Champions League

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    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

  • Verratti suffers 'very serious' ankle in...

    Paris Saint-Germain have been handed another major piece of bad news, with coach Thomas Tuchel confirming that Marco Verratti picked up a 'very serious' ankle injury during the French champions' 9-0 victory over Guingamp. The Italy international went down following a challenge w...

    Verratti suffers 'very serious' ankle injury ahead of Man Utd Champions League clash

    Paris Saint-Germain have been handed another major piece of bad news, with coach Thomas Tuchel confirming that Marco Verratti picked up a 'very serious' ankle injury during the French champions' 9-0 victory over Guingamp. The Italy international went down following a challenge with Felix Eboa Eboa early in the first half and had to be helped off the field by medical staff. Tuchel immediately signalled for substitute Julian Draxler to ready himself and Verratti took his seat on the bench while still deep in conversation with the PSG coaches. Shortly afterwards, he departed down the tunnel clutching his left boot. PSG players, including Verratti himself, had complained lately of a lack of depth in midfield, with both the Italian and club captain Thiago Silva calling for reinforcements due to centre-back Marquinhos having had to play as a number six. Elsewhere, Adrien Rabiot has been frozen out of the squad due to squabbles over a contract extension , with several of Europe's elite, including Barcelona, said to be interested in his services. Indeed, such are PSG's midfield issues that Dani Alves had to fill in in midfield during the thumping of Guingamp, with Thilo Kehrer taking over right-back duties. The loss of Verratti comes as a huge blow to the Parc des Princes side, with a Champions League round of 16 clash against Manchester United coming up in less than a month. “No good news,” Tuchel said after the match. “He's seriously injured. It's the worst thing that could have happened to us.” Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl and Everton's Idrissa Gueye have been mooted as targets for Les Parisiens, with Thiago Silva having backed the pair to shine in France should transfers come to fruition. If neither of those happen, however, a trip to Old Trafford to face a resurgent Manchester United side will be a daunting prospect, with Canal+ having reported that Verratti's injury was serious enough for him to have been immediately sent to hospital following his substitution. In the short term, PSG have little to worry about in the French top flight, the latest result having extended their lead at the Ligue 1 summit to 13 points ahead of second-placed Lille. PSG return to action on Wednesday as they host Strasbourg in the Coupe de France.

  • If best in the world Isco doesn't start,...

    Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been hailed as the "best player in the world" by former star Rafael van der Vaart, who says he will not watch the team play if the Spain international is not starting. Isco has been in and out of the Madrid team this season, not having started a L...

    If best in the world Isco doesn't start, I'm going home - Van der Vaart

    Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been hailed as the "best player in the world" by former star Rafael van der Vaart, who says he will not watch the team play if the Spain international is not starting. Isco has been in and out of the Madrid team this season, not having started a La Liga game since late October. The 26-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Spanish capital amid reports he is unhappy with his role. The former Malaga star could be given a chance to claim his place in Santiago Solari's team when his side face Ajax in the Champions League knockout round, and Van der Vaart hopes to see him in action when the Dutchman's former teams go head-to-head. "Isco is crazy for me, the best player in the world," Van der Vaart told Marca. "But he always has problems with coaches. Zinedine Zidane never trusted him 100 per cent. When Ajax play Madrid, I'll see if he starts. If he is not, I'm going home. "I really want to see that match between two great teams. Ajax are impressive, have many talents and win all their games playing fantastic football that I like to see. They go on the attack, they score a lot of goals, they have a spectacular team. It will be a very complicated match for Real Madrid, for sure. "It is difficult to give a prediction. In Netherlands, people think that Ajax is going to win for sure, but I want to remind you that Madrid in the Champions League is Real Madrid. It is a difficult game for Ajax. They will have chances to get through, but they should be at the top to be in the quarter-finals." The loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus has severely weakened Madrid this season, as they sit fourth in La Liga and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona. And Van der Vaart feels they are no longer favourites to win the Champions League, as his former team-mate's move makes Juve the side to beat this season. "Right now everyone recognises how important he was for Real Madrid, someone who was scoring almost 60 goals per season," he added. "The team that has Cristiano in its ranks will always be a favourite. He makes his team-mates better. You give him the ball and you know he can score, he guarantees success." Van der Vaart also touched on in-demand Ajax stars Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who are still being linked to some of Europe's best teams. "I want them to stay in Amsterdam, but it is normal that they are receiving offers from the best because they play really well. They are impressive talents, they are at the top of the world and surely have a very big career.  "Although they are also very young, they must go step by step. De Jong reminds me of Guti, he has a lot of quality and he handles the ball as you would want from the centre of the field."

