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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…

A dominant Paris Saint-Germain display saw Barcelona fall to a 4-0 thumping at the Parc des Princes on Valentine’s night. The French giants scored twice in each half to record the massive result in the first leg of their last-16 tie of the Champions League against the Catalans. Birthday boy Angel Di Maria struck twice – on 18 minutes and another in the second half. Angel Di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain humbled Barcelona during a dominant display at the Parc des Princes Di Maria gave the hosts the lead as his free-kick clipped off the wall before ending…

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…

Arsenal have been handed a tough draw against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions league. Arsene Wenger’s side have been paired with the Bundesliga champions Bayern despite emerging winners of  group A which also contained Paris Saint Germain (PSG).  Arsenal were doomed either way because PSG who finished behind the Gunners were paired with Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona. Other interesting will see the EPL champions Leicester up against Sevilla, Bayer Leverkusen versus Athletico Madrid, Man City locking horns with Monaco, Real Madrid tussling with Monaco, Benfica battling Dortmund and Porto engaging Juventus. Bayern Munich v…

Arsenal pipped Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in Group A after thrashing Basel 4-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday evening Needing to better the result of the PSG, who were playing Ludogorets at the Parc des Princes, to have any chance of qualifying as group winners, the Gunners were helped on their way at St Jakob-Park by a Lucas Perez hat-trick. Alex Iwobi added a fourth in the 54th minute before former Newcastle striker Seydou Doumbia grabbed a late consolation for the hosts, and there was no further late drama as Arsenal held on to remain unbeaten in the…

It’s official – Wayne Rooney is now Manchester United’s record goalscorer in Europe with 39 goals. Rooney’s first-half chip against Feyenoord in Thursday’s Europa League match at Old Trafford sent him clear of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s impressive tally of 38, which the Reds captain equalled when he netted in the away defeat to Fenerbahce earlier this month. The next personal achievement in Rooney’s sights is, of course, the club’s all-time record for goals in all competitions. His strike against Feyenoord was his 248th for United, just one short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing total of 249. After the match, Rooney…

Manchester United remained in control of the club’s Europa League destiny with one group game to play as Wayne Rooney made history in a dominant 4-0 win over Feyenoord at Old Trafford. The captain, returning to the starting line-up, became United’s all-time leading scorer in Europe on 39 goals with a composed finish to give the Reds a deserved 1-0 lead at the break. In the second half, Juan Mata slid home his fifth goal of the season to double the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid on the third strike of the night as his cross was diverted into his…

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…

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