recap on Friday’s football news, including the draws for the quarterfinals and beyond in the Champions League and Europa League
Fri 19 Mar 2021 1725 GMT
First published on 19 March 2021 0943 GMT
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Barney Ronay goes all Peter Fonda in this intro to his play about England’s hopes for Euro 2020
â ???? We want to be free, do what we want to, We want to throw beer in the air We want to dress up as Gareth Southgate for his friendly Victorian burial stage and that’s exactly what we’re going to do (with reasonable clearance and a favorable infection curve) We’re gonna have a good time We’re gonna have a partyâ ????
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There were a lot of interesting scenarios when the Champions League was drawn. And by the way, there are all sorts of permutations that are being kicked around
“Liverpool has to go all the way, Salah takes revenge on Ramos, bursts Tuchel’s balloon with a goal that is not a goal and beats Citeh in Instanbul with a goal 12mm above the line and at the same time the blue and squashed the red of manchester at once
In the meantime, they are in 5th place Place up to the 4th Everton’s place in the PL and as champions they take the last place in the Champions League
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While Liverpool’s Magical Mystery Tour bus goes to Madrid (well, Budapest), it’s a different story for Spurs
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Didn’t he do well? Hmmm, not after most Louise Taylor asks if it’s time to stay or turn for Brucie
I think if we all did the Brucie pose once a day the world would be a happier place picTwittercom / biKigDyh1P
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No doubt someone will come up with Joao Virginia. But that is exactly what Everton will have in goal for the FA Cup duel with Manchester City
The 21-year-old will only appear for the third time for the Blues, with both Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen injured
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That’s all of me today – I’ll give you back to David Tindall for the remainder of today’s blog, wish you a good weekend!
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A few words from Fulham manager Scott Parker before a big game against Leeds: “The most important thing is three points on Friday night. The psychological element of the game is that we get out of the bottom three and put even more pressure on the teams above us Of course there is this element. The main thing, however, is that the team performs as well as it has done in the past few monthsâ ????
It would be an impressive feat for Fulham to stay awake and they look increasingly confident
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Real Madrid coach Zinedene Zidane continues to focus on national issues after his team was drawn against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals
“We know Liverpool: they will ask a lot of us physically but we have to think about that after the international break”Zidane said a little earlier in his press conference on Friday today This season is tough overall We can’t outdo each other, we have to take things day in and day out and be ready for whatever happens. We know we are alive in the title race and we are want to keep working hard for it Every year the last part of the season is to do or die I don’t focus on the schedule, but on everyday life This is what really makes us work We live, we work hard and that’s inspiration enough for us ????
Eden Hazard will be absent for Saturday’s trip to Celta Vigo with a muscle problem as his injury nightmare continues at the Bernabeu We want Eden to recover properly and fully This is the most important thing for us Said Zidane We don’t want him to have an operation We’re going to have a specific plan for him We want him back and shootin ???? (Reuters)
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In the U23, but still Jamie Bowden, Marcel Lavinier and Kion Etete scored the goals and both teams had sent a man off
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Lee Bowyer, who took over the helm of Birmingham City after Aitor Karanka’s dismissal, has spoken to the media and will be taking his team to Watford tomorrow afternoon:
â ???? I know what the capabilities of this club are I was here when we played in the Premier League and a cup final and I would love to help make it a success and get the club back in the right direction Bowyer said
For tomorrow’s opponents, Watford: Watford is a Premier League team, it has speed, strength and is direct. They are a good team, but they have weaknesses All sides have weaknesses We have to take our risks and use them and work hard for each otherâ ????
