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Sampaoli focused on Leicester amid Barca links

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli insisted his focus is solely on making history in the Champions League despite increasing speculation the Argentine could take charge of Barcelona next season.

The Europa League holders host struggling English champions Leicester City in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in the Champions League era.

Sampaoli focused on Leicester amid Barca links

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli insisted his focus is solely on making history in the Champions League despite increasing speculation the Argentine could take charge of Barcelona next season.

The Europa League holders host struggling English champions Leicester City in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in the Champions League era.

‘Players right behind Enrique’ – Pique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Under-fire Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has the total support of his players, influential central defender Gerard Pique insisted on Monday.

Pique was keen to rally fans to the cause after they had booed the team during a 2-1 league win over lowly Leganes on Sunday, as the fallout from a 4-0 Champions League first-leg last-16 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last week turned ugly.

Paris Saint-Germain frustrated by Toulouse after Champions League exploits

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain missed the chance to eat into Monaco’s lead at the top of the French Ligue 1 table after being held to a 0-0 draw by Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

At the same venue where they had blown away Barcelona five days earlier, winning 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, Unai Emery’s side could not break down mid-table opposition.

Monaco held ahead of Man City trip

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco had to come from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bastia on Friday in an unconvincing performance ahead of their impending Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Sadio Diallo had given the struggling Corsicans the lead in the first half before Bernardo Silva headed Monaco level early in the second period.

Monaco held ahead of Man City trip

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco had to come from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bastia on Friday in an unconvincing performance ahead of their impending Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Sadio Diallo had given the struggling Corsicans the lead in the first half before Bernardo Silva headed Monaco level early in the second period.

Monaco held ahead of Manchester City trip

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco had to come from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bastia on Friday in an unconvincing performance ahead of their impending Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Sadio Diallo had given the struggling Corsicans the lead in the first half before Bernardo Silva headed Monaco level early in the second period.

Barcelona capable of historic Champions League comeback: Suarez

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona striker Luis Suarez believes the Catalans can become the first side ever to overcome a four-goal first leg deficit in the Champions League when Paris Saint-Germain visit the Camp Nou on March 8.

Barca were torn apart in a 4-0 thrashing by the French champions in their last 16 clash on Tuesday, sparking fierce criticism in particular of coach Luis Enrique.

Ibrahimovic treble downs Saint-Etienne in Europa League

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic resumed his torment of Saint-Etienne with a hat-trick as Manchester United claimed a 3-0 victory in their Europa League last 32 first-leg encounter on Thursday.

Saint-Etienne were the Swede’s favoured prey during his time with Paris Saint-Germain and his treble took his tally against the French side to 17 goals in 14 games, and 23 for the season.

Ibrahimovic, Dzeko run riot in Europa League

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Paris (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Saint-Etienne to the sword with a hat-trick as Manchester United beat the French club 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday.

The Swede loved playing against Les Verts throughout his four years at Paris Saint-Germain and he was at it again to take his tally in 14 games against them to 17 goals.

Ibrahimovic, Dzeko run riot in Europa League

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Paris (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Saint-Etienne to the sword with a hat-trick as Manchester United beat the French club 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday.

The Swede loved playing against Les Verts throughout his four years at Paris Saint-Germain and he was at it again to take his tally in 14 games against them to 17 goals.

Champions League progress near impossible: Neymar

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona’s Brazil star Neymar says it will be a virtual ‘mission impossible’ for the Spanish giants to progress in the Champions League after their 4-0 first leg demolition by Paris Saint-Germain.

No team has ever come back from a 4-0 first leg deficit to remain in the Champions League and Barcelona are under no illusions about the mountain they will have to climb for the second leg of the last 16 clash at Camp Nou on March 8.

‘One mistake and you’re dead’ against Barca: Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas

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Paris (AFP) – Lucas Moura has been knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona twice before with Paris Saint-Germain, but the Brazilian insists the French club can come out on top in the sides’ latest meeting.

