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Moussa Sissoko major doubt for Spurs’ clash with Ajax

Tottenham’s Champions League hopes have been hit with a huge blow with the news that Moussa Sissoko looks likely to miss the semi-final first leg against Ajax. The midfielder, who is a candidate for the club’s player of the season, suffered a groin injury in the quarter-final second-leg match at Manchester City and has been ruled out by boss Mauricio Pochettino for two weeks. That would mean he misses the home leg of their last-four tie on April 30, a game which another star Son Heung-min, who has stepped up in Harry Kane’s absence, is also suspended for. The Frenchman has been one of Tottenham’s key players this season (Mike Egerton/PA) Sissoko joins Kane in the treatment room ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Brighton while Hugo Lloris and Harry W...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previews Barcelona clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not hark back to the 1999 Champions League final in his team-talks when Manchester United attempt to overturn their deficit in Barcelona on Tuesday. The Nou Camp holds a special place in the hearts of United supporters as well as Solskjaer, whose last-gasp strike at the ground helped United to their second European Cup and an unforgettable treble haul. What happened nearly 20 years ago is almost certain to be a point of reference ahead of the return leg of United’s quarter-final against the Spanish champions. But Red Devils manager Solskjaer feels there are few parallels to draw from and will instead use the current crop’s wins at Juventus and Paris St Germain this season in an effort to motivate his side, who lost 1-0 at Old Trafford last Wednesday. M...

Philippe Coutinho ‘will keep Barcelona spot for Manchester United clash’

Philippe Coutinho will reportedly keep his spot in the Barcelona XI for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg with Manchester United. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will reportedly keep faith with Philippe Coutinho for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg with Manchester United at Camp Nou. Coutinho started the first leg at Old Trafford – which Barca won 1-0 – but struggled to make an impact, which has been the story of the Brazil international’s season. Ousmane Dembele made his return from a hamstring injury in Saturday’s goalless draw with Huesca, leading to suggestions that the Frenchman could be handed a spot alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack. However, according to The Mirror, Valverde will keep faith with...

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea “can beat anyone” ahead of Liverpool clash

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea are not interested in influencing the Premier League title race. Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday where they can spoil the Reds’ title ambitions for the second time in five years. Cesar Azpilicueta has already conceded he is keen for a repeat of 2014, where Steven Gerrard’s slip and Chelsea’s 2-0 April win at Anfield scuppered Liverpool’s Premier League bid. Maurizio Sarri‘s men could again dent Liverpool’s fight for that elusive first top-flight title since 1990 on Sunday, but Belgium playmaker Hazard is focused only on advancing the Blues’ bid for a top-four league finish. “We don’t care about who can win the title, we’ll go there and try to win the game,” Hazard told the BBC. “...

Racist abuse of Prince Gouano brings Ligue 1 clash to a halt

The Ligue de Football Professionnel announced a fan had been arrested. Racism reared its head in France on Friday night after Amiens defender Prince Gouano was allegedly abused in their Ligue 1 clash at Dijon. The match was halted for several minutes following the alleged incident. The Ligue de Football Professionnel announced the fan involved had been identified by Dijon and arrested. A statement read: “The LFP condemns the racist insults that led to the temporary interruption of the meeting (between) Dijon FCO and Amiens SC. “The LFP supports the player Prince Gouano. “On Wednesday, the disciplinary committee will (receive) the file. As early as tonight, the Dijon club identified the (person accused) of the racist insults who was later arrested. “As part of its ag...

Result: England edge past Spain in World Cup warm-up clash

A much-changed England side recorded a narrow friendly victory over Spain at Swindon’s Energy Check County Ground. Beth Mead finished off a smart team move to give Phil Neville’s Lionesses the half-time lead – with Ellen White thrashing home just seconds after the restart. Spain pulled one back through substitute Aitana Bonmati but England played out the remainder of the contest to seal a 2-1 victory. Swindon you were electric ⚡️All 13,856 of you! pic.twitter.com/XyDOFwKxmz — Lionesses (@Lionesses) April 9, 2019 Neville, true to his word ahead of the friendly double-header, made plenty of alterations from Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Canada as only Rachel Daly and Toni Duggan retained their places. Captain Steph Houghton missed out with a groin problem while Lucy Bronze was ano...

