PSG: UEFA open investigation into Leonardo & Nasser Al-Khelaifi conduct

UEFA have opened a disciplinary case against Leonardo and Nasser Al-Khelaifi following reports that the pair reacted angrily to Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

PSG went into the second leg 1-0 up and scored first to make it 2-0 on aggregate before half time. However, a spectacular collapse followed with Karim Benzema netting a quick-fire hat trick to send Mauricio Pochettino’s side out at the last-16 stage.

The capitulation was instigated by a Gianluigi Donnarumma error. The Italian was too casual in possession with Benzema nicking the ball off him before Vinicius Junior squared for the Frenchman to score.

Those in the PSG camp contended that Donnarumma was fouled in the build-up, and after the game sporting director Leonardo and president Al-Khelaifi are alleged to have tried to gain entry to the referees room to plead their case. Some reports go as far as to suggesting the duo had to be physically removed from the room.

According to L’Equipe, the pair will now be investigated by UEFA over the behaviour at the game and sanctions could follow.

In the aftermath of the defeat it was also alleged that Neymar and Donnarumma had been involved in the changing-room fracas. This has since been denied by both players.

PSG’s elimination from the Champions League leaves Pochettino’s position in serious doubt. He is widely expected to depart the French capital at the end of the season, if not sooner, and 90min understands that the former Spurs boss remains a target for Manchester United.

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Man Utd predicted lineup vs Tottenham – Premier League

Ralf Rangnick will be looking for a response from his players as Man Utd host Tottenham in the battle for the top four in the Premier League.

United were embarrassed by their city rivals in the Manchester Derby last time out, leading to accusations from former captain Roy Keane that the side had ‘given up’ in the second half.

The defeat also damaged United’s bid for the top four after Arsenal’s win earlier in the day, although victory this weekend would open up a five-point gap on Tottenham – albeit having played two games more.

Here’s how Man Utd could line up.

Raphael Varane

Varane was absent during last weekend’s Manchester Derby defeat / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

David De Gea (GK) – One of the best shot stoppers in the division, but his reluctance to sweep up behind his defence is undermining Rangnick’s approach.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – Endured a chastening afternoon against City’s left-hand side last weekend, with very little to support from elsewhere.

Raphael Varane (CB) – The Frenchman is likely to go straight back into the side following his return from Covid-19.

Harry Maguire (CB) – His confidence looks completely shredded at the moment, but United have few options in reserve.

Luke Shaw (LB) – Similar to Varane, the Englishman’s qualities are missed by Man Utd when he’s not involved.

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Fernandes remains one of United’s better performers / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Scott McTominay (CM) – Criticism of his ability on the ball is valid, but Rangnick appreciates his endeavour out of possession.

Fred (CM) – Made just one tackle against City last weekend, which encapsulated Man Utd’s performance.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Four goal contributions in his last six games, which puts the recent criticism of the Portuguese into context.

Jadon Sancho (RW) – His expertly-taken finish against Man City last time out may have been in vain, but it capped off a very fine last few months for the summer arrival.

Marcus Rashford (ST) – He may be unhappy with his lack of game time at United, but this weekend could be a chance to prove his worth.

Paul Pogba (LW) – Lovely through pass to release Sancho for his equaliser at the Etihad last weekend.

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Man Utd vs Tottenham: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

With last weekend’s Manchester derby humiliation still lingering, Man Utd will aim to repair their top-four hopes against Tottenham at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

United failed to muster an attempt on goal in the second half of last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Man City, with former midfielder Roy Keane accusing the side of ‘giving up’ after the interval.

Still, Ralf Rangnick’s side remain just a point outside of the top four – having played three games more than Arsenal – and they could open up a five-point gap to Tottenham with victory this weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

When is kick off? Saturday 12 March, 17:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Old Trafford
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, BBC Match of the Day (22:30)
Referee? Jonathan Moss
VAR? Andre Marriner

It remains to be seen whether Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the squad after the Portuguese was omitted from the Manchester derby defeat with a hip flexor problem.

Reports suggest there may have been an ulterior motive from Rangnick behind the decision, while Edinson Cavani was also left out of the squad despite returning to training earlier in the week.

