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Predictions for the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals



Who would’ve thought that Ajax would annihilate Real Madrid in the Round of 16… What about Ronaldo’s hat trick past Atletico Madrid? The Portuguese goat is surely something else. Liverpool silencing the Allianz Arena with a massive 3-1 over Bayern… Tottenham’s 4-0 on the Aggregate over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. And we haven’t even mentioned Manchester United’s last-minute comeback over PSG in Paris. Furthermore, the reality is that so much happened in this UEFA Champions League so far…

And today we’re gonna be covering each one of the quarter-finals confronts. Who is your favorite to win the European competition? There will be any surprises in the Semifinals/Final? Leave a comment below!

Liverpool – Porto

Apparently, this is the dream confront for the Reds. The ideal scenario. If we go back in time, these two have faced each other in last season’s UCL. The result? Only the worst defeat at home for Porto in their European history. 5-0 Liverpool. Sadio Mane scored a hat trick, while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored the other goals. However, This time I feel that’s going to be different. Liverpool will make it to the semifinals, but it will be way harder. I think Liverpool will beat Porto 2-0 at Anfield and a 1-1 at the Estadio do Dragao. So, 3-1 Liverpool on Aggregate.

Manchester City – Tottenham

This one is tough. A domestic clash between the second and the fourth place in the English Premier League. The first leg will be at Tottenham’s brand new Stadium. I think that this game will be the key factor in this confront. The Blues of Manchester were eliminated exactly in the quarterfinals last season for Liverpool. The decisive factor? 1st leg Anfield’s terrifying atmosphere. Hence, you could see the fear in City’s players in that match. It ended up 3-0, all of the goals scored in the first half. So, if the Spurs can replicate that performance from Liverpool and their supporters, I think that Mauricio Pocchetino’s men will make it to the Semifinals. Otherwise, it will be hard for the Spurs. However, I will back Tottenham. The Spurs will win 3-0 at home and will be defeated 2-1 away. 4-2 Tottenham on Aggregate.

Manchester United – Barcelona

United proved that we cannot exclude them. They aren’t the best team in this UEFA Champions League. It’s pretty much the opposite. So, in my opinion, they are today, at the same level as Ajax and Porto. With that said… I think that Barcelona will reach the semifinals. Lionel Messi is living an outstanding season so far. One of his best seasons ever. The Argentine is incredible. Barcelona wins 2-1 at Old Trafford and 3-1 at the Camp Nou. 5-2 Barcelona on Aggregate.

Ajax – Juventus

Ajax’s campaign is awesome so far. They made it to the knockout stages passing through a tough group at the Group Stages. Then, they got Real Madrid in the Round of 16 draws. And maybe not even the most optimistic Ajax supporter would have imagined a 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Absolutely incredible. So, in my opinion, they can go through. As long as Cristiano Ronaldo – who is injured – can’t play for Juventus. If he plays, then it’s over for the Dutch. As I have this doubt, both games will end up 2-2. And God will decide the winner in the Penalty shootouts.

These are my predictions, you guys! Let’s see if I can get 4 out of 4!

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Liverpool initiate pre-season with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers



The European Champions are back in action! On this Thursday, Liverpool with mostly their reserves, made their first preseason friendly, ending up thrashing Tranmere Rovers 6-0.

The highlight of the match was young striker Rhian Brewster who showed up his “classic number nine” skills and scored twice in the small Prenton Park stadium in Merseyside. Nathaniel Clyne opened the scoring in the six minutes and Brewster scored at 38 and 45. With 11 changes in the second half, Liverpool scored three more through Curtis Jones, Divock Origi, and Bobby Duncan.

As expected, coach Jurgen Klopp used all 23 players at his disposal, among recently promoted youngsters and some reserves, as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, midfielder Adam Lallana, striker Divock Origi and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who returned to the fields at the end of last season after a year recovering from a serious knee injury.

Among the holders of the last season, the Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and defender Joel Matip, who were called only in the second half, and midfielder James Milner, who played in the opening stages, were already in the first friendly.

At the end of the match, a good part of the supporters invaded the pitch to take pictures with the players. The most requested one was the UEFA Champions League hero, Divock Origi, who recently agreed his contract extension with the Reds. I’m excited to see Rhian Brewster in action for the main team. I also think that Jurgen Klopp needs to give some chances to Ryan Kent, and Harry Wilson to be at least backup pieces to this squad. It’s hard to say only based on a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, but it’s undeniable that the Reds keep on fire. Will Liverpool and Klopp repeat last season, and maybe finally conquer the so dreamed Premier League this season? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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The Retirement of a Giant!



Everything comes to an end… And on this Friday morning, notorious English striker Peter Crouch announced his retirement from football. At the age of 38, the 2.01m giant used his official Twitter account to inform fans of his decision.

The former Liverpool player said he got it all thanks to football and still made a point of thanking everyone who helped him out during his career in the sport.

“After much consideration this summer, I decided to retire from football. Our wonderful game gave me everything. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me to get there and to keep me for so long.” He wrote.

Crouch was revealed by Tottenham back in 1998 and had also played for clubs like QPR, Aston Villa, Norwich, Stoke City, and Burnley. However, a two-meter giant needed a club with his proportions… And he found everything he was looking for at Liverpool, as he played important roles, scored decisive goals, and even disputed a UEFA Champions League. Also, it was playing for the Reds that Crouch was called to defend England National Team back in the World Cups of 2006, and 2010.

“If you told me, when I was 17, that I would play in World Cups, reach a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 goals in the English Championship, I would not believe. It was absolutely a dream come true.” Added the player.

In his last season, Peter Crouch began playing in the second division, with the shirt of Stoke City. He then went to Burnley, where he played six games in the English Premier League and did not score goals. He’s a very nice guy, and almost everyone likes him. He’s always making fun of himself due to his big size, and even compare him to a giraffe. I’m pretty sure Liverpool fans will always remember him.

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Griezmann signs for Barcelona!



Finally, the Griezmann conundrum is solved! After over a year of rumors and speculations, Barcelona announced today the signing of French striker Antoine Griezmann. The confirmation of the transfer occurred with the payment of the fine of 120 million euros to Atletico Madrid, held at the headquarters of the Spanish League.

In a statement, the Catalan team reported that Griezmann signed for five years, until June 30, 2024. Also, the Catalans have set a buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract of about 800 million euros.

Griezmann had the opportunity of joining the Catalans a year ago, but he opted for staying at Atleti. However, something made him change his mind up, as he joins Ernesto Valverde’s side. Griezmann will “steal” Philippe Coutinho’s number 7, as the Brazilian midfielder is currently numberless, and dignity-less as well at the Catalan club.

If Barcelona and Griezmann are happy, apparently the other side, Atletico, is not. The club from Madrid is arguing that Barça should pay 200 million euros instead of 120, as the agreement for the French player was sealed back in March when the fee to sign Griezmann was higher. Atletico is also complaining about the “Barça-way” of approaching their targets, as they seem to forget about etic values and fair play to the other clubs.

But let’s be honest… 120 million euros for Antoine Griezmann is such a joke. He’s a very good player, maybe he’s been world-class at his prime, but he is a merely good player nowadays. Not to mention average season last season with Atleti.

In my opinion, the Griezman arrival in Barcelona is one more problem for Ernesto Valverde to solve. He’s got into such a situation where he needs to figure out how to play Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, and maybe Neymar together at the same time. What a squad Barça is building up by the way. They’ve got everything to become the new “Galacticos” maybe? Yeah, who knows… Only time will say!

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