A surprised Jose Mourinho was left counting the cost of a first Champions League defeat of the season after Manchester United lost to a late goal in Basle on Wednesday night.
After four wins from their opening four group games, United travelled to Switzerland needing just a point to qualify for the knockout phase.
United dominated the first half at St. Jakob-Park but were punished for failing to take their chances as Michael Lang breathed life into Basel’s qualification hopes with a dramatic late winner. Read more... (362 words, 1 image, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
Head coach Antonio Conte praised the character of his Chelsea players after securing Champions League qualification with a 4-0 Group C win at Qarabag.
Chelsea ensured their longest Champions League journey – it is almost 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres) between London and Baku, Azerbaijan – was worthwhile by qualifying ahead of December’s clash with Atletico Madrid.
Willian scored twice and was fouled for two penalties, scored by Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, against 10-man Qarabag as the Blues warmed up for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool. Read more... (393 words, 1 image, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
No surprise to see that the 50-man shortlist for UEFA’s team of the year is dominated by players from La Liga and European champions Real Madrid, who boast 11 nominees, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who is included for a record 14th time. Italian champions Juventus, who were beaten by Real in the Champions League final last season, have the next most with seven.
Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli are joined by teammates Christian Eriksen and Davinson Sanchez on the shortlist, and are among 12 Premier League players nominated. Read more... (435 words, 1 image, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
Liverpool fans got to see both sides of their team on Tuesday night in Spain as they raced to a 3-0 lead over Sevilla as Roberto Firmino scored either side of a goal from Sadio Mane in a blistering opening 30 minutes.
But thenReds fans had to sit and watch in horror as Liverpool’s defensive frailties reared their head once again as they conceded three times in the second half and squandered a chance of early Champions League qualification.
Afterwards Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport: Read more... (459 words, 1 image, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Paulo Dybala has admitted he cannot rule out this being his final season at Juventus. The striker is regarded as one of the most lethal forwards in Europe and his concession will have put Manchester United and Barcelona on alert as both clubs hold an interest in the 24-year-old.
Dybala admitted to France Football:
‘I can’t promise I will stay at Juventus forever,’ Dybala told France Football.
‘It doesn’t depend on me but I don’t even want to say that this will be my last season here.
‘I want to win everything now, football’s strange, you never really know what will happen in the future. Read more... (389 words, 1 image, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed striker Mohamed Salah’s early impact this season. He said the player could shatter goalscoring records if only he could maintain his blistering start to the campaign.
Salah, who signed for a reported £34 million from Roma in the off-season, struck twice as Liverpool beat Southampton 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
The forward has now scored 14 goals from 18 games in all competitions so far, nine of them in the Premier League.
No player has scored more than 34 Premier League goals in a season, with Alan Shearer, for Blackburn Rovers, and Andy Cole, for Newcastle United, hitting the figure in the 1990s. Read more... (296 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Arsenal have appointed the man responsible for helping to bring stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund.
Sven Mislintat joins the Gunners after a decade of service at the Bundesliga side, where he worked as head of recruitment.
It has also been reported in German newspaper Bild that Arsenal want Dortmund chief Michael Zorc. Dortmund, however, have since denied Zorc will be leaving.
Dortmund told Sportsmail on Monday that they were unable to stop Mislintat leaving. Read more... (316 words, 1 image, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio says that the top choices for the Italy managerial role are Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Max Allegri, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.
The Azzurri missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden. A defeat which cost Giampiero Ventura his job.
Tavecchio is meanwhile refusing to step down and is instead trying to defended his work at the helm of the Federation.
“I reflected carefully and I intend to continue the project we were putting in place. The project of Club Italia didn’t work only in terms of results. Read more... (277 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
There are two games left in the Europa League group stage and some big names like Arsenal and AC Milan can book their place in the knockout stages.
A look at how each group looks:
Group A: Astana (7 points) v Villarreal (8)*, Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1) v Slavia Praha (5) Read more... (798 words, 1 image, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)
- Villarreal will be through with a win, or with a draw if Slavia fail to win, or even with a defeat if Slavia also lose due to Villarreal’s superior head-to-head.
- Astana are through if they win and Slavia do not.
- Slavia are out if they lose and Astana win.
There are only two matches left in the Champions League group stages and some big names have are facing must-win games this week. Here is a look at what each team needs to do to wrap up a place in the last 16.
Group A: CSKA Moskva (6 points) v Benfica (0)*, Basel (6) v Manchester United (12) Read more... (757 words, 1 image, estimated 3:02 mins reading time)
- Man. United will qualify (as group winners) with a draw. Their progress will be confirmed if CSKA do not win.
- Basel will be through if they win and CSKA lose due to better head-to-head.