PSG host the Spanish champions in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday knowing they must silence Lionel Messi, Neymar and co to maintain a realistic hope of reaching the quarter-finals ahead of next month’s return.

‘One mistake and you’re dead’ against Barca: Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas

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Paris (AFP) – Lucas Moura has been knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona twice before with Paris Saint-Germain, but the Brazilian insists the French club can come out on top in the sides’ latest meeting.

PSG host the Spanish champions in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday knowing they must silence Lionel Messi, Neymar and co to maintain a realistic hope of reaching the quarter-finals ahead of next month’s return.

Jose Mourinho ‘convinced’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at Man Utd

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to remain at Old Trafford next season despite speculation linking the Swedish striker with one last big-money transfer, he said on Friday.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has been a revelation in his first season in England, scoring 20 goals, and is expected to trigger the option of extending his contract by a year.

Jose Mourinho ‘convinced’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at Man Utd

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to remain at Old Trafford next season despite speculation linking the Swedish striker with one last big-money transfer, he said on Friday.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has been a revelation in his first season in England, scoring 20 goals, and is expected to trigger the option of extending his contract by a year.

Payet opens Marseille account in win

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Paris (AFP) – Dimitri Payet scored his first goal in his first Marseille start following his controversial return from West Ham in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at home to Guingamp in Ligue 1.

Bafetimbi Gomis headed his 14th goal of the season to hand Marseille a first-half lead before Payet’s deflected 76th-minute free-kick secured the points at the Stade Velodrome.

Payet opens Marseille account in win

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Paris (AFP) – Dimitri Payet scored his first goal in his first Marseille start following his controversial return from West Ham in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at home to Guingamp in Ligue 1.

Bafetimbi Gomis headed his 14th goal of the season to hand Marseille a first-half lead before Payet’s deflected 76th-minute free-kick secured the points at the Stade Velodrome.

Nice, Lyon rebound from derby setbacks

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Paris (AFP) – Wylan Cyprien’s scorching strike kept Nice within three points of Ligue 1 leaders Monaco following Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne.

Cyprien rifled in the only goal after just seven minutes at the Allianz Riviera as Nice bounced back from Saturday’s heavy defeat at Cote d’Azur and title rivals Monaco.

Nice, Lyon rebound from derby setbacks

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Paris (AFP) – Wylan Cyprien’s scorching strike kept Nice within three points of Ligue 1 leaders Monaco following Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne.

Cyprien rifled in the only goal after just seven minutes at the Allianz Riviera as Nice bounced back from Saturday’s heavy defeat at Cote d’Azur and title rivals Monaco.

Monaco must handle spotlight, says coach Leonardo Jardim

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said his free-scoring side must cope with building pressure after opening up a three-point lead over their title rivals in the hunt for a first Ligue 1 crown since 2000.

Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco outclassed Nice 3-0 on Saturday to pull clear of their Cote d’Azur rivals at the top, with reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain also three points behind.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

FC Barcelona

Sevilla Boss Refuses To Rule Out Replacing Luis Enrique At Barcelona

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Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli is keeping quiet over a potential summer switch to Barcelona. The Argentine has impressed since taking charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last summer, with his side sitting third in La Liga, just three points off leaders Real Madrid.

Barca were humbled in midweek, thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, and most Barca fans expect that Luis Enrique will walk way from the club at the end of the season when his contract runs out.

Paris Saint-Germain blows out Barcelona, Carli Lloyd joins Manchester City: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/15/17

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USA jersey released, Barcelona gets blasted, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 15, 2017

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All red everything for the USMNT & USWNT!

Happy Wednesday folks. Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's Day (or Singles Awareness Day). Today is just Wednesday, but there are Champions League matches for you to watch! Okay, here's the news:

U.S. Soccer unveils new red 2017 U.S.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: PSG hammers Barcelona, Benfica holds off Dortmund

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Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona on February 14, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Europe's biggest domestic club competition, theUEFA Champions League returned with the start of the Round of 16.

