5 Teams Who Could Have Their Champions League Dreams Shattered This Week

There is still plenty to play for on the final matchday of the 2018/19 Champions League group stage.

The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid may already be assured of their place in the knockout rounds, but five big names are still in danger of crashing out of the competition this week.

Here’s a look at five teams whose Champions League dreams could be shattered…


?Internazionale

Tottenham Hotspur v FC Internazionale - UEFA Champions League Group B

Inter are at risk of their first Champions League campaign since 2011/12 ending at the first hurdle after a loss against Tottenham on matchday five saw them slip to third place in Group B, although they remain level on points with Spurs above them.

A win for the Nerazzurri at home against an already eliminated PSV Eindhoven in the final game could be enough to see them through, but there are no guarantees.


Tottenham Hotspur

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham players are well aware that Inter are breathing down their necks and it was only because of a dramatic and heroic late win over the three-time European champions last time out that Spurs even have a chance of reaching the knockout rounds.

Harry Kane and co. will have to call on that spirit as they desperately need to take points off Barcelona. Taking to the pitch at Camp Nou, they must simply match Inter’s result against PSV, win, lose or draw. 

Anything less than a win might result in dropping into the Europa League.


Napoli

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Napoli find themselves top of Group C with only one game left to play and yet could actually be third and out of the Champions League by the time matchday six is over. That is how tight it is.

The Serie A side are at least in control of their own destiny and do not have to rely on another result elsewhere in the group going in their favour as long as they aren’t beaten by Liverpool, on what promises to be an epic European night at Anfield. Losing leaves them exposed, though.


Liverpool

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Liverpool are playing catch up in Group C after suffering defeats against Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain in their first five games. Now, only a win in the final game when Napoli visit Anfield will be enough for last season’s finalist to make the knockout rounds.

Assuming PSG beat Red Star in the other game, Liverpool can progress with a 1-0 win over Napoli. A victory of two or more goals would be enough, but UEFA’s tiebreaker criteria means that a 2-1 or 3-2 win, for example, would not be enough. Though if PSG cannot beat Red Star, any Liverpool win will actually do the job.

On the other side of the same coin, if Napoli beat Liverpool and Red Star beat PSG, the Reds would actually finish bottom of the group and even miss out on the consolation Europa League.


Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Group C

Should a PSG side featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the two most expensive players of all time, not qualify for the Champions League knockout stages there would be a huge inquest in the French capital as this team has been solely built for European glory after dominating France.

What’s more, it could very feasibly happen if the Ligue 1 leaders are unable to win on the road against Red Star, who haven’t yet been beaten in Belgrade in the competition this season, and Liverpool win by any score-line against Napoli.


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Coppa Italia Last 16 Draw Sees Juve Travel to Bologna While Napoli Face Sassuolo

?The draw for the Coppa Italia round of 16 has taken place, as the top eight Serie A sides entering the competition, with league leaders Juventus facing a trip to struggling Bologna as they endeavour to win the prestigious trophy for the fifth consecutive year. 

Juve made history when they became the only side in the history of the competition to win it four years on the bounce against Milan in May, and are looking to extend their unprecedented run of domestic dominance even further by winning the 2018/19 trophy. 

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Elsewhere, last year’s beaten finalists ?Milan will travel to Sampdoria, who overcame SPAL in the fourth round in one of five all-?Serie A clashes, while ?Napoli host Sassuolo. 

Serie B side Virtus Entella, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, will look to follow up their surprise victory over Genoa on penalties with another historic victory, as they travel to AS Roma looking to upset the odds yet again.

You can see the entire list of fixtures below.

?Bologna vs ?Juventus?
?Lazio  vs? Novara?
?Sampdoria vs? Milan?
??Inter vs? Benevento
?Napoli vs? Sassuolo?
?Torino vs? Fiorentina?
?Cagliari vs? Atalanta?
?AS Roma vs? Virtus Entella?

