Arsenal and Chelsea’s European defeats this week leaves them both facing challenges to qualify from the Champions League group stage and with neither Manchester club now looking like world beaters, there is a serious danger England will lose one of their four places in the tournament to Italy for the 2017-18 season. Southampton have not recorded a single league victory in their last 10 away matches, while the Blues have scored in each of their last 22 home Premier League games.
Arsenal have a lower win percentage against Manchester United in the Premier League (24%) than versus any other opponent in the competition.
Kompany is not yet fit to return from a calf injury while Toure is still troubled by the hamstring problem which restricted him to 45 minutes at Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek.
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Rodgers continued: “I think they (the Premier League) could do more to support the teams in Europe”.
Only two English clubs reached the last 16 in the Champions League, Arsenal and Chelsea, while Everton made the last 16 of the Europa League before losing to Dynamo Kiev.
“Being a strong team in Europe must be our target but not at the expense of the Premier League“, he said.
Newcastle United’s confidence has been restored after their morale-boosting 2-2 draw against Chelsea at the weekend, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said.
The win for the North Londoners ended a run of four straight defeats against Man City.
Maccabi Tel Aviv host Dynamo Kiev in the other game.
Recent signing Raheem Sterling recalls his very first football match, “The first football match I ever went to was Manchester United versus Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley and I was 12 years old”.
And Hamann, who was a key member of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League-winning team, blames the culture that has been created in English club football, where mediocrity is rewarded with riches.
Wolfsburg are bullish ahead of their trip to Manchester despite a mixed start to the season. That’s why when we won the first five (league) games, we didn’t say we were going to win the league. “We are not travelling to England to have a look at the stadium”. Two and a half months later, they were out.
Laurent Koscielny is to miss the next three weeks of action Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday morning after tweaking his hamstring during the 3-2 defeat to Olympiacos.
The loss of qualities of rigorous defending – part of the British mentality – has a substantial amount to do with it. In those 38 games from the start of last season to this week, English teams have kept only seven clean sheets – something that Sir Alex Ferguson, for one, always attached huge significance to when he took a side on to the Continent.
Leverkusen top Group E with three points, two more than Barca who were held 1-1 at Roma who now visit Bate Borisov weakened by the absences of captain Francesco Totti, defender Seydou Keita and striker Edin Dzeko.