REPORT | Milan reach Europa League knockout stages despite valiant Rennes second leg win
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by Trambak Bhattacherjee
5h ago
Drama ensued as Serie A side Milan averted a spirited fight from Rennes to progress to the Round of 16 of the Europa League.  Rennes started the first half on the front foot as their manager Julien Stephan went with an ultra-attacking line-up. They had a mountain to climb with three goals down on aggregate and their inspired beginning bore fruit in the 11th minute when Benjamin Bourigeard drilled in a low, right-footed effort into the net.  With the early lead, the home crowd expected to see their team reduce the deficit but after a bit of sparring between the two sides, Luka Jovic r ..read more
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek reveals admiration for Milan legend Kaka: “He danced on the ball”
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by Trambak Bhattacherjee
6h ago
Ruben Loftus-Cheek spoke about carrying on the Milan midfield tradition and their ambitions for this season. Speaking in an interview with UEFA.com via Tutto Mercato Web, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was quizzed about his side’s hopes for the UEFA Europa League for this campaign. He lamented Milan’s departure from the Champions League earlier this season but explained that the team remains focused on achieving its newer objectives. He said: “In the Champions League we narrowly missed out on qualifying for the round of 16. We competed on equal terms with very great teams. But now our focus is the Europa ..read more
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Inter’s Hakan Calhanoglu believes he is the best midfielder in the world
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by Kaustubh Pandey
10h ago
Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has stated his belief that he is the best midfielder in the world and he is better than Manchester City’s Rodri. Calhanoglu has arguably been one of the best midfielders in Europe, while playing in a deep midfield role. He has been playing that role since Marcelo Brozovic was at the club last season but he has only grown in stature since then and he has been impressing in the last few weeks and more. His performances in the role have only garnered attention recently and Calhanoglu spoke to DAZN (via La Gazzetta dello Sport) and he spoke about his role in the t ..read more
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UEFA Coefficients Ranking Update | Italy remain in the lead
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by Kaustubh Pandey
14h ago
After latest round of Champions League action, Italy remain in the lead in the UEFA Coefficients Rankings and are on track to earn an extra Champions League spot. None of the Italian teams lost a single game in Europe since last week. Inter grabbed a 1-0 win over Lazio, Napoli held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw and Lazio beat Bayern Munich last week. Milan beat Rennes in the playoff of the Europa League and Roma were held to a 1-1 draw by Feyenoord. Sky Italia have reported an update about the rankings, with Italy still firmly in the lead. They have 15142 points and have seven teams still in Europe ..read more
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Xavi believes Barcelona ‘deserved’ to win against Napoli in the Champions League
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by Kaustubh Pandey
1d ago
Barcelona boss Xavi has stated that the Catalan club deserved to win against Serie A side Napoli in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg. Napoli headed into the game at the back of a managerial change. Walter Mazzarri left the club on Monday and former assistant boss Francesco Calzona was appointed and he undertook training yesterday, as Victor Osimhen returned to the starting XI today. While Barcelona created the better of the chances in the game, Osimhen hit back with a goal in response to a Robert Lewandowski strike to give Napoli hope. The Spanish club’s boss spoke to Prime Video (vi ..read more
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Napoli skipper Gio di Lorenzo after 1-1 draw against Barcelona: “It was a step forward”
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by Kaustubh Pandey
1d ago
Napoli captain Giovanni di Lorenzo has stated that the 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the Champions League for the Serie A giants is the step in the right direction. Napoli headed into the game at the back of a managerial change. Walter Mazzarri left the club on Monday and former assistant boss Francesco Calzona was appointed and he undertook training yesterday, as Victor Osimhen returned to the starting XI today. While Barcelona created the better of the chances in the game, Osimhen hit back with a goal in response to a Robert Lewandowski strike to give Napoli hope. After the game, Di Lorenzo ..read more
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Manchester United and Chelsea to compete with Juventus for Teun Koopmeiners
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by Kaustubh Pandey
1d ago
Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in Atalanta star Teun Koopmeiners and they are likely to compete with Juventus for the Dutchman’s signature. The midfielder has been heavily linked with a summer move to the Bianconeri and La Repubblica today and detailed about his situation and future. It is stated that Koopmeiners would be interested in joining Juve in the summer and while no agreement has been reached over a contract, there is a willingness from the player. He is waiting for the two clubs to find an agreement. Atalanta’s demand, it is reported, stands at €55 ..read more
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Udinese’s Gerard Deulofeu: “I’ve known that I might not play anymore”
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by Kaustubh Pandey
1d ago
Udinese star Gerard Deulofeu has revealed that there is a possibility that he may not play football anymore. The Spaniard has sparkled for Udinese whenever he has played and he formed a brilliant partnership with Beto, who left for Everton in the summer. The club are threatened by relegation, as Deulofeu nurses a knee issue and it isn’t the first knee problem that he has faced since arrived at the Friulian club. In an interview with Twitch channel Jijantes (via CM), the Spanish winger spoke about his situation, fitness and his future in the game. He revealed that he may not play football anymo ..read more
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New Napoli boss Francesco Calzona on Barcelona clash: “I know it’s Barcelona, but we are Napoli”
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by Kaustubh Pandey
2d ago
New Napoli boss Francesco Calzona has spoken about the club’s upcoming Champions League tie against Barcelona, which will be his first game as manager of the Partenopei. Calzona was in-charge of the club’s training yesterday and Walter Mazzarri was sacked on Monday. Calzona has previously been an assistant manager under both Luciano Spalletti and Maurizio Sarri and has been in charge of the Slovakian national team, with whom he’s now sharing duties as the new Partenopei boss. Barcelona aren’t in a great situation either, with Xavi set to leave the club at the end of the season. Calzona spoke a ..read more
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Numbers behind Nicolo Barella’s impressive performance against Atletico Madrid
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by Trambak Bhattacherjee
2d ago
Nicolo Barella showcased a wonderful performance against Atletico Madrid as Inter grabbed a narrow first-leg advantage in the Champions League Round of 16. Marko Arnautovic received the MVP for the match but it was Nicolo Barella’s stupendous midfield performance which took Inter over the line. The 27-year-old created 4 goalscoring chances and synchronized well with Matteo Darmian to lead the Nerazzurri’s charge from the right flank.  Diego Simeone’s men found it tough to breach Barella’s gameplay as the Italian international won 75 per cent of attempted tackles and won 7 duels out of the ..read more
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