Allegri insists he’s staying

Massimiliano Allegri is adamant that he will still be at Juventus next season after watching his side exit the Champions League at the hands of Ajax on Tuesday.

The Dutch side came from behind to beat the Serie A leaders 2-1 in Turin and seal a 3-2 quarter-final aggregate triumph.

Allegri has led Juventus to four successive league and cup doubles and two Champions League finals, and they are almost certain to wrap up another domestic title this weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed the Old Lady into a first-half lead but Ajax, who knocked the holders Real Madrid out in the last round, hit back to win the tie thanks to goals by Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt.

"I have already talked with the president. I will remain at Juve next season and we are already planning the next campaign," said Allegri.

"Ronaldo gave us a lot during the season and especially in the Champions League. Ajax are a great team, I cannot say much to my players.

"Ajax have several good players and play good football, they are no underdogs. How they can be after scoring five goals against Real Madrid?

"I would not say that this is our worst elimination. Juventus have always the same objective: winning everything. Sometimes you can reach the final, sometimes you can't."

Ajax can be backed at 7/1 to win the Champions League this season while Juventus are available at 1/2 to beat Fiorentina in their next Serie A match on Saturday.

Momentum the key for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold says that momentum will be the key for Liverpool as they aim to go one better than last season in the Champions League.

Top of the table in the Premier League, the Reds turn their attentions to European football on Wednesday night with the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final with FC Porto.

Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino at Anfield last week ensure that Jurgen Klopp's side travel to Portugal with the advantage and the teams met in the competition last year too, Liverpool winning 5-0 in Porto.

They eventually reached the final, losing out to Real Madrid and Alexander-Arnold says momentum is crucial this season as they bid to win the Premier League and Champions League double.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "When you're in amongst the wins and grinding out the results, you can't wait to get to the next game.

"Obviously we have fond memories of Porto last season, so we're looking to go there and hopefully replicate what we've done."

Liverpool are 11/10 to win Wednesday night's game with Porto 14/5 and the draw 5/2.

While the focus is on progression in Europe on Wednesday night, Liverpool's league position is healthy too and they sit top of the Premier League table, two points clear of Manchester City who have a game in hand.

They beat Chelsea 2-0 at the weekend and Alexander-Arnold says their patience was rewarded in the end.

"A few weeks ago we would have got frustrated, been a bit too forward and left ourselves vulnerable," he added.

"But we took our time, we closed them out and never gave them too many chances. The second half we came out all guns blazing and finished them off."

Liverpool are 11/10 to win the Premier League title with Manchester City priced at 8/11.

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League remains priority for Pep

Pep Guardiola says the Premier League title remains the biggest prize on offer this season despite their Champions League campaign.

Manchester City, having already won the League Cup, are still in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple this season.

Second in the Premier League, they are in the FA Cup final next month and, this week, attempt to reach the last four of the Champions League.

They play Tottenham in the quarter-finals, trailing 1-0 after the first-leg in London.

Having already won the Premier League title with City last season, Guardiola says retaining the trophy remains the priority this campaign.

At a press conference ahead of Wednesday night's game with Spurs, the City boss said: "A lot of big clubs are not here now in these stages, so what is important is how you handle things for 11 months.

"That is why I have said many times the Premier League, for me, is the most important title, showing every three days that you are there. Being there every time sends out a good message.

"What we need to do tomorrow is put our hurt on the pitch, our desire and after we will see."

City are 3/10 to win Wednesday's game with Spurs 10/1 and the draw 5/1. City are 7/1 to win the game 2-0.

City and Spurs meet again in the Premier League on Saturday and Guardiola's side then travel to face local rivals United at Old Trafford in games which will have a big say in whether they will be in a position to retain the league title.

They are two points behind Liverpool in the table but have a game in hand. City are 8/11 to win the title while Liverpool are priced at 11/10.

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Liverpool regain top spot

Liverpool spent part of Sunday afternoon in second place in the Premier League but ended the day as they started it, at the top of the table.

Manchester City had temporarily replaced them after they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 but, with the pressure back on Jurgen Klopp's team, they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield and, having played a game more than City, are two points ahead of them thanks in part to a superb strike from Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool were the first to go close in the game, Sadio Mane crossing for Salah but his volley was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal.

Chelsea threatened on 20 minutes when Willian fed Eden Hazard but Joel Matip forced the Belgian out and his shot was comfortably saved by Alisson.

Liverpool were dominating possession and looking the more dangerous although Chelsea were threatening on the break.

However, the home side were pressing as the game meandered towards half-time, Roberto Firmino finding Salah whose pass was met by Sane but his smart shot went wide of the left post.

