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When is the 2018 Champions League semi-final draw? – ANSWERED

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Liverpool are still in the hunt for their sixth European Cup after reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years on Tuesday.

A 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City sees Liverpool in the last four for the first time since they were drawn against Chelsea in 2008.

They will be joined by Roma after a remarkable comeback against Barcelona saw them go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

They will be joined by either Juventus or Real Madrid and one of either Bayern Munich and Sevilla.

Here’s everything you need to know about the draw.

When is the semi-final draw?

The semi-final draw takes place at midday on Friday April 13.

The ECHO will have it all covered in our special live blog – provided the Reds see off City, of course.

When are the ties played?

The semi-final first legs will take place on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April, with the returns the following week.

Who could they face?

In truth, it’s looking like it is going to be Real Madrid and probably Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid host Juventus on Wednesday with the Italians looking to turn around a 3-0 deficit at the Bernabeu.

No visiting team has ever turned around such a margin in the second leg of Champions League history.

Barcelona also have a commanding 4-1 lead from the first leg against Roma, and Bayern Munich were 2-1 victors away from home to Sevilla.

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Aston Villa signs Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal

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Premier League side Aston Villa, have completed the signing of Arsenal Goalkeeper Emiliano Martineli, for a fee of around 20 Million pounds.

Emiliano Martinez poses with the Aston Villa Jersey

The 28 year old Argentine shot stopper,won  the FA Cup and The Community Shield with the gunners and has now penned a Four-year deal with Aston Villa.

Villa’s Manager, Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.”

 

 

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Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang Signs A new Contract Extension at Arsenal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new 3 year contract with the gunners, putting away any doubts that Arsenal were going to loose their top talisman come the end of the season as his previous 3 and a half contract comes to an end.

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The 31 year old Gabon striker,announced his new contract extension by going live on Arsenal’s social media platforms.

Aubemayang said: ‘I signed the thing because I want to become an Arsenal legend, maybe leave a legacy.

‘It’s time to work a lot to become a legend but for sure I will give my best as always. This is my home. I am really happy to stay here. I will always give you my best. Signing for this special club was never in doubt.’

Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 and has a mindblowing 72 goals and 15 assists in just 111 games.

 

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Chelsea Complete Signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig

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Chelsea have confirmed in a  club statement the signing  of German foward Timo Werner  from RB Leipzig.

The 24 year old striker is currently enjoying his  most profitable season yet in his career, scoring 32 goals  and providing 13 assists in 42 appearances across all competition for Leipzig.

Timo Werner Celebrates scoring for RB Leipzig

Werner said: ‘I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.’

Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.’

 

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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Positive Aubameyang will Extend his Contract with the Gunners

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he is “pretty positive” that Aubameyang will sign a new contract with the gunners.

The strikers current deal expires in June 2021. And he claimed that whether he signs or not will be the biggest decision of his life.

“He needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him,” said Arteta.

The 30 year old Gaboneese striker joined the gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund scroring 61 goals in 97 appearances.

Arteta added: “I think at the moment I am extremely happy with how he’s been performing and behaving.

“I  have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far as I’m aware I think he’s very happy at the club.”

Speaking to a French football programme Telefoot Aubameyang said that he “hasn’t had an offer recently” from the club.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal training ground

“I did speak to the club quite a few months ago, and they know why nothing has happened yet,” he said.

“It’s a turning point in my career and I want to be honest with everyone.

“They have the keys. It is up to them to do their work and, after that, we will see how things go. It’ll certainly be a very difficult decision to make.”

Barcelona and Inter Milan are believed to be interested in the striker.

Premier leauge action resumes on Wednesday when Arsenal travel to Etihad to face Manchester City.

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Bandari FC Goes Digital To Keep Players Fit Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

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Bandari Fc head coach Ken Odhiambo has taken advantage of latest technology to keep his players fit amid the Covid-19 lockdown. By the use of a WhatsApp group Odhiambo keeps his players on toes by sending them daily r exercise routines.

Each player has to give a feedback on their progress said Shaban Kenga the captain.

“We are under the progamme which we were all provided by the coach through the group. It’s a daily routine [from Monday-Friday],”he said.  “On my part I always keep my fitness levels by training in the house or by  looking for appropriate field for outdoor exercises,” said Kenga.

Kenga went ahead to hail his club official for not affecting their salary disbursement.

“We really thank the management. We have not had a situation where our salaries are not being disbursed, we are paid just as usual and this really needs an applause. It’s a difficult period for many families and we hope this will end soon.” Said Kenga

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF), last month declared Gor Mahia the 2019/2020 champions after cancelling the season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision by FKF is being contested at the Sports Tribunal Court as it still remains unclear on when the 2020/2021 season will begin.

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