Thursday, December 12, 2013
After another eventful evening of highs and lows, the number of Champions League contenders was whittled down to 16 and we take a look back at how all of the drama unfolded.
The Gunners flirted with elimination on a nervy night in southern Italy and will now have to face one of Europe's most intimidating clubs in the last 16.
The Italy international was proud of the 10-man Rossoneri's spirited showing at San Siro, as they qualified for the round of 16 with a scoreless draw with the Dutch champion.
The Argentine was devastated after the Partenopei became the first team in the history of Europe's premier club cup competition to be eliminated after amassing 12 points.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The coach joked that he "lost a few kilos" as the Rossoneri edged past the Dutch giants to secure a spot in the last 16 behind Barcelona in Group H
The coach was furious with the hosts' time-wasting tactics at San Siro, but praised his team for playing "twice as good" as the Rossoneri
The hosts defeated Arsenal 2-0 but were eliminated on head-to-head goal difference, and the defender shared his deep disappointment at his side's narrow European exit.
The Rossoneri become the only Italian team to make it through to the last 16 after surviving Riccardo Montolivo's red card to claim a crucial draw.
The Partenopei were incredibly unlucky to be eliminated despite finishing on 12 points, while Massimiliano Allegri's men hung on by their fingernails to progress to the last 16
Goal took in the action at San Paolo, where the Gunners were pushed all the way by the home side, which experienced glorious failure, getting knocked out despite a two-goal win
Juventus was knocked out of the Champions league by Galatasaray in a controversial game Wednesday, but the defender insists its earlier results should have been better.
The Italian side was eliminated from the Champions League after Wesley Sneijder's late goal, but Conte insists his team was hampered by the condition of the playing surface.
Galatasaray knocked Juventus out of the Champions League thanks to a 1-0 win on Wednesday but the manager agreed the playing conditions were too dangerous.
The Dutchman has worked wonders since taking charge of Ajax in 2010 and could revolutionize the Rossoneri, should the Italians decide to part company with their current coach.
Galatasaray achieved its objective of reaching the last 16, but did so in the most ridiculous of conditions at the Turk Telecom Arena.
Goal took in the action in Istanbul, where a late Sneijder goal sent the hosts into the round of 16 in the conclusion of Tuesday's abandoned game.
The Japan international has long been linked with a move to the Rossoneri and they have now confirmed the attacking midfielder will arrive at San Siro during the winter break.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Bianconeri's crunch Champions League visit to the Turk Telekom Arena on Tuesday was called off after extreme weather conditions
The Spaniard has called on the San Paolo faithful to get right behind his side as they aim to pull off a memorable win over Arsenal to reach the Champions League knockout phase.
The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a number of seasons but his representative insists he has no desire to leave the Italian capital anytime soon.