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Champions League 2013: Sorting through the postmatch reactions

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Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League final. The postmatch reactions pretty much cover it all.

Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp began with a nice gesture acknowledging the winners, “First of all, congratulations to Bayern. You have to respect the result.”  Doesn’t mean he’s happy with it, though.

Klopp refused to focus on Bayern though, instead concentrating on how tough his squad played, despite admitting they tired late.  “From the 75th minute it was very hard for us after a tough season. We deserved to be in the final.  That is not the most important thing, but it is important.” I think we can all agree that’s about right.

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels knew that today’s loss may mark the only chance he gets to win Europe’s highest honor, “The game was really close and its very disappointing for us. We were the better team in the first 25 minutes but we missed the goal we needed. It was a tough game and this final is one of the hardest games to lose.”

On the happier side, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, after being thrown in the air by his players, said he made a number of changes at the half. “We didn’t get into the game in the first half, so I corrected a few things at the interval. There was pressure on both teams, but we certainly felt the burden of being favourites in the first 20 minutes.” Guess we’ll never find out what he corrected!

Philipp Lahm was too excited to speak, according to John Cross of The Mirror:

Man of the Match Arjen Robben took the time though! “There are so many emotions, especially after where we came from. Last year was such a disappointment. We’ve spoken about it: the last four years, we’ve been in the final three times. It needed to happen, but you still have to do it. I don’t know how many times I dreamed about it. To do it in the end is an unbelievable feeling.”

Robben described the entire trip through the Champions League as fantastic, “It’s unbelievable, it’s already going into the history books. The way we did it… if you beat Juventus twice and then you beat Barcelona 4-0 and 3-0 and then win the final – I don’t know what more you could wish for.”

In a nice touch, Sir Alex Ferguson presented the Man of the Match award to Robben, saying, “This is my first job since retiring. It’s a great pleasure.”

Finally, a funny moment, Mario Mandzukic lost his winner’s medal in the celebration! I’m sure he’ll get another.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).