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Champions League: Juventus Banking On Ex-Man Utd Star For Atletico Madrid Turnaround

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Italian Serie A champions Juventus will be hoping for an inspirational performance from star player Cristiano Ronaldo when they face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 tie at the Juventus Stadium in Turin with the Italians trailing 2-0 from the first leg.

Former Manchester United superstar Ronaldo has a very good record against Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid while he was a Real Madrid player.

Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world-record deal of £80m and he went on to become the Los Merengues’ record goalscorer.

During his time at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 22 goals in 31 games against Atletico Madrid.

He has only scored more against Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23).

Ronaldo scored 12 away goals against Atletico Madrid but he was unable to find the back of the net in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin scored in the second half to give Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over Juventus.

Ronaldo has 10 home goals against Atletico Madrid and Juventus fans would be hoping for him to score more goals when they host the Spaniards in their second leg meeting at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night.

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Arsenal Owners Set League Title Target For Unai Emery

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Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has revealed that the aim of the club is to return to Champions League football and also win the league title for the first time in 15 years.

The Gunners have not won the league title since the 2003/04 when the North London giants went through the season without a single defeat.

That Arsenal squad is known as the Invincibles and it was made possible by legendary Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman was the Arsenal manager for over two decades before he left the job last summer and was replaced by current boss Unai Emery.

Josh Kroenke is the son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and he spoke to BBC Sport about the plans in place to enable the club return to the top of English football.

According to him, the target for Arsenal is to win the league title in the coming years after almost two decades.

Arsenal have started the new Premier League season on a good note with two wins from two games.

The Gunners are one of just two teams to have won two from two league games this season.

Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 1-0 away from home in the first game before the 2-1 win over Burnley at home in the second league game of the season.

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Solskjaer Criticised After Pogba’s Penalty Miss In Draw vs Wolves

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been heavily criticized following the penalty miss that overshadowed the league meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

Wolves hosted Manchester United at the Molineux on Monday night in a game which ended 1-1 but the major talking point was the penalty miss by Paul Pogba in the second half.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince criticized the lack of managerial skills from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba deliberated on the penalty taker after the Red Devils were given a spot-kick in the second half.

Manchester United were given the penalty after Paul Pogba was fouled by Wolves skipper Conor Coady.

Paul Pogba had a brief discussion with Marcus Rashford before the former stepped up to take the penalty which was saved by Wolves skipper Rui Patricio.

Many Manchester United fans and pundits have blamed Solskjaer and Pogba after the penalty incident led to a draw rather than a win for the team.

They thought Marcus Rashford should have taken the penalty having scored on the opening day of the Premier League.

Rashford scored one of the goals from the penalty spot as Manchester United thrashed Chelsea 4-0 in the first game of the new Premier League season.

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Carragher Confirms Three Arsenal Players That Will Cause Liverpool Problems

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed three Arsenal players that will give his former club problems ahead of their Premier League meeting this weekend.

Liverpool will take on Arsenal at home in what’s one of the three games in the new Premier League season.

Arsenal and Liverpool are the last two standing as far as teams with a 100% record are concerned.

Jamie Carragher talked about the upcoming league clash between Liverpool and Arsenal on Monday Night Football (MNF) on Sky Sports.

According to him, the Liverpool defence will struggle to contain the Arsenal front of three, consisting of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicholas Pepe.

Jamie Carragher said that Liverpool have been lucky this season as they have been shaky at the back mainly due to the high line employed by the Reds.

Liverpool won their first game of the season 4-1 against Norwich City at home before the Reds beat hosts Southampton 2-1 in their second league game of the season.

On their part, Arsenal began the season with the slim 1-0 away win over Newcastle United.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game and also scored the winning goal for Arsenal in their last league match, a 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.

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Robben Picks Best Manager Between Mourinho, Guardiola

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Ex-Dutch international winger Arjen Robben has picked Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as the best manager he worked with during his illustrious career.

Arjen Robben announced his retirement from football at the end of the last campaign.

In a chat with popular media channel Goal, Arjen Robben picked Pep Guardiola ahead of the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.

Robben spent some time at Chelsea and Real Madrid before joining Bayern Munich in 2009.

The Dutchman was at Bayern Munich where he worked with Pep Guardiola between 2013 and 2016.

Robben and Guardiola won three successive German Bundesliga titles together at Bayern Munich.

The flying Dutchman spent a decade at Bayern Munich following his move from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.

His best contribution for Bayern Munich came during the 2012 Champions League final when he played a big role for the Bavarian giants.

The Dutch winger scored the winning goal for the Bavarian giants as they won the 2012 Champions League title via a 2-1 victory over German Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

His last game for Bayern Munich was the German Cup clash with RB Leipzig.

Arjen Robben was part of the Bayern Munich team that won the German Cup title with the 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the final.

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Jose Reveals Why Lionel Messi Is Not World’s Best Yet

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Former Real Madrid manager Jose Antonio Camacho has revealed that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi can’t be considered as the best player in the world until he wins the FIFA World Cup.

Jose Antonio Camacho talked about Lionel Messi during an interview with Spanish media outlet El Mundo.

According to him, the World Cup tournament is a big title for a footballing nation like Argentina and Lionel Messi must win it for him to be considered as the best player the world has ever seen.

Lionel Messi is widely regarded by a lot of people as the best player in the history of world football.

The Argentine international skipper came close to winning the World Cup title at the 2014 edition in Brazil before his team lost 1-0 to Germany.

The Germans won the game thanks to the extra time winner from substitute Mario Gotze off an assist from another substitute Andre Schurrle.

Lionel Messi has also reached the COPA America tournament on two occasions before they were beaten on penalties by Chile each time.

The Argentine has won five Ballon d’Or titles till date which is the same number won by his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

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