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Liverpool join Portugal as Champions League winners; Spain, Simeone, Juve are crowned losers

Portuguese clubs are thriving, but Spanish teams are at an all-time low. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have taken a welcome step back. (Author: Gardener)

PortugalPortuguese clubs are thriving, but Spanish teams are at an all-time low. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have taken a welcome step back. Portuguese clubs Benfica and Porto are guaranteed safe passage and Sporting retain absolute control of their fate with one game remaining. Only four countries have ever had three or more representatives in the knockout stages of the Champions League in a single season. It's a feat that England, Germany, Italy and Spain have all taken for granted, but Portugal are on the verge of something special. These three clubs are at odds, but there should be mutual respect for such a landmark achievement. Benfica sold Darwin Nunez, Everton, Gedson Fernandes, Pedro Pereira, Jota, Nuno Santos, Roman Yaremchuk and Carlos Vinicius, while loaning many more and giving some big names - Jan Vertonghen and Adel Taarabt - on free transfers. They've reinvested less than half of the money they raised from sales this summer in the squad, but their business has been phenomenal and heralded a 19-game unbeaten start. Porto lost Fabio Vieira and Vitinha to the Vultures but didn't even manage to replace them outright in the market and after some early problems, Sergio Conceicao has rediscovered their inimitable courage and fighting spirit; In the first two games of this group stage they conceded six goals and scored just once, but in the following three games they did not concede and scored nine goals. Sporting could yet miss the party but their draw against Tottenham – although ultimately a fluke given VAR's stoppage-time shenanigans – proved their skills once again. Given that Ruben Vinagre, a player immediately loaned to Everton, was Wolves' most expensive signing of the summer, it's no secret why Ruben Amorim is drawing such admiring glances. That three clubs from the same country continue to thrive on the continental scene in such adverse circumstances is good not only for the coefficient but also for the perception of Portuguese football as a whole. They accept, recognize and accept their shared role at the bottom of the food chain, but that doesn't mean they let it hold them back. Liverpool Jurgen Klopp won't make the mistake of looking at it as a turning point in this maze of a season, but Liverpool needed that. They also seem to need to sense some kind of danger. Switching to a diamond formation opened up spaces behind them and thoroughly exposed an undercooked Fabinho. But it gave Mo Salah a more central role with the chaotic foil that is Darwin Nunez and represented a welcome risk from Klopp, who has for some time sought to mask Liverpool's flaws rather than maximize their strengths. "We could have lined up in a 4-3-3 with this formation, but we decided to focus more on a diamond," said the German after the win. “The difference isn't that big in possession but it keeps the strikers inside a bit more so we didn't have clear wingers and it opens up for the full-backs. We needed Van Dijk and Gomez in the back line.” Klopp added that his players showed what was necessary to solve problems “step by step throughout the game” when his centre-backs had to mark to make the full-backs push higher and more width Offer. The German then admitted: “If the other team is doing well, you have to go through there. Everything points to the need for Liverpool to grow: a brilliant team focused on what they do best, combining initiative with routine and embracing the unpredictability and volatility of a sport that cannot be controlled. Those two draws in three days at the end of August are starting to look like a crisis. Napoli have won every second game this season apart from the stalemates against Fiorentina and Lecce. Since the beginning of September her record has been P12 W12 D0 L0 F35 A10. No team has ever scored at least three goals in every match in a Champions League group stage, but few have been as brilliant and captivating as Luciano Spalletti's Azzurri. Liverpool beware. In 31 starts for Chelsea, Trevoh Chalobah has never lost in regular or overtime. His only defeats were both on penalties against Liverpool in domestic finals - and he was substituted in the 106th minute of one while scoring on penalties in the other. Bayer Leverkusen's youngest starting XI in Champions League history, with a five-man defense in which 23-year-old Edmond Tapsoba was the oldest member, and attacking by Callum Hudson-Odoi (21), Adam Hlozek (20 ) and Moussa Diaby (23), were guided to a good result by relative newcomer Xabi Alonso. The present - most likely outside of Europe and a place above the Bundesliga relegation zone - is pretty bleak, but the future could well be bright. Edin Dzeko scored his first goal against the Czechs in 2005 and a full 17 years later scored his 11th and 12th goals. One of the most underrated forwards of this generation has not scored more goals against any other team in his career. It doesn't feel particularly good for Mario Götze to be the oldest outfield player in a team, but this color actually suits him at Eintracht Frankfurt. The German's assist for Randal Kolo Muani was a perfect example of a player who is at least a step ahead of everyone else on the pitch - both teammates and opponents. The centre-back expected a shot or a continuation of the run, but Götze instead deflected the ball perfectly for Muani, completing a one-two that the Frankfurt striker didn't expect but which he nonetheless greeted with a fine finish, with Götze the ultimate architect of was the game-winning move. In the last two and a half years, Leipzig have beaten Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid, reaching two European semi-finals in the process. Those are solid foundations on which to build a fearsome reputation that Leipzig itself will hope will be borne by Christopher Nkunku. A win against Real keeps qualifying in their hands and therefore makes it less likely that he will leave mid-season. I'm not sure that 4-0 should equate to the biggest Champions League win of all time by a team that has won the tournament seven times, but here we go. He now stands alone as Eric with the most goals in European Cup history, fittingly surpassing Cantona with a goal against Barcelona. They go to the Europa League. Spanish clubs It is the first time ever that three Spanish clubs have been eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League. Since losing the 2016 final on penalties, Atletico Madrid have won just four knockout ties in the Champions League. Three of those were about Premier League teams - Leicester in 2017, Liverpool in 2020 and Manchester United in 2022 - and the other against Bayer Leverkusen half a decade ago. A home game against the German team means the ridiculous record is extended into another season. Atletico knew they had to win to have any chance of getting out of a presentable group, but they didn't even manage to lead in their fifth game in the top tier against a Leverkusen side led by Xabi Alonso. Yannick Carrasco, scorer of the equalizing penalty in that 2016 final, missed an opportunity to keep Atletico's hopes alive from 12 meters out in injury time. The blame may lie squarely on his shoulders, but a team who have bested only Rangers, Viktoria Plzen, Dinamo Zagreb, Celtic and Copenhagen in the Champions League this season makes the bed they must lie in. Giovanni Simeone alone matched his father's team's attacking performance of four goals in the 2022/23 season in Europe. The highest paid coach in world football will know that's not good enough. There has to come a point where an in-depth and candid conversation is needed to find out if he really is the man to move Atletico forward. The decision to wait until the 86th minute before substituting skillful, unpredictable striker Joao Felix for resilient centre-back Jose Gimenez in a game Atletico needed to win was instructive. Simeone described himself as "stubborn" as he insisted he would "move on" after what he described as his "toughest day" after those two Champions League final defeats. Atletico feel further from this stage than ever and risk being left behind. Barcelona must recognize their mistakes, commit to learning from them and embark on a long and difficult journey instead of constantly looking for shortcuts. Or football director Mateu Alemany can blame "inexplicable refereeing decisions" and president Joan Laporta can suggest "you can't blame the players or the coach" while fans chant "UEFA is a mafia". Without proper introspection there will be no growth and Barcelona will become locked in a hellish cycle of legitimate blame that becomes harder and harder to break out of with every game. That's the only way to describe throwing everything behind a window to sign Robert Lewandowski, Marcos Alonso, Hector Bellerin, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha and Franck Kessie, all aged between 25 and 33. This should be a team something of a pinnacle, but when faced with any opponent outside of Spain's malleable Davids, Barcelona are a Goliath in name and reputation alone. Perhaps they'll take their medicine in the Europa League this time around, but what's far more likely is that Barcelona continue to refuse a necessary rebuild that would require ripping everything up and starting over, opting instead to put a band-aid over their leaking ones Finance and their firing squad to stick. Three clubs from the European Super League have already been eliminated from this year's Champions League (Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, ​​​​Juventus). Two others failed to even qualify for the competition (Arsenal, Manchester United). Two others (Milan, Spurs) need a result in their last group game to progress. In the last damn year for a failing elite, Juventus still set the bar. Their last five Champions League eliminations have gone to Ajax, Lyon, Porto, Villarreal and Benfica. Rather than trying to reform the game, Andrea Agnelli should probably just focus on helping the old lady cross streets she considers beneath her dignity. Giovanni van Bronckhorst delivered this rousing motivational speech after the first game of this European Championship, which Rangers lost 4-0. Since then they've sent out three, two, seven, and three more, with only one getting a reply. Their current goal difference of -18 sits temptingly close to a Champions League group stage record low of -22 and Ajax could offer them another helping hand at Ibrox next week. It might have been an idea not to sell his best central defender (Lisandro Martinez), his best midfielder (Ryan Gravenberch), his winger (Antony) and his forward (Sebastien Haller) in the same transfer window, let alone a total newcomer (Alfred Schreuder) responsible for such delicate operations on the spine. For all the talk that the diminutive defender they sold to Manchester United is an air load, Ajax remain ridiculously vulnerable to crosses and corners. They started well enough but offered little of note at home in a game that had to be won after Salah's opening goal. It is already the second most goals they have conceded in an entire European campaign, just one behind the 2012/13 season when Rangers had to play at Ibrox. Take all that into account and consider that this was the oldest Champions League starting XI in their illustrious, proud history and it takes more than a little Dutch courage to face the reality of their situation. Sure, they hadn't lost at home since February 2021, a run that stretches back 40 games. But Salzburg have drawn their last three games in the Austrian Bundesliga and have been played and beaten in the Champions League at the Red Bull Arena this season, clearly giving them no wings. Club Brugge Simon Mignolet has conceded at least four goals in five of his last nine Champions League games. That's the legacy of a man who once conceded six goals against Stoke and is rewarding Club Brugge for embracing that. If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best and so on. He should probably stop taking penalties for a while. The article Liverpool joins Portugal as Champions League winners; Spain, Simeone, Juve are crowned losers who first appeared on Football365.com.

