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    PSG vs Nice: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Ligue 1 clash TONIGHT

    THE Ligue 1 title is a minimum requirement as a PSG manager.Mauricio Pochettino knew this from the moment he took over the reigns of the Parisian outfit.
    Leonardo is keen to keep hold of his man Credit:AFP
    Galtier resigned two days after his title win, declaring ‘my time is up here’
    With a 12-point gap between first and second, everything seems to be going to plan for the Argentine manager.
    Nice now have Lille’s title-winning coach, Christophe Galtier, at the helm. Sitting third in the table, some way off today’s opponents, the visitors know the importance of closing the gap with their rivals.
    With Neymar still out following his horrific injury against St Etienne, it offers some glimmer of hope for Nice to do the unthinkable and come away from the Parc des Princes with all three points.
    Now moving onto his next challenge, the task does not get much tougher than facing PSG’s side with world class talent oozing through their squad.
    He managed to do just that with Lille in their title-winning season, can lightening really strike again in the French capital?
    What time does PSG v Nice kick off?

    PSG take on Nice on Wednesday, December 1.
    The match kicks off at 8pm UK time.
    The sides meet at Parc des Princes.

    What TV channel is PSG v Nice on and can I live stream it?

    You can watch the game live on BT Sport 2 from 8pm.
    Stream on the BT Sport app.
    EE phone customers can watch for FREE – simply text SPORT to 150 for a free three-month trial to BT Sport mobile.

    Team News
    Neymar is still out injured after his horrific landing in the game vs Saint Etienne causing ankle damage.
    He joins Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, Gini Wijnaldum and Marco Verratti in PSG’s list of absentees.
    Nuno Mendes is expected to replace Juan Bernat at left-back.
    Nice have a full strength team to choose from.
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    Five defenders Chelsea could sign to replace Rudiger including Kounde and Szalai as Real Madrid close in on centre-back

    CHELSEA are still sweating over the future of Antonio Rudiger. The German, 28, is yet to sign a new deal and has attracted attention from Europe’s elite, most notably Real Madrid.
    Chelsea are still sweating over the future of Antonio RudigerCredit: Rex
    Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, Thiago Silva, 37, and Andreas Christensen, 25, are also defenders Chelsea face losing for nothing unless contract extensions are agreed.
    The Blues are said to be prepared to offer all four new deals, but it will not stop them from scouting out alternatives.
    Here, SunSport runs down five centre-back options for Chelsea.
    Jules Kounde
    Frenchman Kounde, 23, looked all set for a move from Sevilla to Stamford Bridge in the summer and is believed to have agreed personal terms.
    But, after Chelsea sold Kurt Zouma, 27, to accommodate the move, Sevilla raised the price tag to £60million at the last minute, opposed to the original £43m.
    That is said to have caused Chelsea to pull out of the deal, which in turn paved the way for 22-year-old Trevoh Chalobah’s emergence in the squad.
    Jules Kounde looked all set for a move to Stamford Bridge in the summerCredit: Getty

    Attila Szalai
    Fenerbahce’s Szalai, 23, has emerged as a cut-price alternative option at the back for the Blues.
    And speculation from Turkey has even claimed Chelsea have agreed a deal of £20m to sign the defender in the winter window.
    Szalai has won 21 caps since making his senior international debut for Hungary in 2019.
    Attila Szalai has won 21 caps since making his senior international debut for Hungary in 2019Credit: PA
    Chelsea were last summer linked to the Brazilian, 27, who is the current PSG captain.
    And despite reportedly being prepared to pay up to £86m for Marquinhos, neither the player or PSG appeared interested in the deal.
    But that is not to say Chelsea would not try their luck again, especially as Marquinhos could be deemed the perfect successor to former team-mate Silva.
    Marquinhos is the current PSG captainCredit: Getty
    Niklas Sule
    Earlier in the year, German Sule, 26, was rumoured to be a target Chelsea were considering signing in the summer.
    Since then, he is yet to sign a new Bayern Munich deal, which is set to expire at the end of this season.
    It means Chelsea could be cleared to negotiate a free transfer with Sule as soon as next month, with Newcastle also linked with the defender.

