No worries about the Champions League? Manchester City stars laugh and laugh during training as the men of Pep Guardiola prepare for the visit of West Ham while forgetting to forget the biennial spell of European competitions
- Man Guard City of Pep Guardiola enjoyed a training session on Tuesday afternoon
- There was a jovial atmosphere during the session while the players shared a laugh and joke
- It comes days after the city was banned from the Champions League for two years
- Guardiola aims to turn his team's attention back to field issues
Riyad Mahrez and Co were in a jovial mood as they prepared for the re-planned visit of West Ham to Etihad on Wednesday, after the game was initially postponed by Storm Ciara.
It seems to be known on Friday that the club was excluded from participating in European competitions for the next two seasons, but that the entire situation had brought them closer as a group.
City is also being co-ordinated faced with the possibility of being stripped of their Premier League title, which was won in 2014 as a separate Pre-ant League investigation, had to show that they had violated financial rules – something that the club strongly denies.
The city believes they can overturn the ruling and is preparing to bring the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport – which earlier this season reduced Chelsea's transfer ban on appeal from two to one.
Although their future remains muddy for the foreseeable future, Guardiola is desperate to focus his players' attention on their game against the Hammers at the Etihad.
Guardiola has yet to publicly comment on the ban, but will be braced for questions, including those about his own future, in his post-match press conference.
City said on Friday evening that they would appeal the decision to the Arbitration Court for Sports, where the process is described as & # 39; defective and consistently leaked & # 39 ;.
Club leader Ferran Soriano personally informed the players when they returned to training on Saturday afternoon.
City will bid to bring Liverpool's huge lead at the top of the table back to 22 points when they come back into action after their winter break.
Amid all the uncertainty outside the field, City fans will seek comfort in the possible return to the theorem of Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte, all of whom were shown in training.
Sane has not been seen since the rupture of a cruciate ligament in the Community Shield's victory over Liverpool in August.
Mendy has missed the last four games due to an unspecified knock and the French middle half Laporte has managed to save only one game since repairing a knee strap injury sustained in August.
Their return to fitness will be a huge boost for Guardiola, whose side is above third place in Leicester.
Raheem Sterling misses due to a hamstring injury and Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended after being fired for two bookable offenses in City & # 39; s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham's last time out
France 24-17 England PLAYER REVIEWS: Jonny May impresses while George Furbank has a debut to forget
- England suffered a 24-17 defeat against France at the opening of Six Nations clash
- Jonny May was one of the striking artists, but George Furbank struggled
- Sportsmail Nik Simon judges the best and worst players in the game
Jonny May impressed late, but others fought for Eddie Jones .
Nik Simon of Sportsmail judges the best and worst artists in the Stade de France.
15) George Furbank – 5
Debut to forget as a number of handling errors did not help to settle his nerves at the test stage.
14) Jonny May – 8
Restored defensive brain teaser with two majestic attempts to give England late hope.
13) Manu Tuilagi – 6
Great strikes in attack and defense, but was forced out after only 16 minutes due to an injury.
12) Owen Farrell – 5
Biggest cheers of the day when the skipper dropped the ball twice as many minutes.
11) Elliot Daly – 5
Back in his favorite position on the wing but still under fire from high balls.
10) George Ford – 6
Forced to repeatedly kick the ball when he was choked by rushing French defenders.
9) Ben Youngs – 5
Torn by his opposite man when he was beaten seven years younger for speed by the man
1) Joe Marler – 6
Provided a stable scrum platform, but expected more fines against rookie.
2) Jamie George – 6
Statistically, only one lineout was lost, but the ball was sloppy when Les Bleus unlocked England's calls.
3) Kyle Sinckler – 6
Limited impact on the reinforcement line when one of England & # 39; s go-to carriers was heavily marked.
noted. 4) Maro Itoje – 5
Tendency to award fines when the heat is on. Called from meter in red zone.
5) Charlie Ewels – 5
Cannot take advantage of an opportunity with an error catalog, including a penalty and knock-on.
6) Courtney Lawes – 5.5
Failed to inspire in shirt No. 6 and easily beaten in the air for France's second attempt.
7) Sam Underhill – 6
More offensive presence than usual, but missed three traits from 11.
8) Tom Curry – 5
Inexperience at No. 8 appeared with a lack of control at the base of the scrum.
