A record five English clubs will feature in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday, amid talk that the Premier League is ready to dominate Europe once again. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all progressed from the group stage, making England the first country to have so many sides through to the knockout phase.
Cristiano Ronaldo collected his joint-record fifth Ballon d‘Or on Thursday in Paris in the middle of his worst domestic season for Real Madrid, but with a deserved reputation for delivering on the biggest stage of all and when it matters most.
Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk reached the Champions League round of 16 with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, and their coach kept a promise to attend his news conference dressed as Zorro.
The five Premier League sides in the Champions League face the prospect of a daunting draw in the round of 16. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have all secured their place in the first knockout round of the competition.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo set a record for scoring in every Champions League group game as his side won an entertaining encounter 3-2 on Wednesday at home to Borussia Dortmund, who clinched a spot in the Europa League.
Antonio Conte insists Chelsea have nothing to fear in the Champions League last 16 even though his side could face a crunch clash with Barcelona or Paris Saint Germain. Conte's team blew their chance to finish top of Group C as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich fans pelted Neymar with fake €500 bank notes during their Champions League clash with PSG on Tuesday night. The Brazilian has already been pelted with baguettes during PSG's draw with Marseille earlier this season. But Bayern fans, went to new lengths, customising and printing notes with Neymar's face on them ahead of the Allianz Arena clash
Spartak Moscow's doctor has banned players from having sex ahead of their clash with Liverpool in the Champions League. The Reds need at least a point against the Russian outfit to secure their progression to the last 16, but Spartak have a secret weapon in the shape of Victoria Gameeva.
Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte will embark on a campaign to get his side to qualify by topping group C as they seek to consolidate their grip on ‘simpler tie’ in round 16.
Manchester United and Liverpool are among the teams bidding to book their places in the Champions League knockout stage this week, while Atletico Madrid appear set to bow out of the competition. Here, AFP Sport looks at five scenarios to keep an eye on during the final round of group-stage games on Tuesday and Wednesday:
Spanish league Champions Real Madrid are reported to be planning a transfer move to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz in the forthcoming January winter window. British media Daily Mail and Spanish media ESPN have reported that Zinedine Zidane is on a mission to build his backline with the 48M pounds signature of the Brazilian, who has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
FC Basel kept their hopes for qualifying to the Champions League knockout stages alive after a 1-0 win over Manchester United.
Spanish football rallied round Sevilla's Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo on Wednesday after the club confirmed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer a day after his side staged a dramatic Champions League comeback against Liverpool.
Turkish champions Besiktas reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time as they fought back for a 1-1 draw at home to Porto in their penultimate Group G match on Wednesday.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted star forward Antoine Griezmann's lean spell in front of goal has had a profound effect on the Spanish giants' stuttering start to the season.
Juventus star Paulo Dybala has rediscovered his scoring form just in time as he renews his rivalry with fellow Argentina Lionel Messi in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona.
Chelsea boss has criticized English Football Association for coming up with tight fixtures complicating the quest of English players to compete in the Uefa Champions League. While addressing the media at Baku in Azerbaijan, ahead of Chelsea’s second leg tie with Qarabag, the Italian trainer slammed the English soccer management for being insensitive and coming up with congested fixtures leaving no time for rest.
Manchester United are able to mount a serious challenge for both the Premier and Champions League titles this season thanks to a stronger squad, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said.
Winger’s football career has seen him rise, fall and then rise again.
Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.