    Niklas Sule is yet to sign a new Bayern Munich dealCredit: Reuters
    Pau Torres
    Villarreal’s Torres, 24, was close to a move to London in the summer, but with Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham.
    And already the defender could be a favourite amongst Blues fans after turning down Spurs.
    He is said to have been a name shortlisted on Chelsea’s defensive targets in the past and is believed to have a £56m release clause in his contract.
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    Chelsea given easier run at Aurelien Tchouameni transfer after Juventus pull out of race for Monaco star

    CHELSEA have been given a boost in their quest to sign Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni after Juventus reportedly pulled out of the race.The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the principality in 2022 following an impressive start to the season.
    Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been linked with a move to Chelsea next yearCredit: Getty
    Valued at £42million by the Ligue 1 outfit, Tchouameni has chipped in with two goals in 22 games for Niko Kovac’s men.
    His fine form saw him called up to the France senior side in August, with the player since being capped on seven occasions.
    Thomas Tuchel is understood to be a huge admirer of the ex-Bordeuax man, as he looks to lure him to Stamford Bridge next summer.
    Tchouameni, who is tied down at Monaco until 2024, has also been claimed to be on the radar of Juventus and Real Madrid.
    But according to Calciomercato, the Old Lady have decided against securing his services to give the Blues an easier run at landing him.
    They state that the Serie A side have deemed him as too expensive, with the club only open to signing him on loan, while Monaco will only allow him to move on a permanent deal.


    As a result, Juve will now look to bring in other targets – notably Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
    Speaking to L’Equipe recently, Tchouameni declared that he isn’t paying attention to rumours over his future.
    He said: “My father called me, we talked about everything and he told me that I was on the front page of Marca. I went on Twitter and saw for myself.
    “I told him it was cool, but what does it actually matter? It doesn’t. The front page of Marca will not define me or allow me to perform well in matches.
    “It’s not real life, but it is the media world, the football business. They talk about me today but tomorrow, they’ll be talking about another.
    “In the dressing room, they put the cover up and laughed’ ‘Oh, you’re leaving us already?’.
    “It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.

    “When I started in Bordeaux, the media were already wondering every summer if Aurelien Tchouameni was going to move to a bigger club.
    “In 2018, they were already talking about Juventus or Milan.
    “I know for a fact that what is true in October is not necessarily what’s true in June. If I start to think that I’m going to leave, it will show directly in my performances on the pitch.”
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    Cristiano Ronaldo publicly agrees with damning attack on ‘thief’ Lionel Messi after Man Utd ace’s Ballon d’Or heartbreak

    CRISTIANO RONALDO has branded claims made by a fan page that Lionel Messi stole the Ballon d’Or from himself and Robert Lewandowski as ‘facts’.The Paris Saint-Germain star pipped Lewandowski to the award by just 33 points.
    Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or to move two clear of RonaldoCredit: AFP
    A fan page says Ronaldo’s achievements were better than Messi’s, describing the Argentine’s win as ‘theft’
    Ronaldo replied ‘facts’…. having dinner together might be off the table
    But also conceded the Bayern Munich striker deserved a Golden Ball of his own after his incredible achievements in 2020.
    Ronaldo – who finished sixth – wasn’t in attendance to watch his rival collect his seventh Ballon d’Or.
    He stayed in England, but couldn’t resist having a pop on Instagram.
    A Ronaldo fan page slammed Messi’s achievements from last season, comparing them to CR7’s on Instagram, before saying: “Steal. Dirt. Shame. It’s just unfortunate.
    “Who saw it, saw it. Those who are intelligent enough know who deserve the truth.
    “Receiving awards without deserving it, is false happiness, without pride.

