Champions League takeaways: Juventus floundering under Pirlo

29.10.2020 00:00
After every Champions League matchday, theScore highlights the marquee developments from Europe's preeminent club competition.Next man up for LiverpoolIf you've got a pair of boots sitting in the closet, you may have a shot at playing in central defense for Liverpool right now.Tuesday's win over Midtjylland proved to be something of a Pyrrhic victory for the Reds, who lost Fabinho to a hamstring problem after just 30 minutes of action at… more on

Watch: Morata has 3 goals called back for offside against Barca

28.10.2020 21:56
Alvaro Morata can't catch a break right now.The Juventus forward had three goals chalked off during Wednesday's Champions League match against Barcelona, being ruled offside by the slimmest of margins on all three occasions. disallowed goal ❌— rafaell4135 (@rafaell4135) October 28, 2020 OFFSIDE ❌— rafaell4135 (… more on

Neymar leaves match vs. Istanbul Basaksehir with injury

28.10.2020 18:46
Paris Saint-Germain will be sweating over the fitness of Neymar after the Brazilian star was forced to leave Wednesday's Champions League match against Istanbul Basaksehir with an undisclosed injury.The 28-year-old pulled up early in the first half after a long run, appearing to favor his groin. He tried to play on, even having his left leg strapped by the medical staff before returning to the pitch, but was ultimately removed in the 26th… more on

Watch: Benzema criticizes 'rubbish' Real Madrid teammate ..

28.10.2020 14:47
Karim Benzema to Ferland Mendy talking about Vinicius: “He is playing rubbish. Don’t pass him the ball bro, on my mum’s life. He is playing against us!!”— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) October 28, 2020 Tunnel footage has captured Karim Benzema criticizing Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior after the Spanish side went… more on

Outgoing Barca president Bartomeu: We accepted Super League ..

27.10.2020 21:42
Josep Maria Bartomeu isn't leaving quietly.The Spanish entrepreneur, who stepped down as Barcelona president on Tuesday, claimed the club accepted an invitation to join a European Super League."I can announce some extraordinary news," Bartomeu said, according to The Athletic's Dermot Corrigan. "Yesterday we accepted a proposal to participate in a future European Super League, which would guarantee the future financial sustainability of the… more on

Report: Ronaldo still has COVID-19, to miss Barcelona match

27.10.2020 19:51
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus' Champions League group stage match against Barcelona on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19 once again, according to Goal's Romeo Agresti.The 35-year-old returned a positive result following the latest round of testing on Tuesday after initially contracting the virus earlier this month while on international duty with Portugal.More to come. more on

Report: Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns

27.10.2020 19:50
Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was facing a vote of no confidence as Barcelona president, has resigned, sources told ESPN's Sam Marsden.The decision comes just a day before Barcelona's Champions League match against Juventus.The rest of Barcelona's board also tendered their resignation, according to Marsden.A motion was filed against Bartomeu in August, shortly after Lionel Messi announced his desire to leave Barcelona. The petition, initiated… more on

10 young stars who will light up the Champions League this ..

27.10.2020 13:07
Last year Erling Haaland and Alphonso Davies, among others, stole the show. But which young footballers will take over the Champions League this season? Below, we look at 10 rising stars to watch throughout the competition.Ansu Fati (Barcelona) Age: 17 Position: Forward Quality Sport Images / Getty Images Sport / GettyFor all of Barcelona's issues, the Catalan club has struck pure gold with Fati, who already looks capable of becoming the… more on

Bayern's Davies expected to miss 6-8 weeks with ankle ..

24.10.2020 17:23
Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage in the early stages of Saturday's 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, the team announced.The 19-year-old Canadian international collapsed on the pitch in the opening minutes at the Allianz Arena in noticeable pain after awkwardly planting his right leg."He sustained a ligament injury. One ligament is fully torn, another is… more on

Footy Podcast: Champions League returns, Super League talk ..

23.10.2020 16:27
Welcome to the latest edition of "Sweeper Keeper," footy podcast hosted by Gianluca Nesci. Sweeper Keeper · Champions League is back ... and so are rumors of a Super League (Ep. 116) Find the show on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe, too!Topics for today's episode include:Another great night in Paris for Rashford and Manchester United (2:44) Chelsea still… more on

Porto boss Conceicao slams Guardiola: His attitude 'wasn't ..

