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Lovren reveals he wants Liverpool to repeat Barcelona’s incredible achievement

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Liverpool star Dejan Lovren has revealed that he wants Jurgen Klopp’s side to replicate Barcelona’s trophy spree and be remembered as one the greatest teams in history.

Between 2008 and 2012, Barcelona went through one of the most successful phases in the club’s history, as they also became the first and the only team so far to win six trophies in a calendar year. They also won the La Liga thrice and the Champions League twice during this period.

Meanwhile, after missing out to the Premier League title to Manchester City by a solitary point last season, Liverpool are now 22 points clear of Pep Guardiola’s men this season, with an astonishing 24 wins from 25 league matches so far. They are definitely on course to put a 30-year-old domestic title drought this season – but Lovren wants more from his team.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, he said that everything “has fallen perfectly into place” this season and he now hopes Liverpool can emulate Barcelona and deliver trophy after trophy.

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“I’ve been there from the beginning with Jurgen and it took quite a while, two or three years to build everything up,” he said, before adding:

“Let’s say, we clicked this year – maybe even last year – but we missed out by one point.”

“Now we understand each other, what we need, what we want. And I especially want, that we are remembered maybe like the Barcelona team that won in four years [something like] 20 trophies.”

“Why should we not do that? I think we can do it and I want that we are remembered as one of the best teams that have played – not only for this year but for many, many years.”

“It’s a privilege to be in the dressing-room and to see smiley faces, but it’s not just about smiley faces – it’s about how we are still reacting on the training ground,” he added further, before concluding:

“We are still hungry, still greedy and this is what makes us special, to be honest.”

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Juventus: Maurizio Sarri sacked after Champions league failure

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Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his duty as the head of the technical bench of Juventus following the club’s early elimination from the UEFA Champions league. This is according to the club.

The Old Ladies were knocked out by Olympic Lyonnais at the round of 16 despite a 2-1 win on Friday August 7, 2020 that appeared insufficient for the night as the visitors sailed through on away goal formalities following a 1 nil victory in February.

Sarri’s dismissal hasn’t come as a surprise to many. With the simple reason. The match outcome against Lyon came as a huge sign of failure for the club whose main target this season was winning the Champions League, a fit they are still to achieve since 1996 when they last grabbed silver ware in the competition. Reasons amongst other that saw the club bringing in 5 times Balloon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo to help facilitate the task.

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Maurizio Sarri therefore served as the main victim and sacrifice despite helping the club win its 9th consecutive Series A title a few weeks ago.

Sarri who has also managed Chelsea and Napoli had earlier explained his difficulty of having the players adapt to his system which he considers to be “Slow” especially after losing to Lyon in France.

The club have recorded series of unconvincing scores after the Coronavirus restart. They have gathered 7 wins in their last 15 matches. Managing to win the league with a point above runners-up, Inter Milan

A few names have come up as potential replacement. Amongst them, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino who is still to join a club since his dismissal by the Spurs in 2019 and Zinedine Zidane.

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Toko Ekambi: Indomitable lion and Lyon knocks out Ronaldo’s Juventus from UCL

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Cameroonian forward Karl Toko Ekambi and French outfit Olympique Lyonnais have qualified for the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League after knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus on away goal basis.

Meeting at the Allianz Stadium on Friday August 7, 2020, Toko Ekambi and teammates put up resilient performances against the Old Ladies. Leading the attack alongside Memphis Depay, the 27 year old showed determination and remained a threat to Maurizio Sarri and boys who appeared vulnerable to the self-confidence put forward by the visitors.

At the 14th minute, the team’s efforts paid off. Rudi Garcia’s boys won a penalty following foul on the team’s midfielder and subsequent man of the match, 22 year old Houssem Aouar brought down by Rodrigo Bentancur. A penalty transformed with a panaka chip-in by Memphis Depay to put the visitors a goal up on the night and 2 goals up on aggregate.

With the Old Ladies in need of 3 goals to turn-around the situation, efforts by Portuguese football magician, Cristiano Ronaldo proved insufficient as his two goals scored at the 45th minute from the penalty spot and a 60th minute rocket strike failed to hit needed the mark.

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The 2-1 defeat to Juventus saw Ekambi and Lyon go through to the quarter finals on away goal basis following a 1 nil win against the Italian Series A champions in February.

It was Lyon’s first quarter final qualification since the 2009/2010 season where their fairy tale run saw them reaching the semifinal of the competition after knocking out Real Madrid and Bordeaux at the round of 16 and quarter finals respectively before being eliminated by German outfit Bayern Munchen at the semis.

Ironically, it is the first time Cristiano Ronaldo will be missing the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League since the 2009/2010 season and Juventus debut absence from the last 8 since the 2015/2016 season under manager Massimiliano Allegri

The team will clash with Manchester City at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Tuesday August 15, 2020 at the quarter finals in Lisbon, Portugal. Manchester City knocked out Real Madrid to reach the final 8.

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Supercomputer Predicts The Champions League Winner For 2019-20 Season

Liverpool will fall short of successfully defending their Champions League crown, according to a supercomputer simulation.But Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have been in the final of the Champions League for the last two seasons, failed to retain the title in the supercomputer’s predictions.

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BT Sport’s The Script predicted if Jurgen Klopp would lead Liverpool to their second consecutive Champions League trophy,Liverpool will fall short of successfully defending their Champions League crown, according to a supercomputer simulation.

But Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have been in the final of the Champions League for the last two seasons, failed to retain the title in the supercomputer’s predictions. Ahead of the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, BT Sport’s The Script has been used to simulate the winner of Europe’s top-tier club competition. Premier League trio Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all reached the knockout stage of the competition. But Spurs, who were last season’s runners-up, failed to make the round of 16. And Chelsea come up against Los Blancos in the quarter-finals and are subsequently knocked out of the competition. Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the Champions League end in the quarter-finals against Barcelona. But Barca have the last laugh this time around as they beat Liverpool to set up El Clasico for the Champions League semi-finals.

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Madrid beat Barcelona in the semi-finals and progress to the final to meet Bayern Munich, who knocked out Juventus. Zinedine Zidane’s men walk away triumphant with another Champions League crown after defeating the German champions 3-2 in the final. Atletico Madrid, who reinforced heavily this summer, were knocked at the hands of Bayern Munich in the round of 16.And Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals, only to narrowly lose 3-2 on an aggregate scoreline to the Bavarians.

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