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    “Regardless of those awards, the CR7 will always be the best in history!”
    Ronaldo replied: “Facts.”
    The comment caught traction, receiving over 30,000 likes and 10k-plus comments.
    Ronaldo is evidently upset finishing outside the top three for the award for the first time in 11 YEARS.
    And the 36-year-old even hit out at the awards chief, who he says made false claims about wanting to finish his career with more Ballon d’Ors than Messi.
    The United star wrote: “Today’s outcome explains why Pascal Ferre’s statements last week, when he said that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi.
    “Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for.
    “It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.
    “And he lied again today, justifying my absence from the Gala with an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.”
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    PSG ‘were willing to let Pochettino join Man Utd this month if they had stumped up £17m and Zidane replaced him’

    MAURICIO POCHETTINO would have reportedly been given the green light to leave PSG in the summer if two specific conditions had been met. If Manchester United had paid £17million for Pochettino, and Zinedine Zidane replaced him, PSG bosses were willing to let the Argentine depart.
    Pochettino joined PSG as boss at the start of the yearCredit: Getty
    Zidane has been out of management since leaving Real Madrid in the summerCredit: AP
    Pochettino was linked with the Old Trafford job before Ralf Rangnick was appointed as six-month interim boss on Monday.
    And PSG would have sanctioned a deal had their terms been met, according to French outlet Telefoot.
    The ex-Spurs manager is still being linked with a Premier League return in the summer, but he could have been back this month.
    That’s if United has bought Pochettino out of his contract at the Parc des Princes which runs until June 2023.
    From there he still would have only been allowed to leave if Zidane was waiting in the wings to replace him.

    In the end the club never approached Zizou – who was also linked with the Manchester United job – to take over.
    And United themselves reportedly never contacted PSG in an effort to nab Poch.
    But with Rangnick set to transition into a consultancy role at the end of the campaign, Pochettino remains linked with the managerial position.
    Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers also reportedly remain on the Red Devils’ radar.
    Leicester boss Rodgers has continually stressed his commitment to the Foxes.
    Pochettino too remained coy at the weekend in response to being questioned about his future.
    Pochettino told CBS Sunday: “We are always focused on the football – our games and our work. It is not us, nor the club, who generate these situations. It does not affect us.
    “I am focused on PSG. We are used to rumours arriving. When they do arrive, it is a good sign that there are many of them – it is a sign that we are doing good work. 
    “We are calm and humble. It is not us creating these rumours.”
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    Fans in hysterics as ‘Daft Punk reunite’ at Ballon d’Or ceremony to deliver Lionel Messi’s seventh trophy to stage

    LIONEL MESSI thought he was up all night to Get Lucky.When it was One More Time to deliver the Argentine’s seventh Ballon d’Or trophy to the stage last night, it appeared that Daft Punk had reunited to do the honours.
    Two men brought the trophies to the stage looking like Daft Punk at the Ballon D’Or award ceremonyCredit: AFP
    French musical duo Daft Punk split up in February after 28 years working togetherCredit: Getty
    Two men walked to the stage wearing dapper suits – but kept their identities under wraps by wearing helmets similar to those worn by the iconic French dance music duo.
    It turned out the mystery delivery men were none other than F1 superstars Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.
    The Alpine drivers delivered the Men’s and Women’s awards on stage wearing their F1 helmets.
    Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi won the coveted trophy for a record seventh time, proving yet again he was Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.
    Barcelona skipper Alexia Putellas scooped the female award.
    And while Messi pipping Robert Lewandowski to the individual honour proved to be a talking point, fans were also left in stitches by Alonso and Ocon’s appearance.
    Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon were the men in the helmetsCredit: Reuters

