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Manchester City team news: Predicted XI to face Feyenoord in the Champions League

Manchester City open their Champions League campaign with a visit to Feyenoord tonight, kick off 7:45pm BST, and you can listen to live commentary on talkSPORT.With the money Pep Guardiola has spent since arriving at the Etihad, the club's owners will be expecting a far superior run in the competition to last season, where they were knocked out by Monaco at the last 16 stage.They've got off to a solid start in the league, but it's become customary for managers to tinker with their starting line-...

Liverpool FC team news: Predicted XI to face Sevilla in the Champions League

Liverpool are back in the Champions League again after a two-season absence.First up for the Reds is a familiar foe as they take on Sevilla, who beat them 3-1 in the 2016 Europa League final.Jurgen Klopp will be striving for a better result at Anfield as he looks to kick off their campaign with victory against a tough opponent, and has a relatively healthy squad to pick from.The German has already confirmed goalkeeper Loris Karius will start in place of Simon Mignolet as he rotates his shot-stop...

Olivier Giroud reveals he came close to leaving Arsenal before telling boss Arsene Wenger: 'Our story is not finished'

Olivier Giroud says he stayed at Arsenal as he has unfinished business with the club.The striker was heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates over the summer as he wanted regular game time ahead of next year's World Cup.Everton, Marseille and West Ham were all interested in the France international, but in the end he stayed put.Now Giroud has explained he decided not to push for a transfer as he believes he has more to achieve at Arsenal along with boss Arsene Wenger."Actually that's a ...

'I’m quite satisfied' - New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson defends reign as England manager

New Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT he is proud of his record as England boss, despite the manner of his exit.Hodgson’s appointment as the new Eagles head coach was confirmed on Tuesday, with the 70-year-old replacing Frank de Boer, who was sacked after Palace became the first team in Premier League history to lose their opening four games without scoring a goal.It’s his first role since his embarrassing departure from the Three Lions job after their shock Euro 2016 defeat ...

Kairi Sane crowned Mae Young Classic winner

WWE’s Women’s Evolution continued in Las Vegas last night as they crowned the winner in the first-ever Mae Young Classic, Kari Sane.Sane defeated former UFC fighter Shayna Bazsler to clinch the victory and earn herself a shot at the vacated NXT Women’s Title at November’s NXT TakeOver in Houston. The Pirate Princess used her patterned Insane Elbow to upset the odds and defeat Bazsler, and was awarded the unique trophy amid the post match celebrations alongside Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.It m...

Stuart Broad to be rested ahead of Ashes series as England seamer struggles with heel injury

Stuart Broad remains unlikely to play again before England embark for their Ashes itinerary next month.England are still awaiting results of the latest scans on Broad's sore left heel, and the frontline seamer is not expected to rejoin Nottinghamshire for two remaining fixtures in their bid for promotion from Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship.Broad, 31, was an ever-present for England through their successful Test summer but is not currently involved in their limited-overs squad...

talkSPORT EXCLUSIVE – Roy Hodgson has ‘empathy and sympathy’ for Frank de Boer after replacing him as Crystal Palace manager

Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT he has ‘empathy and sympathy’ for Frank de Boer after replacing the axed Dutchman as Crystal Palace manager.Hodgson’s new position as Eagles head coach was confirmed on Tuesday, following De Boer’s departure from Selhurst Park after only four games in charge.The former Ajax boss was sacked just 77 days into a three-year contract on Monday, after Palace became the first team in Premier League history to lose all of their opening four games of the season without scor...

Formula 1 news: Mercedes confirm Valtteri Bottas to remain alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2018

Lewis Hamilton will be partnered alongside Valtteri Bottas for a second season after Mercedes confirmed the Finnish driver has been retained for next year.]Bottas, who replaced defending world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes following his shock retirement, has won two races this year and heads into Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix third in the standings, 41 points adrift of championship leader Hamilton.The 28-year-old Finn has agreed a one-year deal, which allows Mercedes to keep their options op...

'It is good to face Arsenal now' - Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea relishing Premier League clash with London rivals

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea are in buoyant mood ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.A month on from the Premier League opening loss to Burnley and talk of a crisis, Chelsea equalled their record Champions League group-stage win with Tuesday night's 6-0 defeat of Azerbaijan's Qarabag.The Blues have two additional days' rest due to Arsenal's involvement in the Europa League against Cologne on Thursday night.And Courtois says Chelsea, after four straight wins, are in a good frame ...

Victor Lindelof happy with Old Trafford debut and is confident he will be prove a success for Manchester United

Victor Lindelof is confident of proving his worth at Manchester United after stepping out at Old Trafford for the first time.United acted quickly to make the long-standing defensive target Jose Mourinho's first summer signing, paying Benfica an initial 35million euros (£30.75million) for the Sweden international's services.Lindelof could cost a further 10million euros in add-ons, although if those clauses are achieved then the centre-back will likely have proved good value.Many expected the comp...

