Dele Alli has been told by England manager Gareth Southgate he faces a battle to win back his place in the international squad.

Southgate dropped Alli from his group to face Czech Republic and Bulgaria in England's forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, while also leaving out Alli's Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier and Manchester United's Jesse Lingard.

After playing in five of England's seven matches at the 2018 World Cup, Alli's season was hampered by injuries in 2018-19 and his problems coincided with Tottenham's dip in form in February.

The 23-year-old playmaker has played just 30 minutes of Premier League football this season, having recovered from a thigh injury, and Southgate said he has yet to return to his best form.

"I think the last 12 months in particular has been frustrating for him," Southgate told reporters.

"He's had this sort of string of hamstring injuries where he's always been coming back up to the level, so that's definitely been the situation at the beginning of this season, not quite yet at full match fitness.

"He's got a fight on his hands at his club, it's a strong squad now, so there's competition for places depending on the system that they play, but he’s an asset and we all know that and I know his mentality and drive will be to get back in."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has played Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko in a line of three behind Harry Kane in Tottenham's recent fixtures, or deployed Eriksen and Erik Lamela as wingers behind a front two of Son and Kane.

Meanwhile, Southgate has utilised Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Mason Mount in recent England games, shifting the focus from experienced international players like Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to those who he feels need time to bed into his plans ahead of Euro 2020.

"I think when you're selecting a squad, the players need to see some sort of meritocracy when possible," said Southgate.

"With Dele [Ali] and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] in particular, they haven't really had the number of games this year to get themselves into a rhythm. They're both recovering from different injuries, one long term, one a bit shorter term.

"But we want to look at some of the young players. Let's invest time in some of those younger players. Let's have a closer at them, knowing that we've got to keep winning matches now by exposing people to the level and the environment and seeing how they cope with it."

Real Madrid are eager to strengthen and moves are set to be made in January.

The LaLiga giants' mixed start to the season continued with a surprise draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid plan to make signings in January – and two midfielders remain on their list.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID WANT JANUARY SIGNINGS AMID ERIKSEN, VAN DE BEEK LINKS

Real Madrid are planning to strengthen their squad in January and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Ajax's Donny van de Beek are at the forefront of their thinking, according to Marca.

Eriksen is coming out of contract at the end of the season, while Van de Beek seemingly wants to finish the campaign at Ajax.

While Madrid are top of LaLiga, they have collected just one point from their opening two Champions League games in Group A.


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- Manchester United's main targets seemingly remain unchanged. Sky Sports News reports the Premier League club have Juventus' Mario Mandzukic and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson as their main striker targets ahead of the January window.

- Leicester City are keeping tabs on 15-year-old Turkish midfielder Burak Ince, according to Fotospor. Manchester City are also reportedly interested in the teenager who would cost in the region of £1.3m.

- Spain are still waiting for Ansu Fati. The Barcelona teenager is yet to receive the necessary paperwork to debut for Spain, according to AS. Sport reports authorisation will arrive next week, with a debut for the senior team or Under-21s a possibility.

- The Football Association has requested to see evidence after Liverpool allegedly paid Manchester City £1million after a complaint from the Premier League champions that their scouting system had been hacked, according to The Times.

Niko Kovac cautioned his Bayern Munich players against losing focus following their brilliant 7-2 hammering of Tottenham in the Champions League.

The German champions delivered a performance to be savoured in London as they humiliated last season's finalists.

Plaudits have been heaped upon them but Kovac's men must now narrow their gaze on the task of beating struggling Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Bayern moved top of the Bundesliga with a rather unconvincing 3-2 victory over bottom-placed Paderborn last weekend and the head coach is keen to retain that spot heading into the international break.

"We need to keep our concentration," Kovac said at his pre-match news conference.

"We played the Champions League finalists on Tuesday. We had problems for 25 or 30 minutes then we dominated. We can't dominate for 90 minutes.

