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BARCELONA take on Bayern Munich in nothing short of a HUGE Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon tonight.

Barca suffered a painful end to the league season as Real Madrid picked up the La Liga title, while Bayern sealed their eighth successive Bundesliga to add to their German Cup triumph.

  • Kick-off: 8pm BST
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Liverpool make emphatic statement of intent to retain Premier League title after £60m spend

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Liverpool have made an emphatic statement of their intent to retain the Premier League title by spending £60million to land Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.

Thiago was unveiled on Friday as he completed his £20m switch from Bayern Munich, passing a medical after arriving on an early private flight into Manchester.

Jurgen Klopp is thrilled to have signed one of the world’s best midfielders and could hand him a debut at Chelsea on Sunday.

Liverpool have made an emphatic statement of intent in their signing of 'exceptional' Thiago

Liverpool have made an emphatic statement of intent in their signing of 'exceptional' Thiago

 Liverpool have made an emphatic statement of intent in their signing of ‘exceptional’ Thiago

The Reds' succesful day in the tranfer market was added to with news of Diogo Jota

The Reds' succesful day in the tranfer market was added to with news of Diogo Jota

The Reds’ succesful day in the tranfer market was added to with news of Diogo Jota 

There was an unexpected twist, however, as Liverpool also concluded a £41m deal for Jota, the Portugal forward, who had grown frustrated at Wolves.

The 23-year-old has been recruited to provide back-up for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Jota has signed a five-year contract after Liverpool switched their attentions to him, having initially spoken to Watford about signing Ismaila Sarr. Relegated Watford, however, were looking for a fee in excess of £50m for the Senegal forward.

Liverpool will potentially recoup £13m after agreeing to sell Ki-Jana Hoever to Wolves, who beat off interest from Juventus and Atletico Madrid for the 18-year-old Dutch defender. Liverpool have also negotiated a 15 per cent future sell-on clause.

But it is the double signings that show Liverpool mean business and Klopp is in no doubt that Thiago, in particular, will make a significant difference.

Officials at Bayern are distraught to have lost the 29-year-old Spain midfielder and the Liverpool manager could understand why.

‘Thiago is — and nobody would see it in a different way — an absolutely exceptional player,’ said Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp has been chasing the Champions League winner and hailed him as 'exceptional'

Jurgen Klopp has been chasing the Champions League winner and hailed him as 'exceptional'

Jurgen Klopp has been chasing the Champions League winner and hailed him as ‘exceptional’

‘It is difficult, and we said it last year and this year again, to improve a team like ours at the moment in a normal way.

‘That is (no criticism) about other teams but if we could spend £300-£400m then maybe we could find some players but even then it is not easy to bring them in.

‘But in this case he is a player who brings a different dimension to our game.

‘He has some skills which in general are pretty rare but they suit us. That doesn’t mean anything about the other players — it is only different. And that is what I was interested in.

‘He was excited about the opportunity. So there was not a lot of convincing needed and that helps. All the things came together — a win-win.’

There will be departures before the window closes, with Liverpool open to offers for Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster, but Klopp was eager to stress that he will not be looking to offload first-choice names, such as Barcelona target Gini Wijnaldum.

The Liverpool manager also confirmed they would not be looking to sell Georginio Wijnaldum

The Liverpool manager also confirmed they would not be looking to sell Georginio Wijnaldum

The Liverpool manager also confirmed they would not be looking to sell Georginio Wijnaldum

There was, though, a warning from Klopp to his squad. He will have eight players for three midfield places, while Jota and Takumi Minamino will be waiting for chances up front.

It means some players may be restless but Klopp has made it clear that he will not be obsessing about keeping individuals happy.

‘I cannot keep a player happy,’ said Klopp. ‘I’m not worried about that. If we have more than three midfield players for example and we play 4-3-3 then a couple of players will not start. That is how it is.

‘But we have too many games. We have to find ways to make sure the players are fresh. It needs that rotation. We didn’t plan it, now I don’t say we play on Sunday like this, on Thursday like this, Monday after like this. We have to react. If everyone is fit then rotation is absolutely necessary otherwise it doesn’t work.’

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Bryson de Chambeau ends with an eagle to finish with 68 on day two of US Open at Winged Foot

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When Bryson DeChambeau declared on the eve of the US Open that he was going to bludgeon Winged Foot into submission, it is fair to say that gales of laughter broke out once that rather broad back was turned.

