Tuchel happy with PSG form

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel believes his side are improving all the time, having booked their place in the Champions League last-16.

A convincing 4-1 victory in Belgrade over Red Star confirmed PSG as winners of Group C, with the runaway French league leaders having recovered well from losing their opening group game 3-2 at Liverpool, who edged out Napoli for the runners-up spot.

And Tuchel announced himself pleased with the way his players took to the challenge of a tough section, telling reporters: "It was a difficult group with a lot of quality. It was hard, especially after our first match in Liverpool.

"The team showed they could play together.Now we need to stay humble and have a professional attitude. We are improving and we are hard to beat."

PSG are now priced at 8/1 to win the Champions League, with their best previous showing a run to the semi-finals in the 1994/95 season.

Meanwhile, skipper Thiago Silva challenged his team-mates to continue their good work into the knockout stages of the competition.

He told L'Equipe: "The goal is achieved. I was a little scared this year that we do not go to the round of 16 because it was difficult, but in the difficulty, there are positive things.

"I hope we will continue like this until the end of the season."

Meanwhile, Juventus are 11/2 to win the Champions League, with Real Madrid available at 10/1.

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Jose looking for Pogba impact

Midfielder Paul Pogba has been challenged to make a big impact for Manchester United when they take on Valencia in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old France World Cup winner has been left on the bench of the last two games that United have played in the Premier League, with Red Devils head coach Jose Mourinho not satisfied with the performances of Pogba in previous outings.

Now Pogba will get an opportunity to prove a point in the Mestalla on Wednesday evening, with United having already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

Mourinho told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "I'm looking for him to play well and to have a good impact in the game and on the team.

"It will be a team with many players that don't have many miles in their legs, a team with some players that are not playing a lot.

"So I hope that people like Paul and a couple of others that are normally in the team, who have the number of miles that players need to be at that top level, I hope that they can have a good impact on the team."

United have played Valencia in Spain on three previous occasions in the Champions League, with those three clashes producing a mere one goal in total.

That came in a 1-0 win for the men from Manchester in September 2010, when Javier Hernandez scored the only goal of the game.

The meeting of the two sides at Old Trafford earlier this season also ended goalless and a 0-0 draw on Wednesday evening is priced at 10/1, while United are 17/2 to win 1-0 and 11/4 to keep a clean sheet.

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Massive achievement delights Poch

Mauricio Pochettino hailed his Tottenham side for completing a 'massive achievement' by drawing in Barcelona to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

Spurs progressed thanks to a Lucas Moura goal five minutes from time in the Camp Nou, with a 1-1 draw proving enough for the Londoners due to PSV Eindhoven holding Inter Milan to a 1-1 draw at the San Siro.

And Pochettino could not have been more proud of his players, who made light of having fallen behind just seven minutes into the game in Barcelona.

He told reporters: "This is a massive, massive achievement for the club.

"We suffered because when we finished the game we did not know the result at Inter. It was two very difficult minutes, but in the end of course we were so happy. It's so important for the club.

"I remember after the result in Eindhoven, no-one believed in us. It was a mission impossible – but we are here. We are on the next station and it's a massive achievement for the club."

Tottenham earned just one point from their first three games in Champions League Group B, before earning seven points from their next three matches to join Barca in the last-16.

Pochettino's side are now priced at 25/1 to win the Champions League, with Barcelona 5/1 and Liverpool 10/1.

Meanwhile, Spurs return to Premier League action on Saturday when they play host to a Burnley side who won for the first time in nine games when they edged out Brighton 1-0 last time out.

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Klopp ready for outstanding tie

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp expects his team to have to face an 'outstanding, strong opponent' in the last-16 of the Champions League.

A Mohamed Salah goal earned the Reds a crucial 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield, with the Merseysiders edging out the Italian outfit to join Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stages.

And Klopp was delighted with the performance he watched on Tuesday evening, while accepting that finishing second in Group C could make things a little more difficult for last season's beaten finalists.

He told reporters: "We wait for the draw, no problem with that. Until tonight, I was really not sure we would be in the draw. Now we are in it, how could I sit here and ask for any team? I don't care.

"We are second in the group, so we will have an outstanding, strong opponent.

"This game was just amazing, it was outstanding, unbelievable. The boys played with their whole heart on the pitch – our offensive defending, our offensive pressing was some of the best I ever saw."

Meanwhile, Klopp played down knocks suffered by Joel Matip and James Milner against Napoli, with the German seemingly a little more concerned by the foot injury sustained by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Reds can now be backed at 10/1 to win the Champions League this season, with PSG priced at 8/1 and Manchester City 7/2.

Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday when they play host to Manchester United, with the hosts defending their current standing as table-toppers.

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Ribery heading for Bayern exit

Franck Ribery is the latest player set to leave Bayern Munich at season's end, the Bundesliga champions have confirmed.

Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic indicated that the French winger is likely to join Arjen Robben in exiting the Allianz Arena next summer.

Robben confirmed earlier this month that he would leave when his contract expires in the summer after a decade of success with the German champions.

Ribery, 35, and Robben have been part of a hugely successful era for Bayern since arriving more than nine years ago.

"The president [Uli Hoeness] talked about it [the possibility of Ribery leaving], and I think it will be like that. It's a year of changes," Salihamidzic told reporters.

Former France international Ribery has made 406 competitive appearances for Bayern, scoring 119 goals, and he has featured in 19 games so far this season.

He will have a key role to play as Bayern continue to prosper this season.

"I am pleased that Franck is still playing that well," Salihamidzic said. "He's one of our key players."

Bayern are 1/1 to win their Champions League game against Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The home side are 11/4 while the draw is 14/5.

Bayern need only avoid defeat in the Amsterdam Arena to take spot in Group E with the Eredivisie side set to join them in the last-16, regardless of the outcome on Wednesday.

