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🗞🗞Gattuso: Napoli will buy helmets and armour for Barcelona second leg

🗞🗞Bayern CEO Rummenigge hints that Flick could stay on as manager into next season

🗞🗞Chelsea home struggles worst for 34 years after Bayern storm the Bridge

🗞🗞Bayern Munich taught Chelsea a harsh lesson, admits Lampard

🗞🗞Lewandowski matches Ronaldo scoring feat as Bayern smash Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

🗞🗞Lyon have no plan to stop Ronaldo, admits Garcia

🗞🗞Blow for Club Brugge as Dennis ruled out of Manchester United clash

🗞🗞Sterling fit for Real Madrid clash, confirms Guardiola in huge Man City boost ahead of Champions League tie

🗞🗞Busquets and Vidal to miss the second leg against Napoli

🗞🗞Ramos is a leader and would be good for Man City – Silva

🗞🗞Mertens equals Hamsik as Napoli’s joint-top scorer with Barcelona strike

🗞🗞Gnabry equals Ronaldinho record with Stamford Bridge double

🗞🗞Bonucci: ‘De Ligt will become one of the greatest’

🗞🗞Silva wants to play with Messi amid Barcelona transfer talk having already partnered Ronaldo

🗞🗞Liverpool’s Wijnaldum plans to finish career in Netherlands

🗞🗞Man Utd making progress & working towards long-term success under Solskjaer – Woodward

🗞🗞Ramos in no rush to discuss Real Madrid deal but calms any exit fears




📊📊Bayern Munich are only the third team in Champions League history to win their first seven games in a season, after Barcelona in 2002-03 and Real Madrid in 2014-15, neither of whom went on to win the trophy.

📊📊Chelsea have lost eight matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions this season, their most at home in a single campaign since 1985-86 (also eight).

📊📊Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich is their heaviest ever margin of defeat in a home game in European competition.

📊📊Bayern Munich have now scored 3+ goals away from home at four separate English clubs in the Champions League – Arsenal (twice), Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea – with each instance coming since 2013.

📊📊 Marcos Alonso is the first Chelsea player to be sent off in the Champions League since April 2012, when John Terry was sent off against Barcelona in that season’s semi-final.

📊📊Robert Lewandowski has scored nine away goals in the Champions League this season; the joint-most by a player in a single campaign, along with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013-14.

📊📊Robert Lewandowski has now scored 11 goals in six Champions League games this season, the most he has managed in a single UCL campaign in his career.

📊📊Serge Gnabry is the first player in Champions League history to score each of his first six goals in the competition all against sides from the same nation (4 v Tottenham, 2 v Chelsea).

📊📊Serge Gnabry has scored six goals in just two appearances in London for Bayern Munich, having scored none in nine appearances in London for Arsenal between 2012 and 2014.

📊📊Thiago made 17 ball recoveries against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the most by an outfield player in a single Champions League game this season.

📊📊Dries Mertens’ opener against Barcelona was his 121st goal for Napoli in all competitions, moving him level with Marek Hamsik as the joint-top scorer in the club’s history.

📊📊Antoine Griezmann has scored his first away Champions League goal since February 2017 for Atletico Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen; each of his nine goals in the competition between that strike in 2017 and today had been scored at home.

📊📊Antoine Griezmann has now scored as many career Champions League goals as Luis Suárez, Paul Scholes, Gonzalo Higuaín and Luís Figo (24).

📊📊Barcelona have failed to win in all their last six Knockout stage games played on the road against Italian sides (D2 L4) in Champions League.

📊📊Quique Setién is the first Barcelona manager to fail to win on his Champions League debut since Louis van Gaal in September 1997 against Newcastle (3-2).

📊📊Bayern Munich’s last three visits to London:
❍ Arsenal 1-5 Bayern
❍ Tottenham 2-7 Bayern
❍ Chelsea 0-3 Bayern

📊📊Robert Lewandowski’s game by numbers vs. Chelsea:
100% take-ons completed
9 touches in the opp. box
3 shots
3 shots on target
3 chances created
2 Big Chances created
2 assists
2 fouls won
1 goal

📚📚 *Match Facts Today*

*🇪🇺Real Madrid vs Man city🇪🇺*
📝📝Manchester City have never won against Real Madrid – they have faced each other four times, each occasion in the Champions League, with City losing their two away games at Santiago Bernabeu and drawing the other two at the Etihad.