"It was a great game from us but we need to put in the same performance against Hoffenheim as we did against Tottenham.

"We want to remain objective, humble and continue to work."

Serge Gnabry was the star of the show against Spurs, with the former Arsenal winger becoming the second German to hit four goals in a Champions League game.

Robert Lewandowski grabbed a brace in the rout and Joshua Kimmich scored the other.

"He's feeling great, as you can imagine," Kovac said of Gnabry.

"He's got a slightly different training programme than most of his team-mates today. Goals aside, I was more pleased with how hard he worked tracking back in the second half."

The Bayern boss added: "We've got a good group of players that are growing closer together.

"The players are absorbing more and more what we want to see from them. I've been noticing this for a while now. But we haven't achieved anything yet."

Martin Odegaard is enjoying a stellar season at Real Sociedad.

On loan from Real Madrid, Odegaard's starring performances are attracting interest from across Europe.

A Norwegian connection at Manchester United could see Odegaard move to Old Trafford.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED WANT ODEGAARD

Manchester United have joined the race to sign in-form Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, according to The Sun.

Odegaard is currently on loan at LaLiga side Real Sociedad, where the 20-year-old has scored two goals and supplied two assists this term.

The Norway international, who joined Madrid from Stromsgodset in 2015 but only has two appearances to his name for the Spanish giants, has also been linked to Premier League rivals Manchester CityLiverpool and Arsenal.

 

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- The Daily Mail reports manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to leave struggling Tottenham. It comes after Spurs' season hit a new low following Tuesday's embarrassing 7-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been linked to the London club.

- As doubts grow over Pochettino, The Sun claims ex-Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri will wait until the end of the season before taking a Premier League job. Allegri, who left Serie A champions Juventus at the end of 2018-19, has emerged as a possible target for Tottenham and United.

Arsenal have the chance to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano for £53million (€59.4m) at the end of the season, claims L'Equipe. The Gunners were heavily linked to the 20-year-old during the recent transfer window and they could return for the defender, whose release clause is reportedly set to drop.

- Bayern Munich are interested in Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham, says The Sun. The 16-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season with two goals in six matches. Bundesliga champions Bayern have an eye on English talent following their unsuccessful pursuit of Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi.

- Sport Bild claims Bayern will "resume talks with Leroy Sane's management in the coming weeks". The Manchester City star was targeted by the German giants before suffering a serious ligament injury in the Community Shield.

- According to Calciomercato, Juventus are hoping to agree a new deal with midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The Frenchman, who was linked with a move away before the transfer window closed, is out of contract at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports Juve boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on reuniting with Chelsea star N'Golo Kante.

Inter are set to launch a shock January move for Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez, says Calciomercato. Antonio Conte's list of attacking options to add to Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez reportedly includes Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, Udinese's Kevin Lasagna and Andrea Petagna of SPAL.

Christian Eriksen has dismissed claims of a major bust-up with Tottenham team-mate Jan Vertonghen, describing the rumours as "b******t".

The Denmark star was responding to a tweet referring to a story that alleged an argument took place involving Eriksen, Vertonghen and Spurs captain Harry Kane, which centred on allegations of an affair between Vertonghen and Eriksen's partner.

The Twitter post also suggested there is serious disharmony within the Spurs dressing room, with the club said to be refusing to offer Vertonghen a new contract and manager Mauricio Pochettino likely to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Eriksen retweeted the post while adding the word "b******t" as a hashtag, as well as a sleepy emoji.

Vertonghen then shared Eriksen's tweet with three weary face emojis and a heart, having tagged his team-mate.

Eriksen has only started five matches for Spurs this season amid persistent speculation over his future, and he was a second-half substitute in Tuesday's humiliating 7-2 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The playmaker was heavily linked with Real Madrid after admitting at the end of the 2018-19 season that he was interested in a new challenge, while it has also been claimed Manchester United will pursue a move in the January transfer window.

