Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2017/2018
Real Mad. 13.4.18
Ramos will not be banned for semi-final
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos will face no punishment from UEFA after he appeared to watch his side's Champions League tie against Juventus from the tunnel. The Spain international was banned for the dramatic second leg and spent most of the match watching from the stands, though came down to the entrance of the tunnel to try and galvanise his struggling teammates. But multiple reports in Spain are confirming that UEFA will not open disciplinary proceedings against Ramos. The reasoning is because he was not classed as being at 'pitch level' when he was in the area.
Champions League semi-final draw
Bayern - Real Madrid
Liverpool - Roma
The semi-final first legs will be played on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April, with the returns the following week.
Real Mad. 12.4.18
Ramos could miss semi-final
Sergio Ramos faces an anxious wait to discover if he will miss Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final. The club captain was already suspended for Real's last-minute quarter-final win over Juventus on Wednesday. And as the game ran towards a dramatic finale at the Bernabeu, the Spaniard abandoned his seats in the stand to get a pitchside view. UEFA rules state that if the officials spotted Ramos encroaching on the playing area while suspended then he could be given an extra match ban.
Man. City 11.4.18
Guardiola blames officials for City exit
Pep Guardiola launched a scathing attack on the referee after being sent off at the Etihad Stadium as the Manchester City manager laid the blame for his side's Champions League quarter-final exit firmly at the door of the officials. "I said [to Lahoz] it was goal, I didn't insult him," Guardiola said. "I know what happened in Monaco last season so he is a referee whenever people see the things, he will see the opposite."
For all Guardiola's grievances about the officials over the two games, City's 5-1 aggregate defeat was the latest in a growing line of failures in the competition for the Catalan.
Busquets passed fit
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has passed a fitness test to line up against Roma in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash. The Spaniard sat out last weekend's 3-1 win against Leganes with a toe injury, but is back in the first XI in the Italian capital. Barca rested several key players at the weekend, but have recalled Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti and Andres Iniesta to mirror the lineup they sent out for the first leg in Spain.
Vidal and Alaba to miss Sevilla clash
Bayern Munich stars Arturo Vidal and David Alaba will miss Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Sevilla due to injuries, Jupp Heynckes has confirmed. The Bundesliga champions, who wrapped up their domestic title on Saturday, go into the clash in charge of the tie having won 2-1 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Vidal and Alaba will not be featuring in the second leg due to their respective knee and back problems, but Heynckes should be able to select Jerome Boateng.
Real Mad. 10.4.18
Vallejo trained normally
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has played down the idea of his team facing a defensive crisis for Champions League quarterfinal, suggesting that youngster Jesus Vallejo will be fit to make his competition debut at centre-back. Zidane is without suspended Sergio Ramos and injured back-up Nacho Fernandez, meaning that inexperienced Vallejo is his only specialist cover.
The Spain under-21 international missed the weekend's 1-1 La Liga draw with Atletico Madrid due to an unspecified muscle issue, leading to fears that midfielder Casemiro could be required to drop into the back four. Zidane told the pregame news conference that Vallejo had come through Tuesday's training session OK, but if required he had the squad to "adapt to the situation."
Real Mad. 10.4.18
Vallejo questionable against Juventus
Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo did not complete Monday's training session with his teammates and appears to be questionable for Wednesday's crucial clash against Juventus in the return leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals. Vallejo would be an undisputed starter if healthy given that both Ramos (suspended) and Nacho (injury) will miss the game. If Vallejo can't go, Casemiro or Marcos Llorente will play alongside Varane.
|1||Man. Utd.||15||9||5-0-1 (6)|
|3||Atletico M||7||1||1-4-1 (6)|
|3||Spartak M||6||-4||1-3-2 (6)|
|1||Man. City||15||9||5-0-1 (6)|
|3||RB Leipzig||7||-1||2-1-3 (6)|
|2||Real Mad.||13||10||4-1-1 (6)|
|Roma - Barcelona||3 : 0 (1:4)|
|Man. City - Liverpool||1 : 2 (0:3)|
|Bayern - Sevilla||0 : 0 (2:1)|
|Real Mad. - Juventus||1 : 3 (3:0)|
|Man. Utd. - Sevilla||1 : 2 (0:0)|
|Roma - Shakhtar||1 : 0 (1:2)|
|Barcelona - Chelsea||3 : 0 (1:1)|
|Besiktas - Bayern||1 : 3 (0:5)|
|PSG - Real Mad.||1 : 2 (1:3)|
|Liverpool - Porto||0 : 0 (5:0)|
|Man. City - Basel||1 : 2 (4:0)|
|Tottenh. - Juventus||1 : 2 (2:2)|
|11.4||Bayern - Sevilla||0 : 0|
|11.4||Real Mad. - Juventus||1 : 3|
|10.4||Roma - Barcelona||3 : 0|
|10.4||Man. City - Liverpool||1 : 2|
|4.4||Liverpool - Man. City||3 : 0|
|4.4||Barcelona - Roma||4 : 1|
|3.4||Juventus - Real Mad.||0 : 3|
|3.4||Sevilla - Bayern||1 : 2|
|14.3||Barcelona - Chelsea||3 : 0|
|14.3||Besiktas - Bayern||1 : 3|
|13.3||Roma - Shakhtar||1 : 0|
|13.3||Man. Utd. - Sevilla||1 : 2|
|7.3||Man. City - Basel||1 : 2|
|7.3||Tottenh. - Juventus||1 : 2|
|6.3||PSG - Real Mad.||1 : 2|
|6.3||Liverpool - Porto||0 : 0|
Champions League stats
|home wins||44 %|
|away wins||35 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2017/2018
The UEFA Champions League, originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is probably the greatest international club competition in the world. The league has undergone a number of changes since the old knock-out tournament was upgraded with group stages in 1993. The current format was introduced in the 2003/04 season. Under this format, after three qualifying rounds for clubs who do not qualify for direct entry, 32 teams play one group stage. There are eight groups of four clubs, each team playing each other home and away for a total of six games in the group.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knock-out stage, the eight third-placed teams move into a secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League, while the eight fourth-placed teams are eliminated. The matches in the knock-out stages are played over two legs. The teams are paired up and play each other at home and away, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals going on to the next round. The winners of the two semi-finals play the Champions League Final, which is a single match on a venue decided by UEFA.