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Atletico Madrid vs Juventus live stream: Champions League preview, probable XIs & TV listings

Atletico Madrid welcomes Juventus to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the first leg of a round of 16 Champions League tie on February 20.
When is the match and how to watch it live The match between Liverpool and Bayern will start at 8 pm local time and 1:30 am IST (Wednesday).
Sony Ten 1 & HD 1 will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Ronaldo and team inspect the Wanda Metropolitano.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Madrid barely a year after his exit from Real Madrid and his vigil back into the Spanish capital leads him to the rival side of the city.
The game promises to be an epic tactical battle as two of the best defensive teams in Europe, and indeed the world, take on each other. But both teams also boast of world-class attacking talent with the likes of Paolo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann and the aforementioned Ronaldo.
Despite finishing le..

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Nervous Liverpool? Jurgen Klopp makes big statement ahead of Champions League clash with Bayern Munich

Back in the day, Jurgen Klopp was forever plotting the downfall of Bayern Munich, and now, with Liverpool, he awaits the formidable rivals all over again. However, he has tried to play down all the hype and believes that there is nothing personal in the highly-expected clash.
As the coach of Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05, Klopp faced Bayern 29 times and earned just nine victories.
“There was never any negative thing with Bayern, but when we play each other and they buy our players, how can I be happy?” Klopp told reporters ahead of the clash.
Klopp's boys, defender Mats Hummels and forward Robert Lewandowski, have now switched sides to Bayern and the man expects them to be quite a force, although he claims he knows their game quite well.
“I worked together with these boys. Two fantastic players. I have to be really thankful. Without them probably my career would not be the same. I know a lot about them. I really like them. We will try everything to, what can I say? To let the..

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Liverpool vs Bayern Munich live stream: Champions League preview, probable XIs & TV listings

Liverpool gets ready to welcome Bayern Munich to Anfield on February 19 in a first leg clash of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
When is the match and how to watch it live The match between Liverpool and Bayern will start at 8 pm local time and 1:30 am IST (Wednesday).
Sony Ten 1 & HD 1 will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich preview Mo Salah will lead Liverpool's charge against Bayern Munich at Anfield.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images Anfield will be in for a special night as two-former Champions League winners and contenders for this season's title will be locking horns in the first knockout fixture for both sides.
Bayern has not had the best of seasons in the Bundesliga but seems to be finding form going at a crucial juncture of the season. Niko Kovac's side has cut down a nine-point deficit to just two in the space of a month and is hot on Borussia Do..

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FIFA invites India to 2022 World Cup in Qatar

India is set to finally find representation in a senior FIFA World Cup after a high-ranking official of FIFA's 2022 World Cup invited members of India's cricket World Cup winning teams of 1983 and 2011 to Qatar for the quadrennial event.
The CEO of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Nasser Al Khater said that the next edition of the quadrennial tournament is for all to celebrate and hence he wants the Indian cricketers to be present in Qatar in three years time. “It is safe to say that this world cup (in Qatar in 2022) is for all of us to celebrate. I think I have to say, we look forward to welcoming you there (in Qatar),” he said at an awards function in Mumbai.
KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images Khater added that he did not earlier realise how popular a game cricket is in India and since members of the 1983 and 2011 cricket World Cup winning teams were present at the event, he went on to extend a special invitation to them.
“I did not realise how big cricket was in India, so..

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Chelsea vs Manchester United live stream: FA Cup team news, playing XIs and TV listings

A beleaguered Chelsea welcomes Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on February 18.
When is the match and how to watch it live on TV, online The match between Chelsea and Manchester United will start at 7:30 pm local time and 1 am IST (Tuesday).
Sony Ten 2 & Sony Ten 2 HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.
Chelsea vs Manchester United preview It will be a battle between the French World Cup winning midfield duo.Catherine Ivill/Getty Images While Chelsea comes into this game on the back of a victory, their form has been patchy in the recent past. Manchester United, on the other hand, is going into the game on the back of a defeat but that was their first reversal since caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over.
But Solskjaer's train seems to be hitting a few roadblocks at the moment as in the 0-2 at the hands of PSG on Tuesday, he lost two of his prima..

