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ESPN – Mourinho positioned to regain upper hand in feud with Pellegrini

Despite already winning Champions League twice, Jose Mourinho still has a strong desire to win one more. The king and the kingmaker reconvene on Sunday. The difference is that Jose Mourinho, accustomed to being lord and master of all he surveys, placed the crown on another's head. He decided the title race, but not in his own favour. Chelsea's April win over Liverpool allowed Manchester City to emerge triumphant. Manuel Pellegrini, accustomed to being on the receiving end of Mourinho's many barbs, was instead handed English football's ultimate prize. The chances are that Pellegrini will not express…

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ESPN – Plucky Ludogorets’ rise to the Champions League group stage

Liverpool will end a five year absence from the UEFA Champions League when they host Ludogorets at Anfield. Ludogorets at Anfield, preparing to take on Liverpool in their first Champions League Group Stage game. While Steven Gerrard lifted the Champions League trophy in May 2005, an altogether smaller-seeming battle was no closer to being resolved in the northeast Bulgarian town of Razgrad. One of the local sides, a four-year-old entity that was then called Razgrad 2000, was banging its head against a glass ceiling. Good enough to qualify for promotion from the country's amateur, regionalised fourth tier, it had failed to make the leap on financial grounds. Did anyone care enough for things to get better? CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW Marcotti: Champions League beats World Cup Five key Champions League questions Kuper: PSG's European dream Ames: Arsenal's knockout blows Your Champions League predictions? The…

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