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Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Transfer Talk Daily Update: Marquinhos, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. All transfer business is done and dusted for this season, but that doesn’t stop clubs from preparing ahead for next season. Sunday morning’s headlines: Agent: ‘Kalidou Koulibaly not joining Paris Saint-Germain’The agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says that his client will not be moving to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Read more. Carlo Ancelotti: ‘Marek Hamsik in talks over exit’Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti confirms that Marek Hamsik is in talks over a move away from the club. Read more. Pep Guardiola ‘wants Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ben Chilwell in £80m deal’Manchester City want to sign Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and ...

Agent: ‘Kalidou Koulibaly not joining Paris Saint-Germain’

The agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says that his client will not be moving to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has insisted that his client will not be moving to Paris Saint-Germain in this summer’s transfer window. Koulibaly, 27, is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in world football and has previously been the subject of a £95m bid from Manchester United, according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. United are believed to be desperate to sign the centre-back at the end of the season and the Red Devils have been boosted by the news that they will not have to compete with PSG. “PSG already have plenty of central defenders. Maybe he can play at No.10, they already play Marquinhos at No.6. But i...

Preview: Lyon vs. Paris Saint-Germain – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Ligue 1 encounter between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. Lyon play host to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday evening looking to register their fourth successive win in all competitions. PSG will make the trip to the Lyon Olympic Stadium keen to further strengthen their commanding position at the top of the standings. Lyon © Reuters Lyon would have hoped to be much closer to PSG at this stage of the season, and there will be an acceptance that the title race is effectively already over with 16 points already separating the teams and the leaders possessing two games in hand. However, Bruno Genesio‘s side still have plenty to play for, and they require a strong second half to the campaign to qua...

Champions League Team of the Week – Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Leroy Sane

Sports Mole selects its Champions League team of the week from the final round of group games, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Leroy Sane. The group stages of the 2018-19 Champions League campaign concluded this week, and there were tense finishes for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night. The Reds held on for a 1-0 win over Napoli which sealed their place in the last 16, while Spurs needed a late equaliser against Barcelona – and a slip-up by Inter Milan at home to PSV Eindhoven – to make it a clean sweep of English clubs in the knockout rounds. Manchester City secured top spot in their group by beating Hoffenheim, but Manchester United could not do the same as they slumped to defeat at the hands of Valencia when victory would have been enough to leapfrog J...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Bordeaux

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Bordeaux this weekend. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to make it 15 wins from 15 Ligue 1 matches this season when they travel to Bordeaux on Sunday night. PSG have incredibly collected 42 points from their 14 league matches this season, and sit 15 points ahead of nearest challenges Lyon. The French champions will also enter this weekend’s game off the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League. Bordeaux, meanwhile, have won four, drawn five and lost five of their 14 matches to sit in 12th position on 17 points. Here, Sports Mole looks at how runaway leaders PSG could line up at the Matmut Atlantique. Out: NoneDoubtful: None Dani Alves continued his recovery from a serious knee injury...

Result: Paris Saint-Germain beat Liverpool to dent hopes of reaching last 16

Liverpool fall to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread. Liverpool have fallen to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain this evening to leave their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League hanging by a thread. PSG took an early lead through the unlikely source of Juan Bernat and were good value for their second too as Neymar finished off a devastating counter-attack. James Milner handed Liverpool a lifeline from the penalty spot just before half time, but the Reds could not find an equaliser in the second half as they are left needing to beat Napoli by two goals at Anfield on matchday six in order to progress. PSG, meanwhile, only need a point in their final game against Red...

Paris Saint-Germain ‘to open talks with Liverpool midfielder Fabinho’

Paris Saint-Germain reportedly plan to use Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Liverpool as a chance to open talks over a January move for Fabinho. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly planning to use Wednesday’s Champions League match against Liverpool as an opportunity to begin talks over a move for Fabinho. Fabinho only joined Liverpool from Monaco in the summer, but speculation linking him with a swift exit has gathered pace in recent weeks amid reports that he is unhappy at Anfield. The Brazilian has been forced to be patient for a chance in Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team plans, making just nine appearances so far this season. Klopp has laughed off suggestions that Fabinho could leave in January, but L’Equipe reports that PSG are hoping to prise him away from Anfi...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Marseille

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up when they travel to Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday night. Paris Saint-Germain will look to continue their perfect start to the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season when they travel to Marseille on Sunday night. PSG were held by Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, but have a 100% record in the league this term, winning all 10 of their matches. Thomas Tuchel‘s team already have an eight-point cushion over second-placed Lille despite their strong start, and have averaged almost four goals per game in their 10 league fixtures this term. Here, Sports Mole takes a look at how the free-scoring French champions could line up when they make the trip to fifth-placed Marseille this weekend. Out: Dani Alves (knee), Layvin Kurzawa (hernia), Pr...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Amiens

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in this weekend’s Ligue 1 clash with Amiens. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 19:20 UK Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 19:20 UK Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to extend their perfect start to the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season to 10 matches when they host Amiens on Saturday afternoon. PSG have won each of their nine league fixtures this season to top the table on 27 points, eight points clear of second-placed Lille. The French giants have scored 11 times in their last two fixtures, and will enter this game off the back of a 5-0 win over Lyon before the international break. Amiens, however, have already recorded three league victories this season, and have nothing to lose as they h...

Real Madrid prioritising new centre-back ahead of January window?

A report claims that Real Madrid will go all out to sign a new central defender in 2019 after failing to strengthen at the back during the summer transfer window. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 17:39 UK Last Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 17:39 UK Real Madrid have prioritised signing a new central defender following their slow start to the season, according to a report. The reigning European champions failed to strengthen in the heart of defence during the summer transfer window, leaving no real cover for Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. Spanish outlet Marca claims that Madrid are now convinced that another alternative is required, with Jesus Vallejo and the versatile Nacho Fernandez currently in reserve. Los Blancos supposedly at...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Lyon

Sports Mole looks at how PSG could line up for Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Lyon as the champions bid to extend their perfect start to the domestic season. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 18:00 UK Last Updated: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 18:00 UK Paris Saint-Germain could extend their record for the best-ever start to a Ligue 1 season when they host Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. The defending champions have won eight from eight to already soar eight points clear of the chasing pack, and also got off the mark in the Champions League on Wednesday with a thumping 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade. Sunday sees them host a Lyon side currently sitting fifth, but unbeaten in six games across all competitions, including an away triumph over Manches...

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