Champions League Play-Off : Napoli v Nice

Nice beat Ajax

Nice, after a fine start to their competitive campaign in defeating Ajax, are now faced with an even more difficult task against Italian giants Napoli. No one had given Les Aiglons much of a chance against the Dutch side, but that was before Nice had lost twice in the league, and in rather embarrassing fashion to a less-than-potent Saint-Étienne and […]

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Champions League Qualification Preview: OGC Nice vs Ajax Amsterdam

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We’ve barely put the Confederations Cup in the rear-view mirror, but already football is upon us once again, as Nice seek to reap the rewards of their impressive 2016/17 season. Les Aiglons‘ third place finish earned them a place in the third round of the Champions’ League qualifiers, and this evening they host an Ajax side which, less than three […]

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Champions League Preview : Juventus v AS Monaco

ASM lose to Juve

Monaco head to Turin seeking to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg against Juventus, to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2004. While they rebounded nicely to win at Nancy at the weekend, keeping their sights firmly on the Ligue 1 title, the league-leaders must surely have been disappointed with their 2-0 loss at […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Juventus

ASM beat BVB

In the opinion of many, Monaco being drawn against Juventus represented a worst-case scenario for Leonardo Jardim’s effervescent side. The Italian champions had topped a tricky group containing Sevilla and Lyon, and haven’t conceded in the competition since November, a run of nearly 500 minutes. In addition to a very solid defence, in Paulo Dybala Juventus have, like Monaco, a […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Borussia Dortmund

Mbappe v BVB

After a first leg in which the focus was hardly on football, following a nerve-shattering attack on Dortmund’s team bus, Die Schwarzgelben make the trip to Monaco ready to overcome a 3-2 deficit from the first leg. Like the Ligue 1 leaders, they won at the weekend, but it was far from a stirring performance. Unlike Monaco, however, Dortmund did […]

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Champions League Preview : Monaco v Manchester City

ASM v MCFC

After a 5-3 thriller in the first leg at the Etihad three weeks ago, there is no doubt that Manchester City’s trip to the Stade Louis II is the most anticipated of all of the Champions League Round of 16 second legs. Needing at least two goals to progress, Monaco will be forced to go on the attack, something that […]

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Champions League Preview : Barcelona v PSG

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Few would have thought that Paris Saint-Germain could enter this evening’s visit to the Nou Camp with even a hint of doubt after thrashing Barcelona 4-0 three weeks ago. However, the hosts’ good form, and a pair of uneven outings from the French champions have seen just the smallest bit of uncertainty creep into the minds of some. Whether the […]

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Champions League Preview – Manchester City v Monaco

MCFC v ASM

While not the high-profile encounter involving a Ligue 1 team of last week, Monaco’s trip to the Etihad Stadium this evening is nevertheless an intriguing one. Manchester City’s season has been one of mixed fortunes; dogged by injuries (Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus) and the failure of big-name transfers (Claudio Bravo, John Stones) to settle, the team have seemingly […]

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