16) Luke Cowan-Dickie (for George 49) – 6.5
17) Ellis Genge (for Marler 51) – 7
18) Will S tuart (for Sinckler 73) – 6
19) George Cross (for Ewels 59) – 6.5
20) Lewis Ludlam (for Lawes 55) – 7
21) Willi Heinz (before Youngs 62) – 6
22) Ollie Devoto (for Ford 76) – 6
23) Jonathan Joseph (for Tuilagi 16) – 5.5
I have to admit that I shook my head earlier this week when Eddie Jones started to talk about making England the largest rugby team ever.
Grandiose statements such as those looking to a golden future can impress some of the RFU and, dare I say, many journalists and the casual fan, but for me the job of England's head coach is all about the next 80 minutes – France in Paris. Nothing else, and I mean nothing else, should be in someone's mind.
Care for the cents and the pounds will take care of themselves, as the saying goes.
England can ever be the best team in the world again, even the best rugby team ever, but what difference does it make? And it will only happen by focusing on the next game. England is about today and not tomorrow.
I have often seen this blue sky thinking and planning for the future and was guilty of it myself then as an international coach of newbies, and it is just an unconscious defense mechanism to buy more for yourself team. Jones is not a rookie coach.
It went wrong for England on RWC2015 when a few months before the tournament head coach Stuart Lancaster and RFU director of rugby Rob Andrew suddenly started talking about the potential of the side for RWC2019 and that England might not at its best, may not have the right age profile until Japan – despite four years of preparation.
It was a ridiculous explanation – it showed their inexperience at this level – and England paid a very heavy price for such flawed thinking.
SIR CLIVE & SIX TO LOOK
Stuart Hogg (Scotland): I would choose Finn Russell for his deportation from the team earlier this week, but the other stunner in the back of Scotland is the full-back of Exeter who has twice been named player of the tournament. Sublime hands, a nice series of steps and a good repertoire of drinks ahead. Howitzer boots for long penalties if needed.
Virimi Vakatawa (France): Large, very strong and fast when he needs to be, Vakatawa comes from Fiji, but moved to France ten years ago and decided to make his future there. Initially a talented but whimsical sevens player, he has wedged himself in and is perhaps the form center in Europe. Virimi v Manu will be a match-up.
Maro Itoje (England): Seems to have been around for a while but has not turned 25 long with his best years for him – and this is someone who has already been a star in a Lions series in New Zealand and at a World Cup. Great athlete, smart forward, will increasingly become a leader for England. Feel that he has to stamp his undisputed leadership qualities with this group on and off the field.
Justin Tipuric (Wales): Phenomenal flanker whose brilliance was sometimes overlooked, such as Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau in the Welsh rear row. So fast and good with the ball in his hand that he could no doubt play Test rugby in the middle. Would encounter any Six Nations team despite all the brilliant flankers that can be seen today.
James Ryan (Ireland): The new locks are similar to Itoje. Tall but slim and athletic, Ryan is an excellent line-out operator and a wonderful worker around the park with his carrier bags and tackles. Spiritually very heavy, at the age of 23 he is already one of the best locks in the world.
Jake Polledri (Italy): Not the biggest but slender and powerful and almost unstoppable as a ball carrier, he sometimes defied faith and it may take three or four to put him down to get. Italy must find a way to involve Polledri as much as possible. He can get them under control.
The problem with such long-term thinking is that players begin to believe that they have four years to prove themselves, that they are part of the furniture and are an integral part of England's long-term plans, while actually having to be on the team when they pull the white jersey.
Coaches as well. I want to see a much hungry attitude everywhere.
A loss against France and the Grand Slam is gone, another poor Six Nations that can all be gone.
That is the attitude all involved must adopt and enjoy. England and the English mentality excel when they are written off in a corner and fight for their lives. Especially the English are not good when we start to smell the roses.
England has to concentrate 100% on the next game, because they get a miserably bad non-execution in the World Cup Final and many questions to answer. In fact, that game is a good example of the point I am trying to make.
England was dragged heavily after defeating New Zealand so impressively that they forgot that it was worthless unless they followed it seven days later in the final.
They started to smell the roses, seemed to lose concentration and were poorly distracted in that crucial week. Eddie made a few selection errors and suddenly England gave its worst performance in years, just as bad as any game in 2015. That happens if you let your mind wander.