📝📝Real Madrid have prevailed in their last four Champions League knockout ties against English opposition: 5-0 on aggregate v Tottenham (2010/11 quarter-finals), 3-2 v Manchester Utd (2012/13 round of 16), 1-0 v Manchester City (2015/16 semi-finals), 3-1 v Liverpool (2017/18 final).

📝📝Real Madrid have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 23rd consecutive season, the longest run in the history of the tournament and a streak that began in 1997/98.

📝📝Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 22 home games in the knockout stages of the Champions League; the last team to stop them from scoring were Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in the 2010/11 semi-finals (0-2).

📝📝Manchester City are in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the seventh straight season, reaching at least the quarter-finals in three of the last four campaigns.

📝📝Manchester City have been knocked out in each of their three previous Champions league two-legged ties against Spanish clubs: 1-4 on aggregate v Barcelona (2013/14 round of 16), 1-3 v Barcelona (2014/15 round of 16), 0-1 v Real Madrid (2015/16 semis).

📝📝Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has scored 10 goals in his last 13 Champions League appearances, that’s one more goal than in his previous 34 matches in the competition (9). Only Lionel Messi (6) and Cristiano Ronaldo (5) scored more times than Sterling in last season’s knockout stages (4).

📝📝Zinedine Zidane has won all 12 Champions League ties he’s been involved in as Real Madrid manager (9 two-legged ties and 3 finals). He currently holds three Champions League trophies as manager, a joint-record alongside Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti.

📝📝Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is facing Real Madrid in a Champions League knockout tie for the third time, with a third different club – he won 3-1 on aggregate with Barcelona in the 2010/11 semi-finals and he lost 5-0 on aggregate with Bayern Munich in the 2013/14 semi-finals.


🚑🚑Raheem Sterling is back for Manchester City after three weeks out with a hamstring injury and is in contention to start.

🚑🚑Aymeric Laporte also trained as usual on Tuesday after coming off early in City’s 1-0 win over Leicester – only his third start since recovering from a serious knee injury.

🚑🚑Leroy Sane is continuing his rehabilitation following a long-term injury of his own and will remain in Manchester.

🚑🚑Real Madrid will be without playmaker Eden Hazard, who is facing another layoff after fracturing an ankle in Real’s surprise defeat to Levante in La Liga last weekend.

🚑🚑But Gareth Bale is back in Zinedine Zidane’s squad after missing the Levante game with gastroenteritis.




📆📆25TH FEBRUARY 2020

*🇪🇺🇪🇺Champions League Round of 16*
FT Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich

FT SSC Napoli 1-1 Barcelona

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📆📆26TH FEBRUARY 2020

*🇪🇺🇪🇺Champions League Round of 16*
20:00 Real Madrid -:- Manchester City

20:00 Lyon -:- Juventus

*🇪🇺🇪🇺Europa League Round of 32*
17:00 Braga -:- Rangers

*⚽⚽Champions League Top Scorers*
•Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
11 Goals | 2 Assists

•Haaland (Dortmund, Salzburg)

10 Goals | 1 Assists

•Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)
6 Goals | 1 Assists

•Dries Mertens (Napoli)
6 Goals | 1 Assists

•Harry Kane (Tottenham)
6 Goals s| 0 Assists.

🎱🎱Sergio Busquets argues it was “impossible to find spaces” through the Napoli defence, while Barcelona will be short on options for the second leg.

🎱🎱Antoine Griezmann is confident “the second leg will be very different” for Barcelona after a 1-1 Champions League Round of 16 trip to Napoli.

🎱🎱In the coming hours, Pique will undergo tests to determine the extent of the knock, with all eyes now looking ahead to Sunday’s Clasico against Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

🎱🎱Lorenzo Insigne admits the 1-1 draw “leaves a bitter taste,” because Napoli had more scoring opportunities than Barcelona.

🎱🎱Juventus named their squad for the Champions League trip to Olympique Lyonnais, including Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa and Sami Khedira.

