18 Sep From the section European Football Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45555213 Read more about sharing. BBC coverageHow to follow:Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteAntonio Valencia will not play in Manchester United's Champions League opener against Young Boys because of concerns over how he will react to the Swiss side's artificial pitch.The defender missed United's first two games of the season with a knee injury.And manager Jose Mourinho is not prepared to risk the 33-year-old in Wednesday's Group H game in Bern."We decided not to bring Valencia because his knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch," he said.The Portuguese also confirmed that left-back Luke Shaw would play in the game after missing United's 2-1 Premier League win … [Read more...] about Man Utd to rest Valencia in Champions League opener away to Young Boys
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18 Sep From the section Champions League Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45555227 Read more about sharing. BBC coverageHow to follow:Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteSergio Aguero is likely to be fit for Manchester City's Champions League group-stage opener against Lyon. The striker was substituted early in the second half of Saturday's Premier League win over Fulham with an ankle injury but trained on Tuesday.Defender Vincent Kompany, who was rested at the weekend, also took part in training.Left-back Benjamin Mendy was absent from the session as he continues to recover from an knee problem.France international Mendy, 24, who missed the majority of last season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury, did not play in City's 3-0 home win over … [Read more...] about Man City forward Sergio Aguero fit to face Lyon in Champions League opener
Liverpool will kick off their Champions League campaign next month in a bid to go one step further than last season and lift the trophy. The Reds fell just short in their attempts to secure a sixth European Cup back in May but Jurgen Klopp's men gained entry back into this season's competition with a top-four finish in the Premier League. The group stage draw takes place on Thursday night and Wednesday saw the final 32 confirmed - including seedings. Liverpool will be in Pot 3 after Benfica's win over PAOK, and will be drawn with one team from each of the other pots. Here is every team Liverpool could be drawn with - remembering the Reds can NOT be drawn with other Premier League teams at this stage. Read More Liverpool in the Champions League 2018/19 POT 1 Real Madrid How did they get there? They might have finished third behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in last season's La Liga, but Real Madrid arrive as Champions League royalty. They are the holders of the trophy and are … [Read more...] about Every team Liverpool can draw in Champions League assessed & rated
United's and City's preparations for the new Premier League season concluded in rather different fashion on Sunday. Jose Mourinho's men won just one of their five US tour fixtures in 90 minutes and rounded off a disappointing few weeks with a 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in Bavaria. City, on the other hand, got their hands on some silverware as Sergio Aguero's brace sealed a 2-0 Wembley win over Chelsea in the Community Shield. The top flight gets back underway this weekend, with United taking on Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday and City going to Arsenal on Sunday. After three rounds of Premier League fixtures, the Champions League group phase draw will take place in Monaco on August 30. Here, we take a look at which teams United and City could come up against, providing all the favourites progress through qualifying to reach the main draw. Provisional Champions League group draw pots 2018/19 Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, … [Read more...] about Who could Manchester United and Man City face in Champions League group phase?
Aleksandr Golovin has snubbed Chelsea in favour of a move to Monaco. The Russia international had an offer to join the Blues, but the CSKA midfielder is heading to France in a £27m deal And the Russian club's vice-president has explained just why the 22-year-old knocked back Maurizio Sarri's side. “Monaco and CSKA finally finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” Vadim Vasilyev told Sport Express. “It’s a standard five year contract. Honestly, until the last moment I wasn’t sure we’d be able to complete this transfer. “In addition to Chelsea, Golovin was also wanted by Juventus. At a meeting with one of the directors of the Turin club in May this year, I heard that Golovin’s move to them was a done deal. “However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great … [Read more...] about Revealed: Why Aleksandr Golovin snubbed Chelsea for Champions League side