New Spurs stadium will make no difference to Champions League clash – De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne claims Tottenham’s new stadium will not be a significant factor in Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Spurs. The London club have been energised by completing their long-awaited move into their new home in the past week. Spurs are hoping the feelgood factor continues as they host quadruple-chasing City in the quarter-finals of the European competition on Tuesday but De Bruyne says it makes no difference. Tottenham host Manchester City in their new stadium on Tuesday (Nick Potts/PA) “I don’t care about the stadium,” said the Belgian playmaker. “I care about the team we play. “Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium, everybody has supporters. “They’ll be up for it, they’ll probably be a little bit more excited, but ...

Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele to miss Manchester United clash?

Ousmane Dembele is a huge doubt for Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has conceded that Ousmane Dembele is a huge doubt for next week’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Dembele has been on the sidelines since the start of March with a hamstring problem. Valverde has revealed that that the France international will miss Barca’s La Liga game against Atletico Madrid on Saturday night and is also unlikely to make the trip to England to take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side. “He is not going to be available tomorrow and we do not know if he will be on Wednesday either,” Valverde told reporters. “We don’t wa...

Allegri unsure if Ronaldo will be fit in time for CL clash

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri remains optimistic of having Cristiano Ronaldo fit for the Champions League quarter-final against Ajax but will not rush the forward’s return. Ronaldo suffered a hamstring problem while away on international duty with Portugal. Reports have suggested the 34-year-old aggravated the injury during his recovery with the Serie A club. Before heading away with Portugal, Ronaldo helped the Bianconeri secure a place in the last eight of the Champions League with a stunning hat-trick to beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 in Turin and complete a remarkable turnaround. Allegri confirmed Juve would not rush their star man back into action unless fully fit, with the runaway Serie A leaders set to play Cagliari away on Tuesday night. “Cristiano Ronaldo is working ...

Naby Keita left out of Liverpool squad for Tottenham Hotspur clash

Naby Keita will not be part of Liverpool’s squad for Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool will be without midfielder Naby Keita for Sunday afternoon’s huge Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur. The Guinea international has been struggling with an ankle problem and is not part of the Reds’ squad for the match at Anfield. Keita sat out Liverpool’s wins over Bayern Munich and Fulham before the international break, but he returned to training on Friday and was expected to be involved in some capacity against Spurs this weekend. Jurgen Klopp has not included the 24-year-old in his squad, however, seemingly because he does not want to take any risks ahead of a gruelling end of season run-in. Xherdan Shaqiri and Trent Alexander-Arn...

Craig Curran looks ahead to “massive” Scottish relegation clash

The Dark Blues face a crunch clash with St Mirren on the back of a four-match losing run. Craig Curran insists Dundee have to start winning as they enter the “business end” of the season with a basement battle against St Mirren. The losers of Saturday’s Paisley clash will be bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership table with seven games left. Dundee have lost four games in succession and Curran is determined to halt that run in Saturday’s relegation battle as time is running out. Curran said: “It’s massive. All eight games are massive now. This is the business end. “We have to start putting results together and turn performances into results. We can’t keep talking about it, we have to go and do it. “There’s an added pressure but that&...

Tommy Wright: ‘St Mirren clash is a must-win’

The Perth outfit have won just one point from the last 24. Boss Tommy Wright believes St Johnstone need to win their Ladbrokes Premiership game against St Mirren on Wednesday night to retain chances of a top-six finish. The Perth outfit have garnered one point from the last 24 and sit in ninth place, seven points behind sixth-place Hibernian. The rearranged match against the Paisley side – the original fixture was called off because of weather – is their game in hand and with only four fixtures to go before the split, Wright claims victory against the bottom team in the league is essential for top-half hopes. He told the club’s official website. “I still believe we can do it but we need to start winning games and that begins tomorrow. “If we don’t win the match we c...

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