Jose Mourinho says he cannot imagine taking charge of Bayern Munich as he is so settled at new club Tottenham.

Mourinho was appointed by Spurs last month, replacing Mauricio Pochettino, and has steered his side into the next round of the Champions League.

The former Manchester United boss had previously been linked with Bayern, who have also sacked a coach this season, dispensing with Niko Kovac's services after poor domestic displays.

Mourinho's contract at Tottenham runs until the end of the 2022-23 season, and the Portuguese does not expect to join Bayern in the future.

"I don't imagine myself in the Bayern job because I'm so happy at Tottenham," Mourinho told reporters ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash between the sides.

Spurs were hammered 7-2 at home by Bayern earlier in the group stage, but Mourinho has opted to leave stars including Harry Kane at home, with Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier also not included in the travelling squad.

Teenage striker Troy Parrott has been tipped to make his Champions League debut, and Mourinho wants Spurs' squad players to take their chance to shine.

"It's an important game because we represent Tottenham. Tottenham is Tottenham," he added. "It always gives us a sense of responsibility.

"We cannot finish first [in the group], we cannot have that privilege. The result is not going to change anything. 

"One thing I'm not having is time, time to know all my players well, and this is also a great opportunity for some of them to play, to show what they are capable of. 

"Some of my boys, they haven't had the chance to play for me in these five matches since I arrived. So we've tried to mix these factors. We need to play for Tottenham and this is the responsibility, but at the same time, there are other things. 

"The Premier League is a special competition, it's not just the number of matches but the intensity, and we are going to have an incredible number of fixtures until the new year.

"I think it's understandable that we are going to make a few changes and rest a few players.

"I think if I remember Tottenham since I came back to England for my second spell, I think this is basically the profile of the club.

"You always have some experienced players and some younger players. The Spurs supporters they like to see the young boys coming from the academy and from other clubs in world football."

Tottenham have rested Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier for their Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho announced after the 5-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday that star striker Kane would not be making the trip to the Allianz Arena for a dead rubber in Group B.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Alli, Vertonghen and Aurier will also remain in the United Kingdom ahead of a trip to Wolves on Sunday.

Troy Parrott is reportedly set to lead the line in Munich for Tottenham, who are guaranteed to finish second behind leaders Bayern.

Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Tanguy Ndombele, Michel Vorm and Harry Winks are still sidelined.

Real Madrid are not contenders to win the Champions League this season, according to former player Hamit Altintop.

Madrid won three consecutive Champions League trophies under Zinedine Zidane between 2016 and 2018 but, without the Frenchman, exited to Ajax in the round of 16 last term.

Zidane is back at the Santiago Bernabeu with Madrid already guaranteed to finish second in Group A behind Paris Saint-Germain, while domestically Los Blancos are only behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona on goal difference.

Altintop spent the 2011-12 season with Madrid and the former Turkey international does not believe Madrid are cut out for Champions League success this term.

"I don't think they are a championship contender," Altintop told Omnisport. "I think you can compare the situation of Real Madrid to the situation of the German national team. 

"They are in a rebuilding phase and want to integrate new players. They invested in young players and they need time. But right now they are playing good, convincing football, because the requirements are there. 

"But if it is enough for the Champions League final... I would like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, my two former clubs, to play in the Champions League final in Istanbul, with me as an ambassador. But I think it will be difficult."

Altintop played under Jose Mourinho during his time at Madrid and the Portuguese coach is seeking a third Champions League title, having helped his new club reach the next round since replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham last month.

"I think that Mauricio Pochettino did great work the five years before. And I think that the players and the team as a whole increased their value," Altintop added. 

"Considering their style of playing, the Champions League final [last season's loss to Liverpool] and their confidence I think that Jose Mourinho isn't a bad choice because he knows every factor of the game and every trick in the book. 

"He is able to get Tottenham one step further. I will follow it closely and we are still in contact. I wish him all the best. Last year they played really well and with this squad they can do it this year.

"I think he is able to separate the business from personal stuff. He is really good at that. I believe he was one of the first ones to transform football into showbusiness, what many people love.

