Why Roma would be ideal Champions League draw for Liverpool - Carragher

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Why Roma would be ideal Champions League draw for Liverpool - Carragher

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Why Roma would be ideal Champions League draw for Liverpool - Carragher

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m8bet LIVERPOOL’s ideal Champions League opponents for the semi-finals are Roma because of their lack of experience at this level.

That’s the opinion of ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher.

Jurgen Klopp’s side booked their place in the final four after beating Premier League rivals Manchester City 5-1 across two legs.

They are in the semis of the competition for the first time in 10 years, with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Roma their potential opponents after downing Juventus, Sevilla and Barcelona respectively.

And despite the sensational fashion in which Roma overturned a three-goal first-leg deficit against the Catalan giants, Carragher believes the Italians would represent the ideal draw for Liverpool of the teams available.

“I'd go for Roma because they haven't been this far for a long time. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have much more European experience,” Carragher said to the Liverpool Echo. m8bet

“For Liverpool to have to beat either Real or Bayern in the semis and then probably the other one in the final would be tough.

“Roma played very well in the Nou Camp and they were unlucky to lose 4-1 before producing that amazing fightback in the second leg.

“They are no mugs but I think they could be affected by a big night at Anfield more than say Real or Bayern.

“I'd be looking for Roma but to be fair, I'm sure Roma are saying the same thing about Liverpool. They are the two new kids on the block in the last four.”

And Carragher believes while Liverpool are still behind Real Madrid and even Bayern Munich as the favourites to win in Kiev next month, their defeat of City should give them genuine hope of a sixth success in the competition.

“There's no doubt that Liverpool can win it,” he added.

“This team is better than the one I played in that won the Champions League in 2005. When I said that earlier this season, a few people laughed but this is a top Liverpool team with a top manager. m8bet

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Wolves to celebrate with fans after clinching Championship title

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Wolves to celebrate with fans after clinching Championship title

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m8bet Championship winners Wolves will celebrate their promotion in an event to be held on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7). Supporters will be welcome at the event, which the club are organising in conjunction with the City of Wolverhampton Council. Wolves have enjoyed a superb season under Nuno Espírito Santo and, having already sealed a return to the Prmeier League, they clinched the Championship title with an emphatic 4-0 win at Bolton on Saturday.

The city of Wolverhampton will go into party mode the day after the club finish the season with a trip to Sunderland on May 6. The Wolves website reported: "The event will give staff and players at the club the opportunity to thank supporters, and the city, for its tremendous support throughout the season, and show off the famous Sky Bet Championship trophy." m8bet

Keith Ireland, the City of Wolverhampton Council's managing director, said: "It is brilliant that Wolves will be back playing in the promised land of the Premier League once again next season, and are going up as champions. "This is great news, not only for the club and their incredible fans, but for the City of Wolverhampton as a whole, and we are looking forward to celebrating their fantastic achievements on 7 May." m8bet

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Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid: El Clasico talking points as Gareth Bale scores

Beitrag von chanoudom » Mo 7. Mai 2018, 08:29

Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid: El Clasico talking points as Gareth Bale scores

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sbobet asian After Real Madrid twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Barcelona on Sunday, we pick out five talking points from the game, featuring Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca's unbeaten run...

How much did the referee get right?
El Clasico is often a busy game for the referee, and this one was no different for Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez. Tempers flared towards the end of the first half as Jordi Alba got away with putting his hand around Luka Modric's neck, before Luis Suarez and Sergio Ramos squared up after Suarez appeared to accuse the defender of catching him with an elbow. Messi earned himself a booking when he went in late on Ramos shortly afterwards and Sergi Roberto was sent off in injury time for hitting Marcelo with an arm to the face.

That looked like a debatable decision, as did Bale escaping without any punishment for putting his studs into the back of Samuel Umtiti's leg. However, if those calls were fortunate for Real Madrid, they didn't get the rub of the green later in the game when Marcelo went down in the box under a challenge from Alba. The referee waved away Real's appeals for a penalty, but Watford manager Javi Gracia said on Sky Sports: "It's a penalty. There is clear contact."

Barca survive to stay unbeaten
It won't be a Clasico that lives too long in the memory in terms of drama and overall quality, but that won't matter for Barcelona. What matters for them is that they stayed unbeaten, even after playing the second half with 10 men. In fact, Barca arguably performed better when it was 11 v 10 as Real Madrid looked the more threatening side in the first half and created the better chances. The visitors, though, couldn't make their numerical advantage count as they struggled to break down Barcelona, who didn't press as high and waited longer to try to win the ball.

Barca are now just three games away from becoming the first side to complete an unbeaten La Liga season since Real Madrid achieved it in 1932. That, though, was when the season only compromised of 18 games, so Barca are on track to make history in a 38-game campaign. Barca finish their season with home games against Villarreal and Real Sociedad and a trip to Levante. Real Sociedad are in mid-table while Levante have nothing left to play for this season and Villarreal still need points to make sure of a top-six finish. sbobet asian

Ronaldo injury worry
Perhaps the biggest concern for Real Madrid on the night was the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo grimacing after he scored the first equaliser in the 14th minute. Ronaldo collided with Gerard Pique as he bundled the ball into the net from close range and went off the pitch to get treatment after seemingly suffering an injury.

Although he played on for the rest of the first half, he was taken off at half-time, more, it sounds, as a precaution with the Champions League final against Liverpool only three weeks away on May 26. "He is a bit worried, as the ankle is a bit swollen," said Real head coach Zinedine Zidane afterwards. "But he says it is not so much. "I think it's going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement. I can't say how long he'll be out for, tomorrow he'll have a scan...It's not a worry for the Champions League final." sbobet asian

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