In more positive news for the Red Devils, both Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw will be available after they recently tested positive for Covid-19 prior to last Sunday’s defeat.

Oliver Skipp will not feature for Spurs amid a persistent groin problem, with Conte recently ‘demanding answers’ from his medical staff over the length of the midfielder’s absence.

Ryan Sessegnon, meanwhile, was forced at the interval in Monday’s win over Everton with a muscular problem, meaning Sergio Reguilon is likely to return in his absence.

Japhet Tanganga has also been missing for over a month for Tottenham with a knee injury and his comeback will have to wait.

There is perhaps greater pressure on Man Utd in the race for the top four given Spurs still boast two games in hand.

Conte’s side trail United by just two points and, despite the Italian bemoaning his team’s ‘up-and-down’ nature, they were ruthless in their destruction of Everton last time out.

New signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have settled quickly and, against a United side who seem entirely incapable of sustaining their intensity for 90 minutes, Spurs will smell blood.

Prediction: Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

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Tottenham predicted lineup vs Man Utd – Premier League

Buoyed by their 5-0 thrashing of Everton, Tottenham travel to face Man Utd at Old Trafford in a crucial top four battle in the Premier League.

Spurs responded to their disappointing FA Cup exit to Championship outfit Middlesbrough by dismantling the sorry Toffees, with Harry Kane moving clear of Thierry Henry in the all-time Premier League goalscoring charts with his brace.

The victory moved Tottenham to within three points of the Champions League positions and Conte will hope the victory is the beginning of a sustained run of results for the Lilywhites.

Here’s how Conte could line his side up this weekend.

Cristian Romero

Romero is vital for Tottenham / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Hugo Lloris (GK) – Chucked in a few goals against Wolves last month, although his performances since have been solid.

Cristian Romero (CB) – Has been booked in half of his Premier League appearances in 2022.

Eric Dier (CB) – His return from injury has been key for Spurs, which is a remarkable statement when you consider his inconsistent form over the last few years.

Ben Davies (CB) – Offers an excellent range of passes from defence given his history as a conventional left back.

Rodrigo Bentancur

Bentancur has made an immediate impact at Tottenham / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Matt Doherty (RWB) – Grabbed a pair of assists last time out against Everton, highlighting his improvement in recent weeks.

Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) – Very comfortable carrying the ball from deep, which is perfectly suited to Conte’s style of play.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – Becoming more attuned to Conte’s drilled patterns of play, forming a dynamic partnership with Bentancur.

Sergio Reguilon (LWB) – Could be a chance to impress for the Spaniard with Ryan Sessegnon an injury doubt.

Dejan Kulusevski (RW) – His pair of assists in the 5-0 rout of Everton took him to five goal contributions in just six starts for Spurs.

Harry Kane (ST) – Very much looks to have rediscovered his hunger under Conte.

Son Heung-min (LW) – Four goal contributions in his last five starts, underlining his importance to Spurs.

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Three suspend Chelsea sponsorship following Roman Abramovich sanctions

Mobile phone network Three have confirmed that they are suspending their sponsorship with Chelsea after the UK government brought sanctions against Roman Abramovich on Thursday.

The Russia oligarch had had his assets frozen due to his close ties with Vladimir Putin, who recently ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

Three, who signed a sponsorship deal with Chelsea in 2020 which includes the use of their logo as the club’s primary kit sponsor, have now announced that they are suspending their relationship with the Blues.

“In light of the government’s recently announced sanctions, we have requested Chelsea Football Club temporarily suspend our sponsorship of the club, including the removal of our brand from shirts and around the stadium until further notice,” a Three spokesperson said.

“We recognise that this decision will impact the many Chelsea fans who follow their team passionately. However, we feel that given the circumstances, and the Government sanction that is in place, it is the right thing to do.

“As a mobile network, the best way we can support the people of Ukraine is to ensure refugees arriving in the UK from the conflict and customers currently in Ukraine can stay connected to the people who matter to them. Therefore, we are offering connectivity packages to all Ukrainians arriving in the UK, and those in Ukraine.”

Chelsea play Norwich at Carrow Road on Thursday evening and it remains to be seen whether they are able to run out in kits which do not feature Three’s logo.

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