Champions League update, What went down
First of all- we are really excited that the UEFA Champions League is back. If you missed some of the matches, here is what went down yesterday.
Barcelona’s match against Celtic, was definitely the highlight of the evening. The Catalans showed the Irish champions why they are considered to be one of the top rated clubs in the world as they thrashed Celtic 7-0, in their Champions League opener.
Is PSG missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic already? It would appear so. They were unable to seal a win at home. Though, they had the lead for most of the match, a costly error gave Arsenal the lead just before stoppage time.
Anderson Talisca was the hero for Besiktas as a last minute equalizer against his former club Benefica sealed a draw for his side.
English Premier League champions Leicester City, will make their Champions League debut against Belgium’s Club Brugge today, while Cristiano Ronaldo, will lead Real Madrid to play against his former club Sporting. Watch this space for more updates.
Manchester City Vs B.Monchengladbach Postponed
Manchester City has called off their UEFA Champions League fixture against Borussia Monchengladbacbh, citing safety and security concerns as the reason.
The match was postponed as a result of the heavy downpour of rain, minutes before the match was scheduled to kickoff.
The officials tried to test possibility of playing the match on the water logged football field and it proved a hard task, which eventually led to the official announcement made via the team’s Twitter handle yesterday.
The rescheduled date has been announced. The match will played next week Wednesday, September 21.
Sergio Aguero who missed out on the Manchester derby due to a two match ban in the English premier league, is expected to feature as City looks to kick off their campaign with a win at home.
Ranieri – Winning the Champions League is impossible
Coach of reigning English Premier League champions (Leicester City) Claudio Ranieri, has ruled out his team as contenders for the coveted Champions League title.
Leicester City are set to make their Premier League debut against Club Brugge on Wednesday and all eyes will be on Ranieri’s men as they hope to dazzle the world, just like they did when they won the English Premier League last season.
Though Ranieri seems to thing the possibility of his side winning the champions league is unlikely.
“Our fairytale is not only in sport but in life. If you believe, good things could happen. If you don’t, it’s difficult,” the Italian manager told a media conference. Winning the Champions League is impossible. But Leicester show that the impossible is possible. We would have to write another big fairytale [to win the Champions League] – the second story. It is important to make an experience. I don’t want to make an illusion to our fans.”
“We want to show our best. Our desire is to win. We have to fight, but with a lot of respect for everybody,” he added. “It’s important for us to play in Europe beyond December. This is our goal. Of course we want to be in the knockout stages.”
“Brugge is a good team – the best in Belgium. They are used to playing in Europe, they have experience, that means something.”
Don’t miss out on updates from the match, which we will be sharing tomorrow.
Come back tomorrow for your dose of daily sports news.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan