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Daily Archives: September 15, 2015

Is this Man City’s year to make a deep run in the Champions League?

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Europe remains Manchester City’s final frontier. It is not always evident, whenever the Champions League’s theme music blares out at the Etihad Stadium, quite to what extent the world’s most exclusive competition occupies the hearts and minds of those who have turned the club into England’s most modern superpower. But there can be no question that it does. Doubt over ...

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Paul Pogba as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – Buffon

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes midfielder Paul Pogba is as good as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. And Buffon wants Pogba to show he is worth the “crazy money” only Manchester City and a handful of clubs would be able to offer for signing him when Juventus travel to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. Pogba has ...

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Man City will take struggling Juventus seriously in UCL opener – Pellegrini

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MANCHESTER — Manuel Pellegrini insisted Manchester City will not be lured into complacency by Juventus’ poor start to the season. While Premier League leaders City have a 100 percent record in the young campaign, Tuesday’s opponents Juventus have only taken one point from three Serie A matches, and have made their worst start to a season since 1912. But while ...

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De Bruyne brings something different to Manchester City – Vincent Kompany

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MANCHESTER — Manchester City begin their Champions League campaign at home against Juventus on Tuesday and Vincent Kompany believes his Belgium international teammate Kevin De Bruyne can give them the extra dimension they’ve require in Europe. De Bruyne, who signed for a club-record £54 million this summer, could make his first start for his new club against the Champions League ...

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Bayern Munich and Netherlands set for talks over Arjen Robben fitness

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Bayern Munich will hold talks with Netherlands regarding the availability of Arjen Robben should he recover from his groin injury in time for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers. Robben, 31, sustained the problem during his nation’s 1-0 qualifying defeat to Iceland on Sep. 3 — a result that has contributed to them sitting fourth in Group A, two points off third place ...

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Barcelona favourites for Champions League – Bayern’s Boateng and Thiago

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Bayern Munich players Jerome Boateng and Thiago Alcantara believe Barcelona are the favourites for this season’s Champions League. Under coach Pep Guardiola, Bayern have twice reached the semifinals of the Champions League, but have been unable to get past Spanish opponents at that stage. In 2014, they were eliminated by Real Madrid and, last season, Barcelona ended the Bavarians’ hopes of ...

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Paul Pogba appears to be Barcelona’s No. 1 target but should he be?

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Barcelona have started the season where they left off in 2014-15, and their three straight victories in La Liga show the Catalans have not lost any of the hunger, commitment and desire that saw them complete a historical treble in Luis Enrique’s first year in charge. However, the Blaugrana board clearly understands that, regardless of the success and impressive performances ...

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Steven Gerrard’s claims in book I didn’t like him are ‘wrong’ – Rafa Benitez

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Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez says Steven Gerrard’s description of their relationship at Liverpool is “wrong,” hinting that the motivation for making the claims is to sell his new book. In Gerrard’s soon-to-be-published second autobiography, “My Story,” the current LA Galaxy midfielder claims Benitez was an excellent tactical coach, but “emotionless and distant” as a person, and that they have no ...

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Real Madrid prepare John Stones swoop if Man United bid for Varane

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Stones’ future could depend on Varane Last week, Transfer Talk brought you the news that John Stones was happy to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, but only if a £38 million release clause was built into the new contract. That was clearly a move that would pave the way for the England international to make his much awaited ...

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Rafa Benitez needs Real Madrid to perform well in UCL to stay long-term

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Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid tenure faces its first acid test on Tuesday night when Shakhtar Donetsk visit the Santiago Bernabeu to open this season’s Champions League campaign. Aside from a 0-0 draw against Sporting Gijon, Benitez has enjoyed a bit of a stroll in La Liga. His team whacked five past Betis in the end of August and scored six ...

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