City ‘shocked and saddened’ following reports of attack on fan in Bruges

Manchester City are working with police to establish the facts following reports a fan was attacked following their 5-1 win at Club Brugge in the Champions League last night.
According to the Belgian outlet HLN, the supporter – known as Guido – is fighting for his life in hospital, having been set upon while walking home from the game. He is a member of the Blue Moon Belgium group, an official City supporter club.

His son, Jurgen, is the co-chairman of the collective, and posted on Facebook: “My father was cowardly attacked for his City scarf at a stop-over in Drongen. We hope the perpetrators are found and punished.”

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City are trying to work out what happened, but issued the following statement on Wednesday morning: “Everyone at Manchester City is shocked and saddened to hear reports of an attack on one of our supporters after the Champions League game in Bruges last night.

“We are currently working with our counterparts at Club Brugge, as well as Belgian and Greater Manchester Police to establish more information.

“Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the family and friends of the Belgian-based supporter, who remains in hospital.”

Club Brugge have also condemned the attack: “Club Brugge was horrified to learn of the events at the E40 motorway parking lot in Drongen where a Manchester City supporter, who had previously been a guest at the Jan Breydel Stadium, was attacked.

“Club Brugge strongly disapproves of all criminal behaviour, both inside and outside the stadium and puts tolerance first. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the Manchester City supporter.”

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Foden will be ‘one of the best in the world’ – City team-mate Cancelo

Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo believes Phil Foden is on his way to becoming one of the best players in the world.

The England international, who is one of 30 players on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, was again in brilliant form during the 5-1 Champions League win at Club Brugge on Tuesday night.

Playing in a free, false nine position, Foden provided a delightful chipped pass from the centre circle, which Cancelo latched on to before opening the scoring in an emphatic victory.

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“It was a great pass from Phil,” said the Portugal defender.

“He is a fantastic player and it was a fantastic pass. I’m not surprised about his pass.

He is a great talent and has a lot of skills. He is one of the best young players I’ve played with. He has a promising future and will be one of the best in the world.

“It was a very special night for all of us, for me as well. The most important thing is the team.”

Teenager Cole Palmer was also on the scoresheet, in another example of City’s exciting production line of up and coming talent.

Foden has quickly become one the key members of Pep Guardiola’s side, and played a starring role in England’s recent win over Andorra in World Cup qualifying.

He is one of several exciting young players up for the prestigious Ballon d’Or, along with Barcelona’s Pedri and fellow 21-year-old, Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Voting is now underway ahead of the ceremony in Paris on November 29.

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Man City put five past Club Brugge as Palmer hits first Champions League goal


Guardiola praises Palmer's 'special quality' after first CL goal

Pep Guardiola urged caution with Cole Palmer after he scored his first Champions League goal, but says the forward has a “special quality” in the box.

Palmer netted City’s fourth shortly after coming off the bench in a brilliant 5-1 victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old is only the third teenager to score in the Champions League for City, joining Phil Foden and Kelechi Iheanacho, and is the 10th-youngest English player to ever score in the competition.

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“Cole has a special quality in front of the box, a talent that is difficult to find. When he has the ball there, most of the time it ends up in the net. It’s difficult to find that,” said City head coach Guardiola.

“I know how it works with young players. We have to be calm and patient. His position is the second team but at the same time he trains with us and works with our principles.

“I am happy with the goal. He could have done a few actions a little bit better, but that is normal. It is experience.

“People in this world want things immediately and everything needs time. You cannot cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen. Take time.”

City produced a brilliant display to bounce back from their previous Group A defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Riyad Mahrez netted twice in the win and Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker joined Palmer on the scoresheet.

“One of the best performances we have done in Europe, definitely,” said Guardiola.

“I looked over Brugge in the international break. I looked at many games. I know how good they did against PSG [a 1-1 draw].

“We found a lot of passes with Phil. We had runners in behind. We could have scored more goals, we had many chances. All of our us are delighted with the performance we have done.”