They were 35 minutes late for the game and looked exactly the opposite of a high-performance team at their peak. A week is long in rugby, let alone four years. & # 39; You are only as good as your last game & # 39; has never been more relevant to this English team.
Those lessons must support their approach to the French game where I make favorites of France.
They will have a strong scrum, an excellent line-out and their back row is very fast and active in the event of bad luck. That's enough to deal with before we even consider Antoine Dupont – probably & # 39; the world's best scrum half – and his half-back partner Romain Ntmack who is ready to storm the rugby stage.
England has to join their strong scrummaging pack, which means there is an argument to start Joe Marler for Mako Vunipola, although Mako looks back on full fitness.
Luke Cowan-Dickie is on fire and may be a stronger scrummager than Jamie George, so there is also an argument to start with him and ask George to use his pace and dynamics of the bank. Harry Williams is by far the best in England and has to start. Unbelievable that he was not in Japan.
Kyle Sinckler and Ellis Genge should always be included in the comparison. They are fantastic players, but there will be games when the need for absolute maximum scrummaging power means that they might not start.
In the second row, England needs the power and line-out of George Cross alongside Maro Itoje, with Courtney Lawes offering the banking option. Regarding the back row, I see the absence of Billy Vunipola as an opportunity for Ben Earl on No8.
I would start with the Kamikaze Kids, Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, but I have seen that Eddie is considering introducing a more traditional six and a stronger carrying option, perhaps moving Itoje or Lawes to six. I don't recommend it, these are specialist positions and Maro out of six didn't really work in the past.
SIR CLIVE & SIX TO SURPRISE
Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester and Wales): Born and raised in Wales, but Hartpury College and Gloucester have contributed to the development of this brilliant 19-year-old speedster. Serious wheels but much more, some nice off-loads to admire and mature after his years.
Ben Earl (Saracens and England): Athletic powerhouse back-rower from the same England U20 team as the Currys. That must have been a line-up. This season really stepped on the board when the World Cup stars of Saracens were gone. With Billy Vunipola injured again it could get considerable playing time.
Alexandre Fischer (Clermont and France): Was a new name for me until I saw him for Clermont in the European Cup against Ulster and Quins when he was absolutely in control of the division and four or five sales per game. It was like seeing David Pocock at its peak. Great body positions, could be an important find.
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester and England): A good old-fashioned eye-catcher, gas wing that does everything at 100 km / h and keeps its opposite number honest. Relax a second when you mark it and it will make you pay. Seldom says an impact in a game. Will keep Jonny May and Anthony Watson sharp
Caelan Doris (Leinster and Ireland): Rangy young back-rower who has been the highlight of the U20 in the past two seasons. In his first year or so he made a big impression in the powerful line-up of Leinster together with another brilliant prospect in Max Deegan, who also has Ireland in their team.
Giovanni Pettinelli (Benetton and Italy): Italy is not suffering from a lack of quality rowers and they have discovered another promising player in Pettinelli, who impressed me during their European cup competitions. Very good at the breakdown, perhaps the only major weakness in the Italian back row. He could shine if he got a run.
Regarding the backs, especially for this competition, I would like Owen Farrell back at ten o'clock. It was hard for Eddie to choose George Ford on No10 as crucial in the World Cup final defeat – because it was essentially Eddie's fault – but there is some truth to his observation. England currently needs Farrell at ten o'clock.
The back three of Elliot Daly, Jonny May and Anthony Watson is probably safe, although Ollie Thorley will hit the wing hard and it is a pity that Joe Cokanasiga was wounded
Midfield is another cause for concern when Henry Slade gets injured and, in my team at least, Farrell going to ten. The candidates seem to be Jonathan Joseph who looks good, Manu Tuilagi who has not broken trees since Japan, Ollie Devotee who does well for Exeter and Fraser Dingwall in Saints.
The most important thing is to start defeating France – scrums, lineouts and restart. They are the here and now. Frankly, it's not the best team ever.
The pace-bowlers of England must be careful that the Wanderers do not bounce, but do not forget spinner Dom Bess
- England may have to play in a different way despite winning two tests
- They also have to make sure that they don't get carried away with that jump
- Length is the key here and that can bring Chris Woakes into conflict
- The return of Jofra Archer may mean that spinner misses Dom Bess
The Wanderers field is one of the inflatable in the world for five or six years, so the key for England is to adapt to it.
