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Category: Champions League

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Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco: ‘I don’t need my team to tell me about Salah’

Roma’s voluble manager Eusebio Di Francesco is full of passion as his side prepare to face Liverpool in the Champions LeagueWords race out of Eusebio Di Francesco’s mouth like cars entering il Gra, the orbital motorway that encircles the city…

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Data, memes and stadium dreams: how James Pallotta rebuilt Roma | Paolo Bandini

The American businessman’s blueprint has helped to bring Roma to a first European Cup semi-final in 34 yearsRoma’s team president still has not decided whether he will attend Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool. James Pall…

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Now Kevin De Bruyne eyes Manchester City progress in Champions League

• Premier League champions came up short in Europe• Belgian wants competition for places to increaseKevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City’s ambition must be to win the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title on Sunday…

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PSG are champions but their ‘project’ is under more pressure than ever

PSG smashed their closest challengers 7-1 to win the Ligue 1 title but they need some new ideas to progress in EuropeBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsFew clubs could canter to a treble and end the season disappointed, but Paris …

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Referees’ body condemns abuse of Michael Oliver and his family

• PGMOL statement after text messages sent to official’s wife• Juventus goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon repeats criticism of OliverThe Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has condemned the abuse directed at referee Michael Oliver and his wife …

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Roma’s Edin Dzeko a standard bearer for all Premier League leavers | Jacob Steinberg

Dzeko proves players can succeed in an elite league outside England’s top 20 after not quite succeeding at Manchester CityOne of the joys of European football is catching up with familiar faces who have slightly fallen off the radar since leaving Engla…

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Roma a force to be reckoned with against Liverpool under Di Francesco | Paolo Bandini

Liverpool’s opponents in the Champions League semi-finals did not expect to get this far but their manager’s tactical nous produced a magnificent comeback to stun BarcelonaIt is 34 years since Roma reached a European Cup semi-final. And only one month …

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Sports quiz of the week: Champions League, Tyson Fury and F1

Who is racing? Who remain unbeaten? And who won big at 68? Related: Football quiz: name the missing club in these playing careers Where are Rachael Blackmore, Katie Walsh and Bryony Frost racing this weekend?The Gold Coast Shanghai International Circui…

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Champions League draw: Liverpool to face Roma in semi-finals

• Jürgen Klopp’s side will play first leg at Anfield• Holders Real Madrid to play Bayern MunichLiverpool have been drawn against Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League.Jürgen Klopp’s side came through an all-Premier League quarter-final agains…

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Champions League semi-final draw: Liverpool land Roma – live!

It’s Bayern Munich v Real Madrid in other semiFootball Weekly looks back at the Champions League dramaAnd email Ben or tweet @benfisherj to get in touch 12.26pm BST First legs, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 AprilBayern Munich v Real MadridLiverpool v Rom…

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The season six British clubs made it to semi-finals in Europe (and four lost)

The semi-finals of the European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup all featured a British team in 1983-84By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkWhen the semi-finals for the European Cup, European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup…

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Why sympathy for Gianluigi Buffon should be in short supply | David Conn

Juventus goalkeeper’s protest to Michael Oliver – which saw him sent off – may cause unpleasant repercussions for the embattled officials at the lowest levels of footballHeartfelt sympathy is extended to Gianluigi Buffon, of course, railing with much o…

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‘Football changes, Real Madrid remain’ – how Ronaldo and co broke Juventus’ hearts

Madrid suffered but still went through and will now sense they can win the Champions League for the third time in a row“My heart rate went up a bit but I tried to calm myself down, because I knew it would be decisive,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. All that …

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Six of the most dramatic nights in the European Cup and Champions League

From the 1960 final to the miracle of Istanbul, Europe’s top club competition has provided many moments to rival the drama of Real Madrid’s win against JuventusThe almost shocking conclusion to what had been a notable Juventus recovery against Real Mad…

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When Marcello Lippi joined Juventus and knocked Milan off their perch

Marcello Lippi, who turns 70 today, has lifted just about every trophy on offer to an Italian manager, but winning the double with Juventus in 1995 remains a truly special achievementBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraIn any discussion about the gre…

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Buffon rages at referee Michael Oliver’s ‘crime against sportsmanship’ – video

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon couldn’t hold back his anger towards referee Michael Oliver after being sent off for remonstrating over a late penalty decision in their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Buffon said…

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Never underestimate how hard it is to win – and manage in – the Premier League | Paul Wilson

After a rough week for Pep Guardiola, if it is any consolation, he is far from alone in the Premier League in letting standards slipThe image of Pep Guardiola with his head in his hands contemplating Manchester City’s Champions League exit from a seat …

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Zidane: Real Madrid ‘deserve’ to be in semis after Juventus scare – video

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was a relieved man after a late penalty helped Real Madrid squeeze through to the Champions League semi-finals, 4-3 on aggregate against Juventus. The tie looked to be heading for extra-time until referee Michael Olive…

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Waning powers of Iniesta and Suárez point to change at Barcelona | Jacob Steinberg

Champions League exit against Roma was proof ageing team can no longer rely on Lionel Messi to get them out of troubleIf it was possible for Barcelona not to become overwhelmed by despair when they fell to Juventus last season, there was no way for the…

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‘Referee has a rubbish bin where his heart should be,’ says Gianluigi Buffon

• Juventus goalkeeper lets fly at English referee Michael Oliver• ‘It was one tenth of a penalty,’ claims sent-off BuffonThe Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon criticised the English referee Michael Oliver, saying he has a “rubbish bin” where his heart sh…