Category Archives: Champions League

United determined to hold on to Pogba

According to headlines in the Spanish press, Manchester United are keen to hold on to Paul Pogba and are determined not to let their French star go to Real Madrid. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is a long term admirer of his compatriot, and despite splashing out millions in the summer market, is keen to bring the medio to the Bernabeu.

However Marca say United are not willing to budge from their 200 million euro tag for Pogba, which may force Zidane to look at alternative options like Christian Eriksen or Donny van de Beek.

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German clubs hope for better European performance this season

The 2018/19 Champions League season was a particularly disappointing one for German clubs. For the first time in 13 years, no German club was present in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. It was left to Eintracht Frankfurt to fly the country’s flag in the second tier Europa League, but they also bowed out in the last four in heartbreaking fashion- on penalties, to Chelsea.

It was more difficult to stomach because it came on the back of the national team, the reigning champions, failing to make it out of their World Cup group in the summer. That was followed by a sub par Nations League campaign which saw coach Joachim Low end the careers of several well known players- the likes of Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.

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Barcelona sweating over Lionel Messi fitness for Manchester United clash

Barcelona take on Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The two footballing giants will clash on April 10th at Old Trafford with the return fixture two weeks later at Camp Nou. It’s perhaps the tie of the round- the Nou Camp is a fond venue for many United fans, just as Istanbul is for Liverpool and Munich is for Chelsea fans. It was here that United won their 1999 Champions League crown, with current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then a player for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, coming off the bench to score the winner deep into extra time.

Bayern had taken the lead through Mario Basler’s 6th minute effort and held that advantage for almost all of the game until Teddy Sheringham and Solksjaer, second half substitutes for Jesper Blomqvist and Andy Cole respectively, turned the fixture on its head with twin extra time strikes. Continue reading Barcelona sweating over Lionel Messi fitness for Manchester United clash