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Man City put five past Club Brugge as Palmer hits first Champions League goal

Youngster Cole Palmer scored two minutes after coming on as Manchester City put on a footballing masterclass to demolish Club Brugge 5-1 away.

The visitors played some scintillating football against the in-form Belgians but lacked a killer instinct in the box early on.

Full-back João Cancelo showed how it’s done by chesting down Phil Foden’s deft pass and tucking it through Simon Mignolet’s legs to give them the lead.

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Brugge defended well in the first half but gave away a silly penalty close to half-time when Stanley Nsoki hacked down Riyad Mahrez, who then slotted home the spot kick by sending former Liverpool keeper Mignolet the wrong way.

City continued the pattern in the second period and another fine team goal saw Kyle Walker slotting in a low shot to make it 3-0 from Kevin De Bruyne’s lay-off.

Guardiola made a raft of substitutions with the game sown up and two of them combined for the final goal. Raheem Sterling found 19-year-old rising academy star Palmer who produced a fine curling finish for his second goal of the season.

Hans Vanaken got a consolation for Brugge in the closing stages with a first-time strike but City responded three minutes later with Mahrez grabbing his second with an emphatic finish to sign off a statement performance from last season’s Champions League runners-up.


Cole Palmer is progressing fast.

The 19-year-old already seems to have the Pep philisophy in his DNA. He looks to be high on confidence after scoring in the Carabao Cup last month and playing against Burnley at the weekend.

His passing and coolness in possession against the Belgians was impressive. And Palmer scored his first Champions League goal with a wonderful strike past Mignolet from just inside the box.


Phil Foden (Man City): The midfielder’s passing was a joy to behold, summed up by his long ball for the opening goal. He thrived in the false nine position and his link-up play with Jack Grealish and De Bruyne was a threat throughout.


CLUB BRUGGE: Mignolet 4, Sobol 5, Balanta 5, Nsoki 4, Hendry 6, Lang 6, Sowah 5, Vanaken 7, Rits 4, Clinton Mata 5, De Ketelaere 5. Subs: Van Der Brempt 4, Vormer 4, Mbamba n/a, Bekele n/a, Dost n/a.

MAN CITY: Ederson 5, Walker 8, Dias 6, Laporte 6, Cancelo 8, Rodri 6, Bernardo Silva 7, De Bruyne 8, Grealish 7, Foden 9, Mahrez 7. Subs: Ake 5, Gundogan 5, Palmer 7, Sterling 6, Fernandinho n/a.


12′ – DISALLOWED GOAL! Hendry is penalised for a foul. De Bruyne’s freekick is teed up for Rodri for a tap in but he is flagged offside.

30′ – GOAL FOR CITY! Cancelo tucks it past the keeper after chesting down Foden’s pass. What a run and finish!

42′ – PENALTY TO MAN CITY! Nsokhi trips Mahrez to concede a penalty. Mahrez slots it into the bottom left corner.

53′ – GOAL FOR CITY! Stunning. Mahrez to De Bruyne to Walker who strokes it in.

67′ – PALMER SCORES! Two minutes after coming on, Palmer curls it in from outside the box. What a fnish!

81′ – GOAL FOR BRUGGE! First time finish from Vanaken in the box to reduce the defici

84′ – GOAL FOR CITY! Fernandinho’s long ball finds Mahrez through on goal and he thumps it past Mignolet.


Mahrez has scored six goals in his last seven Champions League matches and the Algerian has scored more goals against Club Brugge than he has versus any other side in the competition (4 in 3 games).

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Warum Köln in der Youth League spielt: Modus, Teilnehmer, Historie, TV

Nach einem Jahr Zwangspause steht die UEFA Youth League wieder in den Startlöchern. So funktioniert der Wettbewerb, den 32 Klubs angehen.

Klub-Legende Raúl holte mit den Junioren von Real Madrid 2020 den Titel.

Klub-Legende Raúl holte mit den Junioren von Real Madrid 2020 den Titel.

