After winning the Europa League last season, Chelsea will be feeling good about their upcoming European campaign, which begins on Tuesday night against Valencia. Frank Lampard had many big nights in Europe with The Blues, and now he gets the chance to lead them in as their manager.
They couldn’t come here in any better form, after a fantastic win over Wolves at the weekend. Lampard grew as a manager last season in the Championship with Derby and he ethos was to give youngsters the chance to shine,
Just one team stands between Ajax and the Champions League group stages, and that is Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus. The Dutch champions are edging closer to making the main part of the competition once more, a competition that they reached the semi finals off last season, and were just seconds away from being in the final.
They have to put that behind them now, and appear to have done that so far in their games in this competition.
While they didn’t win the first leg game in Romania last week, Celtic did many things right in that game, including setting themselves up with a great opportunity to get through to the next round. A win here and just one team will stand between Celtic and the Champions League group stages, and it is a win I think they are going to pick up.
The Bhoys played very well last week after taking a little time to settle,
Celtic continue their quest to reach the Champions League group stages on Wednesday evening with the first leg of their game against Romanian side CFR Cluj. The Bhoys travel away from home for the first leg, and backing them is always a tricky proposition as they don’t actually need to win the game and would be more than happy with a draw from it. However, they have impressed in the competition so far, won 7-0 in their first league game of the season at the weekend,
It seems a little strange for a club as big as Ajax to be in the Champions League at this stage, but this is where they have to start. Despite reaching the semi final of the competition last season and knocking out some big guns including Real Madrid and Juventus, they have to qualify as the Eredivisie does not currently get a place in the group stages of the competition. That leaves them here, which gives them a tie with PAOK and a trip to Greece for the first leg on Tuesday.
It is round two of the Champions League qualifying stage for Celtic and they begin this tie with a home game at Celtic Park against Nomme Kalju. The Estonian team will be thrilled to get to this stage, whereas Celtic are expected to go further and make a genuine push to make the group stages of either this competition or the Europa League.
That shows the difference in quality between these two when we are talking about the two teams,
Both PSV Eindhoven and Basel can consider themselves quite unlucky to be drawn against each other so early in this competition, both would be expecting to make it through at least another round or two. We have seen both in the Champions League group stages in recent years, and although success hasn’t come too much for them at that stage, they are far too big to be playing here. However, qualifying is what they need to do,
The great thing about domestic and European football is that even though the summer leads to an extended break more often than not, it’s never a big enough break to warrant any kind of panic from football fans. Within the space of a few weeks it always feels like people are talking about the new season getting underway, which is what we enjoy so much. In the meantime, we can take in a series of other sports,
While the start for Celtic in their Champions League qualifying stage doesn’t look the easiest of away trips in terms of where they are travelling to, it does look to be a game they can win, which will make their second leg a comfortable night at home. They travel to Bosnia on Tuesday night to take on Sarajevo FC, a game they are rightfully favourites for.
The reason why Celtic are a backable price in this one is simply the place they are going to visit.
The UEFA Champions League final last night brought the curtain down on the domestic football season in Europe, as fans look ahead to two months of international football in order to fill the void. Of course, it’s going to take a while for some to come down off of the incredible high that was the season that has just been, especially in the realms of the English game. Teams up and down both the Premier League and the Football League were able to produce some incredible moments and performances,
Great games of football have come and gone over the course of the sport’s history, but as every single year passes us by, the standard seems to get higher and higher – as you’d probably expect. This season things have been no different, as the domestic seasons across Europe continue to come to an end. As we look ahead to this weekend it’s pretty clear to see that there is one major game left on the calendar before we head into the summer,
This season of the English Premier League has officially come to an end, and what a season it has been. In the immediate aftermath of England’s World Cup heroics, there were a lot of question marks as to whether or not the Premier League campaign could capitalise on it. It’s pretty safe to say that they accomplished that goal pretty remarkably, because we wound up with one of the most exciting seasons in the history of the top flight.