The English press is exultant after Spurs' last-minute win. The Guardian says "Højbjerg saves the best for last for Spurs." The Dane crucified the Phocaeans in injury time with a cannonball that saw the Spurs finish top of their group with the win. That's the gist of the Daily Mirror's front page this morning, which says that the "strike" puts the London club in the lead. "The second half saw Conte's men qualify as group leaders on a night full of drama," the tabloid wrote. For the Daily Star, it was indeed the Spurs who had the "last laugh." For the Daily Express, it was an "unexpected rescue." In France, the events are seen as a trauma. This morning, L'Équipe spoke of a "European concussion" for Marseille. "After opening the score and believing they would qualify for the last 16, OM were punished at the end of the match. The disillusionment is immense," commented the sports daily. For La Provence, it's simple, it's "the fiasco of the year“. The local Marseilles newspaper is extremely disappointed by the turn of events.
After their difficult victory against Viktoria Plzen, Barça left the C1 for the C3 with a final victory (4-2). In the other Group C match, Bayern beat Inter 2-0 to finish top of the table. Frankfurt beat Sporting 2-1 to book their place in the next round of the competition. Finally, in Group A, Liverpool beat Napoli at Anfield (2-0), although the Partenopei finished first ahead of the Reds, and Ajax beat Rangers in Glasgow (3-1). Athlético were eliminated from all European competition after losing 2-1 to Porto. This is a blow for El Cholo Diego Simeone, who is making headlines in Spain.
How about the Blues?
Chelsea is one of the clubs best placed to secure the transfer of Adrien Rabiot. The French international is seen as a potential successor to Ngolo Kanté in Graham Potter's team. Adrien Rabiot came close to joining Manchester United in the previous Premier League transfer window. But the player's salary demands discouraged the Red Devils' management. The Londoners are reportedly ready to meet these demands. Massimiliano Allegri, the Bianconeri coach, has reportedly given the go-ahead for the deal, and Rabiot's move to Chelsea could be completed in the next few months