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Rishi Sunak at PMQs blamed Suella Braverman's 'dirty deal' as fracking ban reinstated

London's latest LIVE politics: Rishi Sunak at PMQs blamed Suella Braverman's 'sleazy deal' as the fracking ban was reintroduced - Mr Sunak was in the House of Commons with the Labor leader for the first time since Liz Truss was replaced as Prime Minister confronted (Author: Gardener)

Rishi SunakChancellor Jeremy Hunt will set out billions in savings to stabilize public finances in an emergency statement on Monday. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will set out billions in savings to stabilize public finances in an emergency statement on Monday. New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, appearing on BBC One on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, says he will have to make "difficult decisions" about spending and taxes. New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, appearing on BBC One on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, says he will have to make "difficult decisions" about spending and taxes. But he says the government will do everything it can to "protect the most vulnerable". Kwasi Kwarteng - I'm going "absolutely 100 percent nowhere" Kwasi Kwarteng - I'm going "absolutely 100 percent nowhere" promises to "restore stability" Jeremy Hunt downplays austerity but "nothing off the table" on tax cut U-turn Jeremy Hunt plays austerity down but 'nothing off the table' on tax cut U-turn Jeremy Hunt asks if Liz Truss is in charge or he asked Jeremy Hunt if Liz Truss is in charge or he Jeremy Hunt: We're going to have to make very difficult decisions Jeremy Hunt: We will have to make very difficult decisions Jeremy Hunt: We will have to make very difficult decisions Jeremy Hunt: We will have to make very difficult decisions Sir Keir Starmer has accused Rishi Sunak of making "a sleazy national security deal" to get Suella Bravermans Buy support in Tory leadership election. Sir Keir Starmer has accused Rishi Sunak of making "a sleazy national security deal" to buy Suella Braverman's support in the Tory leadership election. The Labor leader made the new Prime Minister's reappointment of Ms Braverman as Home Secretary his main point of attack as they clashed at Mr Sunak's first PMQs on Wednesday. The Labor leader made the new Prime Minister's reappointment of Ms Braverman as Home Secretary his main point of attack as they clashed at Mr Sunak's first PMQs on Wednesday. Mr Sunak insisted the security breach that led to Ms Braverman's sacking by former Prime Minister Liz Truss was a "mistake" as No 10 has not denied officials advised against reappointing their home secretary days after she was ousted . Mr Sunak insisted the security breach that led to Ms Braverman's sacking by former Prime Minister Liz Truss was a "mistake" as No 10 has not denied officials advised against reappointing their home secretary days after she was ousted . Sir Keir asked the Prime Minister: 'Was his Home Secretary right to resign last week over a security breach?' Sir Keir asked the Prime Minister, 'Was his Home Secretary right to resign last week over a security breach?' Mr Sunak replied: 'The Home Secretary has made a mistake done, but she recognized that, she addressed the matter, and she accepted her mistake. Mr Sunak replied: "The Home Secretary made a mistake but she recognized it, she raised the matter and she accepted her mistake. A Downing Street spokesman later announced that Mr Sunak's moratorium on fracking in England had been restored - just weeks after it was abandoned by Mrs Truss. A Downing Street spokesman later announced that Mr Sunak's moratorium on fracking in England had been restored - just weeks after it was abandoned by Mrs Truss. Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's financial report, which was due on October 31, will now be presented on November 17. Earlier on Wednesday it was announced that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's financial report, which was due on October 31, will now be delivered on November 17. Mr Hunt said it was "cautious" to delay the statement, which is now an "updated" full Autumn statement, to allow for the most updated economic forecasts. Mr Hunt said it was "prudent" to defer the statement, which is now an "updated" full Autumn statement, to allow for the most updated economic forecasts. Foreign Minister: I have not spoken to Qatar about the "arrest" of the LGBT rights activist LGBT protest in the country ahead of the World Cup. Mr Cleverly told LBC: "I have not spoken directly to the Government of Qatar to respond to Peter Tatchell but I understand he has been questioned that he has been assisted by the FCDO consular team." I have with the Qatari Authorities have spoken in the past about how gay football fans view the World Cup and how they will treat our fans and international fans. "They want to make sure football fans are safe and enjoying themselves and they know they have to make some compromises in relation to an Islamic country with very different cultural norms than our own." Mr Tatchell said he was arrested on Tuesday when he staged a one-man protest for LGBT rights, but a Qatari government spokesman insisted he was not arrested. Asked if he will go to the World Cup after Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer signaled he would not, Mr Cleverly said: "If I am able I should go because it is a big international event is. Sadiq Khan says it is a 'source of pride' that Rishi Sunak is the first British Asian PM 19:29 , Robert Dex London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it is 'a source of pride' for many that Rishi Sunak is the first of the country is British Asia Prime Minister. The Labor mayor, a Muslim of Pakistani descent, said people need to "put party politics aside" when such milestones come as there will be other opportunities to challenge Mr Sunak over his politics. During a visit to Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury, North London said to meet the local community and attend the Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations, he said the appointment of the new Prime Minister shows Britain celebrates diversity. "I'm really proud. I am someone who is British Asian, I am someone who was born and raised here," he told the PA news agency for many of us that Rishi Sunak is our country's prime minister. It shows that you can achieve almost anything if you work hard. “What other country can say that we have a Christian king, a Hindu prime minister and an Islamic mayor? "And that just goes to show that in this country, we don't just tolerate diversity — we respect it, we celebrate it, and we embrace it."

