Erik ten Hag indicated he may rest Ajax stars for their last Champions League group game against Bayern Munich even though top spot in Group E is at stake.

Kasper Dolberg, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek are among the players carrying injuries with Ajax needing to beat the Bundesliga champions in Amsterdam to finish first.

With a place in the knockout rounds already guaranteed for the Eredivisie side, Ten Hag is unsure whether or not players including Ziyech will be risked against Bayern.

"I think you always come across something. Fortunately, we have a large squad, which enables us to take care of injuries," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"Last weekend [at PEC Zwolle] we played on artificial grass, or an ice rink if you like. At the highest level, these kinds of fields do not belong, unfortunately this is the case in the Netherlands.

"We hope that we have everyone on board to take the fight, but we have to wait for the last training sessions, we have no certainty.

"The first place in the group is important. You can create a better starting position in this. But we also have to deal with a competition.

"We have to make a good assessment. We cannot exclude anything."

Ajax lost goalkeeper Andre Onana to injury in the first half of their Eredivisie win at Zwolle on Saturday.

The 22-year-old, though, expects to recover from a hamstring problem in time to face Bayern.

"I think I'm ready to play," he told a news conference. "I'll probably be there, but I'm going to train first."

Ajax are widely expected to lose star midfielder Frenkie De Jong, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, either in January or at the end of the season.

Teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt has also been linked with leaving Ajax but Onana is unconcerned about the prospect of the club being without two of Europe's brightest young talents.

"Of course we want to do something big for the club," Onana added. "There are a lot of rumours about some players, but in the end we are Ajax players and we want to win everything."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims he is down to 15 available senior players for Wednesday's Champions League match against Hoffenheim after David Silva and Fernandinho were added to his injury list.

Silva will be out for "a few weeks" after sustaining an apparent hamstring injury in City's 2-0 Premier League loss at Chelsea on Saturday.

Fernandinho completed his team's first league defeat of their title defence but appeared in discomfort towards the end of the 90 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne's ongoing rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury means Guardiola's first-choice midfield three from last season are not available to take on Hoffenheim, with a point required for City to secure top spot in Group F.

Sergio Aguero remains out with an abductor complaint, although the Argentina striker could be back when City host Everton on Saturday, while full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Danilo remain on the sidelines.

On Silva's injury, Guardiola explained: "He was substituted for a muscular problem. He will be stopped for a few days, a few weeks

"Maybe Sergio has a chance for the weekend.

"We have 15 players available, so rotating, I cannot do it too much.

"We are in a real tough game. We are in the next stage, that is important. We want to win the game because every game we have to try to win, [we want] to finish first.

"It doesn't matter if you finish first or second, the last 16 is always tough."

Guardiola spoke of how highly he rates Hoffenheim counterpart Julian Nagelsmann, dating back to their meetings when the Catalan was in charge of Bayern Munich.

Hoffenheim's efforts in their 3-2 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk last time out in the Champions League, despite being down to 10 men, gave Guardiola a newfound admiration for their play.

"Hoffenheim against Shakhtar was one of the most incredible games I watched as a spectator in the last years," Guardiola added, having studied a recording of the match this week.

"They were incredible how they created, how they did it – even with 10 players for 30 minutes, and they lost!

"It was fascinating watching that game. My admiration and point of view of Hoffenheim has increased. I know about Julian Nagelsmann and his team and I realise how tough it will be."

Pep Guardiola has hailed Raheem Sterling as an "incredible person" after the Manchester City and England winger spoke out amid allegations he was subjected to racist abuse.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has tipped Ajax coach Erik ten Hag for big things ahead of the side's crunch Champions League clash.

Real Madrid's squad remain humble after three consecutive Champions League triumphs says head coach Santiago Solari.

Kylian Mbappe believes the best is yet to come from himself and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.

The end of the Champions League group stage is closing in, and on Tuesday the likes of Tottenham, Inter, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool will learn their fate.

Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool can challenge for Premier League and Champions League honours as they prepare for a decisive showdown with Napoli.

Mauricio Pochettino says Barcelona or another club could "steal" Harry Kane from Tottenham. 

Mauricio Pochettino will be keeping a close eye on Inter's contest with PSV as Tottenham look to leave Barcelona with a place in the Champions League last 16 secured.

Spurs go into Tuesday's game at Camp Nou second to a Barca side who have already made sure of their place in the next round as Group B winners.