"You need a little bit extra for that and it shows how intensely he is living that. He is able to - as a friend, as a coach - to praise your strength and to motivate you. That is what the young people need."

Hansi Flick admits he is fighting for his future at Bayern Munich as he battles to make a case to stay in charge of the first team.

Bayern's interim head coach, appointed after Nico Kovac departed in November, may be in the frame to stay at the helm until the end of the season.

Several leading coaches are expected to be available, or more easily prised away from their current teams.

And if Flick can prove himself a safe pair of hands, that could be helpful for Bayern as they plan for the long term under a new boss – with Flick potentially a candidate if he can deliver trophies.

After starting with four impressive wins, Bayern head into Wednesday's Champions League final group game against Tottenham on the back of two straight Bundesliga defeats.

Those losses, to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, have come despite strong performances from Bayern, who have four games remaining before the Bundesliga's mid-season break.

Yet Flick knows results are all-important, and he said: "Of course, if I want to stay on then I have to win the next couple of games. But I want to win those four games one way or another.

"There are four games left; anything is possible. We're going to sit down with the officials after the Wolfsburg game ... after the last game [before Christmas]."

Flick said the 2-1 defeat to Gladbach on Saturday was "really, really annoying", with Bayern gifting away a late penalty, yet he is looking to stay level-headed.

"I didn't run laps around the stadium and across the pitch after the first four wins, so I'm not going to go crazy now," Flick said at a news conference.

"The team has fantastic quality and we want to keep showing that, and then of course score goals as well."

Star striker Robert Lewandowski has not netted in the last two games, after a four-goal haul against Red Star Belgrade in a 6-0 Champions League away win.

"We have plenty of players who can score, and players who have to step up and should step up and take responsibility," Flick said.

"Of course he's an important player for us, but I don't think we're totally dependent on his goals that would be too easy."

That message was echoed by forward Thomas Muller, who said Bayern are eager to make it six wins from six in the group stage. Both they and Tottenham are assured of places in the last 16, with Bayern sure to win Group B.

"We want to recapture the feeling of winning so we can reap the reward for all the hard work we are putting in, and the hard work we did put in in the past two games despite the defeats," Muller said.

"I think we can all agree the performances were pretty decent in the last two games that we lost. We need the reward now and we want to take the confidence into the Bundesliga."

Muller recognised the importance of Lewandowski's prolific contribution this season. The Polish striker needs two goals against Spurs, who are now led by Jose Mourinho, to claim the record for the most goals in the group stage of a single campaign – currently held by Cristiano Ronaldo after his haul of 11 in 2015-16 for Real Madrid.

"The fact we need his goals is clear," Muller said. "He will keep scoring goals. He has huge quality.

"Of course, we would benefit from more options, more potential scorers, more people who can score, who want to score, who regularly score, and so that's a challenge for the other attacking players, including me.

"We have to step up and take responsibility."

Liverpool maintained their charge for a first Premier League title with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, keeping just a third top-flight clean sheet of the season in the process.

The Reds remain eight points ahead of Leicester City, who saw off Aston Villa 4-1 to make it eight league victories in a row – their best winning run in their top-flight history.

But defending champions Manchester City are now 14 points adrift of top spot after tasting defeat in their derby showdown with a rejuvenated Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho made it three league wins out of four as Tottenham thrashed Burnley to close to within six points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who lost 3-1 at Everton.

There were also wins for Newcastle United and Sheffield United, against Southampton and Norwich City respectively, while Watford played out a goalless draw with Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion took a point off Wolves.

Our Premier League Data Diary sheds some light on the detail behind the big stories of this weekend's games.

DERBY DEFEAT LEAVES GUARDIOLA WITH LOWEST POINTS HAUL

Pep Guardiola admitted City could not cope with the pace of United's attacking trio of Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in Saturday's clash.

City fell two goals behind inside half an hour and, despite Nicolas Otamendi pulling one back late on, they fell to a defeat that surely ends their hopes of retaining the title.

The loss leaves the reigning champions with 32 points - the lowest return of Guardiola's managerial career after 16 matches.

Kyle Walker refused to wave the white flag, but no English top-flight side has ever gone on to win the title after being as many as 14 points behind the top side at the end of a day.

