Football news LIVE: Chelsea ‘eye’ Brazilian wonderkid, Pogba and Ronaldo could face old clubs – Champions League updates – The Sun

  • October 27, 2022

CHELSEA successfully progressed into the last-16 of the Champions League with a win over Austrian giants RB Salzburg.
Kai Havertz' sensational goal was the difference maker and it ultimately ended Salzburg's 40-game unbeaten run at home.
And it seems as if Graham Potter wants to strengthen his side with Chelsea reportedly plotting a move for Brazilian wonderkid Endrick.
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo could face an awkward return to their old clubs.
Juventus were dumped out of the Champions League and are on course for Europa League qualification, while Manchester United sit second in Group E of Europe's second tier elite competition.
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It was a dramatic night in the Champions League as Barcelona were dumped out, Tottenham got a breathtaking home draw with Sporting Lisbon and Liverpool put three past Ajax at their place.

Sporting forward Marcus Edwards, who joined Spurs as an eight-year-old but never made a senior appearance, scored a stunner midway through the first half.
Rodrigo Bentancur levelled with 10 minutes to go through a header.
Kane then thought he had spared Antonio Conte’s blushes completely with a strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time which would have seen his side qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
But VAR ruled the strike out for a narrow offside meaning Spurs blew their chance of reaching the Last 16.
Barca crashed OUT at the group stage for the second season in a row before they could even play their fifth group game against Bayern Munich.
The players discovered their fate as they warmed up for their match at the Nou Camp.
Their early exit plunges the skint Spanish club into a further £18million black hole.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Manchester United squad to face Sheriff Tiraspol TONIGHT after clear-the-air talks with Erik ten Hag.
And the Portuguese forward is expected to be thrown straight back into the starting XI following his club-enforced one-match ban
The FA has confirmed no action will taken after Jordan Henderson and Gabriel Magalhaes’ on-field bust-up this month.
The pair were involved in a heated confrontation during Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Liverpool at the Emirates.
And it’s even reckoned a lip reader was hired to see what was said via video replay.
But after a lengthy process, the FA has today said it will not be taking action of any kind.
And the German was left short in the forwards department after Anthony Martial left the club on loan for Sevilla and Mason Greenwood was suspended indefinitely by the club.
That left United relying on Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, who provided the goods when they needed him, to the tune of 24 goals across all competitions.
Nonetheless, additional support would’ve helped United’s push for a top-four finish, which they narrowly missed out on last term, coming in at sixth.
Rangnick has since told Bild journalist Christian Falk that he tried to sign a forward in the January transfer window.
Names such as now Manchester City ace Haaland, Liverpool‘s Diaz, RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Alavaro Morata were all recommended.
A defensive reinforcement in Josko Gvardiol was also put forward, but the club refused to seal any winter transfers.
Rangnick confirmed in May that the club didn’t try for a forward late on in January.
Man Utd’s board blocked transfers for the likes of Erling Haaland and Luis Diaz, former interim manager Ralf Rangnick has claimed.
Rangnick, 64, was temporarily placed in charge of Man Utd until the end of last season following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s sacking last November.
Harry Kane was denied a winner by VAR with ten seconds of injury time remaining as Spurs old boy Marcus Edwards finally had his big night in Tottenham.
Sporting forward Edwards, who joined Spurs as an eight-year-old but never made a senior appearance, scored a stunner midway through the first half.
Rodrigo Bentancur levelled with ten minutes to go through a header.
Kane then thought he had spared Antonio Conte’s blushes completely with a strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time which would have seen his side qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
But VAR ruled the strike out for a narrow offside meaning Spurs blew their chance of reaching the last 16.
Barcelona crashed OUT at the group stage for the second season in a row before they could even play their fifth group game against Bayern Munich.
The players discovered their fate as they warmed up for their match at the Nou Camp.
Inter Milan beat Viktoria Plzen in the early game 4-0, taking their points tally to ten with one game left.
Their early exit plunges the skint Spanish club into a further £18million black hole.
Newcastle are dreaming of Champions League football for the first time since 2003 after beating Tottenham.
The victory over the weekend put Eddie Howe's side into fourth place after 11 games, having lost just once all season.
Howe has been able to invest heavily since arriving as Toon boss and, with spending set to continue, Newcastle have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Should they succeed, it will mark a return to the top table of European football for the first time in 19 years.
