Andy Robertson reveals Liverpool’s game plan to beat Real Madrid

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has revealed the Reds plan to press Real Madrid at Anfield as they attempt to overturn a 3-1 Champions League quarter-final deficit, hoping their intensity will disrupt the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos dictating the game. Jurgen Klopp's side were criticised in the aftermath of their first leg clash a week ago for lacking their usual level of intensity. Real Madrid were able to cut through the Reds far too easily, enabling Vinicius Junior to score twice either side of a gifted Marco Asensio goal. Liverpool were guilty of making it too easy for Real Madrid in the first leg | Angel Martinez/Getty Images Klopp admitted after the game that his team made it ‘too easy’ for

Twitter reacts as Chelsea & PSG progress to semi finals at expense of Bayern Munich & Porto

Another Tuesday, another night of undiluted Champions League drama.We now know that Paris Saint-Germain will meet either Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City in the semi finals, after they banished the ghosts of last season's final by defeating Bayern Munich.Elsewhere, Chelsea beat Porto in a game that had little for the neutrals to enjoy until the final seconds.ft. WE'RE THROUGH TO THE #UCL SEMI-FINALS! #CHEPOR pic.twitter.com/EmX9uf7377— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 13, 2021ALLEZ PARIS ?❤️? pic.twitter.com/MI8b3UOmi5— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) April 13, 2021In Paris, things got off to a captivating if not overtly dramatic start. Things really clicked into gear just before the break when Neymar hit the crossbar and then the post in very quick succession.Forget the scoreline. Watching Neymar in this

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Bayern Munich: Player ratings as PSG progress despite defeat

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Bayern Munich

Paris Saint-Germain progressed to the Champions League semi finals on Tuesday night on away goals, despite losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich courtesy of an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting strike. In a captivating first half, Neymar hit the crossbar and the post in quick succession just before the break. Bayern made the Brazilian pay for his wastefulness when Choupo-Moting opened the scoring from close range soon after. Neymar waved goodbye to Kingsley Coman before hitting the bar for PSG ? How have PSG still not scored?! pic.twitter.com/mirTscUgK8 — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 13, 2021 After the break things calmed down, although Neymar came within centimeters of sliding Angel Di Maria's cross home early on. Kylian Mbappe then had a goal ruled out for offside with

Chelsea 0-1 Porto: Player ratings as Blues reach semi finals despite Taremi stunner

Chelsea secured the result they needed to take them into the semi finals of the Champions League despite an incredible stoppage time overhead kick from Porto's Mehdi Taremi. An intense opening saw the Portuguese outfit press the Premier League outfit with intensity, but Chelsea soon found their rhythm and midfielders Jorginho and N'Golo Kante performed exceptionally in central midfield to keep their opponents comfortably at bay. ft. WE'RE THROUGH TO THE #UCL SEMI-FINALS! #CHEPOR pic.twitter.com/EmX9uf7377 — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 13, 2021 Substitute Taremi got the game's only goal in the 93rd minute, rising highest to acrobatically fire into the top corner, but it wasn't enough to change the overall result of the tie. The Blues are arguably the dark horses of the competition, enjoying

What Bayern Munich need to do to overturn their 3-2 first leg defeat to PSG

When Paris Saint-Germain were pitted against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final of this season's Champions League, the footballing world offered a sympathetic head tilt towards Mauricio Pochettino's side.You know the one. We've all involuntarily done it at one point in our lives, as if to say 'there there, things will get better one day, just stick at it old chap'.Kylian Mbappe and co. had other ideas.The French champions threatened to run away with the tie at one point, storming into a 2-0 lead as the Allianz Arena began to look increasingly like someone had switched to winter mode on FIFA.Die Roten managed to drag their way back into the contest - an effort spearheaded by the sheer brilliance of Eric

The Chelsea lineup that should start against FC Porto in the Champions League

Chelsea have one foot in the semi-finals of this season's UEFA Champions League having beaten FC Porto 2-0 in last week's first-leg. Goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have given the Portuguese outfit a mountain to climb in the return fixture, but with a big FA Cup semi-final to come this weekend, will we see Tuchel shuffle the pack? The Blues take on Manchester City this Saturday with a place in the showpiece final up for grabs and so given the advantage they already hold in this tie, it'll be interesting to see how the German approaches this one. They have a fully-fit squad to select from and here at SPN, we look at the team that should start for Chelsea on

Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus: The greatest comeback that didn’t happen in 2018