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Champions League game stream, latest result and updates today

Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich LIVE! Mane Goal - Champions League Match Stream, Latest Result and Updates Today - (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueSecretary of State James Cleverly has been criticized for suggesting that LGBTQ+ football fans traveling to the World Cup in Qatar should be "respectful of the host country". Secretary of State James Cleverly has been criticized for suggesting that LGBTQ+ football fans traveling to the World Cup in Qatar should be "respectful of the host country". Foreign Minister urges LGBTQ+ fans to 'respect Qatar's culture' during World Cup Foreign Minister urges LGBTQ+ fans to 'respect Qatar's culture' during World Cup Barcelona and Bayern meet at Camp Nou. The visitors are in the last 16 for the 15th straight season and a win again could secure first place in Group C with a game to go, while an early-kick-off failure by Inter Milan against Viktoria Pilsen would have too guaranteed first place. The Champions League is once again host to two of Europe's biggest clubs tonight as well-known heavyweight rivals Barcelona and Bayern meet at the Camp Nou. The visitors are in the last 16 for the 15th straight season and a win again could secure first place in Group C with a game to go, while an early-kick-off failure by Inter Milan against Viktoria Pilsen would have too guaranteed first place. That game at the San Siro also saw a lot at stake for Barcelona, ​​who needed a huge favor from Pilsen to avoid being eliminated from the competition after a last-minute 3-3 draw with Inter on Matchday 4. That game at the San Siro also saw a lot at stake for Barcelona, ​​who needed a huge favor from Pilsen to avoid being eliminated from the competition after a last-minute 3-3 draw with Inter on Matchday 4. However, the Czechs have lost every game in the competition so far, going down 4-0 in Milan, meaning Xavi's side are eliminated before they even step on the pitch as the Europa League beckons once again. However, the Czechs have lost every game in the competition so far, going down 4-0 in Milan, meaning Xavi's side are eliminated before they even step on the pitch as the Europa League beckons once again. Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso and Franck Kessie all join Barca tonight, with Sadio Mane returning for Bayern along with Noussair Mazraoui. Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso and Franck Kessie all join Barca tonight, with Sadio Mane returning for Bayern along with Noussair Mazraoui. Follow Barcelona vs Bayern Munich with Standard Sport's LIVE blog below! Follow Barcelona vs Bayern Munich with Standard Sport's LIVE blog below! 20:09, George Flood 10 mins: Bayern take the lead as the mood at Camp Nou continues to somber. It's a special pass from Gnabry to release Mane, who hits Bellerin too easily for the pace before cutely cupping the ball past an oncoming ter Stegen. A nightmare of a night so far for Barca. 20:03 , George Flood 1 min: Barca fans at least packed that famous old pitch tonight with no empty pitches after that Inter result. But it could get very hostile very quickly if Bayern take an early lead. The Bundesliga giants are backed by a vociferous away pursuit in the gods. 19:37 , George Flood It's all over in Milan, where Inter secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Viktoria Pilsen thanks to a brace from Edin Dzeko and further goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku. As we've said countless times tonight, this result means Barcelona can no longer hope to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. Rather, for Xavi's men, it's the Europa League again in the new year. A financial catastrophe. Bayern aren't sure of a top spot just yet, but tonight they can do it with a win of their own. 19:21 , George Flood Barcelona may fall out of the Champions League, but Julian Nagelsmann still expects a tough test tonight at the Camp Nou. At his pre-match press conference yesterday, the Bayern coach spoke about the performance in the second leg and hinted he wasn't sure what tactical surprises his opponent Xavi might have up his sleeve. “Barcelona had a lot of chances in the first half. " he said. We had the problem in the Bundesliga of not converting chances. "Barca currently have a lot from the very successful period - very good counter-pressing, a lot of good signings that fit well with the philosophy. I'm sure we can do that will see tomorrow." We don't know 100 percent what Barca are up to. I imagine they play with two sixes to have more control. Three Barcelona substitutions, Bellerin, Alonso and Kessie start at 18:50 .George Flood Xavi makes three changes from the Barcelona team that beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto, Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres who took them to LaLiga Summit held three points behind Real Madrid after they lost the first Clasico of the season 3-1 earlier this month, adding Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso and Franck Kessie, with Roberto out injured and Gav i was only called up as a substitute after his defeat at the weekend. 18:17 , George Flood Robert Lewandowski's last-minute header against Inter is why Barca still have a shred of hope of avoiding elimination tonight, despite it being their missed chances against former club Bayern that last month have proven so costly. Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane - neither of whom will play tonight - joined the scoring charts as Bayern swept aside their rivals early in the second half at the Allianz Arena. That win also helped ease the pressure on Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann, who had come under fire after a poor start to the domestic season, with the reigning champions still second in the Bundesliga behind Union Berlin. This week, Xavi challenged his squad to show what happened in Munich was a "footballing disgrace". "I'm expecting an intense, physically and tactically well-trained rival," he said. “It's a rival that we consider to be one of the best in the world today. It's an important game for us, regardless of what happens in Milan. "We have to win, show that we are on the same level. We have to show in the game and in the win that what happened in Munich was a footballing disgrace. We have to be self-critical, it's not up to us and we have to show that we're competitive no matter what happens in Milan. “Besides a miracle… we have a hope. If you are able to generate and it depends on you, have hope. You have to play, football has those things. There are unforeseen events in football, we have hope but it's complicated because we're not on our own.” 18:07 , George Flood The Barcelona players could be forgiven for trying to ignore the events in Milan to avoid losing their sixth game in a row to Bayern, who have caused them so much pain in recent years (8-2, anyone? ). However, Xavi insists they will watch events at the San Siro before attempting to show they can still compete in this type of heavyweight game, whether already eliminated or not. "We'll all watch the game together in the dressing room," he told reporters yesterday. “The goal is to play a good game and have good feelings regardless of what happens in Milan. "We have to show that we can compete with this type of team." Bayern Team News - Neuer, Hernandez and Sané in action 17:44 , George Flood Bayern will have Sven Ulreich in goal again tonight while captain Manuel Neuer still paused. Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane are also absent, with Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller available. Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane is expected to return to the starting XI in Catalonia after coming on as a substitute in Saturday's 2-0 win at Hoffenheim. 17:39 , George Flood Barcelona will be without Sergi Roberto tonight after the right-back dislocated his shoulder in a 4-0 LaLiga win against Athletic Club at the weekend. Former Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin was set to start in his place. Golden Boy winner Gavi is expected to be fit after limping off on Sunday, although Andreas Christensen and Memphis Depay, as well as Ronald Araujo, are still out. Robert Lewandowski will lead the attack again against his former side. Welcome to Barcelona v Bayern Munich LIVE coverage 17:31 , George Flood Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Barcelona v Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The stakes for tonight's Group C heavyweight showdown depend almost entirely on the outcome of the earlier kick-off between Inter Milan and Viktoria Pilsen at the San Siro - more on that in a moment. This competition is set to start at 20:00 BST Camp Nou so stay tuned for build-up, team news and live updates.