As for United, who beat Tottenham 2-1 on Wednesday, they are now unbeaten in five Premier League games and have won back-to-back matches for the first time since March.

CLEAN SHEET BONUS FOR RUNAWAY REDS

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had extra reason to celebrate his side's win at Bournemouth, having kept a first clean sheet in 14 games in all competitions.

In fact, toothless Bournemouth - now beaten in five successive games for the first time in their top-flight history - managed zero shots on target at the Vitality Stadium.

Klopp's men have won 24 of their past 25 Premier League matches, including 15 out of 16 this term, and have scored two or more goals in 23 of those past 25 fixtures.

Naby Keita marked his first league start of the season with a goal and an assist, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah were also on target.

Salah's goal took him to 63 in 100 Premier League outings, with Alan Shearer (79), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) and Sergio Aguero (64) the only players to score more in their first century of games.

SENSATIONAL SON INSPIRES MOURINHO'S FREE-SCORING MEN

Tottenham produced a five-star display in their emphatic triumph against Burnley, who suffered their joint-biggest margin of defeat in the Premier League.

Mourinho saw Tottenham score five goals in his fourth Premier League game in charge, something Manchester United failed to achieve in 93 league matches under the Portuguese.

Harry Kane bagged a brace, Lucas Moura scored a sitter and Moussa Sissoko netted for the second home game running, but it was Son Heung-min who stole the show.

Having earlier set up Kane's opener, Son ran from one box to the other and found the net to make it 15 goal involvements in 15 appearances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Dele Alli may not have registered in the one-sided contest, though he provided two assists in a Premier League game for the third time and the first since December 2017.

VARDY CLOSING IN ON HIS OWN RECORD

Leicester appear to be the only side standing between Liverpool and a maiden Premier League title success after coming out on top in their Midlands tussle with Aston Villa.

Jamie Vardy helped himself to a couple of goals as the Foxes inflicted a heaviest home league defeat on Villa since they lost 4-0 to Chelsea in April 2016.

The 32-year-old became the first player to score in eight consecutive Premier League matches since Vardy himself did so in November 2015 when netting 11 in a row.

Only one player other than Vardy has scored in eight successive fixtures, in fact - Van Nistelrooy, who did so in 2002 and again in 2003 during his time at Manchester United.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans also registered at Villa Park for Leicester, who have won their past four away Premier League matches by an aggregate score of 17-1.

Jose Mourinho's appointment at Tottenham has got the approval of Jose Bosingwa, who said "football needs" the old Chelsea boss.

Spurs replaced Mauricio Pochettino with Mourinho last month and the Portuguese has guided the club to four wins out of five since taking the reins.

Mourinho, who had been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last December, was a surprise appointment by Spurs, having previously said he would "not take the job" with Tottenham due to his Chelsea connections.

However, Bosingwa, who played under Mourinho at Porto, is glad to see his former coach back in work.

Bosingwa, speaking on behalf of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour driven by Nissan, told Omnisport: "I think football needs Mourinho. I'm happy he came back.

"I hope he will do a good job because he's one of the best managers in the world so for sure he will do a great job."

Bosingwa was part of Mourinho's Champions League-winning side in 2003-04 and the full-back won Europe's premier club competition again in 2011-12 with Chelsea.

Success has proved more elusive for Tottenham, though, with the 2007-08 EFL Cup the most recent trophy the north London side won.

Asked whether Mourinho could end that wait for silverware, former Portugal international Bosingwa replied: "Tottenham have a good squad, maybe one of the best squads in the Premier League.

"It's not easy [to win trophies] but I hope he does."

Tottenham's rivals Arsenal are currently looking for a new head coach after sacking Unai Emery last month.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is one of those to have been linked with the vacancy and Bosingwa believes his compatriot has earned a shot at a top club.

"I think he deserves [this], the next two or three years," Bosingwa said.

"He's doing very well with his team now, so he deserves [this]. Let's see what will happen."

Jose Mourinho compared Son Heung-min's solo strike in Tottenham's 5-0 win against Burnley to a famous goal scored by Brazil legend Ronaldo.

