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


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.


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.


“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.



Officially: UEFA signs 5 subs for all clubs in Europe


Teams will be able to make five substitutions in UEFA competitions for the rest of the season, according to the organisation’s president Aleksander Ceferin.

The law amendment was proposed by world governing body FIFA to assist clubs in managing player workload in a congested calendar created by the coronavirus pandemic.

While it has not been adopted for the 2020-21 season by the Premier League, which has reverted to three substitutes, Ceferin said at a press conference that UEFA’s executive committee had approved it for club competitions such as the Champions League and the Europa League and in national team matches.


Ceferin said: “After representations from clubs and national associations the executive committee approved the use of five substitutions in club and international matches for the rest of the season.”

The executive committee also approved triple-header international breaks in March and September next year, he said.

The international windows in October and November 2020 had already been extended by one day by FIFA, to allow for three matches to be played by each country instead of two.


Ceferin also announced the 2021 UEFA Congress will take place in Switzerland in March next year, rather than the Belarusian capital Minsk.The city in the former Soviet republic has witnessed popular uprisings against president Alexander Lukashenko, who was controversially re-elected in August.

World players’ union FIFPRO welcomed the decision on allowing five substitutes.

The organisation’s general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said: “This is the right decision and a good first step to ease pressure on elite-level players.

“We will continue to push for further innovative ways to reduce their mounting workload and protect their health and performance.”


Lewandowski, Neuer & De Bruyne nominated for UEFA award.


Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer have been nominated alongside Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year prize for last season, European football’s governing body announced on Wednesday.

The winner will be announced –- along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year — on October 1, when UEFA hold the draw for this season’s Champions League group stage at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Lewandowski and Neuer starred as Bayern won the Champions League, beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final in Lisbon in August.

Polish striker Lewandowski scored an astonishing 55 goals in 47 games as Bayern won the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. He top-scored in the Champions League with 15 goals.


Goalkeeper Neuer also played a key role in Bayern’s triumphant campaign, while Belgian playmaker De Bruyne scored or set up 33 goals in the English Premier League and was nominated despite City finishing second to Liverpool domestically and going out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals to Lyon.

Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates after winning at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 23, 2020.<br />MATTHEW CHILDS / POOL / AFP

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi just missed out on being shortlisted, coming fourth in the vote by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of last season’s Champions League and Europa League, along with 55 selected journalists, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.

England star Lucy Bronze is a contender to win the women’s prize for the second year running after helping Lyon win the Champions League for the fifth season in a row before recently signing for Manchester City.

Her Lyon colleague, the France defender Wendie Renard, is also shortlisted alongside the Danish striker Pernille Harder, who recently joined Chelsea after helping Wolfsburg get to the Champions League final.


Uefa Champions league resumes


It’s the second leg for first set of teams…

Madrid to clash Manchester City at ethiad stadium.

The old ladies (Juventus) to face Lyon at home too .

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Premier League ‘will go against UEFA and NOT arrange European play-offs’

The Premier League is reportedly planning on resisting UEFA’s demands of using a play-off system to determine next season’s European spots if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus crisis.
UEFA, following a meeting on Thursday, developed guidelines for clubs across the continent as the governing body look to formulate a plan to get the 2019-20 seasons finished in the coming months.

European football’s governing body is keen to see domestic leagues concluded by the start of August at the latest, with that month slated to feature the conclusion of the Champions League.
But UEFA are also desperate for seasons to finish so they know the make-up of their flagship competitions next season.

And leagues that are unable to conclude will be advised to stage one-off play-off games to determine key positions in the table, which would directly affect sides like Chelsea, Manchester United and Sheffield United in the Champions League race.

But, according to The Sun, the Premier League are planning on going against UEFA’s plans to use a play-off system.

Premier League chiefs are said to believe it would be ‘unfeasible to deliver a fair play-off format’.

Another proposal that has been offered up is for leagues to make a decision made on points-per-game ratio.

