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02/19/2019 09:30 PM Watch live: Toronto opens Champions League Toronto FC visits Independiente in Panama as the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League kicks off on Yahoo Sports.
02/18/2019 04:32 PM Premier League or UCL more important for Liverpool? Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool's fans care more about winning the Premier League than the UEFA Champions League this season. VIDEO: Premier League highlights ] Ahead of Liverpool's UCL last 16 first leg tie against Bayern Munich on Anfield on Tuesday, Klopp spoke to the media and was asked if they are prioritizing either of the two competitions they are left in. It's difficult for me to answer the question but for all Liverpool fans it's the Premier League.
02/19/2019 10:12 AM Friends now? Mourinho salutes Wenger as 'one of the best managers in football history' Jose Mourinho has ended his feud with former rival manager Arsene Wenger following the latter's Lifetime Achievement award at Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday. The pair have clashed in the past while they were both in Premier League management, with Mourinho branding the Frenchman a “specialist in failure”. Wenger also pushed Mourinho during the Portuguese's second stint in charge of Chelsea before he went on to manage Manchester United.
02/18/2019 09:33 PM Paul Pogba stars as Manchester United eliminates Chelsea from the FA Cup Manchester United rebounded from last week's Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain in a big way on Monday, beating Chelsea 2-0 in London on first-half goals by Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba to advance to the FA Cup quarterfinals. United's victory eliminated the reeling Blues from the competition and gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team a measure of revenge against the defending champs, who beat the Red Devils in last year's finale. Here are three quick thoughts on the match: Pogba's resurgence continues Of the many all-world players on display at Stamford Bridge — Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, and Gonzalo Higuain among them — Pogba was easily the best player on the field for either side.
02/19/2019 03:01 PM Messi is a football mastermind - Genesio Ahead of their UEFA Champions League last 16 clash, Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio says Barcelona's Lionel Messi is a 'football mastermind', even when he's not fully fit.
02/18/2019 07:47 PM Why Manchester City are going to win the Premier League and the Champions League this season No English team has ever won the quadruple—Manchester United came closest in 1999 with their treble—but Manchester City are alive in all four competitions right now. While it would be an incredible feat to win on all fronts, the main aim is surely to rescuer the Premier League title and win the greatest prize in domestic soccer: the Champions League — and City definitely have the mettle to win both. Firstly, consider the Premier League: Liverpool may have a game in hand, but City have an easier fixture run-in during the final 11 games—City have two Big Six opponents left (Utd and Spurs), while Liverpool must play Utd Spurs and Chelsea.
02/18/2019 02:42 PM Shaw insists Mbappe & PSG did not put 'massive dent' in Man Utd's confidence We'll see how we go into the next game and we want to win that one. It's the most confident I've felt within the group in a long while, especially before the PSG game, as I felt so confident in the team. What we have been doing is very positive with the mentality going into that tie but it wasn't our day.
02/18/2019 08:43 AM FA Cup: Chelsea, Man Utd set to battle for last QF place The eighth and final place in the 2018-19 FA Cup quarterfinals on line the line Monday (2:30 p.m. ET), when Chelsea host Manchester Untied at Stamford Bridge. Given the fact Chelsea are due to play Manchester City — the same Man City that just beat the Blues 6-0 a week ago — in the League Cup final in under two weeks' time, and the number of rounds standing between the and the Europa League final, the same could perhaps be said for Chelsea as well.
02/18/2019 01:14 PM Manchester United's forgotten man Romelu Lukaku must stop slide towards irrelevance against Chelsea Since then though the chance to prove himself as an elite striker has slipped through Lukaku's fingers, with Monday night's FA Cup tie at Chelsea offering him more a shot at redemption than filling the home faithful with trepidation about what their former striker might produce. The reality is that Chelsea will justifiably feel they have little to fear from a striker whose stock has plummeted over the last year, the nadir of which arrived on Tuesday against Paris Saint-Germain. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Lukaku had already found himself pushed to the periphery, but this was a damning indictment of his standing at the club.
