The last-16 draw of the Champions League threw up tough propositions for the four English sides in the competition, with Premier League title holders Manchester City facing Real Madrid, reigning champions Liverpool drawn against Atlético Madrid and Chelsea taking on Bayern Munich. Tottenham will host RB Leipzig in the first leg. The first tie drawn drew gasps at Uefa’s HQ in Nyon, with Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain. Yet it was the prospect of 13-times European Cup winners Real Madrid, who finished second in Group A behind PSG, facing Pep Guardiola’s City side that caused the loudest murmurs. In the remaining ties, Atalanta – in their debut season in the competition – face Valencia, Lyon will host Juventus in their first leg, while Barcelona travel to a Napoli side who impressed in their two matches against Liverpool in Group E. Last-16 draw Atalanta v Valencia The first legs are scheduled for 18/19/25 or 26 February Topics Champions League … [Read more...] about Real Madrid v Manchester City, Atlético v Liverpool in Champions League last-16
At the conclusion of UN climate talks in Madrid, our environment correspondent Matt McGrath considers the key lessons.1 - Leadership is REALLY importantCOP25 in Madrid only happened because the Chilean government, faced with mounting civil disorder, decided to cancel the meeting in Santiago.Spain stepped in and in three weeks organised a well-resourced and well-run event. However, the fact that it was being run by one government, while hosted by another, gave rise to severe difficulties. Delegates were highly critical of the fact that when it came to the key text about ambition, the Chileans presented the lowest common denominator language first, resulting in a huge number of objections from countries eager to see more ambition on carbon cuts Experienced COP watchers said they should have started with high ambition and negotiated down to a compromise.Insiders say that agreement was only found because of the influence of Spanish minister Teresa Ribera who played a key role in bringing … [Read more...] about Climate change: Five things we’ve learned from Madrid talks –
Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick for Bayern Munich at the weekend, so it will come as a surprise to nobody that he is being linked to a permanent deal with the German club. “It was outstanding how he did that today, we need this kind of player” said Robert Lewandowski, while David Alaba asked: “If you watched the game today, we have to buy him, right?” David! If only things were so simple! Coutinho has a release clause of £100m, and whilst there are cheaper alternatives on the market like Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, a permanent switch seems unlikely in January. The next big thing at Wolves, Owen Otasowie, is wanted by Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Never heard of him? That’s why you’re not a scout at one of Europe’s finest clubs. The American 18-year-old is also wanted by Arsenal, who will probably find that playing in north London is a tough sell at the moment. Managing Arsenal is also looking an increasingly … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Juve and PSG in for Wolves’ Owen Otasowie?
The last time Bayern Munich met Chelsea in the Champions League, Frank Lampard was playing for the English club as they lifted their first and only title. Lampard is now coaching the west London club while Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng are the only Bavarian survivors from the 2012 final, which Bayern lost on penalties before bouncing back to win the competition at Wembley the following year. The sides will meet again in February, with the first leg in London, after they were drawn together in the last 16 in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday. "We're excited to go to London, we have some good memories there," said Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer after the draw. "Chelsea are a dangerous team, we need to take them seriously and with focus. Of course, we want to go through to the next round." If Borussia Dortmund are to progress, they will have to get past their former coach Thomas Tuchel, now in charge of Paris Saint-Germain. BVB will host the French club before travelling to the … [Read more...] about Champions League draw: Bayern Munich get Chelsea in 2012 final rematch
ARSENAL and Manchester United will learn their fate in the knockout stages of the Europa League in today's draw. Both sides finished top of their group, along with Celtic - while Wolves and Rangers will be eager to find out their next opponents. The Europa League draw follows on from the Champions League's version, where Chelsea were drawn against Bayern Munich and Tottenham got RB Leipzig. Manchester City were handed a tough Last 16 tie against 13-time winners Real Madrid while reigning champions Liverpool picked up Atletico Madrid. Europa League draw at 12pm UK time from Uefa HQ in Nyon Watch on BT Sport 1 Live stream on BT Sport app or Uefa website Arsenal given difficult trip to Greece against Olympiacos Man Utd will face Belgian side Club Brugge in Last 32 Wolves drawn against Espanyol Celtic handed Copenhagen tie Round of 32 first leg dates: February 20 Round of 32 second leg dates: February 27 Seeded: Sevilla, Malmo, Basel, LASK, Celtic, Arsenal, Porto, … [Read more...] about Europa League draw LIVE: Arsenal handed Olympiacos test and Man Utd get Club Brugge – UK time, stream, TV channel, teams