Europa League draw, transfers and team news: football countdown – live! | Soccer

Never mind that the World Cup starts in less than three months: the Champions League draw has been made, the Premier League and Football League is ready to roar back into action this weekend, and the transfer window will close in roughly six-and-a-half days.

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Before the standard weekend action, though, the Europa League group stage draw (feat. Manchester United and Arsenal) is due today at 12pm UK time and the Uefa Conference League draw will be coming up later, too. It’s all go.

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Luton and Sheffield United kick off the EFL action at 8pm this evening, before Southampton v Manchester United begins the top-flight programme at 12.30pm tomorrow.

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Team news, press conference quotes and much more coming up throughout the day including those European draws … let’s begin with Jonathan Wilson’s analysis of yesterday’s Champions League fun:

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Key events

Could Marco Asensio become the last Real Madrid player to join Old Trafford? Come get your football transfer rumours, while they’re still hot. Courtesy of Gregg Bakowski:

In an interview with Sky SportsTottenham’s Dejan Kulusevski says he likes playing in the Premier League because the quality of the pitches is much better than it was in Serie A. Good job, Premier League ground staff across the country.

Scott Arfield of Rangers are now talking to Sky Sports News about the Champions League Group A draw – they will face Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli:

“All three of them are amazing cities so we’re really looking forward to going there, but the one that’s grabbing attention is Liverpool because it’s closer to home and we know our audience will be amazing,” said said Arfield. “They were runners-up for many years, they are one of the best teams in the world, and now we can show what we are.

“We feel like we’re in a better position than six weeks ago, eight weeks ago [squad-wise] …hopefully if we add one or two more, we have a good chance.

Borussia Dortmund “failed miserably” in the Champions League group stage last season but they are confident they can pull through this time around, said sporting director Sebastian Kehl. Dortmund were knocked out in the group stage after finishing third with nine points from six games.

Edin Terzic’s side are in Group G this season alongside Premier League champions Manchester City, LaLiga side Sevilla and FC Copenhagen. “We failed miserably in the group stage last year. We don’t want that to happen to us this year. We have the chance to progress in this group and we still have to stretch because each team will try to give their best performance. said Kehl.

“It’s not easy in Seville. Very emotional stadium, very, very emotional team, also with the emotional coaches. And Manchester City is one of the big favorites for this title. So it’s still an exciting group, but I think we’ll approach it in a very positive way and hopefully get through the group stage for good.

A reunion with Norwegian striker Erling Haaland awaits Dortmund against City after the 22-year-old joined Etihad at the end of the season. Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel says Haaland will have extra incentive when he faces his former side.

“I’m sure he’ll come back very, very motivated,” Kobel said. “It’s always the case against your old club. But like I said, we’re going to make it as difficult for him as possible. And we want to win those games. (Reuters)

Erling Haaland: Back to Dortmund for a Champions League draw.
Erling Haaland: Back to Dortmund for a Champions League draw. Photography: Jose Breton/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

i will post some details while we wait for the Euro draws a bit later, but in the meantime why not do a squiz on 10 things to watch in the Premier League this weekend:

Before his Southampton side against Manchester United at St Mary’s tomorrow noon, Ralph Hassenhüttl believes that Erik ten Hag will put everything in place and put Manchester United back in the title challenge:

“It’s a team that has a new manager – it’s no surprise that it doesn’t work perfectly right away,” said Hassenhüttl. “It would be more surprising when they fly immediately. I see a very clear identity of what they are doing now, what they want to do now.

“You’re still talking about a top team who are aiming for titles and will do so this season as well. If you beat Liverpool, that’s a big sign, a big message to everyone that they’re definitely on the right track. and I see a clear identity of what they want to do and after all the problems they’ve had they will come with a lot of confidence in them.(Quotes via PA Media)

In case you missed it yesterday:

Full Champions League group stage draw

A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers
B: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Bruges
VS : Bayern Munich, Barcelona, ​​Internazionale, Viktoria Plzen
D: Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur, Sporting, Marseille
E : Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo
F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic
G: Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, Copenhagen
H: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa

Preamble

It doesn’t matter that the World Cup starts in less than three months: the Champions League draw has been made, the Premier League and the Football League are ready to resume service this weekend, and the window of transfer will close in about six and a half months. – half-days.

Ahead of the weekend’s standard action, however, the Europa League group stage draw (with Manchester United and Arsenal) is due to take place today at 12pm UK time, with the UEFA Conference League draw also taking place later. It’s all gone.

Luton and Sheffield United kick off EFL action at 8pm tonight, before Southampton v Manchester United begin the top-flight program at 12.30pm tomorrow.

Team news, quotes from press conferences and much more throughout the day, including these European draws… let’s start with Jonathan Wilson’s analysis of yesterday’s Champions League fun:

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