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Jamie Carragher sends message to Mbappe after shameful Champions League exit



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Jamie Carragher, a legendary Liverpool player, has advised Kylian Mbappe to leave Paris Saint-Germain after they were eliminated once more from the Champions League.

PSG manager Christophe Galtier was unable to lead his team into the quarterfinals of the competition as they were defeated 2-0 at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. Galtier is under a lot of pressure from some of the club’s fans to keep his job.

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After Kingsley Coman scored in the first leg at Parc des Princes three weeks ago, second-half goals from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry ensured that the Parisians would win their first European Cup at least for another season.

Mbappe struggled to lead the line in the absence of Neymar Jr., who is expected to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Dayot Upamecano and Matthijs de Ligt kept PSG to just four shots on goal over the course of the 90 minutes.

With the exception of their appearances in the final and semi-finals in 2020 and 2021, the French champions have lost in the Champions League’s first round in five of the last seven seasons, with their most recent defeat coming to Carragher’s delight.

The former vice-captain of Liverpool thinks that PSG’s entire structure is a “mess” and that Mbappe, who has been linked with a move to Anfield for a long time, should look to leave during the summer even though he signed a new contract last summer.

Carragher said: “I mean, to be honest, I’m delighted Paris Saint-Germain have gone out, I am,” speaking on CBS’ Champions League coverage. “I just don’t like the whole set-up, everything about it. It’s not a team. It’s just a mess.

“Five years out of seven they have gone out at the last-16. They spend more money than anyone, they’ve got the best players in the world. It’s brilliant because it just tells you how important it is to be a team.

“I think that’s really important in football. We love individuals within a team and that’s not a team. But honestly, Kylian Mbappe has got to leave that club.”

Sadio Mane, a former Liverpool star, started for Bayern in their 2-0 victory over PSG in the second leg to advance to the quarterfinals. Additionally, Benfica, Chelsea, and AC Milan have advanced past the round-of-16 stage this week.

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Varane sends warning message to Man Utd’s attackers ahead Champions League game



Varane sends warning message to Man Utd's attackers ahead Champions League game
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Raphael Varane has called for Manchester United‘s forwards to display greater efficiency in front of goal to help improve their disappointing start to the season.

United’s recent 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace marked their fifth defeat in the first nine matches of the season, raising questions about the quality of Erik ten Hag‘s squad despite significant investment.

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So far this season, United has only managed to score seven goals in seven league games, with Marcus Rashford contributing just one goal himself.

While Varane didn’t single out any specific attackers, he emphasized the importance of their performance at the elite level to drive the team’s success.

“[The Champions League] is about details and you have to be efficient to win the competition,’ the Frenchman added, ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Galatasaray.

“In the last moments we need more efficiency.

“It is a low number of occasions we concede goals and we need to create a lot to score. That is the reality of the top level.

“You need to be efficient to win trophies. We have the quality in the squad to win competitions. We have to move forward and improve.”

Marcus Rashford has attracted significant attention, especially due to his struggles in Manchester United’s recent defeat to Crystal Palace.

Despite ranking second for the most shots in the Premier League, behind only Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, Rashford has only managed to get six of his 28 attempts on target.

These statistics highlight a need for greater accuracy and effectiveness in Rashford’s finishing, which could significantly impact Manchester United’s goal-scoring capabilities.

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Fernandes: ‘No excuses for Bayern Munich defeat’



Fernandes: 'No excuses for Bayern Munich defeat'
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Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has declined to offer any excuses for his team’s recent poor form.

The Red Devils have suffered four consecutive losses in all competitions, including defeats to Tottenham, Arsenal, Brighton, and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

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Fernandes did not attribute the poor performance to the team’s growing injury list and chose not to make excuses after the match in Munich.

“We don’t have to think about the injured players,” Bruno told TNT Sports.

“We have enough players to give a response on the pitch.

“Obviously, we want everyone fit, as many players as possible, and we know we have some important players injured, but that’s not an excuse not to win games.”

“Obviously, it’s really difficult to take this one,” he added.

“We knew it was going to be tough to play against Bayern. We knew they’re such a great team. When you give so much space to them, and time to them, they’re going to hurt you. We start the game, then 1-0 down, 2-0 down. We came back in the second half, to 2-1, and we concede an early goal. Again we came back, to 3-2, and we concede again.

“Overall, we stayed in the game but could have hurt them a little bit more, had a bit more patience on the ball. There were many good things to take from the game but it wasn’t enough to win the game.”

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Arteta: ‘Don’t ask me about the keepers’



Arteta: 'Don't ask me about the keepers'
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has chosen not to divulge his goalkeeper plans ahead of their Champions League opener against PSV Eindhoven.

Arteta made a surprising decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale for debutant David Raya in Sunday’s victory over Everton.

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When asked about his decision and the ongoing goalkeeper debate, Arteta mentioned his responsibility to answer questions and make choices that he believes are in the best interest of the team and the club, without going into specific details about his future plans for the goalkeeping position.

He said, “I respect opinions and I understand the questions and historically what has happened. We have been doing this for many years. It is my job to answer the questions in the best possible way and to do what I feel is best for the team and the club.

“Tomorrow we are going to play against a really good team. They are used to winning and it will be a really tough test, I am sure about that.”

But he would not take questions on the situation today, instead turning to Martin Odegaard’s form.

“He is our captain, a really important player for us,” says Arteta.

“He is a player who has developed and evolved, he has been instrumental in building the culture we wanted. The level he has performed at has been very consistent.”

The manager also said:

“It has been a long time for the club since we have been in the competition, and for me it is the first time as a manager, so I am really looking forward to it.

“We have been chasing it and fighting for it. Now we have got it and we have to make the most out of it.

“It starts at home. I’m sure our supporters will be really excited and we have to enjoy the challenge.”

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