Eidur Gudjohnsen slams ‘disrespectful’ Ross Barkley after Chelsea midfielder fluffs last-gasp penalty to salvage point against Valencia

18 Sep

Former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has slammed Ross Barkley for his decision to take – and miss – his side’s last-gasp penalty against Valencia.

The England midfielder decided to take the spot-kick despite the presence of regular takers Jorginho and Willian on the pitch.

Barkley missed a late penalty

Barkley then thundered his penalty off the top of the crossbar, meaning Frank Lampard’s managerial bow in the competition got off to the worst possible start.

Lampard insisted Barkley is the designated penalty taker when he is on the pitch, but it was evident was a clear disagreement between the players after the spot kick was awarded.

“It’s almost disrespectful to your team-mates to do something like what Ross Barkley did this evening,” Gudjohnsen said on BT Sport.

“I’m pretty sure it’s clear who is the penalty taker before the game.

“Just to create all the fuss, the tension between your team-mates and yourself and then go on to miss the penalty, you just put yourself under so much more pressure than actually just taking a penalty.”

Gudjohnsen also said captain Cesar Azpilicueta should have taken control of the situation.

He continued: “If you’re the manager in a situation like this, where you’ve got one, two, three, four players standing over the ball, and there is a question on who is going to take the penalty, don’t you want your captain to step in and say, ‘Listen, it’s been decided before the game who is the penalty taker’?

“Show that authority as the captain to make the decision for everyone who’s on the pitch.”

Chelsea’s defeat means they are now under pressure to get good results against Lille and Ajax.

The Blues travel to Lille in two weeks time in the hope of bouncing back from the defeat.

Champions League results: Ross Barkley fluffs late penalty to rescue point for Chelsea against Valencia, Liverpool brushed aside by Napoli

17 Sep

The 2019/20 Champions League got underway both Liverpool and Chelsea succumbed to defeats of in the first matches of their European campaign.

Ross Barkley fluffed a late penalty as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Valencia at Stamford Bridge.

In a tightly contested first-half, Mason Mount was forced off with an injury following a nasty tackle from former Arsenal star Francis Coquelin.

Barkley missed a late penalty

Valencia stunned Stamford Bridge as they took a 74th-minute lead through Rodrigo.

The striker got in front of the Chelsea defence from a free-kick and turned the ball in at the near post.

Chelsea were handed a great opportunity to equalise against Valencia as the video assistant referee awarded the Blues a penalty for handball.
But Barkley blasted the ball over off the top of the crossbar.

Liverpool were brushed aside 2-0 by Napoli in their Champions League Group E match in Naples.

Napoli took the lead against Liverpool with nine minutes remaining from the penalty spot.

Mertens stepped up and fired in from the spot after Jose Callejon went down under a challenge from Andrew Robertson.

Liverpool were beaten by Napoli

Napoli made sure of the win against Liverpool as Fernando Llorente latched onto a loose ball after Virgil Van Dijk was robbed in possession and slotted past Adrian to put the hosts 2-0 up.

se to breaking the deadlock in Naples as Roberto Firmino headed wide on the stroke of half-time.

Adrian kept Liverpool on level terms four minutes after the break as the keeper got a strong hand to tip Dries Mertens’ close-range effort over the bar after a pinpoint cross from Mario Rui.

Champions League results

RB Salzburg 6-2 KRC Genk

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona

Benfica 1-2 RB Leipzig

Ajax 3-0  Lille

Chelsea 0-1 Valencia

Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague

Lyon 1-1 Zenit St Petersburg

Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Erling Haland equals historic record set by Wayne Rooney with hat-trick against Genk

17 Sep

Remember the name, Erling Haland.

The wonderkid of Red Bull Salzburg has lit up the Champions League in his very first appearance.

Haland has lit up the Champions League in his very first appearance

The son of Leeds legend Alf-Inge Haland was incredible in his side’s first-half destruction of Genk, hitting a hat-trick in simply devastating fashion.

The 19-year-old’s treble has seen him equal Wayne Rooney’s record of being the first teenager to score more than once on his Champions League debut.

Rooney netted a hat-trick for Manchester United against Fenerbahçe, and Haland has replicated the feat suit by doing the same in Salzburg.

He also became just the eighth player to score three times in his first ever Champions League game.

This was nothing new from the teenager either, who is already smashing several scoring records despite only being on the scene a matter of weeks.

Haland scored 9 goals in a SINGULAR game at the U20 World Cup in May – and he remarkably 14 goals in 8 games for Salzburg this season.

We could be about to hear a lot more about this youngster.

Mason Mount injury: Chelsea star forced off on Champions League debut after shocking tackle from Arsenal flop Francis Coquelin

17 Sep

Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount was forced off his Champions League debut after a shocking tackle from former Arsenal star Francis Coquelin.