Vertonghen, who started the thrashing by Bayern and said he was "ashamed" by the result, said prior to the match that talk concerning his own future was not a distraction.

"I'm very aware of my age. I feel fairly young and it doesn't distract me," the 32-year-old said, as quoted by The Guardian. "I'm very ambitious and I feel I've got a couple of good years left in me.

"Am I in contract talks? I prefer not to go too deep into that but there's always some movement everywhere. I had a great past at the club and I'm feeling great at the moment in every single way here."

He added on rumours of unrest in the Spurs camp: "I'm not going too much into that, either. The mood at this point is good and it was a good win for us on Saturday [against Southampton]. We showed who we really are after the sending-off and their equaliser."

Hugo Lloris admitted Tottenham "gave up" in the humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich that left Jan Vertonghen "ashamed".

Serge Gnabry scored four times and Robert Lewandowski twice as Spurs completely collapsed in front of their own fans on Tuesday.

The five-goal defeat was the heaviest an English team has suffered in a European match at home and plunged Mauricio Pochettino's men deeper into darkness four months on from their appearance in last season's Champions League final.

Tottenham have won just three of 10 games in all competitions since the June trip to Madrid, which resulted in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

Son Heung-min had given them an early lead against Bayern but the extraordinary scenes that unfolded thereafter fuelled speculation of disharmony inside the squad.

"I don't think the level of both teams is far away like the score [suggests] but we need to accept they were much better than us," Lloris told reporters.

"I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse.

"It's a night that affects us a lot. Now it's about character, clearing the mind."

The captain's comments echoed boss Pochettino's assessment of the performance, which ended with the concession of three goals after the 80-minute mark.

Pochettino warned of a "psychological" battle for his players ahead of Saturday's game against Brighton and Hove Albion and centre-back Vertonghen acknowledged the result could have a lasting effect.

"Everyone's ashamed," the defender said. "I think everyone will have a bad night's sleep, and probably a couple, about this.

"I feel extremely hurt - all negative words. It's embarrassing. It's a very bad result.

"I felt like they were extremely clinical. There's never an explanation for a score like this, but they punished us with every single mistake we made. We let the players and everyone at the club down with this result.

"It's good that the next game is already in a couple of days. We have to get back together - and I feel like the group is together - to overcome this defeat."

Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham "gave up" in their humiliating Champions League loss to Bayern Munich as the Spurs manager warned of a "tough season".

Last season's Champions League runners-up Tottenham were embarrassed 7-2 by Bayern on a forgettable night in London on Tuesday.

Spurs – who took the lead in the Group B fixture through Son Heung-min before capitulating – conceded seven goals at home for the first time in a major competition following Serge Gnabry's four-goal second half.

Pochettino, whose future has dominated headlines amid uncertainty at the struggling Premier League side and links to Real Madrid and Manchester United, told reporters: "The feeling at the end when we conceded the three goals – it was like the team was tired and gave up a little bit.

"Maybe that showed a little bit our frustration with the game because up until 82 minutes, the team were alive, we were fighting, trying to create chances to score [for 4-3]."

"It's difficult to talk now. I said nothing after the game. We have to stay together, but you can imagine we cannot talk now," Pochettino said. "It's a situation where we have to be calm first, after we will talk tomorrow. But not today.

"The feelings aren't so good. We are very disappointed. But the moment now is to be calm and not make a mistake after a result like today. We are not going to fix anything by shouting, when the emotion is on the skin."

Pochettino added: "This is going to be a tough season. After the final of the Champions League, it was a chapter closed and now the club is in a period when they need to open another chapter and decide a project, medium, long-term.

"Like I told you, that defeat won't change my opinion. This type of situation will happen and you need to show your quality like a man first, to face like a professional, like a man. You need to put your quality, how you are strong, to face this type of situation.