02/19/2019 01:19 AM 'I'm not worried': Under-fire Sarri doesn't fear the sack Maurizio Sarri insists he isn't worried about being sacked as Chelsea manager despite his troubled side's lacklustre FA Cup surrender against Manchester United. Sarri faces a fight to save his job after FA Cup holders Chelsea crashed to a 2-0 fifth round defeat at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Ander Herrera headed United into the lead from Paul Pogba's cross in the 31st minute.
02/19/2019 04:35 PM Atlanta United, Red Bulls lead the charge as MLS resumes quest to conquer the CCL No MLS team has lifted Concacaf hardware in 19 years, and only three MLS teams have even reached the final in the decade since Concacaf changed to a Champions League format. MLS has managed to close the gap with Liga MX, delivering stronger challenges to the Mexican teams, but winning the tournament has eluded MLS teams, most recently in 2018 when Toronto FC came within a penalty shootout of winning the title. This year, MLS is sending a strong contingent of contenders to try and secure that first CCL trophy, led by reigning MLS Cup champions Atlanta United and Supporters' Shield winners New York Red Bulls.
02/19/2019 08:03 AM Chelsea vs Manchester City, Carabao Cup final 2019: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? What is it? It is the first major final of the domestic season as Manchester City and Chelsea meet in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley. When is it?
02/19/2019 06:25 PM All rise for Man United v. Liverpool Mark your calendars and set your alarms for another exciting Premier League Morning featuring Man United v. Liverpool this Sunday at 9:05am ET on NBCSN.
02/19/2019 10:46 AM RFEF president Rubiales plans Supercopa de Espana revamp The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has revealed a proposal to convert the Supercopa de Espana from a one-off game into a mini-tournament. Last year's Supercopa de Espana was played in Morocco and classified as a friendly, much to the confusion of Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde, whose side beat Sevilla 2-1. The Supercopa de Espana traditionally pits the winners of the Copa del Rey against the LaLiga champions at the start of the season, but another switch could be on the way.
02/19/2019 07:16 PM Messi transcends Barcelona and La Liga - Tebas LFP President Javier Tebas says that Lionel Messi is the biggest star ever to grace the league, and is an icon at Barcelona
02/18/2019 02:23 PM 'Ronaldo has exceeded Juventus' expectations' - Nedved in awe of a man 'much more than a player' Cristiano Ronaldo has exceeded expectations at Juventus, admits Pavel Nedved, with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner considered to be “much more than a player”. After nine trophy-laden and record-breaking years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo was eager to make a fresh start and made Italy his preferred destination. Juve are delighted to have him, with the 34-year-old showing no sign of slowing down having passed the 20-goal mark once again and quickly secured a standing as a talismanic presence in new surroundings.
02/18/2019 11:53 AM Giggs reveals Van Gaal's plan to make him Man Utd boss Ryan Giggs has revealed that it was the intention of Louis van Gaal to pave the way for him to become Manchester United in 2017. Dutch tactician Van Gaal inherited the reins at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014. Van Gaal took over from Giggs, who had been in caretaker charge of the Red Devils in the wake of David Moyes' dismissal.
02/18/2019 06:15 AM Saudi Arabia denies crown prince seeks to buy Manchester United Saudi Arabia's crown prince is not seeking to buy Premier League football club Manchester United, the kingdom's media minister said on Monday, denying reports and adding that there had only been a meeting with the Saudi wealth fund regarding sponsorship. Reports that Mohammed Bin Salman intends to buy the club are "completely false", the minister, Turki al-Shabanah, wrote on social network Twitter. "Manchester United held a meeting with PIF Saudi to discuss (a) sponsorship opportunity," Shabanah said, adding that no deal materialized.
02/18/2019 09:46 PM FA Cup quarter-final draw: Man Utd face Wolves as Man City draw Swansea Manchester United will face Wolves while Manchester City will take on Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The draw was held on Monday following the conclusion of the fifth round of FA Cup play as Manchester United beat Chelsea to complete the set of eight matches. Quarter-final matches will be played on the weekend of March 16 with the winners booking a date in the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium on April 6.
