Lewandowski blames Kovac for Bayern's European exit, Latest Football News

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In terms of Premier League goals the diminuitive forward, who plays out wide and not through the middle, has 16 in 29 matches - just two behind leading scorer Sergio Aguero.

But is this season's repeat a sign of England's resurgence on the biggest stage?

History tells us that Liverpool tend to do rather well in this fixture; accumulating seven wins from the last dozen top-flight duels between the teams, including a 2-1 victory at Wembley back in September.

During that period Spain has dominated, with three Spanish teams in the last eight in each of the past six seasons. They know it's a tough place to come. Seven of the past 10 finalists have been Spanish, with Atletico Madrid losing twice.

Last year's results go out of the window!

Centre-back Alfie Mawson is expected to return to first-team action in late April, as the Englishman looks to recover from a knee injury, while second-choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and Andre Schurrle are doubts for the weekend due to a knock and a virus respectively.

"We have the right to be bitterly disappointed, it's tough not being part of the Champions League any more, we have to be positive", Kovac said.

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Tottenham, until a recent slump, admirably kept pace with the leading duo while Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has released the full potential of the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku. The game in hand for City is (Manchester) United, for sure not an easy one, but it is not decided at the weekend because of that.

Sergio Aguero is averaging a goal every 70 minutes in the tournament this season, with five goals in five games.

With Henderson and Keita potentially missing out, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum could be joined by James Milner or Adam Lallana in the midfield three. "We are in the fight for first position in the league, but we want to play in the Champions League as well, which is the tournament we want to go far in, we want to give everything in this competition as well".

Despite Klopp's generous appraisal, Bayern's exit follows a declining trend, first signaled in 2017 when, for the first time since 2004-2005, no German sides made the Champions League or Europa League semifinals.

Spurs have shown battling qualities this season too. Maybe we were trying to play defensive and trying to score goals and maybe that was wrong and today Liverpool were better.

Is there a downside to this English success?

It takes an extra-special player to inspire a team to Champions League glory, and during this decade, it has usually been Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi who has been the difference in terms of elevating his side above the rest.

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