Here are the latest UCL power rankings.

  1. Liverpool (3-0-1)

The Reds look sharp once again after a series of wins in Group A and could very well advance as the second-place team.

  1. Chelsea (2-1-1)

The London club makes a return to the power rankings after putting together some points and going tops in Group E.

  1. Borussia Dortmund (2-1-1)

The Germans are second in Group G and appear poised to advance to the knockout stage thanks in large part to striker Jude Bellingham’s ability to find the back of the net. Continue reading

Lessons to learn for Barcelona and Xavi

Barcelona took on Bayern Munich in the Champions League once more and again failed to win at the home of the Bavarian giants. The visitors did come much closer this time around but will need to learn from this game if they are to taste success this season. Xavi’s side enjoyed a great start and dominated the first half. Robert Lewandowski was uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal, while Pedri also missed some good chances to break the deadlock.

Xavi still searching for his best defense

Xavi has been tinkering with his defense all season and named another new backline for the trip to Bayern. Marcos Alonso was in from the start, Andreas Christensen partnered Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde was back at right-back. The decision to go with Alonso was something of a surprise but the Chelsea left-back enjoyed a solid showing, at least until the first goal went in. Continue reading

According to 90 min, Timo Werner is garnering plenty of interest from Bundesliga clubs, with RB Leipzig looking to get ahead of the chasing pack. The German outfit have held talks with Chelsea to negotiate a deal for the 26-year-old striker, although nothing has been finalised yet. Timo Werner is reportedly considering his options ahead of the 2022/23 season, as he finds himself in an unusual position at Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel is not entirely convinced by the German international’s ability to fit into his system, having been unable to get the best out of him in the last 24 months.

While Werner played an essential part in winning the UEFA Champions League, his goalscoring record in the last two seasons has been a cause for concern. The 26-year-old striker has ten Premier League goals in 56 appearances, which is far away from Chelsea’s usual standards. Moreover, the arrival of Raheem Sterling in the close season has threatened to push him down the pecking order, as the England international is a sure starter on the left side of the Chelsea attack. Hence, Werner is considering his options, with plenty of interest coming from Bundesliga clubs, including RB Leipzig. Continue reading

Premier League giants Chelsea have been informed that Bayern Munich defender DayotUpamecano is available for a transfer if they sign Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt who’s also a transfer target for the English team. Bayern are keen to lure de Ligt to Germany this summer and they have already agreed personal terms with the young defender.

Various media outlets have reported that Bayern Munich have agreed a salary of €12m on a yearly basis with de Ligt in their quest to lure the Netherlands centre back to Germany. Bayern are yet to make a bid for de Ligt, but his asking price is around €90m-€100m. The young central defender has been at Italian Serie A side Juventus since he joined them from Dutch team Ajax Amsterdam three years ago. The Old Lady paid a lot of money to sign him from Ajax in the summer of 2019. De Ligt had just led a youthful Ajax Amsterdam side to the Champions League semifinals before he made the move to Italian football. Germany could be his next destination as he prefers a move to Bayern Munich ahead of Premier League heavyweights Chelsea. Continue reading

Four-time world champions Germany will face England in their next game on the international scene at the Allianz Arena hoping to get their first win of the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League. The Germans are in the same group with rivals England, reigning European champions Italy and Hungary. The four teams are in Group A3 and the first set of games in the group have already been played.

After the first set of games in Group A3 of the current UEFA Nations League campaign, more illustrious teams such as England, Italy and Germany trail Hungary on the league table. The Hungarians are at the top of the table after the famous win over England thanks to the second half spot kick from Dominik Szoboszlaiafter Chelsea defender Reece James was penalised for a foul in the box. RB Leipzig star Szoboszlaiscored from 12 yards out in the second half to give Hungary a 1-0 win over England for their first win over the Euro 2020 finalists in six decades. In their own game, Germany came from behind to draw 1-1 with hosts Italy with Bayern star Joshua Kimmich responsible for the equaliser three minutes after Lorenzo Pellegrini gave the European champions a 70th minute lead. Continue reading

Scottish champions Rangers will take on Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) final after they saw off RB Leipzig of Germany in their semifinal tie. Rangers had to overcome a first leg deficit to book their place in the Europa League final at the expense of their German opponents.


Ex-Manchester City star Angelino scored the only goal of the game when Rangers and hosts RB Leipzig met in Germany for the first leg last week Thursday. His goal gave RB Leipzig a 1-0 win thus making them favourites to secure a spot in the Europa League final. However, Rangers had other ideas thanks to their impressive performance in the second leg at Ibrox. The Scottish Premiership giants defeated RB Leipzig 3-1 at the end of the second leg to seal a 3-2 aggregate win and a place in the Europa League final as a result. Continue reading

Germany national team defender Antonio Rudiger will miss another London Derby clash in the Premier League when his Chelsea side welcome West Ham United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The Germany international is expected to miss the home clash with the Hammers as he continues to recover from the minor groin injury picked up during the FA Cup semifinal clash with London rivals Crystal Palace last weekend.

Rudiger was one of two major injury casualties at the end of the Palace game as Chelsea booked a final meeting with Liverpool in the FA Cup thanks to the second half goals from the Academy graduate duo of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. Chelsea are in the FA Cup final for the third successive season and they would be hoping it is third time lucky for them against Liverpool after losing the previous two FA Cup finals. Continue reading

According to reports, the future of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has continued to be an issue of major concern. The German Bundesliga giants definitely want their star player to sign a new contract at the club but the Polish international has pit contract talks on hold, giving other clubs the green light to make an offer for him that he may be willing to pay attention to.


Bayern Munich has already extended the contracts of key players like Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Kingsley Coman so far this season and even re-upped future stars like Paul Wanner and Gabriel VVidovi. While recent reports indicate that the club is expected to reach an accord with Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer as well, it seems like the two players facing the biggest hurdles on contract extensions are Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski. Continue reading

Brazilian winger Douglas Costa is a player that’s richly experienced when it comes to loan moves. The Juventus star has once played in Germany for German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich before sealing a transfer to Italian Serie A giants Juventus. However, despite notably trying his very best, he was not able to establish himself as a regular starter at both the Allianz Arena and in Turin. He was instead sent out on loan on several occasions and it looks like he has continued that tradition.

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Following his exit from Bayern, he joined Juventus on a permanent transfer but could also not nail down a starting berth in the Old Lady team during his time there. After spending some time on the substitue’s bench, he became increasingly frustrated at a lack of game time at the club and requested a temporary move away so he can get more playing minutes.
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The Germany duo of IlkayGundogan and Florian Neuhaus were on target for their respective clubs on the way to a positive result on Friday night. Ex-Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gundogan scored in the second half to help Manchester City beat Swindon Town of League Two in the FA Cup, while Neuhaus was the recipient of one of the goals in the impressive 2-1 win at the home of German champions and Champions League favourites Bayern Munich.

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Premier League champions Manchester City have been hit by Covid-19 cases with seven players self-isolating plus manager Pep Guardiola and several backroom staffs but they still managed to name a strong starting XI for their FA Cup tie at Swindon Town. The likes of Germany national team star IlkayGundogan, Belgian international playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Portugal international Bernardo Silva were in the starting line-up.
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