REAL MADRID: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo said he was not aware that anyone doubted his ability after he became the first player ever to reach 100 European goals with a double as his team came back to win 2-1 in Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Bayern Munich.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: An emotional Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos says he feels treated like an animal by UEFA after his team lost their rearranged Champions League clash with Monaco.
– Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has hit out at UEFA after the team’s game against Monaco, which was postponed following three explosions that hit the Dortmund team bus on Tuesday night, was rescheduled 24 hours later.
– Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has expressed his sympathy for Borussia Dortmund’s players after they were forced to play just 24 hours after the team bus was attacked outside the team hotel.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, as well as Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, are among the six candidates for this season’s PFA Player of the Year award. They are joined on the shortlist by Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
– Kane and Lukaku, who will both turn 24 in the coming weeks, are joined by Tottenham’s Dele Alli, Leroy Sane of Manchester City, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Burnley centre-back Michael Keane.
MAN UNITED: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba believes his “mountain” transfer fee has led to unrealistic expectations and has urged his critics to forget about his price tag.
– Jose Mourinho does not believe David De Gea has been distracted by renewed talk of a move to Real Madrid, with the Manchester United manager saying it would be irresponsible to be affected by transfer speculation.
– Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been omitted from the squad to face Anderlecht in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg on Thursday.
– Mourinho has said that Manchester United can miss out on Champions League football for the next four years and still compete with the best.
LEICESTER: Leicester City interim manager Craig Shakespeare admitted his team must be bolder and more adventurous to reach the Champions League semifinals.
ATLETICO MADRID: After his team’s 1-0 Champions League quarterfinal win at home to Leicester City on Wednesday night, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said a lack of cutting edge in attack meant the tie remained evenly balanced ahead of next Tuesday’s second leg.
BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted his team were up against it, but “still alive,” following a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg at the Allianz.
BARCELONA: Barcelona have been dealt more bad news with the confirmation that Javier Mascherano picked up a calf problem against Juventus.
MLS: The United Soccer League’s Phoenix Rising have announced the signing of Didier Drogba as a player-executive, with the hope the former Chelsea star can help the team in its bid to join Major League Soccer.
– The Major League Soccer Players Union has filed a grievance over the Montreal Impact’s suspension of defender Wandrille Lefevre.
LIGA MX: Club Tijuana youth team player Daniel Gomez was detained on April 5 and is still in custody, accused of attempting to cross into the United States in possession of illegal substances.
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