Inter are level with Spurs on seven points and host PSV confident of claiming victory, with Pochettino's men needing to at least match their result to go through.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde assured Inter his side will not take it easy on the Premier League team, while Pochettino will be paying close attention to proceedings in Milan.

"Of course, I'm not going to lie, we'll know what's going on there," Pochettino told reporters.

"We will be attentive, but we will focus on our match. It is important to know, but also to be concentrated in Camp Nou.

"We are going to be ready to compete in our best condition. It is such an important game and you need to give your best, preparing not only physically but mentally, thinking what you're going to do, not what Barcelona are going to do.

"We know Barcelona have a great squad and all the players deserve to be here."

Despite not signing any players in pre-season, Spurs are third in the Premier League and qualification for the next stage of the Champions League from one of the toughest groups would be another commendable achievement considering their circumstances, and Pochettino accepts it has been a peculiar campaign.

"Sometimes there are inexplicable things in football," he added. "This could be one of these things.

"We are the only team in Europe that have not signed any players, but also not sold any players but still improved. It's an odd case. Everybody feels the same."

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed 21-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters will start in Tottenham's crucial Champions League match at Barcelona on Tuesday due to selection problems at right-back.

Spurs announced on Monday that Walker-Peters, an academy product, had signed a new contract to keep him there until 2023.

The news came after Walker-Peters made his first Premier League appearance of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win over Leicester City.

He replaced the injured Serge Aurier, who joined Kieran Trippier in the treatment room – the England international suffering with a groin problem.

Pochettino has no doubts about Walker-Peters' abilities, however, even if he is set to be thrown into the deep end with Spurs needing to leave Camp Nou having matched Inter's result at home to PSV.

"I think Kyle Walker-Peters has the option to play," Pochettino told reporters in his pre-match news conference.

"I want to remind you that 18 months ago he won the Under-20 World Cup in [South] Korea and his quality is unbelievable.

"Young players always need the trust and need to play and to play in a difficult place like the Nou Camp will make him stronger than before. We don't have doubts that he can perform.

"I'm so happy to have three very good players in this position with different qualities. I think Kyle has the qualities to play.

"He needs to feel free. He's a very relaxed player and person. Whatever happens [against Barca], we hope he will be a massive success for this club."

Barca, who are already assured of top spot in the group, are unlikely to use Luis Suarez despite being named in the squad as he continues to make his way back from a knee injury, and Pochettino recognises that is a boost to Spurs' chances.

"It's a big loss [for Barca] because he's one of the best strikers in the world, along with [Harry] Kane," Pochettino said.

"It's a shame he cannot be here. He showed his quality in different countries and now at Barca, so it's an important loss for them."

Diego Simeone does not believe finishing first or second in their Champions League group will necessarily be decisive for Atletico Madrid's chances of going far in the competition.

Atletico lead Group A and will secure top spot if they win away to Club Brugge on Tuesday, having been dumped out of the competition in the group stage - and subsequently winning the Europa League - last term.

Topping a Champions League group theoretically leads to an easier match in the first knockout round after Christmas but history shows this is not always the case for pool winners.

Manchester United, Tottenham, Roma and last season's beaten finalists Liverpool are among the teams who could place second in their respective groups, so Simeone is unconcerned about where Atletico finish in Group A.

"First or second, nobody has a magic wand to know what can touch you or what can happen in the future," Simeone said at a news conference. "You have to go for the best, and the best is always to win.

"They [Brugge] are a very competitive, well-organised team. Even though they've had a few negative results in their league, one month ago they were competing in the best way possible.

"In attack they offer different variants, they have some players who are not going to participate or who are doubtful, but they have offensive power attacking inside and coming from the second line.

"In the second half against Borussia Dortmund, they managed to counter-attack very well, and in the game that we played in the Wanda Metropolitano, after we got ahead, they showed danger when they were released to attack, so we hope to take the match where we can do damage."

Simeone will have captain Diego Godin available, the defender having recovered from a thigh injury, while Jose Gimenez has also been passed fit to alleviate Atletico's defensive injury crisis.

And the centre-back expects a tough encounter away to Brugge, even though the Belgian side are already guaranteed to finish third in Group A, heading into the Europa League as a result.

"I feel good and recovered," Godin said. "In a season there are always injuries and it is a coincidence that several injuries have occurred together in defence. The team has responded. We do not go in thinking about the injuries.

"It is a Champions League match and I do not expect a relaxed opponent. I wait for an intense rival, who competes well and as they did at the Wanda. We go out to win in each game and we look for victory as we always do. I expect the best from our rival."

