Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco celebrate v Villareal

With just six days between matches, and seemingly no change in the fitness issues that are currently plaguing Villarreal, the overriding assumption is that today’s match between hosts Monaco and the Spanish side is all but a foregone conclusion. After all, at the weekend while Monaco were able to eke out a victory away at the always-challenging Nantes, despite using […]

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Preview : Monaco v Fenerbahce – Champions League Qualifying

Falcao 2

While an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis forced youngster Loic Badiashile into action last Wednesday, Monaco looked none the worse for wear. Yes, a 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce was less than ideal, but given their away goal, the tie is far from over. Indeed, with first-choice goalkeeper Danijel Subasic back in training, as well as newly arrived centre […]

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Preview: Fenerbahce v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

ASM Fener

In the last three seasons, the third-placed French team has failed to reach the group stages of the Champions’ League, most recently Monaco losing to Valencia in a somewhat unlucky fashion in the play-off round last season. Again, their season starts in late July, in the third qualifying round, and this time Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce are their opponents. Fenerbahce have a […]

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Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

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PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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Chelsea v PSG: Champions League Preview

Chelsea PSG

On Wednesday night all eyes will turn to Stamford Bridge as Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea do battle for the sixth time in three years – once again the tie is balanced on a knife-edge after a tight and enthralling first game at the Parc des Princes. PSG travel to London on Wednesday night with a 2-1 lead from the first […]

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EUROUNDUP: Zlatan Breaks Another Record as Group Stages End

Ibra v Shakhtar

Going into this round, two teams were already sure of progressing (Paris Saint-Germain and St Etienne) and two had their calendars marked ‘available’ (Lyon and Bordeaux), so most of the interest was split over the two Europa League shifts on Thursday as Marseille looked for a point against Slovan Liberec, and Monaco went to Spurs looking for a win and the other […]

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Euro-Connotations – The Final Group Games

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores past Malmo's goalkeeper Johan Wiland during the UEFA Champions League Group A, second-leg football match Malmo FF vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Malmo, Sweden on November 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN   +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ / AFP / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

Another midweek round, this time for the last group games in the European competitions, and some of this is a bit involved, so here’s your handy cut-out-and-keep guide to the situation as it stands… Tuesday 19.45 GMT – PSG v Shakhtar Donetsk PSG are through in second and nothing is going to change that given their head-to-head record against Real […]

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Euroundup 5 : Two In, Two Out, Two Shaken All About

ASSE Qualify Galtier

It’s the business end of the European competitions, and some places, for good and bad, are already confirmed. The French teams’ bilan is now two through, two out, and two TBC, with one looking slightly more likely than the other. Champions League PSG are through after a 5-0 trouncing of Malmo, led by supply captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, returning to where it […]

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