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Liverpool ‘defied’ every expectations in win over RB Leipzig – Klopp.

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Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in quick succession early in the second half, with Liverpool edging control of possession and also making a number of Leipzig’s top players look ordinary.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed people expected his team to carry their poor form into the Champions League against RB Leipzig this week and praised the Reds for rising to the occasion and coming away with a 2-0 win.

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Leipzig, having knocked out Manchester United in the group stage and Tottenham at this stage last year, were a dangerous opponent. But Liverpool are now in a commanding position ahead of the return leg next month thanks to their aggregate lead.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in quick succession early in the second half, with Liverpool edging control of possession and also making a number of Leipzig’s top players look ordinary.

Jurgen Klopp said people expected Liverpool to lose again | Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

“It was the game we wanted, the game we needed. Leipzig can be a real monster. The way they play in the Bundesliga, they overrun teams, they are really physical, pretty much good in everything, and we controlled them in an exceptional way,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“You cannot build ‘mentality giants’ in one game. We were good and deserved to win. A lot of people were waiting for us to slip again and the boys didn’t.

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“For two years we’ve been really good and this year we have some problems. It’s absolutely normal that the talk starts. I have no problem with that, it is just that a lot of people expected us to slip again because of the situation. But the boys didn’t and that’s what I’m really happy about.”

The return leg against Leipzig is scheduled for Wednesday 10 March in three weeks’ time. In the meantime, Liverpool face a tough challenge against Everton in the Merseyside derby, as well as further Premier League games against Sheffield United and Fulham before the previously packed out schedule begins to slightly relax.

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Risky enough? Pique to face PSG

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On November 21, 2020, Gerard Pique suffered an injury when he collided with Angel Correa during a match against Atletico Madrid and it immediately looked serious. However, he is now ready to return against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.


A knee ligament injury is always a serious issue, but Pique’s ailment was clearly a painful one as the defender left the pitch in tears.

Initial reports suggested his season might well be over, but the official medical report of the club didn’t actually specify how long he would be sidelined for.

Pique has been sensational in his recovery, breaking all the records for rehabilitation time, with it initially estimated he could miss as many as eight months of action.

Yet, Pique is ready to play against the French champions and he hasn’t even been out for three whole months, which was the lowest estimated time of absence for his injury.

It’s known that training isn’t the same as competitive football at the elite level and that Pique is taking a risk by returning so early from such a serious knee injury. Yet he hasn’t felt any pain this past week and has been training since Thursday.

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He will be in the squad to face PSG unless a new complication arrives.

Ronald Koeman is acutely aware of the risk that comes with playing Pique, although, given the fact much of the club’s season hopes depend on the Champions League, the Dutch coach may not have much of a choice.

Eliminating PSG would mark an incredible turn of events after such a difficult season, with basically the worst possible pre-season preparation prior to it.

There will be no Angel di Maria or Neymar for Mauricio Pochettino, yet with Kylian Mbappe still present Pique is likely to have a difficult night.

If he’s at his best, though, then he could shut the PSG attacks down and that in itself is why Barcelona are on board with taking the risk on him returning early.


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Liverpool, Leipzig last-16 match ‘moved’ to new location amid Germany ban.

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UEFA’s regulations stipulated that the home side must find a way of hosting the match or risk forfeiting it as a 3-0 defeat.

Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 away tie against RB Leipzig will be staged in Budapest as coronavirus restrictions bar the English champions travelling to Germany, UEFA announced on Sunday.

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The February 16 first leg “will now take place at Puskas Arena in Budapest,” European football’s governing body confirmed.

UEFA’s statement thanked the two clubs “for their close cooperation and assistance in finding a solution to the issue at hand, as well as the Hungarian Football Federation for their support and agreeing to host the match in question.”

Confirmation of Budapest as hosts ended any doubt about the tie taking place after the imposition of strict entry rules in Germany to combat the spread of the pandemic.

UEFA’s regulations stipulated that the home side must find a way of hosting the match or risk forfeiting it as a 3-0 defeat.

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Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp had said he believed an exemption should have been made for his side to travel.

The decision from the German authorities on travel bans also places a question mark over another Champions League last-16 match, as Borussia Moenchengladbach host Manchester City on February 24.

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Final Score: Juventus 0-2 Barcelona


Game is over and the final score is Juventus 0-2 Barcelona. Here is the match report.

2020/2021 UEFA Champions League
0 – 2
Dembele (14′)
Messi (90’+1′ PEN)
Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

2′ Messi’s shot blocked

3′ Griezmann hits the post

14′ GOAL! Juventus 0-1 Barcelona (Dembele)

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15′ OFFSIDE! Morata’s goal disallowed

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29′ AGAIN OFFSIDE! Morata’s goal disallowed

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52′ Messi’s free-kick blocked

55′ Disallowed! Morata scores but the goal is offside

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67′ Subs! Fati in, Dembele out

79′ Yellow Card! Rabiot booked

85′ Second Yellow Card! Demiral sent off

91′ Penalty Goal! Juventus 0-2 Barcelona (Messi)

Line-ups
Juventus XI: Bonucci, Szczesny, Cuadrado, Danilo, Morata, Dybala, Rabiot, Demiral, Bentancur, Chiesa, Kulusevski

Subs: Buffon, Ramsey, Pinsoglio, Bernardeschi, Arthur, Frabotta, McKennie, M. Portanova, A. Riccio, K. De Winter

Barcelona XI: Messi, Pjanic, Alba, Neto, Griezmann, Roberto, Lenglet, Dembele, De Jong, R. Araújo, Pedri

Subs: Busquets, Braithwaite, Alena, Firpo, Pena, Trincão, Dest, Arnau Tenas, Riqui Puig, Fati


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Ronaldo Felt like a beast not being able to play in UCL counter against Barcelona


Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled coronavirus testing as ‘bulls***’ after testing positive for the illness for a third time, which forced him out of Juventus’ clash with Barcelona.

