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Real Madrid Manager Upbeat About Pogba’s Future

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Manchester United could eventually let go of Paul Pogba if Zinedine Zidane’s confident level should be a deciding factor as reports claim he’s upbeat about his chances of capturing the player’s signature in January.

The French tactician is a longtime admirer of his compatriot but all of his strategies to lure the player to Santiago Bernabeu have been unsuccessful against Manchester United.

The Express reported earlier today that the manager is confident Pogba will join his team in January or in the summer of next year because the player wants to work with him.

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It should be recalled that Pogba didn’t deny the reports linking him to Santiago in the summer as he openly revealed his readiness to face new challenges in another environment.

Meanwhile, United are equally preparing for life without Pogba as they’re said to be targeting some world-class midfielders as his replacements.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, Leicester City’s James Maddison and Rostov’s Mathias Normann are all said to have attracted Solskjaer’s attention as the manager searches for better options.

Eriksen, who is also a transfer target for Madrid president Perez, will become a free agent at the end of this campaign and United are hoping to beat the Spanish side to Dane’s services.

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Chelsea Loanee On Target As Atalanta Make Champions League History

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Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic was on target for the Italian Serie A giants as they made history in the Champions League courtesy their 3-0 win over Ukranian side Shakthar Donetsk on Matchday Six.

He was one of the goalscorers for Atalanta who secured the much needed win to book their spot in the last 16 of this season’s Champions League.

Mario Pasalic is a Croatian international and he is on loan at Atalanta from Premier League giants Chelsea.

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Atalanta made history as they became the first team to make the knockout stage of the competition after losing their first three group games.

They scored three goals in the last quarter of the game to seal a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Shakthar Donetsk after Brazilian player Dodo was sent off nine minutes after Belgian international Timothy Castagne had given the away side the lead in the 68th minute.

Mario Pasalic added a second goal in the 80th minute before German left-back Robin Gosens wrapped up the game in added time to take his team to the next round.

Atalanta were helped by the result from the other game as group leaders Manchester City came from behind to beat hosts Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 courtesy the hattrick from Gabriel Jesus and a Phil Foden goal.

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Chelsea Opponents For Champions League Knockout Stage Revealed

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One-time Champions League winners Chelsea have discovered their possible opponents for the knockout stage of the competition which starts as from next year.

The Champions League group stage for the 2019/20 season was concluded on Wednesday night and Chelsea have found out about the pool of teams they could dace in the round of 16.

Chelsea are in danger of facing one of the favorites for this season’s Champions League title after they finished second in Group H behind Spanish La Liga giants Valencia.

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The Blues secured their place in the knockout stage with the slim 2-1 win at home to French club Lille in their final group game.

Topscorer Tammy Abraham scored the first goal of the game to take his tally to 13 goals in all competitions this season before club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta added a second goal with ten minutes left on the clock.

Former player Loic Remy halved the deficit on 78 minutes to setup a grandstand finish but Chelsea held on to take the points and secure their place in the knockout stage.

Chelsea can face the likes of Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Bayern Munich, Juventus, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the competition.

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Six Arsenal Players Ruled Out Of Europa League Clash

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Six Arsenal players will miss the trip to Standard Liege FC of Belgium in the Europa League after the club provided the injury update on the team on Wednesday.

The Gunners will be guests of Standard Liege on Thursday night as they attempt to seal qualification for the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Arsenal need to secure a point from the Matchday Six clash or at least avoid a four-goal defeat to the Belgians to book their place in the next stage of the competition.

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The Gunners will be without the likes of Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Nicholas Pepe.

Swiss international midfielder Xhaka sufferer concussion during the 3-1 away win over West Ham in their London Derby clash in the Premier League on Monday night and will sit out the Standard Liege game as well as the Premier League game at home to holders Manchester City on Sunday evening as part of concussion procedure.

Spanish international Dani Ceballos sustained a hamstring injury in the Europa League Matchday Four clash at Vitoria Guimares FC of Portugal at the start of last month and he’s not expected back in action until the end of this month.

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Probable Arsenal XI vs Standard Liege

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Premier League giants Arsenal still have some work to do before they can confirm their place in the Round of 32 in the Europa League ahead of their final group game against Standard Liege FC of Belgium.

The Gunners travel to take on the Belgians in the Matchday Six clash in Group F with the North Londoners needing at least one point to seal passage to the next stage.

Arsenal can also risk defeat and still qualify for the next stage of the competition as long as they avoid the defeat of more than four unreplied goals.

