Lionel Messi Man City stunner REACTION, Chelsea and Liverpool in for Saint-Maximin, Champions League build up

LIONEL MESSI scored a magical first goal for PSG against Man City in the Champions League last night.

The curling effort produced spectacular scenes at the Parc des Princes as the hosts ran out 2-0 winners.

Meanwhile on the transfer front, Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who has continued to impress this season.


Stay up to date with all the latest from around the clubs with our live blog…

  • James Orr


    PSG stars Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar celebrated PSG's win over Man City last night with the only way the modern footballer knows how…the topless selfie in the dressing room.

    There had been reports about some unrest between the trio but that doesn't seem to be case in this shot, which Neymar posted on his Instagram.


  • James Orr


    Allan Saint-Maximin has been the shining light in what has otherwise been a dire start to the season for Steve Bruce and Newcastle United.

    And his stunning form has led to some of the Premier League's biggest clubs sitting up and taking notice.

    According to Calciomercato, Prem contenders Chelsea and Liverpool are both keen on a move for the 24-year-old winger.

    Everton are also credited with an interest in the Frenchman after Saint-Maximin was linked with the Toffees in a possible £60million deal during the summer.

    Both Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp's sides are rumoured to hold 'great interest' in the attacker, as the German managers look to bolster their squads in order to challenge for trophies on multiple fronts.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Thomas Tuchel admits he is powerless to get his Chelsea stars double jabbed after N’Golo Kante tested positive for coronavirus.

    Tuchel said: “It would be easy to say yes now and get maybe applause from a lot of people.

    “But at the same time do I have the right to say it? I’m not so sure. I can make the decision for myself, and everybody else needs to reflect about it and take a risk or not. I think it’s a serious question and vaccination seems to be a proper protection.

    “I am vaccinated. But I don’t really see myself in a position to speak out proper recommendations. I think that would go too far.

    "I’m a football coach, I’m not a 100% expert in this and I would leave it up to them. Everybody is adult enough and everybody lives in a free country, which is a good thing.

    “Of course we take actions and then are responsible for them. We don’t like to lose players. But we are not now angry with N’Golo. We are concerned about him, as we are with any injured players who get a kick in a game.”

  • Anthony Chapman


    Crystal Palace ace Conor Gallagher is on the radar of England boss Gareth Southgate.

    Steve Holland, Southgate’s No 2, was at Selhurst Park to watch the on-loan Crystal Palace player turn in another decent display against Brighton on Monday.

    And It won’t be long before the Chelsea youngster, 21, gets a senior call-up.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Villarreal legend Marcos Senna reckons his side can beat Man Utd again after last season’s Europa League triumph.

    Senna said: “United are coming off the back of a defeat, which makes things more difficult for us, but we have the opportunity to make a very important leap in Europe.

    “I haven’t spoken to Unai about tactics, but he has clear ideas and always wants to go out to win. I don’t think he’s coming to Old Trafford to lock himself in or protect the team.

    “The plan is to go to Old Trafford, compete and not give up on anything. We’ve been to their ground twice and drawn both times, so if it’s three points, then great.”

  • Anthony Chapman


    Mo Salah scored twice as Liverpool thrashed Porto away from home.

    Roberto Firmino also netted a brace after coming off the bench, with Sadio Mane finding the target too.


  • Anthony Chapman

    PSG 2 MAN CITY 0

    Lionel Messi scored his first-ever PSG goal as Man City crashed to defeat in France.

    Ex-Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye gave the hosts a first-half lead before Messi's brilliant finish put the game beyond doubt 15 minutes from time.


  • Anthony Chapman


    Roger Hunt was 'absolutely amazing' and 'you could always count on him', according to his England 1966 team-mate George Cohen.

    He said: "Roger was a terrific guy. A very, very nice person. A great professional. You could always count on him. He was always there.

    "When you wanted him to be there, he was in the goalmouth, threatening all the time. An absolutely amazing player.

    “He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Him and his wife were a delightful couple. She must be very sad at the moment.

    “As a player, Roger was very difficult to mark. Very strong. Very robust. When he went for the ball, he meant it! You knew you would be in a tussle.

    “Roger took a joke, gave a joke. I cannot think of a better person to have in your dressing room. Absolutely marvellous. He will be sorely missed by a lot of people.”

  • Anthony Chapman


    Ex-Chelsea star Olivier Giroud has slammed former boss Thomas Tuchel, two months after leaving the West London club.

    Giroud said: "I really liked the Premier League, but you get to a point where a decision has to be made.

    "My last three months over there – and this I said to the manager, Tuchel – were too difficult. It seemed evident that I had to leave the club.

    "A page was turning, with some emotion and after some fantastic moments there.

    "There were good and bad times, but we did win three very nice titles."

  • Anthony Chapman


    Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Manchester United ace Anthony Martial, according to reports.

    The German giants are believed to have identified the Frenchman as a potential replacement for star forward Erling Haaland, 21.

    According to German outlet SPORT1, Dortmund are preparing to lose Haaland to a Champions League rival next summer.

    And it's thought Martial is on their shortlist, with the player struggling for minutes at Old Trafford this term.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Jorginho has revealed that he very nearly signed for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City before completing a £50million move to Chelsea in July 2018.

    He said: "It was close but it didn't happen. It's how it works in football sometimes.

    "I'm very, very happy at Chelsea. It's a massive club and everyone here at the moment, the atmosphere is so good because everyone is humble.

    "That's why everything is going so well."

  • Anthony Chapman


    Iconic Portuguese defender Pepe gets the nod for Porto in their home clash against Liverpool.

