Champions League, Europa League, Gary Neville’s Planned 5 Year Absence & More #Urban96 Sports News
Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming champions league matches.
Arsene Wenger thinks his Arsenal squad is now much better equipped to make more of an impact in the Champions League.
The Gunners are in France ahead of Tuesday’s opening group fixture against Paris Saint-Germain, which comes off the back of two straight wins in the Premier League.
Wenger thinks he now has the right balance in his squad to sustain more of a challenge in Europe, with new summer signings including Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez.
Wenger also confirmed that Arsenal are set to start contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Jorge Sampaoli‘s unique brand of whirlwind football is set to be unleashed on an unsuspecting Champions League when his Sevilla team face Juventus on Wednesday.
Sampaoli turned Chile into one of the most entertaining teams at the World Cup two years ago and the Argentine’s first few games with Sevilla have shown that he is not afraid to bring his unique style to the European club game.
The Europa League champions kicked off their La Liga campaign with a 6-4 win over Espanyol and on Saturday, after failing to turn up for the first half hour, hit back to beat Las Palmas 2-1 with a 94th minute winner.
Sampaoli’s teams play with a fast and furious style which often threatens to blow their opponents away but can leave their own defence dangerously exposed at the back.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo faces an emotional reunion with boyhood club Sporting Lisbon when his side begin the defence of their Champions League crown on Wednesday.
Ronaldo, who scored the decisive penalty in the shootout win over Atletico Madrid in last season’s final, returned to club football following an injury layoff when he scored in the 5-2 thrashing of Osasuna on Saturday.
The Portugal captain netted in a 1-0 win and a 2-1 triumph over Sporting while he was with Manchester United but has yet to face them in a Real shirt.
Ronaldo moved from his family home in Madeira to Sporting’s academy at the age of 12 and spent one season in the first team, scoring five times in 30 appearances in all competitions before joining United in 2003.
Away from the champions league to other stories from Europe
Nigeria striker Anthony Nwakaeme is in buoyant mood for Hapoel Beer Sheva’s Europa League game with Inter Milan on Thursday after hitting a hat-trick for his club in the Israeli league last weekend.
Nwakaeme is in good form going into the Europa League game against the Italian giants at San Siro after his goals against Bnei Sakhnin helped his side to an emphatic win.
Hapoel Beer Sheva will travel to Milan for a date with Inter, a game Nwakaeme said he is looking forward to.
In the English Premier League, Romelu Lukaku ended his goal drought with an 11-minute hat-trick to send Everton third in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Sunderland.
The Belgian striker had last scored for his club in March and looked to be destined to remain so once again when he had a header saved in an even first half.
However he struck three times in 11 minutes after the break.
Everton could have gone second in the table with a fourth goal but are tucked in just behind Chelsea on goal difference.
Sunderland remain second bottom, with David Moyes losing for the third time in as many games against the Merseysiders since he left Goodison Park for Manchester United in 2013.
Gary Neville has said he will not return to management in the next five years, and admitted Valencia may turn out to be the last coaching job he takes in football.
The former Manchester United defender spent four months in La Liga last season, but was shown the door by the Spanish club after guiding the team to three wins from 16 league games and also left his role with England after Euro 2016.
Neville has a number of interests in and out of football, including a part-ownership position in non-league club Salford City and a stake in several property developments. Neville said he is now focused on leading those projects to success.
And in boxing,
Chris Eubank Jr says he meant no disrespect to Kell Brook when he questioned the decision to pull him out of his clash with Gennady Golovkin in the fifth round.
Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel after WBA ‘Super’, IBF and WBC middleweight champion Golovkin caught his fighter with a series of unanswered blows.
Eubank challenged Golovkin straight after his win at the O2, writing on Twitter: “If you want a fight with a real British Middleweight…come get some. My corner don’t own towels.”
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) is set to discuss Eubank Jr’s comment on Wednesday, with sanctions possible.
Meanwhile, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman is hopeful of pitting Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua in a world heavyweight title unification clash as soon as possible.
Joshua is the reigning IBF king and will make the second defence of his title in November with 2017 looking like the year he faces fellow champions such as WBC holder Wilder and WBA Super and WBO king Tyson Fury.
Wilder is currently recovering from surgery on a hand injury sustained in July’s eighth-round stoppage win over Chris Arreola but Sulaiman is already making plans; scheduling Bermane Stiverne to meet Alexander Povetkin for the interim title in the meantime.