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Chelsea secure spot in Champions League round of 16 after narrow victory over Lille

Chelsea vs Lille

Chelsea played host to Lille on Tuesday evening in what was their final Champions League group stage clash of the season.

The Blues started the day sat 3rd in their CL group.

Despite this, Frank Lampard’s side were still able to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a victory over the French outfit.

As for Lille, they began the day dead bottom of Group H with absolutely no chance of qualifying.

Prior to facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Lille had amassed just one point from their previous five Champions League ties.

The teams

Given a Chelsea victory on Tuesday was of paramount importance, it isn’t too surprising to see they put out a strong eleven.

Chelsea were without Fikayo Tomori due to the defender having a hip issue.

Olivier Giroud was also out of the squad due to injury but given the Frenchman’s reduced role this season, that wasn’t too much of a blow for the London outfit.

But Chelsea were given one boost on Tuesday as Antonio Rudiger was handed his first start since suffering an injury vs Wolves in September.


As for Lille, they rested a few key players to take on Chelsea such as Victor Osimhen.

Chelsea dominate

Given Chelsea were at home and had a much stronger eleven out, it wasn’t too surprising to see the Premier League outfit start the tie on the front foot.

Chelsea’s first decent chance of the evening fell to Christian Pulisic who placed his effort wide.

Emerson then forced a solid save from the Lille keeper with 15 minutes on the clock.

But while Chelsea had a smattering of chances in the opening exchanges, Lille were set up well and Lampard’s side struggled to carve out any huge opportunities.

However, Lille’s resistance was eventually broken by Tammy Abraham with 18 minutes played.

Chelsea continued to dominate after the opening goal and eventually doubled their lead 34 minutes in through Cesar Azpilicueta who headed home from an Emerson corner.

The first 45 drew to a close with Lille unable to muster up a single effort on target.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 10: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Lille OSC at Stamford Bridge on December 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Chelsea into last 16

Chelsea came out after the interval firing on all cylinders with Willian and Pulisic both registering shots on target inside a minute of the second half kicking off.

The Blues continued to enjoy their fair share of possession for the remainder of the second 45. But Lille would pull one back 78 minutes in with their first effort on target.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi probably should have restored Chelsea’s two-goal lead with the Belgian missing a few decent chances.

But despite the late pressure from Lille and a couple of misses from Batshuayi, Chelsea managed to see out the rest of the tie without conceding another goal.

And after Liverpool secured their spot in the Champions League last 16 earlier on Tuesday with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over RB Salzburg, Chelsea’s victory over Lille ensured all four English sides will progress to the knockout stages.

Tottenham and Manchester City who play their final group games on Wednesday were already into the next round before this week’s CL action began.

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Maddison and Haaland top Man United’s January wishlist – Athletic

As per a report from Laurie Whitwell of the Athletic, Manchester United have identified a pair of high-profile targets for the January transfer window.

United back on song

On the back of a largely-disappointing opening to the campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils have looked much-improved of late.

First, United welcomed Premier League top-4 rivals Tottenham to Old Trafford last week, with the hosts having eventually emerged with a crucial 2-1 win.

This was followed by a derby showdown with Manchester City at the Etihad over the weekend.

And the Red Devils went on to build on their victory over Spurs with a 2nd-straight high-profile 3-point haul versus Pep Guardiola’s men.

A superb performance on the part of the visitors, going forward in the first-half, and defensively following the interval, eventually saw United emerge with an impressive 2-1 victory.

Man United eyeing additions

The Old Trafford giants, though, do not appear ready to rest on their laurels.

As per the aforementioned report from the Athletic, United are eyeing a pair of big-name reinforcements to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

The players in question come in the form of Erling Braut Haaland and James Maddison.

RB Salzburg sensation Haaland has been in irresistible form over the early months of the season, having racked up a staggering 28 goals and 7 assists across 22 appearances in all competitions.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – SEPTEMBER 17: Erling Haaland of Salzburg celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League match between RB Salzburg and KRC Genk at Red Bull Arena on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by David Geieregger/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

The 19-year-old has unsurprisingly been earmarked as a potential world-beater by a number of Europe’s top clubs, but Manchester United seemingly plan to steal a match on any and all competitors for his signature with a January proposal.

Up top, though, isn’t the only area where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. are said to be eyeing fresh faces.

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, long named as a target of the Red Devils, could also be the subject of a winter bid.

The Manchester powerhouse are keen to add a dash of creativity to their midfield ranks, with Maddison, who has enjoyed a fine campaign with Leicester to this point, a prime target.

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Man United & Leicester stars dominate Alan Shearer’s Premier League TOTW

MW16 round-up

Math week 16 of the 2019/20 Premier League season was once again packed with action.

The weekend began with Everton earning a rather surprising 3-1 victory over Chelsea under the guidance of interim-boss, Duncan Ferguson.

There was then just three 3 pm PL kick-offs on Saturday, one of which saw Liverpool put Bournemouth to the sword by three goals to nil.

Elsewhere in the 3 pm ties, Tottenham hammered Burnley 5-0 with Heung-Min Son scoring a sensational solo goal and Watford drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace

Saturday’s late Premier League tie then saw Manchester United get one over on their bitter rivals Manchester City with the Citizens’ PL title hopes now looking extremely bleak.

Sunday then saw Leicester smash Aston Villa, Newcastle beat Southampton, Sheffield United picked up all three points vs relegation-battling Norwich and Brighton drew with Wolves.

MW16 drew to a close on Monday evening with Arsenal coming from 1-0 down to beat a struggling West Ham side 3-1.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Scott McTominay of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road on October 27, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Shearer’s TOTW

With MW16 over Alan Shearer has named his latest Premier League Team of the Week.

After Jamie Vardy bagged a brace vs Villa, he has once again been named in Shearer’s TOTW. As has his Leicester teammate, Jonny Evans.

Manchester United also have two stars named in the Team of the Week after putting on an excellent display vs Man City.

The Man United duo named in Shearer’s eleven are Scott McTominay and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The rest of the TOTW can be seen in full below.

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Liverpool dealt Lovren injury blow vs Salzburg

Liverpool were this evening dealt a blow on the injury-front, during the club’s crucial victory over RB Salzburg.

Liverpool march on

The European champions wrapped up their Champions League group stage endeavours a short time ago.

Klopp’s men faced a tricky trip to Austria, to take on surprise package RB Salzburg.

Ahead of kick-off, Group E remained wide open, with Liverpool having topped the table on 10 points, narrowly ahead of 2nd-placed Napoli.

Salzburg, meanwhile, sat 3rd, with an impressive 7 points.

As such, Liverpool were aware that a defeat tonight could have seen them ousted from the Champions League.

When all was said and done, though, the Reds stood tall, navigating a testing 90 minutes to eventually emerge victorious.

A pair of quickfire goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah just before the hour-mark eventually proved the difference between the sides at the Red Bull Arena Salzburg.

Lovren crocked

An otherwise positive evening’s work for Liverpool, though, was soured ever-so-slightly by a blow on the injury front.

The player to have picked up the problem was Dejan Lovren.

Croatian stopper Lovren was actually a major doubt to even feature versus Salzburg, after being forced off during the Reds’ routine victory over Bournemouth at the weekend.

After being opted for from the off by Jurgen Klopp this evening, though, the 30-year-old’s latest appearance was also brought to a premature end, shortly after the interval.

What appeared to be a knee problem saw Lovren pull up on the halfway-line, with the defender having subsequently limped off to be replaced by Joe Gomez.

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