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Champions League draw: Ronaldo set for United return, Liverpool face PSG

Champions League draw: Ronaldo set for United return, Liverpool face PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to reunite with Manchester United after Juventus were paired alongside the Old Trafford outfit in the Champions League group stage. Completing the group are Valencia and Swiss side Young Boys in what many tagged as a tight group for Mourinho’s men. Another difficult draw was handed to Mauricio Pochettino’s men who will take on La Liga champions Barcelona, as well as Inter Milan and PSV, in Group B. The official result of the #UCLdraw! ? Toughest group? ? pic.twitter.com/G6rPKtQuU8 — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 30, 2018 Last season’s runners-up Liverpool, in Pot Three for the draw, come up …

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Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp uses a completely different tactical system to that of Pep Guardiola, says Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Pique returned to the Camp Nou in 2008 during Guardiola’s reign following a four-year spell at Manchester United. The Spanish defender emerged as one of the most sought-after defenders in European football under Guardiola’s tutelage and has since been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad. But even the 31-year-old reckoned that his former boss would find it tougher this season due to the football Liverpool produce. Klopp’s style of a high-octane counter-attack defeated City thrice last season, and they are expected to …

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FIFA may not be in favour of La Liga US matches

FIFA may not be in favour of La Liga US matches

President Gianni Infantino has voiced his opinion of La Liga taking some official matches to the United States The Spanish FA has decided to take at least an official match to the United States for the next 15 years. And the news was not welcome by the tournament’s fans in Spain, the players, and other football stars. And those who oppose the idea might have a bigger partner against it. On his visit to the United States, FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed displeasure with the announcement. “I think I would prefer much more a great MLS game in the U.S. …

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Thomas Lemar tips Griezmann for Ballon d’Or success

Thomas Lemar tips Griezmann for Ballon d’Or success

For Atletico Madrid’s new signing Thomas Lemar, his France national team colleague Antoine Griezmann should win the next Ballon d’Or. The Caribbean-born player said to Spanish newspaper Marca he hopes Griezmann can win. “In any case, this is what I’m expecting, and what I desire with all my heart,” he told the media outlet. For Lemar, his decision to go to Atletico Madrid was a personal choice, but he knows Griezmann had something to do with it. “It’s clear that the talks with Antoine and with Lucas Hernandez were decisive. They talked to me about the club, telling me that …

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Neymar and Mbappe are “made to play together”- Umtiti

Neymar and Mbappe are “made to play together”- Umtiti

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are “made to play together”, according to Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, as he expects Paris Saint-Germain to flourish with both stars. The current Ligue 1 champions are up and running again for 2018-19, with their leading lights illuminating early fixtures under new boss Thomas Tuchel. Umtiti expects further success to be delivered in the French capital, with PSGboasting an enviable array of attacking talent. The World Cup-winning defender knows all about two of those fearsome frontmen, having played with Neymar at the Camp Nou while Mbappe is an international team-mate. The Barca centre-half told Canal+ of …

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Suicide for Barcelona to target only Champions League, says Pique

Suicide for Barcelona to target only Champions League, says Pique

Gerard Pique believes that just trying to win the Champions League would be ‘suicide’ for Barcelona. Barcelona have not won the Champions League since 2015 and Pique says they can’t afford to concentrate only on the European trophy. Barca Blaugranes reports. “To only try and win the Champions League would be suicide. In the way we operate, we’re stronger when we don’t let everything ride on a single match,” Pique said. “If we concentrate on LaLiga, it’s better, because it’s the measuring stick we use to see where we currently stand. “Barça have never won the Champions League without winning LaLiga too. If …

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