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  • Some of the biggest leagues in the world could be without a representative in the Champions League Quarterfinals following some stunning upsets. Ligue 1 and Serie A have just one team left in this year’s competition and both teams are underdogs to advance heading into the second leg of the Round of 16. Paris Saint-Germain’s loss leaves Olympique Lyon as the lone French team left, while Roma’s defeat means that Juventus must rally in order for an Italian team to reach the Quarterfinals.   More

  • The knockout stages of the Champions League have already given us plenty of drama. Last Tuesday, Real Madrid looked set to advance to the Quarterfinals. Real Madrid had won three straight Champions League titles, and they were in commanding position to advance over Ajax after beating the Dutch club in Amsterdam in the first leg. However, Ajax’s young guns ripped apart Real Madrid’s back line in a 4-1 stunner that sent the defending champions crashing out and Ajax on to the Quarterfinals.   More

  • Not even Paris Saint-Germain can mess this up, can they? PSG have been snakebitten in the Champions League. They have made a mockery of the French league, but they keep finding more and more absurd ways to lose in the Champions League, and they have yet to make it past the Quarterfinals of the competition. PSG are in a commanding position coming into the second leg of their tie against Manchester United, but they are hoping that something new doesn’t rear its ugly head and lead to them missing out.   More

  • When the Champions League Round of 16 draw was announced two months ago, the pairing that immediately took observers’ breath away was Liverpool against Bayern Munich. Liverpool are out to win their first Premier League title in club history, and they have played great football this year. They finally have a stolid defense to complement their prolific offense, and that has led to the Reds soaring up the table. Bayern Munich have not fared so well domestically, but they are a traditional powerhouse. They have made it to at least the semifinals of the Champions League for six of the last seven years, and anything less would be a major disappointment.   More

  • If you love defense, you will love Wednesday’s Champions League battle between Juventus and Atletico Madrid. Atletico are known for their defense under manager Diego Simone. They have allowed just 17 goals in 23 matches in domestic play, and that was the reason they had lost just once at the midway point of the season. Meanwhile, Juventus have given up a scant 15 goals in 23 matches, and they have been historically known for their play in the back.   More

  • It’s been a great year for Tottenham Hotspur. Even though the club was eliminated from the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the last few weeks, Spurs fans won’t complain. They are on pace to have their best record ever in the Premier League, and they are through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Now, Spurs face a good Borussia Dortmund team, but they will go into this Round of 16 tie with confidence. They beat Dortmund in both meetings in the Champions League group stage last year, winning their group in the process.   More

  • No matter how much money Paris Saint-Germain spends, they can’t get past the quarterfinals of the Champions League. PSG have made it out of the group stage in seven straight seasons, but they have fallen flat in the knockout rounds. The club has spent an increasing amount of money in order to try to break through, but so far that has had negative results as they were one and done in the Round of 16 in each of the last two seasons. They will try to avoid it happening for the third time in a row against Manchester United.   More

  • Friday, December 21st, 2018

    Champions League Round of 16 Preview

    By Jonathan Willis Earlier this week the Champions League Round of 16 draw was held, and as we always see, some teams celebrated their draw, while others bemoaned their fate. The knockout rounds of the Champions League start in mid-February with first legs being played over the span of two weeks, while the second legs of the competition will be in early March.   More

  • Most of the top teams in Europe are set to embark on their preseason tournaments. Many are coming to the International Cup of Champions in the United States or over in Asia. Though that isn't necessarily the best indication of what the club is going to bring to the table this year, it's the first sign we're going to have of what the Champions League might look like.   More

  • After spending a thrilling week wondering what was going to happen on the international break with teams qualifying for the World Cup, we're back to the thrilling action of the Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. There are some tremendous matches that are set to shape the way the rest of the world's biggest club soccer competition will play out, and these will surely be some of the most bet upon matches of the entire week.   More

  • There isn’t as much at stake on Wednesday as there is on Tuesday for the final Champions League matches. While there are three spots in the Round of 16 open on Tuesday, there is just one spot left for Wednesday’s matches. There are still two very important matches that will determine placement for the knockout rounds though, and those will be the ones to watch.   More

