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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry, old habits die hard.
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