UCL: Chelsea draws as Lazio, Leipzig, PSG clinch berths

Chelsea FC v FC Krasnodar: Group E - UEFA Champions League
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Lazio, RB Leipzig, and Paris Saint-Germain are onto the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds at the expense of leaky Manchester United and a scrappy Club Brugge as the final match day of Groups E, F, G, and H hit Europe on Tuesday.

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Elsewhere, Chelsea started a pair of kids in a draw with Krasnodar as it had already sewn up a seeded place. It is joined by Dortmund and Juventus as group winners, while an ugly racial incident in France means PSG has to wait until Wednesday to find out if it will take Group H off of Leipzig when it hosts Istanbul Basaksehir for the final 76 minutes of a suspended affair at the Parc des Princes.

Chelsea 1-1 Krasnodar

Ex-Newcastle man Remy Cabella beat Kepa Arrizabalaga to give the Russians a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute but Jorginho converted a penalty four minutes later for the already-clinched Blues.

Stamford Bridge saw a strong performance from young Billy Gilmour in his return from injury, while 19-year-old Tino Anjorin went 80 minutes in his fourth senior appearance for Chelsea.

Gilmour completed 74-of-83 passes including three key passes while completing two dribbles and taking two shots (one on target).

Anjorin was also tidy at left wing, winning most of his duels and making four tackles. He drew praise from Lampard, who rested Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell.

“In training he had shown us last season a real ability to step straight into the level in terms of his ability on the ball,” Lampard said, via Football.London. “He showed it today in the way he receives the ball and how he moves with it very quickly, his physical attributes to protect the ball. He’s had some fitness issues in terms of completing games at under-23 and youth team levels.”

Chelsea is set to come out of the UCL group stage and into a brutal run of fixtures: away to Everton and Wolves, then home to West Ham before a visit to Arsenal. Those aree all between Dec. 12 and 26, with Villa and Man City visiting Stamford Bridge before the Festive Fixtures are done.

Stade Rennes 1-3 Sevilla

Sevilla had already advanced and did not have hope of catching Chelsea but still picked up a quality away win despite being out-attempted 19-8 by its Ligue 1 hosts.

Julen Lopetegui’s men got two goals from Youssef En-Nesyri after Jules Kounde opened the scoring with a beautiful hit, but the clean sheet was sullied by Georginio Rutter’s finish of an Eduoardo Camavinga-won penalty in the final half-dozen minutes.

Zenit Saint Petersburg 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Trailing 1-0 on a Sebastian Driussi first-half goal, BVB boss Lucien Favre brought on youth in the 58th minute and it changed the game.

USMNT teen Giovanni Reyna and his even younger teammate Youssoufa Moukoko came into the match and goals from Lukasz Piszczek and Axel Witsel gave Dortmund the group.

Reyna finished with a key pass, an interception, and 24-of-27 passing on 30 touches in his 32 minutes. Favre didn’t have Erling Haaland and won’t until after Winterpause.

Lazio 2-2 Club Brugge

A draw was enough for the Italian hosts to join BVB in the knockout rounds, though their Belgian visitors did not relent even after going down a goal and a man.

Joaquin Correa and Ciro Immobile gave Lazio one-goal leads sandwiched around Ruud Vormer’s 15th-minute equalizer, but Eduard Sobol’s second yellow card before halftime meant Club Brugge needed multiple goals down a man at a Serie A ground.

Incredibly, they nearly did it. Vormer set up Hans Vanaken’s 76th-minute equalizer and there were chances for a breakthrough despite the disadvantage in numbers.

Vanaken, 28, has become a Belgian national teamer without leaving the country for his club career, and both he and Vormer were wonderful in an effort that sends Club Brugge to the Europa League.

Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Ferencvaros

A cagey match with 33 fouls and 12 shots, Denys Popov’s goal at the hour mark was enough to push the Ukranian side past their Hungarian visitors for a place in the Europa League.

Barcelona 0-3 Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon turned back the hands of time with a seven-save performance, all of them coming on Lionel Messi shots, as Juventus took Group G on a beautiful Weston McKennie goal and two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties.

Messi also passed at 90 percent and had three key passes as Barca out-attempted Juve 20-8 but made too many mistakes to claim a seeded spot in the Round of 16.

RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United

Disorganized at the back of a 3-4-3, United found itself down 2-0 after 13 minutes and saw a third come off the board thanks to VAR.

