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Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen very happy to have Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku on his side

JAN VERTONGHEN feels very fortunate to be team-mates with both Romelu Lukaku AND Harry Kane. And the Tottenham centre-half believes Europe’s two hottest hitmen will take their Premier League Golden Boot battle down to the wire. Vertonghen captained Belgium in Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over Cyprus, when Lukaku came on to score his 16th goal […]

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JAN VERTONGHEN feels very fortunate to be team-mates with both Romelu Lukaku AND Harry Kane.

And the Tottenham centre-half believes Europe’s two hottest hitmen will take their Premier League Golden Boot battle down to the wire.

Jan Vertonghen feels lucky to play alongside Harry Kane
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Vertonghen captained Belgium in Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over Cyprus, when Lukaku came on to score his 16th goal in 13 games this season.

The defender is now back at Spurs to team up again with Kane, who netted two in the international break.

Tottenham striker Kane has 15 goals in his last ten games and Vertonghen admits he is lucky to normally only face the deadly duo in training.

But he is already quaking in his boots about dealing with Lukaku when Spurs visit Manchester United  at Old Trafford in a fortnight.

Vertonghen, 30, said: “I don’t want to face either — at any time!

“I’ve got them both in my team, so that’s something.

Harry Kane impresses Jan Vertonghen at Tottenham
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Romelu Lukaku was injured on international duty but recovered in time to score
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Jan Vertonghen is a big fan of Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku
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“But in two weeks I have to face Romelu, so I will need my fellow centre-backs.

Romelu is in great form. His goal against Cyprus was typical  — a ball in behind and he held off a couple of defenders and finished.

“Harry is special as well. I can’t find the words to describe them enough. It’s very difficult to split them.

“I think they will keep playing for the Golden Boot until the last game of the season like last year.”

Lukaku missed Belgium’s 4-3 win in Bosnia last weekend with an ankle injury.

But his return is a timely boost for his club boss Jose Mourinho ahead of United’s visit to Liverpool on Saturday.

Vertonghen said: “He was actually injured. His ankle wasn’t in good shape. But he used the first week of the international break to get fit.”

Vertonghen is now Belgium’s most-capped player on 97 appearances.

He added: “To break the record is something to cherish, and I will.

“I can’t imagine not playing for the national team so, as long as I can, I will.”

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‘Ronaldo vs Neymar’: Real Madrid draw PSG in the Champions League last-16 as two of Europe’s biggest clubs go head-to-head… and Twitter loves it

REAL MADRID will play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 as two of Europe’s biggest clubs were drawn against each other. The reigning European champions will now need to go up against fearsome trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani after Friday’s exciting draw. Elsewhere, Chelsea will face Barcelona, Liverpool take on Porto, Manchester […]

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REAL MADRID will play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 as two of Europe’s biggest clubs were drawn against each other.

The reigning European champions will now need to go up against fearsome trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani after Friday’s exciting draw.

Holders Real Madrid will go up against PSG in the Champions League last-16
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Elsewhere, Chelsea will face Barcelona, Liverpool take on Porto, Manchester City draw Basel, Manchester United go up against Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham set to play Juventus.

Real Madrid were always set to face a tougher draw than they’re used to, after slipping to second in their group.

Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos finished behind Tottenham in Group H, after dropping EIGHT points on the way.

Meanwhile, PSG edged Bayern Munich to top spot in Group B, both of whom earned 15 points out of a possible 18.

Real Madrid were drawn against PSG in a thriller of a last-16 tie
Real Madrid were drawn against PSG in a thriller of a last-16 tie
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PSG will be optimistic of denting the reigning champions' chances
PSG will be optimistic of denting the reigning champions’ chances
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Real Madrid vs PSG looks set to be an astonishing tie, after the Ligue 1 giants set the new record for goals in a group stage, with 25.

The draw now means one of the tournament favourites will be going home early, opening the door for one of England’s FIVE clubs to go all the way.