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Ben Fisher brings you the live action tonight of WSL Arsenal, who is fourth, faces Manchester United, who is third and six points ahead of the Gunners. Start at Meadow Park is 630 p.m. UK time and here is the preview of Suzanne Wrack:
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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged Michael Keane to use his English nudge as motivation to convince Gareth Southgate that he deserves a place at Euro 2020
â ???? I think it’s the national team coach’s decision and the only way to change that is to work hard and focus on what he’s doing. This season was good, really good. He played for the national team but during this time he won’t play for the national team, but it doesn’t matter said Ancelotti
â ???? I think he needs to focus on the euro and he has two months to convince Southgate that he is ready for the national team. England has a lot of good center-backs I think Michael doesn’t have to worry about that, it can be an opportunity to try to get better at what he’s doing He’s doing really well, his season is really good but I think he can do better, he can do more, he needs to focus there to improveone? ??? (PA)
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Chelsea face Sheffield United in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-finals The Blues need to strike a balance between attack and counter-pressure, manager Thomas Tuchel said today Chelsea have never more than two since Tuchel took office and despite an unbeaten run of 13 games Goals scored in a game
“We lacked precision in the final third and a few goals, but we never lacked in speed against the ball, touches in the penalty area, shots,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-finals against Sheffield United Maybe we lacked composure but that’s our fault for working so hard against the ball it’s about balance and I think we have that balance in how the players feel we will never stop thinking about how we create opportunities Find offensive solutions where we can create spaces and accelerate our attacks. But we also think about counterpressure ???? (PA)
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Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster has announced that he is the latest footballer to suffer racial abuse on social media, and the 20-year-old former Liverpool striker posted an abusive message he posted on his Instagram -Account Die Klingen tweeted: “As a club, we welcome Rhian for bringing the disgusting news to light”We will now support him and work with him, the Premier League and all relevant authorities to ensure that the person behind this post is brought to justice”
“There is a hell of a lot more needs to be done People want to engage with the players and understand the players, but things like that just drive them away” Paul Heckingbottom when asked about the abuse Rhian Brewster received # SUFC ð ???? ´
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What are the Bundesliga games this weekend, I hear you cry? The second-placed RB Leipzig could pull up to one point ahead of Bayern Munich if he wins against Arminia Bielefeld tonight. Bayern Munich will face the ninth from Stuttgart tomorrow:
Saturday 20 March FC Cologne against Borussia Dortmund, Bavaria Munich against VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt against Union Berlin, Werder Bremen against Wolfsburg, Schalke against Borussia Münchengladbach
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Bournemouth manager (at least until the end of the season) Jonathan Woodgate has a chat with Southampton ahead of the FA Cup quarter-finals:
“We’re definitely the underdogs because they’re a Premier League team, but we’re going to go in there thinking we can win the game no matter what”Said Woodgate – If it has to go to extra time, you go to penalties, we are confident we can create some excitement. It’s a fantastic performance for the football club and we’re just trying to make it to a semi-finals, however it’s going to be really difficult They are a good team with really experienced players, everyone will think Southampton will win But our players will not think that we will be in a moment ????
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If you can tear yourself away from football, the Gold Cup kicks off in Cheltenham in five minutes:
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Yesterday’s goal of the day in the Premier League Twitterland is a personal favorite of my Collymore-inspired efforts at Old Trafford in 94/95:
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Commenting on the club’s announcement of a pre-tax loss of £ 67 million, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers said: “There is a huge impact on Covid”This is going to hit any club. But I think it shows the trust the club has in managing the budget and the numbers they keep investing. Despite the pandemic, the club continues its long-term vision. Hopefully we get the fans in the.” back next season and that [losing] number is going down The club has been great [investing]
â ???? This summer there will be expenses but it will not be the same as if we were before Covidâ ????
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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith responds to Ollie Watkinsâ ???? England calls: “I love Ollie”He’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever worked with. He has many qualities, but the biggest one for me has always been his attitude, his selfless manner towards the team when he works. Last year he was the championship top scorer and us wanted to bring him to Aston Villa and we believed he could take that step up. He made the English squad with his appearances and everyone in the club loves himâ ????
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Thomas Tuchel reacts to his Chelsea team taking on Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League: “First of all, I’m glad we’re playing an international game and not an English team”Because the Champions League is about, I always prefer to play against teams from other countries. Then we have a second leg at home that feels good. Maybe a small advantage to finish at home
â ???? Obviously a lot of people will make us favorites against Porto that won’t help us because in Turin you can ask what’s the opinion on it if it helps you be favorites But we are confident and confidence is very much linked to our performances together We face a strong opponent, we face each other with all due respect, but now that we are in the quarter-finals we are thinking about how we can win them. We see our “chances”
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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers posted a fitness update ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-finals against Manchester United Ricardo Pereira (thigh) is out but Dennis Praet will be fine after recovering from his own thigh strain has
“Ricardo won’t be available for the weekend but we’re pretty confident he’ll be okay after the international break,” Rodgers said. It’s just a light burden, but luckily, nothing too serious Dennis is going to be for the weekend Be available On “Cengo” (Cengiz Under), we’ll see how he’s doing after the international breakâ ????