Despite winning the last two tests, they may have to play a different way than in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. But they also have to make sure that they don't get carried away by that jump.
If the bowlers get too excited and fall short, this will open so many areas for the batsmen. Length is the key here and that can bring Chris Woakes into conflict, especially if Mark Wood still feels painful.
It is noticeable how much the field has dried up since Wednesday. I don't think it will be just as fast on Friday, because the gardener is afraid it will dry up too quickly. He has left it a little soft, although it will get faster.
I am normally against the idea of using five seamers in a test, because I always have the feeling that if four seamers cannot do the work, the fifth best will not do anything else for you. But I could understand if England left out Dom Bess.
The prediction is not great for the first few days and Joe Root bent very well in the third test.
In the nine tests that have been played at the Wanderers since 2010, 87 percent of the wickets have been taken by sailors with only 13 percent going to run.
That said, those statistics can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you never spin – and if England wants Bess to throw at a flat pitch with a Kookaburra ball in Australia in two years, he could do it here some experience.
It would be a shame if Wood missed out because the competition we saw between him and Archer in the World Cup would be good for England. They would ignite each other. But if it is Woakes for Wood, I would still understand the decision to go with five sailors.
This is also a big game for Jos Buttler. If I were a captain against him, I would be worried if he was on the attack. Buttler has written "f *** it" on his bat and that is what he has to remember. Go outside and do what you do best.
It is my intention to resign freely, which will undoubtedly be a disappointment for some, but if it was me & # 39; d making a better fist of drawing up an honorary list for sports than Theresa May.
Her main act was a knighthood for Geoffrey Boycott, who has a conviction for domestic violence and once said that he & # 39; me black face & # 39;
Our former Prime Minister should have looked elsewhere. The starting point is clear and it has been clear for 53 years.
For reasons that cause constant bewilderment, a knighthood has been withheld by five of the surviving members of the English team who won the 1966 World Cup, usually considered our biggest sporting champion. riomf
It is a national scandal that Bobby Moore, the team leader, Alan Ball, the best player in the final, goalkeeper Gordon Banks and Ray Wilson died without becoming a knight.
It is even worse that the establishment continues to ignore Martin Peters, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton and Roger Hunt. I would immediately ridicule ourselves of that shame.
The next port of call is also easy. Lewis Hamilton has achieved five F1 world titles and is well on his way to winning a sixth. Those are more championships than Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart together.
In fact, it is double. That is more championships than anyone, except Michael Schumacher. And yet Hamilton is still being ignored.
He is still being ignored even after Andy Murray was rightly knighted. So it has nothing to do with not giving the honor to an active athlete. Add to his record the fact that he is the only black driver to ever compete in F1.
Hamilton has paved the way. He is a pioneer. Now he claims to be the greatest sportsman in Britain ever.
Perhaps there is a connection between his treatment and the fact that neither Lennox Lewis, the triple heavyweight world champion and arguably Britain's greatest boxer ever, nor Frank Bruno, probably the most popular nationwide hunter and also a heavyweight world champion, beaten as a knight. Perhaps the upcoming Sir Geoffrey could offer some thoughts.
I would also make Kelly Smith a Lady. She is the greatest women's football player that this country has ever produced.
She is also a pioneer, someone who has overcome the lack of opportunities for girls to play football in England and has become one of the best players in the world; someone who was an example for the generation of English players who reached the semi-final of the last two world cups.
I would make Jill Neville a Lady. Not because she has raised three children who have had a huge impact on sport in England, but because she has spent 31 years of her life working for a lower division football club, Bury, and helping to survive against all odds and to strive for even when it was destroyed from above.
Why do people like her never get recognition?
The same goes for Jack Wolfenden, who worked tirelessly and without financial reward for Ramsbottom United football club for more than 30 years, marking the field , resigning divots after competitions, washing the kit, selling the program.
He became known for a while as England's oldest ballboy. People like him are the lifeblood of our national game. It would not work without them. He retired a few weeks ago. He's in his 80s. I'd make him Sir Sir.