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Gruppenphase, Meisterweg, Play-offs

Der Champions-League-Weg der Youth League basiert auf den Gruppen der Königsklasse bei den Männern und folgt einem ähnlichen Spielplan. Auftakt mit dem 1. Gruppen-Spieltag ist am 14. September. Anfang Dezember wird die Gruppenphase abgeschlossen sein. Hier geht es zum Spielplan.

Die 32 Teams sind auf acht Gruppen verteilt. Deren Sieger ziehen direkt ins Achtelfinale ein, die acht Gruppenzweiten treten in den Play-offs am 8. und 9. Februar gegen die Sieger des Meisterwegs an, die nach zwei K.-o.-Runden mit anfangs 32 Teilnehmern feststehen werden.

K.-o.-Phase und “Final Four”

Daran anschließend wird am 14. Februar im schweizerischen Nyon die K.-o.-Phase beginnend mit den Achtelfinals (1./2. März 2022) ausgelost. Das Viertelfinale folgt am 15./16. März, ehe sich die vier verbliebenen Klubs im April zu einem “Final Four”-Miniturnier ebenfalls in Nyon treffen. Die Vorschlussrunde wird dabei am 22. April ausgetragen, das Endspiel drei Tage später am 25. April.

Die deutschen Teilnehmer – Köln via “Meisterweg”

Der DFB schickt fünf Teilnehmer in den Wettbewerb. Borussia Dortmund, der 1. FC Köln, RB Leipzig, Bayern München und der VfL Wolfsburg sind vertreten. Die Kölner versuchen ihr Glück über den Meisterweg und treffen am 29. September und 19. Oktober auf den KRC Genk, im Falle eines Weiterkommens geht es im November gegen MTK Budapest oder Sparta Prag um ein Ticket für die Play-offs gegen einen Gruppenzweiten aus dem Champions-League-Weg.

Die andern vier deutschen Klubs spielen in den Gruppen A (Leipzig), C (Dortmund), E (Bayern) und G (Wolfsburg) des CL-Wegs um das Weiterkommen.

Historie, Titelträger, Pokal

Seit der Saison 2013/14 wird der Titel in der Youth League ausgespielt. Der FC Barcelona gewann die erste Auflage und ist mit zwei Titeln (2014, 2018) gemeinsam mit dem FC Chelsea (2015, 2016) Rekordsieger. Die weiteren Titel holten sich RB Salzburg (2017 unter dem heutigen BVB-Coach Marco Rose), der FC Porto (2019) und zuletzt Real Madrid (2020, unter Trainer Raúl). In der Saison 2020/21 fand der Wettbewerb wegen der Corona-Pandemie nicht statt. Deutsche Vereine konnten die Youth League noch nicht gewinnen.

Ajax Amsterdam, Atletico Madrid, der FC Barcelona, Bayern München, Benfica Lissabon, Juventus Turin, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, der FC Porto und Real Madrid haben bislang an allen acht Ausgaben des Wettbewerbs teilgenommen. Einzig Real erreichte acht Mal das Achtelfinale.

Gespielt wird um die Trophäe, die nach dem UEFA-Ehrenpräsidenten Lennart Johansson (1929-2019) benannt ist.

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Marsch hadert: “Wir spielen entweder sehr gut oder sehr schlecht”

Zwei Spiele, zwei Niederlagen: RB Leipzig hat den Start in die Champions-League-Saison gehörig verpatzt. Coach Jesse Marsch bemängelt nach dem 1:2 gegen Club Brügge die fehlende Konstanz.

Die Körpersprache sagt alles: Jesse Marsch und Leipzig sind nach der Pleite gegen Brügge enttäuscht.

Die Körpersprache sagt alles: Jesse Marsch und Leipzig sind nach der Pleite gegen Brügge enttäuscht.

