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Rope-A-Dope: How Liverpool Lost A Treble

182 minutes into Liverpool and Atlético Madrid’s round of 16 battle of the UEFA Champions League, the Spanish outfit were awarded a free-kick from roughly 30 yards out. With the game otherwise going to extra-time, Renan Lodi sent the ball into the Liverpool penalty area where Saúl Ñiguez was waiting to head home for victory. The goal was ruled out for offside but, whether they knew it or not, this was the moment Liverpool lost the Champions League.

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UCL Preview: Barcelona vs Napoli

Typically, progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League is a sign that your club is headed in the right direction and things are fine. For both Napoli and Barcelona, it only delayed the inevitable. Both Carlo Ancelotti and Ernesto Valverde were sacked as a result of poor performance, disappointing standing in the league, bad football, any of the above, really. The usual reasons. Yet neither new manager really looks to be the person to take over for the long term. This is a match of two interims.

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UCL Preview: Chelsea vs Bayern Munich

Two teams that regularly feature in the latter stages of European competitions, the shared history of both Chelsea and Bayern Munich is a short but storied one. Their 2020 fixtures will no doubt be played in the shadow of the 2012 Champions League final, the highest point of Chelsea’s history but a harrowing memory for any and all Bayern fans.

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UCL Preview: Atlético Madrid vs Liverpool

A force that cannot be stopped. An object that cannot be moved. If only there was a saying that could accurately summarise what this match promises to be.

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