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Despite a goalless draw, Pep Guardiola's side are the best Champions League group

Match report when Riyad Mahrez saw a penalty saved by Gregor Kobel in the second half; Youssoufa Moukoko also missed a great chance for Dortmund in the first half; Man City lead Group G with a game to go as Dortmund also reach the last 16 (Author: Gardener)

Pep Guardiola'sMan City secured top spot in their Champions League group despite another missed penalty by Riyad Mahrez, and Borussia Dortmund advanced to the last 16 after a 0-0 draw at Signal Iduna Park. Although far from a European classic, both sides got what they needed from the game with one game and finished the game in Group G. Man City didn't have a shot on goal in the first half - the second time that has happened in this one season in the Champions League after also failing to do so in the second leg against Dortmund - and the hosts should have taken the lead before the break, but Youssoufa Moukoko fired wide from close range. Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo were substituted at half-time. The in-form forward was kept very calm by former teammate Mats Hummels while Cancelo was caught too many times by the impressive Karim Adeyemi. Explaining his decision, Man City manager Pep Guardiola said both players felt unwell ahead of the game, telling BT Sport: "Erling had a bit of a fever before the game. He looked tired, Joao, too. When later asked about Haaland's injury, the Spaniard said: "I spoke to (the medical staff) at half-time and they were a bit worried, but I saw that he was walking more or less normally. Man City had a golden opportunity ' to take three points when Emre Can Mahrez fell in the box and missed a stonewall penalty for the visitors, however the Algerian missed his second Champions League penalty of the season which was saved by Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel that's a problem," Guardiola told BT Sport of the miss. "Since I've been here we've missed 24 or 25 penalties, most of them in the Champions League, that's too much, but we miss a lot of penalties." scored a lot of goals in big, important moments, here [in the quarterfinals of the Champions League 2021 ].The first half lacked the intensity that the legendary stands of Signal Iduna Park g ing, but Dortmund had the best chances. In the 16th minute, Karim Adeyemi made one of his numerous drives into the box, but his shot went straight to Man City debutant Stefan Ortega Moreno. There was a fair amount of ups and downs between Adeyemi and Jude Bellingham in midfield, with the former stepping into the penalty area again. He held the ball up well and eventually rolled it into Giovanni Reyna's feet, but his shot was tame. Dortmund should have taken the lead in the 36th minute. Adeyemi fired in a cross from the right with Moukoko there to rally. A poor Rodri shot from long range was Man City's best choice until the first minute of added time. Nathan Ake fired a header over the bar from Phil Foden's effervescent free-kick, although City ended the half without a shot on target. At half-time, Pep Guardiola introduced Bernardo Silva and another former Dortmund player in Manuel Akanjil for Haaland and Cancelo as he tried to breathe some life into his City team. Dortmund had a couple of half-openers early on - Ortega was back in fine form to collect everything that came his way - but the saved penalty just before the hour mark seemed to electrify Man City as they started to make some clear openings create. John Stones shoved Ilkay Gündogan into the box from the right, but his shot from a tricky angle was saved by Kobel. Then, following a clean assist from Mahrez, Julian let Alvarez loose with a great first goal but saw his try saved. Man City's game improved as the second half progressed, but neither side was really able to create a clear opening, with many players also found offside. However, it was done for both City and Borussia Dortmund ahead of the final group games next week. An impressive display from the 20-year-old who consistently fell behind Cancelo in the first half, allowing the full-back to be substituted at half-time. Ake was sent over to take care of him and did a far better job, with Adeyemi being far less effective in the second period. But he still created the most chances of any player in the game (4), a joint high, five touches in the box and two shots. "We played a lot better in the second half than in the first half. It's good for us on that side of the game, we were really good defensively and not many teams keep a clean sheet against City with the quality that they have. " "Doing that is a positive aspect but I think we could have done a bit more, we had some chances to win the game." But in the end we have to be thankful because they missed a penalty and Greg ( Kobel) made a huge parade. "It's nice to keep all the City players out, but especially him [Haaland] because we know how dangerous he is. But in the end we're happy because we got the draw and we can continue our journey." Two of England's greatest prospects featured in Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham on Tuesday night. Of course, neither player was involved in goals, but Bellingham was the busier of the two and impressed in midfield - although that's becoming his standard at just 19 Passing and distribution were solid and he helped spark a number of Dortmund's promising attacks, particularly in the first half. Foden played 81 minutes - when he was replaced by fellow Englishman Jack Grealish - and had some quality flashes, though not enough John Stones also returned for the first time since England's 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley on September 26 resigned to a defensive midfield role as Guardiola optimized his side at half-time. He's done well in that position too - giving both Guardiola and Gareth Southgate another potential option if needed - but Stones will be most pleased to have a full 90 minutes before a crucial month. * Borussia Dortmund ended a run of three consecutive defeats by Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League since a 1-0 win in December 2012. * Manchester City are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 UEFA Champions League games against German opponents (14 D2 L1), losing only to RB Leipzig in that run (2-1 in December 2021). * Manchester City have not scored for only the second consecutive UEFA Champions League game, most recently in the semi-finals against Real Madrid in 2015/16. Man City are back in the Premier League on Saturday when they travel to Leicester; Kick-off 12:30 p.m. Their last game of the Champions League group stage comes against Sevilla at the Etihad on Wednesday 2 November. Borussia Dortmund also play in the Bundesliga on Saturday and travel to Eintracht Frankfurt, live on Sky Sports; Kick-off 5:30 p.m. Next Wednesday they travel to Copenhagen in the Champions League.

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Conor McGregor branded 'beatable' as next UFC opponent emerges

CONOR MCGREGOR is set to return to the lightweight division and could be thrown right in at the deep end with an attempt to regain the belt (Author: Gardener)

McGregorWe use your registration to deliver content in a way you have consented to and to improve our understanding of you. We use your registration to deliver content in a way you have consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include advertising from us and third parties, as we understand it. This may include advertising from us and third parties, as we understand it. You can unsubscribe at any time. You can unsubscribe at any time. Find out more Find out more Conor McGregor has been told by the coach of UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev that he is "beatable" after the Irishman declared he had "all the tools" to defeat the Russian after his defeat of Chalrd Oliveira at UFC 280 to defeat. Conor McGregor has been told he was "beatable" by UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev's coach after the Irishman declared he had "all the tools" to defeat the Russian after beating Chalrd Oliveira at UFC 280 . Makhachev was dominant in his victory over Oliveira and had an incredible 11-fight win streak, defeating the likes of Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. Makhachev was dominant in his victory over Oliveira, who was on an incredible 11-fight win streak and defeated the likes of Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. But Makhachev proved too much in Abu Dhabi last weekend when he landed a huge right hook to drop the Brazilian before locking in an arm triangle to win the belt in sensational style. But Makhachev proved too much in Abu Dhabi last weekend when he landed a huge right hook to drop the Brazilian before locking in an arm triangle to win the belt in sensational style. Makhachev, who trains with McGregor's former long-time rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, is now likely to defend his belt against Oliveira but already has several other opponents in his sights, citing Alexander Volkanovski as a potential suitor, while McGregor has also been named. Immediately following the win, McGregor tweeted: "Nice fight, good effort. I've developed all the tools to beat this style now vs before you know the rest of my repertoire. The thought of turning off this combat system with my own developed system is quite intriguing to me. It's a skill assessment and a battle. And in a recent interview, the Dagestani coach responded to McGregor's comments amid his return to the UFC in the first quarter of 2023... and it's fair to say that Makhachev's team, like Nurmagomdov, aren't fans of McGregors.

