Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition's history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A's January break. A … [Read more...] about How has the balance of each Champions League tie changed since the draw?
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Chelsea Mark Schwarzer Little he could do to stop Atlético's goals. Fortunate early on when Koke crossed from the left and the ball came off a post 6 Branislav Ivanovic Neat pass to find Willian in lead-up to Torres's goal but little he could do to stop Atlético's rampant performance after half-time 6 Gary Cahill Booked for taking down Costa with half an hour played. Failed to deal with Juanfran's crosses for Atlético's first and third goals 6 John Terry It was not a vintage night for the captain. Left scrambling, like the rest of the defence, for both Adrián's and Turan's efforts 6 Ashley Cole Out of position for Atlético's first goal and was sacrificed for Eto'o as Mourinho shuffled his pack earlier than expected 5 David Luiz Connected well with an overhead kick midway through first half that drifted wide. But failed to leave his mark in the middle 6 Ramires Suspended for the rest of the Premier League campaign, his season came to an end with an ordinary … [Read more...] about Chelsea v Atlético Madrid: Champions League player ratings
Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur released their third kits for the 2017-18 season, with the new strips expected to feature in cup competitions and in Europe. All three jerseys feature a dazzle camo knit design and have their respective club's name inscribed on the rear, revealed on Tuesday and unveiled by manufacturers Nike. Chelsea's dark grey strip with electric blue stripe along the shoulder will be debuted in their Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid on September 27. Kyle Walker and John Stones modelled City's changed strip,which is comprised of a cameo of dark greens combined with flashes of the sky blue synonymous with the club since 1894. Spurs will wear their changed strip for the first time against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League and the kits is dark purple with bold yellow embossed lettering. … [Read more...] about Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham unveil third kits to feature in the Champions League
Eleven-times champions Real Madrid will take on neighbours Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, after a draw made on Friday. The other semi-final will feature Monaco v Juventus - Real and Monaco will play the first leg at home, on May 2-3. Real Madrid beat Atletico in the final in 2014 and 2016 but playing the second leg away could favour their bitter rivals. The second semi-final pitches a free-scoring Monaco side, who have scored 24 goals since reaching the group phase, against the steely Juventus defence, the Italian side having conceded two goals in the campaign. … [Read more...] about Champions League semi-final draw: Real Madrid take on Atletico, Monaco play Juventus
Liverpool have won the Champions League after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final in Madrid.Mo Salah, who scored the first goal from the penalty spot in the second minute, said it was "unbelievable for me".Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold said the achievement was "hard to put into words" but that the team "deserved it" after their fantastic season, which saw Manchester City edge them by a point in the Premier League.:: Analysis: Final lacked thrills - but Liverpool fans won't care"I'm just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dream's just come true," said Alexander-Arnold, 20. Advertisement The first goal came not long after kick-off, in a game that ended up lacking the dazzle many had hoped for.Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko was judged to have handled the ball in the penalty box and Salah stepped forward to smash the ball into the back of the net. More from Liverpool Child asks Santa for food and a home in heartbreaking Christmas letter Girl, 12, struck by car while trick or … [Read more...] about Champions League final: Liverpool crowned kings of Europe after beating Tottenham