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Daily Archives: September 16, 2015

Juventus and Man City still Group D favourites – Sevilla boss Unai Emery

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Sevilla coach Unai Emery says his team remain outsiders to qualify from Champions League Group D, even after opening their campaign with a 3-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Emery’s side finished fifth in La Liga last season but qualified for the competition as Europa League winners, and were rewarded by being drawn in a very tough Champions League group ...

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Juventus’ Paul Pogba backed to win Ballon d’Or by Rio Ferdinand

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba can be the best player in the world and go on to win the Ballon d’Or, according to former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Ferdinand played alongside Pogba for United before the 22-year-old became disillusioned with his future at the club and left for Serie A side Juventus in 2012. The France international has developed impressively ...

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Juventus show true colors in Champs Lge opening win vs. Man City

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Welcome back to the real Juventus, a side that will always understand the value of discipline, organisation and sacrificial play. It’s been a difficult start to the season and many were quick to write them off in a match against the current Premier League leaders but despite the criticisms and the piling pressure, the Bianconeri executed Massimiliano Allegri’s tactics perfectly ...

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Xavi Hernandez disagrees with Jose Mourinho philosophy but respects him

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Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez says he disagrees with Jose Mourinho’s “win at all costs” mentality, but still respects the Portuguese’s achievements in the game. Xavi and Mourinho first met back in the late 1990s when the current Chelsea boss worked at Barca as a translator and assistant for coach Bobby Robson. The pair then met many times over the years ...

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Angel Di Maria scores first PSG goal in Champions League win against Malmo

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Angel Di Maria opened his account for Paris Saint-Germain as they began their Champions League Group A campaign with a 2-0 victory over Malmo. The former Manchester United winger’s last club goal came at Huish Park in an FA Cup tie against Yeovil on Jan. 4, but he ended that eight-month wait to find the net just four minutes into ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Shakhtar

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A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick ensured Real Madrid opened their Champions League campaign with 4-0 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Karim Benzema opened the scoring on the half-hour mark after a spill by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov but the home side lost Gareth Bale to injury just two minutes after that. Taras Stepanenko was shown a second yellow card for the ...

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Manchester City 1-2 Juventus: Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata score

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Juventus came from behind to consign Manchester City to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat in their Champions League opener. Raheem Sterling missed a good early chance for the Premier League leaders before Giorgio Chiellini headed into his own net in the 57th minute under pressure from Vincent Kompany. The Italian side replied through Mario Mandzukic and then a fantastic 81st-minute ...

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Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho calls for calm ahead of Europa clash

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Philippe Coutinho has called for calm ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Bordeaux on Thursday following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League. Coutinho was shown a red card during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat by West Ham last month and was suspended for the 3-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. The result saw Brendan Rodgers’ side drop to 10th ...

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Ajax favourites to beat Celtic, says coach John Collins

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Celtic’s assistant manager John Collins admits he is excited at the prospect of facing Ajax but believes the Dutch champions will be favourites on Thursday. Collins says facing the four-time European champions in their Europa League opener in Amsterdam will feel like playing in the Champions League, and knows his side will have to be on top of their game ...

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Luke Shaw injury came just as he was starting to shine for Man Utd

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With Luke Shaw suffering a double leg fracture, Adam Bate reflects on how the player was finally blossoming in a Manchester United shirt… There’s never a good time to break your leg. But the timing of Luke Shaw’s serious injury against PSV on Tuesday evening felt particularly cruel. The 20-year-old was in form and playing with confidence. He’d even produced ...

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