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  • Liverpool's Champions League return did not go entirely to plan as they repeatedly shot themselves in the foot in the 2-2 draw at home to Sevilla. Goals from Roberto Firmino, who also missed a penalty, and Mohamed Salah appeared to have put them in control after a Dejan Lovren mistake had allowed Wissam Ben Yedder to score after just five minutes.But with 18 minutes to go the defence switched off and Joaquin Correa nipped in to equalise with only their second shot on target.To compound Liverpool's frustration Joe Gomez was sent off in added time for a second bookable offence.It had all looked so good for an hour and even Philippe Coutinho, whose head was turned by the thought of joining Barcelona in the summer, must have been impressed watching from the bench.It provided the Brazil international, who a month ago handed in a transfer request, with a reminder that while his current employers may still have some ground to catch up on the Catalan club when they are at their ..

    Liverpool pegged back by Sevilla on Champions League return

    Liverpool's Champions League return did not go entirely to plan as they repeatedly shot themselves in the foot in the 2-2 draw at home to Sevilla. Goals from Roberto Firmino, who also missed a penalty, and Mohamed Salah appeared to have put them in control after a Dejan Lovren mistake had allowed Wissam Ben Yedder to score after just five minutes.But with 18 minutes to go the defence switched off and Joaquin Correa nipped in to equalise with only their second shot on target.To compound Liverpool's frustration Joe Gomez was sent off in added time for a second bookable offence.It had all looked so good for an hour and even Philippe Coutinho, whose head was turned by the thought of joining Barcelona in the summer, must have been impressed watching from the bench.It provided the Brazil international, who a month ago handed in a transfer request, with a reminder that while his current employers may still have some ground to catch up on the Catalan club when they are at their ..
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  • Arsene Wenger gave some indication as to where the Europa League sits in Arsenal's list of priorities as seven first-team regulars sat out training on Wednesday. The Gunners welcome Bundesliga outfit Cologne to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as the reality of a first season without Champions League football since 1997/98 hits home. Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka did not train with the matchday squad despite all being match fit. Arsenal travel to face reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday so a much-changed side was always anticipated. Alexis Sanchez did train and could be involved as Wenger aims to improve the Chilean's fitness. Jack Wilshere also took part and may make his first Arsenal appearance in 383 days following last season's loan spell at Bournemouth. Arsenal have not played in this competition since losing the 2000 UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray but it c..

    First-team regulars sit out Arsenal training ahead of Europa League match

    Arsene Wenger gave some indication as to where the Europa League sits in Arsenal's list of priorities as seven first-team regulars sat out training on Wednesday. The Gunners welcome Bundesliga outfit Cologne to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as the reality of a first season without Champions League football since 1997/98 hits home. Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka did not train with the matchday squad despite all being match fit. Arsenal travel to face reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday so a much-changed side was always anticipated. Alexis Sanchez did train and could be involved as Wenger aims to improve the Chilean's fitness. Jack Wilshere also took part and may make his first Arsenal appearance in 383 days following last season's loan spell at Bournemouth. Arsenal have not played in this competition since losing the 2000 UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray but it c..
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  • Ander Herrera may be Manchester United's reigning player of the year but Jose Mourinho had no room for the midfielder in his squad for their Champions League opener. Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford netted as United ran out comfortable 3-0 victors in Tuesday's Group A opener at home to Basle.Paul Pogba's hamstring injury was the only negative on a straightforward evening for Mourinho, whose strength in depth was laid bare by the fact Herrera did not even make the bench.Voted last season's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, the United boss confirmed his absence from the squad was down to the options at his disposal rather than injury."No reasons to be out," Mourinho said of Herrera, who has made just two starts this season."We are playing only with two midfield players, with (Nemanja) Matic and Pogba, which are playing really well and without reason to change."The only match that we decide to play with three (against Stoke) he played."Today..