On 10 April 2018, AS Roma shocked the world by overturning a three-goal deficit against Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico, staging one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history.Many thought an act as dramatic or unexpected could never be repeated, but one team used that famous night as rocket fuel for their own mini-miracle.Only one evening later, Juventus travelled to Santiago Bernabeu to take on reigning European champions Real Madrid, tasked with the daunting job of flipping a three-goal deficit of their own - albeit away from home.If Roma's win over Barça was a story of David and Goliath, then this fairytale was David against Goliath's bigger, tougher and uglier brother. Madrid had rocked up to Turin eight days prior,

Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka expected to miss Bayern Munich-PSG second leg

Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka both look set to miss Bayern Munich's second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next week.Bayern were defeated 3-2 in the first leg and travel to Parc des Princes for the second game where they will need to score at least two goals to turn the tie on its head.Beaten at home. We'll need a big performance in Paris. ♦️ #FCBPSG #MiaSanMia ♦️ pic.twitter.com/k7TbGIIX3y— ???FC Bayern English??? (@FCBayernEN) April 7, 2021Die Roten were already plagued with injuries to key names heading into the repeat of last season's final, but BILD now report that the pair both suffered muscle injuries in the game and are 'almost certain' to miss the second leg.Goretzka was forced

Things we learned from the first legs of the Champions League quarter finals

With the first half of the Champions League quarter finals out of the way, now is the time for some reflection before the madness resumes next week.After an international break, some high octane midweek Gazprom football takes it right out of you, especially with a number of barnburners actually delivering on the hype (for a change). Nothing is over until the fat lady sings and the first legs so far have set up some seriously tasty second legs to look forward to between Europe's heavyweights. We've definitely learnt a few things already, though, so it's time to debrief.Here are the key takeaways from the first legs of the Champions League quarter final.Generational. | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty ImagesLet's have it right: he's

Fabinho seen laughing with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after Champions League loss

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho was spotted sharing a laugh and a joke with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after the Reds' 3-1 defeat at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday.Fabinho played the full 90 minutes in the Champions League quarter-final first leg but was unable to prevent Liverpool falling to defeat at the hands of Real, who roared into an early lead through Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema and wrapped things up later on with another Vinicius strike.Florentino Perez holding Vini’s hand & Fabinho. pic.twitter.com/5X8PLC2hS6— R•Madrid Pics ? (@RM_Pictures) April 7, 2021It was a rough night for Liverpool, but Fabinho seemed in high spirits after the game as he met with Perez in the tunnel, which has seen him face criticism

Linesman reveals real reason for getting Erling Haaland autograph after Manchester City clash

Romanian assistant referee Octavian Sovre sparked plenty of controversy for his apparent decision to chase Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland for an autograph after Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, but fear not... there's actually a wholesome explanation for the whole thing.Footage of Sovre waiting in the tunnel to catch up with Haaland and get his autograph raised plenty of eyebrows on Tuesday and had both fans and pundits questioning whether officials should be allowed to pick up autographs from players after the game.?‍♂️ Erling Haaland autographing a red card and yellow card for an assistant referee after the Manchester City-Dortmund game on Tuesday #UCL ? Pep Guardiola: "Maybe he's a fan of Haaland. Maybe it was for his son or

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side show character in victory over Porto

How many times have we heard the word 'unprecedented' over the last 12 months? Alright, we get it, we're being forced to live through one of the most mental periods in the history of the world - stop reminding us how 'unprecedented' it all is. Chelsea overcame Porto in convincing fashion That being said, no matter how bad things get, you can always rely on certain teams to churn out the same old meltdowns that they've become synonymous with over the years. Take Chelsea for example, they've enjoyed their fair share of success in recent times, but no matter how good things get we all know there's a collapse on the horizon. Thomas Tuchel's arrival at Stamford Bridge had seen the Blues embark on

Twitter reacts as PSG stun Bayern and Chelsea take a grip on their tie with Porto

As if one night of enthralling Champions League football wasn't enough to banish the memories of a boring international break, Wednesday night threw up another absolute barnstormer.We only had to wait a few minutes to be treated to our opening goal of the night, as Kylian Mbappe fired Paris Saint-Germain ahead in their clash with Bayern Munich thanks to some suspect goalkeeping from Manuel Neuer.To be fair to the German, he wasn't helped by the fact the Allianz Arena resembled a scene from Cool Runnings as the snow began to pour, but the good folk of Twitter didn't really take that into account...PSG grab a vital early goal away at Bayern!Kylian Mbappe scores in the snow ❄️ pic.twitter.com/KK4HIRTTAk— Football on