It was possibly a nervy Anfield with the match goalless at the break, but the home crowd erupted five minutes into the second half, Jordan Henderson getting a cross into the box and slack marking allowed Mane to head home.

Two minutes later Liverpool doubled their lead and this time it was a goal to savour, Salah letting fly from 25 yards out, a swerving shot going into the top corner, a goal worthy of winning any game.

Chelsea did respond to the double blow, going desperately close to getting a goal back shortly afterwards when Hazard found himself through on goal but hit the woodwork;, he got another shot in just a minute later but Alisson made a good save to keep the score 2-0.

However, those alarms aside Liverpool saw the remainder of the game out fairly comfortably to return to the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool are back in action in midweek when they hope to make it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

They have a 2-0 lead after the first-leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto and are 21/20 to win the match in Portugal with Porto 11/4 and the draw 9/4.

Liverpool are 7/2 to win the Champions League this year with Manchester City 10/3 and Barcelona 5/2.

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City pile pressure on Reds

Manchester City ensured Liverpool were playing catch-up as the Premier League title race took another twist.

With both teams playing on Sunday, City were in action first, away at Crystal Palace and came away with a 3-1 victory, taking them back to the top of the table.

Raheem Sterling scored twice for the champions, Palace pulled one back with about 10 minutes remaining but a third just before the close ensured another three points for Pep Guardiola's side.

They took the lead after quarter of an hour at Selhurst Park, Sterling latching onto a perfect pass from Kevin de Bruyne and finishing well past Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

That was the only goal of the first half but Sterling scored his and City's second after an hour, from a pass by Leroy Sane.

Roy Hodgson's side gave themselves hope with a late Luka Milivojevic free-kick but substitute Gabriel Jesus scored City's third to return them to the top of the Premier League table.

With five games remaining they are a point ahead of Liverpool and have a vastly superior goal difference.

Liverpool are in action later on Sunday, taking on Chelsea at Anfield and needing a win to return to the top.

Match-winner Sterling said afterwards that he believes the title race will go down to the last game of the season.

He told the BBC: "100 percent the way Liverpool have been playing. It will go down to the wire. I don't see us slowing down now. Liverpool have a great squad, great self-belief, but so do we."

City, fresh from this victory have a crucial three matches ahead in the next 10 days. They play Tottenham twice at home, in the Champions League in midweek and then the league next weekend before a trip across Manchester to play rivals United at Old Trafford on 24th April.

City, 1-0 down from the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final, are 2/7 to win the return leg on Wednesday night while Spurs are 9/1 with the draw 19/4.

Vity are 10/3 to win the Champions League this season while Spurs are priced at 16/1.

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Lallana set to miss out

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Adam Lallana is unlikely to feature in Tuesday's Champions League clash with Porto at Anfield.

The former Southampton midfielder missed Friday's 3-1 victory against Saints at St Mary's with a slight muscle issue that looks set to force him to also sit out the quarter-final first-leg encounter.

Joe Gomez took part in the pre-match warm-up before the game at Southampton but Klopp is refusing to rush the youngster back too quickly.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager said: "We wanted to have Joe around, not because he is now 100 per cent ready but it was just nice to have him. He could be maybe [available] but for him it's better to have more sessions. Joe needs that, he is not long enough in training.

"Adam was only a little thing, we don't have to talk about that. It kept him out for the weekend and maybe for Tuesday.

"All the rest should be OK. We had little problems after the game. Gini Wijnaldum had a little back problem, Joel [Matip], I think even Virgil [van Dijk] from a fall on the ground. But they all should be OK, hopefully."

Liverpool, 4/1 to win the Champions League this season, can be backed at 13/2 to beat Porto 3-0 on Tuesday while Roberto Firmino is 9/2 to be the first goalscorer.

“Powerful” United a threat to Barca

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde said Manchester United are a "powerful" side who pose a threat to his side.

The teams meet at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The Spanish side are top of La Liga and with an 11-point lead, seemingly destined for the title.

Their focus in midweek though will be the Champions League where they are going for their first title since 2015.

Real Madrid have won for the last three years but Barca are in a good position to keep the trophy in Spanish hands, though Valverde is well aware of the threat that United pose.

After they beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday, he said of the United game: "They are a powerful team. They are going through a good run, even if they lost their last match.

"Physically they are really strong and they know how to put pressure on their opponents. They have players who are physically very powerful, and they can be dangerous strategically as well.

"This match is a classic in European football. Barcelona have never won at Old Trafford I believe and we are going to try and change that."