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Arjen Robben reveals the worst ground he has ever played on

Ahead of his Champions League clash with Liverpool, Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben has declared Anfield to be his “worst stadium”. Liverpool will take on Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League fixture on Tuesday. This statement is understandable as the Dutch has had some not-so-good memories of the ground when he was with Chelsea. Back in the day, Chelsea were defeated 1-0 on aggregate by eventual winners Liverpool in the 2004-05 Champions League semi-finals. And then again, he had to taste defeat on penalties to Liverpool at exactly the same stage in 2006-07.
'There always has to be a negative one' Arjen RobbenReuters “I think, if you ask [about] the worst stadium for me, it's probably Liverpool,” the 35-year-old Dutch winger told The Guardian . “You always have your favourite opponent and there always has to be a negative one.” Speaking about the aforementioned matches, Robben said: “At that time [Liverpool] were really capable of being this c..

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Manchester United reveal how much it cost to sack Jose Mourinho; amount will shock you

The relationship between Manchester United and Jose Mourinho reached its tipping point last year after the 3-1 loss against Liverpool. This also left his side four points adrift of the Premier League's top four positions.
United has now revealed that it cost them £19.6 million ($25.1m) to sack Jose Mourinho and his staff in December after they spent almost two-and-a-half years at the club.
Along with the release of the club's second-quarter financial, they have also informed that the release of Mourinho, along with coaches Silvino Louro, Carlos Lalin and Stefano Rapetti, as well as scout Ricardo Formosinho, and analyst Giovanni Cerra, cost the club a near-£20m bill.
Mourinho was fired following a run of disappointing results, culminating in a 3-1 loss at Liverpool which left United 11 points adrift of the Premier League's top four positions.
“Exceptional items for the quarter were £19.6 million, relating to compensation to the former manager and certain members of t..

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Valentine’s Day tough love: Three fans stabbed in Rome ahead of Lazio vs Sevilla match

Football lovers faced tough a bout of love tough love ahead of Valentine's Day as at least three people were stabbed in a mass brawl between fans of Sevilla and Lazio, Italian media reported.
According to La Repubblica, the people injured by the stabbing incident were two Spanish fans and an American. The fight broke out ahead of the Europa League clash between the two sides on February 14.
A local bar owner told the Italian daily that there was silence and the fight suddenly broke out
“Everything was quiet, when suddenly we heard shouting and the sound of broken glass. We rushed to the window and saw guys with hoods armed with clubs and batons that were attacking other guys,” said the local bar owner to the daily.
Twitter The clashes between the fans of Lazio and Sevilla occurred in Monti, near the Colosseum in the historic centre of the Italian capital city of Rome. La Repubblica further said that nearly 40 people were involved in the brawl which was eventually bro..

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Novak Djokovic deserves praise like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Grosjean

Julian Finney/Getty Images Retired tennis player Sebastien Grosjean says current tennis stars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are aliens because of what they have achieved in their field.
Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles, which is the highest by any Men's Singles player in the open era. Behind him in the list is Nadal with 17 Grand Slam titles and then, Djokovic is third with 15 Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic added one more to the tally of 15 Grand Slam titles after defeating Nadal at the 2019 Australian Open final.
Grosjean says the new Australian Open winner deserves the same praise and respect as the way Federer and Nadal receive.
“When a guy dominates as Novak does, you need to admire and respect him. You should praise him, like Roger and Rafa. They're the exception. They're aliens. I find this exceptional,” Grosjean said during an interview with LEquipe.
Sebastien Grosjean was appointed as the French team's Davis Cup captain in December 201..

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Cristiano Ronaldo is like Usain Bolt and Roger Federer, says Juventus’ Chiellini

Ronaldo (M) celebrating with his Juventus teammatesGabriele Maltinti/Getty Images Giorgio Chiellini, the captain of Juventus, has compared his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to tennis legend Roger Federer and Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt.
Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018. He has won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.
Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles and holds the record for most number of Grand Slams. Bolt boasts having several records in the field of track and field events.
The Swiss tennis ace and Bolt are deemed exceptional in their respective fields. Chiellini says their urge to go the extra mile is why he has compared the Portuguese forward to Federer and Bolt.
“Ronaldo? You become a leader. I'm a curious person, I'm a good observer and I like to learn. Having near Ronaldo me, for example, is interesting,” Chiellini told La Stampa.
“He's like Bolt and Federer: knowing the habits of..

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