02/18/2019 03:09 PM Naby Keita starting to deliver on early potential, says Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson Naby Keita has started to display the form that saw Liverpool part with a then-club record fee for his signature from RB Leipzig, according to Jordan Henderson. A mix bout of injuries and poor form has seen the midfielder's qualities questioned and, thus, had found himself on the fringes of the Reds set-up. However, showings in recent weeks have seen the Guinea midfielder's stock rise; with Henderson blaming the weight of expectations at a Premier League club such as Liverpool for his initial struggles.
02/18/2019 07:37 PM Gundogan marvels at Man City team-mate David Silva Ilkay Gundogan looks at his Manchester City team-mate David Silva with great admiration, adamant any player would learn just by watching the Spanish playmaker. Silva joined City in 2010 after rising to prominence in LaLiga with Valencia, persuading the club to fork out a reported £25million for him. Initially there were doubts about Silva's suitability to the more physical Premier League, particularly in a central position, but any such reservations were swiftly swept away.
02/18/2019 03:41 AM PSG can reach Champions League final without Neymar – Cafu Paris Saint-Germain can reach the Champions League final even without Neymar, according to Brazil great Cafu. The Ligue 1 giants laid down a marker with a 2-0 win away to Manchester United without the injured Neymar and Edinson Cavani in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday. Cafu, who won Europe's top club competition with AC Milan in 2006-07, said PSG showed they were capable of getting to the decider without Neymar.
02/18/2019 01:27 PM Christensen had 'doubts' but never considered leaving Chelsea Andreas Christensen admits to having had “doubts” about his Chelsea future heading into the January transfer window, but insists a move was never considered as he was made to feel valued. With Maurizio Sarri favouring David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as his centre-half partnership this season, Denmark international Christensen has found himself on the fringes. Exit talk was sparked around Christensen as he struggled for regular game time, with the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus among those credited with interest in the 22-year-old.
02/19/2019 08:42 AM Klopp: Critics of powerful Bayern Munich look silly Jurgen Klopp feels pundits who were critical of Bayern Munich early in Niko Kovac's reign are now at risk of looking "silly" as the Bundesliga champions recover under their new coach. Bayern won their first seven games under Kovac before stumbling into a run of four matches without a victory, but they travel to Anfield on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in fine form. Friday's 3-2 win at Augsburg means Kovac's side have taken 27 points from the last 30 available in the Bundesliga, with their deficit behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund cut to three points.
02/19/2019 04:53 PM Premier League Pick 'Em Matchweek 27 preview Joe Prince-Wright previews the five featured matches in Round 27 of the Premier League.
02/18/2019 03:29 AM Xherdan Shaqiri can haunt former club Bayern Munich Jurgen Klopp is definitely not the only one at Liverpool who will be eagerly awaiting their upcoming UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Bayern Munich. Xherdan Shaqiri will be equally pumped to prove a point as he takes on his former club. Shaqiri spent three years at Bayern Munich, but failed to really establish himself as the world class player that he was touted to grow into.
02/18/2019 11:01 PM Klopp: We wanted Sancho at Liverpool, but English clubs don't sell to competitors Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he was interested in signing Jadon Sancho, but the culture surrounding transfers between English clubs prevented a deal from taking place. Sancho left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund this past summer and has rapidly become a key contributor for the German club. In the same transfer window, Liverpool brought in the likes of Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke, the latter of whom was sold to Bournemouth in January.
02/19/2019 08:32 PM MLS Commissioner On Sports Gambling: "We Might As Well Find A Way To Monetize It" MLS Commisioner Don Garber Joins Grant Wahl to discuss the effect that sports gambling legalization will have on MLS and how they plan to take advantage. For more Planet Futbol, subscribe to SI TV.
02/18/2019 03:50 PM Liverpool star Firmino a major doubt for Bayern clash with virus Liverpool have been dealt a major blow on the eve of their Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich after Roberto Firmino missed training with a virus. The Reds remain hopeful that the Brazil international will recover in time for Tuesday's match at Anfield, but he is now a huge doubt to face the Bundesliga champions. Jurgen Klopp is also set to be without Dejan Lovren after he also missed training on Monday, adding to the Liverpool boss' defensive headache given he is already without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, meaning Fabinho will likely partner Joel Matip at the heart of the defence.
