The 2019 Champions League Group Stage as it Stands

For the group stage of the 2019/20, UEFA Champions League Twenty-six will team will qualify automatically. Fans have bought their Champions League Tickets to see these teams clash with each other.

The 2019 Champions League Group Stage as it Stands
The 2019 Champions League Group Stage as it Stands

These sides will go directly to the group stage: Top four in the Spanish, English, Italian and German divisions; UEFA Champions League holders; UEFA Europe League winners; domestic champions in Portugal, France and Russia’s top two.

ESP: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Getafe
ENG: Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal
ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Internazionale, AC Milan
GER: Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig, Mönchengladbach
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC Lille
RUS: Zenit, CSKA Moskva
POR: Benfica
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Genk
TUR: İstanbul Başakşehir

At the moment Ajax and Manchester United are not in the frame for next season, of the sides still competing in the 2018/2019 edition.

Scuffling for fourth in Spain, Getafe or Alaves would be in line to make their first manifestation at any stage of the UEFA Champions League; Have not even featured in the qualifying rounds, and each total only UEFA Cup /UEFA Europe League campaigns. Alaves made the final in their Europe debut in 2000/01, Getafe was the most recent of either to feature in 2010/2011.

Turkish frontrunner Istanbul Basaksehir and Russian Premier League hopefuls Krasnodar could also be group stage debutants; Krasnodar was only founded in 2008 and have never even featured in qualifying for the competition, although they reached this season’s UEFA Europe League round of 16.

AC Milan would return to the group stage for the first time since 2013/1014 when they lost to Atletico in the round of 16.

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Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

Ebony Rainford Brent said that mark Wood will be the bowler tidy up England’s bowling attack when this CWC2019 comes around. The Durham quick has inhaled new life into England’s unit in both Test and ODI cricket at times blowing the Windies away with his scary out -and- out pace across the winter. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy it’s stunning performances.

Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.
Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

But there’s the feeling that Wood who had performed brilliantly 4/60 in the third ODI run fest still has new altitudes to grasp with the white ball.

This is the level that Rainford-Brent, ICC Women’s World Cup conqueror with England in 2009, feels could prove the change this summer as the host nation search for their very first men’s title.

Rainford Brent said that “Mark Wood has just put in a fantastic performance in the West Indies and I think that extra pace that he could bring could be vital,”

“Some bowlers usually bowelled in the low 80s (mph) and therefore Wood can be useful England in the CWC2019.

“There’s no doubt that he will be brought in at some fact because he is kind of Simon Jones like and could bring a bit of extra speed in his bowling.

England had completed unit, I think there will be the set up this summer, and England got the experienced side and know-how to playing together.

“Wood is very much in his form and he can provide something really precious to the England bowling side.

“I also think that Jofra Archer could be another one that has an outside chance – everyone is talking about him in the white-ball game but the fact that he has got height and pace could see him brought in at some point.”

Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.
Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

England had three time runners up in the men’s CWC.  Their time in the attention has failed to materialize having yet to win the CWC trophy.

But England with exciting mixture of youth and experienced players maybe can finally be their year.

This is the feeling Rainford-Brent retains at least, believing home ground could be the turning point England side so long as they can click on the day.

“This is the best chance England has ever had to win the World Cup,”

England Skipper is just an outstanding leader, to see how he carries himself, he is very calm under pressure that is the thing which you want and he has clearly had a vision about going out and playing courageous cricket to try and alter this side.

Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.
Wood Can Deliver England with X-factor at CWC2019: Rainford-Brent.

“He is in some ways the father of the team and if he goes on and takes us to that next level he will have done what no other captain has been able to do in this format of the game. He could change English cricket history.”

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‘Brave and smart cricket will win the World Cup’ –Jos Buttler

The England wicket-keeper batsman has worried about the importance of playing positive cricket if a team has to perform well in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

‘Brave and  smart cricket will win the World Cup’ –Jos Buttler
‘Brave and smart cricket will win the World Cup’ –Jos Buttler

England team ranking no. 1 in the ICC ODI Team Ranking are the favourite to win the contest, which is starting from 30 May, at home. They were knocked out in the group stage in the last Cricket World Cup they are improved their cricket under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan and set records in batting by going hard from the start. Fans are excited to get their Cricket World Cup Tickets to see England team performance.

Against West Indies, they scored 400-plus runs South Africa is the only other team to score such high total in the ODI. Buttler was the main player of the record-breaking match with 150 off 77.

