Antonio Conte says Chelsea “will try to do something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League after a drawn first leg.
Bayern Munich look assured of a Champions League quarter-final spot for a seventh straight season after thrashing 10-man Besiktas 5-0 in Germany.
The Turkish club had a one-man disadvantage from the 16th minute when Domagoj Vida brought down Robert Lewandowski and Bayern made their visitors pay with an emphatic round of 16 first-leg victory.
• José Morais loses first game in charge of Barnsley
• Aston Villa held to 1-1 home draw by Preston
Burton condemned José Morais to defeat in his first game in charge of Barnsley with a 2-1 victory which moved Albion off the bottom of the Championship.
The Portuguese, appointed as Paul Heckingbottom’s successor last week, suffered a dismal start to life at Oakwell as Jamie Allen’s screamer put the visitors 1-0 ahead inside a minute. Jacob Davenport doubled Burton’s advantage with a free-kick on the stroke of half-time and they held on despite Daniel Pinillos’ 75th-minute goal. Burton leapfrogged Sunderland and Barnsley but remain in the bottom three, below Hull only on goal difference.
In the end, it turned out to be a harsh reminder for Chelsea about the realities of the Champions League. They had taken the lead, playing with discipline and ambition and it was shaping up to be one of those occasions when, frankly, it felt ludicrous that Antonio Conte is widely assumed to be on his way out.
But then all their hard word was undone and, for Andreas Christensen, the night was to become a personal ordeal.
AC Milan president and owner Li Yonghong says reports that he has been declared bankrupt are “fake news”.
• Midfielder may return to side for Champions League first leg
• ‘Mourinho is a pioneer in training methodology,’ says Montella
The cameras were out late at Carrington on Tuesday morning and so was Paul Pogba, which was one way of announcing that the Frenchman should be fit to play in Seville. But José Mourinho said it was “unfair” to load him with the responsibility for carrying Manchester United to the phase of the competition where teams start to believe they can actually win it and stopped short of saying he would start. Instead, he had set up a response before he and his players flew to Spain, one that he did not clarify upon arrival in Andalucia.
Normally the media is allowed in to film the first 15 minutes of training before Champions League ties – meaningless minutes in which the only thing anyone sees is players jogging round the pitch, stretching or knocking the ball back and forth with little real purpose – but this time access was granted towards the end of the session. And that, Mourinho said, provided an objective view of the condition of his players, including Pogba who he had been frustrated not to be able to field against Huddersfield. What Mourinho did not provide was a definitive answer when he was asked if the midfielder would start.
Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday’s Champions League game between Sevilla and Manchester United.
Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco praises “sensational” form of winger Cengiz Under ahead of the Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella jokes his team may have to “tie up” Alexis Sanchez to stop the Manchester United forward in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first-leg.
Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye signs a new long-term contract at the club until June 2022.