I was going to make the English team that won a gold medal last year at the Commonwealth Games Ladies netball. All of them. It is the pinnacle of netbal, one of our most popular sports participation that never gets the publicity it deserves. I would do the same for the women who won the Cricket World Cup in 2017.
I would knight Neil Warnock because he has won more promotions in English than any other manager, because he is in charge of more than a thousand games and because he is an example of love and passion for the game.
I would make Judy Murray a Lady for everything she did for British tennis, encourage participation in a way that seems to exceed the LTA
I would give the same prize to Stephanie Millward, a of the most inspiring people I have ever met in sports. The first time I saw her competing before the London Games, she was shaking so much because of her multiple sclerosis that when she came out of the swimming pool at the Aquatic Center, she had to be helped with a wheelchair.
Her courage and her dedication are breathtaking. Since then she has won 10 medals at the Paralympic Games. She represents everything that is good about sport.
Finally, for this specific retirement list, I would make the English players a knight who won the Men's Cricket World Cup in July. That, together with the knighthood of Andrew Strauss, should have been a nod to men's cricket.
It was the first time in our history that we had won the biggest prize of the game and it was achieved in the most dramatic, inspiring way possible in the final that was the best cricket match that many of us had ever seen.
Do not limit it to Sir Ben Stokes and Sir Jofra Archer. Don't make the same mistakes we've made with the Boys of & # 39; 66. Don't let some of them wait for 53 years to get what they deserve. These are many prime ministers. And, as it goes, a lot of resignation.
THE HEAT LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET A HANGER FOR THEIR BUCK
For those of us who hate the way sport sells its soul for naming of stadium, there is a lot of fun in the screaming to sponsor the home of the Miami Heat NBA team.
Currently known as the American Airlines Arena, it will be a new name next season after AA said they would not extend their deal.
It has already been confirmed that the frontrunner to replace them & # 39; giant & # 39; pornography is BangBros, which has submitted a bid of $ 10 million. To make it even more fun, BangBros has announced that they will call the arena the BangBros Center, or BBC for short, if their bid is successful.
The potential for shame is endless.
TIME TO GO, CASEY
For unclear reasons, the Manchester United Women & # 39; s manager, Casey Stoney, did not attend the press conference that followed the defeat on her part by Manchester City last weekend.
It's the biggest deal, but maybe someone in the Women's Super League may wish they had a quiet word with Stoney and her club and remind them that the sport has a fantastic opportunity ft. to build on the success of the English team during the World Cup last summer and all the good publicity it can get.
It is common for sports who want to grow to have an open door policy when it comes to the media and the first weekend of the new WSL season was a big hit with bumper pressed and some great football.
It would be a shame if United were to influence the contempt they show for communication in the men's game, also their attitude towards the women's game.
Harry Maguire did not clash under the pressure of competing against his former teammates as the £ 80 million man was determined to give its new side Manchester United an important victory over Leicester City in Old Trafford.
The Foxes did not have greater chances of leveling the match as Maguire performed an insured performance after Caglar Soyuncu, brought to the Leicester side to replace the Englishman, gave away an early penalty that Marcus Rashford had been properly converted.
Sportsmail executed the rule on both sides …
Man United (4-2-3- 1):
David de Gea – 7
Great early rescue to deny Maddison and an even better one to keep the Chilwell effort out of. After some shaky performance in the early season, looked back at the old Gea.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7
Some shaky early moments, against the double threat of Chilwell and Maddison along his flank, but grew stronger as the game progressed.
Victor Lindelof – 6
Far too easily defeated by Maddison for the best early chance of Leicester but made up for some well-timed and vital challenges, especially on Gray.
Harry Maguire – 8.5
Booed by his former admiring fans who settled for every mistake. Stuck to his task, however, and came intact. Some characteristic large tackles and headers.
Ashley Young – 6.5
Made a number of important and well-timed challenges and interceptions. Still prone to rough pace, but used his know-how to survive.
Scott McTominay – 7.5
The young Scot showed strong, aggressive and determined why his manager has why so & # 39; n trust him, especially when United under became busy. Wrong injury time, however, Ndidi almost equalized.
Nemanja Matic – 5.5
First start of the season in the absence of Pogba and failed to get the most out of it. Grafted and neatly in possession without major impact.
