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Category: Champions League

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Antonio Conte says Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team will have more to worry about than just keeping Lionel Messi quiet during their last-16 tie with Barcelona on Tuesday. Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semi-finals on their way to Champions League triumph in 201…

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Bridging the gap: four things Chelsea can do to beat Barcelona

Containing Jordi Alba, getting physical, parking the bus or going for broke: what can Antonio Conte’s men do to give themselves a sporting chance against the La Liga leaders?“As an opponent I suffered the Alba-Messi society often; let someone else suff…

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Eden Hazard ready to take on Messi and says Chelsea can beat Barcelona

• Chelsea’s Belgian about to face Messi for first time at club level• We have to play a perfect game against Barça to win, adds ConteChelsea renew their Champions League rivalry against Barcelona with Eden Hazard eager to prove his pedigree at this eli…

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Chelsea’s Pedro sees reasons for hope against old club Barcelona

Barcelona are favourites in the last-16 tie but Pedro says Chelsea’s win in 2012 can serve as a springboard for successThis is a fixture to bring memories of frenzied previous meetings flooding back. Even 13 years on it is easy to recall Ronaldinho’s s…

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Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde admits to worries about facing Chelsea

• Head coach impressed with English clubs in Europe this season• ‘Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in the world’Barcelona wanted to avoid facing Chelsea in the Champions League last 16, according to their manager, Ernesto Valverde, who is wary…

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Juventus and All Blacks turn to TV shows to win fans

Netflix and Amazon sign up big sports teams for docu-series like Last Chance U aimed at broadening clubs’ global appeal Sports clubs hoping to expand their fan base in an increasingly competitive international market are turning to Amazon Prime and Net…

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Antonio Conte says chelsea need ‘perfect’ game’ to beat Barcelona

• Manager seeks to exploit ‘weaknesses without the ball’ • Cesc Fàbregas to forget old friendships on pitchAntonio Conte insists Barcelona are not infallible and that it would be dangerous for his rejuvenated team to focus solely on stopping Lionel Mes…

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Valverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talk

The coach used Neymar’s exit as a chance to reboot the faltering giants as Chelsea may find out on TuesdaySometimes football really is life. On Tuesday Barcelona face Chelsea in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge where in 2009 Andrés Iniesta score…

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Time for Eden Hazard to show he can produce his best on the big occasion | Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea’s hopes of upsetting Barcelona rest on Belgian but he may wonder if his best chance of achieving greatness is to moveThis week a clip emerged of three Barcelona players being confronted by a metal railing, with each of them choosing to deal wit…

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Sports quiz of the week: Winter Olympics, history, goals and disrespect

Who conceded? Who coached? And who was ‘a bit chubby’? Related: Spot the sport – take our Winter Olympics picture quiz Pita Taufatofua is competing in the 15km cross-country event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In which event did the Tongan com…

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Dejan Lovren says Liverpool believe they can win Champions League

Having condemned Porto to their heaviest European home defeat Jürgen Klopp’s men are talking confidently of beating anyoneLiverpool flew to Marbella for warm-weather training the morning after the historic night before in Porto, carrying thoughts of wh…

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Occasional sips from a long glass of Advocaat

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Goodness knows, the Fiver isn’t trying to downplay Liverpool’s performance in Big Cup on Wednesday. A five-goal haul away in Europe – as part of a show featuring quick breaks, top-corner rakes, back fl…

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Neymar wilts in Madrid as superclub tie descends into Disneyfied dystopia | Jonathan Wilson

The Brazilian repeatedly ran down blind allies as PSG appeared incoherent in the face of Real and Cristiano Ronaldo’s efficiencyTwo super-clubs! The most successful club in European history! The other a club that has just arranged the two most expensi…

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Jürgen Klopp full of praise as Liverpool put five past Porto – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has expressed his delight after his side scored five in the first leg of their Champions League tie with Porto. Klopp singled out the comeback of Sadio Mané, whose impressive hat-trick proved to be a comfortable night for…

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Liverpool’s Henderson and Milner provide base for front line’s fireworks | Ben Fisher

Jürgen Klopp’s team struck the perfect balance in Porto with Jordan Henderson and James Milner assuming midfield control and Sadio Mané profiting from their dominanceHow many will Mohamed Salah get this season? Forty? Fifty? A tired puff of the cheeks …

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Sadio Mané is Liverpool’s comeback king with hat-trick, says Jürgen Klopp

• Manager says 5-0 win over Porto ‘exactly as good as necessary’• Klopp congratulates Mo Salah on his 30th goal in debut seasonJürgen Klopp described Liverpool’s Champions League rout of Porto as Sadio Mané’s “comeback” after the Senegal striker struck…

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Cristiano Ronaldo double propels Real Madrid to comeback win over PSG

Unai Emery said the preparation for this game started at the Camp Nou last season, but he cannot have meant like this. It was not three goals in seven minutes and it is not decisive yet, but Paris Saint-Germain did concede twice in the last seven minut…

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Sadio Mané’s stunning hat-trick inspires Liverpool stroll against Porto

How Liverpool’s forward line would cope without the creative industry of Philippe Coutinho remained a legitimate question on their return to the Champions League stage. By taking it in turns to inflict the heaviest home defeat on Porto in their rich Eu…

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Real Madrid v PSG: Champions League – live!

Live updates on last-16 first leg at the BernabéuFollow the latest from Porto v Liverpool hereEmail barry.glendenning@theguardian.com or tweet @bglendenning 6.07pm GMT After last year’s monumental bottle-job against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain have …

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Porto v Liverpool: Champions League – live!

Live updates on last-16 first leg at Estádio do DragãoFollow the latest from Real Madrid v PSG hereLast-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea? They’ll love it!Email scott.murray@theguardian.com with any thoughts 6.01pm GMT Liverpool have a fine record again…