PSG PLOT­TING HAZ­ARD BID

Sunday Express - - FOOTBALL - CITY COULD GO UN­DER EX­CLU­SIVE By Neil Fissler

game, and this re­turn fix­ture will cer­tainly re­quire cool heads amid the heat of the ac­tion.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion is a mine­field. Liver­pool could fin­ish top or bot­tom of their group. If Liver­pool beat Napoli and PSG draw away to Red Star Bel­grade, there will be three teams on nine points and Liver­pool will fin­ish top on thanks to the best head-to-head re­sults among the trio. Al­ter­na­tively, if Red Star beat PSG and Liver­pool don’t win against Napoli, then Klopp’s men will be bot­tom of group and not even make it to the Europa League. A 1-0 win against Napoli, or vic­tory by two-goal mar­gin take them through what­ever hap­pens in other match. But win­ning 2-1 or 3-2 might not be enough. Con­fused? You can bet that Ancelotti won’t be. He is a model of com­po­sure as a foot­ball man­ager, even in the hot­bed of Naples, a city that lives and breathes the game.

Ancelotti gave a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight MANCH­ESTER CITY are ready to spark a mas­sive trans­fer scram­ble for Roma’s Turk­ish in­ter­na­tional winger Cen­giz Un­der. City boss Pep Guardi­ola has been im­pressed by re­ports he has re­ceived on the 21-year-old, who paid play­ers in is one of the low­est the Roma first team squad. Un­der is open to a move to the Pre­mier League and the £50mil­lion-rated player been watched by Tot­ten­ham, Arse­nal and Chelsea in the last cou­ple of months since grow­ing un­set­tled in the Ital­ian cap­i­tal.

into his new job the other day, speak­ing al­most as a philoso­pher. “How far can we go this sea­son?” he asked. “I don’t know, but we have so much po­ten­tial and we have showed it in this very dif­fi­cult Cham­pi­ons League group.

“It is a won­der­ful job here. Foot­ball is many things, and for the peo­ple of Naples it is a sort of re­demp­tion from the sense of aban­don­ment that this city has le­git­i­mately felt for cen­turies. For me it re­mains a game. It’s beau­ti­ful and ex­cit­ing and I still enjoy it. I still do it with pas­sion. I hear a lot of peo­ple in foot­ball say they can’t sleep be­cause of the pres­sure but I al­ways sleep. I like many things about Naples; the land­scape and sun­shine, and then there’s Mount Ve­su­vius. You wake up in the morn­ing and you have this ex­cit­ing pho­to­graph in front of you.”

Liver­pool may be mar­ginal favourites to progress, but they will have their work cut out. An even tougher task faces Tot­ten­ham in their fi­nal group match of the Cham­pi­ons League. The equa­tion is sim­ple: match the re­sult of In­ter Milan. But that al­most cer­tainly means hav­ing to win away to Lionel Messi and

Barcelona in the

Nou Camp! PARIS SAINT-GER­MAIN will ri­val any bids to lure Eden Haz­ard away from Stam­ford Bridge this sum­mer.

The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional’s fu­ture at Chelsea is again in doubt de­spite be­ing of­fered a £300,000-a-week pay deal to re­main in west Lon­don for the next five years. Real Madrid have re­vived their in­ter­est in sign­ing him and Ital­ian gi­ants Ju­ven­tus have asked to be kept in touch with de­vel­op­ments. But PSG are long-term suit­ors of Haz­ard (left) and would love to add him to their glit­ter­ing ar­ray of tal­ent de­spite the im­pli­ca­tions it could have on Fi­nan­cial Fair Play rules.

Haz­ard has 18 months left on his Blues con­tract but wants to chal­lenge for hon­ours and is stalling on putting pen to pa­per on a long-term agree­ment.

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