It is claimed that is the preferred approach of Premier League executives and they are willing to go against UEFA if they must.PSX_20200424_052043

The points-per-game method would secure a Champions League spot next season for the Premier League’s current top four of Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Chelsea.

Manchester United and Sheffield United would take the Europa League places, while Arsenal and Tottenham would miss out on European football entirely if the current Premier League season is unable to be completed.


Why Uefa’s Champions League decision is bad news for Tottenham

Tottenham’s Champions League hopes received a blow on Thursday as Uefa confirmed their guidelines for awarding places next season.
While insisting every league should “explore all possible options” to continue their respective seasons, Uefa stated Champions League and Europa League places will be awarded on “sporting merit” should that become impossible.

Football in England is currently suspended indefinitely, but the Premier League are still determined to finish the season by July 31.

If a restart is not possible, however, Tottenham – who sat in eighth place when the season was suspended – face the prospect of missing out on Champions League football next term, with a system based on points per game rumoured to be one potential solution.

Prior to Uefa’s most recent call, there had been some hope for Tottenham, after suggestions that qualifications for next season’s Champions League could be based on each club’s coefficient ranking, which is determined by their year-on-year European performance.

Tottenham’s ranking would have placed them above the likes of Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United after their historic run to the final last season.


UEFA Considers scrapping VAR when football eventually returns

VAR hasn’t been universally popular since it was adopted in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season.

The technology, which is designed to mitigate the influence of human error in refereeing decisions, has ironically generated even more controversy than before its introduction.

Prior to the suspension of Premier League matches on March 9, VAR was at the centre of debates about contentious penalties and fractional offside calls almost weekly.

The officials in charge of properly utilising slow motion replays and a myriad of camera angles were showing no signs of learning how to maximise their potential benefits.

But whenever football does resume in any capacity, the role of VAR seems to be in serious doubt.

Per The Sun, Premier League VARs may be forced to work away from their Stockley Park hub due to the necessary continuation of social distancing.

Normally, up to 30 officials work in a small room with a bank of screens and three-man technical teams operating on each match – a clear breach of the current guidelines.

A potential workaround is to mobilise the system using vans which could be driven around the country to house VAR in stadium car parks.

Such a setup has been implemented instead of Stockley Park only once to cover Manchester City’s trip to Burton Albion in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final last season.

That said, mobile units are currently deployed with great success in other competitions, namely the Champions League and the Italian Serie A.PSX_20200424_052043

However, according to French outlet RMC Sport, UEFA’s executive committee will today meet to discuss whether or not the technology should be used in Champions League and Europa League matches for the rest of the season.

While it could well bring the integrity of competitions into dispute, it’s a difficult trade-off between this and ensuring the smoothest possible competition of the season.


Qualification for European competitions will be on ‘sporting merit’ if leagues don’t finish

UEFA executive committee have decided that if leagues don’t finish the 2019/20 season, then qualification for the Champions League and Europa League will be done on a point-per-game system.

Martyn Ziegler, the chief reporter for The Times, tweeted: “Hearing UEFA’s executive committee has just decided that if leagues do not finish then qualification for Champions League/Europa League should be on sporting merit (which sounds like points per game).”

That would mean Liverpool, Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester United would qualify for the Champions League – if Manchester City’s Champions League ban remains in place.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United and Wolves could qualify for the Europa League.

Of course, it’s the Premier League’s priority to finish the current campaign but, if that’s not possible, UEFA will go on ‘sporting merit.’