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Red Bull Salzburg vs Chelsea Champions League latest results, goals and updates as Mateo Kovacic netts

Red Bull Salzburg vs Chelsea Champions League latest results, goals and updates as Mateo Kovacic scores - live - Chelsea seek Champions League qualification if they face RB Salzburg (Author: Gardener)

Mateo KovacicThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Red Bull Salzburg vs Chelsea Champions League latest results, goals and updates as Mateo Kovacic scores - live Chelsea can qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds and win Group E tonight if they beat RB Salzburg in defeat the Red Bull Arena. The Blues sit at the top of the group on seven points, with Salzburg just one point behind, meaning tonight's winner takes pole position for the final round of group games. If it's Graham Potter's team that wins, they will also win the group, provided Dinamo Zagreb don't also win AC Milan in the other match. Chelsea haven't lost since Potter became manager of the London team. His first game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw with Salzburg before beating the Blues on a five-game winning streak in all competitions, but their momentum has faltered thanks to back-to-back draws against Brentford (0-0) and Manchester United ( 1-1) - with the United game hurting due to Casemiro's very late equalizer. Based on the last meeting between these two sides in September, Chelsea should control most of today's game despite it being played in Austria. They dominated, possessions and chances created only for Raheem Sterling's opener to be canceled by Noah Okafor with fifteen minutes to play. However, Salzburg have only lost once this season - back in August - and will not make it easy for the Blues. Follow all the action as Chelsea travel to RB Salzburg in the Champions League: Chelsea qualify for the knockout stages with a 18-win 42, Michael Jones Mateo Kovacic is alongside Luka Modric (Redknapp, Mourinho, Ancelotti, Benitez, Zidane) only the second player to score his first five goals in the Champions League under different coaches (Jurcic, Benitez, Zidane, Lampard, Potter). . 18:38, Michael Jones Chelsea lead 1-0 thanks to Mateo Kovacic's brilliant left-footed shot. 18:33, Michael Jones 45+1 minutes: Chelsea cut through the defense again and Kohn denies Aubameyang again! The visitors go into the break with a narrow lead and Graham Potter will be pleased with his side's performance so far. Without Salzburg's goalkeeper, this game would have been over for the Blues. He'd like to add another goal as early as possible in the second half just to be sure, but it's been so good for the London side so far. 18:31 , Michael Jones 44 mins: Sterling and Kovacic combine on the left wing and quickly pass the ball between each other before feeding it into the box with some help from Havertz. 18:28, Michael Jones 41 minutes: Chelsea now dominate. Philipp Kohn prevented the Blues from extending their lead this half. 18:24, Michael Jones 38 min: Chance! Jorginho passes the ball to Trevoh Chalobah, who pushes up the pitch and slides a great pass down the right side of the box to match Conor Gallagher's run. He lifts the ball over to the edge of the six-yard box, where Kai Havertz fights it in the air and heads the ball into the ground. It's a decent try but he hits it squarely on the keeper who manages to stick him in the air before pinning him on the second try. 18:22 , Michael Jones 35 minutes: Chelsea have just started up the gears and are skilfully moving the ball across the field. Kovacic finds Sterling on the left, who heads towards the defense before pushing Havertz into the box. Jorginho puts the ball through the middle and sends it up to Raheem Sterling. He puts the ball on Mateo Kovacic, turns around the nearest defender and drives into the penalty area. Kovacic works the ball down the left channel to Kai Havertz, who puts it in the box before crossing Sterling and selecting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He takes a few touches and shoots but dallys the ball long enough to allow Philipp Kohn to close it and stop the shot with his left leg! 18:16 , Michael Jones 29 mins: Christian Pulisic gets some much needed minutes tonight before the World Cup which starts next month. He runs down the right wing and carries the ball out of his own half before Wober knocks it down in a body impact. Chelsea execute another quick free-kick, trying to spread the game from side to side. 18:13, Michael Jones 26 min: Save! 18:13, Michael Jones 26 min: Save! Chelsea are about to add a second! They win a corner that rolls onto Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's head. He whips the ball towards the goal but is easily deflected by Maximilian Wober and puts it within range of the goalkeeper. Philipp Kohn jumps over to the right and pushes the ball past the far post. 18:09 , Michael Jones Conor Gallagher swings a cross into the box from the right and hits Kai Havertz in the head, but he's not sure where the ball is going. Christian Pulisic is next to him and captures the ball, but Havertz can't put it in a shooting position. Maximilian Wober comes over and shoves it away, but the ball rolls over Kovacic's body, who lobs the ball into the top left corner with a first shot from inside the penalty area! 18:07 , Michael Jones 18 min: Salzburg are unbeaten in the last 40 games on this ground. Nicolas Seiwald fouls Mateo Kovacic roughly in the middle of his own half but Chelsea quickly work it out on Raheem Sterling on the left wing. It closes almost immediately as Salzburg get everyone behind the ball and Chelsea are forced to retire. 18:03 , Michael Jones 15 mins: Salzburg have found their way into the game and cause Chelsea some problems when they win the ball. Luka Sucic receives the ball in the left inside channel and sends it flying just outside the Chelsea box, but the stakes keep rising and he smokes it over the bar. 18:01 , Michael Jones 12 min: Noah Okafor wins a second corner in quick succession for Salzburg after Kepa Arrizabalaga gave the ball away. However, Chelsea handle it competently and try to sweep the pitch. 17:55, Michael Jones 9 mins: Dedic pushes up the right wing, forcing Raheem Sterling to do some defensive work for Chelsea as he blocks a cross for a corner. The delivery comes to Bernardo but he doesn't quite reach it and Trevoh Chalobah manages to nod the ball down before Chelsea clear their lines. 17:52 , Michael Jones 6 mins: Great game from Chelsea, who press brilliantly and close the ball in numbers. Conor Gallagher is the quickest to react for the Blues, nodding him back before threading a fine pass through the lines to send Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the box. However, Aubameyang's first touch is shocking and he ends up passing the ball to the goalkeeper. 17:50, Michael Jones 3 minutes: penalty call! Salzburg's defender Bernardo tries to nod an air ball back to his goalkeeper but hits him massively. Philipp Kohn sprints out of his own goal and just hits the ball when Kai Havertz flies past the defender. The keeper dives to the ground and gets to the ball first before slapping it away from Havertz and colliding with the Chelsea striker. The guests yell for a penalty as Havertz hits the deck, but the referee signals Kohn got the ball first and waves the objection down. 17:47 , Michael Jones Chelsea get the ball rolling and work it down the right wing where they win the throw high up. Salzburg maintain their defensive form, but the Blues hit the ball back and try to play softly into the game. Christian Pulisic has started on the right flank while Raheem Sterling takes a similar position on the opposite wing. 17:43 , Michael Jones Here come the teams! Chelsea know that a win tonight will send them into the last 16 with a game to go and they could also win the group provided Dinamo Zagreb lose to AC Milan. 17:39 , Michael Jones Graham Potter is aiming to become the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first four Champions League games since Roberto Di Matteo in April 2012. Di Matteo led the Blues to the final that year, where they beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1 during the game. 17:36, Michael Jones Only Erling Haaland (eight) has scored more Champions League goals for Salzburg than Noah Okafor (six). 17:32, Michael Jones Graham Potter's side have won their last two Champions League games against AC Milan 3-0 home and 2-0 away. The last time Chelsea won three straight games by at least two goals in this competition was in October/November 2013 when Jose Mourinho was in charge. 17:28 , Michael Jones Warm-up practice is underway at the Red Bull Arena, with kick-off a little over 15 minutes away. 17:24 , Michael Jones The average age of Salzburg's starting eleven in the Champions League this season is 22 years and 346 days: the youngest team in the competition this season. RB Salzburg also scored exactly one goal in seven games in the Champions League in their last season. 