Champions League: FC Porto – Malaga preview

Stay true to yourself was the mantra as Málaga CF arrived in Portugal promising to keep attacking principles intact while FC Porto’s Vítor Pereira vowed to “maintain our identity”.

 

FC Porto coach Vítor Pereira has predicted a hard game against opponents full of quality as the Dragons prepare to host Málaga CF in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday. The 44-year-old shrugged off any suggestion of pre-match nerves, bullishly stating that “I can only enjoy these matches.” Counterpart Manuel Pellegrini says there will be plenty to savour in a “fantastic show” and, More >

Premier League will have to wait for Fischer

A number of Premier League clubs have been told to look elsewhere for Europe’s next young talent after 18-year-old striker Viktor Fischer signed a contract extension with Ajax until 2017. Fischer, a product of the Ajax youth academy, is wanted by a host of clubs including Manchester United, favourites for the Premier League title in the English football betting odds, Arsenal and Tottenham, while Serie A giants AC Milan are also eyeing the youngster closely. However, as sites such as bet365 sports betting news have reported, the Dane has batted away suggestions he is to leave Holland, instead More >

Messi reaches 300-goal mark for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals for FC Barcelona as the runaway Liga leaders came from a goal behind to beat Granada CF on a day when Málaga CF also won.

 

Lionel Messi surpassed the 300-goal mark for FC Barcelona by scoring twice as the Liga leaders recovered from behind to defeat Granada CF 2-1. Having beaten Real Madrid CF a fortnight ago, Lucas Alcaraz’s 13th-placed Granada side threatened another surprise result when Carlos Aranda’s cross to the far post was knocked back across the area for Odion Ighalo (26) to tap in. Messi reached his treble century five minutes into the More >

Real Madrid – Manchester United Preview

José Mourinho says the world is waiting for a great Real Madrid CF v Manchester United FC game – which, for Sir Alex Ferguson, will be the acid test of his side’s credentials. José Mourinho is relishing the opportunity to renew his rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson when Real Madrid CF host Manchester United FC in the first instalment of their round of 16 tie. The Merengues coach has faced United twice before at this stage of the UEFA Champions League, with FC Porto in 2004 and FC Internazionale Milano five years later, and is savouring the build-up to an encounter he believes the world is More >

Shakhtar Donetsk – Borussia Dortmund Preview

The champions of Ukraine and Germany meet at the Donbass Arena, hoping to pick up where they left off in the group stage. FC Shakhtar Donetsk are in the right shape for their round of 16 visit of Borussia Dortmund despite not having played competitively since the UEFA Champions League group stage, according to Mircea Lucescu. “We have tried to reach the same level as Dortmund,” said the Shakhtar coach, who took his squad to training camps in Spain and the United Arab Emirates during the Ukrainian winter break. “Wednesday’s game will show how well we have prepared.” Though his Dortmund team More >

Celtic – Juventus Preview

Neil Lennon’s side welcomes the current Serie A leaders to Glasgow on Tuesday night aiming to seal passage into the quarterfinals of Europe’s premier cup competition. Buoyed by UEFA Champions League group stage wins against FC Barcelona and FC Spartak Moskva, Celtic FC coach Neil Lennon says his players harness “a real belief” going into their round of 16 first leg with Juventus in Glasgow; an occasion he described as “one of the biggest games of their careers”. The 41-year-old’s opposite number, Antonio Conte, promised to stand by his attacking principles and warned his Juventus team More >

Valencia – Paris Saint-Germain Preview

The Champions League returns after the winter break, with the leader of Ligue 1 who hopes to make significant progress in a competition they are expected to do well in.

 

Ernesto Valverde takes charge of Valencia CF for the first time in the UEFA Champions League with the club looking to preserve an impressive record against French opposition. While Valencia’s stock has been on the rise ever since Valverde’s appointment in early December, round of 16 opponents Paris Saint-Germain FC come to Spain in buoyant mood despite the absence of two key men. Valencia Ernesto Valverde, coach It’s always More >
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