Who bullies this venue, for heaven’s sake? Well, on a compelling second day when Winged Foot truly put the boot in following the indignities of the opening round — the second easiest first day in tournament history — practically the only man still standing from the battered morning wave was the scientist who might not be quite so mad after all.

On his final hole, the par-five ninth on the course, the fascinating 27-year-old American flexed those enormous muscles for a 365-yard drive and lofted an iron next to the flag for an eagle three and a wonderful 68.

Bryson DeChambeau hit an impressive eagle to help secure a 36-hole score of three under par

Bryson DeChambeau hit an impressive eagle to help secure a 36-hole score of three under par

Bryson DeChambeau hit an impressive eagle to help secure a 36-hole score of three under par

It gave him the leading 36-hole score of three under par from his half of the draw and set the scene for a seismic battle of wills this weekend between the game’s macho man and a course with a DNA designed to repel such wanton aggression. Who’s your money on?

‘It’s all about hitting fairways and if I can do that I can continue to score well,’ insisted DeChambeau, who, following his first round 69, had opened with consecutive rounds under par for the first time in a major.

Whatever you think of his bulked-up frame and determination to bulldoze the game’s accepted wisdom, one thing you can’t question is his dedication. He was out there practising late on Thursday night because he had heard the weather would be cooler on Friday morning and wanted to hit shots in similar temperatures.

Day two at Winged Foot Golf Course saw casualties for many big-name players in US Open

Day two at Winged Foot Golf Course saw casualties for many big-name players in US Open

Day two at Winged Foot Golf Course saw casualties for many big-name players in US Open

He got his reward as Winged Foot exacted a terrible revenge for all those scores in the sixties on day one, when the USGA got the set-up horribly wrong.

All it took was a little wind, a slight firming of the greens and tougher flag positions for the slippery slopes on this forbidding venue to do their diabolical work. Who wants a birdie-fest at this major?

What a rude awakening for Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, two of the low-scoring merchants from the opening day. Twenty-four hours later, Thomas followed his 65 by playing his first nine in three over.

Englishman Lee Westwood struggled with a score of 76 after a first day score of 67

Englishman Lee Westwood struggled with a score of 76 after a first day score of 67

Englishman Lee Westwood struggled with a score of 76 after a first day score of 67

McIlroy, imperious on day one with a 67, played his first eight holes in five over before a welcome birdie at the ninth. As for Tiger Woods, he was heading for a missed cut — just as in 2006 — on eight over for the event with nine to go.

Among the morning wave casualties was Lee Westwood, who reversed the figures on his opening 67 for a 76.

Gifted Belgian Thomas Pieters got to six under for the event at one point but had fallen all the way back to level par by the finish. He was gutted signing his scorecard but sensible enough to know that his halfway total will look an awful lot healthier when he wakes up this morning.

Bubba Watson showed all the craft and imagination that saw him win two Masters titles to stand at three under for his round playing the 18th hole. Just under 500 yards from sanctuary but what a third of a mile in front of him. The maverick lefty saw one chip to the viciously sloping green come back to his feet as he became yet another casualty of this brutal closing hole — yet another to run up a double bogey.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson and No 2 Jon Rahm were also among the early starters. The American had work to do following a disappointing opening round of 73 and duly got down to business. Rahm had opened with a useful 69 but uncharacteristically regressed to the point where he was locked on the same score as Johnson coming to the closing holes.

Spaniard John Rahm started strongly but regressed to finish give shots behind DeChambeau

Spaniard John Rahm started strongly but regressed to finish give shots behind DeChambeau

Spaniard John Rahm started strongly but regressed to finish give shots behind DeChambeau

The Spaniard played his way back into it with birdies at his 16th and 17th but a bogey on his 18th, the par-five ninth and the easiest hole on the course, was a real setback. He finished five shots behind DeChambeau, with Johnson a further stroke adrift following a 70.

Two more sufferers were England’s Matt Fitzpatrick (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74), who were both staring at a missed halfway cut, alas, on seven and eight over respectively.

Westwood knew from the off this was going to be a wildly different experience from day one. His opening iron shot plunged into a cavernous greenside bunker.

He played a really good shot but he had left himself in a spot where ‘really good’ simply didn’t cut it. His ball flirted with finishing close to the hole and then took off down another mean slope, leaving him 30ft away.

Westwood’s three gains from his first round had all gone in the first six holes but he showed the grit that has been the key to his longevity. He actually got to one under for the event, before Hells Bells — the unholy trinity of evil finishing holes — took four shots to leave him on three over.