Son picked up the ball just outside his own 18-yard box, took on several opposition players and fired past Nick Pope to steal the show in Saturday's one-sided affair.

The mazy run and finish was described by former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker as the goal of the season, while Mourinho saw similarities to the stunning individual effort by then-Barcelona star Ronaldo against Compostela in 1996.

Mourinho was assistant to Barca coach Bobby Robson at the time of that incredible strike and has since described Ronaldo as "the best player I'd ever seen take to the field".

The Tottenham coach revealed on Saturday that Son had already earned a new nickname in the Mourinho household coming into the Burnley game.

"It is a tremendous goal. Even before this goal, my son calls him 'Sonaldo' after Ronaldo Luis Nazario," Mourinho said at his post-match news conference. 

"The only thing that comes to my mind is the goal when I had the honour of being next to Sir Bobby Robson when Ronaldo scored a wonderful goal.

"From the outside, I had a feeling. I remember speaking to Sir Alex [Ferguson] about Park Ji-sung. Maybe it's a cultural thing. These players are very coachable. The kid is fantastic. I'm very happy, so happy."

Harry Kane scored twice in the Burnley rout, while Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko were also on target as Spurs made it 16 goals scored in five matches under Mourinho.

Four of those games have ended in victory, with Tottenham closing to within six points of the Premier League's top four and already through to the last 16 of the Champions League ahead of their midweek clash with Bayern Munich.

Mourinho plans to leave out Kane for the trip to Bavaria, but 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott could make an appearance after being handed his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Burnley.

"Today he played in the Premier League at the age of 17," Mourinho said. "Will he play against Bayern Munich? I don't know. All I can say is Harry Kane won't. Who plays, we'll see.

"This was a perfect day for us - no injuries, a clean sheet, goals, perfect football, kids coming on for their first Premier League football. Finally, the boys get a day off tomorrow that I've not been able to give them yet."

Burnley fell to 13th after a third defeat in a row, and manager Sean Dyche acknowledged the past week had been a reality check for his side.

"We've given the ball away five times and they've scored five goals," he told reporters. "It's unlike us, even against these good sides, to give the ball away so often, and it's been a tough day.

"We've shown we can play against these sort of teams and make life awkward, and we have to get back to that.

"We didn't start with that edge you need and it's been a week of reality for us, but we know there's a huge gulf in this league when the big teams are on it, so for us now it's onwards and upwards."

Son Heung-min said he had little choice but to go on a 90-yard solo run for his remarkable goal in Tottenham's thumping 5-0 win against Burnley.

Tottenham were two goals to the good when the South Korea international picked up the ball on the edge of his own area, carried it to the opposition box and slotted past Nick Pope.

Son had Dele Alli to his left and Lucas Moura to his right, but he elected to go it alone for one of the goals of the season.

"When I got the ball, I tried to pass it to Dele but I couldn't find him, so I had to keep going," he told Sky Sports. "I am happy to score this goal.

"It was brilliant today. We created chances and were clinical. We deserved the three points. It was an unbelievable performance."

Son also set up Harry Kane's early opener and has now been directly involved in 15 goals in 15 appearances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Kane went on to score another goal, while Lucas and Moussa Sissoko were also on target in a dominant home display, but the skipper reserved special praise for Son.

"Sonny stole the show today. It was an unbelievable goal and a great counter-attack," Kane said.

"All he wants to do is work hard and play for the team. He has great quality and works hard for the team. All round, it was a top performance."

Tottenham suffered a first defeat under Jose Mourinho in Wednesday's trip to Manchester United and Kane was delighted to see his side bounce back in style.

"Whenever you play bad in a big game like the Manchester United one, you can't wait for the next game and for the whistle to start," he added.

"You saw that today: we pressed quickly and took our chance."

Son Heung-min scored a goal of the season contender as Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a convincing 5-0 home victory against Burnley.

Tottenham suffered a first defeat under Jose Mourinho in midweek when going down 2-1 to Manchester United, but they turned on the style in Saturday's clash to climb up to fifth.

Mourinho's men were two goals ahead inside nine minutes, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from 25 yards out before Lucas Moura added a second from far closer range.

