English teams dominate group stage – but will one win the Champions League?

Premier League clubs have created Champions League history, with five qualifying for the knockout stage. Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have all progressed, making England the first country to have five teams in the competition’s last 16. This was also the first time the Premier League had five representatives in the group…

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Spurs undefeated in group stage with Apoel victory

Fernando Llorente scored his first Tottenham goal in his 17th appearance for the club as Mauricio Pochettino’s side rounded off their Champions League Group H campaign with a routine victory against Apoel. Spurs had already secured first place in the group before Wednesday’s game and Pochettino opted to give some of his fringe players a…

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Liverpool thrash Spartak to finish group winners

Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Liverpool became the fifth English club to qualify for the last 16 of this season’s Champions League with a thumping victory over Spartak Moscow at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s Group E leaders came into the game knowing they needed to avoid defeat to be sure of reaching the knockout stage…

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De Bruyne or Pogba? De Gea or Ederson? Who makes your Manchester derby XI?

Manchester City travel to neighbours Manchester United on Sunday with an eight-point advantage in the Premier League title race. But would they have the numerical advantage in your combined Manchester derby XI? Use the selector below to choose your formation and then create a team made up of Manchester United and Manchester City players –…

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Will five English teams make Champions League last 16 for first time?

Five English teams will make it through to the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time if Liverpool secure qualification on Wednesday. Tottenham and Manchester City guaranteed top spots in their groups with a game to spare and Manchester United beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 on Tuesday to finish top of Group A.…

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Teams will not be happy to face Man Utd in last 16, says Mourinho after win

Jose Mourinho says teams will not be “jumping with happiness” if they are drawn to face Manchester United in the Champions League knockout stage after his side beat CSKA Moscow to win their group. United had to come from behind to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition – the first time…

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Chelsea do not fear Barca or PSG in last 16 despite slip-up – Hazard

Eden Hazard says Chelsea do not fear facing Paris St Germain or Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 after his side were held to a draw by Atletico Madrid and missed out on top spot in their group. As it stands, Turkish side Besiktas are the only other possible opponents for the Blues in…

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Silva out of Shakhtar game and may miss Manchester derby

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is a doubt for Sunday’s derby against Manchester United after missing the Champions League trip to Shakhtar Donetsk through injury. The 31-year-old picked up the problem late in Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham. “I don’t know if he is able to play on Sunday. That’s why he stayed in…

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'Arabian Messi' – the best footballer you've never heard of?

He has almost a million Instagram followers, shared the front cover of a computer game with Neymar and once had a trial with Manchester City. They call him “the Arabian Messi” and his trademark hair has been copied by fans all over the region. Is Omar Abdulrahman the best footballer you’ve never heard of? What’s…

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Clattenburg took a 'gamble too far' in Spurs game – Gallagher

“Maverick” Mark Clattenburg’s handling of Tottenham’s game at Chelsea in May 2016 was “a gamble too far”, says ex-top-flight official Dermot Gallagher. Ex-referee Clattenburg said he could have sent off three players but let Spurs “self-destruct” so he could not be blamed for them losing the title. “We are duty bound to treat every player…

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