"What comes after is the professional side. Now we need to be a man and be strong all together to try to bounce back and change that feeling. I think it's more psychological now. To try to move with no damage between us and talking in different ways to each other. The most important thing now is to have one idea, one analysis, one assessment.

"We need to stick with this assessment and from there start to improve. Last season was similar but this result is tough. But the most important now is to stay calm, not rush to analysis, assessment or judgement.

"It's important now to take a few hours to see what happened. But after 30 minutes, my feeling was good. Nobody in that stadium expected this type of result in the end. We need to work, but it was a little bit of a strange game.

"This type of situation you have to face. It is tough and you need to be strong and keep going. Stay together, help each other and be all together. When you receive this type of result it is important to bounce back and believe in yourself. It is the only way to recover."

Tottenham secured an unwanted record on Tuesday as they suffered a humiliating home loss at the hands of Bayern Munich in Champions League action.

The 7-2 result was the biggest margin of defeat for an English team at home in any European competition. It also equals the heaviest loss for Mauricio Pochettino as a manager, sitting alongside a 5-0 reverse he suffered against Real Madrid when in charge of Espanyol.

The crushing result leaves Spurs with a solitary point in Group B after two games, though they also made a slow start in the competition in the 2018-19 season but eventually made it all the way to the final.

Still, if they look back at the five worst home losses for English clubs in the Champions League era, at least Tottenham will see neighbours Arsenal included twice.

 

ARSENAL 0-3 INTER (September 2003)

While setting the pace in the Premier League early in the 2003-04 season, the Gunners suffered a painful experience in Europe at the hands of Inter. Julio Ricardo Cruz, Andy van der Meyde and Obafemi Martins scored the goals for the Serie A side at Highbury, with the hosts also seeing a Thierry Henry penalty saved by visiting goalkeeper Francesco Toldo.

Still, Arsene Wenger's squad ended up topping the group as Inter finished third. While Arsenal saw their run in the competition ended by London rivals Chelsea at the quarter-final stage, they did go on to win the title in England.


LIVERPOOL 0-3 REAL MADRID (October 2014)

The Reds' return to Europe's top table did not go according to plan in the 2014-15 campaign. Brendan Rodgers had seen Liverpool lose away in Basel before Real Madrid arrived on Merseyside. Los Blancos made history by becoming the first visiting team to score three goals in the first half at Anfield in a European game, Cristiano Ronaldo thrashed home a stunning opener before Karim Benzema struck twice before the break.

Liverpool also lost the return fixture the following month at the Santiago Bernabeu as they finished with a disappointing five points from six games, with a third-place finish dropping them into the Europa League.


NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-4 INTER (November 2002)

Having come through a qualifying round, Newcastle lost their first three group matches but still managed to secure qualification for the next round - though in the 2002-03 season that meant another round-robin stage.

However, the second phase of the competition started with a disappointing defeat to Inter, Bobby Robson's team not aided by Craig Bellamy getting sent off after a mere five minutes following a clash with Marco Materazzi. By that stage Domenico Morfeo had already put the Nerazzurri ahead, with Matias Almeyda and Hernan Crespo adding further goals before the break. Nolberto Solano gave Newcastle hope in the second half – only for Alvaro Recoba to kill off any thoughts of a dramatic comeback on Tyneside.


ARSENAL 1-5 BAYERN MUNICH (March 2017)

Arsenal were once stuck experiencing the Champions League version of Groundhog Day, with a 2017 exit to Bayern seeing them exit the competition at the last-16 stage for a seventh successive season. Thumped 5-1 in the first leg, they did score first in the return fixture through a superb Theo Walcott goal.

However, Laurent Koscielny was sent off eight minutes into the second half after conceding a penalty, the referee upgrading the defender's punishment having initially shown a yellow card. Robert Lewandowski converted from the spot to equalise and the home team fell apart when down to 10 men. Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa piled on the misery for Arsenal before a late brace from Arturo Vidal saw the result mirror their previous meeting.


