Day: September 14, 2021

No shame in latest defeat to Bayern but Barca are no longer genuine rivals

“It’s shameful,” a shellshocked Gerard Pique said in the aftermath of Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. “Shame is the word.” The sentiment was different on Tuesday, as Barca at least this time battled, but Bayern were comfortable again, 3-0 winners in the Champions League at Camp Nou. The Blaugrana’s remarkable August 2020 humiliation was …

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Tuchel explains why Chelsea laboured; Lukaku gives typical response to Rudiger run

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was thrilled with their 1-0 victory despite admitting Zenit proved tough to crack, while Romelu Lukaku offered a prototypical striker’s response when asked about Antonio Rudiger’s solo run. Chelsea toiled away for much of the contest versus Zenit until club-record signing Romelu Lukaku found the breakthrough. Picked out with a superb …

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‘He’s decisive’ – Tuchel hails matchwinner Lukaku as Chelsea beat Zenit 1-0 in UCL opener

Romelu Lukaku was again the difference maker as Chelsea got the defence of their Champions League crown underway with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg. Chelsea started the brighter of the two teams and looked to have pinned Zenit back into their own half in the opening moments, though the Russian champions defended …

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‘The system doesn’t work’: Folarin Balogun’s brother criticises Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal system

Folarin Balogun’s Arsenal stint Folarin Balogun is one of the many bright young talents to make his way through Arsenal’s academy in recent years. The centre-forward, now 20, has enjoyed solid spells with the Gunners’ under-18 and under-23 sides. At under-18 level, the Englishman would score 38 goals and provide eight assists in 41 outings. …

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MALMO’S SAVIOUR

In 1979, Malmo were the runner up of the European Cup which was the Champions League of that era. After that, they haven’t really hit top gear in the competition. In 2015, they qualified for the Champions League group stage but they lost 5 out of their 6 games. Now, Malmo are back for redemption …

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Barcelona set unwanted club record following Bayern Munich Champions League loss

Bayern Munich hammer Barcelona Barcelona played out their first Champions League tie of the post-Lionel Messi era on Tuesday and it did not get off to a great start. Barca would be drawn in Group E of the Champions League groups for 2021/22 alongside Bayern Munich, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv. And on Tuesday, La Blaugrana …

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