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Arjen Robben: ‘If you ask what is the worst stadium for me, it’s Liverpool’

In his tenth and final season at Bayern Munich the Dutchman talks about his extraordinary decade in Bavaria and burning desire to avenge Champions League traumas at Anfield“‘Enjoy it, enjoy it,’ that’s what you say to young players.” Arjen Robben is wr…

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Gazprom v Abu Dhabi: an alternative guide to the Champions League ties

Other states, hedge funds and a tax haven also feature in our look at how club owners and partners stack up in the last 16Schalke 04 Continue reading…

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Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe’s biggest clubs

Governments wield power over many Champions League clubs and the ties that bind owners, sponsors and Uefa are strikingThe game is about glory, a wise man once said. For many years it has been about money, too. Right now an updated version of Danny Blan…

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Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax

• Uefa launches disciplinary investigation after Ramos admission• Bale reported over provocative celebration in Madrid derbyUefa has launched a disciplinary investigation in response to Sergio Ramos’s revelation that he intentionally got himself booked…

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Harry Winks: from flag-bearer to standard-bearer at Tottenham

Midfielder was the quiet force behind a win over Dortmund which he sees as a statement that Spurs mean businessIt is a lovely story, a real ratings winner, and one that bears retelling at times like these. As a 15-year-old Tottenham academy hopeful, Ha…

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Pochettino praises Tottenham ‘heroes’ after 3-0 victory over Dortmund – video

Tottenham took a giant step forward towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a stunning 3-0 victory over Dortmund. It wasn’t until the second half that the goals came, with Son Heung-min volleying Spurs into the lead. Two late goals from Jan Ve…

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Mauricio Pochettino all smiles after Son Heung-min lights up Spurs’s night

• Manager jokes that when team’s talisman scores it is game over• South Korean now has 11 goals from his last 12 club gamesMauricio Pochettino saluted his talismanic goalscorer Son Heung-min after the Tottenham forward helped to move the team to within…

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Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho finally makes mark in English club game | Barney Ronay

England’s 18-year-old winger turned out at Wembley against Spurs at a venue where he has already played for his countryTwo lucrative transfers, two academy stints and one dramatic overseas switch into Jadon Sancho’s career the English football prodigy,…

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Tottenham 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: Champions League player ratings

Jan Vertonghen and Son Heung-min excelled for the home side, while Jadon Sancho was a bright spot for the visitorsHugo Lloris Kept his team in it during the first half. Drew the breath with diving save to deny Zagadou 8 Continue reading…

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Marco Asensio hands Real Madrid victory over Ajax after VAR reprieve

• Reigning champions win first leg 2-1 in Amsterdam• Nicolás Tagliafico’s goal disallowed in first halfMarco Asensio scored a late winner for Real Madrid in a 2-1 victory at Ajax Amsterdam, who were left to rue a goal disallowed by the Video Assistant …

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Jan Vertonghen inspires Spurs to take Borussia Dortmund to the cleaners

These are the moments when it can feel difficult to remember how Tottenham did not sign anyone in the last transfer window, or the one before that, have Harry Kane and Dele Alli among their absentees and are not even playing in what they can genuinely …

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Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund: Champions League – live!

Last 16 first-leg updates from the 8pm (GMT) kick-off at WembleyAjax v Real Madrid: Champions League – follow it live!Send your thoughts to Scott by email here 7.26pm GMT Pennant watch: Tottenham’s crest is a stone-cold design classic, but the same can…

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Ajax v Real Madrid: Champions League – live!

Last 16 first-leg updates from the 8pm (GMT) kick-off in AmsterdamTottenham v Borussia Dortmund: Champion League – live!Email your thoughts to Barry, or tweet him @BGlendenning 7.22pm GMT So, Gareth Bale starts for Real. As does Vinicius Junior. Meanwh…

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Did Neymar’s absence help PSG to prosper at Manchester United?

Brazilian’s refusal to track causes problems and PSG’s discipline suggested it may be unwise to play him, Mbappé and Cavani against top sidesWhisper it – and try at least for a while to ignore the enormous Brazilian ego that has temporarily vacated the…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær tells Manchester United to pick up spirits quickly

• ‘This is a reality check for us,’ says Solskjær after PSG defeat• United may face Uefa action over bottle thrown on pitchOle Gunnar Solskjær said Manchester United cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after Paris Saint-Germain inflicted a first…

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Kylian Mbappé’s teleportation device leaves Manchester United floundering | Barney Ronay

PSG forward shows his repertoire of speed and skill, including scoring the second goal that may have already ended the tieFor all the complexities of elite sport, some things don’t change. In his novel End Zone, Don DeLillo obsesses about the speed of …

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Manchester United 0-2 PSG: Champions League player ratings

Paul Pogba, like the Manchester United defence, had a match to forget, while Kylian Mbappé outshone his fellow ParisianDavid de Gea Untroubled in early stages and then came into his own, saving United from being totally out of tie. 8 Continue reading…