Messi & Barca outclass Man Utd, Ajax stun Juve
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- Barcelona beat Man Utd to reach Champions League semi-finals
- Ajax win at Juventus to reach last four for first time since 1997
- Cardiff two points from Premier League safety after win at Brighton
- Man City v Tottenham; Porto v Liverpool (20:00 BST)
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- said on Instagram:”What a game ⚽! Back to the semi-finals”
BBC Sport chief football writer
Better Manchester United teams than this average band have fallen victim to Lionel Messi and company down the years, but it still served as grim evidence of the club’s poor transfer business and flawed strategy in recent years.
And for all the euphoria that accompanied Solskjaer’s arrival as interim – and later permanent – manager following Jose Mourinho’s exit, now is the time for him to show what he is made of.
You can read the rest of Phil’s reactionhere…
Argonaut:Get rid of anyone who’s been tainted by vangaal or Mourinho…….oh wait…or just play players who are fearless unlike this current bunch…no confidence..no playing style ..and no cohesion …cannot do the basics well.
Mark Meadows:United need to look how Juve bounced back from years of misery in 2011. Their new stadium helped but one key signing changed the mood – Pirlo. United thought Pogba was that signing but no. They need to think very big. Lewandowski? Coutinho? Bid 100m for Hazard?
Sean Turner:In recent years Man U have always led with the cheque-book, the modern trend ,when fixing problems. They had their brightest days when their academy delivered. Enter Ajax – academy central. Looks like Arsenal will have no other choice next year. Patience required. Sorry.
There is sure to be plenty of changes at Old Trafford at the end of the season but bossOle Gunnar Solskjaersaid it will take longer than just one summer to get Manchester United back to the same level as the likes of Barcelona.
“We have said all along that this
isn’t going to change tonight and the next few years will be massive for us to
get to the level of Barcelona,” he said.
got good players and at the moment we really have done well to get to the
quarters [of the Champions League] and to get in the challenge for the top
got a rebuilding job but that starts with the coaches and the players and one
or two additions to the squad will happen in the summer.”
- Top of today’s gossip is a story on current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and former Blues boss Antonio Conte being considered for the Roma job.
Macca:How long until Erik ten Hag is targeted by the likes of Chelsea?
Bezaleel Adewumi:Look at Ajax. That was the same team (apart from Davidson Sanchez and Klassen) Manchester United played against in the Europa League final a couple of years ago. They learnt from that final and became GIANT KILLERS in the Champions League. What a progression.
Maciej Czubak:People saying Ajax will now be raided and forget they already have even since 2017 EL final: Klassen (Everton, €27m), Sanchez (Spurs, €42m), Kluivert (Roma, €23m), Wober (Sevilla, €11m)… Yet they keep coming back. Amazing club and academy.
BBC Football Daily
Kelly Cates, Darren Fletcher,
Robbie Savage and Ian Dennis are all on the latest Football Daily podcast, discussing Tuesday’s Champions League games as Barcelona knocked out Manchester United and Ajax upset Juventus.
from United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and look at what’s next for the squad and how they
can build towards next season. Also Robbie and Darren debate if United have any
real leaders in the team.
They also hear from former Ajax midfielder Rafael van der Vaart on the renaissance at the
Dutch club, and there’s reaction to Cardiff City’s win at Brighton in
the Premier League relegation battle.
Not only that the guys look at the key
talking points ahead of Manchester City’s second leg with Tottenham and see if Porto can really
overturn their 2-0 deficit against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
- Reds cruised to victory in the first leg at Anfield but Klopp said his players will “fight with all they have” to reach the semi-finals.
“We are in a good moment, we want to play football and we want to fight hard,” he said. “We’ll try to use the result [at Anfield] and go there confident.”