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March 15, 2022 at 6:02 p.m. EDT

Manchester United knocked out of the Champions League

Manchester United’s Champions League run ended after a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the evening.

Renan Lodi made it 2-1 on aggregate in the 41st minute.

For all the post-match reaction to the match, click here to go to our live match blog.

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. EDT

United looking for an equalizer

Atletico Madrid are currently leading one goal to nil at Old Trafford.

Renan Lodi gave the visitors the advantage.

Manchester United hold the ball more but struggle to test Atletico in the final third.

For live match updates, click here to access our live match blog.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 5:11 p.m. EDT

Chelsea name Champions League squad

Thomas Tuchel’s side arrived in France ahead of their Champions League game against Lille.

Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi trained at Cobham on Tuesday but did not travel with the squad.

Cesar Azpilicueta is back in Tuchel’s squad. Teenager Harvey Vale was included to provide a left side option.

Ross Barkley, Ben Chilwell and Saul are the other players to miss.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 4:48 p.m. EDT

Aston Villa to decide which development players to keep at start of 2022-23 plans

Aston Villa will decide which development players to keep at the club this week as they begin planning for 2022-23.

A number of youngsters are set to leave as Villa cut the squad and plan the best way forward for the U23 and U18 squads.

Villa have already confirmed that Tommi O’Reilly, the midfielder who made the matchday squad earlier this month, has signed a professional contract and Athleticism understands that Teddy Rowe, Frankie Ealing, DJ Sturridge and Taylor-Jay Hart will be the next to receive contract offers.

Gregg Evans

Gregg Evans·

Aston Villa correspondent

March 15, 2022 at 4:29 p.m. EDT

Derby County take advantage of Blackburn

Derby County are fighting to avoid relegation and so far it is working.

They lead 1-0 after Ravel Morrison found the back of the net in the 28th minute.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 3:19 p.m. EDT

Manchester United Team News

Ralf Rangnick has named a solid starting XI to face Atletico Madrid.

Anthony Elanga deserves his place in the starting line-up after scoring the equalizer for United in the first leg.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 2:28 p.m. EDT

Discipline and intensity helped City stay away

It was a point-worthy performance against league leaders Manchester City.

Crystal Palace were on the back foot for most of the game, but it was discipline and intensity that helped them keep Pep Guardiola’s side at bay.

Matt Woosnam has analyzed arguably one of Crystal Palace’s best performances all season.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

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Crystal Palace married discipline and intensity to keep City out again

March 15, 2022 at 2:06 p.m. EDT

Champions League football tonight!

Excited for more European football? Me too!

Tonight, Ajax hosts Benfica and Atletico Madrid travel to Manchester United.

They are both tied at 2-2 and 1-1 respectively, so I expect an intense game tonight.

We have a match blog from United’s match against Atletico. You can reach Rob Smyth by clicking here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 1:47 p.m. EDT

EU hits Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with sanctions in new action against Russia

The European Union has hit Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with financial sanctions as part of a new package of measures targeting Russia.

The EU on Tuesday added Abramovich to its updated list of those subject to asset freezes and travel bans due to their role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Chelsea are scheduled to play against Lille in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Athletic understand that UEFA are looking into the situation.

To learn more, click here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 1:08 p.m. EDT

Chelsea withdraw request to play Middlesbrough in FA Cup behind closed doors

Chelsea have withdrawn their request for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Middlesbrough to take place behind closed doors.

On Tuesday morning, they filed a request with the FA for the game to be played behind closed doors to protect “sporting integrity”.

However, the FA have now confirmed that they have removed this request.

For the full story, click here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 12:39 EDT

Updated Premier League fixtures

The Premier League have announced several schedule changes for April after live TV coverage was confirmed.

Liverpool’s home game against Manchester United has been moved to Tuesday April 19 and will start at 8:00 p.m.

Chelsea vs Arsenal (7.45pm) has been set for the following evening and will be shown on Sky Sports.

For the full list of amendments, click here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 12:12 EDT

UEFA ban on Russian football teams confirmed at CAS

The ban on Russian football teams from participating in UEFA competitions has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The urgent CAS decision does not apply to Russia’s chances of being reinstated for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, however, as the interim judgment comes ahead of a full hearing in the coming weeks.

For the full story, click here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 11:35 a.m. EDT

Tuchel on Chelsea

“We have to deal with it. There are new things we have to talk about, like how to get to games. Things that are normally taken care of,” Tuchel said ahead of Chelsea’s game against Lille tomorrow.

“We have a framework to go to Lille and play for Lille. There will be no excuses. It is already more difficult to arrange things for the best for the FA Cup (quarter-final in Middlesbrough on Saturday).

“As long as we have shirts, as long as we are alive, we will arrive, be competitive and fight hard for our success. We owe it to the people who normally support us… Of course we are in the spotlight but it’s is our responsibility.”

(Photo: Getty Images)

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

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March 15, 2022 at 10:57 a.m. EDT

Leverkusen full-back Jeremie Frimpong out for the season

The former Celtic player suffered a serious ankle injury in the 1-0 loss to Cologne at the weekend.

A blow for the 21-year-old, who had only missed one Bundesliga game (due to suspension) this season.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 10:24 a.m. EDT

‘Chelsea and sporting integrity do not belong in the same phrase’

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson responds to Chelsea’s request to play their game behind closed doors.

Safe to say he’s not happy!

More here from George Caulkin.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 9:44 a.m. EDT

Aaron Hickey wins first Scottish call-up

The Bologna full-back has been in fine form since moving to Serie A from Hearts and eventually breaking into Steve Clarke’s side.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 9:22 a.m. EDT

Chelsea call for Middlesbrough match to be played behind closed doors

As Chelsea cannot sell tickets for the match under its licence, they want no fans to attend “to protect sporting integrity”.

An interesting take.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 15, 2022 at 9:14 a.m. EDT

An update on Nkloulou’s physical condition

The Watford defender will return to action with the Under-23s today.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News