MESSI V NESTA

Will it be Nesta’s night again in his personal duel with Messi?

Legendary defender’s performance will determine who progresses

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Much of what is written about tonight’s Carles Puyol-tagged game of the season between Barcelona and AC Milan will be about Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the piece’s true protagonist is Alessandro Nesta.

Yes, the 36-year-old defender who ITV started their first-leg coverage practically mocking, armed with the assumption that old age guaranteed a [...]

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Massive Champions League news

Benfica stand between Chelsea and the right to lose to Barcelona

APOEL's chances of Champions League glory also suffer a blow

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While you’ve been screaming at horses on television, over in Switzerland, that loveable bald bloke has been perfecting the art of time wasting.

In between those eagerly-anticipated video montages, he did manage to oversee the Champions League draw, and miraculously, kept Real Madrid and Barcelona apart. Not just in the quarter-final, but in the semis [...]

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BETS OF THE DAY

Big call for armchair fans: Milan, Barcelona or Middlesbrough?

Domestic cup delicacies from three nations available to taste tonight

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There hasn’t been a bet of the day for a while, so to repay fans of inexpert tipping worldwide, tonight’s feast of football seems like an appropriate time to offer three for the price of one, that price incidentally being nothing.

All prices listed are from bwin, and if you bung all three choices into [...]

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BET OF THE DAY

Liven up your Thursday by taking on the mighty Barcelona

Feeling brave? Excellent, there’s 17/2 to be had on Barca losing...

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Constantly winning silverware can get a bit tiresome after a while it would appear, so Barcelona took a break from that slog earlier this week to pick up some personal honours instead.

Lionel Messi was forced to come up with some fresh material – not easy, believe us – for yet another Ballon d’Or acceptance [...]

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DREAM DRAW

Spoiler Champions League wish list: Arsenal v Napoli and more!

If The Spoiler did Champions League draws...

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The unnecessarily complex guides to how it all works, the use of two-minute video packages where five seconds of oral explanation would suffice and the unappreciated charm of draw master Gianni Infantino: The Spoiler loves nothing more than a UEFA draw.

To get the hype started early for Friday’s Champions League ball-grabbing festivities, here’s who [...]

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Why Arsenal are getting a brilliant deal for Fabregas…

On his way?

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With the transfer window opening in Spain on Friday, The Guardian reports that Fabregas is keen to finalise a move to Barcelona before he has to report back to Arsenal for pre-season training next week.

Several sources also believe Barca have upped their bid to £35million [...]

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Transfer Stuff

Fabregas to Milan, Forlan to Tottenham, and more…

Ahh, memories…

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Barcelona were surely taking the p*ss with their bid of £27million for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas earlier today, no? It’s almost as if Barca didn’t expect the bid to be accepted.

It’s like they wanted Fabregas to know there is concrete interest. It’s like they want [...]

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