UEFA set to allow Juventus into 2021/22 Champions League following Super League plot

UEFA set to allow Juventus into 2021/22 Champions League following Super League plot

UEFA have told Juventus that they will be permitted to compete in the 2021/2022 Champions League, despite their attempts to form a breakaway Super League in April. The Bianconeri were one of 12 clubs who were part of the widely condemned plot. The Premier League's so-called big six - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham - were the first to pull out of the plans, with Milan, Inter and Atletico Madrid following suit soon after. Meanwhile, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona - who were the ringleaders of the project - remained committed to the Super League until the bitter end. Rumours of punishments for the trio have been rife, with some even suggesting that UEFA could prevent them from competing

Pep Guardiola says he does not feel under pressure to win Champions League with Man City

Pep Guardiola has said he is not under pressure to win the Champions League at Manchester City, but he would be if he was managing Manchester United or Liverpool.Since arriving at the club in 2016, Guardiola has struggled with City, bowing out to underdogs Monaco, Lyon and Tottenham in recent years. For much of the 2020/21 season it seemed like they would finally break their hoodoo, only to lose 1-0 to Chelsea in the final.Speaking before that game, Guardiola denied he feels under pressure to lead City to their maiden European crown."I didn’t come here because the club said ‘you have to win the Champions League’," he told Rio Ferdinand in an interview for BT Sport (via Liverpool Echo)."If I

Raheem Sterling & Kyle Walker racially abused after Champions League final

Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker were racially abused following Manchester City's Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. The City pair were sent monkey emojis on Instagram just days after Manchester United's Marcus Rashford was subject to the same vile treatment after the Europa League final. A spokesperson for Facebook, who own Instagram, told Sky Sports News: "The racist abuse sent to these players last night is abhorrent and we don't want it on Instagram. We swiftly removed a number of comments and accounts for breaking our rules and we're continuing to review and take action against those that violate our policies."We have built safety features, including Comment Filters and Message Controls, which can meaningfully decrease the abuse people

How to officiate a football match – starring Champions League final referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz

The only time a referee becomes a major talking point after a match is usually when he's 'done a Graham Poll' and booked the same player three times or dropped a similarly sized clanger. But on an evening when the world stopped to marvel at the football on show in Saturday's Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, a cult hero was born. Good Morning Chelsea Fans!!!! ? pic.twitter.com/c9LqCGMn4C— Kai Havertz (@kaihavertz29) May 30, 2021No, it wasn't Kai Havertz or one of the Blues' heroes, who lifted the European trophy for the second time in their history with a 1-0 victory. It wasn't any player on either side, in fact. It was referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. The Spanish official

Every time Pep Guardiola out-thought himself in a Champions League game

Pep Guardiola is possibly the greatest tactical mind of his generation. But he still hasn't quite got to grips with the Champions League, has he? For all the countless leagues and domestic cups he's added to his personal trophy cabinet over the years, his European Cup count stands at just two: and they are both firmly in the past.In his spells at Bayern Munich and Manchester City, he has never been able to go all the way in Europe. There is always something that stops him, and at the root of it is a tendency to overthink his game-plan for the now-or-never ties.Their defeat to Chelsea in the 2021 final is the most recent example of that, but we've taken

Sacking managers & instant success – it’s a Chelsea thing and it works

By this point, we all know about Roman Abramovich's revolving door policy at Chelsea.Any manager could win any amount of trophies, but a few weeks of underwhelming performances will see their head roll. Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Luiz Felipe Scolari...the list of victims goes on and on and on.No owner in England rules with such ferocity and ruthlessness, and yet no owner in England has celebrated more trophy wins since his arrival in 2003.To some, it's the most atrocious way to run a football club, but regardless of how you feel about it, you can't argue with the results. Abramovich causes chaos and it works.If you look back at Chelsea's run of success, you can follow the perilous story of

The best videos & images from Chelsea’s Champions League celebrations

In case you missed it, Chelsea won this little thing called the Champions League on Saturday.A first-half strike from Kai Havertz was the exclamation mark on what was an absolute tactical masterclass from Thomas Tuchel and his players, who put Manchester City to the sword for the third time in just over a month.This guy was absolutely rock solid at the back. Reminds us of something... ? pic.twitter.com/pL6KZB3IlT— Nokia Mobile (@NokiaMobile) May 29, 2021It means Chelsea are now officially the best team in Europe (that's how it works, trust me), and as you can imagine, the celebrations ended up going a little wild.Things were always going to escalate when Tuchel waltzed into the changing room with a champagne machine gun

Who can win the Champions League and EURO double this year?

