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RoadToKyiv: UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final Draw

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Liverpool face Manchester City but Juventus’s meeting with Real Madrid in a repeat of last season’s final is perhaps the stand-out tie.

 

UEFA Champions Leage quarter-final draw
Barcelona (ESP) v Roma (ITA)
Sevilla (ESP) v Bayern München (GER)
Juventus (ITA) v Real Madrid (ESP, holders)
Liverpool (ENG) v Manchester City (ENG)

Draw facts
Barcelona (ESP) v Roma (ITA)
1st leg: 4 April, 2nd leg: 10 April

4 previous UEFA meetings:
1 Barcelona win
1 Roma win
2 draws
Most recent encounter came in the 2015/16 group stage, the Spanish side winning 6-1 in the Camp Nou with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez both scoring twice.
Barcelona are 12 matches unbeaten against Italian sides at the Camp Nou (W9 D3).
Lionel Messi has 12 goals in 19 games against Serie A opposition at a rate of one every 136 minutes.
Sevilla (ESP) v Bayern München (GER)
1st leg: 3 April, 2nd leg: 11 April

These clubs have never met before in UEFA competition.
Bayern have lost on their last five trips to Spain; Sevilla have never lost at home to visitors from Germany (W7 D4).
Sevilla overcame German opposition in four of their five UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League-winning campaigns.
Juventus (ITA) v Real Madrid (ESP, holders)
1st leg: 3 April, 2nd leg: 11 April

19 previous meetings:
8 Juventus wins
9 Real Madrid wins
2 draws
A repeat of last season’s final, when Madrid won 4-1 in Cardiff.
Cristiano Ronaldo has seven goals in five matches against Juventus – one every 64 minutes.
Juve have won the teams’ last four two-legged knockout ties on aggregate, including their 2014/15 semi-final – the last time Madrid were knocked out of the competition.
The Bianconeri have won six of the sides’ seven most recent meetings in Turin.
Liverpool (ENG) v Manchester City (ENG)
1st leg: 4 April, 2nd leg: 10 April

Liverpool celebrate January’s 4-3 win against City
The pair have never met before in UEFA competition.
In domestic fixtures Liverpool have dominated, recording 87 wins to City’s 45, with 46 draws.
City have won just one of their last eight encounters with Liverpool in all competitions, losing five. The Reds are the only team to beat Pep Guardiola’s charges in this season’s Premier League.
Raheem Sterling scored 18 goals in 95 Premier League appearances for Liverpool between 2012 and 2015; James Milner was a member of Manchester City’s title-winning squads in 2012 and 2014.
How the draw worked
It was an open draw: there were no seeds, and teams could play a club from their group or any side from their own association. Final ambassador Andriy Shevchenko selected the balls.

The road to Kyiv
3/4 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
10/11 April: Quarter-finals, second leg
13 April: Semi-final and final draw
24/25 April: Semi-finals, first leg
1/2 May: Semi-finals, second leg
26 May: Final (NSC Olimpiyski, Kyiv)

Courtesy: www.uefa.com

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Bayern Munich confirms interest in Manchester City star

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Bayern Munich president, Uli Hoeness, has confirmed the club is working on a deal for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

Sane is the club’s number one choice, to replace outgoing veteran duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, after Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Achilles injury.

The 23-year-old, who joined City from Schalke for £37million in 2016, made 47 appearances for City in 2018-19, scoring 16 goals.

But only 30 of those games were starts and Sane only completed the full 90 minutes on 16 occasions.

Now, after star striker Robert Lewandowski declared that Sane is “a player who can immediately take us higher, who improves the team”, Hoeness confirmed that they are pushing to land Sane.

“We are dealing with this player,” Hoeness told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

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Allegri And juventus Part Ways

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A failure to win the Champions League after signing Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have cost the coach his job
Juventus have announced that head coach Massimiliano Allegri will leave the club at the end of the 2018-19 season.
The Italian boss’ future has been in question since being dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax, with the Italian champions having been firmly among the favourites to lift the crown.
Indeed, two finals have been reached during Allegri’s five-year spell at the club and the arrival or Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer was seen as the final piece of the puzzle required for the Old Lady to go all the way.

Having failed to do so, the Bianconeri and the 51-year-old are set to part ways in the summer. A statement on the club’s website reads:
“Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019-2020 season.
“The coach and the president, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at a press conference, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday 18 May, at 2pm (CET) in the conference hall of the Allianz Stadium.”
No statements have been made by either party as to where Allegri – who has won five Scudetti, four Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana titles during his time in Turin – will end up next season.
Chelsea could be an option for the Italian, with Maurizio Sarri’s future up in the air following an inconsistent season, while Bayern Munich could also be interested as they look set to part ways with Niko Kovac in the summer.
As for who will take over from Allegri, Antonio Conte’s recent admission that there is a 60 per cent chance he would return to coach in the Italian top flight next term could put him in the frame, though the former Italy boss has also been linked with Roma and Inter.

Jose Mourinho is also out of work since being released by Manchester United last year, and the Portuguese trainer has said that he will only return to coaching if the right club with the right ambitions becomes available.
In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Mourinho was asked about the possibility of taking over at Paris Saint-Germain after stating that he knew the reasons behind their European exit at the hands of United, but would not comment due to Thomas Tuchel already being at the club.
Still, the Portuguese’s close relationship with sporting director Antero Henrique and excellent track record in the Champions League continues to see rumours of a move to the Parc des Princes dugout swirl.

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Real Madrid Complete The Signing Luka Jovic

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Luka Jovic has completed a £52.4m (€60m) move to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt, according to Sky sources.

The 21-year-old Serbia international striker has signed a five-year contract with the Spanish giants, which will earn him £43.7m (€50m) in total or £8.7m a year.

Frankfurt will pay Jovic’s former club Benfica around £10.5m of the transfer fee.

The striker joined Frankfurt on loan from Benfica in the summer and last month the Bundesliga club exercised their option to make the move permanent.

Jovic has scored 17 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances this season and 10 more in the Europa League, where Frankfurt lost to Chelsea on penalties in the semi-finals.

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