Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has refused to rule out leaving Lyon in the summer transfer window. The France international has attracted attention from the likes of Tottenham , Manchester United and Manchester City with his performances in Ligue 1. Lyon reportedly value the 22-year-old at £70million, but are in no rush to cash-in on their prized asset having received a financial boost by sealing Champions League qualification for the second successive season. Speaking on his future, Ndombele told Le Progres: “As I told my agents and the club, I’m not fixed yet, I have not made a decision.” When asked if there was a possibility he could stay at Lyon, the midfielder said: “Of course, I would see myself continuing with Lyon. The club will be in the Champions League, but I have not asked the question about whether to stay or not, and I have not spoken with the new staff.” Ndombele alerted Man City to his talents when Lyon travelled to the Etihad in … [Read more...] about Tanguy Ndombele provides update amid Man Utd and Tottenham talk
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It's the race that seemingly no-one wants to win. Between them, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have picked up just one point from their last five matches. Tottenham have hardly been in top form either but their win over Brighton has given them a three-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea. Arsenal and United sit in fifth and sixth - a point and three points respectively behind Chelsea. So, ahead of United and Chelsea meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday, who is most likely to claim the final two Champions League spots, and who will fall short? Tottenham - 3rd, Pld 35, Pts 70, GD 30 Reason to be cheerful The ineptitude of the teams around that means that even Tottenham's disastrous recent run of three defeats and a draw has not proved to be all that costly. Assuming they have put those woes behind them, they should have more than enough to finish in the top four. Reason to be fearful Tottenham's difficulties in breaking down a stubborn - but hugely … [Read more...] about Race for Champions League: Which two of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham will finish in top four?
After losing consecutive matches, Tottenham have been dragged from the title race into the battle for fourth. Spurs remain five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, though Chelsea will move to within four points should they win their game in hand. So who is most likely to claim the final two Champions League spots, and who will fall short? Tottenham - 3rd, Pld 28, Pts 60, GD 26 Reason to be cheerful A four-point buffer should be enough to keep Spurs in the Champions League spots, even if recent performances have been worrying. The return to full fitness of Harry Kane will also be a major boost. Reason to be fearful You have to go back to New Year's Day for Tottenham's last convincing performance in the league. For a team that's normally so consistent, it's a worrying trend. Strength of opposition Saturday's north London derby, plus trips to Manchester City and Liverpool are three major tests. Otherwise, Tottenham's fixture list is pretty … [Read more...] about Race for Champions League: Which two of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham will reach promised land?
It's been a long time since an English team won the Champions League. Chelsea did it back in 2011/12 and until Liverpool fell at the last hurdle in 2017/18, for seven years English football has taken a back seat as Spain took their turn at the top table. Times have changed! Could this season be the start of a new cycle of Premier League dominance? First hurdle Man Utd vs PSG Things are a little different around Old Trafford these days and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Man Utd pose an altogether different threat to Thomas Tuchel's PSG than Jose Mourinho's did. Or do they? PSG are without Edinson Cavani and Neymar, leaving Tuchel with some difficult tactical decisions to make. Without these two in previous games, Kylian Mbappe has started as a central striker, supported by Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler. United have home advantage and know that PSG, to use modern football parlance, are in 'a bad moment'. They were knocked out of the French League Cup by Guingamp and lost to 2-1 to … [Read more...] about Why Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Tottenham can win the Champions League: Making a case for all four English teams
The Champions League resumes on Tuesday as 16 teams look to another step towards Madrid in June. After all four Premier League clubs advanced to the knockout stages, chances of the competition having English representation deep into the tournament is high. But standing in their way will be 12 other teams from six different countries. The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are obvious favourites, but dark horses such as Lyon, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund also lurk. We have compiled the runners and riders for Europe's premier competition - and dissected the tactical battles that await Manchester United and Manchester City if they're to lift the trophy in the Spanish capital. Atletico Madrid After winning the Europa League last season, Diego Simeone's team have returned to the Champions League with the pedigree of European champions. His team are renowned for their hard-working and efficient defensive style, but it's worth noting that the talent in the squad is almost unrivalled. … [Read more...] about What Man Utd and Man City have to do to realise Champions League dreams