LONDON -- So close, and yet so far away. If any game could sum up the latter years of Arsene Wenger's reign as Arsenal's manager, the night they dominated Atletico Madrid but ended up with a draw is surely the perfect example of precisely what has been wrong at the club for the best part of a decade.
First, the positive spin. Arsenal will travel to Madrid next Thursday for the Europa League semifinal second leg in the Wanda Metropolitano with hopes still alive of a place in the final after a...
LONDON -- Three thoughts from the Emirates on Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal.
1. Griezmann punishes wasteful Arsenal at the Emirates
Arsene Wenger's hopes of ending his reign as Arsenal manager by winning the Europa League have been left in the balance after Antoine Griezmann earned a semifinal first-leg draw for 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Emirates.
Atleti, reduced to 10 men after just 10 minutes following two bookable offences by Sime...
MUNICH -- In an interview earlier this week, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that he has never brought himself to watch again the 2013 Champions League final. An all-German affair, played before a rapturous Wembley crowd, ended with Arjen Robben's winner dampening the exuberance of Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, who could hardly have done more in attempting to upset the odds.
Bayern, though, that distillation of cockiness and knowhow, found a way to win yet again that night and outgoing manager...
MUNICH -- Three quick thoughts from Real Madrid's 2-1 win Wednesday over Bayern Munich in their Champions League semifinal first leg at the Allianz Stadium.
1. Madrid put one foot in Champions League final
Real Madrid have one foot in yet another Champions League final, although they might wonder how. Superb finishes from Marcelo and Marco Asensio overhauled the advantage Joshua Kimmich had given Bayern Munich, who missed a host of chances, and Jupp Heynckes' side have it all to do if they...
LIVERPOOL, England -- Nobody knows better than Liverpool that a three-goal lead is not always a guarantee of success in the Champions League.
They will never forget the "Miracle of Istanbul" at Anfield -- that night in May 2005 when Rafael Benitez's team overturned a 3-0 half-time deficit against AC Milan to win the club's fifth European Cup on penalties -- but there have been more recent reminders that such an advantage is not enough to be certain at the highest level of European competition.
LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts from Anfield as Liverpool raced to a 5-0 lead vs. Roma only to let in two late goals in their Champions League semifinal, first leg.
1. Liverpool could face anxious night in Roma after late slump
Liverpool need to avoid a three-goal defeat in Rome next Wednesday to reach the Champions League final, but Jurgen Klopp's team should have already booked their place in Kiev after building a 5-0 lead before conceding two late goals against Roma.