UEFA Champions League - Soccer Wiretap

Alisson Close To Liverpool Return

Oct 1, 2019 5:07 PM

Jurgen Klopp said that Alisson was close to making his return to Liverpool's lineup after getting injured in the opening match of the season.

"One is Alisson's and the other is the medical department, which is more cautious. We have to wait and see. In training, he looks really well but it was a serious injury and we don't want to take any risks," said Klopp.

Klopp pointed to the Leicester City or Manchester United match as potential return dates.

Klopp also ruled out Joel Matip for their match against RB Salzburg.

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Angel Di Maria: PSG Made Real Madrid Weak

Sep 19, 2019 12:58 PM

Angel Di Maria gave credit to PSG's pressing and aggression for their 3-0 win over Real Madrid in Champions League.

"No, I think we made them weak. Running so much, pressing so hard and doing our passing -- we know they struggle a lot trying to recover the ball. I think that was the most important thing we did," said Di Maria.

Di Maria scored two goals in the match.

Di Maria played for Real Madrid from 2010-2014, winning a Champions League in his final season with the team.

The Argentine has now been involved with four out of the last six PSG goals in Champions League. 

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Zinedine Zidane Following PSG Loss: We Did Not Have Intensity

Sep 19, 2019 12:50 PM

Zinedine Zidane criticized Real Madrid's effort and intensity following their 3-0 loss to PSG in the Champions League.

"Clearly they were better than us in every department -- in the way they played, in midfield. What upset me is that we did not put enough intensity in the game and at that level of competition, it's not possible. They're good at creating chances, that's not what worries me. What worries me is that lack of intensity," said Zidane.

Zidane also addressed his side's lack of chance creation in the match, even with a star-studded attacking lineup.

"Failing to create proper chances with the players we have up front -- Gareth BaleKarim Benzema and Eden Hazard -- is a weird feeling," Zidane said.

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Antoine Griezmann: I Need More Time To Gel With Suarez, Messi

Sep 18, 2019 12:47 PM

Antoine Griezmann admitted that he needs more time playing with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi to unlock their capabilities in attack.

"It's my second month since I arrived, I have to get used to it and play more with them to understand the movements of Suarez and Leo," said Griezmann following a 0-0 draw against Dortmund in the Champions League.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a penalty save on Marco Reus to preserve the tie.

"Marc is a world-class keeper. My penalty was not really well-taken. Back to the training ground for that," said Reus.

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Diego Simeone: Cristiano Ronaldo Is An Animal

Sep 17, 2019 6:02 PM

Diego Simeone praised Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus ahead of their Champions League clash.

"He has an incredible record and in any situation near the box, he's dangerous. He's not easy to control, he has it all. We suffer and sometimes it's our turn to win, and other times we lose, but he's an animal in front of goal," said Simeone.

Juventus knocked out Atletico Madrid in last season's Champions League.

Simeone highlighted Atleti's experience in the competition as the deciding factor.

"We are trying to grow and adapt to these competitions, but words are just words; facts, mistakes and good decisions give us experience."

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Gian Piero Gasperini: Atalanta Deserve To Be In Champions League

Sep 17, 2019 6:00 PM

Gian Piero Gasperini looked ahead at Atalanta's debut in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb.

“For the first time in its history, Atalanta are taking part in this tournament. We are happy to be here and are curious to see what the first impact is with the Champions League. We know it’s a superior level, but at the same time feel confident and eager to see what we can do. Our opponents in the group all won their domestic titles in Croatia, Ukraine and England, so they all deserve to be here. Perhaps we’ve got a smaller cachet and fanbase compared to the others, and certainly fewer resources, but that just means we deserved it all the more," said Gasperini.

Atalanta will play their home matches throughout the competition at San Siro. 

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Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani Ruled Out Of Real Madrid Clash

Sep 16, 2019 8:08 PM

Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will miss PSG's Champions League match against Real Madrid due to injury.

