Paris Saint-Germain striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Mouting is expecting a different challenge from Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was still in charge at Old Trafford when the draw was made pitting PSG against United in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the tie to be played across February and March.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the Portuguese's replacement on a caretaker basis and he has made a stunning impact with United winning all six matches under his stewardship.

And Solskjaer's impact has not gone unnoticed in the French capital.

Choupo-Mouting told RMC: "Manchester United, they have changed. But it's always like that when you change coaches.

"There may be a new state of mind in the team, everyone wants to show their best. 

"But I do not care about other teams, we have to think about ourselves, we believe in ourselves. 

"We have the quality to beat anyone but it will be a tough match because Manchester United are a very good team with great quality players."

Unai Emery accepts it is "more difficult" for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League after their 1-0 Premier League loss at West Ham.

Thomas Muller is set to be unavailable for both legs of Bayern Munich's Champions League last-16 clash with Liverpool after UEFA hit the forward with a two-match ban.

Tottenham will play home matches at Wembley throughout February as their wait to move to the new White Hart Lane continues.

Delays to the construction of the new venue have seen Spurs occupy the national stadium throughout this campaign, with issues with the critical-safety systems pushing the opening date back further.

It was confirmed last month that this Sunday's clash with Manchester United would be played at Wembley, and the club have now announced that at least four further fixtures will also be hosted there due to the need for event testing.

Premier League meetings with Watford (January 30), Newcastle United (February 2) and Leicester City (February 10) will be played at Wembley, along with the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund on February 13.

If Tottenham progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup and are drawn at home on the weekend of February 16-17, that match would also take place at the national stadium.

These delays could ensure a mouth-watering north London derby against Arsenal is the first to be hosted at the new White Hart Lane on March 2, although a further update is anticipated in the coming weeks.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said of the latest delay: "I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience.

"The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional matchday experience for everyone.

"We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks."

Tottenham will refund supporters who have bought tickets for the three moved Premier League matches, with the Wembley capacity for those games capped at 51,000.

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's Champions League final heartache last May laid the foundations for their relentless Premier League title bid this season.

Liverpool head to reigning champions Manchester City on Thursday knowing victory will increase the gap between themselves and Pep Guardiola's side to 10 points.

When he succeeded Brendan Rodgers as Reds boss in 2015, Klopp described Liverpool's illustrious history as a "20 kilo backpack" that had arguably come to hinder the club in the modern era.

Even though Real Madrid got the better of his side 3-1 in Kiev, the former Borussia Dortmund boss believes being involved in such an occasion allowed Liverpool to shed that weight and approach the challenge of winning a first top-flight crown in 29 years on their own terms.

"I think we got rid finally of the backpack when we reached Champions League final," he told a pre-match news conference

"We didn't win it, yes, but 20 teams [18 in the Champions League era] reached the Champions League final so that was the moment when we did something really special.

"We didn't win it but the ride there was unbelievable, the journey was unbelievable. Since then it feels different."

Klopp hopes to be able to call on some title-winning experience within his own dressing room, with James Milner back in training following a hamstring injury.

Ex-England midfielder Milner lifted the Premier League title with City in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

"Experience is always good if you use it in the right ways," Klopp said. "I don't know [if] Milly gives lessons in how to deal with the situations - we are not at that point - but his influence on the team is massive, like it is with other players, but Milly especially.

"If somebody would lose a bit of contact to the ground or whatever, I don't think that can happen as long as Milly is in the dressing room. If it would happen, then I'm happy that he is there."

Andres Iniesta hopes 2019 will see Barcelona win a sixth Champions League title, but the former Blaugrana midfielder knows they face stiff competition.

Barca eased into the last 16 of the 2018-19 edition after collecting 14 points from their six matches, winning four and drawing the other two to ensure they finished above Tottenham.

They will meet Lyon in the first knockout stage as they try to add to their five previous titles, the most recent coming in 2015.

Iniesta has been part of four Barcelona teams to have conquered Europe and he sees plenty of promise in Ernesto Valverde's current squad.

"I always think they can [win the Champions League]," he told Sport. "They're ambitious and with aspirations to win everything.

"After that, there are moments when things can go better or worse.

"This team deserves more Champions Leagues than they have won. I hope this season they take the step forward which has been lacking in recent years."

However, going all the way to the final in Madrid on June 1 will not be easy, with Iniesta expecting Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to push Barca close.

"It's difficult to think that someday they [City and PSG] won't come close in the Champions League," he added.