02/19/2019 12:57 PM Lyon could shock Barca in Champions League - Kanoute Former Lyon striker Freddie Kanoute says that the knockout format of the UEFA Champions League means that the Ligue 1 side could shock Catalan giants Barcelona
02/18/2019 02:06 AM Mario Balotelli scoring his third goal in four Ligue 1 games The new Marseille striker did not need a period of adaptation. The Italian scored his third goal against Amiens in the light blue jersey.
02/19/2019 08:34 PM Pochettino tops PL manager power rankings Mauricio Pochettino has led a short-handed Tottenham side to win after win and lands at the top of Joe Prince-Wright's manager power rankings. Find out who else made the top five.
02/18/2019 07:06 PM Ligue 1: 5 things you didn't know A look at the 5 things from the Ligue 1 action you didn't know.
02/18/2019 06:57 PM Serie A: 5 things you didn't know A look at the 5 things from the Serie A action you didn't know.
02/18/2019 08:46 PM U.S. Soccer president Cordeiro: Confederations Cup is no more, Gold Cup might be discontinued As part of the annual U.S. Soccer general meeting, federation president Carlos Cordeiro said that the FIFA Confederations Cup won't be played again, and the reverberations could be felt in the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Confederations Cup has been contested every summer before the World Cup since 2005, collecting the reigning continental champions along with the current World Cup champion and upcoming host nation for an eight-team tournament. But with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar taking place during the winter due to extreme heat, FIFA announced plans last year to do away with the Confed Cup.
02/18/2019 02:30 PM Exclusive: Pavel Nedved on Juventus' Champions League pursuit, Cristiano Ronaldo's influence and offers to join Manchester United Pavel Nedved has a heartfelt way of describing what it would mean if, finally, Juventus won the Champions League again. It is said with a smile but Nedved is serious. Juventus is his second home and his second family - although he reveals in this exclusive interview with Telegraph Sport that he intends to return to the Czech Republic to hopefully revive the fortunes of the national team when his work is done.
02/19/2019 08:51 PM Man United's legendary defender Rio Ferdinand Rio Ferdinand's Premier League career spanned nearly two decades with four different clubs, but he is most well-known for his time with Man United where he won six PL titles.
02/18/2019 04:00 PM Inter more important than Icardi's captaincy - Cafu Brazil legend Cafu believes Marco Icardi losing his captaincy at Inter Milan is not as important as the club winning matches.
02/18/2019 05:20 AM Nice coach Patrick Vieira is standing up to player power Nice coach Patrick Vieira is standing up for his beliefs in a soccer era increasingly marked by player power. During Vieira's heyday as a powerful, ball-winning midfielder for Arsenal and France, very few opponents got the better of him. Vieira took the rare step of publicly criticizing Allan Saint-Maximin after the winger declared himself unfit for Saturday's match at Angers, which Nice lost 3-0 to drop down to eighth place and lose ground in the chase for a Europa League spot.