Ties will be played on the weekend of January 12, with two matches taking place on Monday January 14.

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Inter vs PSV Eindhoven Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Inter clash with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night, as the UEFA Champions League group stage draws to a conclusion.

The Italian club is looking to achieve progress to the round of 16 for the first time since the 2014/15 season and qualification is dependent on the result of a simultaneous match between Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

?Inter will be knocked out of the competition if ?Spurs win at the Camp Nou, while any other result will be good enough to see them through – if they beat PSV.

As for PSV themselves, their ?Champions League campaign ends in this match regardless of the result. The Dutch side have recorded only one point in Group B and even a win over Inter won’t earn them the consolation prize of a place in the Europa League.

Check out 90min’s preview of the upcoming game below.


How to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? Tuesday 11 December?
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?20:00 (BST)
?Where Is it Played? ?San Siro
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?BT Sport ESPN
?Referee? ?Felix Zwayer

Team News

Midfielder ?Radja Nainggolan remains Inter’s only major injury concern ahead of their match against PSV Eindhoven.

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The Belgian hasn’t featured for I Nerazzurri since their last Champions League clash with Tottenham, and although Luciano Spalletti is hopeful for his return, Tuesday’s clash may come to early for the 30-year-old.

The visitors have no fresh injury concerns outside of long-term absentees Ryan Thomas and Matthias Verreth, who are both out with knee injuries.


Predicted Lineups

?Inter ?Handanovi?; Vrsaljko, Škriniar, Miranda, Asamoah; Gagliardini, Brozovi?, João Mário; Politano, Icardi, Periši?.
?PSV Eindhoven ?Zoet; Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino; Rosario, Hendrix; Lozano, Pereiro, Bergwijn; De Jong.


?Head to Head Record

This is just the fourth time Inter will meet PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, after their first group stage match this season and two other group stage fixtures during the 2007/08 campaign.

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?Inter have won all three matches against their Dutch opponents, conceding a single goal, as they scored five of their own. That PSV goal came earlier in the group stage this season, when they were beaten 2-1 by Spalletti’s men, courtesy of goals by Nainggolan and striker ?Mauro Icardi.


Recent Form

Ever since their 5-0 win over Genoa, Inter have won one of their following six matches in all competitions, recording three losses and two draws. That form has seen them yield second place in the ?Serie A to rivals ?Napoli?.

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PSV, meanwhile, enjoyed a 6-0 victory over Excelsior in the Eredivisie, recording their 14th win in 15 league matches so far to ensure their place on top of the table.

Their form in the Champions League, though, has produced contrasting fortunes, as they’ve won none of their five matches in Group B, and are thus definitely heading out of Europe following Tuesday’s match at the San Siro.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

Inter? PSV Eindhoven
?Juventus 1-0 Inter (7/12) ?PSV Eindhoven 6-0 Excelsior (7/12)
?Roma 2-2 Inter (2/12) ?Feyenoord 2-1 PSV Eindhoven (2/12)
?Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Inter (28/11) ?PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Barcelona (28/11)
?Inter 3-0 Frosinone (24/11) ?PSV Eindhoven 3-0 SC Heerenveen (24/11)
?Atalanta 4-1 Inter (11/11) ?De Graafschap 1-4 PSV Eindhoven (10/11)

Prediction

It’s a tricky position to be in, relying on results elsewhere to confirm your qualification, but? Inter are going to have to deal with that reality, as complete focus on their match against the Dutch champions is crucial to their chances of going through.

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They certainly boast a stronger side than PSV on paper and should match that on the pitch with an important win.

Prediction: Inter 2-0 PSV Eindhoven

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Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday

Inter will take on PSV Eindhoven in the final group match of the UEFA Champions League campaign, where their progression depends on the result of the group’s other game – Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

I Nerazzurri have had a mixed run of results in Europe’s grand competition this season, winning two, losing two and drawing one of their five matches thus far. They will, however, be keen to end the group stage off with a win that could see them qualify for the round of 16 for the first time since the 2014/15 season.