"The teams they have, their squads, the investments, the coaches... they should be fighting for the trophy.

"I also want to add Liverpool, who are looking good this year.

"The problem with the Champions League is that it's a really tough tournament. One bad day can knock you out."

Iniesta left Barca at the end of the 2017-18 season to ply his trade in Japan with Vissel Kobe and, despite enjoying life in J1 League, he admits part of him misses turning out at Camp Nou.

"I would love to be at Barca still if my body and head would allow it," he said. "I won't find anything to match this football club, this stadium, these team-mates.

"But I took another path and I am enjoying it. I am excited about what's to come and hope that this stage in my career will be important and special."

Diego Costa has stepped up his recovery from surgery on a foot injury, with Atletico Madrid hopeful the striker will be fit to face Juventus in the Champions League.

Costa has been out for a month, with the Brazil-born Spain international also having been linked with a move to Tianjin Quanjian of the Chinese Super League.

Coach Diego Simeone previously rejected speculation Atletico could sell Costa in the January transfer window, with the club providing an update on his recovery on Wednesday.

"Diego Costa has entered the second phase of his recovery after returning from Brazil, where he underwent an operation on his left foot on December 5," a statement said. 

"Our striker is making progress in his rehabilitation and sport readaptation process. Apart from the daily physiotherapy and aerobic training on a stationary bicycle, a specific swimming pool routine is to be added shortly."

Atletico have been linked with a bid for Juve forward Paulo Dybala, but president Enrique Cerezo is focused on getting Costa back on the pitch.

"My favourite at Juve? I really like Dybala," Cerezo said to Tuttosport. "We do not think about the market.

"The only thought is to recover Diego Costa for the double challenge against Juventus. Diego is very important for us and in these matches he thrives."

Atletico host Juve in the first leg of their last-16 tie on February 20, with the return match against Serie A's leaders on March 12 in Turin.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed he will not think about a Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich until February.

The Reds are flying high in the Premier League, having extended their cushion at the top of the table to six points on Boxing Day with a 4-0 thumping of Newcastle United at Anfield.

With reigning champions Manchester City faltering, Tottenham have moved up to second place as Liverpool seek their first title since the formation of the Premier League.

And Klopp will not allow an upcoming last-16 tie against Bundesliga giants Bayern to take focus away from his side's charge.

"Bayern is the strongest rival for Liverpool because that is our opponent in the next round," Klopp told a news conference.

"If you ask me for a favourite, Juventus is the team everybody has to beat, not only because Cristiano [Ronaldo] is there, but as well as that.

"[They are a] very experienced team, but thank God I don't have to think about the Champions League until February! It feels good, but in February we will be ready for that."

Dejan Lovren's half-volley put Liverpool on track for a comfortable win against Newcastle, with Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho adding second-half scores.

An eighth successive Premier League win also brought up Klopp's 100th victory since taking charge of the Reds, the German becoming the club's third fastest boss to reach the landmark.

Yet Klopp feels there are still improvements to be made despite Liverpool romping to victory and taking full advantage of a shock loss at Leicester City for Pep Guardiola's champions.

"I liked the start offensively but I didn't like the start defensively," Klopp continued.

"The protection was not how it should have been, we were not as compact as we should be, the first corner they had half a counter, stuff like that.

"It looked like kind of an open game. After the first 15 minutes we were good. But we lost the formation, we were too wide offensively. If you play the ball in behind then good, but if they could clear it with the header, we were not there.

"I was happy about half-time, that we could adjust a few things and get back to the way we actually we wanted to play. That made life easier.

"Second half we scored pretty early on and then we controlled the game and scored wonderful goals, set-piece [was] fantastic and then even Ali [Alisson], apart from all his football playing skills, showed what his actual job is and saves a clean sheet.

"So, a pretty perfect day for us, not a perfect performance but a really good performance."

Zoran Mamic believes his Al Ain side can cause a huge upset against Real Madrid in the final of the Club World Cup.

Al Ain beat River Plate in the semi-final to book Saturday's clash against holders Madrid, who are seeking a third straight title in the competition and a first trophy under new coach Santiago Solari.

Mamic's men were 3-0 down to Team Wellington in the first half of their tournament opener but fought back to win on penalties, also knocking out Copa Libertadores winners River in a shoot-out.

A whirlwind campaign will close against European champions Madrid in Abu Dhabi, with Mamic in confident mood despite the odds being stacked against his team.

"Real Madrid are the biggest team in the world," Mamic told reporters at a news conference.

