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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
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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.