Here’s a look at how they could line-up on Tuesday evening.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Samir Handanovi? (GK) – 34 years old but still going strong. Inter’s number one is set to return to the lineup at the San Siro.

Šime Vrsaljko (RB) – The Croatian has only played a single game in the Champions League for his club but is in contention to make a second appearance in this vital clash against PSV.

Milan Škriniar (CB) – Škriniar is fast making a name for himself as one of Europe’s most promising centre-backs, so another solid performance in this match will do little to lower his value in the market.

Miranda (CB) – Miranda has often been preferred as Luciano Spalletti’s first choice in partnering Škriniar, so it should be no surprise to see him make his third start in the competition on Tuesday.

Kwadwo Asamoah (LB) – The versatile Asamoah has appeared in all of Inter’s Champions League matches this season and is fit to make his sixth appearance, as he seeks to help the Italian side progress to the round of 16.

2. Midfielders

Roberto Gagliardini (DM) – Gagliardini spoke with disappointment about Inter’s recent 1-0 defeat to Juventus, so the Italian will be looking for a response against PSV from both himself and his teammates.

Marcelo Brozovi? (CM) – One of Inter’s best performers in Friday’s Derby d’Italia, Brozovi? will be eager to continue his fine displays and hope that this time it’s enough to earn his side a win.

João Mário (AM) – The Portuguese midfielder is yet to make his first appearance for Inter in the Champions League, but teammate Radja Nainggolan’s struggles for fitness could pave the way for him into the lineup on Tuesday.

3. Forward

Matteo Politano (RW) – Inter’s dynamic Italian is in contention to make his 21st appearance of the season against PSV.

Mauro Icardi (CF) – Icardi will be out to add to his three Champions League goals so far, as he looks to fire Inter into the round of 16.

Ivan Periši? (LW) – Periši? has also been an ever-present in the competition for Inter and should return to make his sixth start on Tuesday.

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Arsenal Reportedly Considering £25m Mesut Ozil Exit With Inter Set for Talks This Week

?Arsenal are apparently open to the idea of offloading star man Mesut Ozil in January, with Inter set to discuss a potential transfer with the German’s agent in Italy this week.

Ozil has been absent from each of Arsenal’s last four Premier League outings, of which the Gunners have won four and drawn one, with the 29-year-old suffering with a back problem. The midfielder is being eased back into training, but there are growing concerns that he no longer has a place in Unai Emery’s setup.


?Arsenal’s Spanish head coach has revamped his system in ?Ozil’s absence in recent weeks, switching to a back three system which the German may struggle to adjust to upon his return to action. With that said, ?The Sun have reported that the Gunners may be prepared to sanction Ozil’s exit from the Emirates.

The report comes as something of a surprise, given that the Gunners handed Ozil a staggering pay rise to £350,000-a-week to commit his future to the north London side – just a year before Arsenal are now said to be considering his departure.

However, Ozil’s new contract was one of the last major deals conducted by the club as Arsene Wenger’s reign as manager drew to a close at the Emirates, and Unai Emery has made significant changes at Arsenal since then.

The Spaniard has implemented a more meticulous and ruthless regime in north London, and that is reportedly set to continue in Ozil’s case.

Arsenal are said to be open to offers of around £25m for the German superstar in January.

It is said that Ozil’s brother will be among his representatives that travel to Italy this week to hold talks over a potential deal with Serie A giants ?Inter.

Though the San Siro outfit are apparently unable to meet the midfielder’s wage demands, Ozil would see little sense in staying put at the Emirates if he is no longer first choice under Emery.


What’s more, it is suggested that Emery could be keen to generate funds from Ozil’s departure to put towards signing a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck in attack. The England striker is likely to miss the rest of the season.

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