Buttler told the news reporters, “Getting to No.1 was a goal ahead of the World Cup.”

“Now, it is about staying true to what we’re about and constantly getting better and trusting that style, which will stand us in the good edge at the World Cup.

“It won’t be a side that plays carefully that wins the World Cup,” he said. “Even in knocked games, it will be a side that play, some brave cricket and smart cricket. If we are at a crossroad, we’ve been going down the positive route.”

“Sometimes you hear people talking about going to another level. Why can’t you just stay at peak level?”

Butter is in good form which is very helpful for the team and would be better in the World Cup. It began with a string of half-centuries in IPL last year. In the past 12 months, Buttler has averaged of 40.78 in Test cricket and 63.44 in One Day Internationals. He is now ready for another IPL event.

“The idea of peaking isn’t really an idea that sits naturally in my mindset,” he said. “Sometimes, you hear people talking about going to another level. Why can’t you just stay at peak level?

“Sometimes like [Virat] Kohli scores a hundred every game. He doesn’t think: ‘Ah, that was okay, I’ll peak at some point.’ Just do it every day. That’s the sort of mindset I’ve been wanting to hit.”

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Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019

Karunaratne is assumed to have been asked to continue in Sri Lanka through April to play the local one-day tournament, which will establish his identifications to play in the 50 over cricket side. Cricket World Cup Tickets can be book online which make you suitable to link the CWC 2019.

“The choosers haven’t complete anything, but they have said me to keep in mind there’s an opportunity I could become one-day skipper,” Karunaratne told ESPN. “They have asked me to stay back for the local game. If I am selected for the CWC playing team, there will be camps and preparation after that as well.”

Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019
Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019

He would be captain; Karunaratne’s selection would be an extremely left-field option. Karunaratne has been a consistent for Sri Lanka in 5 day cricket, where he opens and also lead in Protease, where consistent captain Chandimal was dropped.

But he has been used very periodically in 50 over cricket, where he has played only 17 games since making his debut in 2011 and his strike-rate is 68.84 well lower the standard in the recent cricket.

Karunaratne, smashed 109 off 115 balls for Sinhalese Club in the semi-final of the Restricted Over contest. He is also assumed to have impressed the selectors with his leading skills in the Tests against protease, where Sri Lanka excellently brushed the home side 2-0 for their first-ever series victory in the country.

Ensuing achievement, Ashantha de Mel, the chairperson of selection committee told Sunday Times in a conference that the selection committee.

“wants to see what Dimuth did for the Test team, with the ODI team”.

Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019
Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019

Karunaratne, though, is individual one of the candidates for the CWC captaincy. Lasith Malinga is still in the contest to keep his work, while de Mel supposed that previous skipper Angelo Mathews is also in the combination, being a popular option among SL playing team.

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UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals Lineup and Schedule

Lineup for quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League is complete. Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United, Porto, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have qualified for last eight of UCL. Four English sides have progressed to UCL quarter finals after ten years. UCL 2009-10 was previous edition when four Premier League clubs appeared in quarter-finals. All qualified teams will target to make semi-finals to earn shot at UEFA Champions League trophy in the 2018-19 season.

FC Barcelona have won Champions League on five occasions. Liverpool F.C. have remained European champions five times. AFC Ajax have won European football championship on four occasions. Manchester United F.C. have been victorious three times in UEFA Champions League. FC Porto have remained European Football champions twice. Juventus F.C. have been European champions on two times. Manchester City F.C. have not won UCL as of yet. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. also known as Spurs have yet to win a UCL title. Real Madrid have won UEFA Champions League on most occasions with 13 titles. Ajax had eliminated 2017-18 UCL champions Real Madrid in Round of 16. Liverpool were runners-up of the 2017-18 UCL edition.

UEFA Champions League 2019 Quarter Finals
UEFA Champions League 2019 Quarter Finals

Draw for Champions League quarter finals was held on 15th March 2019. Manchester United Vs Barcelona leg of Quarter Final 4 had scheduling conflict with Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur leg of Quarter Final 3 in original draw. Order of draw was reversed to avoid two matches in same city on same time-frame.