17:20 , Michael Jones Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has said the number of games crammed into the schedule ahead of next month's World Cup is "insane" and the well-being of players is at risk. Azpilicueta's team-mate N'Golo Kante has been ruled out of the World Cup after undergoing surgery on a hamstring injury, while Reece James is in the running after suffering a knee injury to be fit for the tournament. Chelsea have three league games, two Champions League games and a League Cup tie ahead of the World Cup in Qatar which begins on November 20. 17:15, Michael Jones Chelsea's Champions League season got off to the worst possible start to the season as they lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb on Matchday 1 of the group stage in Croatia. That defeat led to the sacking of Thomas Tuchel and the appointment of Graham Potter as head coach, who has since guided the Blues to two wins and a draw in their next three games. 17:10 , Michael Jones Since Graham Potter took charge of Chelsea, the Blues have averaged 12.8 shots per game, but that rate has subsequently dropped significantly and Potter has been asked why he thinks so. "It's a simple question to ask, but a complex question to answer," he said. We had a few issues with losing Reece [James], [Kalidu] Koulibaly and Wesley [Fofana] in terms of stability: “Away games after away games in the Champions League, difficult places. So it's a combination of finding the right balance, a bit of a process in terms of little training time between games: I think we've had seven games in the last three weeks. "So when a lot of players come for different reasons, we just have to find that stability and structure, but that's probably a bit more complex and was also a bit of a challenge." 17:04 , Michael Jones Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hopes for three consecutive champions -League games for Chelsea after scoring in both group games against AC Milan. 16:57 , Michael Jones Chelsea boss Graham Potter is focused on winning tonight and not too concerned with the permutations to reach the final stage of the tournament. "It would be nice to win, absolutely, and there are consequences to winning," he said. "But our thoughts are just, try to win the game, play the best we can. "We understand how difficult it will be , but we have to accept the challenge and put ourselves in a good position and we're looking forward to it." 16:52, Michael Jones Chelsea have won nine of their 13 away Champions League games since the start of the 2020/21 season. Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes improved form and fitness will help bid towards the end of the World Cup Overcoming injury setbacks Loftus-Cheek has started five of the Blues' last six games under Graham Potter and remains hopeful of making his way into England's World Cup -Forcing squad The 26-year-old preparing to face RB Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday night has faced a frustrating start-stop amid a series of fitness issues Career at Stamford Bridge behind him. But he's threatening yet again to finally fulfill the potential that earned him a spot at the 2018 World Cup, having been relatively injury-free since returning from a torn Achilles tendon in 2020. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hoping improved form and fitness will help him to apply late for the World Cup. Ready to go in Aus Tria 16:45 , Michael Jones The sun is shining over the Red Bull Arena and the team news is out. Graham Potter looks set to field Chelsea in a new formation tonight with a core defence, four forwards and three quality ball carriers. "We'll try to win the game" 16:40 , Michael Jones Chelsea manager Graham Potter says his team will try to take all three points tonight but concedes it's not easy terrain to win." We will try to win the game," he said in a pre-match press conference yesterday, "but with the utmost respect for our opponent because we know they are a strong team. So we won't take anything for granted.” 16:34 , Michael Jones Matthias Jaissle makes three changes in RB Salzburg's line-up after the 1-1 draw with Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Junior Adamu enters the offensive line ahead of Benjamin Sesko. There are now four changes for Graham Potter's Chelsea compared to the 11 who started against Manchester United at the weekend. Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic start at the top, Conor Gallagher and Mateo Kovacic move into midfield. 16:23 , Michael Jones Red Bull Salzburg head coach Matthias Jaissle says the overwhelming feeling in his squad for tonight's clash with Chelsea is one of excitement and that his players don't feel the pressure to secure a place in the knockout stages. round of the Champions League: "We don't feel any pressure, we're just looking forward to the game." However, we know that we are playing against an absolute top team who won the competition in 2021.” 16:18, Michael Jones Chelsea had never met RB Salzburg before this year's Champions League group stage. Salzburg are the third Austrian side to face Chelsea in European competition, after Austria Wien in 1994/95 and Wiener Sport-Club in 1965/66. 16:13 , Michael Jones Chelsea will reach the round of 16 if they win tonight or if they draw and AC Milan beat Dinamo Zagreb. The Blues will be confirmed in first place if they win and Dinamo don't. Salzburg will reach the round of 16 if they win and Milan don't. 16:07 , Michael Jones Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hoping his form and consistency will put him in the running to make Gareth Southgate's England squad for next month's World Cup in Qatar. The 26-year-old represented England at the 2018 World Cup but has not added to his 10 caps since tearing his Achilles tendon in May 2019 and after struggling for a number of seasons to return to top form he now holds a regular spot in Chelsea's starting XI. "That's the most time I've played consistently for Chelsea, which is another positive aspect," said Loftus-Cheek of course being there for the next World Cup if everything goes well. "A lot has happened in that time and I'm just happy and grateful that I'm fit and healthy now and I'm playing football consistently." Going to the World Cup would mean the world to me but that's not a priority at the moment." Graham Potter insists N'Golo Kante's injury won't distract from contract talks 15:59 , Michael Jones Graham Potter has insisted that N'Golo Kante's four-month injury layoff will not affect new contract talks with Chelsea The surgery that rules out the French talisman from the Qatar World Cup The World Cup-winning midfielder's contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer, and a series of hamstring and knee problems have devastated his last three years in west London.Chelsea are said to be chasing new midfield recruits in January ar and Sommer, but manager Potter insisted the Blues now focus only on helping Kante recover from his recent setback. Graham Potter insists N'Golo Kante's injury will not distract from contract talks ), Sekou Koita (hamstring) and Dijon Kameri (shoulder). Luka Sucic (adductors) is also in doubt but captain Andreas Ulmer could return while Strahinja Pavlovic is domestically suspended after last weekend's red card but can play here.Chelsea are without Wesley Fofana (knee), Reece James ( knee) and N'Golo Kante (hamstring), while Kalidou Koulibaly (knee) is "not that serious" after missing last weekend's draw with Manchester United, but that game is coming up soon too. Mateo Kovacic (knee) is rebuilding his fitness and is being carefully groomed. 15:51 , Michael Jones Hello and welcome to The Independent's coverage of today's Champions League games. Chelsea are in action at 17.45 and are looking to qualify for the knockout rounds with a win over RB Salzburg in Austria. The last clash between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge – which was also manager Graham Potter's first game in charge of the Blues – and just a point separates them in Group E. There's only one left one group stage game left game after this game Chelsea can progress to the next phase of the competition if they pick up three points tonight and maybe even secure their place at the top of the group as long as Dinamo Zagreb also beat AC Milan. After that game, Celtic host Shakhtar Donetsk in what could prove to be a crucial game in their European campaign this year. The Hoops fail to qualify for the Champions League round of 16, but there is still a chance of finishing third in Group F and being relegated to the Europa League. However, Ange Postecoglou's men are likely to have to win both remaining games, starting with picking up three points against the Ukrainian side tonight.

