

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Tags: Real Madrid, Ajax, UEFA Champions League

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Angel Di Maria: I Only Had Problems With Louis Van Gaal

Feb 13, 2019 7:58 PM

Angel Di Maria stated he only had an issue with Louis van Gaal during his time with Manchester United.

"It was difficult from the opening minute but I knew this was going to happen. But I've said it in the past and I reiterate it, I never spoke badly of the people here and of this club. These are things that happen and people took it badly. I only had problems with the coach [Louis van Gaal] here," said Di Maria.

Di Maria, who was roundly booed throughout the match and was the target of a Heineken bottle, yelled "f--- off" at United supporters following PSG's first goal. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, UEFA Champions League

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Santiago Solari: Real Madrid Suffered Against Ajax Before Goal

Feb 13, 2019 7:52 PM

Santiago Solar said that Ajax were a difficult side to breakdown despite their 2-1 win.

"Without a doubt [it was a game in which Los Blancos suffered]. We knew how to play the game. We worked and suffered and scored when we created chances. We did everything and that shows the strength of this group," said Solari.

Solari added that he was impressed with Marco Asensio.

"He has done everything he had to do, not only for the goal but for how he managed the game, for how he defended and his effectiveness in reaching the opposition goal."

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Tags: Real Madrid, Ajax, UEFA Champions League

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Julian Draxler: Pogba Red Card Gives PSG Big Advantage

Feb 13, 2019 7:49 PM

Julian Draxler stated that Paul Pogba missing the second-leg of their Champions League tie gives PSG a big advantage on top of their 2 goal lead.

“Yes, I think so because for me Paul is the best player of Manchester United. A very important player for the team and you could see he is fantastic. That is why we are very happy he will not play the second leg," said Draxler.

PSG were missing Edinson Cavani and Neymar in the first-leg.

“If two players like this are missing, everyone is talking about that, that is normal. For sure, we are better if Cavani and Neymar are not missing. But we have an excellent team even without them. It is not easy to come to Old Trafford and win and that is why we are very happy and proud and we know we have to finish it in the second leg.”

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Tags: Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, UEFA Champions League

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Gigi Buffon On Win Over United: We Made It Seem Easy

Feb 12, 2019 6:45 PM

Gigi Buffon praised PSG's performance following their 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first-leg of their round of 16 Champions League clash.

“We made it seem easy by putting everything we had into those 90 minutes, the unity that is fundamental in this competition. We took some risks, but they allowed us to breathe when under pressure and break their attempt at pressing. In such a balanced tie, that is worth so much,” said Buffon.

Buffon said his focus was on the field amid rumors of a possible contract extension with PSG.

“The contract is not a thought in my mind, to be honest. I just want to keep enjoying my football, being useful to the club and my teammates, whether on the field or if needed off it. It has never been a problem for me to deal with a contract when I was 30 years old, let alone 41.”

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, UEFA Champions League

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Thomas Tuchel: Attacking Football Is In PSG's DNA

Feb 11, 2019 8:11 PM

Thomas Tuchel said PSG will still look to attack even without Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

“We have our identity as a team and it’s not easy to change a team’s identity. Obviously we’re missing a couple of key players but I don’t know if it’s the right time to change our ID. We play attacking football, we’re PSG, that’s what we’re used to – to create opportunities, it’s in our DNA. To change that is really difficult but I’m sure there will be times where we will defend deeply,” said Tuchel.

Tuchel added that Kylian Mbappe will shoulder most of their attacking responsibility.

“You can’t just place all the burden on him but we’re talking about Kylian Mbappé – he has his own qualities, it’s not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar, and he can’t do all three things at the same time. He has to play his game, to play with confidence and I want us to be capable to help him with the right kind of support, good passes. And, he needs to play with a good mindset, needs to be positive – it’s part of his development."

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, UEFA Champions League

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Manuel Neuer Trains After Injuring Thumb

Feb 6, 2019 12:43 PM

Manuel Neuer trained for the first time since last Thursday after suffering an injured thumb, giving Bayern Munich hope that he can return in time for their Champions League match against Liverpool.

Neuer sat out Bayern's 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend.

"The thumb [Neuer's] is really fat, but in one or two days things should look different and he could be able to play. Of course, I was happy to be able to play again, but it was bitter news for Manuel," said backup keeper Sven Ulreich.

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Injury, UEFA Champions League

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Neymar Wishes For 'New Metatarsal' During Birthday Bash

Feb 6, 2019 12:39 PM

Neymar threw a lavish party for his 27th birthday featuring Dani Alves, Kylian Mbappe, and Thomas Tuchel.