Edin Dzeko admits Roma are missing Mohamed Salah after his summer move to Liverpool

Edin Dzeko has confessed that Roma are missing the creative influence of new Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.The Egypt international completed a summer move to Anfield and has been heralded as an early success on his return to the Premier League.Roma drew 0-0 at home to Atletico Madrid last night in their opening Champions League group game and former Manchester City striker Dzeko has pinpointed Salah's exit as a cause for concern."I scored many goals last season but it will be a lot tougher this s...

Transfer news: Tottenham join Burnley and Everton in showing interest in Werder Bremen star Thomas Delaney

Tottenham have joined Burnley and Everton in the race for Werder Bremen midfielder Thomas Delaney, according to reports in Germany.The 26-year-old only arrived at Bremen from Copenhagen in January and made a big impression in his 13 Bundesliga appearances in the second half of last season.It was widely reported that Everton made a bid to sign him during the summer but were unsuccessful.Despite interest from them and their Premier League rivals Burnley, the Denmark international eventually stayed...

Premier League managers' distance from their birthplace to the club they manage revealed

Roy Hodgson is back in football, having been appointed the new Crystal Palace manager. The Eagles ran out of patience very quickly with Frank de Boer, getting rid of him after four games in charge of the south London club. Hodgson now has the chance to rebuild his reputation after England's Euro 2016 shambles and will do so at Palace, a club he grew up close to and where he was a youth player.He hasn't spent much time in Croydon during his managerial career and has travelled great distances just...

Davinson Sanchez hailed as a 'monster' by Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz ahead of Tottenham clash

Tottenham have nabbed themselves a 'monster' by signing defender Davinson Sanchez.That is according to the Colombian's former boss Peter Bosz, who coached him at Ajax last season.Bosz is now in charge of Borussia Dortmund, who take on Spurs at Wembley in the Champions League on Wednesday night.But the Dutchman admits his players are coming up against a beast tonight in the form of Tottenham new boy Sanchez."What surprised me was that he played the final of the Copa Libertadores last year, which ...

Jose Mourinho hails important win in Champions League opener against Basel

Jose Mourinho believes his Manchester United side’s routine 3-0 win over Basel in the Champions League will prove crucial in an ‘open’ Group A.The Red Devils marked their return to the Champions League with a comfortable win at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.Elsewhere in Group A, United’s next opponents CSKA Moscow secured an impressive away victory at Benfica ahead of welcoming Mourinho’s side to Russia on September 27.And Mourinho believe...

Chelsea FC: Antonio Conte says Blues' 6-0 win over Qarabag was a 'perfect' return to Champions League football

Head coach Antonio Conte lauded a 'perfect' Champions League return for Chelsea after Tuesday night's 6-0 rout of Qarabag.Goals from Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi ensured a comfortable return to Europe's elite, after missing out on the competition last season for the first time since 2003/04. The sixth was bundled in by a combination of Batshuayi and defender Maksim Medvedev."It was a good start, a perfect start for us," Conte said."...

Liverpool FC news: Jurgen Klopp confirms Loris Karius will replace Simon Mignolet for Champions League clash v Sevilla

Loris Karius will be handed goalkeeping responsibilities for Liverpool's return to the Champions League but manager Jurgen Klopp insists that is not a slight on Simon Mignolet.The 24-year-old German surprisingly replaced his counterpart for the 4-0 win over Arsenal last month but Belgium international Mignolet was restored for Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.Klopp said it was important for both goalkeepers to have pitch time to ensure standards were maintained throughout the season but ...

Celtic 0-5 PSG: Scott Brown backs Bhoys to bounce back from Champions League mauling

Scott Brown has vowed Celtic will bounce back from their Champions Lesgue mauling by Paris Saint-Germain.An Edinson Cavani double and goals from Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and a Mikael Lustig own goal sunk the Scottish champions as they were humbled on their home patch.But Brown believes Celtic will give a much better account of themselves against Belgian side Anderlecht in their next European match, and at home Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday.Speaking to BT, he said: "We will pi...

Championship round-up: Leeds move top, Sunderland's wait for a home win goes on

Leeds United 2-0 Birmingham CityLeeds climbed top of the Championship as a 2-0 home win against Birmingham extended their unbeaten league start to to seven matches.The West Yorkshire club were hanging on to a 1-0 lead in the closing stages against Birmingham, courtesy of Samuel Saiz's first-half effort, before substitute Stuart Dallas struck their second in the 90th minute.But if Thomas Christiansen's side served warning of their promotion credentials in dazzling fashion by despatching Burton at...

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