The late Sir Bobby Robson was in charge in August 2003 when the Magpies lost to Partizan Belgrade in the third qualifying round.
Newcastle won the first leg away 1-0 before losing 4-3 on penalties after the game at St James' Park ended 1-0 to the Serbian giants after extra-time.
SunSport takes a look at the team that lost that day, which includes a couple of Newcastle legends.
Thierry Henry has praised Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka by stating that the Arsenal trio are “contagious” and they can do “wonders”.
He told CBS Sport: “Jesus is a guy who can put more pressure.
“Is he going to be a guy that’s going to score 25-30 goals? No. But what he does is contagious.
“Then you have the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, who can do wonders.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he is "back on track" in a defiant Instagram post as he looks to get things back on track at Old Trafford.
The 38-year-old is trying to work his way into Erik ten Hag's good books after he refused to come off the bench against Tottenham last week.
And Ronaldo has sent a determined message ahead of the game as he looks to convince fans he is up for the fight.
Alongside a picture of him in training, he wrote on Instagram: "Back on track, with the same commitment and dedication as always!"
He adds a muscle emoji to his post.
The longest-serving manager in senior English football has suddenly quit in his 26th season.
Folkestone Invicta chief Neil Cugley made the shock decision – having been appointed the year after Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal.
The non-league legend, 65, replaced Wenger in 2018 as the most enduring manager in the country's top seven tiers.
And he bowed out on Wednesday after 1,299 games in charge, with his Kent part-timers mid-table in The Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division.
England supporters are furious after football fans travelling to Qatar for the World Cup were given a shocking warning, writes Sarah Grealish.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly was today slammed for dishing out advice to members of the LGBT community who are planning to head out to cheer on the Three Lions.
When asked about gay fans heading over, Mr Cleverly today said: "One of the things I'd say to football fans is please do be respectful of the host nation.
"They're trying to ensure that people can be themselves and enjoy the football…
"I think with a little bit of flex and compromise at both ends, it can be a safe and secure World Cup."
Mauro Icardi has sacked estranged wife Wanda Nara as his agent after she demanded £870,000 for his Galatasaray loan, reports claim.
The Argentina striker is said to have rejected the model's request for an arrangement fee of one million euros over his summer move.
Turkish outlet Hurriyet say the couple are heading for a divorce case and that Icardi insists Wanda is no longer his manager.
Man Utd new boy Casemiro has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as an "exceptional person" after helping him and fellow summer signing Antony settle in at Old Trafford.
Casemiro, 30, worked with Ronaldo, 37, at Real Madrid, where they won one LaLiga title and four Champions Leagues together.
And the Brazil star hailed the 700 club-goal man as a "great friend" and an "exceptional person" for helped him and Antony "from the moment we arrived" following their big-money transfers from Real and Ajax respectively.
Arsenal will reportedly look to tie down technical director Edu amid speculation rivals could pounce for the Gunners legend.
The 44-year-old has played a part in Arsenal‘s hugely successful start to the 2022/23 season, signing key players such as Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Premier League title rivals Manchester City.
The Barcelona squad will be disappointed watching together in the dressing room…
The Serie A side are 2-0 up with goals through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Edin Dzeko.
Barcelona's debt stands at around £1billion and yet the club managed to spend £150m on transfer fees this summer – by selling off various parts of the club including image rights such as the stadium name to Spotify.
Their budget for this season was based upon reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
However, the early exit means a reported shortfall of around £18m.
That is before the additional loss of ticket sales and TV revenue is taken into consideration, too.
However, manager Xavi confirmed the whole team would sit down in the Nou Camp dressing room this evening to see how Inter get on – rather than avoid the score from Milan.
The ex-Spain midfield maestro said: "We’ll all watch the game together in the locker room.
"The goal tomorrow is to play a good game and have good feelings, regardless of what happens in Milan.
"We have to show that we can compete with this type of teams."
Barcelona could crash out of the Champions League BEFORE tonight's match against Bayern Munich even kicks off.
And that would plunge the skint Spanish club into a further £18million black hole.
Barca currently sit third in Group Group C on four points from four matches – behind leaders Bayern and Inter Milan.
But with their Italian rivals having the early game against Viktoria Plzen, Barca know they may already be out before a ball is kicked at the Nou Camp later.
That is because Inter would move six points clear of Barcelona with a superior head-to-head record over Xavi's side.