The reverse fixture in October resulted in a 1-1 draw, with a repeat scoreline this time priced at 6/1.

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Injuries increase Pep’s problems

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he is short of options for Manchester City's Champions League clash with Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening.

The Citizens head coach has just 15 fully fit players available for selection, with Guardiola taking the Etihad Stadium clash seriously to try and ensure that his side finish top of Group F.

However, when asked if he might rotate a few players with a Saturday lunchtime date with Everton coming up, the Spaniard responded: "We have 15 players available, so I can't do it too much.

"We have 15 players and it's a really tough game. We are in the next stage, which is important, but we have to try and win every game, to finish first.

"Last-16 is always tough, but in general the next Monday when there is a draw it's a success we are there and the team we will face will be tough."

Midfielder David Silva is the latest injury casualty and he is possibly facing a few weeks out of action due to a muscular problem.

Brazil defender Danilo is also absent of the visit of Hoffenheim, as is Sergio Aguero, but the latter is close to a return to action and Guardiola hopes to have him back on board for the weekend.

Silva scored the late winner for City when they won 2-1 at Hoffenheim earlier this season, as the visitors recovered from conceding within the opening 60 seconds of the game.

The hosts are 15/2 to claim a 2-1 victory on Wednesday evening and are 1/100 to secure top spot in Group F, with the men from Manchester 7/2 to go all the way and win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

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Van Dijk: It’s in our own hands

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has urged his team-mates to make the most of a last chance to ensure their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Reds, who reached the Champions League final last season, need to win at home to Napoli to have any chance of progressing, with record signing Van Dijk pulling no punches in admitting that his side have not performed at their best in the competition.

The Netherlands international told reporters at the official pre-match press conference: "It is our own fault, but we have a way to get out of this.

"We have not been at our best in the Champions League, so we deserve to be in this position. If we don't win, we don't deserve to be in the Champions League.

"Hopefully that is not going to happen. Hopefully, we are going to progress and show that we definitely belong in there."

Liverpool expect to have both Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana available for selection to feature at Anfield on Tuesday evening, while centre-back Dejan Lovren remains a slight doubt.

The Merseysiders need to win 1-0 or by two clear goals to ensure they pip Napoli to one of the two qualifying spots, with PSG the other team in contention.

Liverpool can be backed at 15/2 to win 1-0, while they are 7/2 to triumph by a two-goal margin and 10/11 to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

When the two sides met in Naples earlier in the season a last-minute Lorenzo Insigne goal gave the hosts a 1-0 victory.

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Spurs undaunted by Barca test

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino expects the very best from his side when they take on Barcelona in a crucial Champions League clash.

Spurs know they must match the result which Inter Milan gain at home to PSV Eindhoven to progress, with the Londoners heading to the Camp Nou for their final Group B game.

However, far from being daunted by the task, Pochettino is relishing the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with a Barca outfit who may rest a number of their stars as they have already wrapped up top spot in the group.

He told reporters: "We are going to be ready to compete in our best condition, I'm so optimistic and we need to think like this.

"We need to prepare physically, tactically and mentally. We're thinking just about the job we need to do. The most important thing is to focus on ourselves and try to do our job, not focus on Barcelona.

"When you play Barcelona, you know very well the quality is amazing – of course different names have different qualities to add to the team – but they are going to be strong, to try and beat us for different reasons. That is not my business.

"If they play one or another, for us the motivation should be the same, the approach and thinking about delivering the best result and be trying to be close to win.

"That is the best way to approach the game."

Tottenham can be backed at 14/5 to secure a draw in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, while they are 4/1 to keep a clean sheet and 6/5 to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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New deal for Walker-Peters

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has handed Kyle Walker-Peters a contract extension that will keep the full-back at the club until 2023.

The 21-year-old, who has featured in 11 first-team games for Spurs, is set to play in Tuesday's Champions League game at Barcelona, which Pochettino's team are 11/5 to win.

Spurs, 13/8 to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, are 3/10 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this term.

Meanwhile, England international Dele Alli believes Spurs can cause a shock and record a famous victory at the Nou Camp.

Alli, who scored in Saturday evening's 2-0 win at Leicester City, said: "They are one of the best teams in the world. They've got some great players and as a kid you dream about playing at the Nou Camp and we're going to go there and give it our best shot.

"We're ready. It's going to be another difficult game but they're the games you want to be a part of, playing one of the best teams in the world and some of the world's greatest players.

"You want to be challenging yourself and we're going there with the mentality that we can win and we have to believe. It's going to be difficult but we have to go there and give it our best."

Spurs are level on seven points with Inter Milan, who host PSV Eindhoven, in Group B.

Klopp calls for big effort

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains confident that his side can beat Napoli on Tuesday and progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Reds are 10/11 to qualify despite losing all three of their away games in the competition to Paris St-Germain, Red Star Belgrade and Napoli.

Liverpool need either a 1-0 victory against the Serie A team or a win by two clear goals to finish in the top two in Group C.

Klopp's team are 17/2 to beat Napoli 2-0 and 7/4 to keep a clean sheet against Carlo Ancelotti's side.

"We knew after the Napoli game that was not good enough to get something there," admitted the former Borussia Dortmund boss. "Belgrade was not better. Paris was an absolutely OK away game; in the Champions League you can lose against PSG in their stadium. That can happen.

"So far at home we have been good but we have to be even better on Tuesday night. I told the boys, I really think if nothing special happens with referee decisions, we will get what we deserve on Tuesday.

"The only way to make sure is to really perform at our highest level in the two big parts of the game – defensive and offensive.

"Napoli did so well last season with Maurizio Sarri and now they have an experienced manager in Carlo Ancelotti. Napoli are good in possession and good at counter-attacking as well."