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Mauricio Pochettino urges Tottenham to tighten up defensively

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2019 by PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accepts his side have some hard work to do to cure their defensive woes after shipping a two-goal lead in the Champions League at Olympiacos.Spurs, who reached last season’s final, looked on course to open this term’s campaign with a win in Greece after Harry Kane and Lucas Moura struck in the space of four first-half minutes to put them in command....Full Story »

Tottenham blow two-goal lead in Greece to draw with Olympiacos

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2019 by PA

Tottenham blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Olympiacos as they continue to make hard work of things in the Champions League.Spurs’ run to last season’s final was littered with great escapes and last-ditch turnarounds but their group stage this term looked like getting off to a winning start in Athens.They were not particularly worthy of it, but a Harry Kane penalty and Lucas Mour...Full Story »

PSG confirm Neymar's European ban has been reduced to two games

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by 101 GREAT GOALS

Neymar ban reduced PSG were knocked out of the 2018/19 Champions League by Manchester United in the Round of 16. The French champions had a 2-0 lead heading into the second leg at the Parc des Princes. However, United would beat PSG 3-1 in the second leg thanks to a 94th-minute penalty. After United advanced on away goals, Neymar is believed to have branded the decision to award United a p...Full Story »

Juve boss Sarri 'absolutely determined' to secure victory over Atletico Madrid

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by fourfourtwo.com

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri knows his side must show "absolute determination" if they are to start their Champions League campaign with a positive result at Atletico Madrid. The two side go head-to-head at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday, with Atletico out to make amends for last season's elimination at the last-16 stage by the Serie A giants. Sarri opened his first season in charge...Full Story »

Klopp: Penalty call was game changer for Liverpool

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PA

Jurgen Klopp questioned the awarding of a penalty to Napoli which he felt proved decisive as Liverpool started the defence of their Champions League crown on a bum note.The Reds lacked a cutting edge but would have been worthy of a point at the intimidating Stadio San Paolo, only for the Group E opener to hinge on Jose Callejon being upended in the area by Andy Robertson.Dries Mertens converted ...Full Story »

Valverde lauds Ter Stegen after goalkeeper helps Barcelona grab draw

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PA

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted his side were indebted to the heroics of goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen after ‘suffering’ in the goalless Champions League opener at Borussia Dortmund.The German had already been called upon once too often before making a remarkable double save following a penalty from Marco Reus, albeit appearing to be well off his line.Dortmund also hit t...Full Story »

Barkley is our penalty-taker, insists Chelsea boss Lampard

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PA

Frank Lampard confirmed Ross Barkley was Chelsea’s designated penalty-taker despite the on-field argument that preceded his crucial miss against Valencia.The Blues, trailing 1-0 to a goal from Valencia winger Rodrigo, were given a lifeline in the closing stages when VAR flagged up a handball in the area.Barkley, on as a substitute seven minutes earlier, assumed responsibility for the penal...Full Story »

Ter Stegen denies Dortmund as Barcelona struggle in Champions League opener

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PA

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s double save from a penalty helped earn a 0-0 draw in their Champions League opener at Borussia Dortmund.Just before the hour mark, the German produced a stunning stop at full stretch to deny countryman Marco Reus and then got up to calmly collect the bouncing rebound.Replays, though, showed Ter Stegen had been off his line when the spot-kick was...Full Story »

Liverpool pay the penalty as Napoli beat Champions League holders

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PA

Liverpool began the defence of their Champions League crown on a losing note as Dries Mertens’ penalty and Fernando Llorente’s injury-time strike handed Napoli a 2-0 victory.On a balmy night at the intimidating Stadio San Paolo, the Reds fell behind in the 82nd minute when Mertens converted from the spot after Andy Robertson had upended Jose Callejon in the area.Substitute Llorente &...Full Story »

Chelsea pay Champions League penalty as Barkley misses late spot-kick

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PA

Ross Barkley fluffed a late penalty as Frank Lampard suffered defeat on his Champions League debut as Chelsea manager.The Blues, trailing to a goal from Valencia winger Rodrigo, were given a lifeline in the closing stages when VAR flagged up a handball in the area.But Barkley’s spot-kick clipped the crossbar to condemn Lampard and his young side to a 1-0 loss in the Group H opener.Barkley ...Full Story »

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