Category: Champions League

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 […]

Longest league winning runs: Madrid in top 15

29 games – Benfica (Portugal) 1971/73Benfica’s European record winning sequence started at the end of one title-winning season and continued well into the next, with the Eagles lifting the 1972/73 crown without losing – a first in Portugal. English coach Jimmy Hagan played his part, as Eusébio recalled: “He liked discipline. The players thought his training sessions […]

Barcelona v Atlético Madrid: five things we learned

1. Griezmann: all-round good guyAntoine Griezmann might be down on the teamsheet as a forward, but he is much more than a goalscorer. He was indefatigable as he dropped deep, pressed the Barcelona midfield and even launched counterattacks from inside his own box when helping out at the back. It was a wonderful, selfless display […]

Atlético and Bayern renew rivalry

Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Bayern München meet again in their second Group D game just five months after Atleti overcame the German titleholders on away goals in a closely contested UEFA Champions League semi-final. • It is a contest which also renews the rivalry between Atlético coach Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti who, […]