TOTTENHAM 2-7 BAYERN MUNICH (October 2019)

Serge Gnabry's four-goal haul saw Tottenham concede seven at home for the first time in a major competition as Pochettino's players crumbled. Spurs had actually taken an early lead through Son Heung-min but trailed at the break after goals from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski.

At half-time there were few signs of the humiliation to come, though, as the Bundesliga powerhouses rattled in three goals in the final seven minutes of normal time. Reaching the final of last term's Champions League must suddenly feel a long time ago for Pochettino and his team - and they will have to go to Germany for the return fixture in December, too.

Niko Kovac was left astonished by Bayern Munich's 7-2 battering of Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday, saying he could not have dreamed of such a result.

Bayern blew their hosts away at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite Son Heung-min opening the scoring in the 12th minute.

Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry was the inspiration, scoring four goals in a remarkable individual performance, while Robert Lewandowski got a brace and Joshua Kimmich also found the net.

The result leaves Bayern three points clear at the top of Group B having won both of their matches and Kovac was struggling to comprehend what he had just seen.

"Nobody could dream of this result," he told DAZN. "We knew what to expect in London and we experienced that in the first 25 minutes.

"Tottenham put a lot of pressure on us, but luckily Manuel Neuer kept us in the game. After that, my team did very well.

"Of course, the second goal was extremely important for us. At half-time, we once again tightened a few things and then we played as I imagine and wish. Above all, we took all the opportunities we created."

Although Kovac was eager to laud the collective, he could not ignore the performance of Gnabry.

"First of all, I would like to emphasise that was a great moment for the whole team, but of course, especially for Serge," he added.

"He was really fantastic. He showed what I expect from him. Not only in attack, because I know what he can do, but also in the defensive phase."

Bayern goalkeeper Neuer was similarly impressed with Gnabry's finishing, though he also felt sympathy for his opposite number.

"He [Gnabry] has a lot of moves to the goal and has great finishing [skill], whether with the left or right foot," he said.

"That is always difficult to thwart, that's why I'm feeling a bit sorry for Hugo Lloris."

Mauricio Pochettino called on his Tottenham players to stick together after their poor start to the campaign continued with a 7-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals on Tuesday as Bundesliga champions Bayern inflicted a record margin of defeat on an English team on home soil in Europe.

Last season's beaten finalists Tottenham had earlier opened the scoring through Son Heung-min, but more questions will be asked of Spurs' spirit following their incredible collapse.

Pochettino, who last week put his side's below-par start to 2019-20 down to an unsettled squad, admitted this third defeat in four games was tough to take.

"I don't need too much time to explain," the Tottenham manager told BT Sport. "We played 30 mins well, started well, pressing high. But we were unlucky that we conceded in the first minute of the half.

"In football it can happen. Every single touch went in. We are very disappointed and very upset but we have to stay together. I think we are strong in our mentality.

"Maybe you are bored about my speech but football is today not yesterday. It is always is about the show. You have to do it today and tomorrow. It is not about experiences and what happened three months ago."

Bayern scored three times in the space of five minutes towards the end of the match and Pochettino suggested his side were unfortunate to lose so heavily.

"Every single touch from Bayern was clinical," he said. "They scored with every touch. It is tough to accept. You have to move on.

"This type of situation you have to face. It is tough and you need to be strong and keep going. 

"Stay together, help each other and be all together. When you receive this type of result it is important to bounce back and believe in yourself. It is the only way to recover."

Tottenham are third in Group B after two matches, having squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiacos in their opening fixture.

Serge Gnabry revelled in his remarkable four-goal haul as Bayern Munich battered Tottenham 7-2, with the former Arsenal forward suggesting Gunners fans might have enjoyed his display.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted an incredible match in which Spurs actually started the better side, taking the lead through Son Heung-min.

But Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski ensured Bayern went into the break ahead, before Gnabry netted twice in two minutes early in the second half.