🎱🎱Leonardo Bonucci assures Juventus will prove against Olympique Lyonnais that “when the crunch moment comes, we are there,” especially with Giorgio Chiellini back.

🎱🎱Bayern Munich have announced that French winger Kingsley Coman will only be out for five days after suffering a “minor strain” on Tuesday evening during the German side’s Champions’ League clash with Chelsea.

🎱🎱Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

🎱🎱Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits Eden Hazard may not return to first-team action this season after suffering an ankle injury.

🎱🎱Celta de Vigo will attempt to make their loan deal for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara permanent this summer, report Marca.

🎱🎱Six matches in Serie A Week 26 will be carried out behind closed doors, including the Scudetto battle between Juventus-Inter on Sunday.

🎱🎱Leonardo Bonucci admitted that Juventus are “favourites” against Olympique Lyonnais and has claimed the competition in Serie A will spur them on in Europe.

🎱🎱The Coronavirus scare is spreading rapidly, as it’s reported four Valencia fans who attended the Champions League game with Atalanta are showing signs of the illness.

🎱🎱Inter are hopeful that Samir Handanovic will make his comeback for this Sunday’s Scudetto showdown with Juventus.

🎱🎱Thiago Silva almost certain to miss PSG’s 2nd leg clash with Dortmund following right thigh injury.

🎱🎱Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly made a request to the club’s board over the summer transfer of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

🎱🎱Nicolas Anelka has left a role at Ligue 1 club Lille, where he was part of the youth academy’s coaching staff, specialising in the attack drills. He took the position in November 2018



⚽⚽Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Aston Villa’s 24-year-old midfielder Jack Grealish. (Manchester Evening News)

⚽⚽United are likely to sell England forward Jesse Lingard, 27, and Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira, 24, at the end of the season. (Express)

⚽⚽Arsenal could listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer to avoid losing the 30-year-old on a free next year. (Mail)

⚽⚽Alternatively, Gabon forward Aubameyang is yet to rule out signing a new contract at Arsenal but talks have not progressed. (Metro)

⚽⚽Juventus president Andrea Agnelli says the Italian champions have considered making an approach for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. (Manchester Evening News)

⚽⚽Liverpool’s ‘Philippe Coutinho clause’ means Barcelona would have to pay the Reds £225m to sign Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane, 27. (Mirror)

⚽⚽Manchester City could lose many of their key players, including 25-year-old England forward Raheem Sterling, if they win this season’s Champions League. (ESPN)

⚽⚽Real Madrid’s Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 33, is in no rush to discuss a new deal at the Bernabeu but says his relationship with the club is “magnificent”. (Goal)

⚽⚽Bayern Munich have reportedly made contact with Roberto Firmino as Liverpool line up a move for Timo Werner this summer. (Mirror)

⚽⚽Spain manager Luis Enrique is concerned about 25-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s lack of recent minutes as he plans for the summer’s European Championship. (AS – in Spanish)

⚽⚽Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 30, says a contract with Manchester United “had basically been done” before then-manager David Moyes was sacked. (The Athletic – subscription required)

⚽⚽Manchester United sent a scout to watch Real Madrid’s 21-year-old Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard in action for loan side Real Sociedad. (Star)

⚽⚽United are also monitoring Gent’s 20-year-old Canada forward Jonathan David. (Mail)

B⚽⚽ut David’s agent believes such a move may be “a step too big at the moment”. (FourFourTwo)

⚽⚽Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he understood Bayern Munich’s 24-year-old Germany midfielder Serge Gnabry would remain with the Gunners. (beIN Sports, via Metro)

⚽⚽Arsenal are ready to pay the £21m release clause of Barcelona’s 21-year-old Spain full-back Marc Cucurella, who is on loan at Getafe. (COPE, via Express)

⚽⚽Real Madrid are monitoring Crystal Palace’s Norway striker Alexander Sorloth, 24, who has scored 21 goals in 30 appearances while on loan at Turkish side Trabzonspor this season. (Evening Standard)

⚽⚽Inter Milan are unhappy with the performances of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 31, who is likely to return to Manchester United in the summer. (Star)

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