    The pair arrived on stage wearing grey suits and helmets to cover their faces, before being prompted by hosts Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert to reveal their identities.
    They were greeted to a roar of applause after being unmasked, with the likes of Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Luis Suarez seen smiling in the audience.
    Twitter users joked they thought Daft Punk had got back together following their split in February after 28 years together.
    One messaged: “I thought they reunited Daft Punk for this lol.”
    Another quipped: “Gonna tell my kids this was Daft Punk.”
    A third added: “So… Ocon and Alonso gone in Daft Punk’s Cosplay, delivering the Ballon D’or? Or Daft Punk were Alonso and Ocon all this time??”
    Meanwhile one commented: “Disappointed because I thought Daft Punk had reunited for a moment.”
    One simply stated: “Tears I thought Daft Punk reunited for a second ffs.”
    Another tweeted: “I think the greatest part about the Ballon D’Or Ceremony was the fact that Alonso and Ocon are Daft Punk.”
    During Messi’s winner speech, the Blaugrana legend called on the Ballon d’Or to award Lewandowski the award for 2020.
    The trophy was not given out last year after Covid restrictions forced organisers to cancel the annual event.
    Lionel Messi beat Robert Lewandowski by 33 votes to win his seventh Ballon d’Or award
    Messi remarked: “I would like to mention Robert Lewandowski, it’s been a real honour to compete with you.
    “Everyone knows and we agree that you were the winner last year.
    “I think France Football should award you your 2020 Ballon d’Or – you deserve it and you should have it at home.”
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    Neymar leaves St Etienne on crutches with foot in protective boot after PSG star suffers horror injury

    NEYMAR was spotted using crutches after Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 clash with St Etienne on Sunday.The striker was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the closing stages of PSG’s 3-1 win at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium following a nasty tackle from Yvann Macon.

    Neymar was on the receiving end of a nasty tackle from Saint-Etienne’s Yvann Macon
    And the PSG hitman had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcherCredit: Reuters
    Macon’s poor tackle trapped Neymar’s left ankle and left him writing in agony.
    Thankfully for the former Barcelona man, his injury didn’t require a trip to the hospital.
    But he did have to make use of a protective boot as well as crutches as he made his way to the team bus.
    French champions PSG are currently unsure of the severity of Neymar’s latest injury.
    Manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We will have to see this tomorrow but from the images.
    “I hope that it’s not a big deal and that he will be back with the squad quickly.
    “But the action is not good.”

    The world’s most expensive player will undergo scans on his ankle on Monday to find out the severity of the damage.
    Pochettino later said of the injury: “There is nothing more to say for the moment.
    “It is the pain he felt in the leg with his ankle that turned.
    “We will have the exams tomorrow and we will see.”
    Neymar took to Instagram shortly after the match, vowing to ‘come back better and stronger’.

    He said: “Let’s recover, unfortunately, these setbacks are part of an athlete’s life.
    “Now that’s what you have, lift your head and let’s go. I’ll come back better and stronger.”
    Paris Saint-Germain will be back in action on Wednesday night, welcoming Nice to the Parc des Princes.


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    Fulham line up £18m transfer bid for Angelo Fulgini as Angers striker has heart set on playing in England

    FULHAM are making a big push for Angers No 10 Angelo Fulgini and could meet the £18million price.The Cottagers know they will be losing Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa to either Napoli or even Crystal Palace at the end of the season.
    Angers midfielder Angelo Fulgini is being chased by Championship side FulhamCredit: Getty
    Eagles boss Patrick Vieira is a huge fan of the Cameroon international, who has been starring during his loan spell for the Napes outfit.
    With the 26-year-old having just a year left on his contract at Craven Cottage, Fulham will be forced into selling the player to avoid losing him on a free.
    And they will turn their attention to Angers ace Fulgini.
    Ivory Coast-born Fulgini has shone for Angers, but they will sell and the player is desperate to come to England.
    The 25-year-old has impressed for the Ligue 1 outfit this term, who sit sixth in the table – just two points off the Champions League spots.
    Fulgini has been a key player for Gerald Baticle’s side – chipping in with two goals and as many assists from 14 games.

    SunSport exclusively revealed last month how his performances have caught the eye of Premier League clubs.
    Officials from Angers were even sent to England to discuss his future.
    Fulgini joined The Black and Whites from Valenciennes in 2017, having come through the Ligue 2 club’s academy.
    He appeared 84 times, netting nine goals before making the switch four years ago.
    The former France youth international was also the subject of reported interest from Feyenoord over the summer.
    But the two clubs couldn’t agree a fee.
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