Pochettino waits on injured Alli

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that Dele Alli may be fit enough to start Wednesday's Champions League clash at Manchester City.

Alli broke his hand in last week's first leg, which Spurs won 1-0, but has been able to return to training.

The 23-year-old missed Saturday's 4-0 drubbing of Huddersfield Town, but Pochettino said: "We need to assess him. We are going to have the last training session and then we have to decide whether it is possible for him to play from the start or be on the bench."

Meanwhile, the Argentinian has praised Heung-Min Son, who scored the only goal against City last week.

The South Korean has been outstanding since Harry Kane picked up his latest injury and has 18 goals in all competitions for Spurs this season.

Son was involved for his country at World Cup 2018 and then at the Asia Cup, with Pochettino saying of the 26-year-old: "He's doing a fantastic job this season. Since November I've been so happy with him. Before that he was involved in the Asia Cup and it was difficult for him.

"It's not just about Son though. Without Harry Kane, the players need to step up. With Harry Kane, Son was doing a fantastic job. Now I think we need, like always, a collective effort and to be strong and have the belief and the mentality to fight."

Of Wednesday's match against Pep Guardiola's team, former Southampton boss Pochettino added: "It's going to be tough. Manchester City are one of the best teams in the world and a clear favourite to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

"For us to beat them in the first leg was an amazing result but we know very well the tie is still open. But what we have is the faith and belief that we can be strong and we can fight. It's going to be an amazing challenge. I am so excited and motivated."

Spurs are available at 6/5 to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League while Son is 3/1 to score at any time in Wednesday's match.

Stones seeks perfect start

Manchester City defender John Stones has said ahead of the game against Tottenham that all the club's players are dreaming about winning the Champions League this season.

The defending Premier League champions go into Wednesday's quarter-final second-leg clash 1-0 down following last week's first match in London.

Stones, who is unsure whether he will be in Pep Guardiola's starting line-up for the vital clash, is desperate to help the club win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

City, who reached the semi-finals of European club football's most prestigious competition in 2015/16 and the last eight 12 months ago, are 11/4 to win the Champions League this season.

Guardiola's team are 8/13 to qualify for the semi-finals and 7/1 to win Wednesday's match 2-0.

Former Barnsley and Everton defender Stones said: "To be in big games and fighting for everything is a privileged position to be in. We have to take every opportunity and every moment.

"I'm not sure yet if I will start – nobody knows. After the first game, it was obvious we didn't want to come away from it with a defeat, but there's still everything to play for – everything.

"One goal and we go from there. That's how we approach the game and it's so close.

"Winning this competition is something we are all dreaming of and all want to achieve as a club. If you don't dream big and believe in yourself, team-mates, staff, you won't get anywhere near it.

"Everyone knows how big the game is and how important it is to us as a club."

Ill Lovren to miss Porto clash

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Dejan Lovren has not travelled to Portugal for Liverpool's Champions League clash with Porto because he is ill.

The Croatian defender was not included in the 21-man squad for the quarter-final second-leg tie but Adam Lallana is available while Jordan Henderson has recovered from an ankle knock and should feature in the game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for the Reds' Under-23 side at Leicester City on Sunday but will not be involved in Portugal as Liverpool attempt to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Liverpool won last week's first leg at Anfield 2-0 thanks to goals by Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino and are 17/2 to win the second match by the same scoreline with Henderson available at 8/1 to score at any time in the encounter.

Klopp said: "Dejan is ill. He had a bad night. He had no chance to travel. That is the reason for that.

"We have Joe (Gomez), so should be fine for that. We have Fabinho for the position, so that should be OK. We never forced it and we cannot force it.

"Pretty much all the rest are travelling; Ox is not, it makes more sense for him to train here. However much we all love having Ox around, it makes absolute sense for him that he stays here.

"Adam (Lallana) is back in the travelling squad. Hendo is all fine. The other players are all fine, that's really good. Nothing happened. We all have knocks and Hendo got a knock, but that would never take him out."

Liverpool are available at 10/3 to win the Champions League this season and at 11/10 to clinch the Premier League title.

Allegri insists he’s staying

Massimiliano Allegri is adamant that he will still be at Juventus next season after watching his side exit the Champions League at the hands of Ajax on Tuesday.

The Dutch side came from behind to beat the Serie A leaders 2-1 in Turin and seal a 3-2 quarter-final aggregate triumph.