While Ziegler added that “UEFA’s guidelines ONLY affects European qualification, not domestic issues” that didn’t stop Oliver Kay from the Athletic from working out how that would affect the Premier League.
Martyn Ziegler

Hearing UEFA’s executive committee has just decided that if leagues do not finish then qualification for Champions League/Europa League should be on sporting merit (which sounds like points per game)

He revealed how Sheffield United would go above Wolves thanks to their game in hand, while Arsenal would also leapfrog north London rivals Tottenham.
Oliver Kay

If Premier League decided by points per game
* Sheff Utd would go from 7th to 6th, leapfrogging Wolves
* Arsenal would go from 9th to 8th, finishing above Spurs for first time in four years
Otherwise unchanged
* Liverpool 1st
* Bournemouth, Norwich, Villa still in relegation zone https://twitter.com/martynziegler/status/1253264908684271617

Martyn Ziegler

Hearing UEFA’s executive committee has just decided that if leagues do not finish then qualification for Champions League/Europa League should be on sporting merit (which sounds like points per game)

Elsewhere in Europe, though, Atletico Madrid would have to settle for a Europa League place as they currently sit sixth in La Liga. Real Sociedad would enter the Champions League along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla.

In Italy, Juventus, Lazio, Inter Milan and Atalanta would enter Europe’s elite competition, with Roma and Napoli having to settle for the Europa League.

The four teams qualifying for the Champions League in Germany would be Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Schalke going into the Europa League.

And in France, Paris Saint-Germain will be joined by Marseille and Rennes in the Champions League, with Lille missing out.


UEFA considering moving UCL final to Aug 29 & UEL final to Aug 26

UEFA is considering proposals which would see the Champions League final being played on August 29, three months later than originally scheduled.

The Champions League final was due to take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on May 30.

Under one of the new proposals which UEFA will discuss next week, the final would be moved to Saturday, August 29 at the same venue.

The Europa League final which was due to be played in Gdansk on May 27 could now be played on Wednesday, August 26.

UEFA is looking at two different options for restarting their club competitions.

If domestic seasons restart in June, UEFA hopes it may be possible to play European club games at the same time.

But if they are delayed, it is more likely that European club games would start after domestic seasons have finished.

That opens up the possibility for the Champions League being played as a ‘mini-tournament’ in August in Istanbul.

Manchester City and Chelsea are still in the Championship League, while Wolves, Manchester United and Rangers are still in the Europa League.

UEFA’s proposals will be discussed at its Executive Committee meeting next Thursday.

It is also holding talks with its 55 member associations on Tuesday and the European Clubs’ Association and European Leagues on Wednesday.


UEFA ‘to decide short-term future of European football next week’

UEFA are to decide the short-term future of European football in a series of meetings next week.

Football’s European governing body has called for meetings with its 55 federations, leagues, clubs and other officials on Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April.

Up for debate will be, among other things, plans for the rest of the 2019/20 season.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has always stressed the importance of the public’s health but has also reiterated his wish for domestic seasons to be completed.

UEFA are looking to reach an agreement with Europe’s domestic leagues over how to reschedule the rest of the campaign.

Belgium’s Pro League had planned to cancel the rest of their fixtures, but they have suspended their decision until after the meetings with UEFA


FIFA ponder third transfer window to help clubs navigate pandemic crisis

FIFA could introduce a third transfer window to help clubs to recover when football resumes after the coronavirus crisis.

All of Europe’s major divisions were suspended indefinitely after measures were put in place by governments to halt the global spread of the virus.

With no income from ticket sales and matchday revenue, many clubs have had to furlough staff and ask players to take pay cuts to balance the books.

Meanwhile, summer transfer activity has been put on hold as clubs wait to see how badly they will be affected by the loss of income.

But there has been some good news for the world of football, after several Bundesliga sides returned to training last week.

The German top flight appears set to resume in early May, with the campaign concluding in June, though games are likely to be behind closed doors.

Other major leagues across Europe are hoping to follow suit but there is a strong likelihood that divisions will resume and end on very different dates.

If some leagues continue well into the year then FIFA are considering a flexible approach to transfers to allow teams to buy and sell players at different times.

At present, teams are permitted to sign players in two windows, in summer and winter but that now seems likely to change as a result of the pandemic.

