Erin Cuthbert still dreaming of first Champions League trophy with Chelsea

Posted Tuesday, March 19, 2024 by PA

Chelsea forward Erin Cuthbert still finds herself dreaming of a first Champions League trophy despite boss Emma Hayes’ firm reality-rooted approach to the competition.The Blues, who face Ajax at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday night in the first of their two-leg last-eight encounter, remain on course to become just the second English side to complete a quadruple – wit...Full Story »

Arsenal don’t have the experience but do have ‘full belief’, say Mikel Arteta

Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2024 by PA

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal’s Champions League history is irrelevant and challenged his side to prove they belong at the tournament’s business end as they prepare to face Porto in the last 16.The Gunners are back in Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in seven years but have failed to progress past this stage since 2010.Arsenal will be firm favourites at the Est...Full Story »

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti not ‘affected or worried’ by Kylian Mbappe speculation

Posted Sunday, February 18, 2024 by PA

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted he has no intention of letting speculation over Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at the club take his focus away from the job at hand.Real are seen as the most likely destination for the French striker, who has informed Paris St Germain he intends to leave in the summer, but Ancelotti was careful not to fan the flames of those rumours.With his side leading ...Full Story »

Emma Hayes does not expect Chelsea to be intimidated by partisan crowd in Paris

Posted Tuesday, January 30, 2024 by PA

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes does not expect her players to be intimidated by a partisan home crowd in Paris in their final Women’s Champions League group match.Hayes’ side, who secured their place in the knockout stages by beating Real Madrid 2-1 last week to finish top of Group D, face a Paris FC side who can also progress with victory.Paris must win at the Sebastien Charlety Stadium on...Full Story »

Bubista taking nothing for granted as Cape Verde face Mauritania in last 16

Posted Monday, January 29, 2024 by PA

Cape Verde coach Bubista is taking nothing for granted when they face fellow underdogs Mauritania in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.Both countries were surprise qualifiers from the group stage, with Cape Verde beating Ghana and Mozambique and earning a draw with Egypt.Mauritania, meanwhile, finished third in Group D courtesy of a shock win over Algeria.Bubista, speaking at his pre-matc...Full Story »

Marwan Attia confident Egypt can progress without ‘great loss’ of Mohamed Salah

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2024 by PA

Midfielder Marwan Attia insists Egypt can cope with the “great loss” of Mohamed Salah as they gear up for their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 clash with DR Congo in San Pedro.Salah is back at Liverpool for treatment on the hamstring injury he picked up in the second group game, with the hope he might be able to rejoin the national team should they reach the latter stages of the tourn...Full Story »

Equatorial Guinea looking to build on Ivory Coast upset with Guinea scalp

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2024 by PA

Equatorial Guinea boss Juan Micha believes his side can continue surprising people at the Africa Cup of Nations.The team known as ‘National Thunder’ caused an AFCON storm by beating hosts Ivory Coast 4-0 to top Group A.While Ivory Coast dropped to third spot to set up a daunting last-16 tie against reigning champions Senegal, Equatorial Guinea will meet Guinea in Abidjan on Sunday.&#...Full Story »

Rigobert Song unconcerned by pressure ahead of Cameroon’s crucial Gambia clash

Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by PA

Rigobert Song is unconcerned about speculation over his position as Cameroon boss heading into their crucial Africa Cup of Nations clash against the Gambia.The five-time champions started their campaign with an underwhelming draw against Guinea before losing to Senegal and almost certainly need to beat the Gambia to have a chance of progressing from Group C.Victory at the Stade de la Paix in Bou...Full Story »

Guinea FA tells fans to ‘celebrate carefully’ in wake of supporter deaths

Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by PA

Guinea head into their final Africa Cup of Nations group game urging supporters to “celebrate carefully” after several fans were killed in the aftermath of Friday’s 1-0 win over Gambia.Kaba Diawara’s side face Senegal in a clash between the top two in Group C against a backdrop of tragedy and concern.A number of supporters were killed amid scenes of celebration on Friday ...Full Story »

Angola and Burkina Faso ready for qualification decider

Posted Monday, January 22, 2024 by PA

Angola coach Pedro Goncalves will have his sights set firmly on qualification for the knock-out stages of the Africa Cup of Nations when his side face Burkina Faso on Tuesday.Perhaps surprisingly, the sides go into the match as the top two in Group D, level on points and facing what amounts to a play-off for top spot.But with Algeria two points back ahead of their game against Mauritania, defeat...Full Story »

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