Allegri has led Juventus to four successive league and cup doubles and two Champions League finals, and they are almost certain to wrap up another domestic title this weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed the Old Lady into a first-half lead but Ajax, who knocked the holders Real Madrid out in the last round, hit back to win the tie thanks to goals by Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt.

"I have already talked with the president. I will remain at Juve next season and we are already planning the next campaign," said Allegri.

"Ronaldo gave us a lot during the season and especially in the Champions League. Ajax are a great team, I cannot say much to my players.

"Ajax have several good players and play good football, they are no underdogs. How they can be after scoring five goals against Real Madrid?

"I would not say that this is our worst elimination. Juventus have always the same objective: winning everything. Sometimes you can reach the final, sometimes you can't."

Ajax can be backed at 7/1 to win the Champions League this season while Juventus are available at 1/2 to beat Fiorentina in their next Serie A match on Saturday.

Solskjaer ready to make changes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that he faces a major rebuilding job as he attempts to strengthen a Manchester United side that exited the Champions League on Tuesday.

United slumped to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the second leg of their quarter-final clash as they suffered a 4-0 aggregate defeat to the La Liga leaders.

Lionel Messi scored twice before Philippe Coutinho added a superb third goal in the 61st minute for a Barcelona side that are now 15/8 to win the Champions League outright.

In contrast United are struggling to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League and may miss out on a place in the Champions League for the third time in six seasons.

The likes of Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia could all leave Old Trafford this summer, although Solskjaer has suggested there may be more departures.

The Norwegian said: "We did well to get here [the quarter-finals] and you could see the difference between the two teams.

"We know there's work to be done. I've said all along this isn't going to change overnight and the next few years are going to be massive for us to get to the level where Barcelona and other teams are at the moment.

"We've done really, really well to get to the quarters and challenge for the top four. So we've got a rebuilding job but it starts with the coaches and players, and of course one or two additions to the squad will happen in the summer."

United, 11/4 to finish in the top four, are 6/5 to beat Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.

Momentum the key for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold says that momentum will be the key for Liverpool as they aim to go one better than last season in the Champions League.

Top of the table in the Premier League, the Reds turn their attentions to European football on Wednesday night with the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final with FC Porto.

Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino at Anfield last week ensure that Jurgen Klopp's side travel to Portugal with the advantage and the teams met in the competition last year too, Liverpool winning 5-0 in Porto.

They eventually reached the final, losing out to Real Madrid and Alexander-Arnold says momentum is crucial this season as they bid to win the Premier League and Champions League double.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "When you're in amongst the wins and grinding out the results, you can't wait to get to the next game.

"Obviously we have fond memories of Porto last season, so we're looking to go there and hopefully replicate what we've done."

Liverpool are 11/10 to win Wednesday night's game with Porto 14/5 and the draw 5/2.

While the focus is on progression in Europe on Wednesday night, Liverpool's league position is healthy too and they sit top of the Premier League table, two points clear of Manchester City who have a game in hand.

They beat Chelsea 2-0 at the weekend and Alexander-Arnold says their patience was rewarded in the end.

"A few weeks ago we would have got frustrated, been a bit too forward and left ourselves vulnerable," he added.

"But we took our time, we closed them out and never gave them too many chances. The second half we came out all guns blazing and finished them off."

Liverpool are 11/10 to win the Premier League title with Manchester City priced at 8/11.

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League remains priority for Pep

Pep Guardiola says the Premier League title remains the biggest prize on offer this season despite their Champions League campaign.

Manchester City, having already won the League Cup, are still in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple this season.

Second in the Premier League, they are in the FA Cup final next month and, this week, attempt to reach the last four of the Champions League.

They play Tottenham in the quarter-finals, trailing 1-0 after the first-leg in London.

Having already won the Premier League title with City last season, Guardiola says retaining the trophy remains the priority this campaign.

At a press conference ahead of Wednesday night's game with Spurs, the City boss said: "A lot of big clubs are not here now in these stages, so what is important is how you handle things for 11 months.

"That is why I have said many times the Premier League, for me, is the most important title, showing every three days that you are there. Being there every time sends out a good message.

"What we need to do tomorrow is put our hurt on the pitch, our desire and after we will see."

City are 3/10 to win Wednesday's game with Spurs 10/1 and the draw 5/1. City are 7/1 to win the game 2-0.

