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Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag: Blues stars rated and slated

Chelsea got their Champions League campaign off to an easy win on Tuesday night with the 6-0 dismantling of Qarabag.The Azerbaijani side were put to the sword with ease, Pedro opening the scoring inside the opening five minutes and Davide Zappacosta scoring on his full debut to double the lead before the break.Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and a brace from Michy Batshuayi rounded off the victory in the second half, with Antonio Conte glad to give Eden Hazard a run out as he continues his r...

Carabao Cup: Barnsley 3-2 Derby County: Adam Hammill seals late win for Tykes

A late Adam Hamill winner gave Barnsley a 3-2 win against Derby to set up a third round Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham.Derby took the lead twice but Barnsley fought back to secure a game against Spurs at Wembley.Barnsley went close in the fifth minute with midfielder Brad Potts producing a brilliant long-range effort, smashing against the crossbar and going wide.Derby took the lead in the seventh minute with Chris Martin finding Johnny Russell and he brilliantly curled the ball in from just i...

Chelsea FC: Michy Batshuayi scores for the Blues, but fans are still not convinced

Michy Batshuayi was handed the chance to impress Antonio Conte by the Chelsea boss on Tuesday night, when he was named in the starting XI for the Champions League group stage clash against Qarabag.The Belgium forward managed to get on the scoresheet, netting the fifth goal of the game, and he was unlucky that his second strike was later changed to a Maksim Medvedev own goal.But, all in all, Batshuayi's performance was not that good.He struggled with his hold up play, and was all too often pushed...

Manchester United 3-0 Basel: Red Devils mark Champions League return with a win

Manchester United eased back into Champions League life as Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford put Basel to the sword.Last season was just the second time in 22 years that the three-time European champions were without a place at the continent's top table, but May's Europa League triumph brought a much-needed return.United's first Champions League match in 644 days ended in a straightforward Old Trafford victory as substitute Fellaini, in-form Lukaku and substitute Rashford kick...

Manchester United 3-0 Basel: Red Devils stars rated and slated

Manchester United marked their return to the Champions League with a routine win over Basel in their Group A opener.Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford guided the Red Devils past a stubborn Swiss outfit at Old Trafford.Victory for Jose Mourinho’s men lifts the club into top spot ahead of CSKA Moscow, who beat Benfica 2-1 in the other group fixture.But how did the Red Devils perform at Old Trafford on their return to the Champions League?Click the right arrow, above, t...

Transfer news: Sander Berge happy with Genk dismissing Arsenal and Everton approaches

Genk star Sander Berge insists he has no complaints with the Belgian side waving away interest from Arsenal and Everton.The 19-year-old Norwegian only joined Genk in January, but instantly impressed and has attracted attention from bigger clubs in Europe.There was a reported £14.5m bid from La Liga giants Sevilla over the summer, which Genk quickly snubbed.Arsenal and Everton are also said to be interested in the youngster but are yet to table offers.And, speaking to Norwegian daily VG, Berge is...

Bobby Zamora: 'Roy Hodgson's training sessions were boring... but he'll stabilise Crystal Palace'

Bobby Zamora is backing Roy Hodgson to turn Crystal Palace's season around - even if training sessions under the former England boss were 'boring'. Hodgson is expected to be announced as the new Eagles boss imminently after Frank de Boer was sacked just four games into the season. Zamora played under Hodgson at Fulham for two years between 2008 and 2010 and is believes his former boss is just the man to improve results at Selhurst Park. He told Andrew McKenna and Matt Scott on talkSPORT 2: "Sess...

Transfer news: Marco Asensio confirms £72m release clause but Arsenal and Chelsea-linked starlet insists he won't quit Real Madrid

Arsenal and Chelsea target Marco Asensio has confirmed he has a £72m release clause in his contract – but insists he is NOT looking to leave Real Madrid.The midfielder has starred for the Spanish champions this year and he is now one of the hottest properties in world football.Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with the 21-year-old, while Paris Saint-Germain are admirers of him too.But while he may be able to leave Real for a set fee, Asensio says he has no plans to quit the European champions...

Champions League: 12 summer signings you won't want to miss in action tonight

We're all itching to get home tonight, put our feet up and enjoy the return of the Champions League.Groups A-D are in action later today, with the hottest talent in European football taking to the stage.And away from the players familiar to their current shirt, talkSPORT.com is eager to see the impact summer signings have on their debut for their new team in the competition.So we've listed 12 summer signings you won't want to miss in the Champions League tonight – scroll through the gallery abov...

Transfer news: Jack Wilshere to join former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie at Fenerbahce in January?

Out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could move to Fenerbahce in the January transfer window.According to reports in Turkey, the England international has already agreed a deal in principle with Fenerbahce and talks are continuing to progress.Wilshere would be able to join on a free transfer but not until the end of the season, but the Istanbul giants are keen to wrap up a deal in January.He would link up with former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie at Fener, as well former Tottenham ...