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Boris Johnson is a proven winner. He alone has an electoral mandate

NADINE DORRIES: The Conservative Party is in intensive care and in such a dangerous condition that we must give them everything we can to survive. (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonTruly shocking polls have shown that if there were general elections today, the Tories would only have a handful of MPs. We would be the fourth party in Westminster, behind Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP. Less than three years ago, Boris Johnson's Tories were elected to government with the largest share of the vote since 1979 and the largest majority in 32 years. It wasn't long ago that we won Hartlepool's overwhelming by-election victory. The local elections in May went surprisingly well for a party that has been in power for 12 years. Even on that day, the Tory party was just a few points behind in the polls - and still defying the normal rules of gravity of politics that very often stall ruling parties at half-time. Compared to David Cameron's 13-point polling slump midway through his presidency, when he formed the first Conservative majority government since 1996, Johnson's polling deficit was trivial. The Conservative Party is in intensive care and in such a dangerous state that we must throw everything at it to survive. With the Conservative Party in intensive care and in such a dangerous state that we have to throw everything we have to do to survive, Johnson was driven out by his own MPs before he abdicated as Prime Minister. Johnson was driven out by his own MPs before stepping down as prime minister. Even that day, the Tory party was just a few points behind in the polls. But here we are, 38 points behind the Tories in the 'Red Wall' seats, mainly in the northern working-class constituencies. In the rest of the country, we're in a worse position than we were when Theresa May nearly lost our majority in the 2017 election. Yes, I am very sure that Sunak could reduce the poll deficit somewhat and save the Tory party from annihilation. But don't forget that the polls plummeted to minus 15 over the summer when there was a real possibility that he and not Liz Truss could become prime minister. Only Johnson has a legitimate electoral mandate from the people. Don't forget that the polls plummeted to minus 15 over the summer when there was a real possibility Rishi Sunak could become Prime Minister and not Liz Truss did so because they voted for Boris Johnson and Brexit. People in places like Bishop Auckland and Sedgefield proudly said they voted for Boris. As soon as Boris was defenestrated, that voice also disappeared. I am convinced that Red Wall voters have not had long enough time to get used to the fact that the Conservative Party has always been on the side of working people. They didn't feel comfortable in our skin yet, the party isn't stamped into their voters' DNA yet. The inescapable truth is that Boris was the people's choice for seats that the Tories had never won before and whose support we must always win in order to form a government. In contrast, I'm sure Sunak would certainly be Labor's favorite to succeed Liz Truss. In the summer, deputy party leader Angela Rayner said: "Boris had this Teflon coating... it's like a little bit of magic. The choice now is almost certainly between Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak. The choice now is almost certainly between Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak. Any Tory MP who elects Rishi Sunak tomorrow risks the party's future. If elected, power would be transferred from the hands of the people who exercised their choice at the ballot box less than three years ago and into their own very privileged and already powerful hands. If that happens I have no idea how we could look the voters in the eye and deny them a general election that Labor is crying out for. Only one man can prevent us from collapsing under the weight of these demands and having to enforce the country like this - the man who already has the people's electoral mandate to govern. People know who made the big calls right, who spearheaded and implemented vaccine development and rollout, who lifted Covid restrictions when much of the world was still in various stages of lockdown. You know who was the first world leader who helped Volodymyr Zelensky against all the advice of Whitehall mandarins. Our party is almost down, it takes a shock to bring them back to healthy life. That can only be achieved through the return of our party's most elected leader since the days of Margaret Thatcher. Make no mistake we are fighting for our lives and if we're wrong the history books could show that next week was the beginning of the end of the party many of us love. A Tory party led into the next election by anyone other than Boris Johnson would mean the country would be facing a socialist government. A Tory party led into the next election by anyone other than Boris Johnson would mean the country would be facing a socialist government. Our warring Tory family must put the past behind them and look only to the future and take the fight to where it should have been all along, to Labour.

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Latest: Rishi Sunak should be by noon PM - as Jeremy Hunt expected him to remain Chancellor

Rishi Sunak becomes the next British Prime Minister; Jeremy Hunt is expected to remain Chancellor, two sources tell Sky News. (Author: Gardener)

Rishi SunakNew Prime Minister - latest: Rishi Sunak should be PM by noon - as Jeremy Hunt expects to remain as Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be the UK's next Prime Minister; Jeremy Hunt is expected to remain Chancellor, two sources tell Sky News. Rishi Sunak should be PM tomorrow at noonIncoming PM addresses 'profound' challenges in first public statementHe hints at speaking out if he chooses cabinet | Hunt expected to remain Chancellor, Sky News understands Jon Craig: It's all over by lunchtime - Tuesday's schedule Sunak will be the first British Asian in number 10. Read more: Who will be Sunak's first cabinet? The race for the lead is a "groundbreaking milestone". Mr Sunak will become Britain's first black Prime Minister following his meeting with King Charles today. Mr Biden made the remark at a White House event to mark India's Diwali holiday on Monday. Mr Sunak, a 42-year-old multimillionaire and former hedge fund boss, won the Conservative Party leadership race on Monday, becoming Britain's youngest leader in modern times. His family immigrated to Britain from India in the 1960s. Many people from the former British colonies moved to the country to help rebuild after World War II. "We have news that Rishi Sunak is now prime minister," Mr. Biden said. "I think he is expected to become prime minister tomorrow when he visits the king. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had previously said Mr Biden would call Mr Sunak in the coming days, noting that the protocol was for the US President to wait for a new British prime minister to offer his congratulations had met with the monarch and formally invited to form a new government.” “I never thought I would see this in my life”: British Asians mark historic moment during Diwali Few Places do Diwali like Leicester. Just as the sun was setting behind the terraced houses and the lights began to twinkle along Belgrave Road, it began to go down – Britain will have a British-Asian Prime Minister. "It was quite an amazing momentous thing I never thought I would see in my life," he told Sky News. "When he did it (became PM) it blew me away, blew me away, you know?" As the first British-Asian Prime Minister, I hope he brings all those qualities of Indian m determination, rigor and rigor to governing the country . "I think he will be a good administrator and will tackle the problems we have." Single mother Rita Patel had traveled to Leicester for the street festival from Colchester in Essex. She told Sky News: "I'm a single mum and things are tough right now." Whether it's the electricity bills, the food bills... there are people out there who are really struggling. "Now we have Rishi trying to get us back on our feet." He had a bit of a privileged lifestyle so he really needs to keep in touch with his audience because we're expecting results from him now." Dorries urges Sunak to Giving Mordaunt a job at the Home Office The Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire and allies of Boris Johnson have called for Rishi Sunak to give Penny Mordaunt a job at the Home Office The 100 supporters had to compete. Ms Dorries said the leader of the House of Commons "needs a tough decision-making job" to gain experience "if she wants to be Prime Minister one day". Mr Sunak expected to announce his top team On Tuesday, after being formally appointed prime minister, Jeremy Hunt is expected to remain as Chancellor in Rishi Sunak's cabinet in a bid to reassure markets, two sources close to the new team have said Prime Minister Sky News Political Editor Beth Rigby informed decisions had been made. A source close to lead candidate Penny Mordaunt has also told Sky News she is keen on taking on the role of foreign secretary. We are believed to learn more about Mr Sunak's new top team on Tuesday after he was formally asked by King Charles to form a government. Sky News spoke to Ed Costelloe, founder and leader of the Grassroots Conservatives, about Rishi Sunak being catapulted to No. 10 without Tory membership getting a vote. Mr Costelloe said, "I have no problem with that at all. I'm glad Rishi came through." He also stressed the need to end the factional fighting. “We need to come together and unite. We need to speak with one voice, even if we have conflicting views everywhere." On the composition of the cabinet, he added, "I'd like to see a good distribution of all aspects of the party — left, right and center." Ms. Truss became criticized for surrounding herself only with her allies in the cabinet. Can Rishi Sunak repair and reunite the Tory party after a remarkable political comeback? But seven weeks ago, Rishi Sunak was thrown into the political scrap heap when he lost to Liz Truss to become Prime Minister and retreated to his North Yorkshire constituency, his ambitions shattered and his hopes of political power now beyond his reach. But on Monday Mr Sunak staged the most remarkable political comeback in modern times when the 42-year-old politician won the latest leadership contest after Penny Mordaunt dropped out and Boris Johnson decided not to run. He will soon become the country's 57th prime minister after a series of plot twists, feuds and messes so absurd that the Tory party has at times appeared as if it had been tasked with plotting the storylines for Aaron Sorkin's next political drama writing instead of walking Aside from the drama of the last few months, his election was notable in other respects – he will be our first British Asian Prime Minister, our first Hindu Prime Minister and our second youngest Prime Minister ever, journeying from political annihilation to victory in a dizzyingly short time Time When His Rival's Mistakes Changed His Destiny Too "Confused" by this confusing turn of events, he told me he was "delighted." Read Beth's analysis in full at the link below... Sunak will ensure all wings of the party are represented - and would have won membership 2-1 Sky News has spoken to North Dorset MP Simon Hoare. He has supported Rishi Sunak from the beginning. Asked if Tory members were denied a vote, he replied: "The public was almost to the molars with everything that was going on. "They wanted some calm, calm and consistency." On the mood of his own local party, he added that the "overriding message was that things can't go on like this." Shovel down if you want, stop digging,'" he said like his predecessor and just promote his supporters to the Cabinet. "He made that very clear up in the 1922 committee," he said. "He wanted round heads in round holes to see whether they voted for him or not." He will ensure that all wings and views are represented - not just at the Cabinet table - but in all parts of government. "Mr Hoare also claimed if the vote was between Penny Had Mordaunt and Mr Sunak gone to a members' poll, he "would have won it by something like 2-1". He ended by declaring that the Tory party was "back in business". . Our chief political correspondent Jon Craig stood outside number 10 tonight before Rishi Sunak entered the doors on Tuesday. Tonight we were given details of tomorrow's events, although Downing Street stressed that exact times are subject to change. Jon said: "At 9 in the morning first thing is the Cabinet, then - as we are used to - the outgoing Prime Minister will come out here and say a few words." At 10.15 Liz Truss will go to the Palace to officially meet with the King to resign and then the new Prime Minister, i.e. Rishi Sunak, goes to the palace to be greeted by the King at 11.35 am.” That is the timetable, subject to change, Number 10s have said. "So by noon it's all over, Rishi Sunak will go through the famous black door and be Prime Minister." That's what Rishi Sunak expects now that he's set to become the UK's next Prime Minister. Our political correspondent Liz Bates explains why the top position won't be easy for the former chancellor. Biden 'looks forward' to meeting Rishi Sunak - White House We had a statement from the White House in the last few moments about Rishi Sunak's appointment as con He will meet the king on Tuesday, before he officially assumes the office of Prime Minister. Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary, said: "President Biden looks forward to speaking with Prime Minister Sunak in the coming days and adding to our continued engagement with the UK.

