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25/10/2023 Football

25/10/2023 Football – Plenty of games are being played today. In the Champions League, there are games involving Celtic, Newcastle & Manchester City.

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25/10/2023 Football – Champions League – Celtic v Atletico Madrid

Key Points:

  • Match Overview: Celtic vs Atletico Madrid in Champions League Group E.
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, 25 October, 20:00 BST.
  • Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow.
  • Current Standings: Celtic at the bottom of Group E; Atletico Madrid leading with four points.

Manager’s Thoughts:

  • Brendan Rodgers: emphasises the need for a “collective mentality” to keep Celtic’s Champions League hopes alive.
  • Diego Simeone: Praises Celtic’s high-tempo play and acknowledges the historic significance of the match.

Team Performance:

  • Celtic: Two defeats so far, including a 2-0 loss to Feyenoord and a 2-1 loss to Lazio.
  • Atletico Madrid: Six consecutive wins, 16 goals scored, and currently fourth in La Liga.

Tactical Insights:

  • Celtic: Need to maintain concentration and work as a unit.
  • Atletico Madrid: Known for their experience and tactical discipline.

Team News:

  • Celtic: Missing Maik Nawrocki, Stephen Welsh, and Liel Abada due to injuries.
  • Atletico Madrid: Nahuel Molina and Caglar Soyuncu returning from injuries; several key players still sidelined.


  • Atletico Madrid’s decision to wear a special strip commemorating their 1974 European Cup semi-final win over Celtic has stirred emotions.

Player’s Perspective:

  • Greg Taylor (Celtic): Stresses the need for an almost perfect performance.
  • Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid): Highlights Celtic’s fast-paced game and strong system.

Match Statistics:

  • Celtic have not won a home Champions League group game in 11 attempts.
  • Atletico Madrid failed to progress from their group stage for the first time in five seasons last year.

25/10/2023 Football – Champions League – Newcastle v Dortmund

Key Points:

  • Match Overview: Newcastle United vs Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group F.
  • Date and Venue: Wednesday at St James’ Park.
  • Current Standings: Newcastle top of Group F; Borussia Dortmund at the bottom with one point.

Player’s Perspective:

  • Sean Longstaff: Reflects on Newcastle’s journey from the bottom of the Premier League to Champions League contenders.
  • Recent Performance: Longstaff has scored three goals in his last five matches for Newcastle.

Team Performance:

  • Newcastle: Recently defeated Paris St-Germain 4-1 and drew goalless with AC Milan.
  • Borussia Dortmund: Despite being bottom of Group F, they have won their last five Bundesliga matches.

Team News:

  • Newcastle: Sven Botman out with a knee injury; Joe Willock returns to training after a hamstring issue.
  • Sandro Tonali: Awaiting news on alleged betting offences but expected to be available.

Manager’s Thoughts:

  • Eddie Howe: Confirms that he plans to include Sandro Tonali unless told otherwise.


  • Longstaff: Notes similarities between Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund, especially in terms of fanbase.

25/10/2023 Football – Champions League – Young Boys v Manchester City

Key Points:

  • Match Overview: Manchester City vs Young Boys in the Champions League.
  • Manager’s Perspective: Pep Guardiola expresses confidence in Jack Grealish’s ability to perform.

Player Focus:

  • Jack Grealish: Struggled for game time since recovering from a dead leg last month.
  • Last Start: Featured in the 3-1 win against RB Leipzig on 4 October.

Manager’s Thoughts:

  • Pep Guardiola: Believes Grealish needs rhythm and is focused on making a comeback.
  • Competition: Acknowledges the internal competition within the team but emphasizes readiness for opportunities.

Team Performance:

  • Manchester City: Holds a 100% record in Group G.
  • Pitch Conditions: The match will be played on an artificial pitch at Wankdorf Stadium.


  • Early Travel: Team traveled to Switzerland earlier than usual to adapt to the artificial surface.
  • Guardiola’s Take: UEFA’s approval of the pitch means it’s in good condition; the early travel is to help players adapt.

Young Boys v Man City: Pep Guardiola backs Jack Grealish to fight for place – BBC Sport


25/10/2023 Football Gossip & News

Newcastle United’s Midfield Options

  • Newcastle United: Considering Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City as a short-term replacement for Sandro Tonali.
  • Other Options: Also eyeing Scott McTominay from Manchester United, Amadou Onana from Everton, and Joao Palhinha from Fulham.
  • Sandro Tonali: Facing a 10-month ban for alleged betting offences.

Chelsea’s Goalkeeper Hunt

  • Chelsea: Planning to test Arsenal’s commitment to Aaron Ramsdale, who has lost his starting position to David Raya.

Interest in Nico Williams

  • Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham: Showing interest in Athletic Bilbao’s winger Nico Williams.

Bayern Munich’s Future Plans

  • Jamal Musiala: Open to moving to Manchester City or Real Madrid if he feels his goals are unattainable at Bayern Munich.

Manchester United’s Transfer Decisions

  • Manchester United: Abandoning deals for Goncalo Inacio and Jean-Clair Todibo.
  • Jadon Sancho: May be loaned out, with Borussia Dortmund leading the chase.

Fulham’s Forward Search

  • Fulham: Interested in Serhou Guirassy from Stuttgart, who has a release clause of just over £15m.

Juventus’ Midfield Plans

  • Juventus: Planning a loan deal for Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Aston Villa’s Targets

  • Aston Villa: Tracking Geny Catamo from Sporting Lisbon and Brahim Diaz from Real Madrid.

Sunderland’s Contract Talks

  • Sunderland: Keen to secure a new contract for Jack Clarke to fend off interest from Burnley.

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