Mauricio Pochettino: UCL Games in New Stadium Motivated Tottenham

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It certainly wasn’t easy, but Tottenham Hotspur did what they had to do, got some help and they’re now through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16. That now means all four English sides have progressed to the knockout round. Early on in Spurs European campaign, it looked highly unlikely that they would ever reached this point, as they took just one point from their first three group stage matches.

However, the north London side rallied, and in achieving a draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, it was enough to go through due to Inter Milan’s failure to obtain more than just one point versus PSV Eindhoven tonight.

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Alisson Save Astounds Jurgen Klopp, Football Fans Everywhere (Video)

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was burning up the internet tonight due to the ultra-clutch save he made in stoppage time of his side’s 1-0 Champions League group stage win over Napoli. The Brazilian’s stopping Arkadiusz Milik’s shot from close range saved Liverpool figurative and literally.

A Napoli equalizer would have demoted the Reds, last year’s UCL runner-up to the Europa League. However, Alisson saved the shot, the game and the European campaign for the Merseyside club. The play was a thing of beauty too. Have a look:

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Chelsea FC Transfer Talk: Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas

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Time to talk some transfer rumors, as the January window will be here before you know it. In this article we focus on Chelsea FC, and as always, remember to take these with a grain of salt. We start where else but with Eden Hazard, who once again gave public voice of his (with apologies to The Clash) “should I stay or should I go now?” inner monologue.

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Not Keen on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan Targeting Marcus Rashford Now

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AC Milan technical director Leonardo said over the weekend that the club is just not interested in the idea of potentially bringing back striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The aging Swede wasn’t able to lead his L.A. Galaxy to the Major League Soccer postseason, and he could have been had on a loan deal to come back to Milan, but it’s just not in the cards.

Leonardo did make it known though that his club is in the market for both a new forward and midfielder. In terms of the attacking player, once again there’s a Manchester United theme at work, as Marcus Rashford is reportedly in the Serie A side’s cross-hairs.

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Pep Guardiola on Raheem Sterling Incident: “Racism is Everywhere”

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Ahead of Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League group stage finale against Hoffenheim tomorrow, City manager Pep Guardiola was asked how his winger Raheem Sterling is doing right now after being subjected to abuse from Chelsea fans this past weekend.

Sterling’s only public comments on the situation, which resulted in four Blues supporters being suspended from Stamford Bridge, was a profound social media post that spotlighted an example of racism in media coverage. The Chelsea supporter alleged to have hurled racist remarks at the England international has issued an apology to Sterling, and claims his remarks were misinterpreted by lip readers

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 12-12-18

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft time! The order is based on how teams have performed up until this point in this season, and what is expected of them the rest of the campaign and the playoffs.

Team needs were sometimes, but often not taken into account, as it’s still early for a 2019 mock draft in the purest sense. A true 2019 NFL mock draft can’t really be composed until after 2019 free agency. Have issues with the picks? Of course you do!

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Manchester City vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Match Preview, FYIs

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Manchester City can clinch the top spot in Group F with a victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim tomorrow night at the Etihad. However, only a draw will be required in the UEFA Champions League group stage finale if Lyon fail to defeat Shakhtar Donetsk. City are heavily favored/projected to beat the German side that finished third domestically last season; their best Bundesliga finish in club history.

City have already booked their passage through to the UCL knockout round, but obviously topping the group is the ambition, as it gives them a favorable round of 16 match-up against a grouping runner-up come March.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

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Manchester City hosts TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Wednesday night in what will be the final UEFA Champions League group stage clash for both sides. It will also be just the second ever meeting between the two clubs. The first saw Man City came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 on UCL group stage match day two.

Fresh off their first domestic loss of the season, 2-0 at Chelsea on Saturday, City will head into this one looking to win, and win handily.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Valencia (UEFA Champions League)

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Manchester United head to Valencia in midweek for a UEFA Champions League group stage fixture that provides manager Jose Mourinho an opportunity to rotate his squad. With knockout round qualification already secured, and one eye on the massive league clash against Liverpool next weekend, Mourinho will rest some of his regulars.

That will give the Red Devils a decided advantage in the arch-rivalry game next weekend, as Liverpool face a must win UCL match at Anfield tomorrow night. Getting back to United, Mourinho has pretty much already named three starters for the European fixture in Spain.

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United vs Valencia Injury Report: Martial, Shaw, Smalling, Lindelof, Bailly

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Manchester United head to Valencia for their final UEFA Champions League group stage clash having already booked their passage to the knockout round. Juventus are also going through, but United could topple them as group winner if the Serie A juggernaut fails to beat Young Boys, and United emerge triumphant in Spain.

It’s a long shot sure, but it could still happen, provided the Red Devils can overcome a situation that could be branded an “injury crisis” at the back. Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling are all definitely out of commission for this match and Eric Bailly is doubtful due to a muscle problem.

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Tottenham Won’t Have to Face Luis Suarez in UCL Clash at FC Barcelona

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Tottenham Hotspur have a monumental task in front of them tomorrow night, but at least it just got a bit easier now that they won’t have to face Luis Suarez. The high-flying, prolific goal scoring FC Barcelona forward won’t be involved in the UEFA Champions League group stage clash finale at the Camp Nou Tuesday night.

Suarez is recovering from a knee injury, one that required stem cell treatment, and could be on the shelf for a couple weeks. That said, Spurs still face a massive uphill task in Catalonia, given how Barcelona haven’t lost a UCL home contest since early 2013, an unbeaten run of 28 straight and counting.

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Liverpool FC vs Napoli: Team News, Injury Report, Press Conference Videos

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Here we go! It’s Napoli at Liverpool FC, a UEFA Champions League group stage clash where the stakes are as high as possible. For Napoli, they need a draw or better to go though. For the Reds, they need a two goal (or better) victory to book a place in the knockout round.  Let’s go through the team news for both sides.

Reds winger Sadio Mane is expected to be in the first team after he returned to the bench in the weekend’s 4-0 rout at AFC Bournemouth. Meanwhile central defender Dejan Lovren missed that road trip due to a head injury. He hopes to recover in time for this epic clash.

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