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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...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Rennes

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up in Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Rennes. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking for their 18th Ligue 1 victory of the season when they welcome Rennes to the French capital on Sunday night. PSG have won 17 and drawn two of their 19 league matches this season to open up a 13-point advantage at the summit, even with two games in hand over the teams around them. Thomas Tuchel‘s team will also enter this weekend’s match off the back of a 2-0 win over Strasbourg in the Coupe de France on Wednesday night. Here, Sports Mole has taken a look at how the French champions could line up when they take to the field against Rennes at Parc des Princes. Out: Lassana Diarra (knee), Marco Verratti (ankle), Neymar (foot) Neymar is facing ...

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...

How Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Nice

Sports Mole looks at how Paris Saint-Germain could line up against Nice, including a return for Kylian Mbappe as the French champions chase history. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 13:33 UK Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 13:33 UK Paris Saint-Germain could equal an 82-year-old record this Saturday when they take on Nice at the Allianz Riviera. The defending champions have already made their best-ever start to a Ligue 1 season by winning each of their opening seven games, and an eighth this weekend would see them match the best-ever start to a top-flight campaign in France. Olympique Lillois – one of the predecessors of modern-day club Lille – were the last team to win all eight of their opening Ligue 1 fixtures, doing so ...

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel: ‘We did not deserve to lose against Liverpool’

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel insists that his side did not deserve to lose following their Champions League clash with Liverpool. By Ali AkbarFiled: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:47 UK Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 16:43 UK Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has said that his side’s 3-2 loss to Liverpool in the Champions League was “was not logical or correct”. The Parisian side were trailing 2-1 at half time after goals by Daniel Sturridge and James Milner before 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe equalised in the 83rd minute. Substitute Roberto Firmino scored a late goal in stoppage time to grant his side their first win in Group C, which left Tuchel disappointed as he believed that his team deserved to come away with a point. In a...

Result: Roberto Firmino rescues Liverpool win over Paris Saint-Germain

Roberto Firmino comes off the bench to score a last-gasp winner as Liverpool begin their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 win over French giants Paris Saint-Germain. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 21:59 UK Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 22:12 UK Liverpool have begun their Champions League campaign with a last-gasp 3-2 win over fellow European giants Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield this evening. The Reds were the better side for long spells of the Group C clash on Merseyside, but it looked as though they might be punished for their failure to make their dominance count when Kylian Mbappe tucked home an undeserved equaliser seven minutes from time. However, Roberto Firmino – who started on the bench after suffering an eye inju...

Roy Keane: ‘Danny Rose, Phil Jones are not good defenders’

Former Manchester United ace Roy Keane hits out at the defending from Danny Rose and Phil Jones, claiming that neither player will ever learn how to properly defend. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 19:48 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 19:51 UK Roy Keane has insisted that Danny Rose and Phil Jones will ‘continue costing England‘ as long as they are picked in the side. Rose, making his second start at the 2018 World Cup, was caught out early on as Belgium scored the first of their two goals in Saturday’s third-place playoff. Thomas Meunier was able to get in front of the Tottenham Hotspur full-back and the Red Devils went on to double their lead through Eden Hazard late on. Ex-Republic of Ireland international Kea...

Jose Mourinho: ‘Future looks bright for England’

Jose Mourinho believes that England “have a good base for continuity” following their fourth-placed finish at the 2018 World Cup. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 19:08 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 19:08 UK Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has tipped England “to do better” at the next World Cup following their run to the semi-finals this time around. The Three Lions signed off their Russia 2018 campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Belgium in Saturday’s third-place playoff, falling to goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard. Despite suffering back-to-back losses, this summer’s tournament marks just the third time that England have made it to the final four, leading to praise from Mourinho. ̶...

Roberto Martinez: ‘Belgium players wanted to make country proud at World Cup’

Roberto Martinez is pleased with his Belgium charges for sealing the national team’s best ever World Cup finish in their third-place playoff triumph over England. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 18:42 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 18:42 UK Roberto Martinez has hailed Belgium‘s best ever finish at a World Cup following their 2-0 win over England in the third-place playoff. Thomas Meunier opened the scoring for the Red Devils on four minutes and Eden Hazard made sure of victory over the Three Lions eight minutes from time. Belgium’s previous best World Cup finish was fourth at Mexico 1986 and Martinez was eager to praise his players for their podium finish at Russia 2018. “It’s all about the achievement,” Mar...

Gareth Southgate: ‘England World Cup loss to Belgium a game too far’

Gareth Southgate condedes that Belgium are “a better side” than England and believes that the World Cup third-place playoff loss was “a game too far” for the Three Lions. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 17:53 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 17:53 UK Gareth Southgate has condeded that Belgium are “a better side” than England and believes that the World Cup third-place playoff was “a game too far” for the Three Lions. England defied expectations to reach the semi-finals of Russia 2018, where they lost to Croatia, but could not end the tournament on a high note as the Red Devils ran out 2-0 winners in Saint Petersburg. Thomas Meunier opened the scoring for Roberto Martinez‘s side on four minute...

Harry Kane: ‘England loss to Belgium at World Cup highlights room for improvement’

Harry Kane concedes that England are “not the finished article” following their 2-0 loss to Belgium in their World Cup third-place playoff encount4er. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 17:22 UK Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 17:25 UK Harry Kane has conceded that England are “not the finished article” following their 2-0 loss to Belgium in their World Cup third-place playoff encounter in Saint Petersburg. In addition, the Three Lions captain is eager to ensure that another semi-final placing at a major tournament is not another 20 years away. Thomas Meunier opened the scoring for the Red Devils on four minutes and a lethargic England side could not muster a response before Eden Hazard made sure of victory eight minutes from t...

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