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“Wir spielen entweder sehr gut oder sehr schlecht”, resümierte der US-Amerikaner nach der Heimpleite gegen die Belgier. “Wir müssen konstanter werden.” Einem entfesselten 6:0 gegen Hertha BSC folgte die Enttäuschung gegen Brügge. Dabei schien es, als sollte RB nahtlos an den Auftritt aus der Liga anknüpfen können, als der aktuelle Torschütze vom Dienst, Christopher Nkunku, das schnelle 1:0 erzielte. Noch dazu nach einer wunderschön vorgetragenen Stafette über mehrere Direktstationen (5.).

Doch gegen forsche Gäste sollten derartige Angriffszüge im weiteren Verlauf absoluten Seltenheitswert haben, die Sachsen verloren schnell den Faden. “Total hektisch” habe sein Team trotz der Führung agiert, bemängelte Marsch bei DAZN, “wir haben viele Bälle verloren”. Ballverluste im Mittelfeld hätten zu beiden Gegentoren geführt, analysierte der 47-Jährige. Beim Kabinengang lag Leipzig nach den Toren durch Hans Vakanen (22.) und Mats Rits (40.) mit 1:2 zurück. 

Keine zwingende Chance in Hälfte zwei

“Ich habe den Jungs in der Pause gesagt, dass sie ruhiger spielen müssen, damit wir die Räume finden.” Es sei besser geworden im zweiten Durchgang, meinte Marsch, “wir waren ruhiger und hatten Chancen”. Wenn man es genau nimmt, aber keine einzige wirklich zwingende.

Mit null Punkten steht Leipzig daher am Tabellenende der Gruppe A hinter Manchester City (drei), das im Parallelspiel bei Paris St. Germain mit 0:2 unterlag. PSG führt das Tableau mit vier Zählern vor dem punktgleichen Brügge an.

“Es ist etwas Besonderes”: Gulacsi, Leipzig und die Rückkehr zu “normalen” Heimspielen

Es ist ein weiterer, ein bedeutender Schritt zurück in die Normalität: Nach mehr als eineinhalb Jahren darf RB Leipzig gegen Club Brügge wieder ein Champions-League-Heimspiel vor Fans austragen.

Freut sich auf lautstarke Fans: RB-Keeper Peter Gulacsi.

Freut sich auf lautstarke Fans: RB-Keeper Peter Gulacsi.

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Immerhin 23.500 Anhänger, darunter 1200 Gästefans, sind am Dienstagabend (21 Uhr, LIVE! bei kicker) beim RB-Heimspiel gegen den Club Brügge in der Red-Bull-Arena zugelassen und haben sich auch bereits die Tickets gesichert. “Es ist etwas Besonderes, wir Spieler freuen uns sehr auf solche Campions-League-Nächte, und dass die Zuschauer endlich wieder dabei sind”, sagt Kapitän Peter Gulacsi, der sich noch bestens an den letzten Heimauftritt in der Königsklasse vor stimmungsvoller Kulisse erinnert.

Am 10. März 2019 feierten Fans und Profis das 3:0 gegen Tottenham Hotspur und den Einzug ins Viertelfinale. Timo Werner (inzwischen Chelsea) trug da noch das Leipziger Trikot, ebenso der zweifache Torschütze Marcel Sabitzer (inzwischen FC Bayern). Es folgten der Corona-Lockdown und “Heimspiele” in Lissabon und Budapest – oder wie bei den letztjährigen Gruppenspielen gegen Paris St Germain (2:1) und Manchester United (3:2) vor menschenleeren Rängen in Leipzig.

“Diese Saison hat schon gezeigt, dass die Fans eine große Rolle spielen”, sagt Gulacsi mit dem Hinweis auf die Kantersiege gegen Stuttgart (5:0) und am Samstag gegen Hertha BSC (6:0). “Da haben wir die Energie durch die Fans gespürt.” Darauf setzt der Torhüter auch gegen den belgischen Meister, nach dem 3:6 bei Manchester City und Brügges 1:1 gegen Paris hat die Partie schon wegweisenden Charakter. “Es wäre sehr wichtig, den ersten Schritt in der Gruppe zu machen”, sagt Gulacsi.