The Red Devils were much better after that and dominant in the second half but allowed a third goal before getting a pair back to finish with a 19-9 edge in shots… barely off from the 20-9 edge they carried when they couldn’t stop crosses and lost to Sevilla in the 2019-20 Europa League semifinal.

Paul Pogba was good off the bench as was Donny van de Beek, but poor organization from United’s wingbacks and a lack of key interventions from their center back corps helped doom them to a UEL return.

Paris Saint-German v Istanbul Basaksehir – SUSPENDED

PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir will not play until Wednesday after both teams left the pitch following the sending-off of Basaksehir assistant Pierre Webo.

Basaksehir reportedly took offense to the fourth official using the term “negro” to tell the head referee which member of the staff had received a red card.

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Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

Dates: 3pm ET June 10, 2023
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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

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Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
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Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

Lionel Messi rejects Saudi Arabia mega-offer, will sign with Inter Miami


Lionel Messi will sign with Inter Miami, opting to move to MLS this summer rather than return to Barcelona or join Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante in Saudi Arabia, according to multiple reports.

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The deal will reportedly include profit sharing with two of MLS’s biggest commercial partners, Apple and Adidas, alongside his playing contract. According to reports, it could also include an option to purchase a minority stake in the club, which is partially owned (and operated) by David Beckham, who signed a similarly unique deal when he joined MLS in 2007. Beckham’s contract gave him a $25-million option to purchase an expansion franchise, which he exercised in 2018.

Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire on June 30 and the Ligue 1 club announced earlier this month that the Argentine superstar — widely considered the greatest player of all time — will leave the club this summer.

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Perhaps Inter Miami and MLS weren’t Messi’s first-choice option this summer, as his father previously stated his son’s desire to return to Barcelona, where he famously won 21 major trophies before an unceremonious exit amid financial troubles in the summer of 2021, but those issues still linger two years later. The offer from Saudi Arabia would have reportedly paid Messi, 35, $1.6 billion over three years.

Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who previously worked with Lionel Messi at Barcelona (2013-2014) and Argentina (2014-2016), is reportedly the leading candidate to replace the recently departed Phil Neville as head coach.

Inter Miami, who currently sit bottom (15th) of MLS’s Eastern Conference with 15 points from their first 16 games, parted ways with Neville last week. In his two full seasons in charge, Neville guided the club to regular-season finishes of 11th (of 14) and 6th (of 14) in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2022.

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UEFA Champions League Final: Key battles for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Manchester City’s quest for the treble hits its final obstacle when Inter Milan goes toe-to-toe with the Premier League and FA Cup champions in Istanbul at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Pep Guardiola’s weren’t at their very best against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final and still walked away with its second trophy of the season.

But City’s final two Premier League matches saw dropped points. The stakes were non-existent and the team quite changed by Guardiola, who’s known to fancy a tactical wrinkle. How will things change this weekend?

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It would be stunning if Inter boss Simone Inzaghi came out in anything but a 3-5-2, which has been his go-to formation for Inter Milan this season regardless of opponent.

But might Inzaghi have something up his sleeve?

Inter’s only losses in the Champions League came in the group stage versus Bayern Munich. Add in their setbacks in Serie A and there’s still been no standard recipe for beating Inter. There isn’t one for Man City, either, of course.

Kevin De Bruyne vs Marcelo Brozovic

If there’s a single player capable of messing with Pep Guardiola’s plan to control the game and get the ball to his creators in dangerous spots, it’s Croatian veteran Marcelo Brozovic. The 30-year-old is a force who can both be the club’s metronome and break up the opposition’s best attacks. There are few players in the world like De Bruyne, but he needs to be found in space and City needs the ball to do that. Brozovic can be a big part of limiting both of those things.

Erling Haaland vs Francesco Acerbi

Maybe the two names need to be switched in order, because Acerbi is going to have his hands full with Haaland. The question is whether the 35-year-old Acerbi, still very good but no longer in his prime, can use his nous and vast experience to limit Haaland’s chances to do the exceptional. Haaland, meanwhile, just has to be himself. Ask yourself who’s being asked more.

Andre Onana vs Man City’s attack

Picking one player, even Haaland or De Bruyne, for this battle is unfair to the exercise because let’s be real. There is no chance that Inter Milan wins this game without a supreme moment or two from its goalkeeper. Andre Onana has played every Champions League match for Inter and has had his fair share of outstanding performances. He’s outperformed expected goals on target by 6.7 goals over the course of the tournament.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.