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Alexandra Burke Reveals Amanda Holden Supported Her During Pregnancy

The 33-year-old singer gushed over Amanda Holden during an appearance on BBC show I Can See Your Voice on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

Alexandra Burke Reveals Amanda HoldenAlexandra Burke gushed over Amanda Holden during an appearance on the BBC show I Can See Your Voice on Saturday. The 33-year-old singer - who welcomed her first child with partner Darren Randolph in July - revealed the 51-year-old presenter has been supportive throughout her pregnancy. In an exclusive MailOnline clip, Alexandra can be heard praising Amanda for being a great mom and wife while juggling her career. Alexandra said: "I'm actually a little bit in love with Amanda. She is very humble and such a kind and loving woman. “Amanda has been so supportive throughout my pregnancy and since having my baby. She has had a wonderful career and has been a great mother and wife for well over a decade. Alexandra, who has appeared in series one and two of the BBC show, continued: "Just to get it out there, I'd love to come back for season 3 of I Can See Your Voice. I absolutely love the show, it's so much fun, I was at my peak every time I performed in it. "I think there must be a fourth permanent investigator and an additional fifth chair for the guest! I love the show so much.' Amanda responded, 'For me, Alexandra Burke is one of the best singers in the country. Annoyingly, some female singers are underrated in this world and it's only when you see her live and see her perform that you're like, 'Wow, she's absolutely phenomenal.' "Alexandra also has an amazing personality so she was really good as an investigator and it was a pleasure to see her again for a second series." I Can See Your Voice returns to BBC One for a second season this autumn. Hosted by Paddy McGuinness, the mystery game show has players navigate through a series of rounds by guessing who out of a group of people can and cannot sing without hearing them sing a note. And it will welcome a host of special guests, including Steps' Claire Richards, chart-topping Becky Hill and Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley. In each episode, a special guest will help out Amanda Holden, Jimmy Carr and Alison Hammond, who will also return for season two as "celebrity investigators." Each week, guests go through a series of rounds trying to guess who can and can't sing before a big reveal will show if they got it right. With the help of the celebrity investigators and special guest, they'll guess using a series of clues, clips, questions and a lip-synched performance. The person they pick as a good singer will perform a duet with the special guest of the week, which will determine if they can actually sing or not. I Can See Your Voice returns to BBC One on Saturday 29 October at 21:10.

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Ten Hag needs to speed up the plan amid transfer interests from Real Madrid and Barcelona

Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly fighting over the signing of Diogo Dalot, which puts Erik ten Hag in a position where he has to accelerate his Manchester United contract plans or lose a key player (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaReal Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly fighting to sign Diogo Dalot, which puts Erik ten Hag in a position where he needs to accelerate his Manchester United contract plans or lose a key player, which is something a Manchester United manager shouldn't do. Old Trafford bosses have made a number of sounds after Sir Alex Ferguson, particularly when it comes to early signing new contracts to players who don't really deserve lucrative long-term deals. To date, the Red Devils have a bloated roster full of deadwood - but Ten Hag is looking to put an end to that unfortunate decision-making. The United manager has reportedly demanded that his bosses not sign contracts until after this winter's World Cup, when his players have had ample time to prove themselves since arriving in June. Ten Hag's wisdom is not foolproof, however, with a number of first-team players whose current contracts expire in just eight months leaving them vulnerable to potential suitors. Like teammates David De Gea, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Fred; Diogo Dalot will be a free agent next summer unless the Red Devils hierarchy intervenes. While they can simply trigger a one-year extension, that may not be enough to deter two of Europe's elite from circling his signature: Real Madrid and Barcelona. According to Spanish outlet Sport, the La Liga giants are both fighting to sign Dalot, who they can land on a pre-contract deal as early as New Year's Day. Ten Hag would be foolish to think that the two clubs will not sign the 23-year-old right-back before the January transfer window officially opens, meaning he must act quickly to tie Dalot. Does Dalot deserve a new contract? Dalot's contract expires in June 2023 as Real Madrid and Barcelona show interest. Dalot has started with promising returns in each of the Red Devils' 15 games so far this season. Dalot has spent much of his Old Trafford career playing second fiddle to either Antonio Valencia or Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but now he is undoubtedly the right-back of choice. Only his compatriot Bruno Fernandes has played more minutes as an outfielder this season - just by four - to hammer home Ten Hag confidence. From Dalot's perspective, however, it will all mean very little if United allow Real Madrid and Barcelona to tumble.

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