The Portugal international recorded another positive Covid-19 result on Tuesday after first testing positive for the illness on October 13.

As a result Ronaldo will not come up against long-time rival Lionel Messi in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night and will have to watch the tie at home.

Ronaldo revealed that he was ‘feeling good and healthy’ on Wednesday morning in an Instagram post but also slammed Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing – the typical form of Covid-19 testing – as ‘bull****’.

Ronaldo has been self-isolating at home in Italy since he tested positive for coronavirus while away on international duty with Portugal over two weeks ago.

The 35-year-old recorded another positive result last Thursday and had hoped to return to action for Wednesday’s clash but another positive result on Tuesday dashed his hopes.

Ronaldo was asymptomatic when he tested positive days after playing for Portugal against France and Spain and posing for a team photo at dinner and has continued to display no symptoms.

Friends have revealed that he ‘feels like a beast forced to stay in cage’ with the star frustrated in quarantine, revealed Tuttosport, as reported by Calciomercato.

Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro took aim at coronavirus on her Instagram page after her sibling’s first positive result.

‘If Cristiano Ronaldo has to wake the world up, I have to say he really is a prophet from God. Thank you,’ she wrote.

‘I believe that today thousands of people will stop believing as much in this pandemic, in the tests and in the measures taken like me… the biggest fraud I have ever seen since I was born. Open your eyes please.’

Ronaldo’s reunion with rival Messi was the pick of the ties when the Champions League groups were drawn but fans will have to wait until December 8 for the match-up. Two of the sport’s greatest ever players have not faced each other in the Champions League since the semi-final between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the 2011-12 season.

The Portugal superstar has missed three matches for Juventus already – Andrea Pirlo’s side beat Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League last week but have been held to two draws in Serie A.

Ronaldo has been keeping busy in his home gym to ensure he stays fit for his return. He shared a clip on his Instagram page last week where he is seen dancing and singing while cycling on the gym bike, sporting an eye-catching new buzzcut.

Ronaldo has been keeping himself separated from his family members during his time at home in quarantine, with the rest of his loved ones on a different floor, and the forward is able to maintain his fitness levels by using an outdoor gym.

The Juventus forward has been active on social media during his time in quarantine. He posted a picture on Instagram of him lounging by his swimming pool, alongside the caption: ‘Don’t let what you can’t do get in the way of what you can do.’

The five-time Ballon D’or winner also posted a selfie on Instagram sitting at his dinner table, amid the news of the second test, with the caption: ‘Thursday style!’

Ronaldo is under investigation for breaking coronavirus rules with Italy’s sports minister saying the Juventus star ‘did not respect’ protocols with his flight home from Portugal duty while infected.


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Messi hopes Ronaldo will be able to Play in UCL clash

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Lionel Messi is hopeful his old foe Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to take part in Barcelona’s Champions League clash against Juventus despite testing positive for coronavirus.


The 35-year-old forward has so often lead the way for the Turin giants and continued to defy his age, but may be absent from the mouthwatering clash due to returning a second positive test for the disease.

Juventus are scrambling to ensure that Ronaldo will be available for selection should one final test come back negative – and Messi also appears keen to face off against him again in another ‘special’ match-up.

He told DAZN: ‘Obviously when Cristiano played for Real Madrid the games were special. Matches against them always are [special], but with Cristiano on the pitch they took on a particular significance.’

Ronaldo was doubtful despite initially contracting the virus while on international duty on October 13.

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He immediately began a mandatory period of quarantine, and was forced to miss Juventus’ fixtures against Crotone and Dynamo Kiev while completing the quarantine.

Andrea Pirlo’s side host Barcelona next Wednesday, and Ronaldo took a second test in the hope that he would be cleared to return and add another thrilling chapter to his encounters with Messi.

The former Manchester United man soon discovered he still had Covid-19, however, placing his spot in the game in serious jeopardy.

When questioned over his rivalry with Ronaldo during his trophy-laden days in Madrid, Messi added: ‘That is now in the past and we look forward to today’s challenges.

‘Wednesday there could be this challenge and we hope Cristiano can be there and will soon recover from Covid.

‘The ones with Cristiano were and are a special duel which will remain forever. They last many years and it is not easy to maintain those levels for such a long time.

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Our teams were also very demanding: Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two strongest clubs in the world.

‘Competing as equals for so many years is something that will remain forever. The duel between me and Cristiano was very good on a personal level and I think people enjoyed it.

‘The fans of Real, Barca, but in general all football fans, have seen a great show. We hope to give them even more emotions [on Wednesday].’

The fierce debate over which of the two superstars can claim the title of the best player in the world, and perhaps in history, continues to rage on.

Both have won 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them, although Messi narrowly leads the way with a record amount of six.

Juventus are hoping UEFA will grant them permission to test Ronaldo once again 48 hours before the European tie. The organisation’s protocols means that the player should have tested negative a week before the game in order to take part.

But his club have filed a medical report to UEFA that argues Ronaldo’s test showed a low viral load which, provided his test result on Friday is negative, should allow him to play.


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