City and Spurs meet again in the Premier League on Saturday and Guardiola's side then travel to face local rivals United at Old Trafford in games which will have a big say in whether they will be in a position to retain the league title.

They are two points behind Liverpool in the table but have a game in hand. City are 8/11 to win the title while Liverpool are priced at 11/10.

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Timely return for Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez has been included in Manchester United's squad for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona.

The Chile international has been sidelined for the last six weeks because of a knee injury.

Matteo Darmian and Nemanja Matic have also been named in the 22-man squad as United attempt to reach the semi-finals of the competition despite losing 1-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw is suspended for the second leg after picking up a yellow card in last week's game against the La Liga leaders.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford believes United can cause a major shock by winning at the Nou Camp.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men managed to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the last round despite losing the first leg on home soil 2-0.

An upbeat Rashford said: "We understand as a team that we have to go into the second leg with a positive mind-set and get the job done.

"I think we have to do things more as a team. When they have the ball we have to press, and everyone has to press. When we have the ball and we're attacking then everyone has to be up, so if we lose the ball we can win it back quickly.

"We'll always take confidence from winning in Paris but we also understand that it's not PSG, it's a different match, a different atmosphere, it's a completely different ball game. We go there confident but if we're going to win it's probably going to be different to how we did it in Paris."

United are 9/1 to qualify for the semi-finals and 40/1 to beat Barcelona 2-0 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, they can be backed at 2/1 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Klopp sounds note of caution

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not think a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League is a foregone conclusion for his side.

The Reds beat Porto 2-0 at Anfield in last week's quarter-final first leg tie and it is widely anticipated that they will finish the job off in Portugal on Wednesday.

However, Klopp has sounded a note of caution, saying: "We go to Porto now, which will be a tough one.

"We know that they get at least two players back, Pepe and (Hector) Herrera, so they will be an interesting and difficult challenge. Then we play Cardiff and everybody knows that is a tough place to go."

Liverpool, 9/1 to beat Porto 2-0 in Wednesday's second leg, remain at the top of the Premier League table after beating Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday.

Klopp understands that his side may have to win all four of their remaining league games to have any chance of clinching the title as second-placed Manchester City are showing no signs of wilting. The current odds have Liverpool at 11/10 to win the Premier League title this season and City at 8/11.

Klopp added: "We only try to collect as many points as possible. What is it now, 85? Four games to play. 97 (possible). Let's try.

"And if that's enough, then perfect. If not, we cannot change it. And we didn't lose it here or there or whatever."

Liverpool beat Chelsea thanks to Sadio Mane's header and a brilliant strike from Mo Salah.

Liverpool regain top spot

Liverpool spent part of Sunday afternoon in second place in the Premier League but ended the day as they started it, at the top of the table.

Manchester City had temporarily replaced them after they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 but, with the pressure back on Jurgen Klopp's team, they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield and, having played a game more than City, are two points ahead of them thanks in part to a superb strike from Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool were the first to go close in the game, Sadio Mane crossing for Salah but his volley was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal.

Chelsea threatened on 20 minutes when Willian fed Eden Hazard but Joel Matip forced the Belgian out and his shot was comfortably saved by Alisson.

Liverpool were dominating possession and looking the more dangerous although Chelsea were threatening on the break.

However, the home side were pressing as the game meandered towards half-time, Roberto Firmino finding Salah whose pass was met by Sane but his smart shot went wide of the left post.

It was possibly a nervy Anfield with the match goalless at the break, but the home crowd erupted five minutes into the second half, Jordan Henderson getting a cross into the box and slack marking allowed Mane to head home.

Two minutes later Liverpool doubled their lead and this time it was a goal to savour, Salah letting fly from 25 yards out, a swerving shot going into the top corner, a goal worthy of winning any game.

Chelsea did respond to the double blow, going desperately close to getting a goal back shortly afterwards when Hazard found himself through on goal but hit the woodwork;, he got another shot in just a minute later but Alisson made a good save to keep the score 2-0.

However, those alarms aside Liverpool saw the remainder of the game out fairly comfortably to return to the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool are back in action in midweek when they hope to make it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

They have a 2-0 lead after the first-leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto and are 21/20 to win the match in Portugal with Porto 11/4 and the draw 9/4.

Liverpool are 7/2 to win the Champions League this year with Manchester City 10/3 and Barcelona 5/2.

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