"It's like when you compare a small Smart car with a big Mercedes, maybe one time the Smart car will win if the Mercedes machine breaks. I hope this one time it can happen also for us.

"Of course, we will try to do everything. We've come to the final, we've played good football and we deserve to be here. We didn't arrive in the final only with luck. We want to make a good match.

"It won't be easy. It's the fourth match in a short period and the team is very, very tired. But for tomorrow all of us will be ready. We have big motivation to represent the club and the country in a good way, and to make it difficult for Real Madrid.

"Real Madrid are going to give everything, but it isn't an advantage for them to be favourites. However, let's hope that the groundsman makes our goal smaller as Real Madrid are big favourites!

"Nothing is impossible. We have to believe, we have to try. After the game if we can look in the mirror and say 'OK, we gave everything, but Real were better', then we say 'bravo' to Real and we continue with our other competitions."

Croatian coach Mamic is looking forward to catching up with his compatriot, Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who this month became his country's first Ballon d'Or winner.

"I will talk to him before the game for sure," he added. "Since he has won so much in his career, I will also tell him to let us win!

"In every sport, also in football, every sportsman goes into every game to win, even if you play against Real Madrid.

"You have a dream; you think maybe you have luck, you have a very good day, Real Madrid miss some chances."

Santiago Solari feels defending the Club World Cup title would be another "extraordinary" achievement for Real Madrid.

Solari's side face Al Ain in Saturday's final having triumphed against Kashima Antlers in the semis and won each of the past two editions of the competition.

A third consecutive Club World Cup would follow a third straight Champions League sealed by Madrid in Kiev against Liverpool this year.

It is Solari's first chance to claim silverware after being appointed Julen Lopetegui's successor and he hyped Madrid's achievements ahead of the game.

"It would be exceptional to win the third Club World Cup in a row and it would be great for all these players. It can be difficult to repeat and it is a huge responsibility," Solari told reporters.

"What is impossible is to win the Champions League 200 years in a row - this is football, to compete with the best in the world.

"What has been achieved by Madrid these past five years, it is part of our way of being as a club to look at the next one, but we cannot forget the excellence of the last year.

"It is extraordinary and [on Saturday] we will try to take another step. If Madrid have won so much it is because we concentrate and put all our energy into the finals.

"Everyone is very happy and excited … there is also that tingling of a final and we have to put all our energy into that."

Solari was unwilling to talk about the possibility of Madrid facing LaLiga rivals Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League final, which will be held at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

"It is such a distant hypothesis that we would have to take a DeLorean to get there," Solari said, referencing the time-travelling car from the 'Back to the Future' film series.

Interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already relishing the chance to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

A World Cup, two Ligue 1 titles and the first ever Kopa Trophy - Kylian Mbappe marks his 20th birthday as the planet's most decorated young footballer.

The former Monaco striker has taken his game to new heights since joining Paris Saint-Germain for €180million, the second most expensive deal in football history.

Few players have won the game's greatest prize as a teenager but Mbappe did just that this year, scoring in the final as France triumphed 4-2 over Croatia at Russia 2018.

Mbappe's 20th birthday on Thursday means he can no longer be considered the most exciting teenager in the sport, but our assessment of his Opta numbers suggests there is even more to come.

63 - Mbappe has already scored 63 goals at club level in all competitions. The tally comes from 122 appearances, meaning he averages better than a goal every two games.

4 - In April 2017, Mbappe became the first player in the history of the competition to score in each of his first four knockout games in the Champions League.

10 - No Les Bleus player has reached 10 goals for France at a younger age than Mbappe, who found the net four times in his country's triumphant Russia 2018 campaign.

9 - Of those 10 goals for his country, nine were scored in 2018. That means Mbappe's calendar year at international level was the most prolific for a Frenchman since Thierry Henry hit 11 in 2003.

2 - In Mbappe's first season at Monaco, the 2015-16 campaign, he recorded more assists (two) than he scored goals (one) in his 14 appearances in all competitions.

26 - The following season, when Monaco beat PSG to the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title, remains Mbappe's most prolific to date. He hit 26 goals in 44 appearances, contributing a further 11 assists for Leonardo Jardim's champions.

15 - But Mbappe is on track to eclipse that figure in 2018-19, with PSG seemingly assured of another Ligue 1 crown. He has already hit 15 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this term.

joyeux anniversaire mon frère !!! @KMbappe

— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) December 20, 2018

62 - Since making his Ligue 1 debut, Mbappe has been involved in 62 goals (41 goals, 21 assists), which is 36 more than any other player born in 1998 or after in Europe's top five leagues.