Harry Kane's penalty appeared to give Spurs a lifeline, but Bayern stormed home to a stunning win, with Gnabry adding two more either side of Lewandowski's 14th goal of the season.

Gnabry, who came through Arsenal's academy, remembered his roots after inspiring the demolition of the Gunners' bitter rivals.

Talking to Sky Sport Deutschland, Gnabry said: "It's difficult to put this into words, winning 7-2. None of us would have imagined this.

"To have scored four goals is also an amazing feeling. I imagine all the Arsenal fans enjoyed that one!

"Obviously it's a great result for us and we're going to enjoy the evening."

The Germany international then posted on Twitter, further trolling the Spurs supporters as he wrote: "North London is RED!!!".

Tottenham conceded seven goals at home for the first time in a major competition in a 7-2 thrashing inflicted by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, beaten in the final by Liverpool last season, were humiliated at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Group B on Tuesday.

Son Heung-min gave Spurs the lead but goals from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski turned it around for the Bundesliga champions before the break.

Serge Gnabry then hit four goals in the second half as Spurs collapsed in front of their own fans, conceding three times in the last seven minutes of normal time.

Pochettino's men have already shipped nine goals in the group stage this term after giving away a two-goal lead to draw at Olympiacos in their opener.

They will need to get back on track in matchweek three when they travel to Red Star Belgrade, who are second after beating the Greek giants.

Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry scored four times as Bayern Munich embarrassed Tottenham 7-2 in London, piling the pressure on under-fire Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs were comfortably the better side in the first half of the Champions League Group B encounter and took the lead early on, but they were made to rue their profligacy in front of goal, as a Gnabry-inspired Bayern taught woeful Spurs a lesson after the break.

Son Heung-min put Spurs deservedly in front, though Bayern were ahead by the break, with Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski netting fine strikes.

That was only the beginning, however, as Bayern went on to decimate their hosts – Gnabry scoring twice in two minutes, with Harry Kane's penalty nothing more than a consolation.

Gnabry added another two either side of Lewandowski's second in the final 10 minutes as Spurs were humiliated.

Barcelona are planning for life after Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.

The 32-year-old is highly regarded at Camp Nou, however, he has struggled for form and consistency.

Now, LaLiga champions Barca appear to be lining up a possible replacement.

 

TOP STORY – BARCA READY TO SPEND €50M ON PIATEK

Barcelona are interested in signing AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, says Calciomercato.it.

Suarez celebrates his 33rd birthday in January and the Barca veteran is showing signs of decline at the LaLiga champions, where he has struggled for form and consistency.

Barca will look to bring in a new face in January, with the Spanish giants ready to spend €50million on Piatek, while RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, Getafe forward Jaime Mata and Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic have also been linked.

 

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Juventus have set their sights on three Premier League players – Chelsea's Willian, and Tottenham pair Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, according to Tuttosport. The trio will be available on free transfers at the end of the season and Eriksen tops Juve's wish list.

- The Daily Mail says Tottenham have opened contract talks with defender Jan Vertonghen. The Belgium international is out of contract at season's end and Spurs are reluctant to lose him on a free transfer.

- AC Milan are interested in signing Nice star Arnaud Lusamba, according to Calciomercato. The 22-year-old midfielder is contracted to the Ligue 1 club until 2021.

Arsenal will send scouts to watch Salzburg and Hungary star Dominik Szoboszlai in Wednesday's Champions League showdown against Liverpool, reports the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old sensation has also attracted interested from Serie A trio Juventus, Inter and Lazio.

- Eredivisie side PSV are interested in signing Manchester United's Tahith Chong on loan in January, according to the Daily Mail. The 19-year-old Dutch winger, who arrived from Feyenoord in 2016, has been involved with the first team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Real Madrid will be looking to kick-start their Champions League campaign against Club Brugge on Tuesday after losing to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one, while Kylian Mbappe has his eye on a record of Lionel Messi's.

