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Fantasy football tips: Things we learnt from Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs’ pre-season games

Spurs are going to win the league and Germany DEFINITELY should have taken Leroy Sane to the World Cup

Everything is heating up nicely.

The biggest clubs have brought in some good signings and the best part of pre-season tours to the US is that we get to see them play against each other.

And we can definitely work out how the season is going to pan out off the back of these game. Definitely.

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There were some tasty friendlies as Liverpool took on Man City, Man United did battle with AC Milan and Spurs thumped last year’s Champions League semi-finalists Roma.

But did we learn from these showpiece ties for your Dream Team this season?

Man City v Liverpool

Look who’s back

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Look who’s back

Leroy Sane looked refreshed after his summer on the beach having been overlooked for Germany’s World Cup squad.

And in true Sane fashion he left the world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk for dead as he broke from the halfway line before neatly tucking away with his left foot.

I imagine I will be writing that sentence again a lot this season.

Sane dazzled the Premier League last season and if he can carry this form into the new term he looks a bargain at just £5m.


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New hair, new me

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New hair, new me

Liverpool’s front three don’t appear troubled by their various struggles at the World Cup as both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah netted to overturn the 1-0 deficit.

At £6m Mane could be a useful substitute for Salah who is the most expensive player on the game at £8m.

Let me remind you Salah became only the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo to break the 400-point barrier last season.

£2.5m-man Fabinho was under-par but you can expect a different beast once the league starts proper while Bernardo Silva impressed after cutting his holiday short, could be a low-key points machine at £3.5m.

Roma v Spurs

Where do the shorts end and the shirt begin?

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Where do the shorts end and the shirt begin?

This was a game for taking your chances while the big boys were still away recovering from their World Cup exploits.

And Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente did just that as they grabbed a brace each in a 4-1 victory.

Spurs fans can begin to get excited about the Brazilian who joined in January challenging for a place in the team with a full pre-season under his belt. 

Lucas offers Mauricio Pochettino something different in that he can play as a proper winger on the right and has an eye for goal.

The midfielder costs £3m on the game and if he can fight his way into the first team he could bring a hefty return on the small outlay.

Despite scoring twice here Llorente remains firmly in the back-up category when Harry Kane returns to the team.

All the play went through Spurs’ creator-in-chief Christian Eriksen and at £6m you can back him to deliver the goods again this season after his 220-point haul last year.

AC Milan v Man United

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The clouds are somehow already gathering in Jose Mourinho’s head and the results on the pitch are reflecting that mood.

United managed their third consecutive draw of the pre-season tour but this time the game went to penalties and the Red Devils scraped it 9-8.

Even Pepe Reina took one for AC Milan.

Is this picture real?

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Is this picture real?

The biggest positives Mourinho can take from this game that Alexis Sanchez got on the scoresheet.

Sanchez was a huge scalp for United in January after City had signalled their interest but the Chilean failed to reach top gear in the second half of the season.

Now he’s back in the goals we could hopefully see the devastating form he showed for Arsenal in the past couple of years.

Sanchez costs £5m on Dream Team and lining up on United’s left you can expect goals and assists this season.

Apart from Sanchez’s goal this was not a match to fill Untied fans with hope that we are going to see the swashbuckling brand they want next season.

Buckle in for another year of Mourinho-ball, a style that isn’t known for raking in the fantasy points.