Cristiano Ronaldo and his then Real Madrid team-mate Pepe had a stunning summer of 2016 as they followed up their UEFA Champions League success with victory in the UEFA EURO 2016 final with Portugal. That gave the pair entry into an elite club of just nine players ever to have won a European Cup and European Championship in the same year; will anyone join them in 2021?To qualify as 'double winners', players must have appeared in both winning finals. Incidentally, no one has won the EURO and the UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup in the same summer since 1996, when Bayern stars Markus Babbel, Thomas Helmer, Thomas Strunz, Christian Ziege, Mehmet Scholl and Jürgen Klinsmann went on to win the EURO

Champions League win seals Chelsea’s status as biggest & best club in London

The only team in London with TWO European Cups.Chelsea have been singing about being the biggest club in the English capital ever since John Terry and Frank Lampard lifted the famous Champions League trophy up high nine years ago, and those voices will only be amplified after the Blues added a second one to the cabinet on Saturday.Thomas Tuchel's side sit atop the European throne after coming out on top against Manchester City, claiming the questionable title of being the best team in the continent.That honour might be up for debate, but one thing that has to be certain now is that Chelsea are the biggest team in London...and it's barely even close.Since Roman Abramovich's arrival at Stamford Bridge in

Video: Jorginho has beard shaved by reporter after Chelsea’s Champions League win

How would you celebrate winning the Champions League? A song and a dance? Maybe a few beers? Repeatedly hug N'Golo Kante's perfect little head?Or... how about a shave?Chelsea midfielder Jorginho went for option four after leading the Blues to glory at the expense of Manchester City, and in one of the most bizarre post-match interviews you'll ever seen, he actually let TNT Sports' Fred Caldeira do the honours for him.After answering questions about the game, Jorginho urged Caldeira to pull out a beard trimmer and allowed the reporter to go to town on his face, and it turns out that this was actually part of a bet which the Italian made with Caldeira earlier in the competition.Back in April, after

Kevin De Bruyne reveals extent of facial injury suffered in Champions League final

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed he suffered injuries to his nose and eye socket in Saturday's Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.The Belgian led the line for Manchester City for the first hour, but went down in the 57th minute after a clash with Antonio Rudiger and required lengthy medical treatment. The City medical team were taking no chances with an apparent injury to the head, and De Bruyne was seen in tears as his game ended prematurely, with Gabriel Jesus emerging from the bench to take his place. De Bruyne was seen on the sidelines nursing a black eye with an ice pack, and there were real concerns over his condition from within the City ranks. He was soon

Pep Guardiola’s tactical arrogance strikes again in the Champions League final

Oh, Pep.Manchester City have had some hard-to-take defeats in the Champions League since Guardiola arrived at the Etihad Stadium, but there's no doubting that Saturday's final defeat was the worst of the lot. For all their recent dominance of the Premier League, too often it's English teams who cost them on the biggest stage. It was Liverpool in 2018, Spurs in 2019, and this time it was Chelsea who got the beating of them in Portugal. In all three of those exits, Guardiola has been guilty of overcooking the tactics. It's what he does in the big European games for some reason, and that's probably why the teams who City can normally outlast domestically keep coming back to haunt them.

Chelsea squad’s staggering bonus for winning the Champions League

The Chelsea squad will split a bonus of £10m as a result of their Champions League triumph over Manchester City on Saturday.Chelsea handed Pep Guardiola's side a lot of possession, but apart from one or two nervy moments, never really looked under pressure and waltzed to the biggest prize in club football thanks to a first-half strike from Kai Havertz.As noted by the Daily Mail, just getting to the final saw the Chelsea squad seal a reward of £5m, and Roman Abramovich will now hand the players an extra £5m for going all the way and bringing his favourite trophy back to Stamford Bridge.Bonuses at Chelsea are all shared equally, meaning every player in the matchday squad, including youngster Billy

Kai Havertz’s brilliant response to a question over his price tag after winning UCL