  • Di Maria: Van Gaal to blame for my Man U...

    Former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria believes manager Louis van Gaal was to blame for his failure to live up to his potential at Old Trafford. Argentina international Di Maria joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 for a then-British record fee of...

    Di Maria: Van Gaal to blame for my Man Utd failure

    Former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria believes manager Louis van Gaal was to blame for his failure to live up to his potential at Old Trafford. Argentina international Di Maria joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 for a then-British record fee of £59.7 million ($75m). But he struggled to perform on a consistent basis, contributing four goals and 12 assists in 32 appearances before departing for Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. Di Maria, though, believes he could have offered so much more had Van Gaal, who was regularly criticised for his negative brand of football, allowed him to express himself further. "I only stayed for one year. It was not the best time of my career, or rather I was not allowed to spend my best time there," he told France Bleu. "There were complications with the coach at the time. "But thank God, I was able to come to PSG and demonstrate again who I was." Di Maria will return to Old Trafford with his PSG team-mates when the two sides meet in the last 16 of the Champions League. Despite being 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and well on track to win a sixth French title in seven years, the Parc des Princes outfit have struggled to lay down a marker when it comes to their European performances. But, having come through a tough group containing Liverpool and Napoli, there is hope that Thomas Tuchel's side have what it takes to challenge in Europe's premier club competition. Di Maria, however, is wary of Man Utd's upturn in form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian interim manager winning all six of his matches in charge since replacing Jose Mourinho on the touchline. "We still have matches before facing Manchester," he added. "They have changed with their new coach and they have not lost a match. "I think we started the year not so well in the Champions League, but we put the situation right and we finished top of the group. "It was complicated. Ever since the draw it was said that it would be difficult to reach the round of 16 and we were almost eliminated, but we played a big home game against Liverpool and also against Red Star Belgrade - two big, decisive matches to qualify. "Now, we must think of ourselves and nothing but ourselves. If we do things well, everything will be fine."

  • Choupo-Moting: Man Utd have changed but ...

    Paris Saint-Germain striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is expecting a different challenge from Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was still in charge at Old Trafford when the draw was made pitting PSG against United in the last 16 of the Champions...

    Choupo-Moting: Man Utd have changed but PSG can beat anyone

    Paris Saint-Germain striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is expecting a different challenge from Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was still in charge at Old Trafford when the draw was made pitting PSG against United in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the tie to be played across February and March. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the Portuguese's replacement on a caretaker basis and he has made a stunning impact with United winning all six matches under his stewardship. And Solskjaer's impact has not gone unnoticed in the French capital. Choupo-Moting told RMC: "Manchester United, they have changed. But it's always like that when you change coaches. "There may be a new state of mind in the team, everyone wants to show their best.  "But I do not care about other teams, we have to think about ourselves, we believe in ourselves.  "We have the quality to beat anyone but it will be a tough match because Manchester United are a very good team with great quality players." PSG are currently enjoying another standout campaign in France. They are yet to suffer a single defeat through 18 fixtures in the defence of their Ligue 1 title. Just four points have been dropped so far, with Thomas Tuchel's side proving once again that they remain a dominant force in domestic football. They were not entirely convincing, though, in securing Champions League progress from Group C, and that will have offered hope to United as they ready themselves for a heavyweight European encounter.

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