When Jasper Cillessen heard a few weeks ago that FC Barcelona was interested in him, he thought it was a joke. Ajax's goalkeeper has been playing badly lately. He says -- probably rightly -- that even when he is in form, his hero Edwin van der Sar was "many times better than I am". The 27-year-old Dutchman probably isn't a world-class keeper. However, he is a Barca-type keeper: able to fulfill the very unusual demands that Barcelona places on its keeper, or as the Catalan club thinks of the job,...
Now that the Champions League draw has been completed, here's a preview for Group C. Who do you think will go through?
2. Manchester City
3. Borussia Monchengladbach
Who will win Group C?
Last season was a disappointment for Barca, as they became the latest team to fail to retain the Champions League trophy. If anyone looked capable of breaking the hoodoo that has tripped up defending champions since AC Milan in 1990, it was them, but they came up against Atletico...
Here are the latest stories for Thursday.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Rostov eliminated Ajax to reach the group stage with a 4-1 rout to claim a 5-2 aggregate win overall. Borussia Monchengladbach, Copenhagen and Dinamo Zagreb completed the group stage line-up after Wednesday night's second leg ties.
- The pots for Thursday's group stage draw are now set.
- When and what time is the Champions League draw.
BARCELONA: Jasper Cillessen has completed his move...
There's a lot of talk and speculation, but when it comes to transfers, how do you separate fact from fiction? David Amoyal looks at some of the current rumours and predicts how likely it is that the proposed moves actually happen.
Jasper Cillessen to Barcelona: 90 percent
The Ajax goalkeeper is very close to joining Barcelona and becoming Claudio Bravo's replacement. A deal worth around €15 million should be struck in the coming days. Cillessen will compete with Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the...
Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.
CHELSEA: Michy Batshuayi looked like the real deal in his full debut for Chelsea. The Belgium international, who joined Antonio Conte's team this summer, scored twice in Chelsea's 3-2 EFL Cup win versus Bristol Rovers.
- However, Conte was not pleased with how close the final scoreline was, insisting his team need to be more ruthless in killing off matches.
- Meanwhile, Conte has said only John Terry and Sam Allardyce can decide whether the Chelsea captain...
Claudio Bravo's imminent departure to Manchester City means Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be the undisputed No. 1 at Barcelona two seasons after signing with the club. His taking of the mantle from Victor Valdes has come earlier than the club had originally planned, but now the goalkeeper has what he wanted and must deliver.
When Ter Stegen first joined Barcelona from Borussia Monchengladbach at age 22 in May 2014, the club recognised he was a rough diamond who would need time to adapt to the demands...