Domingo, 17 Diciembre, 2017

Five things we learned from the Champions League

Atletico Madrid players surrounded referee Daniel Makkelie after Gary Cahill's challenge Atletico Madrid players surrounded referee Daniel Makkelie after Gary Cahill's challenge
Montrelle Montesinos | 07 Diciembre, 2017, 22:51

Miserable bugger. On Wednesday night he was back on City duty as they lost 2-1 to Shaktar Donetsk having made seven changes... It was not a bad way to sign off though, his far-post header early in the second half at Chelsea offering brief hope of a way through to the round-of-16.

You have to play a lot of games, but when you arrive at the final stage to play for quarter-finals, semi-finals the English teams have a lot of games in their legs.

"It's part of football".

While there were some eye-catching results which suggest real progress, such as Tottenham's 3-1 win over Real Madrid at Wembley, there were few genuinely tough tests for the wealthy English clubs. "The responsibility is ours", Simeone said. "Everything that is bad, we make it into a positive".

England will be represented by a record five teams in the Champions League knockout phase.

With the three points from their final game, Roma overtook Chelsea at the top of the standings as they increased their points tally to 11, same as the Blues.

That is bad news for Antonio Conte's side, who could be pitted against Champions League heavyweights including Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in next week's last 16 draw.

Manchester United have offered JUAN MATA to Inter Milan as they look to bring in Joao Mario, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Guardiola's furious reaction? "We needed to lose a game". In this league, there is a team (City) doing an incredible path, otherwise we stay there. BT Sport claims it was the first broadcaster to show televised live sports in 4K ultra-HD and the first to use Dolby's Atmos for audio.

Conte added: "You must be ready to face the best teams". Leipzig only won two of its six games, leaving Bayern as the last German side in contention. Ernesto Valverde's team recorded a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon courtesy of a goal from striker Paco Alcacer and an own goal from former Barcelona ace Jeremy Mathieu.

CSKA Moscow will continue in the UEFA Europa League while Benfica, who did not win a single point, are eliminated. Pedro fared no better when his back-heeled flick was saved on the line by Oblak.