New Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been beaten for the first time in the Champions League following the defeat at the hands of German champions Bayern Munich in their Matchday Six clash at the Allianz Arena.
Mourinho and his Spurs players were beaten 3-1 by the Bavarian giants who were the only team to finish the group stage campaign with an unblemished record.
Bayern Munich won all their six group games in Group B and amassed a complete total of 18 points as a result.
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The Germans were given a helping hand due to the fact that Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho rested a lot of his first-team players with both clubs already through to the last 16 stage of the competition.
Bayern took the lead through Kingsley Coman in the 20th minute before summer signing Ryan Sessegnon equalized for Spurs just before the end of the first half.
Experienced campaigner Thomas Mueller came off the bench for the injured Coman and he was responsible for the second Bayern goal as he prodded home from close range after Alphonso Davies had struck the post.
Ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho wrapped up the victory for his team with the third goal to ensure that Bayern made it six wins from six Group B games.
Championship defender could be next Man United signing
English Premier League outfit Man United are reportedly making efforts to snap up the signature of 22-year-old Swansea City defender Joe Rodon in the coming transfer window.
It is understood that the race for Joe Rodon will not be an easy one for the Red Devils as they have been joined in the race by Leicester City who are also keen on the service of eth Wales international.
West Ham United and Tottenham are also suitors for the services of the young defender as he is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs.
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However, Man United are reported to be favourites in the chase of Joe Rodon as they are very keen on him because of the need for a defender in the team.
The Sun reports that Man United had their £7 million offer plus add-ons rejected by Swansea City and the same was done to the North London club when they stepped forward with their offer.
Man United are keen to land a centre-defender that will partner Harry Maguire as the former Leicester City defender is yet to have the perfect partnership that will ensure his best.
Howbeit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in the market and it is expected that the January winter transfer window will be a busy one for the club.
Arsenal Handed Major Injury Blow In Champions League Chase
Premier League giants Arsenal have been rocked by the news that combative midfielder Lucas Torreira might have played his last game for the club this season after the serious ankle injury sustained by him last week.
Lucas Torreira was stretchered off last week Monday during the FA Cup fifth round tie at English League One club Portsmouth. The Uruguayan international suffered an ankle injury in the first half of that game and that injury has ended his season after the medical update from Arsenal earlier on Monday.
The player has been ruled out for up to eight to ten weeks as a result of the serious ankle injury sustained during that Portsmouth game at Fratton Park last week Monday.
Without Lucas Torreira, Arsenal were able to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the competition via the 2-0 win over Portsmouth courtesy the goals from Sokratis Papasthathopoulos and Eddie Nketiah.
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Arsenal will now travel to face Sheffield United in the quarterfinals of the competition. The winner of that last-eight tie will qualify for the semifinals.
Lucas Torreira will miss the remaining league games for Arsenal this season starting from the trip to face outgoing champions Manchester City on Wednesday night as the Gunners fight for a spot in the Champions League next season.
Arsenal have ten games to play in the Premier League this term as they try to make up the points on the leading pack for Champions League football.
Fourth and fifth spots would be enough for Champions League football next season. Arsenal is eight points off Chelsea in fourth position and five points off Manchester United in fifth spot having played one less game than both Chelsea and Manchester United.
Arsenal will play that outstanding game later this week in what’s a tough game at Premier League champions Manchester City.
Top Five Favourite Clubs To Win Champions League Title
Champions League football is back in the coming days as 16 teams begin the long and hard journey to find out who will succeed Premier League giants Liverpool at the end of the competition.
Liverpool are the team to beat after their Champions League triumph in Madrid last season and they could still retain the title.
The Reds beat fellow last 16 recipient Tottenham Hotspur in the final last term.
The defending champions have been drawn alongside tough customers Atletico Madrid who have reached the final in two of the last five editions. On their part, Tottenham Hotspur have been drawn with German Bundesliga highflyers RB Leipzig who were at the top of the table before Bayern Munich knocked them off the summit last weekend.
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Liverpool are definitely one of the top five favourites to win this season’s edition of the competition alongside four others to be revealed as follows:
The Reds are clearly the team to beat this season after maintaining their sensational form from the second half of last season. The Reds have won all but one of their league games plus recording just one loss with the first team all season.
2. Manchester City
The outgoing Premier League champions have not been at the races this season in the Premier League as they have struggled to maintain their great record from the last campaign. Liverpool have all but wrapped up the league title in England and that could give Manchester City the impetus to concentrate more on the Champions League.
The Italian Serie A champions are one of the top five favourites to win the Champions League title and they have the competition’s leading goalscorer in Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Messi factor will always make Barcelona one of the favourites for the competition.
5. Real Madrid
They are the most successful team in the history of the competition with 13 titles but they have a tricky last 16 tie with Manchester City to navigate if they are to make it 14 title wins.