Andreas Pereira – 7
Brilliant early free kick almost crept in and won the ball move that led to the penalty. Had a much quieter second half, however.
Juan Mata – 6
Held United forward when he could and missed a good chance he made for himself early in the second half. Run out of steam and was an obvious man who needed to be replaced.
Daniel James – 6.5
Continued his strong start to the season and handful to Ricardo Pereira, leaving the full back behind and clearing the bar at 20 meters with his best chance.
Marcus Rashford – 7
Demonstrated a great composition and courage to take the penalty and gave Schmeichel no chance but frustratingly silent afterwards with former Red Evans who kept him chained .
Subs: Fred (for Matic, 67) 6.5, Tahith Chong (for Woods 69) 6, Axel Tuanzebe (for James 90)
Not used : Romero, Jones, Greenwood, Gomes, Chong.
Kasper Schmeichel- 7.5
Flying early rescued Pereira and saved did well to prevent Kills doubling the lead. Leicester given an important defensive basis.
Ricardo Pereira – 5
Bad challenge for James offered United his first chance and faced a tough challenge in the in-form Welshman. Nearly survived, although it was close.
Jonny Evans – 7.5
Former United-favorite still looks and, with United only one in the front, the game impressively kissed while being an impressive made some important, late challenges.
Caglar Soyuncu – 5
Unnecessary trip on Rashford gave the spot kick away and was heavily defeated by Mata when United almost doubled the lead. Had a half chance of scoring but produced a weak shot.
Ben Chilwell – 7
Great struggle with Wan-Bissaka because he offers an attack threat, also produced an excellent long-distance volley that Gea had to tilt. Solid performance at both ends of the field.
Wilfred Ndidi – 6.5
The leftman for the back four ensured sufficient graft and helped keep the foxes United silently attacks three in midfield. Injury-time left foot volleyball may be the same but flew wide.
Demarai Gray – 5.5
Some moments of promise and his concerned pace Young, but the end product was missing and no surprise when he was sacrificed halfway through the second half.
Youri Tielemans – 7
Pick from central Foxes midfield, especially in the last third where he won a dangerous second free kick after an awkward McTominay error. An important driving force.
Hamza Choudhury – 5.5
Weak shot with a late first half chance and failed to grab the midfield before it was the obvious man to make way with less than an hour away.
James Maddison – 8.5
Demonstrated its value when Leicester began taking control of both sides , but perhaps had done better with his big, early chance. Energetic representation, which, however, demonstrated how he forced his way to England plans. the united man in a dangerous position early in the second half – a rare moment of threat during an anonymous getaway.
Subs: Ayoze Perez (for Chaudhury, 57) 7, Harvey Barnes (for Gray 67) 6.5,
Subs not used: Ward , Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Praet.
Ref: Martin Atkinson 7
Blow for Zinedine Zidane as & # 39; Real Madrid tells him to forget trying to bring Paul Pogba to Bernabeu as club supporter of Federico Valverde's development over signing the World Cup winner & # 39;
- Real Madrid does not want to approve the large purchase of money from Paul Pogba
- . Zinedine Zidane has had a long-term interest in signing the World Cup winner
- However, the club hierarchy wants to give priority to the development of the young Federico Valverde
- The Uruguayan midfielder has so far impressed the club for this campaign
Zinedine Zidane has long wanted to sign the Frenchman Pogba to strengthen his options in midfield and the midfielder Manchester United seemed to be leaving Old Trafford during the January transfer period.
The rise of Uruguayan Valverde this season, however, caused the leaders of Real Madrid to cancel plans for a move and insist that the 21-year-old get more playing time.
Valverde, who joined from Uruguayan side Penarol in 2016, impressed this season and moved Luka Modric into Zidane & # 39; s starting XI.
He now has 18 appearances this campaign and 43 in total for the club and a year on loan at Deportivo La Coruna
Real Madrid is now determined to prove to Valverde that they trust him to play in the first team and not want the arrival of Pogba to hamper his development.
Pogba has missed a large part of his club's season with injuries and deposits that did two replacement appearances, were then absent against Burnley.
