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UEFA Champions League

Wenger's team 'painfully naive'

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 By Nick Miller

Monaco trio, Paul Pogba, Luis Suarez headline the UCL Team of the Week

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to Arsenal's "embarrassing" 3-1 loss at home to Monaco.

With another wild week in the Champions League that sees the round of 16 first legs all complete, a trio from AS Monaco lead ESPN FC's Team of the Week:

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart, Manchester City

It might seem odd to include the goalkeeper from a team that lost and conceded two goals but were it not for Joe Hart, then Manchester City could be in even worse shape going into the second leg of their round of 16 tie with Barcelona. Hart not only had to contend with one of the most fearsome attacks...

Busy fixture slate hampers English teams in Europe - Manuel Pellegrini

As Manchester City's hope of advancing in the UEFA Champions League was severely deflated by FC Barcelona, the ESPN FC crew debate whether or not Manuel Pellegrini should be sacked based on his side's UCL form.

MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini believes English football's heavy winter workload helps account for the poor performance of Premier League teams in Europe.

The Chilean's Manchester City were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona on Tuesday and were one of four of England's top seven sides to suffer setbacks in continental competitions this week.

Arsenal lost 3-1 at home to Monaco before Tottenham went down 2-0 to Fiorentina and Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas on penalties after being...

Saul Niguez had breathing difficulties after Leverkusen challenge - report

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone admits he's relieved their UEFA Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen is still alive, after a 1-0 defeat in Germany in the first leg.
Roger Schmidt believes his side have secured a strong position in their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid, after a 1-0 home win in the first leg.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes that Bayer Leverkusen are lucky to escape with a win and that Atleti deserved a draw.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez reportedly had trouble breathing after a heavy challenge from Bayer Leverkusen's Kyriakos Papadopoulos during Tuesday night's Champions League clash.

Saul had to leave the pitch after the incident, which happened in the first half, and remained in Germany for treatment when the rest of the squad flew back to Madrid after the 1-0 defeat.

A statement published on the club's official website said: "Saul Niguez, under observation at the Leverkusen Clinic, is in...

English football's arrogance explains failure in Champions League, Europa

The ESPN FC crew give their take as to why some of the top Premier League clubs are struggling in European competition.

The TV revenues are skyrocketing; the transfer fees and wage bills will surely follow this summer. English football has never had it so good. But despite all their wealth, the Premier League's European representatives have endured a humiliating week. Is anyone really getting what they paid for?

In the Champions League, Liverpool were knocked out in the group stage, while Manchester City and Arsenal are unlikely to last much longer in the knockouts. Chelsea will be quietly satisfied with their away...

 By Kevin Palmer

Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud was not to blame for Monaco UCL defeat

Arsenal are on the verge of being eliminated in the Round of 16 in the Champions League following their 3-1 home defeat to Monaco.
The ESPN FC crew analyse Arsenal's player ratings from FC blogger Andrew Mangan.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley goes position by position to critique Arsenal's 'shambolic' performance against Monaco.

LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he is not blaming striker Olivier Giroud for the Champions League defeat to Monaco.

Giroud missed a string of chances in a stunning 3-1 first-leg loss at Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners now facing a huge task to progress from the round of 16.

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Wenger, speaking to reporters at the club's London Colney training base, said: "He is, like everyone else, disappointed.

"I hope it will not affect him, but he is a strong character. Personally, I don't blame...