Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis ordered the team to be confined to a week-long training camp earlier this month after a 2-1 league defeat to rivals Roma saw them slip to seventh in Serie A.
But as Ancelotti voiced his disagreement with the lockdown, the players all returned home after a 1-1 draw against Salzburg three days later, which stalled their bid to reach the Champions League last 16. For high odds, Bet now on NaijaBet
“The relationship between the president and I is excellent and nothing changes,” Ancelotti had insisted after saying he disagreed with the ‘ritiro’ or training camp.
PSG will secure top spot in the group by avoiding defeat in midweek. Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Madrid 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in September and that remains their standout performance of 2019/20.
This is a difficult match to call, as both teams have been difficult to read throughout the campaign. Home soil and history would favour Madrid but PSG defeated Madrid in emphatic fashion earlier this season.
Real Madrid-Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to victory over Real Sociedad from the bench on Saturday but his arrival to the pitch was met by boos and whistles. Bet Now
The Wales international will hope to start such an important game like this one but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case.
Former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss Mourinho has claimed 25 major honours but that record will be put to the test at Spurs, who have not won a title since the 2008 League Cup.
Chelsea have won their last six matches in the Premier League and have won five in a row away from home in the competition since losing 4-0 at Manchester United on the opening weekend. They are the league’s top scorers on the road this season (18 goals).
Manchester City-Pep Guardiola has plenty to ponder after Manchester City moved nine points behind Liverpool before the international break after a 3-1 defeat to their rivals. The gap could even be 12 if Liverpool beat Crystal Palace before this match.
Rodrigo and David Silva made remarkable recoveries to make the matchday squad against Liverpool and are both expected to start here, while Guardiola will also hope to have Ederson available. Bet Now
Bernardo Silva serves a one-match ban this weekend after admitting a breach of FA rules. His absence should ensure both Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez start against Chelsea.
Atalanta have gone three league games without a win and will be eager to get back into the Champions League berths, as they sit two points off fourth place, before next week’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Atalanta’s fortunes have slipped following the thigh injury suffered to Colombian star Duvan Zapata, who scored six goals in six Serie A matches before being sidelined for their last five league games. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet
As Atalanta sweat on Zapata’s return, Juventus will be without full-back Alex Sandro, who picked up a thigh problem playing for Brazil, with Blaise Matuidi recovering from a rib injury.
But the Argentine was sacked on Tuesday, with Tottenham struggling in the league after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games.
This season they were knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United and suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho, who has won domestic titles in a record four different countries.
Ryan Giggs’s Wales side, who have already qualified for the play-offs should things not go their way, face Hungary in Cardiff knowing a victory will guarantee them a place at next year’s 24-team tournament and a chance to repeat their fairytale run to the semifinals in France in 2016.
Even without injured Liverpool goal poacher Salah, Egypt were expected to overcome traditional poor travellers Kenya at the vast 87 000-capacity Borg el Arab Stadium near Alexandria.
But after starting anxiously with every player behind the ball, Kenya had chances to score before they gifted Egypt the lead three minutes before halftime in the Group G clash. Bet Now on today’s AFCON Games on NaijaBet
A back pass from Erick Ouma in the centre circle to goalkeeper Ian Otieno was too weak and Mahmoud Kahraba took advantage to tap into the net.
Salah has scored six goals for Liverpool this season and was on target in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Manchester City which took his side eight points clear at the top of the Premier League. Bet Now
But the 27-year-old has had niggling injuries since twisting his ankle against Leicester City at the start of October, which forced him to miss the 1-1 draw at Manchester United, the only Premier League game Liverpool have failed to win this season.
Benin proved to be stubborn opposition during that run to the last eight but they may lack the firepower to respond if Nigeria get ahead. The home team should have enough calibre to ensure a hard-fought, narrow victory.
Manchester City know they simply have to win on Sunday. There is still a long way to go in the season but Liverpool have already shown they rarely drop points and City have to take advantage of when they play Klopp’s side. Their preparations in midweek couldn’t have gone worse and the absence of Ederson is a major blow for Pep Guardiola.
But Bayern sit fourth in the Bundesliga, one point behind second-placed Dortmund and four adrift of leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park in the German Super Cup in August, but Dortmund have unfinished business in Munich after suffering a 5-0 thrashing in April before their rivals went on to pip them to the title by two points. For high odds, Play bet on NaijaBet.com
“In the last five years, it has been hard to win there,” said Favre. “But, we have nothing to lose. We respect Bayern – we don’t fear them.”
The Costa Rican joined PSG in September from Real Madrid as Alphonse Areola moved in the other direction, and on Wednesday his late penalty save helped secure a 1-0 win over Club Brugge that clinched his side’s place in the last 16.
Indeed, the 32-year-old has let in only five goals in 12 matches for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
“He is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He won three Champions Leagues with Real Madrid in a competition where goalkeeper is such an important position. They can change the outcome of a game,” remarked midfielder Marco Verratti after Wednesday’s game, in which Mauro Icardi scored the winner. Start forecasting your Weekend games Now
“He will bring so much experience and calmness to the side,” said sporting director Leonardo.
Partizan Belgrade have only won two of their last six matches in all competitions, losing the other four. Those two victories were both 4-0 wins. They have lost back-to-back away matches heading into Thursday’s match in Manchester. A low scoring game is expected here.
The Senegal forward added that the comments mattered little to him.
“I don’t pay attention to what he’s saying because it’s part of football,” he added. “If the ‘dive’ will give me a penalty then I will do it. Why not? But what coach Juergen (Klopp) said is correct. I do not dive.”
If that loss was defined by three goals conceded in seven mad minutes, this one was far less dramatic, a story of stodgy possession in front of their own fans, whose displeasure made for an increasingly sour atmosphere at Camp Nou.