Champions League football is almost back with the group stage draw for Europe’s premier club competition just around the corner. While Arsenal are set for another stint in the Europa League, Chelsea are back in the big time and will be joined by three more Premier League representatives. Liverpool are, of course, holders having gone one better than the season before and lifted the famous trophy in Madrid. They beat Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano, who enjoyed a thrilling run to the showpiece before goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi ended their dream. Having dominated English football again last season, Manchester City are once more out to replicate that success on the European stage. Standard Sport will be bringing you live coverage of the group stages. When and where is the draw? The group stage draw will take place in Monaco on Thursday 29 August. Uefa are still to confirm a start time but the ceremony has traditionally kicked off at 5pm BST. How can I watch … [Read more...] about When is the Champions League 2019-20 group stage draw?
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The complicated relationship between City's supporters and the Champions League is unlikely to have been improved by the announcement of the new season's Premier League fixtures. If Pep Guardiola's side are again pushed all the way in another title race tussle with Liverpool, then it is the Blues who have been handed an early obstacle to climb thanks to the scheduling of games around European competition. While City are home after three of their Champions League group stage fixtures and away after the other three, Jurgen Klopp's side have home games after five of their six group ties. Advantage Liverpool? Not so fast. City thrived on the idea that the rest of the world wanted the Merseysiders to win the Premier League last season. The tilting of the fixtures in favour of Klopp's men - even if it is random - might give Guardiola some more fuel to add to the fire of the us against Liverpool and the world mentality he so masterfully fostered towards the end of last term. City have will … [Read more...] about Man City hope for Champions League favour in Liverpool fixtures
Manchester United's poor finish to the season, coupled with the fact that Man City won the FA Cup, sealed their place in the Europa League group stage next season. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said , competing in the Europa League — the second tier of UEFA competitions — is an accurate reflection of where a disjointed United are currently at — though fans will undoubtedly turn out in their droves for the competition next season. The Reds won it in 2017 under Jose Mourinho and will harbour hopes of doing the same again, following either Arsenal or Chelsea as English winners. When is the draw and when does the group stage begin? United will be one of 48 teams are drawn into twelve groups of four for the group stage, the first game of which is set for Thursday September 19th this year. The group stage will be drawn on August 30th in Monaco after all the qualifying rounds have been completed. Here's who United could be drawn against: The teams who enter at the group … [Read more...] about The teams Man Utd could face in Europa League group stage
The play-off rounds for the competition - while the modern big guns of Europe are contemplating pre-season tours - are a trip around the ghosts of the old European Cup. Ajax beat Graz 5-1 on aggregate and, six days later, went to Standard Liege, where they drew 2-2 before winning the home leg. Their next play-off was against Dynamo Kiev, whose status as the second-placed team in Ukraine the previous season entitled them to play one fewer qualifying round than Ajax, the second-placed team in the Eredivisie. The second leg of that tie, a 0-0 away draw for Ajax in the same city that had hosted the Champions League final three months earlier, was their final step into the group stage of a competition that would not start until mid-September for everyone else. They had played six games in 34 days, travelled to three countries as well as beginning their domestic season and, somehow, eight months after they began, they are in the final four. Adjustment They are not the current Dutch … [Read more...] about Sam Wallace: ‘Ajax expose flaws in plan to make Champions League a closed shop’
Liverpool will be reunited with Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez next month after reaching their second successive Champions League semi-final. The Reds will face Barcelona for a place in the final after they beat Porto 4-1 on Wednesday night to progress 6-1 on aggregate. Barca booked their berth on Tuesday when they followed last week's 1-0 win at Manchester United with ex-Red Coutinho scoring in a 3-0 stroll at Camp Nou. If both Manchester United and City had progressed, Liverpool would have lost their home advantage in the second leg. But now Liverpool travel to Spain for the first leg on April 30 or May 1 with the second leg at Anfield on May 7 or 8. The winners will face either Ajax or Spurs in the final in Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1. It is the 10th time Liverpool have reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. Of the previous nine, they have lost only twice – to Inter Milan in 1965 and Chelsea in 2008. The Reds have been drawn to face … [Read more...] about Liverpool set Champions League semi-final date with Barcelona