Barça against the Premier League: a reason to be optimistic

But we also have Chelsea in the mix.

Liverpool are second in the Premier League with 73 points, one point behind defending champions Manchester City with eight matches remaining in the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's winning streak away from home came to an end when Arsenal defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. "We don't play against the other top-six teams, so I think we can beat the others".

"You have to be disappointed with the result", said Solskjaer, who had 10 wins and two draws in the league.

Southgate's side face Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals on June 6 in Portugal, five days after the Champions League final takes place at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Much of their success has been enjoyed during the Premier League era, with 13 title successes savoured under Sir Alex Ferguson. United know they will be unable to sell a player who earns a remarkable £500,000 per week, which means there will be very few suitors who can match those wages, and are hopeful that a loan deal will be more attractive to clubs. He helped Real win four of the past five Champions Leagues and it is hard to imagine the Spanish giants winning any of them without the Portuguese star's contribution.

Arsenal now occupy fourth place in the Premier League table following last weekend's 2-0 win against Manchester United. "I think that is really important for the club that we really show we are a proper threat in that competition".

After City, the next two favourites are Barcelona and Juventus.

Sanchez is now sidelined with an injury and last weekend he was spotted at the Camp Nou watching his former club beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1.

This has been the era of Messi and Ronaldo in the Champions League.

The Belarusians won the first leg 1-0 but Arsenal were able to overturn that deficit without Lacazette in the second leg via a 3-0 win. Chris Wilder's side are third whilst their Yorkshire rivals sit 2nd in the automatic promotion race so both sides will be desperate for the win.

Their last starting XI, for the 1-1 draw against Chelsea, was: Rui Patricio; Doherty, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Otto; Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho; Jiminez, Jota.

  • Julie Sanders