Category: Champions League

Barcelona ease to victory, Lewandowski decisive for Bayern

Barcelona back to winning ways after two draws Lewandowski converts last-minute penalty as Bayern come from behind 13th straight win in all competitions for Heynckes’ side Roma make it three Serie A wins in a row; Sevilla also victorious Are you pronouncing the players’ names correctly? Friday Konyaspor 1-1 BeşiktaşChelsea 4-0 Hull City (FA Cup […]

Ronaldo's Madrid 100: most goals for one #UCL club

Cristiano Ronaldo this week became the first player to score 100 goals for a single club in the UEFA Champions League – only ten in total have managed 30 or more. Ronaldo’s penalty equaliser against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday took him to 100 for Real Madrid, with his 101st strike arriving in the second half. With […]

Cristiano Ronaldo's best and worst opponents

Paris Saint-Germain were one of the few European opponents Cristiano Ronaldo had failed to score against until his UEFA Champions League double on Wednesday. That 3-1 win means the 119-goal all-time UEFA club competition top scorer has now struck against more than two thirds of the 50 teams he has faced in Europe. Which sices […]

How will Napoli cope without injured Milik?

Arkadiusz Milik has been ruled out for several months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury while on duty with Poland. It is a terrible blow for Napoli and their ambitions in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League. How will they cope without their main striker? What Napoli have lostThe 22-year-old joined Napoli from Ajax in […]

Napoli eye early qualification at Beşiktaş' expense

SSC Napoli have maximum points from two games and can create a slice of history with a third win when they host a Beşiktaş JK side who have drawn both fixtures so far in Group B. • It is the first time the teams have met in European competition. Match background Napoli• A Napoli win […]

Dynamo and Benfica in need of victory

With just one point from their first two fixtures, both FC Dynamo Kyiv and SL Benfica are desperate for a first victory to strengthen their challenge in Group B. • Should another draw ensue, and SSC Napoli beat Beşiktaş JK, then the Italian side will become the first ever to qualify with three games remaining. […]

Milik moving forward with Napoli

Arkadiusz Milik not only accepted the task of replacing Gonzalo Higuaín at Napoli this summer, he also became the most expensive Polish player ever with his €32m move from Ajax, the fee more than ten times what the Eredivisie club had paid Bayer Leverkusen for the striker 12 months before. Still, the 22-year-old – a […]

Kasper Schmeichel on Leicester and the Champions League

His father Peter famously won the UEFA Champions League in 1999. Now Kasper Schmeichel is taking part in the competition with Leicester City, last term’s improbable English title winners. Having begun with a 3-0 Group G victory at Club Brugge, Leicester make their home bow against Porto on Tuesday, in what Schmeichel calls “the pinnacle […]

Manchester City and Bayern preserve perfect records

And then there were two. The 2016/17 season is still in its infancy, but Real Madrid’s draw with Villarreal on Wednesday means that only two of the 32 UEFA Champions League sides still have a 100% record this term: Manchester City and Bayern München. City have made a dream start to life under Josep Guardiola […]

How did Barcelona do without Messi last season?

Following the news Lionel Messi is out for three weeks with a groin injury, decided to look at how Barcelona fared the last time their talisman faced an extended lay-off. Messi was sidelined for nearly two months last season with a knee problem sustained against Las Palmas on 26 September, missing three UEFA Champions […]