No one wants to face Liverpool in Champions League last 16: Robertson

Defending champions Liverpool will be the team others want to avoid when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is held on Monday, left back Andy Robertson has said. Liverpool reached the knockout stages as group winners with a 2-0 victory at Salzburg on Tuesday, and could be drawn against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta or Olympique Lyon. Juergen Klopp’s team have made the final of Europe’s elite club competition two years in a row, finishing runners-up to Real in 2017-18 and beating Tottenham Hotspur…

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Mourinho hopes to face Bayern again in ‘proper match’

Jose Mourinho said he would relish Tottenham Hotspur facing Bayern Munich further down the line in a ‘proper’ Champions League game despite his side losing 3-1 in Bavaria on Wednesday in their final group game. Bayern outplayed a much-changed Tottenham side to make it six wins out of six in Group B with goals coming from Kingsley Coman, Thomas Mueller and Philippe Coutinho. Last season’s beaten finalists Tottenham, who had already qualified for the last 16 as runners-up to a rampant Bayern, left out Harry Kane and Dele Alli, while…

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Klopp hails Salah’s ‘sensational finish’

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp praised Mohamed Salah for showing self-belief after he spurned several straightforward chances before scoring from a tight angle to help the defending champions reach the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday. Liverpool beat Salzburg 2-0 to advance as Group E winners, with Salah adding to midfielder Naby Keita’s opener after rounding opposition goalkeeper Cican Stankovic. “He played really well but didn’t score in the situations we expect him usually to score, but staying on track and making such a decisive and very difficult finish, that probably…

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Napoli sack coach Ancelotti after reaching Champions League last 16

Napoli sacked Carlo Ancelotti, one of Europe’s most successful coaches, on Tuesday, three hours after the Serie A club beat Genk 4-0 to qualify for the Champions League round of 16 and end a nine-match winless run. The club confirmed it had dismissed the 60-year-old coach, who has won domestic league titles in England, France, Germany and Italy and the Champions League three times, in a statement on Twitter. He had been in charge for just under one-and-a-half seasons. “Napoli has decided to revoke the position of first-team coach from…

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Liverpool: Klopp faces wait over fitness of Fabinho

Liverpool face an anxious wait over the fitness of Fabinho after he suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Napoli. The Brazil midfielder is suspended for Saturday’s Premier League match against Brighton, but manager Jurgen Klopp is worried he could miss more games. Liverpool host Everton on 4 December, their first game in a packed schedule for the month. “I don’t want to say what I expect,” said Klopp. “It’s early and we all hope it’s not too serious but it’s pretty painful and in an area…

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Tottenham survive scare to make last 16 on Mourinho’s home bow

Jose Mourinho survived a huge scare on his home debut as Tottenham Hotspur manager as his side came from 2-0 down to beat Olympiakos 4-2 and reach the last 16 of the Champions League. The Greek champions blew a huge chance to give themselves a shot at reaching the knockout stages after scoring twice in the first 20 minutes through Youssef El Arabi and Ruben Semedo. Dele Alli pounced on a horrible defensive mistake to breathe new life into Spurs before the break and a second half double from Harry…

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