During the celebration, he gave a tearful speech in which he wished he had a "new metatarsal". 

Neymar's injury will keep him out for 10 weeks, including missing PSG's clash against Manchester United in the Champions League. 

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Injury, UEFA Champions League

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Manuel Pellegrini: Jurgen Klopp Is Used To Winning With Offside Goals

Feb 4, 2019 9:03 PM

Manuel Pellegrini took a jab at Jurgen Klopp following West Ham's 1-1 draw to Liverpool.

Liverpool's goal came from a questionable offsides non-call on James Milner.

Klopp and Pellegrini had a minor dispute following the final whistle.

Pellegrini referenced Dortmund's 3-2 win over Malaga in the 2013 Champions League semifinal.

"Klopp is used to winning with offside goals. He beat me against Malaga with a goal seven metres offside. So he cannot complain about anything...[Liverpool] scored a goal one metre offside. And in the last minute with Origi in front of the linesman, again one metre offside."

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Tags: West Ham United, Liverpool, Game Recap, UEFA Champions League

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool To Focus Both On League and Europe

Feb 4, 2019 2:19 PM

Jurgen Klopp said he wouldn't prioritize either the league or European competition moving forward.

“We will try [to go for both], for sure. That is what we tried last year. There was the discussion this year when people said we should focus only on the league so now we are still in the Champions League and I am quite happy about it. We have a very difficult game yet listening to some people it seems we are already through because ‘It’s only Bayern Munich’. Have you looked at the team they have or how they are in shape now after the winter break?", stated Klopp.

Liverpool are short on depth in their backline as Joe Gomez undergoes another surgery.

They play their first leg against Bayern Munich on February 19th. 

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Tags: Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Injury, IQ, UEFA Champions League

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Jurgen Klopp: Juventus Are 'Favorites' To Win Champions League
Klopp praised the Italian side's experience and defense in his assessment.

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Liverpool-Bayern Headline Round Of 16 Draw For Champions League
The Round of 16 ties have been drawn for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League.

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Top-10 2018-19 Champions League WhoScored Rating (Group Stage)
Lionel Messi leads all players in WhoScored Rating after the completion of the group stage of the 2018-19 Champions League.

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Top-10 2018-19 Champions League WhoScored Rating (Group Stage)
Lionel Messi leads all players in WhoScored Rating after the completion of the group stage of the 2018-19 Champions League.

RealGM Staff Report

Who's In The Champions League Last 16
PSG, Dortmund, Barcelona, Porto, Bayern, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Juventus won their groups.

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Jurgen Klopp Says He Would Have Paid Double For Alisson After Save
Alisson made a point blank save in injury time to see Liverpool through to the Champions League knockout round.

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Mohamed Salah's Goal Gets Liverpool To Round Of 16
Mohamed Salah scored for Liverpool in the 34th minute and Alisson was excellent in goal to preserve the clean sheet.

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Spurs Advance To Round Of 16 With Lucas Moura Equalizer
Inter Milan played to a draw against PSV, which allowed Spurs to advance.

David Hytner/The Guardian

FIFA Threatens To Ban European Super League Players From World Cup
Both FIFA and UEFA are opposed to the proposed European Super League.

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UEFA To Fight Against European Super League
The league would have 11 founding members: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern.

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FIFA Proposes Annual Club World Cup To Rival Champions League
Gianni Infantino has submitted a potentially explosive proposal for a lucrative, revamped Club World Cup.

David Conn/The Guardian

2018-19 Champions League Group Stage Draw Results
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United with Juventus in Group H.

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Champions League Considering VAR
The technology could be introduced in time for the quarterfinals this season.

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Loris Karius May Have Suffered Concussion In Champions League Final
Loris Karius made two major errors that led to Real Madrid goals.

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Real Madrid Wins Third Straight Champions League
Real Madrid have won their third straight Champions League and fourth in five seasons after beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final.

RealGM Staff Report

Atleti Beats Marseille 3-0 To Win 2018 Europa League Final
Antoine Griezmann scored in the 21st and 49th minutes while Gabi scored in the 89th minute.

RealGM Staff Report

Lionel Messi Motivated By Seeing Real Madrid In UCL Final
Barcelona last was in the Champions League Final in 2015.

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Arsene Wenger Excepts European Super League To Play On Weekends
Arsene Wenger believes a European super league will take over weekend matches in the future, which will force domestic leagues to often play midweek.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Spurs Secure Champions League Spot
Spurs will be in the Champions League for the third straight season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Not Expected To Miss UCL Final With Ankle Injury
Cristiano Ronaldo sprained his ankle 15 minutes into the 2-2 draw against Barcelona.

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