13 - Mbappe's goal for PSG against Red Star earlier this month means he is the youngest player to reach 13 goals in the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has bid farewell to his teenage years, having turning 20 on Thursday.

After a rapid rise at Monaco earned him a move to the Ligue 1 giants in 2017, this year has seen the talented forward take his game to even greater heights.

He tasted World Cup glory with France and won the FIFA Young Player award for his performances in Russia, while in December he claimed the inaugural Kopa Trophy.

In celebration of Mbappe's 20th birthday, we recall some of his greatest goals.


Montpellier 1 Monaco 2 - Ligue 1 - February 7, 2016

This strike away at Montpellier showed the raw pace and finishing ability that have become Mbappe's trademark.

Running at a frightening speed from wide on the left, he left veteran defender Hilton in his wake and, as Geoffrey Jourden advanced to close the angle, slipped a cheeky finish through the goalkeeper's legs.

Manchester City 5 Monaco 3 - Champions League - February 21, 2017

The goal that announced Mbappe on the European stage came in a Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

In his first start in the competition, the 18-year-old put his side 2-1 up five minutes before half-time with an emphatic effort. Catching a back-peddling City defence unaware, he rifled a superb, powerful effort high past Willy Caballero.


Borussia Dortmund 2 Monaco 3 - Champions League - April 12, 2017

After scoring twice against City in the last 16, Mbappe netted three times versus Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals and with his second strike in the away leg was the pick of the bunch.

Mbappe stole Lukasz Piszczek's pass ahead of Sokratis Papastathopoulos near the halfway line and raced clear, curling a delightful finish past Roman Burki's despairing drive from 20 yards.

Monaco 2 Saint-Etienne 0 - Ligue 1 - May 17, 2017

This was Mbappe's final goal for Monaco and quite the way to sign off as his side won the title.

He ran in behind the Saint-Etienne defence, latching onto Radamel Falcao's pass before shaping to shoot with his right foot. Mbappe instead sat goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier down and coolly finished into an open goal with his left.

France 4 Monaco 2 – World Cup – July 15, 2018

It does not come bigger than a goal in the World Cup final.

There did not appear to be much on for Mbappe when he received the ball from Lucas Hernandez in a central position 25 yards from goal, but Domagoj Vida failed to close him down. He used that space to hammer a low drive beyond a stunned Danijel Subasic and into the bottom-left corner, helping France to their second World Cup title.

Guingamp 1 PSG 3 – Ligue 1 – August 18, 2018

Mbappe hit the ground running upon his return to PSG.

In his first league outing of the 2018-19 season his late double lifted PSG to victory at Guingamp, and his second was a thing of beauty. A great first touch from Neymar's pass took centre-back Christophe Kerbrat out of the equation and drew goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson off his line, with the confident forward punishing him with a sublime 90th-minute dink over the onrushing Swede.

Nimes 2 PSG 4 - Ligue 1 - September 1, 2018

A mixed outing for Mbappe ended with him picking up a petulant red card, but his game-breaking goal 13 minutes from time was magnificent.

He produced an immaculate touch to bring down Presnel Kimpembe's raking pass, let the ball bounce once and then clattered into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates his 20th birthday on Thursday as arguably the hottest young talent in the game.

After leaving Monaco for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that made him the second most expensive player in history - behind team-mate Neymar - Mbappe has gone from strength to strength.

A couple of years ago he was battling for a regular place in Monaco's starting line-up but this month he finished fourth in the Ballon d'Or voting, ahead of five-time winner Lionel Messi.

Here, Omnisport takes a look at the rapid rise of a phenomenal talent who has thrilled Europe, won multiple major titles and earned international honours in double-quick time.


Scrubbing Henry from the record books

Mbappe's rapid pace, smooth technique and clinical eye for goal have drawn numerous comparisons to Thierry Henry - now in charge of his old club. The Arsenal and France great also cut his teeth at Monaco and stood as the Ligue 1 club's youngest player and goalscorer until Mbappe came on the scene. He became Les Monegasques' most fresh-faced debutant when he replaced Fabio Coentrao against Caen on December 2, 2015 at 16 years and 347 days. Two months later, he swept home in stoppage time to seal a 3-1 win over Troyes and claim another Henry record.

