Leipzig ‘keeper Gulacsi relishes Tottenham test

Having joined RB Leipzig when they were still in Germany’s second
division, Peter Gulacsi has seen the club grow from Bundesliga new boys
and on to a first appearance in the Champions League knock-out stage.

The
Hungarian goalkeeper is relishing Wednesday’s last 16, first leg when
the ambitious eastern German club, bankrolled by energy drinks giants
Red Bull, face last season’s beaten finalists Tottenham Hotspur in
London.

Simeone praises Klopp’s ‘great’ Liverpool side

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone heaped
praise on Liverpool ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg
tie, saying they will go down in history for their form this season.

Liverpool
return to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, scene of June’s Champions
League triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, unbeaten in the Premier League
after 26 games.

Atletico, meanwhile, have endured a stuttering
season in La Liga, where they sit fourth and are locked in a battle to
qualify for next season’s competition.

“I
remember Klopp’s (Borussia) Dortmund, who are similar to Liverpool.
They have that competitiveness, but the players they have mean they play
in a different way,” said Simeone.

Neville expects City to win appeal against ‘hopeless’ Uefa

Gary Neville has backed Manchester City to
win an appeal against a two-season ban from European competition imposed
by a “hopeless” Uefa.

European football’s governing body
announced on Friday that City has been banned from continental
competition for two seasons for what Uefa said were “serious” financial
fair-play breaches between 2012 and 2016.

English Premier League
champions City, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million),
responded quickly to say they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration
for Sport (CAS).

And former Manchester United defender Neville believes City’s legal challenge will prove successful.

“I
think City will beat Uefa. Uefa, I have no faith in them whatsoever,”
Sky Sports pundit Neville told the broadcaster on Monday.

Long layoff makes it tough for Pogba – Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer says French midfielder Paul Pogba has been out of action for
so long he faces a real challenge to get fully fit and back in the team.

Pogba,
whose future at the club has been the subject of much speculation, is
still recovering from an ankle injury that has restricted him to eight
United appearances this season. He last featured in a 4-1 win over
Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

“Paul knows he has to work hard to
get back to his best,” Solskjaer told British media. “He has been out
now for so long now, it’s a challenge to get back into shape.”

Pogba
was not part of the United group that spent the mid-season break at a
training camp in Spain but Solskjaer confirmed the 26-year-old was given
permission to do his recovery work somewhere else.

Dortmund teen Haaland goes head-to-head with PSG star Mbappe

At just 21, Kylian Mbappe is already a World
Cup winner while at only 19, Erling Braut Haaland has emerged as a
rising fast-star this season.

As Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel
Messi approach the end of their careers, could Mbappe and Haaland be the
next duo to dominate football?

We look at the star forwards who
meet when Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund host Mbappe’s Paris Saint-Germain
in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg, tie.

Stuttering Atletico seek old habits to upset Liverpool and the odds

Atletico Madrid might once have relished the
challenge of resisting an opponent like Liverpool, but reaching the
Champions League’s quarterfinals will require a performance not yet seen
from them this season.

Diego Simeone’s side are no longer the
same Atletico famed for their inch-perfect defence, relentless work
ethic and a knack for grinding down even the most assured, attacking
teams.

Instead, they are 12 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid
in La Liga and last week sat sixth, a reflection of a deflating few
months during which their old identity has blurred and their esteemed
coach been questioned.

Nuno still waiting for new Wolves contract offer

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito
Santo says he has yet to be offered a new long-term contract by the
club but assured fans the job remains his “obsession”.

Nuno, whose
current deal expires in 2021, guided Wolves to the Championship title
in 2018 before helping them finish seventh in the Premier League last
season.

Wolves are competing in the top half of the table again
this season and are also into the round of 32 in the Europa League,
where they face Espanyol on Thursday.

Liverpool look to extend lead as top-four battle recommences

Liverpool are expected to take another step
towards clinching a long-awaited Premier League title at
bottom-of-the-table Norwich, while behind the runaway leaders the battle
for Champions League places takes centre stage this weekend.

The
Reds can extend their mammoth 22-point lead over Manchester City at
Carrow Road on Saturday as they aim to not only win the league for the
first time in 30 years, but smash the record books in the process.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped just two points all season and are on a run of 16 consecutive league wins.

Juventus seek Brescia boost as rivals Inter, Lazio go head-to-head

Juventus return to their home comforts of
Turin after a poor away run, hosting struggling Brescia on Sunday with
top spot in Serie A at stake as title rivals Inter Milan and Lazio go
head-to-head in the Stadio Olimpico.

Inter moved top last weekend
ahead of Juventus on goal difference after the eight-time reigning
champions’ shock 2-1 defeat at Hellas Verona.

Maurizio Sarri’s side will be counting on a win over Mario Balotelli’s lowly Brescia, who are second last in the table.

Ighalo steers clear of Man Utd training over coronavirus fears

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has
yet to set foot in the club’s training ground since joining on loan from
Shanghai Shenhua after being told to stay away due to concerns over the
coronavirus, British media reported on Thursday.

The flu-like
virus has killed over 1 300 people and infected around 60 000 in China
after it first emerged in Wuhan late last year.

The Times
reported Ighalo has been training at the National Taekwondo Centre in
Manchester since arriving on loan from the Chinese club almost two weeks
ago.