Madrid were crushed 3-0 by PSG last time out, with Thomas Tuchel's men looking extremely comfortable in a match that left Zinedine Zidane under a bit of pressure.

They have since bounced back with two wins and a draw in LaLiga and they will expect to get three points at home to Club Brugge, while PSG travel to Galatasaray.

The French champions will be able to call upon the services of Mbappe this time, having missed the Madrid clash through injury, and he is close to equalling a record set by Messi.

Below, we have highlighted the key data ahead of Tuesday's contests.

Real Madrid v Club Brugge

3 - Madrid are looking to avoid losing three successive Champions League matches for the first time in their history. They have not lost three in a row in European competition since September 1981.

50 - Los Blancos have won all three of their Champions League home matches against Belgian opposition by an aggregate score of 14-2. Their most recent competitive home defeat to a club from Belgium was 50 years ago in December 1969 versus Standard Liege in the European Cup (W4 D1 L0 since).

 

Galatasaray v Paris Saint-Germain

14 - Mbappe has scored 14 goals in the UEFA Champions League and will be aged 20 years and 284 days on the day of this match. The youngest player to 15 goals in the competition is Messi, who scored his 15th goal aged 21y 289d.

1 - If Galatasaray avoid defeat against PSG, it will be the first time they have remained unbeaten in the opening two games of a Champions League group stage since the format changed in 2003-04.

Red Star Belgrade v Olympiakos

4 - Marko Marin was directly involved in four of Red Star's five goals during the 2018-19 Champions League campaign, including two assists against Liverpool in their only ever victory in the competition.

9 - Olympiakos have lost nine of their past 11 matches away from home in the Champions League (W2), shipping at least two goals in every defeat. Prior to this run, the Greek side had won three of their previous six on the road (D1 L2).

 

Tottenham v Bayern Munich

39 - Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has scored in 39 different Champions League matches; only Ruud van Nistelrooy (42), Karim Benzema (45), Raul (56), Lionel Messi (68), Cristiano Ronaldo (82) have scored in more.

2 - Bayern are looking to become the second side after PSG in October 2017 to score two or more goals in six successive Champions League away group matches since the competition changed to its current format in 2003-04.

Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk

20 - Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of his past 20 Champions League starts – the only keeper with a longer such run in the history of the competition is Igor Akinfeev (43 starts between 2006 and 2017).

4 - Atalanta's 4-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one was the heaviest defeat by a team in their first Champions League match since Qarabag lost 6-0 to Chelsea in September 2017.

 

Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb

10 - Against Shakhtar, City's Gabriel Jesus scored his ninth Champions League goal – should he score in this game, he will be the youngest Brazilian (22y 181d) to reach 10 goals in the competition and youngest South American since Lionel Messi (21y 99d) in October 2008.

1 - Mislav Orsic's hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Dinamo against Atalanta was the first treble scored for a Croatian team in the competition. Only two Croatian players have scored in their first two appearances in the competition; Alen Boksic in November 1992 for Marseille and Nikola Vlasic in 2018 for CSKA Moscow.

 

Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid

7 - Kieran Trippier created seven chances in Atletico Madrid's 2-2 draw with Juventus, the most of any player on matchday one this season. Since the start of last season, only Dusan Tadic (41) has created more chances than the England defender in the competition (32).

22 - Lokomotiv Moscow's victory over Bayer Leverkusen last time out was achieved with just 22 per cent possession, the lowest by a winning team in a Champions League match since Celtic had 15 per cent and beat Barcelona 2-1 in November 2012.

 

Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen

26 - Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in 24 appearances against teams from Germany in the Champions League – no player has more against teams from a specific nation (Lionel Messi v English teams, also 26). This will his first appearance against Bayer Leverkusen in the competition.

78 - Leverkusen had 78 per cent possession in their 2-1 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow, the most by a team in a Champions League match since Bayern Munich had 78.8 per cent against Arsenal in February 2014.

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