Spurs, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool & Man City: 5 talking points from Champions League squad announcements

The English clubs' Champions League squads were announced with some notable names missing out.

Earlier today, English clubs competing in the Champions League -Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City- announced their 25-man squads for the group stages, which begins next week.

As is the nature of competition amongst players at clubs of this size, there were surprise inclusions and some unsurprising omissions.

The first round of fixtures include:

Tuesday 12th September;

  • Chelsea vs Qarabag
  • Manchester United vs Basel

Wednesday 13th September;

  • Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund
  • Liverpool vs Sevilla
  • Feyenoord vs Manchester City
  1. 1 Man Utd: The Lord of the Pitch Returns

    It's almost as if he never left.

    In truth, he didn't, and it's no surprise to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic's name on Manchester United's 25-man squad list for the Champions League.

    The veteran Swedish striker has years of valuable experience in the tournament and his know-how will be vital for young striker Romelu Lukaku, who will make his debut on the biggest stage in Europe.

    Ibrahimovic is the ultimate big-game player and he will be of some use along the way, despite the relative ease of the Red Devils' group.

  2. 2 Liverpool: Coutinho in, but Clyne out

    Liverpool defied the odds and kept Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona's clutches, despite the club and player's best efforts to engineer a move to the Catalan giants.

    The Brazilian has been named in the squad for the Champions League group stage as Jurgen Klopp looks to reintegrate him back into Liverpool's day-to-day routine.

    However, it makes for concerning reading to see that right back Nathaniel Clyne has been omitted. The England international is recovering from a back injury, but his omission from the squad suggests it was worse than first feared and he'll likely be out until Christmas.

  3. 3 Chelsea: Costa's bridges are burnt

    Antonio Conte texted Diego Costa to inform him he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, with the Brazilian-born Spaniard therefore going AWOL for the summer, hoping to rejoin former club Atlético Madrid.

    However, Atlético's transfer ban meant that they never came calling for Costa and he remains a Chelsea player, in a state of utter awkwardness.

    It remains to be seen whether he'll play a part in the Premier League campaign, but he won't feature in Europe having been excluded from their Champions League squad.

    He remains in exile and it seems as though his Chelsea career is over.

  4. 4 Tottenham: End of the road for Vincent Janssen

    A deadline day move to Brighton & Hove Albion broke down at the last minute, with the Dutch striker deciding to remain at Tottenham and fight for his place in the squad, though there doesn't seem to be much of a way back for Vincent Janssen.

    After a disappointing debut campaign, Mauricio Pochettino signed Swansea striker Fernando Llorente on deadline day, pushing Janssen further down the pecking order.

    It means, therefore, than Janssen has been excluded from their Champions League squad, as has Erik Lamela, who remains sidelined for the forseeable future.

    Want-away winger Moussa Sissoko has been named in the 25-man squad, as has compatriot Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.

  5. 5 Man City: Ilkay Gundogan is back... sort of

    Despite the enormous spending spree Pep Guardiola oversaw throughout the summer, there was one area in which Manchester City didn't strengthen irrespective of their obvious needs, that being central midfield.

    However, it's not as if they needed to immediately as forgotten man Ilkay Gundogan nears a return.

    Eternally injured, Gundogan will still provide a crucial presence in the middle of the park and City fans can get excited about his potential return after he was included their 25-man squad for the Champions League.

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Oli Stein


Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016.

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