Quarter Final 1
Ajax Vs Juventus – 10th April 2019 – Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Juventus Vs Ajax – 16th April 2019 – Juventus Stadium, Turin


Quarter Final 2
Liverpool Vs Porto – 9th April 2019 – Anfiled, Liverpool
Porto Vs Liverpool – 17th April 2019 – Estádio do Dragão, Porto


Quarter Final 3
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Manchester City – 9th April 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur – 17th April 2019 – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester


Quarter Final 4
Manchester United Vs Barcelona – 10th April 2019 – Old Trafford, Manchester
Barcelona Vs Manchester United – 16th April 2019 – Camp Nou, Barcelona

Gibson wants more game time for rookies ahead of World Cup

Proteas coach Ottis Gibson had said that there will be some changes to the team in the upcoming T20 International series against Sri Lanka, as the Proteas are trying to find out new players ahead for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, a part of Cricket South Africa’s Vision 2019. For live action you can buy tickets from Cricket world Cup Final tickets.

“The first thing is that some of the guys are going to be given a break,”

Gibson said. “Lungi [Ngidi] pi “After this first game, KG [Kagiso Rabada] is going to be given a break, and Faf [du Plessis] and Quinton [de Kock] as well, who play all formats. We are going to give a chance to [Lutho] Sipamla. We had seen him while playing in series against Pakistan; he looks a really good touch. So we are trying to give him a chance to prove himself and gave him some time

Gibson wants more game time for rookies ahead of World Cup
Gibson wants more game time for rookies ahead of World Cup

Gibson added, “We’ve always used the T20s as an opportunity to expose new talent, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do with Sipamla and [Sinethemba] Qeshile. Hopefully, the guys that are left here, there’s still an opportunity for them to get some form.”

Anrich Nortje, who was selected South Africa team ahead of Dale Steyn in four of the five ODIs. He had impressed with his eight wickets at 18.75.

Gibson wants more game time for rookies ahead of World Cup
Gibson wants more game time for rookies ahead of World Cup

 

Rassie van der Dussen looked comfortable in South Africa Squad middle order, where he scored up a fifty and finished off effective chases. In all, South Africa trained eight new players across the two limited-overs formats this season.

We’ve seen Rassie now for a while. We would have liked some more performances from other players. The likes of Reeza, I’m, sure would have liked to have made some more runs.

“One of the things that we’ve always looked at when we’re putting together a bowling unit is guys who can get wickets in the middle overs. Him bowling first change with his pace in those middle overs, he is surely a wicket-taker.”

The coach of South African coded that would be the mindset with which they approach Hashim Amla’s selection when he becomes available next. Hashim Amla hasn’t played international cricket in nearly a month now and has selected out of the T20Is to be with his ailing father.

Gibson wants more game time for rookies ahead of World Cup
Gibson wants more game time for rookies ahead of World Cup

 

“First and foremost, you want to pick on form,” Gibson said. “

The coach of South African said that if there is no good form, then looked at his reputation I guess. That’s something that we will have to look at.

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AB de Villiers Mention his Top four Teams in the World Cup

AB de Villiers, selected India as one of the favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and called Virat Kohli “the best ODI player in the world”.

AB de Villiers mention his top four Teams in the World Cup
AB de Villiers mention his top four Teams in the World Cup

De Villiers distinct India, the hosts England, the shielding champions Australia and Pakistan as the favourites’ to win the tournament, but refrain from naming his former team as one. Those who do not want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets.

South Africa made the semi-final in 2015 but lost to New Zealand in a competition that went to the last over. They also made the semi-final in 2007 and 1999 but never made it to a final.

“The World Cup is a hard tournament. I have played in three of them and it’s in no way easy. You always feel like you’ve got a good team, but once the competition starts you very quickly realize that there are a lot of teams that are there to win it and have the skill to do so,” de Villiers.

“I do believe South Africa have a chance, as we did at any other World Cup because we are a world-class team with an abundance of match-winners. The Proteas are surely in the in a row, but I won’t say they are the, to be honest with you.

“India and England are looking strong, Australia has won five World Cups in the past and Pakistan have won the Champions Trophy in the UK two years ago. Those four teams are possibly the favourites.”

With India one of the tough contestant to win the title, keeping their captain Virat Kohli in test could be an annoyance for most teams and de Villiers believes that Kohli’s performances of recent times, which have motivated him to No.1 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen, aren’t going to stop any time soon.

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‘Pujara at no.4’-Ganguly’s left-field World Cup choice

Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly has picked Cheteshwar Pujara to be India’s No.4 at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

‘Pujara at no.4’-Ganguly’s left-field World Cup choice
‘Pujara at no.4’-Ganguly’s left-field World Cup choice

India’s No.4 position has been a highly controversial topic in the build-up towards the World Cup, with team management still trying to find a solution. Ambati Ryudu thoroughly believed to be the one to plug the hole, but his deprived form in the ODIs next to Australia has upset those plans but fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and hoping for India to get the trophy.