Son then scored a remarkable third goal by carrying the ball some 90 yards and slotting home, while Kane doubled his tally and Moussa Sissoko joined the scoring in an equally one-sided second half.

Kane took advantage of some hesitant Burnley defending to fire his side in front after 240 seconds with a fierce shot that caught out Nick Pope.

Pope got down to keep out Son's shot less than five minutes later, but the ball looped into the air, deflected off Dele Alli's back and Lucas was there to convert from a yard out.

Sissoko hit the post with a first-time shot and Alli was dispossessed by a brilliant challenge from James Tarkowski after being played through as Spurs' domination continued.

Burnley nearly pulled one back through a Robbie Brady header that hit the bar, but the hosts added a third before half-time thanks to Son's sublime solo goal.

It took less than 10 minutes of the second half for Kane to double his personal tally, the England international cutting inside Tarkowski and firing in at the near post.

Sissoko netted for the second home game running with 16 minutes remaining after playing a one-two with Kane and poking the ball past Pope to round off the scoring.


What does it mean? "Angry" Tottenham up to fifth

Mourinho told his Tottenham players he wanted to see more "anger" on the back of their defeat at Old Trafford and they certainly showed Burnley no mercy in a ruthless display.

Spurs have now won four of their five matches under Mourinho, three of those victories coming in the Premier League to move them within six points of the top four.


Sublime Son shines again

Son set up Kane's long-range opener, played a key part in Tottenham's second and scored one of the finest goals of this or any other season to cap an incredible display.

He knocked the ball past seven Burnley players and kept his composure to slot past Pope, making it 15 goal involvements in 15 appearances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Burnley back off too freely

All five Tottenham goals were preventable, each coming down to a mixture of slack defending and questionable goalkeeping. 

In Pope's defence, he will ask how Son was allowed to carry the ball from one box to the other for the third goal, with the likes of Tarkowski and Ben Mee hardly covering themselves in glory.


What's next?

Tottenham travel to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday with a place in the last 16 already assured, while Burnley host Newcastle United in a week's time.

Jose Mourinho is refusing to deal in hypotheticals with regards to the future of Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.

The attacking midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and was linked with a move away in the previous transfer window but a deal failed to materialise.

Reports suggest Spurs are willing to listen to offers of £40million for Eriksen in January, half the amount Manchester United were supposedly quoted in the close season, with a switch to Italy or Spain thought to be his favoured destination.

However, Spurs boss Mourinho kept his cards close to his chest when asked what will happen with Eriksen next month.

"My feelings are until I have anything official rather than hypothetical, I will not comment," Mourinho said. 

"The only thing I can say is the player is a free agent at the end of the season. 

"Of course I've had a conversation with him, but I'm not sharing anything, from respect with the player."

Mourinho was also quizzed on the possibility of turning Giovani Lo Celso's loan move from Real Betis into a permanent deal.

The Argentina midfielder has made 10 appearances this term but only two of those were as part of the starting line-up, with injury problems having blighted his start to the campaign.

Mourinho has no doubts about Le Celso's quality, though conceded he is still getting to grips with life in England.

"I'm doing my work now to try to improve results and get the best out of the players," he added.

"Of course, Giovani is in Europe for a number of years, but France with PSG and then Spain, it's a completely different football world than it is in England.

"So many experienced players arrive in England and the click for them is not automatic. So a young guy like Giovani also needs his time to adapt to the Premier League.

"You could see, even with Mauricio [Pochettino], an Argentinian man like him, easy communication, surrounded by some boys who speak French, he speaks English, so even in those surroundings of support it's not like he arrives here and explodes immediately.

"But we know the good player he is, give him time to develop and we think he is going to be a good player for us."

Jose Mourinho told his Tottenham side to get angry after being left disappointed by the reaction in the dressing room to Wednesday's defeat at Manchester United.

The Portuguese's first return to Old Trafford as a coach since being sacked by the Red Devils a year ago ended in disappointment as Marcus Rashford's double either side of Dele Alli's equaliser condemned him to a first defeat since taking the reins at Tottenham.

After the game, Mourinho described the atmosphere among the Spurs squad as "sad", and he wants to see a different response from the team when they suffer setbacks.