Chelsea hero Kai Havertz was in no mood to talk about his price tag after bagging the winning goal in his side's Champions League final triumph over Manchester City.A £72m signing from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, the 21-year-old hasn't always lived up to expectations in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, but he put in a masterful performance on Saturday and sealed the ultimate glory for Chelsea with a composed finish in the first half.It was an emotional end to a tricky season for Havertz, who was completely lost for words when interviewed by BT Sport after the game.Well...there was one word he managed to find.When asked whether he felt he had repaid his hefty fee with his crucial goal,

Champions League pots 1 & 2 confirmed for 2021/22 season

Champions League pots one & two have been confirmed for the 2021/22 edition of the European competition, with Chelsea and Manchester City being cast in the top tier.The ranking system decides the seeding of the group stage draw in August, with pot one boasting the winners of the Champions League, the Europa League and the champions of the highest ranked countries in the UEFA coefficient. And the first two pots have been decided for the 2021/22 Champions League draw, which sees Premier League champions Man City and Champions League winners Chelsea both secure their place among the elite. Europa League winners Villarreal have also been handed a place in pot one, along with Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Sporting, Lille and

N’Golo Kante shows worth as one of the greatest midfielders ever in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph

If you take a look at the still images from when the referee blew the full-time whistle on Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester City in Saturday's Champions League final, one man remains standing tall. Of course, the only person who refused to drop to his knees in exhaustion was N'Golo Kante. Kante stands tall | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty ImagesThe Frenchman put in one of the all-time great central midfield performances in Portugal, bossing the Citizens from start to finish, and adding another gold winners medal to his ever-growing collection. He's got previous for this, of course. Kante was the engine behind the most unlikely Premier League title success in 2016, carrying Danny Drinkwater and the rest of the Leicester

Twitter reacts as Chelsea beat Manchester City to lift Champions League

Well, what an unbelievable game we were treated to on Saturday evening! The Champions League final is the biggest occasion in the football calendar, and Manchester City and Chelsea offered it the respect it deserves, putting on an absolute show for the millions of spectators. WE'VE DONE IT!!!!!!!#ChelseaChampions #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/7VZ4RP8Kh6— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 29, 2021It was Chelsea who triumphed on this incredible night of football, beating the Citizens 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao to win the Champions League for the second time in their history, and condemn Pep Guardiola's men to another year without the illustrious trophy. The game started at a frightening pace, with both sides threatening early on. Raheem Sterling raced in behind and forced Edouard

Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: Player ratings as Kai Havertz fires Blues to Champions League glory

Chelsea stunned Manchester City to secure Champions League glory on Saturday night, putting in a stellar performance to claim a 1-0 victory over the outplayed Citizens in Porto. The game began at a surprisingly fast tempo, with Raheem Sterling recording the first notable attempt on goal. Timo Werner then had two brilliant chances to open the scoring, but he fluffed both, first mis-kicking horribly and then firing straight at Ederson from six yards out. CHELSEA LEAD! ?A superb pass from Mason Mount and Kai Havertz is cool enough to round the keeper and slot the ball home! ?#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/P2auOn6yk7— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 29, 2021Chelsea continued to press and pressurise Man City, who were incredibly susceptible to the

Twitter reacts to Manchester City & Chelsea’s Champions League final lineups

The Champions League final is upon us, people! The last hurrah in our domestic season has finally arrived, and we're being treated to an all-English affair in Porto. Manchester City and Chelsea are the two sides going head to head for Europe's biggest bragging rights, with the Citizens hoping to lift the trophy for the first time in their history, and the Blues aiming to double their own personal tally. The buzz before kickoff was all surrounding the team sheets. Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel are master tacticians and two of the best coaches in world football, but they are renowned (Pep especially) for going a bit mental in the crunch moments. So, we were all left waiting with bated

Manchester City vs Chelsea: A combined XI of the Champions League finalists

It's that time of year again. There's a certain buzz in the air for every single football fan because - yes, that's right - it's Champions League final time. The 2020/21 edition of Europe's elite club competition concludes on Saturday night as two sides face off against each other to claim the title of 'la creme de la creme' of club football. This year, we'll be able to enjoy the third ever all-English final as Manchester City face Chelsea in Porto - two superpowers of the modern game, littered with superstars all over the pitch. Imagine the side they'd have if they combined forces; it would be some team, wouldn't it?Well, imagine no more. 90min have compiled a combined XI