Therefore a win at the San Siro would guarantee their spot in the knockout stages, with Barcelona then confirmed in third because Plzen are pointless.
That means crisis-club Barca would drop down into the Europa League where they would face a group runner-up in the preliminary knockout round.
It would also mean back-to-back Champions League group-stage exits for Barcelona, having only done so once before – way back in 1998-99.
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Manchester United squad to face Sheriff Tiraspol on Tuesday night after clear-the-air talks with Erik ten Hag.
And the Portuguese forward is expected to be thrown straight back into the starting XI following his club-enforced one-match ban.
Ronaldo, 37, was fined and suspended after refusing to come on against Tottenham, missing the 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
But manager Ten Hag confirmed his No7 has served his punishment and will be back at Old Trafford for the Europa League clash.
The Red Devils boss said: “It’s not difficult. But I think we said everything and we answered all the questions, he was out for one game and is back in the squad as usual.
“I don’t have to do it anymore. It’s done, he’s back, focus on the game, that’s important that Cristiano is involved.”
Among players to have taken spot-kicks for Guardiola, Sergio Aguero leads the pack with 28 taken.
However, the Argentine has a success rate of just 71 per cent with 20 scored.
Riyad Mahrez, who missed a penalty during the 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund, has an equal success rate of 71 per cent with 10 scored from a possible 14.
His overall career record makes even worse reading though, with 32 pens taken and 10 missed giving him a conversion rate of 69 per cent.
The worst offenders under Guardiola were both sold over the summer in the form of Chelsea's Raheem Sterling and Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus converted his pens at a half rate, with five scored from 10 taken.
But Sterling endured an even worse record, with a success rate of just 43 per cent as he scored just three of the seven he took.
Manchester City's shocking penalty record under Pep Guardiola has been revealed.
And the data suggests that the worst offenders get flogged by the former Barcelona boss.
Since the Spaniard took over the reins at the Etihad City have taken 80 penalties – the most in the division – but only converted an appalling 55 of them.
It means they have a conversion rate of just 69 per cent.
Guardia Di Finanza, the Italian financial police, are currently digging to find private documents and agreements between the club and their players during the three-year period.
However, Gazzetta claim they have already sourced a secret document signed by Ronaldo and Juventus, which emerged from wiretaps of some of the Old Lady's directors last December.
Those wiretaps allegedly made reference to a "famous document that should not have theoretically existed".
It is alleged the agreement – possibly omitted from official audits – vowed to pay Ronaldo £17m, even if he left the Turin-based team.
La Stampa, another Italian newspaper, reported on Monday that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was approached for a comment by prosecutors but refused to talk.
Juventus were cleared of the accusation by the Sporting Justice earlier in 2022.
Juventus allegedly promised to pay Cristiano Ronaldo £17million during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to bombshell secret documents.
The Italian giants confirmed their players would take significant salary reductions when the world went into lockdown.
That included the squad agreeing to waive four months of wages from March 2020.
But La Gazzetta dello Sport state the club are being investigated amid claims they falsified documents including balance sheets in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
And it is suggested the investigators are aiming to prove the salary cuts did not happen.
Meanwhile, the report adds 16 Juventus officials – including president Andrea Agnelli, vice president Pavel Nedved and now-Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici – are being probed for their potential involvement.
Erik ten Hag provided another update on Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of the clash with Sheriff.
The Dutch boss spoke to Man Utd’s official site during his pre-match press conference at Carrington.
He said: “They are all back in training. Donny, Harry and Aaron are all in training for preparation for tomorrow’s game.”
When asked if the trio could be involved against the Moldovan side, Ten Hag replied: “We will assess after training. Together with the medical [staff], I will take the decision.”
Carlos Corberan has been appointed West Brom’s new head coach.
The former Huddersfield boss, who will take his first training session on Wednesday, joins on a two-and-a-half-year deal to replace Steve Bruce, who was sacked earlier this month.
The Baggies are second bottom of the Sky Bet Championship after a dismal start to the season.
Bayern Munich are considering a move for Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan, according to 90min.
City are reportedly een to extend Gundogan’s deal, but Bayern will be an attractive proposition.
The 32-year-old hasn’t played in Germany for seven years but could be keen on joining the Bundesliga champions if he’s no longer a regular in England.
Bayern can agree a pre-contract deal in January too, so City are running out of time to tie him down.
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