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The draw for places at the last 16 of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2017 was headlined by intriguing pairings from derbies to rekindling of rivalries. The pick of the pack is the battle between former continental champions, TP Mazembe of DR Congo and Algerian giants, JS Kabylie. Between the two clubs counts seven CAF Champions League titles; five for Mazembe and two for Kabylie, back on the continental front after some time off the scene. Another interesting pairing is the Moroccan derby which pits FUS Rabat against MAS Fez, a battle of two former winners’ of the second-tier continental…

Bayern intend to make home advantage tell against an Arsenal team who, having bowed out in the round of 16 for six seasons running, now need to break with recent history in order to survive. Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern coach You need character and luck to win the UEFA Champions League, but above all courage. We won’t focus on avoiding conceding, but we want to control possession as Arsenal have quick players and can counter well. Arsène Wenger is experienced, has a strong identity and his team play with great style. I have a lot of respect for him.…

Perhaps the tie of the round sees holders Madrid defend their enviable home record in the UEFA Champions League against Europe’s in-form team, Napoli. Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach The first leg is at home and we want to take advantage, to damage our opponents’ hopes – but obviously they can do the same to us. We’re ready for it. Napoli play good football and Sarri is doing a great job as coach, evidenced by their results. It’s going to be a great game. Everyone wants to win the Champions League but it’s a long, hard road and we’re on it. That’s…

Benfica and Dortmund have suffered recent setbacks but remain wedded to their attacking styles, a prospect that could mean no shortage of excitement in Lisbon. Rui Vitória, Benfica coach Jonas is in the squad but he’s at his limit and will have difficulty trying to make the game. We will test him on Tuesday and see where we are. If he recovers, he’s in; if not, someone else plays. We’re up against a strong team, a tricky side that can count on that characteristic of impressive attacking power. Along with that, they change their system frequently yet they don’t drop…

Unai Emery has stressed Paris Saint-Germain do not feel inferior to any team ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona . Unai Emery, Paris coach It should be a good, attractive tie. It’ll come down to who plays better at crucial moments, who gets their tactics right and who wins the duels on the pitch. We want to seize this chance because we’re playing against one of the best teams in Europe and the world. The squad is very motivated. We don’t feel inferior to anyone. We have very important players who are growing…

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli. The Portuguese star skipped the session with his teammates on Monday, sparking fears he could miss the showdown against the Serie A side. However, he was present alongside the rest of the squad for training on Tuesday morning. Ronaldo completed 90 minutes for Madrid in their 3-1 La Liga win over Osasuna in Saturday, scoring his 14th La Liga goal in the process. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale was also being put through his paces as he battles back from an ankle injury. He will miss Wednesday…

Wa All Stars General Manager Seth Pawun has admitted that his side need a football miracle to qualify after suffering a setback in their first leg CAF Champions League game against Al Ahli Tripoli. The Blues were thrashed at home 3-1 by Al Ahly Tripoli to give themselves an uphill task in the return leg to be played next weekend in Tunisia. But general manager Seth Pawun insists with hard work and determination they can overturn the deficit in the return fixture in their favor. “Expectations are always there and we are equally calling on every Ghanaian to pray for…

Ghana Premier League champions Wa All Stars and FA Cup winners Bechem United will on Wednesday December 21 know their opponents in next year’s CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively when the draw for the competition is done. The draw comes off in Cairo, Egypt with 55 teams entering the CAF Champions League whilst the CAF Confederations Cup will have 51 clubs from across the continent. The preliminary rounds of the Champions League will start in mid-February with the group stages slated for May. The Champions League next year will be played on a new format with 16 teams drawn…

Paris St-Germain full-back Serge Aurier was stopped from entering the United Kingdom and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal. The Ivorian, 23, was given a two-month suspended prison sentence in September for assaulting a police officer. PSG say the UK authorities granted Aurier a visa in October but revoked it on 16 November, citing his conviction. Uefa expressed “deep disappointment” in the ruling, while PSG said the timing showed “a lack of respect”. The French champions accused the Home Office of a “tardy response” and claimed the decision was not made until Tuesday afternoon. As Aurier was born…

Celtic have been fined €10,000 after their fans held up Palestine flags during their Champions League qualifying match against Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva. Fans of the Scottish champions held protests before and during the game when it was held at Celtic Park In August. UEFA have called the signs ‘illicit banners’ and once again fined the the club. It is the ninth time that they have been punished by the governing body for the behavior of their supporters. Brendan Rodgers men won the game 5-2 to make it through to the Group Stages, which saw them hold a rampant Manchester…

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