"I saw a sad dressing room, a sad bus and a sad plane, and that's not what I like after a defeat," he said on Friday.

"I think after a defeat you can't be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging and angry. 

"Being sad is not going to resolve your problems. It's obvious we have problems, but we need to have time to work. But we have players with quality and a great dressing room."

One area of concern for Mourinho is a leaky defence, with Tottenham having conceded twice in each of the four games he has overseen since replacing Mauricio Pochettino last month.

But Mourinho says it is not just the back four that have to increase their defensive responsibility.

"We have to sort out our defence. We have conceded two goals in every match. We are conceding cheap goals," he said.

"We have to work on it but it is hard, as we had a recovery day yesterday and we play tomorrow. To analyse, to comment and to coach in a meeting room helps, so hopefully we'll get some positive things after the negative things.

"It's not the defence, it's the defensive process. I'm not looking at individual players. There are 11 players on the pitch."

On Saturday, Mourinho's men welcome a Burnley side who will be aiming to bounce back from consecutive home defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

And Mourinho is not expecting many surprises from the Clarets, saying: "We know how Burnley play - unless they play differently to how they have always played.

"There will be no surprises, but they are a hard team to play against. It isn't just about their two strikers against our two centre-backs."

Liverpool cruised to a 5-2 victory in the Merseyside derby against Everton as they consolidated their lead at the top of the Premier League, despite a much-changed team.

Meanwhile, Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho endured an unhappy return to Old Trafford as his side lost 2-1 to Manchester United - the Portuguese has not won there as a visiting boss in his past five attempts.

Defending champions Manchester City thrashed Burnley 4-1 as Pep Guardiola made it eight wins in his nine games against the Clarets.

A midweek round of Premier League fixtures brought a range of milestones and telling stats, the best of which are below.

KLOPP ECLIPSES SHANKLY, PAISLEY AND DALGLISH 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will likely need to deliver the Premier League title to secure his place in the pantheon of Anfield greats.

However, the German has put down a few markers suggesting he is ready to join the Kop's hall of fame by becoming the fastest Liverpool manager to 100 league victories. Klopp completed the feat in 159 games – quicker than Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool secured the win over Everton thanks to a brace from Divock Origi, and one goal apiece for Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri and Georginio Wijnaldum.

They are now unbeaten in their past 32 Premier League games which is their longest run without defeat in top-flight history.

Marco Silva's final match at the helm saw him become the first Everton manager to concede five league goals against Liverpool in a single match since Howard Kendall in November 1982.

 

MORE OF THE SAME FOR MOURINHO 

United's 2-1 win over Tottenham, secured courtesy of two goals from Marcus Rashford – taking his tally to nine in 10 games – made Mourinho's return to his old club a miserable one.

Mourinho has won none of his past five away Premier League matches against the Red Devils (D3 L2), failing to beat four different managers in that time – Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It was also Tottenham 35th Premier League defeat against United – more than they have suffered against any other team. 

Spurs' defence must also be a concern for Mourinho. They have conceded twice in their four matches in all competitions under the Portuguese – they only had a run of conceding two or more goals in four consecutive games once under Mauricio Pochettino, doing so in February and March 2015.

Midfielder Dele Alli has started to rediscover some of his old form, though, and his equaliser for Spurs was his third goal in as many appearances for the club in all competitions – the first time since March 2017 he has enjoyed such a purple patch.

 

CITY THREE AND EASY UNDER PEP

Gabriel Jesus' brace and one apiece for midfielders Rodri and Riyad Mahrez gave City some much-needed confidence with a 4-1 thrashing of Burnley – although they remain 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Jesus is now the third highest-scoring Brazilian player in Premier League history (32 goals), trailing only Philippe Coutinho (41) and Roberto Firmino (52).

It was the 36th time City have won a Premier League game by three or more goals under Guardiola – the most of any team in the competition since the start of the 2016-17 season.

David Silva's creative skills remain key for City and he took his tally to six assists from open play in the league this season – just one fewer than he managed in 33 games last season.

Burnley have now conceded 11 goals in their three home games against 'big six' opposition in the Premier League this season, compared to only two goals in five home games against the rest.

