Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
NO NEED FOR A PASSPORT

Who’s in and who’s out of Premier League sides’ Champions League squads?

Diego Costa and Nathaniel Clyne are two of the biggest casualties as Premier League teams announce their Champions League squads

It’s the date every football fan looks forward to.

Okay, that’s a complete lie. But today saw Premier League clubs named their Champions League squads, and there was a couple of surprises.

So who’ll be needing their passport for an away trip to Azerbaijan, and who’ll be sat at home watching with the rest of us?

LIKE FANTASY FOOTBALL? SIGN UP TO PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER NOW

Have you signed up to play Dream Team Weekender?

  • Pick 7 players – no limit to the number of players you can choose from one club
  • No transfer budget – any player is available to pick
  • Only Saturday and Sunday fixtures
  • Sign up to play Dream Team Weekender now

Ol’ big ears

EPA
7
Ol’ big ears

Chelsea

The big talking point from Chelsea’s squad is that there’s no place for Diego Costa.

Having spent the whole summer trying literally anything he could to get a move to Atletico Madrid, we’re hardly surprised.

New signings Davide Zappacosta, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Alvaro Morata are all included though.

We cant wait to see him drink aqua abroad

Getty - Contributor
7
We cant wait to see him drink aqua abroad

Liverpool

Nathaniel Clyne’s injury is clearly worse than first expected as he’s not included in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Neither Danny Ings nor Lazar Markovic are included, but there are places for forgotten man Jon Flanagan and new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The big news is that Philippe Coutinho is named in the squad after Barcelona failed to bring him to Spain during the summer.

Sheyi Ojo also makes it despite the fact he’s currently on a season-long loan to Fulham.

That moment you realise you’re not going to Spain

PA:Press Association
7
That moment you realise you’re not going to Spain

Man United

United’s squad is full of names nostalgic and forgotten, like striking duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and James Wilson.

UEFA rules mean Marcus Rashford doesn’t have to be named in United’s ‘A’ squad but don’t worry, he’ll be there.

Nemanja Matic is included in midfield, along with new signings Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof, who’s got off to a shaky start at Old Trafford.

Score a penalty if you don’t want to play in Europe

PA:Empics Sport
7
Score a penalty if you don’t want to play in Europe

Spurs

Remember Erik Lamela? Well clearly Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t as he’s been left out of the Spurs Champions League squad.

Spare a thought for Victor Janssen as well, who’s the other big name to be left at home.

All of Spurs’ other summer signings are included, meaning Paulo Gazzaniga could go from keeping net for Gillingham to trying to keep out Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

From Gillingham to Real Madrid, naturally

AFP or licensors
7
From Gillingham to Real Madrid, naturally

Man City

Fair play to Pep Guardiola.

Despite having seemingly every attacking player in Europe at his disposal he’s managed to fit them all into his Champions League squad.

There’s no big name snubs, unless you consider Oleksandr Zinchenko a big name. Admittedly we did have to use Google to spell his name.

Can you spell his name without looking on Google?

AFP
7
Can you spell his name without looking on Google?

Arsenal

Sorry, old habits die hard.


Kevin de Bruyne or Sadio Mane? Why not pick both in this weekend’s big game?

That’s the beauty of Dream Team Weekender – there are no budget limitations so you can pick any player available from this weekend’s fixtures, with Man City v Liverpool the pick of the bunch.

Weekender is the best new fantasy football game around and it’s absolutely free to enter.

De Bruyne and Man City host Liverpool in the big game this weekend

AFP or licensors
7
De Bruyne and Man City host Liverpool in the big game this weekend

Just select seven players from across the Saturday and Sunday Premier League fixtures for your chance to bag that tasty £20k prizepot.

Flopped last week? It doesn’t matter, as Weekender allows you to start afresh every single weekend. Let the games begin – sign up to play here!