Reuters Soccer Blog

Will Arsenal get past Barca at the Nou Camp?

February 17, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Arsenal did a lot of things right in Wednesday’s fine 2-1 comeback win over Barcelona, not least finishing more clinically than their La Liga visitors, but it would be a big surprise if Barca were as generous in the return leg on March 8.

Can Shakhtar Donetsk gatecrash western Europe’s party?

February 17, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Shakhtar Donetsk’s impressive 3-2 win at AS Roma in their Champions League last 16, first leg match was perhaps overshadowed by Arsenal’s unlikely comeback against Barcelona on the same night, but it will have nonetheless reverberated around Europe.

Should the cup-tied rule be abolished in the Champions League?

February 16, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/How AC Milan were crying out for the guile of Antonio Cassano or the tough tackling of Mark Van Bommel (who could have replaced Gennaro Gattuso before he lost his head) in Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last 16 first leg.

Champions League returns — can anyone stop Barcelona?

February 15, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/BUSQUETSHow we’ve missed the Champions League. It’s nine weeks since the line-up for the last 16 was completed and a couple of months since the draw offered up a handful of belting ties, including Inter Milan v Bayern Munich in a repeat of last season’s final.

What will Inter Milan do with rebel Rafa Benitez?

December 19, 2010

SOCCER-CLUB/World, European and Italian champions Inter Milan have been stunned by coach Rafael Benitez’s attack on their lack of ambition.

Inter v Bayern means repeat of 2010 Champions League final

December 17, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Holders Inter Milan will face Bayern Munich, the team they beat to clinch the trophy last season, in the Champions League last 16 with a repeat of the 2006 final also due after Barcelona were drawn to meet Arsenal. 

Can Mourinho triumph again in Champions League or have Real peaked too early?

December 9, 2010

Jose Mourinho’s gamble of swapping Champions League holders Inter Milan for recent underachievers Real Madrid looks to have paid off following a group stage where his new side excelled.

Should Real be punished if red cards are deemed deliberate?

November 24, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/It’s one of the most farcical scenes I’ve ever seen in soccer. Real Madrid duo Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos taking ages to take kicks in the 4-0 win at Ajax and getting second yellow cards for timewasting and hence being sent off.

Is Benitez at fault for Inter implosion?

November 22, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/A lack of fit players, lack of effective training, lack of buys, lack of hunger, lack of Jose Mourinho.

Champions League podcast – 4

November 2, 2010

Kevin Fylan is joined by Owen Wyatt, Mark Meadows, Jon Bramley and Martyn Herman for a look at the week’s Champions League matches. Will Real Madrid be too much for AC Milan? Our panel seems to think so.