Neymar will also miss the match due to a suspension from last season.

The injuries could force Mauro Icardi to start against Real Madrid. 

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Marcelo To Miss PSG Match With Back Injury

Sep 16, 2019 8:06 PM

Marcelo will sit out Real Madrid's Champions League clash against PSG with a back injury.

New summer signing Ferland Mendy is set to replace Marcelo at left back.

Isco, Luka ModricMarco Asensio and Fede Valverde will also miss the match due to injury.

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Eder Militao Set To Start Versus PSG

Sep 12, 2019 12:53 PM

The 21-year-old Eder Militao is likely to start at centerback for Real Madrid in their Champions League clash against PSG.

Nacho and Sergio Ramos are both suspended for the match.

Luka Modric is also doubtful due to a leg injury.

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Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic Left Out Of Juventus Champions League Squad

Sep 4, 2019 12:11 PM

Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic were left out of Juventus' 22-player Champions League roster for the group stages.

Giorgio Chiellini is also out due to a knee injury.

"The conversation lasted barely a minute and I have not had any explanation. It's made me very angry," said Can.

Juve are in a group with Atletico Madrid, Bayer Levekusen, and Lokomotiv Moscow.

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Virgil Van Dijk Named UEFA Men's Player Of The Year

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Champions League Announces Group Stage Draw

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2019/20 Champions League Winner Could Earn $90 Million
Teams are financially rewarded to advance every round.

Marca

Lars-Christer Olsson Calls On UEFA To Reject Super League Proposal
Lars-Christer Olsson said UEFA should instead be looking to improve "competitive balance."

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6 Liverpool, 5 Ajax Players In UEFA's Champions League Squad
No Real Madrid players were selected on the roster.

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Premier League To Have Three Pot 1 Clubs In Champions League
Chelsea get one of the top seeds by winning the Europa League while City gets it for winning the Premier League.

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Mo Salah After European Title: I Have Sacrificed My Life For Football
Salah opened the match with a penalty.

Marca

Mauricio Pochettino Admits Early Goal Forced Tactical Change
Pochettino said he was eager to make the Champions League Final again.

BBC Football

Jurgen Klopp On Title: 'Best Night Of Our Professional Lives'
The Champions League represents Klopp's first major trophy with Liverpool.

BBC Football

Unai Emery: Arsenal Lost Competitive Quality Under Arsene Wenger
Emery said that a team needs both technical quality and physical ability.

Sam Dean/The Telegraph

Pochettino: Harry Kane Decision Will Define Champions League
Kane is on pace to be fit for the Champions League Final.

David Hytner/The Observer

Liverpool Attempting To Arrange Friendly Ahead Of UCL Final
Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspurs in Madrid on June 1st.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Pep Guardiola: To Be The Best, You Need To Win The Champions League
Pep Guardiola hasn't led City past the quarterfinals of the Champions League in his three seasons with the club.

Paul Wilson/The Guardian

Manchester City Facing Possible Champions League Ban
City are principally facing the allegation based on emails published by the German magazine Spiegel.

David Conn/The Guardian

Liverpool Given Atleti's Dressing Room For Champions League Final
Atleti's dressing room is considered more luxurious than the away dressing room.

Liverpool Echo

Javier Tebas: European Super League Puts La Liga In Jeopardy
Tebas added that La Liga will have matches on Monday night next season.

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Frenkie De Jong On Spurs Loss: A Fairy Tale With A Bad Ending
De Jong said that they had the neutral support with their outsider status.

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Mauricio Pochettino After Comeback: 'Thank You Football'
Pochettino turned emotional describing Tottenham's comeback.

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Harry Kane Says He's 'Hopeful' Of Return In Champions League Final
Kane has been out since early April with an ankle injury.

BBC Sport

Spurs Pull Off Comeback Against Ajax To Play Liverpool In UFC Final
Lucas Moura recorded a hat-trick for Spurs, scoring in the 55th, 59th and 95th minute.

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