The Blues youngster, who has been superb in his opening five Premier League matches this term, was substituted by Frank Lampard after just 16 minutes of the clash at Stamford Bridge.

Mount was forced off his Champions League debut

The Valencia midfielder caught Mount on the ankle with an X-rated tackle, and despite his best attempts to continue the England international could not carry on.

Mount was then replaced by Pedro.

You can watch a clip of the tackle below…

The footage shows the young playmaker’s ankle buckle under Coqeulin’s boot.

Coquelin escaped with just a booking despite the dangerous nature of his tackle.

The French midfielder was kown for his hard-hitting tackles during his 10 years at Arsenal between 2008-18.

And the injury will come as a frustrating blow for Mount, who admitted it was his career goal to play in the competition prior to the match.

He said: “It is a dream to play in the Champions League and, for me playing in it with Chelsea, it is a massive game.”

“Watching that as a kid, it gives you the extra fire and the goal to want to play in the Champions League because you have seen what the club has done before.”

Ansu Fati to become the youngest player to represent Barcelona in Champions League after being named in starting XI to face Borussia Dortmund

17 Sep

Ansu Fati will become the youngest player to ever represent Barcelona in Champions League after being named in the starting XI to face Borussia Dortmund for the Group G clash.

The teenage sensation will make his European bow at the famous Westfalenstadion – the youngest the player to ever appear in the competition for the Catalan giants (16 years and 351 days).

Fati looks set to be a future star for Barcelona
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Fati became Barca’s youngest ever debutant earlier this season and then become their youngest ever goalscorer before the international break when he netted against Osasuna.

It appears Barca may have unearthed their future talisman in the Guinea-Bissau-born forward, who joined the club’s famous La Masia academy when he was ten.

Just six years later and he’s a first-team player, goalscorer and club record-breaker – and he will be hoping he can become their youngest ever European scorer tonight with a goal.

More to follow…

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it has taken him time to ‘repair the damage’ of ‘painful’ Champions League final defeat to Liverpool

17 Sep

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is still hurting from Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Spurs were beaten by Jurgen Klopp’s men after a remarkable run to Madrid which included late wins against Manchester City and Ajax.

Poch is still coming to terms with the UCL final defeat
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And despite admitting he is itching to start another campaign, the Argentine manager has revealed he is still trying to come to terms with the defeat in the showpiece.

“This was a long period after the final in Madrid and being honest I was thinking a lot during the summer,” he said.

“To finish losing the final is always so painful because you can’t put out the feeling and you need to wait to start again to repair the damage.

“No one today is thinking or giving us chance to be a contender to be in the final in Istanbul this season. But that is normal. That makes it again very exciting, our run in the Champions League.”

Pochettino added: “A few months ago we played the final of the Champions League and of course (playing) Olympiacos is going to put us in this level of favourites.

“It is going to be a tough atmosphere. I respect the opponent and you need to show why you are favourites when you start the game.

“Tomorrow we are going to make some changes, for different reasons, but the focus must be in the performance and quality of performance.”

Meanwhile, Pochettino has revealed Danny Rose and Serge Aurier are among a number of players who have not travelled with the squad for their Champions League opener against Olympiacos.

Pochettino stated after the weekend’s victory at home to Crystal Palace, in which Rose and Aurier both started, that he would make changes to the side in Greece.

Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso are injury absentees, as is Ryan Sessegnon who continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.


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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City free live stream: Watch Champions League group stage clash – kick-off time, TV Channel and talkSPORT coverage

17 Sep

Champions League favourites Manchester City begin their title tilt with a trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.

City are eager to claim glory in Europe’s elite competition and have been drawn in Group C alongside Shakhtar, Dinamo Zagreb amd Atalanta.

Pep Guardiola will be looking to get off the perfect start with a victory in Ukraine but his side may be suffering a hangover from the weekend’s shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich.

Man City star Sergio Aguero will be key against Shakhtar Donetsk
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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: Date and kick-off time

The opening game in Group C will be held on Wednesday, September 17 and will kick-off at 8pm UK time.

The two sides met in the group stages of last season’s competition with City winning both games with an aggregate scoreline of 9-0.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: TV channel and live stream

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Pep Guardiola’s Man City suffered a shock defeat to Norwich at the weekend
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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: talkSPORT coverage

Full coverage from the Metalist Stadium will be live on talkSPORT, with our programme starting at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up from Kharkiv before our live commentary with Jim Proudfoot and Trevor Sinclair.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi opens up on ‘lucky’ free-kick against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League

17 Sep

Barcelona icon Lionel Messi believes he got lucky with his sensational free-kick against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League.

Messi notched his second and Barcelona’s third during the semi-final first-leg encounter at the Nou Camp with a stunning 30-yard strike, but the Argentina forward has admitted there was an element of fortune to it.

