Champions League

Antonio Conte: Making the Champions League is Chelsea's focus now

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Unhappy Antonio Conte admits Chelsea are battling to secure their Champions League future and warned of a “bad surprise” if his side do not raise their game. A 1-0 loss at West Ham last Saturday and Manchester City’s win in the Manchester derby on Sunday saw Chelsea slip 14 points behind Pep Guardiola’s leaders. After a fourth loss in 16 ...

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Chelsea v Barcelona past meetings

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Premier League champions Chelsea have been drawn to face Barcelona in the Champions League last-16. Here Press Association Sport looks at previous Champions League meetings between the sides. Blues battle through adversity – 2011/12 semi-finals (Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate) Fernando Torres scored a crucial late goal for Chelsea in the Nou Camp (Stephen Pond/Empics) Chelsea won 1-0 at Stamford ...

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Chelsea v Barcelona – what do the stats tell us?

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Chelsea were drawn against Barcelona in one of the standout ties of the Champions League last 16. The draw resumes a rivalry which has been on hold since t he two teams met in the semi-final of the 2011-12 competition, Chelsea winning that tie en route to lifting the trophy in Munich. They had been frequent opponents in the years ...

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Tre Penne v The New Saints (Tue)

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New Saints director of football Craig Harrison is confident his side will finally see off San Marino’s Tre Penne in the Champions League. The Welsh treble winners secured a narrow 2-1 victory[1] in the first leg of the first qualifying round at Park Hall. “I expect us to score more goals than they do, home or away,” Harrison told BBC ...

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Celtic face Tallinn or Gibraltar trip

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Celtic will face a trip to either Estonian side Flora Tallinn or Lincoln of Gibraltar in the Champions League second qualifying round. The first leg, new manager Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive fixture in charge, will be away on 12/13 July, with the return on 19/20 July. Celtic have lost in the final play-off round for the past two seasons. They ...

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The New Saints 2-1 Tre Penne

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The New Saints secured a narrow victory in the first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie against San Marino’s Tre Penne. Simon Spender teed up Scott Quigley to give the Welsh hosts the lead but Stefano Fraternali levelled for the reigning San Marinese champions. Quigley turned provider for the second, playing in Jamie Mullan to restore the ...

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Saturday's gossip column

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For a list of all the completed deals, check out the transfers page.[1] Alexandre Pato’s parent club Corinthians expect Chelsea to take up their option to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)[2] Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 28, denies speculation that new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has lined him up as a replacement for John Terry, ...

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Man City's Silva misses Real return leg

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Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Real Madrid because of a hamstring injury. The Spaniard has been ruled out for two to three weeks after limping out of Tuesday’s scoreless first leg. Silva, 30, would be fit for the final on 28 May, should City get there. Midfielder Yaya Toure, who missed ...

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Bale backs Real to reach European final

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Wales star Gareth Bale is confident Real Madrid will progress to the Champions League final, despite failing to make their chances count in a goalless first-leg at Manchester City.[1] Bale, playing his first game in England since his £85m move from Tottenham in 2013, could not provide the spark in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence on Tuesday. But he is upbeat about ...

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Keys to sing at Champions League Final

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Alicia Keys is to become the first singer to play live at the opening ceremony of the Champions League Final. The show will see the singer perform to around 80,000 people in Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on 28 May and to TV audiences in over 220 countries. Keys, who will be debuting new music in the show, said playing to ...

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