“Gegen PSG hat Brügge überragend gespielt”

Personell hat Trainer Jesse Marsch bis auf Dani Olmo (Muskelfaserriss im Oberschenkel), den Langzeitverletzten Marcel Halstenberg (Sprunggelenk) und den gesperrten Angelino (Gelb-Rot gegen Ex-Klub ManCity) alle Mann an Bord. Auch Linksverteidiger Josko Gvardiol, der gegen Hertha wegen muskulärer Probleme ausgewechselt wurde, habe das Abschlusstraining absolviert, so der US-Amerikaner.

Nach dem Videostudium zeigte sich Marsch beeindruckt vom morgigen Kontrahenten, der Paris mit resoluter Zweikampfführung und Manndeckung über den gesamten Platz die Spielfreude raubte. “Gegen PSG hat Brügge überragend gespielt, sie haben es schwer für diese Starspieler gemacht”, so Marsch, der deshalb auch von seiner Belegschaft einen beherzten und körperbetonten Auftrit einfordert: “Auch Duelle sind sehr wichtig gegen solch einen Gegner.”

Erste Wahl dürften am Dienstag erneut die beiden RB-Routiniers Emil Forsberg und Yussuf Poulsen sein, die nach ihren Einwechslungen beim 1:1 in Köln gemeinsam auftrumpften und gegen Hertha die Startelf-Berufungen ebenfalls rechtfertigten. “Mit Emil und Yussi haben wir zwei Jungs, die kein Ego haben, die für die Mannschaft arbeiten, die viel erlebt und viel Erfahrung haben”, urteilt Marsch. Die jüngsten Auftritte der beiden Skandinavier wertete er als “klares Signal, dass wir Vertrauen in sie investieren müssen. Sie sind top-bereit.”

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Here We Go Again

You know how it goes by now. Anfield. Europe. The crowd. The floodlights. The noise. Weird stuff doesn’t happen every time but it does seem to happen more than is sensible. And last night, we have to credit both Liverpool and AC Milan for reading the room correctly. When the crowd haven’t been allowed in for a while, what do you do? You play the hits.


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Which for this fixture, means comebacks. Lots and lots of lovely comebacks. About halfway through the first half, AC Milan were taking such a pummelling that they seemed to have just one option left: pick up a load of quick red cards and take the forfeit. “Form an orderly queue and call the ref something obscene,” we’d have shouted, if we’d been managing Milan. “Not that obscene. It’s a family occasion.” This is just one of the reasons we’re not managing Milan.

But the pummelling on the pitch wasn’t matched on the scoreboard. Mo Salah even missed a penalty, which is a thing that simply does not happen. And it’s times like that when football likes to get hilarious. Liverpool’s opening storm ebbed, and that gave Milan the chance to introduce themselves to the ball, and then Liverpool, to quote Jürgen Klopp, “lost a little bit of the plot”. They also lost the entire right hand side of their defensive structure, twice. One-nil to one-two.

They say the five minutes either side of half time are good times to score. Whether this is actually true is beyond the Warm-Up’s analytic capabilities, but after Milan (42′, 44′) and Liverpool (48′) took turns, we can confirm that they are certainly the most entertaining times to score. It’s the up-ending of expectations. You thought half-time was going to be this? You thought wrong! You thought the second half was going to be that? Wrong again!

And if you were writing the script for a Famous European Night At Anfield™, you would of course write the ending first. You’d write “The captain blams one in from the edge of the box and wins the game.” Then you’d sit with that for a bit, and eventually you’d think “too obvious”, delete it, and come up with something a bit more original. Maybe with a car chase. People like car chases.

Football isn’t scripted, and that means it can get away with the obvious ending. Jordan Henderson’s winning goal probably won’t achieve full Gerrard-against-Olympiakos significance: this wasn’t a must-win game, he wasn’t quite as far out, and he didn’t give it quite so much in the celebration. And those of us at home had no Andy Gray to shout at us.

But it was a precise finish, and not just in terms of its technique. It was narratively precise. It was the right finish at the right moment to deliver the result that Liverpool wanted and the occasion that the crowd needed. Two good teams, one great game, lots of frantic nonsense. These are the best teams!

