Champions League

Case Study: Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain 8/3/2017

March 11, 2017
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Case Study: Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain 8/3/2017

A lot has happened since the Valentine’s day massacre in Paris. Barcelona obviously endured heavy criticism; the players and Luis Enrique were booed after winning against Leganes; it’s announced Enrique is leaving at the end of the season; the fans sing asking Enrique to stay; somewhere amongst that Barcelona switch to a 3-4-3 and...

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Case Study: Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Barcelona 14/2/2017

February 19, 2017
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Case Study: Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Barcelona 14/2/2017

There was little romance in the air as Barcelona visited Paris for the return of the Champions League on Valentine’s day. Neither side are setting the world alight domestically – Barcelona falling behind Real Madrid and scrapping with Sevilla for second while PSG, who finished 31 points clear last season, are struggling against Leonardo...

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Case Study: Porto 2-1 Chelsea 29/9/2015

September 30, 2015
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Case Study: Porto 2-1 Chelsea 29/9/2015

An unfortunate time for Jose Mourinho to return to the club where he made his name, and an even worse time to face Iker Casillas again after their infamous spat. Chelsea’s difficulties on and off the field this season don’t really need introducing anymore, but another defeat in Mourinho’s homeland would probably do greater...

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Retrospective: Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal 2006

May 3, 2015
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Retrospective: Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal 2006

Amid the back and forth between Arsenal and Chelsea after their dull clash, there was more than a little mistruth flying around. Jose Mourinho is obviously a serial liar, yet the other camp were lacking a little self-awareness. There’s an admittance that the “boring boring Chelsea” chants are an adaptation of an earlier song...

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Retrospective: Juventus 2-3 Manchester United 1999

October 15, 2014
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Retrospective: Juventus 2-3 Manchester United 1999

With the release of his second autobiography, the football news has been flooded with an abundance of stories from Roy Keane’s career. Individually, they are quite amusing – him deciding against signing Robbie Savage when his “whassup” answering machine message reminded him Savage is a terrible human being or the realisation that a move...

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Case Study: Manchester City 1-1 Roma 30/9/2014

October 5, 2014
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Case Study: Manchester City 1-1 Roma 30/9/2014

The plans for UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations sped up Manchester City’s plans to join the Champions League, forcing them into splashing huge amounts of cash to break in quickly, but their accelerated ascension to the European elite hasn’t helped them now they are in the inner circle. A lack of pedigree has left...

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What have we learnt from the Champions League so far?

November 5, 2013
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What have we learnt from the Champions League so far?

Rob May looks at the early stages of the Champions League.

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Case Study: AC Milan 1-1 Barcelona 22/10/2013

October 24, 2013
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Case Study: AC Milan 1-1 Barcelona 22/10/2013

Considering the European pedigree of the two sides, the match was perhaps not as big a deal as it should have been. The draws have seen them paired together frequently in recent years, making it less of a special occasion than the Real Madrid-Juventus match-up the following evening, and, with Massimiliano Allegri’s job seemingly...

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Champions League 2013/14 Preview

August 18, 2013
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Champions League 2013/14 Preview

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Is Barcelona’s midfield the root of their problems?

July 18, 2013
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Is Barcelona’s midfield the root of their problems?

Of all the many options in world football to bet against, the success of Barcelona’s midfield seemed one of the silliest. Xavi is one of the best tempo-setters in world football, Andres Iniesta adds dynamism that is rapidly making him the greatest player in Spain’s history, Sergio Busquets is as effective as he is...

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