  • Tuesday is going to be full of action as eight teams will officially qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 at the end of the day. Five of those spots have already been decided. In Group A, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have already qualified and Atletico Madrid has the edge in the race for first. Barcelona has already locked up the top spot in Group B, while Porto has clinched the top spot in Group D and Schalke 04 has taken second in the group.   More

  • Two of the best teams in the world will soon be eliminated from the Champions League. Group B and Group C were the two toughest groups to get through ahead of the tournament, and they have certainly challenged each team in those two groups. In Group B, only Barcelona’s place in the next   More

  • We’re at the penultimate point of the Champions League Group Stage, and some teams are at the make or break point of their European campaigns. Clubs like Valencia are in desperate need of a win. Valencia are currently in third place in Group H, and they liked their chances until group favorites Juventus   More

  • Next week, we will begin looping back around in Champions League Group Stage action as the second round robin inverts the order of the first. That means the teams that faced each other just two weeks ago will meet on the pitch once more with ever increasing stakes. Wednesday’s matches feature teams in Group E through Group H, and the two teams from Manchester are facing off in arguably the two most important matches of the week.   More

  • Next week, we will begin looping back around in Champions League Group Stage action as the second round robin inverts the order of the first. That means the teams that faced each other just two weeks ago will meet on the pitch once more with ever increasing stakes. Tuesday’s matches feature teams in   More

  • At the conclusion of Wednesday’s matches, we will officially be halfway through the Group Stage of the Champions League. Groups A, B, C, and D will be in action on Wednesday. In Group A, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are set to grab the two spots in the knockout rounds and they will meet to determine the top spot in the group over the next few weeks. However, the real action is in Group B and Group C. Tottenham are in a lot of trouble in Group B and must start winning now to get through, while Group C is the most competitive group in the bunch with Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool all vying for the two berths in the knockout rounds.   More

  • The Champions League is back in action on Tuesday with eight matches featuring some of the best clubs in Europe. While most of the favorites have held serve to this point, some of them have stumbled and that has opened the door for some real intrigue in the second round robin. Top clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Manchester United are all in some trouble, and they will be out for wins this week.   More

  • There is still a lot to be decided to be sure, but the second set of Champions League Group Stage matches will help us separate the contenders from the pretenders. Matchday 2 is the precursor to moving day, and there are some important games on the docket. We’re going to take a look at two matches that   More

  • There were only a couple real surprises two weeks ago when Champions League Group Stage Matchday 1 action got underway. For the most part, the chalk held up, and the teams that were expected to win took care of business. This week, some teams can further solidify their grip on a group with another win.   More

  • The Champions League continues on Wednesday when the other teams that have yet to play in the world’s most prestigious club competition take the field. Teams in Groups E, F, G, and H are all slated to play with powerhouses like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester City headlining.   More

  • The 2018-19 Champions League will get underway on Tuesday when teams in Groups A, B, C, and D all play their first games. We will see teams like Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, and Tottenham in action, and that is sure to bring plenty of eyeballs.   More

  • Thursday, September 6th, 2018

    2018-19 Champions League Preview

    By Jonathan Willis Although they have won four of the last five Champions League titles, Real Madrid are not the betting favorite to win the Champions League this year. Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer and a coaching change have many speculating that while Real will be a contender once more, their time as the top club in Europe may be at an end.   More

  • Not many people expected Liverpool to make it all the way to the Champions League Finals. Liverpool was out of all European competitions just a couple years ago, but things turned around once Jurgen Klopp assumed the role of manager. Klopp has this team back in the top four in the Premier League, and now he has them on the cusp of winning their eighth Champions League title.   More

  • This could be the highest-scoring Champions League Final we have seen in quite some time. The two semifinal ties had a combined 20 goals in them, the most we have ever seen in the Champions League. Both Real Madrid and Liverpool are going to want to play an open match. Unlike in seasons past where one of the two teams in the final relied on its defense, Real Madrid and Liverpool both are going to want to score. That means we might have the highest-scoring final since Liverpool bested AC Milan in 2005.   More

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