Where to find PSG vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch PSG vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

After no Champions League games for 70 days, what better way to return to the next round of the tournament than Paris Saint-Germain versus Barcelona, which will be shown live on US television and streaming.

Where to find PSG vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch PSG vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

After no Champions League games for 70 days, what better way to return to the next round of the tournament than Paris Saint-Germain versus Barcelona, which will be shown live on US television and streaming.

PSG’s Emery has poor record against Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has managed teams against Barcelona 23 times since 2007. Here is the size of his challenge in five figures as his side prepare to take on the Spanish superstars in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday:

1 win

Emery, who moved from Sevilla last year and has also coached Lorca, Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow, has won just once against Barcelona, lost 16 times and drawn six.

PSG’s Emery has poor record against Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has managed teams against Barcelona 23 times since 2007. Here is the size of his challenge in five figures as his side prepare to take on the Spanish superstars in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday:

1 win

Emery, who moved from Sevilla last year and has also coached Lorca, Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow, has won just once against Barcelona, lost 16 times and drawn six.

4-3-3 vs PSG: Enrique without these 4 Barcelona players for vital UCL game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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PSG vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League fixture.

PSG vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
14th February, 19:45 pm BST
Parc des Princes, Paris
Live Stream: Watch PSG vs Barcelona live on BT Sport 2

PSG Team News & Preview

Paris Saint-Germain host Barcelona in the Champions League this week.

Paris

Balotelli sent off in Nice victory

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Paris (AFP) – Mario Balotelli was sent off on his return to the Nice team but Lucien Favre’s side held on for a 1-0 win at Lorient on Saturday which sees them close the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Wylan Cyprien scored the only goal of the game in Brittany, collecting Arnaud Souquet’s pass and firing home from inside the area in the 15th minute.

Monaco plot Nice revenge in French summit clash

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Paris (AFP) Free-scoring Monaco led by Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli's slick Nice side clash at the top of French Ligue 1 this weekend.

Early pacesetters Nice have faltered of late allowing Monaco to move top of the table on goal difference on 49 points, with champions Paris Saint-Germain lurking in third on 46 ahead of their trip to Dijon later Saturday.

Transfer News & Rumours

Belgian star says he is a 'big fan' of Man Utd, 25-yr-old open to joining them in future

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has revealed his admiration for Manchester United in a recent interview.

The 25-year-old Belgian right-back joined PSG from Club Brugge for a fee of £5m in the summer of 2016.

European heavyweights are struggling this season because of this Man Utd transfer

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certainly one of the world’s best footballing icons. Despite being 35 years old, he is continuing to dominate the Premier League this season. In his first season for the Red Devils, he has racked up an impressive 15 goals so far this season in the league.

Ever since the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired from coaching, Manchester United has been in a transition period.

113 goals in 168 games: European giants plot move for £80m Chelsea target

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French champions, Paris Saint-Germain, are preparing to launch an audacious bid to sign Manchester City striker, Sergio Agüero, this summer.

Agüero current situation:

Agüero’s place in the City first team is under serious threat. The Argentine striker has started the past two games on the bench, thanks to the excellent form of Gabriel Jesus.

Julian Draxler would like to see This Arsenal star join him at PSG

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PSG’s new January signing, Julian Draxler, has admitted that Mesut Özil is the one German international he would love to see join him at the French club in the future.

The 23-year-old winger joined PSG from Wolfsburg during the January transfer window in a big money move.

Chelsea want Bayern Munich target, Conte set to make 'astonishing offer' for attacker

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Chelsea are interested in signing the Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi at the end of this season.

Calcio Mercato are reporting that Antonio Conte admires the young winger and wants to sign him for Chelsea.

The Rest

Ibrahimovic Sends Man United Into FA Cup Quarter Finals

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When he signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer all the so-called football experts unanimously called Zlatan Ibrahimović a wasted signing. That the then 34-year-old striker was past his prime and that he would struggle to get 10 goals in the best league in the world.