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UEFA Champions League: UEFA announces winner before final (photos)

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The governing body of European football has announced, by mistake, Friday the winner of the Champions League, reports the Sun.

On its official website, Liverpool has been announced winner of the 2017/2018 season. « Season 2017/2018. Winner, Liverpool, « reads UEFA’s website.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will face Real Madrid on May 26 in Kiev to play in the final of the Champions League.

Curiously, this is not the first time that the Reds are involved in a scandal in the Champions League.

Rather, in April, fans unveiled evidence that the semi-final draw in the Champions League was rigged.

They claimed that before the announcement of the results of the draw, the tickets for a meeting between Roma and Liverpool were already on sale on the site of the Roma.

Ligue des Champions: l’UEFA annonce le vainqueur avant la finale (photos)

The Reds have been unbelievable this season, but with their last performance against Roma in the semifinal comeback, they will have to double their efforts if they hope to beat the Merengues, doubles title holders.

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Champions League final: Klopp speaks on facing Real Madrid, Zidane

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Liverpool coach, Jürgen Klopp has stated that he’s glad that he will not be facing Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane on the pitch when his side clash with the Los Blancos in the Champions League final next week Saturday in Kiev.

Klopp believes Zidane is one of the five greatest players of all time and that the Frenchman has carried that immense quality into his managerial pursuits.

“We’ve played plenty of really big games and we’ve won many of them. It’s obvious that it’s possible to win important trophies at this club,” Klopp told UEFA.

“It’s not easy, but it’s possible. And it’s cool playing against Real Madrid. They’re the defending champions, and they’ve won back-to-back titles in this competition. They’ve done really well under Zinedine Zidane.

“He’s one of the top 10… top five players of all time. And now he’s the coach of Real Madrid, a hugely experienced team on the pitch. That’ll be a nice challenge.

“I’m glad we’re not playing against each other! Me against him, marking him or whatever… I’m very glad I can send my players onto the pitch.

“He’s an extraordinary character in the football world. I appreciate him. I admired him as a player and respect him as a colleague. It’s incredible what he’s been doing with [Real] Madrid. It’s really, really extraordinary.

“That’s why I’m obviously looking forward to it. But we’re not going there to grab some jerseys. I’m not going there to shake his hand, which of course will happen anyway. However, he’s a great footballing legend.”

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Qualified clubs for the Champions League 18-19

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This Sunday, 25 clubs are already guaranteed to play the Champions League next season. It remains a place to direct access to be awarded and this place will be played between Lazio and Inter, Italy, which meet on Sunday night.

As the season draws to a close, the time is up. In total, 25 European teams are currently qualified for the next Champions League.

There remains only one place with direct access in the five major leagues and it is in Italy and will be played between Lazio and Inter, which meet tonight by the way.

Six other teams will have to go through the fights in order to hope to participate in the group stages of the C1 for a total of 32 teams at the beginning of the competition.

There are four English clubs with Manchester City and United, Liverpool and Tottenham. In Germany same number, with Bayern, Schalke, Hoffenheim and Dortmund, just as in Spain, where FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Atletico and Valencia will defend the Iberian colors.

In France, Lyon and Monaco have joined the Paris Saint-Germain already assured to be qualified since already a few days. On the other side of the Alps, in Italy, Juventus, AS Roma and Napoli are qualified and should be joined by Lazio or Inter who meet tonight.

CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow are the two Russian representatives already qualified and will be joined, or not, by Spartak Moscow who will have to go through the roadblocks.

FC Porto will try to do better this season for Portugal, as will Shaktar Donetsk, Bruges, Galatasaray and Viktoria Plzen.

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Why use of VAR in La Liga is not important – Marcelo

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Real Madrid vice-captain, Marcelo said that he does not like the idea of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system to be use in La Liga even though referee Hernandez Hernandez mistake denied him a clear penalty in the 2-2 draw at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Hernandez took most of the headlines when he angered both sides with a number of debatable calls, with Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos claiming the official’s decision-making had been affected by a half-time influence of Barca’s Lionel Messi.

Marcelo told reporters after the game, “Some days the [referees] make mistakes, and others they do not.

“It’s not important. There is a lot of tension in these games. Some days it goes for you, other days against you.

“I believe [the Jordi Alba challenge] was a penalty, Sergi Roberto caught me in the face [for a red card], but it’s gone now. VAR takes the flavour out of football. Although I am nobody to change anything, personally, I don’t like it.”

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Meanwhile, La Liga had announced in October that it plans to introduce VAR beginning from next season.

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