World number one Dustin Johnson slipped further adrift from the top after scoring a 70

World number one Dustin Johnson slipped further adrift from the top after scoring a 70

World number one Dustin Johnson slipped further adrift from the top after scoring a 70

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Tour de France has been a car crash for Ineos… Sir Dave Brailsford hit the wall this year 

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Around 140 exhausted souls will roll to a halt in Paris on Sunday. Before the first bottles are empty, the surviving riders of Ineos Grenadiers may well clock their fastest speeds of the past month in getting out again.

It has been a rough old trip for the British team that produced the winner in seven of the previous eight editions of the Tour de France.

That they hit the wall this year was not unexpected in their circumstances. Yet who would have forecast such an underwhelming defence of their position as the dominant force?

Sir Dave Brailsford (right) is famed for his preparations but it has not worked out this time

Sir Dave Brailsford (right) is famed for his preparations but it has not worked out this time

Sir Dave Brailsford (right) is famed for his preparations but it has not worked out this time

There should be no dilution of what has been achieved by Primoz Roglic, the Jumbo-Visma rider from Slovenia who will likely be crowned champion on Sunday if he stays upright in Saturday’s time trial. He leads second-placed countryman Tadej Pogacar by 57 seconds.

But surely Ineos, the all-conquering band of Sir Dave Brailsford, could have done more. Beyond the sticking plaster of Michal Kwiatkowski’s stage win on Thursday, their Tour will be characterised by Tuesday’s withdrawal of Egan Bernal, the defending champion. He arrived with a back injury and retired before the 17th stage, saying he felt ‘screwed up on all sides’.

But how did it get to this point?

Much can be traced to the 37mph training crash suffered by Chris Froome in June 2019. It was the traumatic, neck-fracturing moment that ended his time as a major player at the team and started a chain of difficulties for Brailsford.

Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal ended his Tour defence with a withdrawal before stage 17

Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal ended his Tour defence with a withdrawal before stage 17

Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal ended his Tour defence with a withdrawal before stage 17

Brailsford’s decision to not pick him for the Tour, shortly after Froome confirmed he would race for Israel Start-Up Nation next year, was no great surprise. His appearance in the Criterium du Dauphine last month proved he had not recovered enough to be competitive.

More contentious was the non-selection of Geraint Thomas, the 2018 champion. He suffered in the mountains in the Dauphine, but in light of how widely Ineos under-performed in France — Kwiatkowski and Richard Carapaz aside — debate rages over the wisdom of that snub. Thomas’s second-place finish at the Tirreno-Adriatico this week gave fuel to the doubters.

Brailsford is famed for his preparations but there is a school of thought that his team mistimed their run to this Tour. After the carnage of lockdown in March, they were already back in hard training by mid-April. Jumbo-Visma didn’t resume until June 1.

Some of the sporting issues are rooted in the human tragedy of losing their director sportif, Nico Portal, to a heart attack in March, aged only 40. Portal was arguably the best in the world.

Ineos’s tactics at the Tour were subsequently shared between a group of Gabriel Rasch, Servais Knaven and Xabier Zandio.

Sean Yates, director sportif until 2012 under the previous Team Sky branding, has criticised the set-up. After the 13th stage, when Bernal lost 38 seconds to Roglic, he said: ‘Once a stage is under way, you don’t have time to hold a video conference to decide on tactics.’

Soren Kragh Andersen took his second stage win of the Tour de France on stage 19 on Friday

Soren Kragh Andersen took his second stage win of the Tour de France on stage 19 on Friday

Soren Kragh Andersen took his second stage win of the Tour de France on stage 19 on Friday

Walking wounded Bernal injured his back at the Dauphine and was clearly short of his best at the Tour. A strong ride in the ninth stage put him in sight of Roglic, but by the 15th he was buried. When he quit after the 16th stage, he was 19 minutes down in 16th place. Their best finisher now will be Carapaz, who was 13th in the general classification after Friday’s 19th stage, which was won by Denmark’s Soren Kragh Andersen of Sunweb.

Jumbo-Visma’s rise was predictable. They often looked stronger than Ineos in last year’s Tour, despite a far smaller pot of cash. This year, with a bigger budget of around £23million, still some way short of the estimated £37m budget of Ineos, they have beaten the British team at their own game by controlling the peloton from the front.

What next? This year’s best Brit, Adam Yates, will join next year. But in the shorter term there will be edged words about Brailsford. Bradley Wiggins, the first Team Sky champion, has already had a dig, saying: ‘Had it been football, Dave would be out.’ A blip or a new normal?

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