Carlo Ancelotti challenged Napoli to serve up a repeat of their October performance against Liverpool as they look to clinch a place in the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday.

The Serie A club sit on top of Group C going into the final round of fixtures and know a draw at Anfield will be enough to see them through to the next round.

Yet Ancelotti insists the visitors will not be taking a defensive mindset into the clash with the Premier League leaders, who sit outside the two qualification spots following a 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on November 28.

Napoli won the reverse fixture 1-0 on Italian soil, Lorenzo Insigne grabbing a late winner, and Ancelotti believes that performance offers his players a recipe for success against Jurgen Klopp's side.

"We have done very well so far and we will have a little advantage," the Italian coach told the media. "The cake has been made, now we need the cherry.

"We know what's at stake. We need to take the final step to get through the group.

"We haven't come here to sit back but to play our own game - we are going to have to be very focused and set out to score a goal.

"I think we can draw on the first game at home, as it has given us a lot of confidence and we'd like to put in a repeat performance."

Opposite number Klopp has called for the home crowd to produce a special atmosphere, yet Ancelotti expects Napoli's travelling support to make plenty of noise.

"Everyone knows the passion of the fans, but it's great to play these games in these stadiums," he said.

"Anfield is an incredible stadium with very passionate fans. It is true that there will be many fans of Liverpool, but there will also 3,000 Napoli fans at the stadium and 40 million around the world."

Hugo Lloris is bracing himself to face "one of the best players in history" in Lionel Messi on Tuesday and believes the only way Tottenham can stop the Barcelona talisman is by sticking together.

Spurs going into their final Champions League Group B game at Camp Nou needing to at least match Inter's result versus PSV in order to secure progression to the last 16.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has assured Inter his team will be doing everything they can to beat Spurs, with Messi unlikely to be left in reserve.

Lloris is preparing himself mentally to play the Argentine superstar, who has scored three goals in his last three games and struck twice in Barca's 4-2 win at Wembley in October.

"You're facing one of the best players in history," Lloris said of Messi to reporters. "It will not be easy, but we will go out with 100 per cent belief that we can do it.

"It will be very tough to stop someone like Lionel Messi, but we will only do it as a team.

"If you watch the free-kicks [he scored against Espanyol on Saturday] there is nothing you can do. When they go in the top corner like the other night, he's the type of player who can change the game and decide.

"It's very difficult to face a player like him. The only way to do it is as a team, not give him too much space and be at our best defensively."

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde described Tottenham striker as "extraordinary" but would not address transfer rumours linking the England captain with a switch to Camp Nou.

Kane signed a six-year contract in June before winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup, where he scored six goals in England's run to the semi-finals.

The striker has shown little interest in leaving the Premier League club but reports have suggested Barca see him as a possible long-term successor to Luis Suarez.

Kane will have a chance to impress Barca's board at close quarters on Tuesday when Tottenham visit in the Champions League, needing a win to progress to the knockout rounds.

But while Valverde is impressed with the development of the 25-year-old, he would give no clues as to whether Barca would be interested in a deal.

"He's a great, extraordinary forward on a global level," Valverde told a news conference. "He can shoot, he is good in the air and makes the difference in the box. You can't give him any space, even one metre. He is a difference-maker.

"I don't like talking about players from other teams, we try to have some discretion about them and worry about our own, but that doesn't mean we can't have respect for what he does."

With Barca assured of top spot in Group B, Valverde is widely expected to rest stars such as Lionel Messi, who gave a remarkable individual display in a 4-0 derby win at Espanyol on Saturday.

Valverde confirmed Luis Suarez, who returned from injury against Espanyol, will be left out but was unwilling to give further clues as to his team selection plans, with Inter needing to better Spurs' result when they face PSV to qualify.

"Sure there will be changes. Players need rest and we had a tough match last Saturday," he added. "They are going to bring their best players, not necessarily something that we can do. The players have some discomfort so I have to take that into account.

"After being without him [Messi] for several games I don't know if we'll have him out there for two games in three days. But Luis Suarez is definitely not going to play."

Pressed on Messi's availability, Valverde added: "I will tell you in 24 hours when I announce the team.

"The important thing is the players who come out of the dressing room are motivated and ready to play. They're facing a team that has everything riding on the line.

"There's nothing to fear but it's not that different from the match at Wembley. Players will have to play their best to win tomorrow and I have no doubt about that."

Valverde suggested Jasper Cillessen could start in goal in place of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and indicated Arthur may also return from injury against Spurs.

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