 

LJUNGBERG'S LOSS A DROUGHT-BREAKING BOOST FOR BRIGHTON

Managerless, beaten at home by Brighton and Hove Albion and now nine games without victory in all competitions – Gunners fans have every right to be gloomy.

Arsenal's 2-1 loss to the Seagulls made this their longest winless streak since a run of 10 between February and March of 1977.

Mesut Ozil registered his first assist in the league since February when his corner was met by Alexandre Lacazette, but the French forward's 25th English top-flight goal at Emirates Stadium failed to avert a first defeat for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Adam Webster had opened the scoring before the interval and Brighton were able to celebrate their first Premier League away win over 'big six' opposition following Neal Maupay's 80th-minute header.

Arsenal, booed off at full-time, have faced 52 shots on target in home league games this season, four more than in the entire Invincibles campaign of 2003-04.

Christian Eriksen is back on Manchester United's transfer radar.

The Red Devils are said to be preparing a January bid for the Tottenham midfielder, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Eriksen reportedly turned down a move to Old Trafford earlier this year.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED REIGNITE ERIKSEN INTEREST

Could Jose Mourinho unintentionally do his old employers another favour?

Tottenham lost to United in midweek and are now about to receive an offer for playmaker Eriksen from their Premier League rivals, reports The Mirror.

The Denmark international has not featured in the starting XI since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino and, though he prefers a move abroad, might have a decision to make when the transfer window reopens.

Seemingly not convinced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side a few months ago, Eriksen can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs overseas from January.

ROUND-UP

- Leicester City are set to hand in-demand manager Brendan Rodgers a bumper new deal in a bid to end interest from Arsenal, according to The Telegraph.

- David Moyes wants a long-term commitment from Everton before agreeing to a second stint in charge at Goodison Park, says The Sun.

- Contrary to recent reports, ESPN suggests Patrick Vieira is not at the top of Arsenal's shortlist of potential managers.

- Error-riddled Roberto's ill-fated period as a Premier League goalkeeper could soon be over. The Guardian reports West Ham will look to sell or loan the Spaniard in January, with Turkey a likely destination, as they pursue stronger competition for the injured Lukasz Fabianski.

- Serie A side  Milan have offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic a contract that could run for 18 months and will demand an answer from his agent Mino Raiola next week, claims CalcioMercato.

- Diego Simeone wants Atletico Madrid to prioritise signing a striker over Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to AS. The Spanish newspaper links Krzysztof Piatek, Andrea Belotti of Torino, Chelsea centre-forward Olivier Giroud and Valencia's Rodrigo with moves to the Wanda Metropolitano.

- Staying with Atletico and the Rojiblancos have entered the race for rumoured Juventus, Inter and Borussia Dortmund target Sandro Tonali, says CalcioMercato. Tonali, 19, is in his third season in Brescia's first-team squad.

Wilfried Zaha deserves to play for a "top club" as his agent Federico Pastorello said the Crystal Palace star could leave during the January transfer window.

Zaha wanted to depart before the start of the season but neither a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal nor Everton materialised after Palace held firm.

Refocused and in form, former Manchester United forward Zaha has been linked with Chelsea, who are hoping to overturn their transfer ban.

Pastorello revealed Ivory Coast international Zaha could be involved in a busy January window.

"I think he really deserves a new challenge and a top club, because he is really a top player," Pastorello, who also represents Inter star Romelu Lukaku, told Sky Sports News.

"It is surprising me because I read about a possible move in the summer but he stayed again. But this season he is proving that he is very focused and concentrated, so think he could be another good opportunity in the January market.

"The January market can [usually] be really calm. As the number of transfers there is about one third as many than in the summer. But there are some very good and interesting opportunities for the clubs that sell, because maybe a club really needs that player and is ready to pay a little bit more because of emergency.

"There have been a lot of changes in the Premier League in terms of managers. Sometimes when you do that you need to face his needs tactically. So expect maybe Tottenham being a bit more protagonist in the market, maybe Manchester United too.

"Let's see what happens in Chelsea too, because the ban is not sure. If they remove that they may need to do something. In Europe there are some clubs like Inter and AC Milan that maybe need to improve their squad."

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