    Meanwhile, Diogo Jota starts up front for the Reds ahead of Roberto Firmino.

    Porto XI: Diogo Costa, Tecatito, Marcano, Pepe, Zaidu, Uribe, Sergio Oliveira, Otavio, Luis Diaz, Taremi, Toni Martinez.

    Liverpool XI: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Jones, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Jota.


  • Anthony Chapman


    Lionel Messi starts for PSG in their Champions League clash with Man City tonight.

    And Pep Guardiola has gone without a striker for the crunch game in the French capital.

    PSG XI: Donnarumma, Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes, Herrera, Verratti, Gueye, Mbappe, Neymar, Messi.

    Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Grealish, Mahrez, Sterling.


  • Anthony Chapman


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in the Sweden squad despite lingering concerns over the knee injury that kept him out of Euro 2020.

    The veteran striker, 39, has been called up for the World Cup qualifiers against Kosovo and Greece in October.

    Boss Janne Andersson said: “I decided to include him because I hope and believe that he can be there and contribute.”

    “He has a period of injury behind him, but it's improving all the time.”

  • Anthony Chapman


    Chelsea and Bayern Munich are NOT in talks over a swap deal involving Christian Pulisic and Leroy Sane.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the European giants are also not planning any future negotiations on the reported transfer.

    Pulisic knows Germany well having played for Borussia Dortmund, while Sane was a Premier League winner with Man City.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Man Utd are reportedly in competition with rivals City in the race to prise Ghanaian starlet Mizak Asante away from Golden Kick SC.

    The 15-year-old striker scored a stunning solo strike on Sunday in his side's Division Two League play-off final clash against Mobile Phone People.

    Club chairman Joseph Epton said: "Before Mizak scored this goal we had already showed his highlights – and those of other players – to clubs abroad.

    "But he was the only player we had feedback about.

    "It has come from Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Genk."

    Manchester rivals United and City are monitoring Ghanaian prodigy Mizak Asante

  • Anthony Chapman


    Man City and Paris Saint-Germain both a combined £1BILLION of talent in their 2021-22 squads – but things were once very different.

    In fact, 13 years ago – when the two clubs first met in Europe – they looked VERY different.

    Here’s how they lined up in their 2008 UEFA Cup clash…

  • Anthony Chapman


    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka is set for a lengthy spell out after being fitted with a knee brace.

    The Gunners midfielder hobbled off towards the end of their 3-1 win against rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

    He has now been spotted wearing the brace after his wife Leonita posted a picture on Instagram with their young daughter.

    It is not known how long the 29-year-old will be out of action for but it is suspected to be around six to eight weeks, according to reports.

  • Anthony Chapman


    UEFA have announced Euro 2020 winners Italy will meet Copa America winners Argentina in a new competition between the two confederations.

    The highly-anticipated match will be played next June.

    And it will be the first of a series of three ties over the next five years as part of the deal between Europe’s governing body and South American chiefs in Conmebol.

  • Anthony Chapman


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without skipper Harry Maguire for 'a few weeks'.

    But Luke Shaw is set to return for Man Utd's Champions League clash with Villarreal tomorrow.

    Solskjaer said: “Luke has been in today so I’ll give him a chance to be involved, he didn’t train with the team.

    “Harry (Maguire) is more or less definitely out it doesn’t look good it might take a few weeks.”

  • Anthony Chapman


    Thomas Tuchel has now confirmed N'Golo Kante will miss tomorrow night's Champions League clash against Juventus after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Chelsea will also be without Mason Mount, Reece James and Christian Pulisic for the game.

    Meanwhile, Juventus are missing strikers Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala, which means Moise Kean is likely to start.

  • Sandra Brobbey


    Ian Rush joined Liverpool legends in paying tribute to Anfield great Roger Hunt who passed away at the age of 83 on Monday following a long illness.

    In a message posted on Twitter with a heart emoji and a picture of Hunt, Rush wrote: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Sir Roger Hunt, someone I would always look up to.

    "He was a fantastic goal scorer and a true gentleman on and off the pitch. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace."

  • Sandra Brobbey


    N'Golo Kante has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 according to CBS Sports correspondent James Benge.

    Reports claim the Chelsea midfielder will miss the Blues Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday.

    The highly-rated defensive midfielder had only recently recovered from a groin problem.

  • Sandra Brobbey


    Gary Lineker joined legends from across the game in paying tribute to Liverpool hero Roger Hunt who passed away on Monday.

    In a post on Twitter, the BBC Sport presenter wrote:"Saddened to hear that yet another of the heroes of ‘66 has left us.

    "Roger Hunt was a truly great striker for both LFC and his country.

    "He may be gone but his achievements will always be remembered. RIP Roger."

  • Sandra Brobbey


    Jurgen Klopp has paid a touching tribute to Roger Hunt following the death of the 83-year-old who is Liverpool's record league goalscorer.

    The former England striker, who helped the Three Lions win the World Cup in 1966, passed away on Monday evening.

    The Anfield boss said: "It’s really sad news and our thoughts and our love go to his family.

    "Unfortunately, it feels too frequent in this moment we are saying farewell to these giants of our club.

    "Roger Hunt comes second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear.

    “To be the goalscoring catalyst of the Shankly team to actually achieve promotion and then go on to win those precious league titles and the FA Cup puts him in a bracket of LFC legends who are responsible for making us the club we are today.

    "Not only that, he was also a World Cup winner in 1966, too.

    “I am told the Kop christened him 'Sir Roger' for all his achievements."

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