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Juventus' twin towers of Ronaldo, Mandzukic to provide a unique test for Atletico's stingy defence

With two aerial specialists in Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus are a bit of a throwback and present a unique challenge to any defence.
With two aerial specialists in Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus are a bit of a throwback and present a unique challenge to any defence.

It might not provide the most enthralling technical football of the Champions League round of 16, but there's something wonderfully intriguing about the tie between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, the first leg of which takes place on Wednesday evening.

These are effectively the two nearly-men of the last half-decade in this competition, both defeated finalists twice: Atletico losing to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, Juventus falling to Barcelona and Real in 2015 and 2017. But that status, and...

Jurgen Klopp needs to rule with his head and focus on the Premier League, not Bayern

The trick is getting head and heart to coexist in the right proportion, at the right time, and a great manager knows when to turn the dial toward the "heart" end.

It's how Liverpool came back from 3-0 down in a Champions League final, remember? You loosen the reins, go for it and believe in the improbable. To paraphrase "Risky Business," it gives you freedom, freedom brings opportunity, opportunity makes your future...

But there are times when you need it turned back toward the "head" end....

Liverpool stars prepare for Bayern Munich clash by getting stuck in elevator

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League.
Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play.
Relive the top goals from Week 26 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Liverpool and Man City's dominant performances take center stage.

With a massive Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at Anfield on the cards this week, Liverpool could probably have done without any slapstick mishaps in the build-up.

However, as shared by Dejan Lovren on Instagram, it would appear that several of the Reds' first-team players had the misfortune of getting trapped in a broken elevator together on Sunday afternoon.

Lovren posted a video of himself, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino...

Exclusive: Manuel Neuer on Liverpool clash in Champions League, injuries and finding form

Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play.
In an exclusive with ESPN FC, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer makes no excuses when asked about his side's Bundesliga campaign.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League.

MUNICH -- It would have been easy, understandable even, to cancel the interview. A few days before we were due to meet in the Bavarian capital last Sunday, Manuel Neuer had hurt his right hand in a training exercise. The injury was initially described as not serious but soon became the subject of much intrigue as the Bayern Munich goalkeeper missed two games and the club refused to provide any updates. Neuer, too, remained tight-lipped. The exact nature of his complaint was guarded jealously at...

Beyond Mbappe, Rashford and Icardi, are we heading for a generation without elite center-forwards?

Where is the next generation of center-forwards going to come from?

You may notice it in the Champions League knockout rounds. Of the 16 teams left, how many have a proper, first-choice central striker under the age of 25?

I know definitions may vary, but bear with me. If you want to include Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe, who are 21 and 20, respectively, and both played center-forward for their respective teams on Tuesday night, go ahead. But bear in mind that Mbappe is a freak of nature...

Dortmund made to pay for inexperience by ruthless Tottenham at Wembley

A stunned Jadon Sancho said he had "no words" after Borussia Dortmund's second half collapse at Wembley saw them lose 3-0 to Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash. But if the 18-year-old Englishman continues his German studies, he'll soon come across the perfect idiom to sum up what happened to the Bundesliga leaders on Wednesday night: Lehrgeld.

Lehrgeld is historical term which describes the fees which apprentices had to pay their masters in consideration for being...