Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele will spend two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a sprained left ankle during the 3-1 LaLiga win over Leganes.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has suffered a sprained left ankle, the Ligue 1 champions have confirmed.

Paris Saint-Germain were given another injury worry on Saturday as midfielder Marco Verratti hobbled out of the Ligue 1 meeting with Guingamp.

The Italy international went down following a challenge with Guingamp defender Felix Eboa Eboa early in the first half at the Parc des Princes and was helped off the field by medical staff.

Thomas Tuchel immediately signalled for substitute Julian Draxler to ready himself and Verratti took his seat on the bench, still deep in conversation with PSG coaches. He soon departed down the tunnel, clutching his left boot.

An injury would come as a real blow for PSG ahead of a big month in which they face a resurgent Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.

PSG already have several fitness worries in the centre of midfield, while Adrien Rabiot is unavailable amid talk of a move to Barcelona. Right-back Dani Alves started in midfield against Guingamp.

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 pic.twitter.com/WI40gR4KAD

— 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.

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