Bayern Munich 2-3 Paris Saint Germain: Player ratings as Kylian Mbappe inspires Les Parisiens to thrilling win

A Kylian Mbappe brace helped Paris Saint Germain to a fantastic 3-2 victory away at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.An enthralling first half kicked off with the visitors breaking the deadlock inside just three minutes. Neymar broke forward and unselfishly played in Kylian Mbappe, who powered the ball through Manuel Neuer at the near post. PSG's Brazilian maestro turned provider once more in the 28th minute as Mauricio Pochettino's men made it 2-0. As Bayern were stepping up after clearing a corner, Neymar clipped the ball back into the box where an onside Marquinhos was waiting to bring the ball down and finish expertly.Hansi Flick's side began to mount the pressure on their visitors and eventually pulled one back in

Porto 0-2 Chelsea: Player ratings as Blues take control of quarter-final tie

Chelsea will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their quarter-final tie with Porto next week, after goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell handed Thomas Tuchel's side the win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Wednesday night.Mount provided the only real moment of quality in a drab first-half as he made a fool of Porto defender Zaidu Sanusi, spinning behind the Nigeria international before smashing the ball into the bottom corner.MONEY. MASE! ?#PORCHE pic.twitter.com/S46kDu90sa— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 7, 2021Chelsea took control of the tie with just five minutes to play, as Chilwell pounced on a mistake from Porto's Jesus Corona before rounding Agustin Marchesin and tapping into an empty net.A solid night's work for Tuchel's

Bayern vs PSG: What’s changed since the 2020 Champions League final?

Bayern Munich face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, in a re-run of the 2020 final. Die Roten came out on top last summer thanks to a second half winner from Kingsley Coman - a player PSG let slip through the net back in 2014. Since then, a lot has happened in both Bavaria and Paris. Some of it has been good, some has been bad, but if you are anything like us you have probably forgotten most of what has transpired. That's why we have compiled a handy guide to everything that has changed at each club since they last met back in August 2020. The final was Thiago's last game for Bayern | Pool/Getty ImagesBayern

Jadon Sancho & Jude Bellingham react to decision to rule out goal against Man City

Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho have both taken to social media to question the decision to rule out the former's first-half goal during Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night.With City 1-0 up, the young midfielder seized upon a mistake by City keeper Ederson, nipping in to take the ball off his toes and letting the Brazilian connect with the bottom of his boot instead, leading to a customary dramatic tumble from the stopper.It definitely was not a foul, though.Jude Bellingham has the ball in the back of the net vs. Man City... but the referee says no!The teenager robbed Ederson of the ball, but play was pulled back for a foul. @jjenas8 thinks the

Why Naby Keita was substituted in the first half against Real Madrid

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed Naby Keita's substitution in the first half of Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat to Real Madrid was for ‘tactical’ reasons, having hooked the Guinea international after just 42 minutes.It was only a second start for Keita since before Christmas, having missed close to two months with an ankle injury and then returning in late February as only a bit-part player.Keita was off the pace as Liverpool went 2-0 down in 36 minutes | Soccrates Images/Getty ImagesLiverpool were second best in the first half in Madrid, but rather than wait until half-time to replace Keita, with the Reds having gone 2-0 down a few minutes earlier, Klopp opted for an instant change.“It

Zinedine Zidane hits back at Jurgen Klopp’s ‘training pitch’ jibe

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists Los Blancos are ‘proud’ of playing at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano following dismissive comments from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp that it is a ‘training pitch’.Real have been playing at the Valdebebas training complex, which is usually home to Castilla, because of renovation work being completed at the Santiago Bernabeu, which has coincided with fans being unable to attend games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Real are playing at the Di Stefano while fans cannot attend games & renovation work starts on the Bernabeu | Angel Martinez/Getty ImagesKlopp is reported to have told one media outlet when Liverpool arrived at the complex, “This is a training pitch”, implying it isn’t good enough to host Champions

Pep Guardiola insists Man City will attack Dortmuand not sit on aggregate lead

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised his players for holding their nerve against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League quarter-final first leg tie on Tuesday night, before insisting that his team will continue to attack in the second leg.City will take a 2-1 aggregate lead to Germany next week after a late winner at the Etihad Stadium from Phil Foden. Marco Reus had equalised in the closing stages for Dortmund, cancelling out Kevin De Bruyne’s first half opener.Phil Foden score a late winner to given Man City a 2-1 aggregate lead | Michael Regan/Getty ImagesGuardiola was grateful that his players kept their heads after being pegged back with not a lot of time left on the clock and went on