    Herrera omission for Champions League tie underlines United strength in depth

    Ander Herrera may be Manchester United's reigning player of the year but Jose Mourinho had no room for the midfielder in his squad for their Champions League opener. Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford netted as United ran out comfortable 3-0 victors in Tuesday's Group A opener at home to Basle.Paul Pogba's hamstring injury was the only negative on a straightforward evening for Mourinho, whose strength in depth was laid bare by the fact Herrera did not even make the bench.Voted last season's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, the United boss confirmed his absence from the squad was down to the options at his disposal rather than injury."No reasons to be out," Mourinho said of Herrera, who has made just two starts this season."We are playing only with two midfield players, with (Nemanja) Matic and Pogba, which are playing really well and without reason to change."The only match that we decide to play with three (against Stoke) he played."Today..
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  • Harry Kane has proved himself in the Premier League and now wants to do it on the world stage by firing Tottenham to success in the Champions League. Spurs host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday as both teams begin the race to escape Group H, which also features reigning champions Real Madrid and Cypriots APOEL.Kane has hit more than 20 goals in the Premier League for three seasons in a row and his last two totals of 25 and 29 have been enough to earn him the Golden Boot.But the England striker now has Europe's premier competition in his sights, starting against Dortmund at Wembley."I have said before I want to break into that world-class bracket. To do that you have to play well in the Champions League," Kane said."The Champions League is a big stage, all the best players in Europe, if not the world, are here."And to be the best you have to produce your best against the best. I have six group games to prove that by hopefully scoring as many goals as possible and performing wel..

    Harry Kane desperate to make impact with Tottenham in Champions League

    Harry Kane has proved himself in the Premier League and now wants to do it on the world stage by firing Tottenham to success in the Champions League. Spurs host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday as both teams begin the race to escape Group H, which also features reigning champions Real Madrid and Cypriots APOEL.Kane has hit more than 20 goals in the Premier League for three seasons in a row and his last two totals of 25 and 29 have been enough to earn him the Golden Boot.But the England striker now has Europe's premier competition in his sights, starting against Dortmund at Wembley."I have said before I want to break into that world-class bracket. To do that you have to play well in the Champions League," Kane said."The Champions League is a big stage, all the best players in Europe, if not the world, are here."And to be the best you have to produce your best against the best. I have six group games to prove that by hopefully scoring as many goals as possible and performing wel..
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  • Antonio Conte turned his attentions to Chelsea's Premier League clash with Arsenal after a "perfect" Champions League return for the Blues. Chelsea beat Azerbaijan's Qarabag 6-0 in Group C, with sterner tests to come against Atletico Madrid and Roma."Now we have to continue," said head coach Conte after Chelsea's second of seven September games."We have to rest (on Wednesday) and then to start to think about the next game, a strong game, a tough game against Arsenal (on Sunday)."Eden Hazard played 32 minutes against Qarabag, having also featured as a substitute against Leicester last Saturday in his first Chelsea appearance of the season following a broken ankle.The Belgium playmaker tore through the Gunners in February with a stunning solo goal in a 3-1 win, but Conte is yet to decide whether Hazard will start."We must have a bit of patience with him and to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well," Conte added."We must be calm and to do the best..

    Antonio Conte turns focus to Premier League after big victory in Europe

    Antonio Conte turned his attentions to Chelsea's Premier League clash with Arsenal after a "perfect" Champions League return for the Blues. Chelsea beat Azerbaijan's Qarabag 6-0 in Group C, with sterner tests to come against Atletico Madrid and Roma."Now we have to continue," said head coach Conte after Chelsea's second of seven September games."We have to rest (on Wednesday) and then to start to think about the next game, a strong game, a tough game against Arsenal (on Sunday)."Eden Hazard played 32 minutes against Qarabag, having also featured as a substitute against Leicester last Saturday in his first Chelsea appearance of the season following a broken ankle.The Belgium playmaker tore through the Gunners in February with a stunning solo goal in a 3-1 win, but Conte is yet to decide whether Hazard will start."We must have a bit of patience with him and to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well," Conte added."We must be calm and to do the best..
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