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"Once Ross comes on, it's his"

Ross Barkley is Chelsea's first-choice penalty taker, according to Frank Lampard, despite the midfielder's miss in the defeat to Valencia.


Azpilicueta backs Barkley after penalty miss

Ross Barkley did not overrule Willian or Jorginho before missing a late penalty against Valencia, according to Cesar Azpilicueta.


Ten Hag wants Ajax to 'play smarter' despite convincing win

They might have beaten Lille 3-0 but Ajax boss Erik ten Hag wants his players to stop attacking with such carelessness.


"It is clear and obvious no penalty"

Andy Robertson was adjudged to have brought down Jose Callejon, leading to Napoli's opener, but Jurgen Klopp disagreed with the penalty.


Mertens tells Napoli to back up Liverpool win

Liverpool fell to a 2-0 loss in Naples and Partenopei star Dries Mertens demanded his team build on their Group E victory.

AFC Champions

AFC Champions League: Al-Hilal's Giovinco sets up semi against Xavi's Al Sadd

Al-Hilal will face Xavi's side Al Sadd in the AFC Champions League semi-finals, while Urawa Red Diamonds got past Shanghai SIPG.


Ajax open Champions League account with Lille thumping amid mass fan arrests

Ajax began their Champions League campaign with a thumping 3-0 win over Lille on Tuesday to spark hopes of another deep run in the competition after their thrilling charge to the semi-finals last season.


Champions League Recap: Penalty drama as holders Liverpool

Holders Liverpool began their defence of the Champions League trophy with a defeat against Napoli on Tuesday, while one missed spot-kick condemned Chelsea to defeat against Valencia and another came to Barcelona's rescue.

Ronaldo rates sex with girlfriend Rodriguez above best goal

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo said scoring his favourite-ever goal was not better than sex with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.


Dutch police arrest over 300 Lille fans ahead of Ajax game

Over 300 unruly Lille fans were arrested ahead of the French club's Champions League game against Ajax for public order offences, Dutch police said on Tuesday.


Conte takes blame for draw

Inter were lacklustre in Tuesday's Champions League draw with Slavia Prague and Antonio Conte offered no excuses.


Salzburg's Haaland becomes third-youngest Champions League hat-trick scorer

Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland became the third-youngest player to score a Champions League hat-trick as the Austrian champions romped to a stunning 6-2 win over Genk on Tuesday.


Messi returns as Dortmund rue missed chances against Barcelona

Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona escaped with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Premier League

Man United players have faith in Solskjaer, says De Gea

Fresh from signing a new deal with Manchester United, David de Gea has spoken glowingly of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Valencia victorious after Chelsea's missed penalty sees them lose out!

It was a tight slog in Tuesday night's Champions League game between Chelsea and Valencia at Stamford Bridge, but Valencia went away with the 3 points. Chelsea were looking to start this European campaign off well after a win at the weekend. Valencia had a lot of turmoil off the pitch and wanted to gain back their fan's support.


Two late goals down Liverpool in Naples

A non-existent penalty converted by Dries Mertens and a Fernando Llorente goal in the last 10 minutes saw Napoli defeat Liverpool 2-0 in the Champions League at San Paolo. The game looked to be heading for a draw until the penalty incident,

Ligue 1

Keeping Neymar crucial - Verratti

Paris Saint-Germain managed to keep Neymar in the transfer window and Marco Verratti believes that was vital to the Ligue 1 champions.


Juventus are more than just Ronaldo, warns Gimenez

Atletico Madrid must not focus solely on Cristiano Ronaldo during their Champions League opener against Juventus, says Jose Gimenez.


Hazard fit to start at PSG - Zidane

Zinedine Zidane says he has no issues giving Eden Hazard his first Real Madrid start against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.


It's too early to talk about another Champions League final - Pochettino

Tottenham start their Champions League campaign in Athens, with Mauricio Pochettino quick to dampen talk of a second consecutive final.

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