Julian Nagelsmann becomes youngest manager to reach Champions League semis

Julian Nagelsmann becomes youngest manager to reach Champions League semis
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Updated: August 14, 2020 1:52:40 pm

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RB Leipzig’s coach Julian Nagelsmann talks to his players during the Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid. (REUTERS)

After being sidelined from football at an early age of 20 due to a knee injury, Julian Nagelsmann on Friday defied the odds to become the youngest manager to reach the final four of the Champions League. He is currently 33-years-old and is younger than the current legends of the sport – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig humbled Spanish side Atletico Madrid 2-1, with United States midfielder Tyler Adams scoring the match-winner in the closing minutes of the match. The German side had initially taken the lead in the 51st minute with a header from Spanish forward Dani Olmo, but a disjointed Atletico were shaken into life when record signing Joao Felix came off the bench, earning and scoring a penalty to level in the 71st. [Match Report]

Leipzig will now lock horns with Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the semifinals, which is set to take place on August 19. While PSG boasts of a powerful lineup that includes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, it will also be a test for Nagelsmann to match wits against his role model, manager Thomas Tuchel.

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‘I guess so’: Lionel Messi on passing to Cristiano Ronaldo if they play together

‘I guess so’: Lionel Messi on passing to Cristiano Ronaldo if they play together
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Updated: August 14, 2020 8:45:16 pm

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Ors between them. (Source: File)

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been at loggerheads with each other for more than a decade, trying to outscore one another and win the personal accolades like Ballon d’Or.

Playing for fierce rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid, both the forwards dominated the scoring charts in La Liga for nine seasons from 2009 to 2018 before Ronaldo left for Italy.

Despite their history, the 33-year-old Messi brushed aside his rivalry with the Juventus talisman by recently claiming that he would pass to him if they ever played together.

“I guess so, in the end, yes,” Messi told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo in an interview.

The hypothetical situation might turn into a reality soon as Spanish journalist Guillem Balague reported on Thursday t

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Thursday’s gossip column – Liverpool face Man City competition for Thiago

Thursday’s gossip column – Liverpool face Man City competition for Thiago
Football gossip

Manchester City have entered the race for Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara and are believed to be offering more than Liverpool for the 29-year-old. (SportBild – via Star)external-link

Manchester United have put the rest of their transfer business on hold while they try to sign Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 20. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester United’s move for Sancho is in danger of collapsing with Dortmund bemused by their approach to negotiations, initially offering the winger a pay cut. (Mail)external-link

Juventus have approached Arsenal over a possible transfer for French striker Alexandre Lacazette, 29. (CalcioMercato – in Italian)external-link

Watford are ready to demand a club record fee of more than £40m for Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, 22, amid interest from Liverpool and clubs around Europe. (Evening Standard)external-link

Sarr has told media in his homeland that “everyone would love” to play for Liverpool. (Sans Limites – via Goal)external-link

Roma could swap 23-year-old Guinea midfielder Amadou Diawara for Arsenal’s Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, 24. (Gazzetta dello Sport – via Mail)external-link

Valencia have alerted Premier League clubs by putting all but one of their players up for sale in a bid to balance the books. (Marca – in Spanish)external-link

Jack Grealish will hold crucial talks with Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow on his return from holiday, with Manchester United still interested in the 24-year-old English midfielder. (Mirror)external-link

Benfica are leading the race to sign former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen – and the 33-year-old Belgium international could be joined at the club by Uruguay and former Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 33. (Sun)external-link

Lyon sporting director Juninho says midfielder Houssem Aouar could leave this summer with Arsenal, Manchester City and Juventus all monitoring the 22-year-old Frenchman. (Mail)external-link

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, is expecting Manchester United to open contract talks once their Europa League campaign concludes. (Sky Sports)external-link

Everton could replace Jordan Pickford, 26, as manager Carlo Ancelotti feels the England goalkeeper is not reliable enough. (Star)external-link

Arsenal are really keen to land Sporting Lisbon’s 17-year-old Joelson Fernandes. The Portugal Under-17 forward has been dubbed ‘the new Cristiano Ronaldo’ and the Gunners could look to offer cash plus players for his signature. (Mirror)external-link

West Bromwich Albion and Fulham are in the running to sign Peterborough’s English striker Ivan Toney, 24. (Football Insider)external-link

Napoli are close to signing Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes for £22m, and are believed to have agreed personal terms for the 22-year-old Lille defender, which could enable Manchester City to buy Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, from the Italian club. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Tottenham are set to allow 19-year-old English midfielders Oliver Skipp and Jamie Bowden to leave on loan after signing Dane Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 25, from Southampton. (Football Insider)external-link

Atletico Madrid have made Eibar’s Serb Marko Dmitrovic, 28, their top goalkeeping target in the transfer window, to provide back-up for Chelsea-linked Slovenian Jan Oblak, 27. (Goal)external-link

Leicester City are one of a number of clubs linked with a move for Bournemouth’s 23-year-old winger David Brooks – but new Cherries boss Jason Tindall insists there will be no “fire sale” of the club’s star players. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Velez Sarsfield are interested in Southampton’s Argentine forward Guido Carrillo, 29. (TyC Sports – via Daily Echo)external-link

Watford are expected to name Vladimir Ivic, 43, as their new head coach this week after the Serb left his post at Maccabi Tel-Aviv. (Times)external-link

Manchester United Under-23s manager Neil Wood has strongly suggested France Under-17 midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, 17, will remain a part of the youth set-up next season rather than step up to the first team. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Thursdays Guardian focuses on Paris St-Germain's win over Atalanta
Thursdays Guardian focuses on Paris St-Germain’s win over Atalanta

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