• Lyon's Aulas revives grudge over early end to Ligue 1 season
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    Lyon's Aulas revives grudge over early end to Ligue 1 season

    Two days after his club eliminated Juventus in the Champions League, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas returned to his grievance over the early end of the French league saying he "would not forgive." In an interview published on Sunday, Aulas told Lyon daily Le Progres, that the decision to halt the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season was "a profound injustice" and "an absolute scandal". When the league was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, Lyon were nine points behind Lille who took the last Champions League place and one point behind Reims who gained the last guaranteed Europa League spot.

  • Man Utd, Inter favourites for Europa League in unique German finale
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    Man Utd, Inter favourites for Europa League in unique German finale

    Manchester United, Inter Milan and Sevilla headline a quintet of former champions travelling to Germany for a remodelled eight-team straight knockout tournament that will crown the winner of a Europa League campaign heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. All games from the quarter-finals onwards in this season's competition will be played behind closed doors as one-off ties across four venues -- Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen -- following a five-month interruption.

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    Messi helps Barca sink Napoli, face Bayern next

    RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT AND TRANSLATIONS VIDEO SHOWS: POST-MATCH NEWS CONFERENCES WITH BARCELONA COACH QUIQUE SETIEN AND NAPOLI COACH GENNARO GATTUSO SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (AUGUST 8, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020") 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, QUIQUE SETIEN, SAYING: "Well, there are always things you can do better, clearly. You don't do everything well because among other things, you have to take your opponent into account. They're also good, especially at this level. You don't get to be among the best eight or 16 teams in Europe if you don't play well. And yes, you'd like to win or control the matches the whole time, but that is unimaginable at this level. Your opponent has a lot to do with it. Today, we got passed by a team that is one of Italy's best teams, which has the highest possession time, and a team that had an extraordinary tournament. And now the next match will be similar. It is going to be very tough, just like they all will be until the final if we are able to get past the next matches." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, QUIQUE SETIEN, ON IF BAYERN GO INTO THE QUARTER-FINAL AS FAVOURITES, SAYING: "I don't get into those kinds of things. I think what we have to do is play a match against an extraordinary opponent (Bayern Munich). At this level, I don't think there are favourites. Yes, we can count on having the best player in the world (Lionel Messi), but (Robert) Lewandowski has 13 goals in the Champions League this year. The quality is so high in both teams that either one can win. Yes, you have to do things super well and try to score because it all comes down to making goals. And this is sometimes what determines if one team goes through or if the other does." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) NAPOLI COACH, GENNARO GATTUSO, SAYING: "No, I would do everything I did, because I think we played the match like we had to, surely we did some mistakes and we paid for them. But I liked the team, their mindset. We came here and we played as we did, if we forget the mistakes, the team had a really good performance. I saw the numbers, which are important numbers; it is normal that if you come here, in Barcelona, now, with their players and you do the mistakes we did, it is normal indeed that you loose. But there is a lot of regret and disappointment, because I think that the 19 days in which Barcelona didn't play, could have helped us. I was sure we could have done a little bit more. The numbers say this and it is normal that now there is only regret, but today my team showed that we have a lot of very good players." STORY: A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Saturday (August 8) for a 4-2 aggregate victory which took the club into the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive season where they face Bayern Munich. The Catalans had a shaky start but took the lead in the 10th minute with a powerful header from a corner by Clement Lenglet before Messi scored a superb second in the 23rd, seeing off four defenders to curl the ball into the far bottom corner. Messi had the ball in the net again soon after following a superb team move but the goal was harshly ruled out for handball by the Argentine following a VAR review, although Messi later won a penalty which Luis Suarez converted for Barca's third. Napoli got one back when Lorenzo Insigne converted a spot kick at the end of the first half and were the better side after the interval but Barca survived to set up a mouth-watering clash with Bayern in the Final Eight tournament in Lisbon next Friday (August 14). (Production: Kurt Michael Hall)