India tried playing Virat Kohli at that position during the Australia series, in a proposal to give the returning KL Rahul some game time. The Indian captain has declared in the past that he is open to moving down the order if the need arises, although the chance of that happening is next to none.

Many names have been brought up as possible candidates, but Pujara was never one of them. Ganguly recognized that he was making a highly eccentric pick, but offered his reason for doing so.

“See, I am going to say something that might not sound convincing to many viewers, and a lot of people might express amusement at my idea,” he told India TV. “But for me, Pujara should be India’s No. 4 in ODIs.

“His fielding is a bit weak but he is a nice batsman. I know people will be shocked by my opinion, but if you want a quality batsman who is better than the options India has tried late, I think Pujara is the best choice.”

If you want a class batsman who is better than the options India has tried of late, I think Pujara is the best option.

-Sourav Ganguly

Pujara’s board has taken a quick rise ever since hid series-defining performance in Australia, where he was India’s spinal column as they won a test series in the country for the very first time.

About a month, Pujara stunned the fans when he bangs his maiden T20 century – a 61-ball 100 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy,  India ‘s home T20 contest.

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Hasnain, Young Emerging Player For The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

An entertaining PSL tournament came to an end on Sunday, 17 March, Quetta Gladiators have crowned champions in Pakistan.

Hasnain, Young Emerging Player For The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Hasnain, Young Emerging Player For The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Well travelled Twenty20 superstar Dwane Bravo was quick to admire a new emerging star – Mohammad Hasnain, who took three vital wickets in the PSL final. Fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and hoping for the youngsters to perform well in the tournament.

“PSL is a huge tournament, and we were against a very good side. It was a great team effort. Pakistan is a cricket-crazy nation, we experience the love and we feel the love,” Brovo said.

“Mention to captain Sarfraz – his bowling choices were different. In Hasnain, Pakistan has another young talent. PSL is one title I had never won before, so happy to tick another off my list.”

Hasnain, who has twisted heads in the PSL this year with 12 wickets at a bright average of 17.58, devoted his award to his parents, before exactness his intentions for the near future. He has got his maiden call-up to the squad for the one-day international against Australia.

“I have always been a fast bowler, and I hope to bowl even faster,” he said. “I learnt from the big players here, learnt a lot sharing the dressing room with them.

“I choose to get my wickets via Yorkers or bouncers and want to do well in the ODIs against Australia [and] maybe get a spot in the World Cup squad as well.”

Seam bowling sensation Hasnain was the most effective, however, capping off a wonderful breach campaign with three vital scalps: Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Amin and Captain Darren Sammy.

18 years old fast bowler Muhammad Hasnain is the first local player to get the man –of –the-match award in PSL Final. The previous three were Luke Ronchi, Daren Sammy and Dwayne Smith.

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Pretty Clear About Our World Cup XI – Virat Kohli

After the defeat 3-2 in ODI series against Australia, Virat Kohli wasn’t offering any excuses. Trying different combinations in the series needed effort and time keeping the World Cup in the mind. He also said nobody in the dressing room was ‘panic’ after losing an ODI series at home just before the World Cup, as they were “pretty clear” about the XI for the world tournament. Indian fans are hoping for their team to win the trophy this year and booking their Cricket World Cup Tickets.

Pretty Clear About Our World Cup XI – Virat Kohli
Pretty Clear About Our World Cup XI – Virat Kohli

“Just because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, but purely because now it’s just that in the pressure moments, they [Australia] showed more composure than us.

“As a side, combination-wise, we are pretty good condition. Maximum one change, you’ll get to see condition-based. But other than that, the XI we want to play, we are pretty sure about it.”

In the final match, India went in with five pure bowling options by leaving out Rahul for Mohammed Shami and played Ravindra Jadeja at No.7. Kohli didn’t offer to test as a reason for India granting the series after being 2-0 up.

“And you have not tried that anywhere else apart from those three games. That is no reason at all because we believe to raise our standard of cricket. The change in playing XI is not a reason. It will never be a reason. But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good as much as necessary to perform at this level.”

Kohli also denied charging the dew, which hindered the bowlers above all in the fourth ODI in Mohali, for India’s series defeat and instead credited Australia for dealing with stress much better than the hosts did.

“We’ve given the liability to the player to be smart and to inform the management of the franchise and be in touch with Patrick, our physio,” Kohli said.

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