CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Real Madrid became the first club since Milan to win back-to-back Champions Leagues and European Super Cups after beating Manchester United 2-1.
Juventus Coach Max Allegri believes “people didn’t understand the importance of what we did” to reach the Champions League Final in Cardiff.
As expected, Wesley Sneijder has agreed terms with Napoli’s Champions League opponents Nice, pending a medical.
Napoli will have an extra obstacle to overcome in their Champions League play-off, as Wesley Sneijder has flown in to join Nice.
Today’s Champions League play-off draw paired Napoli with Mario Balotelli’s Nice, and the striker has an emotional history at the San Paolo.
Napoli have been paired with Nice in the Champions League playoffs following Friday’s draw.
Napoli’s Champions League opponents will be one from Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir, Young Boys, Steaua Bucharest and Mario Balotelli’s Nice.
Good news for Roma, as Young Boys eliminated Dinamo Kiev, meaning the Giallorossi are in Pot 3 for the Champions League draw.
Vincenzo Montella feels “a lot of responsibility, but also very motivated” after Milan’s spending spree. “Our objective is Champions League qualification.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte “loses 2-3kg during the game” with his touchline antics, but admits he’s a more talented Coach than he was a player.
Andrea Pirlo doesn’t think Milan will challenge for the Scudetto this year, and says Juventus “are still the team to beat”.
Max Allegri says Juventus are aiming for another Champions League final, and expects Serie A to go down to the final day.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon insists “absolutely nothing happened” at half-time in the Champions League final.
Gonzalo Higuain believes the Scudetto is in Juventus’ hands - “every year they talk about other teams and in the end we always win”.
Borja Valero has expressed his desire to take Inter back into the Champions League and asserts “I’d never join Juventus” out of loyalty to Fiorentina.
Marco Fassone says the Scudetto is “almost impossible” for Milan this season but “I leave the door open to anything”.
Andrea Agnelli says Juventus “only exist to win” but warns Italy risks losing prestige if its European performance does not improve.
Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu insists returning to the Champions League must come before any challenge for the Serie A title.
New Roma signing Cengiz Under is “very excited about the possibility of playing in the Champions League” and aims to be a regular starter.
Mario Mandzukic responded to the furore over a fake interview about Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci by assuring “I always speak face-to-face.”
A debunked story suggested Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves had a locker room brawl during the Champions League Final, allegedly confirmed by Mario Mandzukic.
Inter captain Mauro Icardi notes it will be easier to reach the Champions League this year - “there’s one extra place”.
Dani Alves “a little selfish when I went to Juventus and didn’t listen to my family or friends, but I came to PSG to win the Champions League and play with Marco Verratti.”
Napoli centre-back Nikola Maksimovic insists the Scudetto “is not a dream, it’s an objective”.
Jorginho says Napoli “have to think about doing well, not Juventus” ahead of the Serie A season.
Carlo Ancelotti believes the Champions League will “be more competitive than ever” with Bayern Munich, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG.
Dries Mertens heaped praise on Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. “If I become a Coach in future, then my idea of football will be the same as Sarri’s.”
Maurizio Sarri has learned how to handle Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis’ rages and admits “winning is more enjoyable than compliments.”
Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been invited to the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon.
Luciano Spalletti reveals he told Inter “to give me back what I left behind at Roma – Champions League football” and warned “some players will have to go elsewhere.”