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Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg got the first win of tenure on Monday night during the West Ham United game which ended in a 3-1 for his team with the help of three goals in ten second-half minutes from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicholas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has a lot of injury problems to deal with ahead of the Standard Liege game.

He could miss up to six players for the game with the likes of Nicholas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding all struggling with one problem or the other.

Possible Arsenal XI vs Standard Liege: Emiliano Martinez; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Kostantinos Mavropanos, Zach Medley; Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock, Emile Smith-Rowe; Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson

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Liverpool Opponents For Champions League Knockout Stage Revealed

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The possible knockout stage opponents for Champions League holders Liverpool have been revealed after the conclusion of the group stage.

Matches over the eight groups have been concluded on Wednesday night in the Champions League and 16 teams have emerged from 32 teams for the next stage (round of 16).

Champions League holders Liverpool are one of the 16 teams in the knockout stage of the competition this season after the Reds finished as the top team in Group E ahead of Napoli, Red Bull Salzburg, and Genk.

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Liverpool sealed their place in the next round with the 2-0 away win over Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg courtesy the goals Naby Keita and star forward Mohamed Salah in the second half.

The reigning European champions needed just one point to be assured of a last 16 spot before the Red Bull Salzburg game.

Liverpool have the possibility of meeting five teams in the round of 16.

The Reds can meet the likes of immediate past champions Real Madrid, debutants Atalanta, Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid, German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and French Ligue 1 club Lyon in the last 16 stage of the Champions League.

Liverpool won the Champions League title last season via the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their final clash.

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Likely Man United XI vs AZ Alkmaar

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Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar are already through to the round of 32 stage in the Europa League ahead of their Matchday Six clash at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

The final group game between two teams will definitely determine who will finish at the top of Group L with the advantage in the favor of hosts Manchester United.

The Red Devils have 10 points from the first five games in the group, while Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar have nine from five group matches.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make wholesale changes to his starting XI for the AZ Alkmaar with the Everton game in the Premier League at the weekend on his mind.

The fringe players are expected to get some playing time against AZ Alkmaar.

The likes of Mason Greenwood, Sergio Romero, Axel Tuanzebe, Ashley Young and many more.

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions ahead of the Europa League clash with their Dutch opponents including two straight wins.

Likely Manchester United XI: Sergio Romero; Ashley Young, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams; Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Juan Manuel Mata; Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

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Chelsea Scout In-form Bundesliga Striker Ahead Of January Window

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Europa League holders Chelsea have scouted RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner according to the latest report from the London Evening Standard.

It was revealed that Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Timo Werner at his German Bundesliga outfit.

Timo Werner has been in sensational form for RB Leipzig who is one of the 16 teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

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The petite German international has scored 15 goals and also assisted five more goals in his 14 league appearances for RB Leipzig this term.

Timo Werner is the second topscorer in the German Bundesliga this season behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who has 16 goals in this season’s German Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner has scored 20 goals in 22 appearances for his team in all competitions including three goals in six Group G games in the Champions League.

He has also scored two goals and assisted two more goals in two games in the German Cup for the 2019/20 season.

RB Leipzig are in the Champions League last 16 after the Germans finished their Group G campaign at the top of the group.

The German Bundesliga team will find out their next opponents in the Champions League next week Monday with the likes of Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Chelsea amongst the teams they can face in the last 16.

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Arsenal, Everton To Pay Huge Compensation Fee For Sacked Italian Manager

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Premier League duo Arsenal and Everton have both been touted as the next destination for Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian manager was sacked from his position at Napoli earlier this week.

Carlo Ancelotti lost his job as the Napoli manager on Tuesday night despite leading the Italian Serie A side to victory in the Champions League.

According to the report from the Daily Mirror, Carlo Ancelotti was placed on gardening leave immediately after his dismissal meaning that the Italian tactician is still on the payroll at Napoli with interested clubs like Arsenal and Everton expected to pay huge compensation fee for him if they want him as their next manager.

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Carlo Ancelotti is not a stranger to the Premier League having been appointed the Chelsea manager in 2009.

He spent two seasons at Chelsea before being sacked in 2011.

Ancelotti won the Premier League title at Chelsea during the 2009/10 season thus becoming the second Blues boss to achieve the feat behind Jose Mourinho.

He was named the Napoli manager last summer and led them to second place in the league last season which was his first full campaign with the club.

Carlo Ancelotti lost his job as a result of a nine-game winless run until his last game, the 4-0 win over Genk FC of Belgium in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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