Breakthrough treble

Despite bursts of obvious promise, Mbappe remained a bit-part player for the remainder of 2016 as a revitalised Radamel Falcao and the wily Valere Germain led Monaco's unlikely assault on the Ligue 1 title. The youngster had three goals in 12 appearances before being named in the starting XI to face Rennes in the Coupe de la Ligue. Mbappe glided in from the left and side-footed into the far corner with his right to open the scoring in the 11th minute, sliding in to double his tally at the far post 10 minutes later. He completed his hat-trick after the hour. The match ended in a 7-0 demolition and Mbappe had truly arrived.

Conquering Ligue 1

Mbappe added to his collection of match balls with a treble in a 5-0 thumping of Metz in February 2017 as his and Monaco's season went into overdrive. Mbappe's second hat-trick of the campaign came towards the start of a purple patch that returned 20 goals in 23 games across all competitions. The run concluded as he sped clear of the Saint-Etienne defence and rounded Stephane Ruffier to set Monaco on the way to a title-clinching 2-0 win.

Champions League breakthrough

As the youngster thrilled in peak form, Leonardo Jardim decided it was time to unleash him on the biggest stage. Mbappe marked his first Champions League start by lashing emphatically into the top-left corner against Manchester City. Monaco lost a thriller 5-3 at the Etihad Stadium but won the return 3-1 to prevail on away goals in the last 16, with Mbappe again on target. He netted three times over two legs versus Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals and had been widely anointed as Europe's next superstar by the time he scored in vain against Juventus in the semis. He earned selection alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski in UEFA's squad of the season.

PSG strike €180m bargain

Monaco were always going to find it hard to hold on to Mbappe and he joined PSG for €180m after leading his club to the Ligue 1 title, the deal including an initial one-season loan. Mbappe hit 13 league goals as PSG won a domestic treble last term but he is already on track to eclipse that figure, his 12 goals the joint most in the French top-flight so far in 2018-19. He has continued to collect individual honours too, being named Tuttosport's Golden Boy in 2017 and following up that success with the inaugural Kopa Trophy at this year's Ballon d'or Awards - a new prize for the best male player under the age of 21. After missing out on a place in the top three for the main award, multiple Ballons d'Or look highly likely for Mbappe. Whether his long-term future will be at PSG is in doubt, though, with Real Madrid strongly rumoured to be interested.

International impact

France coach Didier Deschamps wasted no time in making Mbappe a key part of an attack brimming with talent and he duly played an important role in Les Bleus' triumph at Russia 2018. Mbappe scored four times in the tournament, including his side's fourth goal in their final defeat of Croatia. His partnership with Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann looks set to strike fear into the heart of international defences for years to come.

Neymar has confirmed he is "back to 100 per cent" after an injury-hit 2018 - and is already looking forward to Paris Saint-Germain taking on Manchester United in the Champions League next year.

The Brazil international suffered a fractured foot in a game against Marseille in February and while he returned in time for the World Cup, he could not inspire his country to progress beyond the quarter-finals.

Neymar, the world's most expensive player, has suffered further setbacks this term too, with a groin issue sustained on an international friendly hindering him of late.

But, having helped PSG top their Champions League group to progress to the knockout stages, he now believes he is firing on all cylinders following a "tough" start to the season.

"Coming back and getting to play alongside and be with your team-mates is always great," Neymar told PSG's official website.

"It was a pretty sad situation, with my injury and then our defeat at the World Cup, but you need to draw inspiration from such episodes and come back to focus on new objectives.

"I think it was a tough start to the season, but it was very important and the work we did was excellent. Now I feel back to 100 per cent.

"It was tough to adapt to my return to competition and playing matches after my injury and the operation. But now I feel really good."

Neymar's relationship with Edinson Cavani has appeared strained in the past, but the forward says the pair, along with Kylian Mbappe, are dovetailing well.

"We're very happy that our link-up play is getting better and better in each match; we're getting to know each other better as time goes by," Neymar said.

"And that's our objective: that everyone be happy to provide assists for the others to score, so that everyone ends the match happy - even though the most important thing is, of course, to win the match."

And Neymar is relishing a last-16 European meeting with United, who have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the remainder of 2018-19 following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

The first leg takes place at Old Trafford on February 12 before they meet in the return fixture on French soil on March 6.

"I was happy [with the draw]; they will be two great matches between two great sides," he said. "We know the quality that Manchester United have and we know that their players have a winning mentality.

"The coach has changed and it will be a different playing style - they're in the process of changing things up - but we know the quality they have.

"I love the big matches and it's always a pleasure to play in them. I'm very happy to be taking on Manchester United."

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