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However, it was the worst possible morning for Chelsea, who – after slumping to second in their group – ended up drawing Barcelona in the last-16.

Liverpool and Manchester City enjoyed seemingly favourable draws though – going up against Porto and Basel respectively.

PSG will go up against holders Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16
PSG will go up against holders Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will hope to improve on their shaky form against PSG
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will hope to improve on their shaky form against PSG
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Tottenham meanwhile face a tricky tie against Italian giants Juventus.

Manchester United will go up against Sevilla, who finished second in their group, behind Liverpool.

Full Champions League last-16 draw

The Champions League draw appears favourable for most Premier League sides
The Champions League draw appears favourable for most Premier League sides
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Juventus vs TOTTENHAM

Basel vs MAN CITY

Porto vs LIVERPOOL

Sevilla vs MAN UNITED

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma

CHELSEA vs Barcelona

Bayern Munich vs Besiktas

The clash is 'lready being tipped as a "Neymar vs Cristiano Ronaldo' battle
The clash is ‘lready being tipped as a “Neymar vs Cristiano Ronaldo’ battle
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Cristiano Ronaldo will go up against Neymar in a clash of the titans
Cristiano Ronaldo will go up against Neymar in a clash of the titans
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Europa League draw: Live stream, TV channel, start time, seedings and Arsenal and Celtic’s possible knockout stage opponents

ARSENAL secured their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade over a month ago. And now the Arsene Wenger’s side will finally find out their last 32 opponents. A wide range of opponents are available to the Gunners, from an intimidating trip to Dortmund to […]

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ARSENAL secured their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade over a month ago.

And now the Arsene Wenger’s side will finally find out their last 32 opponents.

Arsenal have qualified for the Europa League last 32
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A wide range of opponents are available to the Gunners, from an intimidating trip to Dortmund to a match against minnows Ostersund or Ludogorets.

They will also be joined by Celtic, who finished a distant third behind PSG and Bayern Munich in arguably the Champions League’s toughest group.

When is the Europa League draw?

The Europa League draw will take place on Monday, December 11 at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

It will commence at 12pm UK time, or 1pm CET.

What TV channel is the Europa League draw on?

The Europa League draw will be live on BT Sport.

Who could Arsenal and Celtic face in the last 32?

This season’s Europa League is set to be a lot tougher than the tournament won by Manchester United last year.

Arsenal can face any of the second placed teams from the 12 Europa League groups (apart from Red Star Belgrade) or the worst four third placed teams in the Champions League group stage.

Conversely, Celtic can play any of the first placed teams from the 12 Europa League groups or any of the best four third placed teams in the Champions League group stage.

Who are the seeded and unseeded teams for the Europa League draw?

Seeded

Villarreal

Dynamo Kiev

Braga

AC Milan

Atalanta

Lokomotiv Moscow

Viktoria Plzen

ARSENAL

Red Bull Salzburg

Athletic Bilbao

Lazio

Zenit St Petersburg

CSKA Moscow

Atletico Madrid

RB Leipzig

Sporting CP

Unseeded

Astana

Partizan

Ludogorets

AEK Athens

Lyon

Copenhagan

FCSB

Red Star Belgrade

Ostersund

Marseille

Nice

Real Sociedad

Napoli

Spartak Moscow

CELTIC

Borussia Dortmund

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Mikel Arteta covers his face on way to training after being hurt in Manchester derby tunnel bust-up

MIKEL ARTETA arrived for training with Manchster City covering his injured face. The City coach allegedly had a bottle thrown at him in the tunnel after yesterday’s Manchester derby. Arteta was ‘left with blood pouring down his face’ after City’s 2-1 win. More follows  

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MIKEL ARTETA arrived for training with Manchster City covering his injured face.

The City coach allegedly had a bottle thrown at him in the tunnel after yesterday’s Manchester derby.

Mikel Arteta covers his face as he arrives at the Etihad campus
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Arteta was ‘left with blood pouring down his face’ after City’s 2-1 win.

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