PETE JENSON: Storming out of a press-conference, seeing red on the touchline and title hopes in ruins. It's been Ronald Koeman's week from hell... but he remains relaxed knowing Barcelona can't afford the €12m to sack him
Ronald Koeman was relaxed about his situation at Barcelona after Cadiz draw He is likely to get a two-game ban for his late red card on Thursday night The international break may well end up deciding if Benfica game is his last It's the club who need to make the next move, as Koeman tells it as it is right now
Celtic ace Jota savours first goal as he credits team-mates for his strong start to life in Scottish football
LOAN star Jota has described the feeling of hitting his first Celtic goal as “unbelievable”. The Benfica ace drilled past Raith Rovers No 1 Jamie MacDonald on Thursday as the Hoops eased into the last four of the Premier Sports Cup. The 22-year-old had another shot saved by MacDonald — but saw the rebound headed home by Liel Abada.
Raith Rovers: Christophe Berra reacts to Celtic defeat as former Hearts star backs ‘maverick’ to bounce back
“Celtic have bought players for millions of pounds. They have players whose weekly salary would be the salary of our entire squad,” reflects Christophe Berra. While football is played on grass, not a balance sheet, the Raith Rovers veteran concisely underlines the mountainous task the Fifers undertook on Thursday evening.
Vitoria de Guimaraes will be looking to carry on the momentum from their midweek Taca de Portugal win when they welcome Benfica to the Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques on Saturday. The visitors head into the game as the only side yet to drop points in the Primeira Liga this season, and will be seeking to keep the juggernaut rolling.
Football Barcelona in crisis: 'Thank you' - Watch the moment Ronald Koeman walks out of press conference Under pressure Koeman left press conference without accepting questions from the media after reading a statement ahead of the La Liga match against Cadiz on Thursday. Reports in the Spanish media suggest Koeman may be sacked if he fails to deliver in the upcoming matches against Cadiz, Levante on Sunday, and then against Benfica in the Champions League.
Premier League champions Manchester City are keeping tabs on Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, according to a report. The Citizens were keen to recruit a central striker over the summer, following the departure of club legend Sergio Aguero, but were unable to sign their primary target Harry Kane, who stayed with Tottenham Hotspur.
Barcelona reportedly face a huge compensation package if they want to dismiss Ronald Koeman. Barcelona face having to pay a whopping £10million compensation package if they choose to sack head coach Ronald Koeman it has been claimed. The Dutchman is under increased pressure following a difficult week. The LaLiga side were first comfortably beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.
Benfica will attempt to extend their perfect start in Primeira Liga to six matches when they play host to Boavista on Monday evening. However, they face opponents in Boavista who currently occupy sixth spot after losing just one of their opening five fixtures. Match preview Having witnessed Sporting Lisbon cruise to the league title last season, Jorge Jesus was aware that Benfica required a fast start to the new campaign.
Ruben Dias joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay in defence as he helped the club win the Premier League title; "Everyone has to be their own leader," said Pep Guardiola. "Every season we make the selection of captains. The players and backroom staff make the decision."
The Benfica loanee has started brightly and he revealed the full squad is right behind the Aussie boss. Celtic supporters have fully signed up to Ange Postecoglou’s attacking philosophy. But the belief might have taken a bit of a battering after blowing a two-goal lead against Real Betis.
The Ange Postecoglou Celtic rollercoaster was at full pace on Thursday as they kicked off their Europa League group-stage campaign in Seville against Real Betis. The 4-3 defeat by the Spanish La Liga outfit was a microcosm of Postecoglou’s tenure. Fast-flowing, attacking football, goals, but also an openness at the back that cost them dear.
Anthony Taylor made an embarrassing error in the Champions League ahead of Arsenal's clash with Burnley Anthony Taylor, who will take charge of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley this weekend, had a moment to forget as he refereed Dynamo Kiev vs Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Champions League Group E opener between Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica ended in a goalless stalemate - but there was no shortage of drama as Anthony Taylor accidentally sent off a player Premier League referee Anthony Taylor had a moment to forget in Tuesday night's Champions League encounter between Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica.
Referee Anthony Taylor has been criticised in recent weeks for some of his performances. On August 28, Chelsea travelled to Liverpool for their Premier League clash. The Blues were leading 1-0 when Reece James was sent off and Liverpool were given a penalty. James was positioned on his own goalline when the ball hit him on the knee before striking his hand.
PSV Eindhoven and Real Sociedad meet at the Philips Stadion on Thursday evening as they look to start their Group B campaign with maximum points. The home side have dropped into this competition after losing in the Champions League playoff round, while Sociedad earned their spot in the Europa League through earning fifth place in La Liga last season.
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All you need to know ahead of the biggest heavyweight clash in Europe this week The start of Barcelona’s rebuild gets a big test in midweek as the somewhat-fallen LaLiga giants host Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Both clubs will be expected to progress through Group E, with Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv the other sides in the quartet, but there is a gulf between the German and Spanish sides right now on and Ronald Koeman must find a way to bridge that continuity and star name which Bayern have and Barca had.
Portugal look to tempt Fabio Carvalho into switching allegiance from England as the country of the Fulham star's birth could offer the teenager the opportunity to be fast-tracked into the country's Under-21 set-up
Fabio Carvalho has represented England from Under-16 to Under-18 level The attacking midfielder left Portugal in 2014 to join Fulham's academy He scored his first senior goal for the Cottagers against Southampton in May And the 19-year-old has shone in the Championship this term under Marco Silva England are facing a battle to keep hold of Fulham attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho as Portugal plot a move to secure the 19-year-old's future.
The Europa League is back on Wednesday night, with Russian outfit Spartak Moscow hosting the opening game of the 2021-22 tournament against Polish champions Legia Warsaw. Both sides will be considered outsiders to progress to the knockout stages, as they are joined in Group C by Leicester City and Napoli.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The first Women’s Champions League group-stage draw Monday placed defending champion Barcelona with Arsenal, Hoffenheim and Danish club HB Køge. The revamped 16-team group stage replaces the 32-team knockout tournament. Seven-time European champion Lyon landed in a group with Bayern Munich, Benfica and Swedish club Häcken.