02/18/2019 09:04 PM Seattle Sounders 2019 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more For the second time in three seasons, the Seattle Sounders followed up an abysmal first half to the season with a dominating second half. What the Sounders weren't able to pull off in 2018 is capping their latest dramatic turnaround with another MLS Cup title. As the Sounders head into 2019, they look like a team that should avoid a slow start this time around, but they do have the resources to make some difference-making summer signings. That makes it difficult to have a real sense of just how strong the Sounders will be in 2019. However, based on the team already on hand, the Sounders should be a top contender in the West once again, even before reinforcements arrive. Peruvian striker Raul
02/18/2019 06:00 PM Luis Figo backs Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in Champions League Luis Figo is unsurprised Cristiano Ronaldo continues to excel well into his 30s and believes his fellow Portuguese can be the catalyst for Juventus to win the Champions League. Ronaldo has scored 19 times in 24 Serie A appearances since moving to the Turin club from Real Madrid last summer and, at 34, is still collecting a haul of individual accolades. Former Madrid winger Figo believes players are better conditioned in the modern era and he expects Ronaldo to stay at the top level for some time to come. Speaking in his role as a Laureus Ambassador in Monaco, Figo said: 'There are much more games now and of course you have to take care of yourself if you want to play until you're 36 or 37. 'In
02/19/2019 08:45 PM MLS Commissioner Says "No Timetable" On Announcing A 28th Team MLS expansion has spread rapidly over the past couple of years with 24 teams currently playing and 3 more committed to joining MLS. How much further is MLS looking to expand and when can we expect the announcement of a 28th team? For more Planet Futb
02/18/2019 05:00 AM Roma Hold On in Tight Battle with Bologna Thanks to some injuries and the simple need to rest several players, Eusebio Di Francesco was forced to deviate from his typical (at least for this season) 4-2-3-1, opting instead for his true love, the 4-3-3. With Daniele De Rossi being rested following his 90 minute turn against Porto last week, EDF's midfield featured Steven Nzonzi, Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini, while Edin Dzeko was flanked up top by Justin Kluivert and Nicolo Zaniolo. This may not have been Roma's A-team, but on paper it sure seemed like enough to make mincemeat of Bologna. But you know what they say about assumptions, right? Through the first 45 minutes of this match Roma looked confused, not really sure which
02/19/2019 01:52 PM Wenger was convinced Ramsey would stay at Arsenal Arsene Wenger has suggested Aaron Ramsey would still be an Arsenal player next season if he was in charge of the Premier League club. Juventus confirmed earlier this month that they had agreed a deal to sign Wales midfielder Ramsey at the end his contract in June, ending an 11-year association with the Gunners. Unai Emery replaced Wenger after more than 21-and-a-half years at the helm for the start of this season and Ramsey had often been deployed as a substitute under the ex-Sevilla boss.
02/19/2019 03:47 PM Hazard should leave Chelsea for Real Madrid - Mpenza Former Manchester City forward Emile Mpenza believes Eden Hazard should leave Chelsea for Real Madrid.
02/18/2019 08:42 AM Violence mars Brazil's Guanabara Cup final A late goal from midfielder Danilo Barcelos gave Vasco de Gama a 1-0 victory over Fluminense in a Guanabara Cup final that was marred by violence and confusion. Barcelos prodded home from close range in the 81st minute, having ghosted in behind Fluminense's defence following a set piece, reports Xinhua news agency. The result at the Maracana Stadium guarantees Vasco a berth in the semifinals of the Carioca Championship in April. A local judge had earlier ordered the match to be played behind closed doors after the clubs could not agree on where their fans would sit. But the decision was reversed 30 minutes after kick-off following violent scenes outside the stadium in which police used pepper
02/19/2019 12:35 AM Manchester City can win the Premier League and Champions League - Mpenza Emile Mpenza thinks Manchester City can win both the Champions League and Premier League but it wont be easy.
02/18/2019 02:06 AM Bobichon finds the top corner! Antonin Bobichon scored with a magnificent right-footed shot right into Bobby Allain's top corner. It was his fourth goal in Ligue 1 this season.
02/18/2019 10:52 AM Neuer: Karius disasterclass 'was a sad day for goalkeepers' Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer has described Loris Karius' performance for Liverpool in the Champions League final as “a sad day for goalkeepers”. Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid's three goals in a 3-1 win over Liverpool last season. The German was then ruthlessly upgraded as the Reds loaned him out to Besiktas and brought in Roma keeper Alisson. Jurgen Klopp was criticised for discarding such a “brilliant” player, who suffered a reported concussion as a result of Sergio Ramos' errant elbow. 'The final straw' that led to Karius' departure was his public reaction to the game, which Neuer says “was a sad day for goalkeepers”. “I was with the national team, and we all watched
02/18/2019 06:57 PM 5 Things...Kimmich the Bundesliga assist king Joshua Kimmich recorded his 10th assist in the Bundesliga this season - as many as his entire total last season.
02/18/2019 09:29 AM Lenglet and Barca's new wave aiming to turn their Champions League tide Clement Lenglet should be untouched by Barcelona's Champions League failure last season but disappointment reverberates around the club to the extent that he feels it too. "You can just sense around the place there is this scar," Lenglet told AFP. Lenglet describes it like he was there but he was playing for Sevilla last year, his move to Barcelona still three months away.
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