Christian Pulisic’s play in Chelsea’s win over Lille will make Tuchel think twice about dropping the American again

LONDON — It is the dichotomy at the heart of Christian Pulisic’s career right now that at the same time he is learning not to feel the need to “save” the United States men’s national team, Chelsea are searching for a talisman as Romelu Lukaku continues to falter. Pulisic revealed in an exclusive interview with … Read more

Messi targets PSG glory in Champions League after ‘very tough’ Barcelona exit

“My exit from Barca was very tough, after so many years, but as soon as I arrived here I was so happy, so motivated, so excited. It has happened so fast, but I am enjoying it so much,” Messi said. “My goal and my dream is to win the Champions League once more. I think … Read more

While Madrid prepared to crown Mbappe their new prince, Benzema reminded us all that he’s still king

MADRID — It was written in the stars that a Frenchman would shine at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, when Real Madrid hosted Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League round-of-16 second leg. It just wasn’t the one we all expected. For his big audition in the Spanish capital ahead of a widely speculated move … Read more

PSG vs. Real Madrid holds the key for Mauricio Pochettino’s future, with Man United hovering

Mauricio Pochettino has enjoyed a period of calm at Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks, but with the return of the Champions League and a round of 16 first-leg tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday, it’s time for the former Tottenham manager to strap himself in for the turbulence that lies ahead. – UCL best bets … Read more

Kylian Mbappe boosts PSG, gives Real Madrid glimpse of future with Champions League heroics

PARIS — If ever a goal could encapsulate the whole Paris Saint-Germain project of expensive glamour and superstar talent, it could not have been better timed or constructed than Kylian Mbappe’s stoppage-time winner that sealed a potentially decisive 1-0 Champions League round -of-16 first-leg victory against Real Madrid at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night. … Read more

Amid Man United link, PSG’s Pochettino puts on happy face, but loss to City hints at trouble in Paris

MANCHESTER, England — Publicly, at least, Mauricio Pochettino is happy at Paris Saint-Germain and not distracted by the possibility of managing Manchester United, but you would never have guessed it from his pained expression on the touchline during his team’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday. Second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and … Read more

Mbappe’s greatness gives PSG blueprint for Champions League success

This is the Kylian Mbappe show. The Year of Mbappe. Mbappe-Saint-Germain. He is King Kylian, and everything in Paris happens through him. His performance for Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes proved it again. He struck late to score the only goal of a … Read more

PSG beating Real Madrid would boost Messi amid a difficult season in Paris

On Saturday Feb. 26, after PSG’s brilliant 3-1 win against Saint-Etienne in Paris in which he shone and twice set up Kylian Mbappe for goals, Lionel Messi travelled to Barcelona on his private jet. Before you jump to any conclusions, though: it was for his wife’s birthday. Antonela turned 34 that weekend, and of course … Read more

‘Unai Emery is the king of cups’ – What makes Villarreal boss so successful in Europe?

Liverpool are firm favourites to overcome Villarreal and reach the Champions League final but in Unai Emery they face a serial cup-winner, who stunned Bayern Munich and vanquished Juventus as underdogs on the way here. “They have probably the most successful cup competition manager in world football so he knows what he is doing,” warned … Read more

Epic Champions League comebacks have been happening more often since Barcelona’s ‘Remontada’ vs. PSG

When the Champions League semifinals begin this week, with Manchester City hosting Real Madrid on Tuesday and Villarreal travelling to Liverpool the following night, none of those clubs are likely to be taking inspiration from Barcelona. And why would they? This, after all, is a team that got knocked out of the Europa League the … Read more