Lionel Messi scored a sensational free-kick for Barcelona last season against Liverpool
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He told UEFA: “I tried to strike it like I try to strike every free-kick. It was a bit further out than usual, I hit it with a lot of power; sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I had luck on my side that time and it went in.”

Messi is perhaps doing a disservice to himself, especially considering the fact that the stunning strike was voted UEFA’s Champions League goal of the season.

The 32-year-old has scored an incredible 603 goals in 687 appearances for Barcelona, but is yet to feature for the Catalan giants this campaign owing to a calf injury which he has now finally recovered from.

Speaking ahead of Barca’s Champions League opener in Borussia Dortmund, Messi says his side’s group is an ‘interesting challenge’.

Alisson Becker kicks the ball in frustration after Messi’s 30-yard free-kick ends up in the back of the net
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“Every year, the Champions [League] is evenly balanced; sometimes it’s harder to win,” he added.

“We have got Dortmund, whom we’ve never played [since I have been here]. I remember seeing their stadium on TV and I’ve always liked it because of the fans and what the club itself represents.

“We also have got Inter. We faced them last year too on their ground, but I couldn’t play because I was injured. It’s a difficult group but it’s an interesting challenge.”

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Messi may have had luck on his side when scoring his free-kick against the Reds, but it’s fair to say all the good fortune was with Liverpool during the semi-final second leg at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a remarkable 4-0 win to overturn their 3-0 aggregate deficit and book their place in the Champions League final in the most incredible circumstances.

Chelsea vs Valencia free live stream: How to watch Champions League group stage clash – kick-off time, TV Channel, team news and more

17 Sep

Frank Lampard will take charge of his first European clash tonight when his Chelsea host Valencia in their Champions League opener.

The Blues, who beat Wolves 5-2 on Saturday, have been drawn in Group H with the Spanish giants, Ajax and Lille.

Their tricky group means Lampard will want no mistakes at Stamford Bridge this evening against a side still regrouping from the shock sacking of popular manager Marcelino last week.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea host Valencia tonight
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Chelsea vs Valencia: Date and kick-off time

The opening game in Group H will be held on Tuesday, September 17 and will kick-off at 8pm UK time.

The two sides last met in the Champions League group stages in 2011. It finished 1-1 at the Mestalla before the Blues claimed a 3-0 home win.

Chelsea vs Valencia: TV channel and live stream

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Chelsea vs Valencia: What has been said?

Frank Lampard: “I’m confident but very aware of the dangers.

“Our target is to qualify from a tough group. It is different [from league football]; the main thing is that the concentration levels throughout the game have to be spot on. The different level can surprise you.

“I have belief in the players. I think we have talent that can blossom in the Champions League.

“I had some incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones.

“It’s the ultimate in club football. There is something about Stamford Bridge, Champions League football and that music. I will be proud to do it.”

Chelsea star Tammy Abraham
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Chelsea vs Valencia: Team news

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Zouma, Christensen, Tomori, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Willian, Mount, Abraham.

Subs: Barkley, Pedro, Caballero, Giroud, Pulisic, Batshuayi, Guehi.

Valencia: Cillessen, Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia, Cheryshev, Rodrigo, Gameiro.

Subs: Jaume, Jaume, Guedes, Diakhaby, Lee, Torres, Gomez.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir

Liverpool news: ‘Jurgen Klopp wants the Champions League AND Premier League titles this season’, says Danny Murphy

17 Sep

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is aiming to lift both the Champions League AND Premier League titles this season, former star Danny Murphy believes.

The Reds get the defence of their European crown underway on Tuesday night away at Napoli, and talkSPORT brings you full LIVE commentary of the clash at the San Paolo.

The European champions kick off their Champions League campaign against Napoli
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Klopp will be hoping his side continue their domestic success so far this season in Italy, with Liverpool currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

It’s the biggest points gap any team has had after five games in the English top flight and, given Manchester City’s defensive woes, many are tipping the Merseysiders to finally end their 29-year wait for a league title this term.

Murphy has told talkSPORT anyone who claims the Premier League title race is already over ‘should be put back in the asylum’.

But the former Red agreed Klopp will be looking to build on his side’s brilliant previous campaign and go all the way in both competitions this season.

Asked what he would consider a successful season for the Reds, the former midfielder told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Winning one of the big ones again, that’s success.

“I would argue that the club is progressing so well that it’s not always about the trophy to gauge success. If they got to the Champions League final again but lost, and also came second in the Premier League, that’s still an amazing season in terms of consistency.

“I think Jurgen Klopp at the minute thinks he can win them both.

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“He’s got such belief in his squad, and what’s incredible is how he gets them all playing with that intensity.

“He’s doing something so right on the training pitch because they’re all at it, they’re all fighting each other for their places and you don’t get people moaning or players in the press whinging about not playing.”