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# christmas clasico
Valverde confident Clasico won't attract trouble despite political climate
Wednesday’s El Clasico will take place with a political backdrop due to pre-game protests, but Ernesto Valverde expects no Camp Nou trouble.
# Challenge
Flamengo boss confident Brazilians will prove they're better than Liverpool
Jorge Jesus is optimistic his side can overcome the Reds, but first they face his former employers Al Hilal.
# Blow
Tierney to miss three months as Arsenal confirm shoulder surgery
Nicolas Pepe has been passed fit to face Manchester City, but Arsenal will be without defender Kieran Tierney for an extended period.
# message
Inter cancel news conference in protest at publication of 'offensive' Conte letter
After an Italian newspaper published a critical letter about Antonio Conte, Inter cancelled their scheduled media session for Saturday.
# give it freddie
Ljungberg hints at hope for quick end to Arsenal coaching uncertainty
Ahead of the clash with Manchester City, Freddie Ljungberg said it was “not so easy” to coach Arsenal without his own backroom team.
# Challenge
Munster take on daunting task of beating reinforced Saracens away from home
The English side have welcomed back a raft of big names for the Allianz Park clash.
# annoyed
Klopp hits out at German translator ahead of Liverpool's crunch match
The Reds boss was in a fiery mood ahead of the crunch game, telling a translator, “I can do it by myself”.
# no hassle
Dealing with transfer speculation 'not hard at all', says higly-rated teen star
Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has attracted interest from several clubs including Manchester United.
# Kingpin
Carty back at 10 as Connacht look for statement win on the road in Gloucester
Gloucester’s interest in the Champions Cup may be diminished but they possess real quality.
# Looking Back
'I wasn't living the way I should,' admits Sterling
The forward feels he was not always 100% dedicated to football as he is now.
# Don't Look Back
Manchester United is a 'closed chapter', says Jose Mourinho
The Portuguese boss is hopeful of another ‘beautiful reception’ when he returns to Old Trafford.
# Part II
AJ 'reinvented' for Ruiz rematch after seeking Klitschko's advice
Wladimir Klitschko has helped Anthony Joshua develop a new mindset ahead of his rematch with heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.
# New blood
Man City won't buy any players in January - Guardiola
No new faces will be arriving at Premier League champions Manchester City next month, according to boss Pep Guardiola.
# Speculation
'I don't talk about things that are not real' - Wolves boss Nuno not distracted by Arsenal links
Unai Emery’s insecure position at Arsenal has led to suggestions Nuno Espirito Santo could take over.
# Teenage Kicks
Solskjaer to give Man United debuts to academy trio against Astana
There could be as many as 14 teenagers in United’s 18-player squad for the Europa League clash.
# Best of Enemies
'You want to come?!' - Birmingham hit back at ex-boss Monk after Clotet blast
The Sheffield Wednesday manager was surprisingly sacked by the Blues in June.
# opponent
Simeone: 'I don't think it will be just Ronaldo against Atletico'
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has told his players to focus on Juventus as a whole, not just Cristiano Ronaldo.
# bale not out
Bale is committed to Real Madrid despite Bernabeu boos, says Courtois
The attacker has been hammered by the Spanish press since appearing with a banner reading, ‘Wales, golf, Madrid.’
# Preview
Hope rather than logic sustaining Ireland ahead of qualification finale with the Danes
There is little evidence that Ireland can pull off the win they need against Denmark tonight – but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
# french visitors
Injury-depleted Connacht out for stirring win on return to Champions Cup
Andy Friend’s men welcome Top 14 outfit Montpellier to Galway this afternoon.
# On The Road
Out-of-sorts Ospreys mean Munster have chance for perfect start in Europe
Johann van Graan’s side must not miss their opportunity to begin with a win in Swansea.
# AIL preview
Cork and Dublin derbies to shape the top of the table in Division 1A
It’s fourth versus first on Leeside and third versus second in the capital this weekend.
# Preview
Fringe players and prospects given chance to shine against NZ, but few spots against Denmark at stake
Mick McCarthy has already named his team for tonight’s friendly with New Zealand – just don’t expect many of them to be involved on Monday night.
# Tension
'I'd imagine Sterling's not hugely enthusiastic about me' – Southgate
The Man City star has been dropped by the England manager.
# xhaka can't
Emery: Xhaka 'not feeling good enough to play' against Leicester this weekend
The now former Gunners captain told his manager this week that he does not feel in the right frame of mind to feature against the Foxes.
# Preview
'You have got to back your style': Friend's Connacht looking within for motivation as Leinster head west
The Connacht boss isn’t getting his side all riled up for the visit of Leinster, he’s pushing for a big performance no matter who the opponent is.
# January blues
Lampard 'very happy' with Chelsea squad as transfer ban appeal date is set
Chelsea’s transfer ban is “a little down my list”, says boss Frank Lampard ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Ajax.
# contact talks
'Mane is not a diver!' Klopp defends his star after Guardiola criticism
The Reds manager was frustrated to see criticism from the rival boss ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League meeting with Genk.
# Preview
Eddie Jones' England have qualities to secure World Cup against Boks
Rassie Erasmus’ South Africans will back themselves to match the English power in Yokohama.
# slugfest
Gatland's Wales and Rassie's Boks to battle for final spot against England
The second semi-final in Yokohama promises to be a brutally physical affair.
# Thriller
All Blacks clash with England shaping up to be a World Cup classic
Today’s semi-final in Yokohama will see Eddie Jones’ team desperate to bring the Kiwis down.
# what crisis?
'Tottenham haven't forgotten how to play football' - Klopp
Spurs have struggled to find their best form so far this season, but Jurgen Klopp is wary of underestimating them.
# Preview
All Blacks stand in the way as Ireland target first-ever World Cup semi-final
‘There’s nothing we can do about the previous results,’ said Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton.
# Warrior code
It's do or die as Eddie Jones turns up heat ahead of England-Australia 'samurai' clash
The England chief is braced for the quarter-final meeting with rivals Australia in Oita.
Liverpool receive double fitness boost ahead of Man United test
Alisson Becker and Joel Matip trained at Melwood on Tuesday ahead of the clash at Old Trafford.
# Preview
McCarthy bemused by lack of positivity but few signs pointing to Irish win in Geneva
Based on the evidence of last weekend, Ireland will struggle tonight to find the result that can send them to Euro 2020 with a game to spare.
# Preview
Prospect of win in Georgia puts Ireland tantalisingly close to Euro 2020 qualification
It won’t be straightforward, but should Ireland win tonight, they will dance out of Tbilisi…Flatley-style.
# Preview
Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans
Joe Schmidt’s side can save themselves a nervous Sunday by winning with four tries in Fukuoka today.
# temperamental
Mancini warns Kean after red card against Ireland
The Italy U21 star was dismissed for pushing Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott in the chest.
# tensions
Southgate: English football must solve its own racism issues
The Bulgarian FA chief was upset with remarks made by the England camp but Southgate has tried to defuse to the situation.