Retro Stylings

Meanwhile, down the other end of the East Lancs Road, Manchester City and RB Leipzig were putting on their own nostalgia festival. 6-3 is not a scoreline from this moment in footballing history. It is a scoreline from the 50s, when Brylcreemed men in large shorts strolled around in black and white and defending hadn’t really been invented yet.

We don’t know what Jack Grealish uses in his hair— and now we think about it, that’s quite strange, isn’t it? The Grealish haircut has to be one of English football’s ripest marketing opportunities. Maybe there’s a frantic bidding war going on behind the scenes. Maybe he’s about to get poached by Aesop. Maybe his hair will look better but his form will collapse, like a golfer changing their clubs when they hit the big time.

Oh right, the match. It is mildly odd that a footballer as talented and expensive as Grealish had never played in the Champions League before. For all that people fret about players taking a step up at international level, this is almost certainly a bigger deal, at least in terms of the quality of the opposition. And the anthems.

All modern football points to this competition, which is why players half as good as Grealish get snapped up twice as early by the big boys. Still, he coped okay. Scored a goal pretty enough to grace any decade; took a corner well enough to remind everybody that Nathan Aké exists, and plays for City.

The scoreline, the own goal, the fact that Leipzig scored their second after the ref tripped Kevin de Bruyne: all this takes the game as whole out of the realm of seriousness. But that’s fine. Seriousness is overrated, and so is defending. Control is for cowards. Manchester City are going to no-hands this competition again.

Jack Grealish of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig at Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2021 in Manchester, England

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When Three Become One

A historic night in Belgium. The greatest front line ever assembled took the field together, for the first time. Messi, Neymar, Mbappé: the greatest triple-combination since the Earl of Sandwich looked at his bacon and tomato number and said “Hey! Hey guys! Let’s get some lettuce in here!”

Annoyingly for PSG, it turns out that however much you spend on players, the opposition are still allowed to turn up. Club Brugge were the chosen sacrificial victims, and they went and ruined everything by playing well and keeping PSG to just the one goal. And that was scored by Ander Herrera, the least galactic Galactico imaginable.

The reasonable thing to do here is to note that this is still early in the MNM project, and that even geniuses need time to get to know each other. We haven’t even worked out a good acronym for this front three, we can’t expect them to be fizzing and firing yet.

The excitingly unreasonable thing to is to write the whole thing off. One player that doesn’t press can be carried. Two, maybe. But three? This isn’t the 1950s, whatever Manchester City might be up to. The Shankly piano equation — eight men to carry it, three who can play the thing — has been pressed, counter-pressed and squad-sized into something much more demanding. A church organ, perhaps. You need about five who can play it, and maybe 20-odd to get the thing moving. We’re calling it now. The project is doomed.


Ohhh, ya beauty! What a hit, son! What a hit!


Happy 63rd birthday to Neville Southall, a great goalkeeper and a great man. Here is five minutes of him demonstrating the former …

… and here, to confirm the latter, is that time he warmly congratulated Michael Owen on his goalscoring prowess.


Nottingham Forest lost against last night. Two-nil at home to Middlesbrough. Nottingham Forest have scored five goals in seven games, and have picked up just one point. Nottingham Forest are in a lot of trouble, and have been for years. Here’s the Athletic’s Daniel Taylor with a long read on the whole sorry business that, you suspect, could have been five times as long.

The curtains twitch, the wind howls. Over time, you come to realise the club are still talking about their European Cups, from 1979 and 1980, because there is little else for modern-day supporters to embrace. Champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that, went up the cry when Arsenal rolled into town for a cup tie a few years ago. Champions of Europe, you weren’t even born, came the response from the away end.


Just the 29 European games tonight, across the Europa League and the Europa Conference League. Why not treat yourself to a double feature? Start with Spurs away to Rennes, follow it up with Leicester at home to Napoli.

Tom Adams will, of course, be watching all 29 games to produce the perfect Warm-Up tomorrow.

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