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Pep Guardiola spoke to the media. Manchester City will face Everton in the FA Cup tomorrow evening and was drawn against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League today
On the trip to Everton: â € “It’s final tomorrow, gone. The quality of their players is there, there’s no doubt about that But there’s another incredible opportunity in a competition.It’s the last game before the international break. Hopefully we can finish well and when we come back the important part of the season will beginâ ????
To Carlo Ancelotti: “I don’t know how many years he was a manager, but it was in the best clubs in the world”He has succeeded in all places. People talk about him as a manager and person and I know how he looked after me before I started [coaching] I visited him in Milan and he allowed me to do one or two Watching workouts He was so nice I admire him very much …
About Dortmund: It’s a privilege to be in the last eight teams. I haven’t seen much of them this season because we don’t have time, but in this international break we will have time to see them. But Dortmund is always a good teamâ ????
About Erling Haaland: The numbers speak for themselves. He is currently one of the best strikers in the world for his age. I know the quality of this playerâ ????
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The Celtic interim boss John Kennedy has announced that he will not give the Rangers a guard of honor after winning the title in the Old Firm game on Sunday
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Manchester United has signed a five-year jersey sponsorship deal with TeamViewer valued at £ 235 million a year to start next season:
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Speaking ahead of West Ham’s meeting with Arsenal, David Moyes: “I think Arsenal are an improving team”Mikel is building a really good team there and it will be a tough game. They will gain confidence if they win a local derby. We will do our best to pick them up but we will do our best to get over what we do I am very happy about Jesse [Lingard, who was called to England], his performance justified it I have to say he was very good He helped us, he was a good acquisition for the squad in January
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Thank you David Platitude Queen a renowned horse known for his sense of humor – look at that wiggle, wonderful one ???? As Alan Partridge once said
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Right, time to return Luke McLaughlin I’m on my way to support Zeinab Badawi’s Twenty Hotels over the next few in Cheltenham
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Man Utd are hoping to stay on track for Europa League glory after drawing their last eight games in Granada, but an FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester is coming up this weekend
Here is Ole Gunnar Solskjör ahead of Sunday’s journey to royal power: of course we drew the league against them and we know we need to defend well against them You have (Jamie) Vardy and (Kelechi) Iheanacho now with the form They show scorer form and you have other high profile players there the passes of (Youri) Tielemans, the runs of (Ayoze) Perez
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After Ole Gunnar SolskjÃ¦r said that Manchester United should be judged by league form rather than trophies, he now insists the trophies are damn good hell yeah
The United boss said: “I talked about this about trophies a few days ago Sometimes it can hide the fact of what you are doing in the background”
“But I think we’re constantly improving and we’re getting closer and winning a trophy could be a boost for everyone, yes”
“We’ve had this before when we won the Carling Cup in 2006 with Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, their first wins and it was the first of many”
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Some reactions from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to the Real Madrid draw He says it’s “exciting” and “cool”, not the words he used after the 2018 Champions League final when Loris Karius took “a shocker” to an unprecedented level
The Red’s boss told Liverpoolcom: “It’s exciting, exciting”It’s a tough draw obviously but I agree because when you look at all the other teams you think, ‘Oh my god” because they are all strong and all of quality, that’s clear I’m really looking forward to the games
“It’s only been a little over two years since we faced them and it’s been a tough night for us so it’s cool to get the chance to play them again”
“I know it’s another round and whatever and we don’t know where we’re going to play and stuff like that, but that’s all right”If it will be Budapest that’s fine. We’ll be fine. Hopefully the home game at Anfield, that would be great too
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Back to the Champions League Chelsea and Sid Lowe’s piece, if you missed it, certainly point to a major shift in power between the Premier League and La Liga Atletico are four points clear in Spain and yet Chelsea slightly brushed them aside
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Let’s get in the mood with one of the better FA Cup songs, at least for the past 25 years, and other caveats
Here is Chelsea’s 1997 Britpop-inspired work by Suggs & Co Some specific Madness Piano 31 seconds in
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VladimirUlyanov writes: “When an English club wins the Champions League at BT Sport without a spectator, it’s like a tree falling into the rainforest”Does the fact that no one sees or hears it mean that it didn’t happen?
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