TV expert and former England international Joe Cole was skeptical about the absence of Pogba. He looks over his shoulder to perhaps go out the door in January. You must be a champion to play. He would be the one knocking down the manager's door, & he said. & # 39;
United legend Paul Scholes added: & # 39; There must be something wrong with him – that must be the only explanation. If he is fit, he should play. & # 39;
The youngest keeper of the Champions League ever, Maarten Vandevoort, 17, makes a horrific mistake in just two minutes in debut as his failed Cruyff turn gifts Napoli opener
- Maarten Vandevoordt is the youngest goalkeeper in the Champions League at only 17
- His Genk debut was a disaster after his Cruyff turn gave Napoli its first goal
The 17 year old had a bad day all round when Napoli Genk spent 4-0
It was intended as a historic night for a historic night young goalkeeper to place him in the same company as Iker Casillas, David De Gea and Petr Cech.
But the record-breaking Champions League debut of Maarten Vandevoordt at the age of 17 went up in smoke Tuesday night after his failed Cruyff bend on the edge of his own six-yard box set the opening goal against Napoli within three minutes. when he became the youngest goalkeeper in the history of Europe & # 39; s top league in the final group stage of Genk against the Italians.
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But his attempt to show off early in the Ges provider costly and made sure his debut was remembered for all the wrong reasons.
His teammates had hit the ball along the defense line as the game started, and after collecting a pass back, he immediately had two Napoli players sprint towards him.
Instead of punishing the ball away from danger, Vandevoordt channeled his inner Johan Cruijff and tried to enter Dries Mertens.
But the 17-year-old has not quite the same version as the Barcelona legend – with Arkadiusz Milik in capital letters and in the house.
After taking the field in his Champions League bow, he jumped Benfica & # 39; s Mile Svilar to become the newest face in the history of the competition 17 years and 287 days old. His predecessor Svilar, also Belgian, was 18 years and 49 days old.
He now heads a list of the youngest keepers who have made their bow in Europe, some going to an incredibly successful career, including Casillas – who is number three on the list, from Gea, who arrives at number seven, and Cech at number ten.
Vandevoordt hopes that he cannot get worse for his early career after the shameful blunder on the big stage, and the young person is highly appreciated by the club that has impressed in recent league games against Antwerp and Cercle Bruges.
He went through the youth ranks in Genk and has Belgium ë represented at various youth levels.
The Belgian side was at the bottom of the group and had no chance to advance to the Champions League knockout prior to the Napoli match, and was well defeated in Italy when the Series A outfit erupted.
Milik helped himself to a hat trick in the first half after opening the score, with Mertens the fourth later in the second half.
Greek tragedy for goalkeeper while making TWO high-profile blunders on a night to forget in 3-2 defeat
- Christos Mandas, 18 years old, played for Greek side Atromitos
- But it was a night to forget command & # 39; s as the first goal and to let him come from his back
- second was worse when he wasted a back pass to give AEK Athens the lead
- That goal set the hosts 2-1 and they continued to win the game 3-2
A Greek goalkeeper made two high-profile blunders that cost his team two goals on Sunday
Christos Mandas, who is 18 years old, played for the Greek side Atromites against AEK Athens during a 3-2 defeat.
But it was a night to forget Mandas as the first goal he allowed, while his team was ahead, hit the post and hit his back into the net.
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The second was much worse because he ruined a back pass and gave the ball directly to the attacker to tap the ball into the net.
That goal placed the hosts 2-1 and they won the game 3-2 after scoring in the 93rd minute.
It was a cruel blow to Atromitos who thought they had earned a point when Thanasis Androutsos scored with a minute left to level the scores.
Atromitos is now eighth in the Greek Super League table, while the victory for Athens brought them to third place, six points lower than Olympiakos.
Orders have begun with the last six games for Atromitos left on the bench at the start of the season.
While Pep Guardiola Sadio Mane & # 39; s & # 39; dives & # 39; Jurgen Klopp was so troubled by Manchester City that he said he didn't even know the result of their game against Southampton . (They won 2-1, Jurgen.)
Almost an hour after Liverpool Produced an exciting late comeback to deny Aston Villa and maintain their six-point lead Klopp insisted at the top of the competition that he had not thought of his main rivals.
City, don't forget, visit Anfield on Sunday. During those 90 minutes, and in the return match on April 4, the title will certainly be determined.
Perhaps Klopp's ignorance was just kidology. It seems unlikely that in the modern world it would be possible for the German to have & # 39; no idea of any other Premier League result & # 39 ;, 45 minutes after most games ended. But if you're in Klopp & # 39; s shoes, why bother about City too much?
