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Champions League Probability

Chelsea could well find themselves on a collision course with Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League with that the most likely outcome from Monday’s draw.

A calculation of the probabilities of each pairing shows that Liverpool and Manchester City are most likely to face a trip to Madrid to play either Real or Atletico.

Tottenham, meanwhile, will be thrilled if they avoid the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and pull out their most likely tie against Valencia.

The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.

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Napoli Sack Carlo Ancelotti

Napoli have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti less than three hours after he guided them into the Champions League knockout stages.

The Serie A club had not won in nine games in all competitions until Tuesday’s 4-0 success at home to Genk.

Ancelotti was in his second season in charge of Napoli but they sit seventh in the league after that poor run.

They are the only team to beat Liverpool in 90 minutes this season, defeating the Reds 2-0 in September.

Last month the manager and Napoli players were in a high-profile dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

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Deja Vu As Inter Stumble Again In The Champions League

Antonio Conte

Different manager but same result. Twelve months ago, Inter under Luciano Spalletti were knocked out the Champions League after failing to beat PSV in their final group match at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.

Fast forward twelve months. Two record signings, and a new manager in Antonio Conte, and Inter were in the same situation as a year ago. Win on matchday six and qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

And once again, Inter failed, losing 2-1 at home to Barcelona reserves, a result that will see Inter play in the Europa League in the new year.

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Klopp Says Liverpool Are Desperate To Retain Champions League Crown

Champions League Trophy

Jurgen Klopp has demanded Liverpool create more stories and warned his players are hungry to conquer Europe for a seventh time.

Liverpool begin their defence of the Champions League in Naples on Tuesday night and after a flying start to the domestic campaign, Klopp wants to see his players replicate their form in Italy.

Klopp quickly put Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid behind him and says his squad are focused on creating more history, with the aim of reaching the final in Istanbul next May.

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Good Champions League Draw For English Clubs

It is the luck of the draw, but while the likes of Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid got groups with heavyweight rivals, the Premier League’s quartet will all be happy with their outcomes.

Tottenham landed Bayern Munich, but will expect to overcome Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade, while Liverpool and Manchester City will expect to coast through as group winners and Chelsea are favoured to take Group H.

Group Predictions
Group A: PSG and Real Madrid go through

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Manchester City Try To Preempt Champions League Ban

Manchester City have revealed how much they fear a UEFA Champions League ban by launching a legal challenge to halt the governing body’s investigation into whether they have violated football spending regulations.

The Premier League champions have asked the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to throw out the case that they deliberately tried to cheat Financial Fair Play, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday night.

There is a growing belief in football that City will be found guilty and face a subsequent Champions League ban in 2020-2021, as well as restrictions on transfer market spend.

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Liverpool Are Champions Of Europe Once Again

Liverpool Six Times Winners

It was one of the worst Champions League finals in recent memory, but Liverpool fans will not care as they say their side beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid to win their sixth European title. This title lifts Liverpool above Bayern Munich and Barcelona and behind only AC Milan and Real Madrid in the history of the world’s leading club competition

With neither side having played a match in three weeks due to the early end to the Premier League season, this pinnacle of European football looked at time like a preseason match with passes going astray and both sides resorting to 1980s long ball football.

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Jurgen Klopp Gets Rid Of Nearly Man Label

Jurgen Klopp With Champions League Trophy

All week all we had heard about was that Jürgen Klopp could not win the big one. That after three cup final defeats at Liverpool on his CV that he was the “nearly man”. Great at winning semi-finals, but unable to win when the pressure was on.

On Saturday night in Madrid, Klopp got rid of that label for good after winning the biggest prize in club football. Klopp’s image will be paraded on the Kop among the icons of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Rafa Benitez. He is one of the great ones now.

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Champions League Final: Klopp Hopeful Over Firmino Fitness

Roberto Firmino

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is close to returning to full training ahead of the Champions League final.

The striker, who has missed the Reds’ last three games with a groin injury, has been making a staggered return to training during Liverpool’s warm weather camp in Marbella.

With less than two weeks to go before the June 1 showdown with Tottenham, Klopp said on Wednesday: ‘Bobby looks really good (and) he is now part of training.

‘It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens.

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Manchester City Furious At UEFA Over Champions League Ban Leaks

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Manchester City are furious about the UEFA investigation into their financial dealings after reports emerged that they are facing a ban from the Champions League.

The Premier League champions could face heavy sanctions for alleged breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, with the New York Times revealing on Monday that members of the investigatory chamber of UEFA’s financial control board will push for a one-season ban from European football elite competition, probably in 2020-21.

Investigators have spent months reviewing evidence first detailed in a series of leaks and reported by the German publication Der Spiegel.