Celtic FC team news: Predicted XI to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League

Celtic have a huge task on their hands on the opening night of the new Champions League campaign.After making it to the group stage, the Scottish side must now do battle with French giants Paris Saint-Germain who have added two of the world’s top talents to their squad this summer.Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are likely to line up against the Bhoys at Parkhead, but who will face them?Leigh Griffths is reportedly fit after a calf injury kept him out of the match with  Hamilton, but Moussa Dembele is ...

Carlo Ancelotti rubbishes rumours he is planning to quit Bayern Munich for Chinese Super League

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has laughed off claims he is moving to China.The Italian is currently in charge of Bayern Munich, but it was recently reported he would soon be off.Former Bayern winger Mario Basler sparked the speculation, telling German media last week Ancelotti had already signed a contract with a Super League side.However, the 58-year-old has now responded to the rumours - labelling them a "joke"."I am supposed to be here to speak about serious things," Ancelotti told Spor...

Sam Warburton to undergo surgery on his neck and will miss Wales' autumn internationals

Cardiff Blues and Wales star Sam Warburton is to undergo surgery following the recurrence of a long-standing neck injury.The Blues said that former Wales skipper Warburton, who captained the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand this summer, faces up to four months out.It means that Warburton will miss Wales' autumn Tests against Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa.The Blues said that 28-year-old Warburton had "exacerbated" the injury in training this week.Warburton had yet to make...

LISTEN – Former Southampton chief Nicola Cortese reveals how a Philippe Coutinho scouting trip led to Mauricio Pochettino’s move to the Premier League

Former Southampton chief Nicola Cortese has revealed to talkSPORT how a scouting trip to see a young Philippe Coutinho eventually led to Mauricio Pochettino’s move to the Premier League.According to Cortese, the Saints were close to landing Brazilian playmaker Coutinho after watching him in action during his loan spell at Espanyol in 2012, before he ultimately decided to join Liverpool instead.But, the Italian explains the trip to Spain was still a worthwhile one, as it was the first time he lai...

Antonio Conte WRONG to rotate Chelsea team for Champions League opener against Qarabag, Ray Wilkins tells talkSPORT

Ray Wilkins has hit out Antonio Conte's plans to rotate his players for Chelsea's Champions League clash with Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.Conte confirmed in his pre-match press conference he is ready to leave out a number of his star men, including Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, for the opening group stage game against the Azerbaijani side.The Italian insists he has no choice but to make changes in a bid to keep his squad fresh, with Tuesday night's European fixture the second of seven games in j...

Sir Rod Stewart tells talkSPORT: 'If Celtic get into the last 16 of the Champions League, I might just change my hairstyle!'

Celtic kick off their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night and one of their most famous fans - Sir Rod Stewart - couldn't resist the chance to share his thoughts with Jim White ahead of their clash with Paris Saint-Germain.The music legend, who will be at Celtic Park tonight, phoned into the show and said the Hoops have nothing to lose against the big-spending French side.He also promised to change his famous spiky hairstyle if Brendan Rodgers' men make it through to the last 16! Listen to...

Top 100 FIFA 18 player ratings: 10–1 featuring Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar

As the release of FIFA 18 draws closer, EA Sports teased us by slowly revealing their top 100 rated players - but now the line up is complete.These are obviously the best of the best and so far we have seen 100-81, 80-61, 60-41, 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the players who made the top ten, starting with Gonzalo Higuain.Do you agree with these ratings and who tops the lot?

Would this combined team of the best Premier League players beat any Champions League side?

Above are 11 players from the five Premier League clubs competing in the Champions League this season (Tottenham, Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea).Our clubs, and we include Celtic in that, have not really threatened in Europe in recent seasons, so do you think this team would be good enough to beat the best?Liverpool fans, we're sorry but we just couldn't find room for any Reds using this formation.RANKED: The Premier League's 10 Champions League clubs by their best season in the compet...

Transfer news: Atletico Madrid set to wrap up £54m deal for Chelsea striker Diego Costa this week

Atletico Madrid are hoping to tie up a £54m deal for Chelsea outcast Diego Costa this week.The striker has been deemed surplus to requirements by Blues boss Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and he is refusing to return to the club.Costa, who is currently at his family home in Brazil, has made it clear he wants to rejoin Atletico.But the Spanish are banned from signing players until January and that scuppered their plans to sign the 27-year-old this summer.However, according to Marca, they are no...

Champions League 2017/18: Who is favourite to be top goalscorer?

The Champions League is back for the 2017/18 season!It’s the competition where Europe’s elite footballers come together and look to make a name for themselves.Superstars know that if they perform well in Champions League, they will be in with a shot of wining the Ballon d’Or, especially if they bang in a hatful of goals.Cristiano Ronaldo has won last year’s trophy and has an excellent chance of getting the 2017 award having been top goalscorer in the last two seasons.But who are the favourites t...

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