Preview : Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb – Champions League

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Having conceded seven goals in their last two league matches, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that Lyon are a club in flux. After comprehensive defeats of Nancy and Caen to start the season, last year’s runners-up have dropped six points and seem to be riddled with problems. A perfect storm of injuries and poor form have […]

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Preview : Tottenham v Monaco – Champions League

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When Monaco were last in the Champions’ League proper, in 2014-15, they qualified directly by finishing second in Ligue 1. In this edition, it took a pair of playoff rounds, and some might have it that they were lucky with regards to their opponents. Both Fenerbahce and Villarreal could be considered favorable draws; both were hit hard by injuries and suspensions, making […]

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Preview: PSG v Arsenal – Champions League

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Even though it feels like Paris Saint-Germain has played Chelsea around 100 times in the last few seasons, Tuesday’s game with Arsenal is only the first competitive meeting between these two clubs in 22 years. Arsenal beat PSG 2-1 on aggregate, winning 1-0 at Highbury, to advance to the final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. Now, the […]

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Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

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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

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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

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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

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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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