Why worry if you haven't lost a match in the competition since the 2-1 defeat at Etihad Stadium on January 3? Why worry if you can still win a tough game at Villa Park, even with key figures such as Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk looking for slightly different colors?
Liverpool supporters loathe seeing their team compared to Manchester United, but they can still make an exception in this case. Just like the United parties that would turn imminent defeats into a draw or wins with goals in & # 39; Fergie Time & # 39 ;, the Klopp team is also bending games to their will in the last minutes.
An 87-minute equalizer away from home would be enough for many teams who are happy with their point. Not Liverpool, who used Andy Robertson's freshest header as the launching platform for the 94th-minute winner of Mane.
Red midfielder Adam Lallana. & # 39; Teams worry when it's late. We always get late goals. Two more today and a midweek (against Arsenal), then there was my equalizer in Old Trafford a few weeks ago. The resilience and character are simply abundant.
CHRIS SUTTON – VERDICT
At 4:43 PM, Manchester City were winning and Liverpool were losing. Only three points separated the two before next week's showdown at Anfield.
At 4.46 pm Andy Robertson made it 1-1 against Aston Villa, and at 4.54 am Sadio Mane made it 2-1 and the gap was again six. What a monumental 11 minutes in the title race.
Now, instead of City thinking about aligning with their Premier League rivals next week, Liverpool will consider taking a nine point lead. Watching Jurgen Klopp this season is like watching the old teams of Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United.
They continue until the bitter end. They never think that they cannot revive a result, even if time is not on their side. The evidence has been there in recent weeks. She beat Leicester with a goal in the 95th minute. They equalized at Old Trafford in the 85th.
They scored a winner against Tottenham in the 75th. They led against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup in the 94th. City wants to test them next week, although Liverpool has a head start in the table and in their team.
There is a better balance on the side of Klopp than that of Pep Guardiola, where City comes along with an improvised back line. Sunday's showdown could have major implications in the title race.
We knew halfway that if we got a goal, it would count. We got it late, but we still had time and with the supplies and set-pieces we have in our team, we use it to our advantage. It is such a & # 39; n weapon. & # 39;
Has the home crowd become tense? That is exactly what happens when you get late goals and the momentum is there. I was not surprised that we achieved the second goal.
& # 39; We came back against Arsenal last Wednesday to win at penalty & # 39; s in the Carabao Cup and Anfield was electric again. Although we were not at our best in Villa Villa in the first half, what we have recently done made us feel like "never say never". Two more late goals – we're on that path right now. & # 39;
The pattern must worry City. Against Leicester on October 5, James Milner & # 39; s injury-time penalty – controversially awarded for a foul on Mane – caused a 2-1 win.
Lallana struck in the 85th minute to save a 1-1 draw at Manchester United. In the 2-1 win over Tottenham, Salah scored 15 minutes from full time from the spot.
Arsenal thought they had a famous 5-4 win over Anfield last week, until Divock equalized the remaining seconds to set up a win over penalties and a place in the quarterfinals. Four days later, Villa became the newest team that succumbed to the irresistible force.
& # 39; I never thought for a second about the Man City game and the Aston Villa game together & # 39 ;, Klopp said. & # 39; I never thought, "OK, you have to win that, because (otherwise) we'll lose next week and we'll be on a level."
& # 39; I did not ask about the other results after the competition in the competition it was not that important. We play Genk (in the Champions League) and then we play City. & # 39;
Liverpool is back in action on Tuesday, while Villa has a week to shake off this disappointment before trying to win the Midlands derby at Wolves Sunday.
Dean Smith's side is hard to help – so many capable players, so many impressive performances, but only three points above the relegation zone.
Against Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool, they led for long periods, all three games ended in defeat. "Liverpool is relentless," said Villa midfielder John McGinn, one of his best players this season.
"They probably made us too tired at the end. The same goes for Manchester City. They just let you mentally deflate. & # 39;
After Wolves, Villa has a home game against Newcastle on November 25, before playing within eight days of early December United, Chelsea and Leicester.
Smith asked his players to be & # 39; proud of their performance & # 39; but sooner or later Villa will have to learn how to get over the line in some of these games to prevent a bitter winter.