United are 5/2 to win the first leg at Old Trafford with Barcelona 1/1 and the draw 13/5.

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi got the goals against Atletico who remain second in the La Liga table.

Barcelona cruised into the last eight of this year's Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate win over Lyon in their round of 16 clash.

United looked set for an early exit after losing their home leg 2-0 to Paris St Germain but thrillingly won 3-1 in Paris to go through on away goals, a last minute penalty seeing them through.

Barcelona are 10/3 to win the Champions League this season with United 20/1.

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Solskjaer: We can go all the way

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees no reason why Manchester United can't go on to win the Champions League following their incredible victory against Paris St-Germain.

The French team had won last month's round of 16 first leg at Old Trafford 2-0 but looked nervous throughout the second encounter and conceded a goal after only two minutes when Romelu Lukaku pounced on a mistake, rounded veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, and managed to slide the ball home from a difficult angle.

Although PSG equalised on the night, Belgium international Lukaku benefited from a Buffon error to make it 2-1 to United before, in stoppage time, Marcus Rashford netted from the spot to complete a famous comeback.

"We always believed, that's the thing," caretaker United boss Solskjaer said afterwards. "We set out the plan and it wasn't about the ball.

"The plan was to get the first goal, be in the game with 10 minutes to go.

"I'm going to enjoy this job as long as I have it. I'm going to do the job as well as I can.

"It's this club. It's what we do, that's Man Utd. That's the Champions League, it's what it does.

"We can go all the way. Of course we fancy ourselves, but we just have to wait for the draw and then take the game as it comes."

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League takes place on Friday 15th March.

United are 10/1 to win the Champions League this season, while Manchester City can be be backed at 5/2, Liverpool at 9/1 and Barcelona at 4/1.

Solskjaer ready to fight at PSG

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has not given up on Manchester United's chances of progressing in the Champions League this season.

The United caretaker boss takes his side to the French capital to take on Paris St Germain who won the round of 16 first-leg at Old Trafford 2-0.

However, Solskjaer travels to the Parc des Princes unwilling to forgo their place in the competition without a fight.

He told the club's official website ahead of their trip to Paris: "We can't write games off, we've been fantastic away from home, we're not going to go out without giving a fight.

"We're going to go out there and enjoy the game. We know it's a difficult place to come and they [PSG] played really well at Old Trafford, so it's a great challenge for our players to go out there and show what they can do."

United are 13/2 to win the game with PSG 9/20 and the draw on the night is 4/1. United are 80/1 to win 3-0 which would secure progression through to the quarter-finals.

United do travel in some confidence due to their form since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho.

He has seen the team win eight in a row on the road and he paid tribute to the efforts of his players, adding: "It's an incredible achievement by the players. They go into away games now knowing that we can defend well and we've got pace on the counter."

United's chances of turning the tie around have been hampered by injury problems ahead of Wednesday's game.

Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Alexis Sanchez are all expected to miss the tie while Paul Pogba is definitely out due to suspension.

United are 125/1 to win the Champions League with PSG 5/1 and Manchester City 11/4.

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Solari insists title still possible

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari insisted his team are still in the hunt for the La Liga title despite losing at home to Girona.

After leaders Barcelona won on Saturday and Atletico moved into second with victory, Real had the chance on Sunday to move back to second with a win of their own.

However, despite Casemiro giving the home side a first half lead Girona gave their relegation concerns a huge boost with two goals in 10 second half minutes.

They equalised from the penalty spot after a Sergio Ramos handball, converted by Cristhian Stuani and then, after Portu had hit the crossbar, he won the game with a diving header on 75 minutes.

Real's woes were increased in injury time with Ramos being sent off for two yellow cards.

Their seventh defeat of the league season means they now trail Barcelona by nine points in La Liga, a gap that Solari insists can still be breached.

He said after the game when asked if they can still win the title: "Always. We are always in it. We need to get good results as soon as possible, but we're still in three competitions.”

On the game he added: "We tried to increase our energy levels with our changes but we did not achieve it – we have a big squad and a lot of good players.

"We did not take our chances when we had them and it was really difficult for us in the first 25 minutes."

Real are still in contention in two other competitions as Solari indicated. They are in the Copa del Rey semi-finals where they are tied with Barcelona 1-1 after the first leg.

They are also in the Champions League and, having won the trophy the last three years, have a 2-1 lead over Ajax after the first leg of their round of 16 tie in this season's competition.

They are 8/15 to win the second leg with Ajax 17/4 and the draw 7/2.

Real Madrid are 9/1 to win the Champions League while they are 5/4 to win the Copa del Rey.

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