EXCLUSIVE: Harry Redknapp urges Wilfried Zaha to reject Tottenham and stay with Crystal Palace for ‘another season’

26 Aug

Harry Redknapp has urged Wilfried Zaha to turn down the chance of signing for Tottenham, telling talkSPORT the young winger should remain with Crystal Palace for another season. It has been reported that Spurs have made an offer of £15 million for the 23-year-old, with Zaha himself telling Palace boss Alan Pardew that he wants […]

Mauricio Pochettino excited to get first taste of Champions League

25 Aug

Mauricio Pochettino cannot wait to take charge of his maiden Champions League game as he leads Tottenham back into Europe’s elite club competition. Spurs have been absent from the top level of Europe since Harry Redknapp’s side reached the quarter-finals in 2011. […]

Group A analysis: Paris, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets

25 Aug

Switzerland

Who’s in Group A?Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 7• How they qualified: first in Ligue 1• Previous group stage campaigns: 8 (last appearance: 2015/16)• Last season: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals• Best European Cup performance: semi-finals (1994/95) Arsenal (ENG)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 10• How they qualified: second in English Premier League• Previous group stage campaigns: […]

Group C analysis: Barcelona, Man. City, Gladbach, Celtic

25 Aug

Who’s in Group C?Barcelona (ESP)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 3• How they qualified: first in Spanish Liga• Previous group stage campaigns: 20 (last appearance: 2015/16)• Last season: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals• Best European Cup performance: winners (1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15) Manchester City (ENG)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 11• How they qualified: fourth in Premier League, play-off winners• Previous group stage […]

Group B analysis: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo, Beşiktaş

25 Aug

Portugal

Who’s in Group B?Benfica (POR)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 6• How they qualified: first in Portuguese Liga• Previous group stage campaigns: 11 (last appearance: 2015/16)• Last season: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals• Best European Cup performance: winners (1960/61, 1961/62) Napoli (ITA)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 17• How they qualified: second in Serie A• Previous group stage campaigns: 2 (last […]

Group E analysis: CSKA, Leverkusen, Spurs, Monaco

25 Aug

Who’s in Group E?CSKA Moskva (RUS)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 41• How they qualified: first in Russian Premier-Liga• Previous group stage campaigns: 9 (last appearance: 2015/16)• Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (2009/10) Bayer Leverkusen (GER)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 18• How they qualified: third in German Bundesliga • Previous group […]

Group D analysis: Bayern, Atlético, PSV, Rostov

25 Aug

Who’s in Group D? Bayern München (GER)• UEFA coefficient ranking (end of 2015/16): 2• How they qualified: first in German Bundesliga• Previous group stage campaigns: 19 (last appearance: 2015/16)• Last season: UEFA Champions League semi-finals• Best European Cup performance: winners (1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/56, 2000/01, 2012/13) Atlético Madrid (ESP)• UEFA coefficient ranking: 4• How they qualified: third in Spanish Liga• […]

Marcus Rashford called up for England Under-21s duty

25 Aug

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been called up by the England Under-21s for the first time. The forward, who made two substitute appearances at Euro 2016 for the senior squad this summer, is in Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Norway next […]

Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

25 Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The forward led Real Madrid to Champions League glory before captaining Portugal to victory at Euro 2016, their first major title. The 31-year-old saw off competition from his Madrid team-mate Gareth […]

England set to have four automatic Champions League places

25 Aug

England is set to have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, Press Association Sport understands. Currently there are automatic spots for three English clubs, with a fourth having to qualify through a play-off, as Manchester […]