22.10.2020 15:50
FC Porto manager Sergio Conceicao wasn't a fan of Pep Guardiola's antics on the touchline Wednesday.The two managers engaged in an altercation as Manchester City were nearing a 3-1 victory in the Champions League. Conceicao says he was upset with how Guardiola his the City bench conducted themselves throughout the contest."The attitude of Mr. Guardiola during the game was not very pleasant and it wasn't of the bench, either," Conceicao… more on

Journalist apologizes after comparing Barca's Fati to Black ..

22.10.2020 13:09
A Spanish journalist has apologized for comparing Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati to a Black street vendor.Salvador Sostres explained Thursday in an apology published by Spanish newspaper ABC that he was trying to "praise the beauty of Ansu's movements" and that he was "deeply sorry for any misunderstanding," according to a translation by BBC Sport.Fati, 17, scored and provided an assist in Barcelona's 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros in the… more on

Champions League takeaways: Some big clubs ready to hit ..

21.10.2020 22:31
After every Champions League matchday, theScore highlights the marquee developments from Europe's preeminent club competition.Solskjaer again solidifies position in ParisThe faction of Manchester United supporters calling for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's head is undoubtedly a conflicted group in the wake of Tuesday's result in Paris.Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly were left at home, and still, Solskjaer risked employing a back-three in a 3-4-1-2… more on

Inter's Hakimi tests positive, won't play vs. Gladbach

21.10.2020 15:17
Inter wingback Achraf Hakimi has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Wednesday's Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach, the Italian club announced.Hakimi is "totally asymptomatic and will now follow the procedure set out by the health protocol," the club said in a statement.The Moroccan international is the latest member of the club to test positive after six players contracted the virus earlier in October: Ashley… more on

By the numbers: Defining stats from Champions League openers

21.10.2020 00:25
Lionel Messi scored, as he's expected to do, and Erling Haaland added to his already impressive resume. But the start of the 2020-21 Champions League group stage provided some firsts as well. Here's a look at the most interesting stats from Tuesday's openers.2: Barcelona's Ansu Fati became the first player in Champions League history to score twice before the age of 18.6: Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka won six tackles against Paris… more on

Messi sets record by scoring in 16th straight Champions ..

20.10.2020 21:34
Lionel Messi added another record to his ever-growing collection.The Barcelona magician became the first player in Champions League history to score in 16 consecutive seasons Tuesday, winning, and then converting, a first-half penalty against Ferencvaros. Lionel Messi is the first player in Champions League history to score in 16 consecutive campaigns:✓ 2005-06 ✓ 2006-07✓ 2007-08â… more on

Report: Talks underway to create lucrative European Premier ..

20.10.2020 18:11
More than 12 clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are in talks to be founder members of a new competition that would replace the Champions League, sources told BBC Sport's Simon Stone.Wall Street bank JP Morgan, Liverpool, and Manchester United are discussing the creation of an 18-team "European Premier League" that will cost $6 billion (£4.6 billion), according to Sky News' Mark Kleinman.Football's world… more on

Salzburg boss Marsch: Lampard didn't rate Pulisic because he ..

20.10.2020 14:46
Red Bull Salzburg's American head coach Jesse Marsch believes the perception of footballers from his homeland is changing, but they've long been viewed as having glaring deficiencies.And he thinks Frank Lampard was guilty of making those presumptions about Christian Pulisic, the Chelsea manager's winger from Pennsylvania."The perception in Europe, mostly, is that American players are willing to run, they're willing to fight, they have good… more on

Champions League preview, Matchday 1: Questions abound for ..

20.10.2020 12:12
The new Champions League campaign begins this week, and with it, a fresh set of storylines to watch as Europe's top sides aim to capture the most coveted club trophy on the continent. Below, we look ahead to Matchday 1.Liverpool begin life without VVDCATHERINE IVILL / AFP / GettyGet ready to see a lot of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, and Fabinho.Virgil van Dijk's injury-induced absence officially begins Wednesday, when Liverpool meet Ajax in what… more on

Champions League odds: Clubs to buy, sell ahead of group stage

19.10.2020 20:46
Find line reports, best bets, and subscribe to push notifications in the Betting News section.The Champions League belatedly gets underway on Tuesday with Bayern Munich the betting favorites to retain the title.This group stage will be like none we've ever seen before. Beginning a month later than usual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with each team slated to play all six group matches in a 51-day span. While the crammed schedule… more on