FIFA’s director of football regulations said: ‘We could see the opening of a third transfer window, he said to NobleSports Reliable source.

A third transfer window would enable teams who have been badly hit financially to offload players and recoup some of losses.

On Sunday, Sources revealed that Tottenham are willing to sanction a world record £200 million sale of Harry Kane to Manchester United to balance the books.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is concerned that the club’s dip in income could have disastrous consequences as they continue to pay back a loan they took out to build their £1 billion stadium.


City pleaded over 2 year ban

Manchester City has filed an appeal against their two-year European ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS.
The Premier League club have vowed to fight the sanction imposed by UEFA on February 14 for breaching financial fair play regulations.

Although CAS did not indicate a time-frame for the appeal process, it is expected to take several months.

In a statement, CAS said: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations .”

Man City faces losing hundreds of millions of pounds in prize money, TV revenue, gate receipts and sponsorship income should their appeal against the ban fail.

Last week City Football Group CEO Ferran Soriano said the club hoped to have their appeal heard by CAS before the start of next season’s Champions League.

He said UEFA’s charges against the club of overstating their sponsorship revenue between 2012 and 2016 and failing to cooperate with an investigation were “simply not true.”


Full lists of Euro 2020 Tables. (Group A – F).

Reigning European champions Portugal will come up against World Cup winners France and Germany in the standout group at Euro 2020 following Saturday’s draw for the tournament in Bucharest.

Neither France nor Portugal were in Pot One for the 24-team competition being held in 12 cities across Europe, making them the teams to avoid for the top seeds.

The section, Group F, will be completed by one of the winners of the play-offs to be played next March.

See the draw for the group stage of the Euro 2020 finals, to be played from June 12-July 12, made in Bucharest on Saturday:

Group A





Group B





Group C




Winner of play-off Path D or Romania should they qualify (home games in Bucharest)

Group D



Winner of play-off Path C

Czech Republic

Group E




Winner of play-off Path B

Group F

Winner of play-off Path A or Path D (if Romania win Path A)




Note: Remaining four teams to qualify through UEFA Nations League play-offs in March


French fan wave flags to cheer as UEFA set to sell 1 Million tickets for Euro 2020.

One million tickets for Euro 2020 will go on sale to supporters in December, UEFA confirmed on Saturday ahead of the draw for the tournament in Bucharest.

While the format of the tournament, with 12 cities across the continent hosting matches, has come in for criticism, UEFA reported “very strong demand” for tickets when they first went on sale in June and July this year.

A total of 19.3 million requests were made for the 1.5 million tickets on sale during that period, out of a total of three million.

The latest wave of tickets will go on sale to supporters of the 20 teams who have already qualified from Wednesday, December 4 at 1300 GMT up until December 18 for a competition that will begin in Rome on June 12 and conclude with the final in London on July 12.

In between, matches will be played from Bilbao and Dublin to Saint Petersburg and to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

“We said that this Euro will have a different flavour, a European flavour, and we want to take this festival all over Europe,” UEFA’s deputy general secretary, Giorgio Marchetti, said at a press conference.

“That is why we are not afraid and the big success of ticket sales earlier this year demonstrates that people have a real appetite and real desire for this tournament.”

The cheapest tickets will cost 30 euros ($33) for games in Baku, Bucharest and Budapest, and 50 euros elsewhere.

Meanwhile, UEFA expressed hope that the tournament will not be marred by incidents of racism such as those during England’s win in Bulgaria in qualifying in October.

“In our experience, the Euro has been always a very festive event, at least within the stadiums, so we are confident this atmosphere will take priority over stupid and sometimes criminal things which from time to time happen in football,” said Marchetti.

If needed, UEFA will stick to their so-called three-step procedure to help officials deal with racist incidents in stadiums.

The procedure first involves announcements being made within stadiums asking supporters to stop any racist behaviour. If that fails, referees can suspend games and take players off the pitch, before abandoning matches as a last resort.