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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: 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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UCL Preview: Atalanta vs Valencia

Every year in the Champions League, there are one or two teams that are always the most sought after draws. Invariably they are teams that manage to score an upset or two in the Group Stage or maybe finished second place on goal difference, perhaps? With all due respect, Valencia and Atalanta are two of these “preferred draws” but they both have certain qualities that could pose a challenge for other teams. Thankfully for both, they face each other in the Round of 16.

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