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Odegaard insists it is ‘good to play for Real Madrid again’ despite draw against Real Sociedad

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Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to be playing for Real Madrid again but said he was not entirely satisfied after their draw against former club Real Sociedad.

The Spanish champions opened their new LaLiga campaign with a frustrating goalless draw in San Sebastian on Sunday evening.

Norwegian international Odegaard spent last season on loan at Sociedad but lined up against his former team-mates in midfield to make his third appearance for Real.

Norway star Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to be playing for Real Madrid again

Norway star Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to be playing for Real Madrid again

Norway star Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to be playing for Real Madrid again

Odegaard featured for the Spanish champions from the start in their draw at Real Sociedad

Odegaard featured for the Spanish champions from the start in their draw at Real Sociedad

Odegaard featured for the Spanish champions from the start in their draw at Real Sociedad

But asked how satisfied he felt following his first LaLiga appearance for Real since 2015, Odegaard told Spanish channel Movistar+: ‘I feel good but we’re missing the win.

‘It doesn’t leave me very happy, although it’s good to play for Real Madrid again.

‘It was a game against friends and good people.’

But the 21-year-old added he was not entirely satisfied given their draw against his former club

But the 21-year-old added he was not entirely satisfied given their draw against his former club

But the 21-year-old added he was not entirely satisfied given their draw against his former club

Real boss Zinedine Zidane picked Odegaard ahead of Casemiro in his XI in San Sebastian

Real boss Zinedine Zidane picked Odegaard ahead of Casemiro in his XI in San Sebastian

Real boss Zinedine Zidane picked Odegaard ahead of Casemiro in his XI in San Sebastian

Odegaard was included in the starting XI ahead of Brazil star Casemiro and lined up alongside veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

And the Norwegian revealed he was asked to play a different role to the Brazilian and added it was initially ‘difficult’ to play alongside his more experienced midfield team-mates. 

‘[Zidane asked me to] help the team, make chances and goals, be between the lines and attack,’ Odegaard added.

‘I understand them [Kroos and Modric] well but it’s always difficult at the start. They are players at an incredible level and that makes it easier for me.’ 

Odegaard revealed he initally found it 'difficult' alongside Toni Kroos (above) and Luka Modric

Odegaard revealed he initally found it 'difficult' alongside Toni Kroos (above) and Luka Modric

Odegaard revealed he initally found it ‘difficult’ alongside Toni Kroos (above) and Luka Modric

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Khabib and Justin Gaethje arrive on Fight Island for UFC 254 wearing ‘Bane’ masks as last-minute fan appeal is rejected

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KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV arrived for his UFC blockbuster against Justin Gaethje looking like Bane.

The Eagle’s coronavirus mask had fans comparing him to Tom Hardy’s supervillain from Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

Khabib looked like Bane from Batman when he arrived on Fight Island

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Khabib looked like Bane from Batman when he arrived on Fight IslandCredit: UFC
Khabib was the spit of Hardy's supervillain from The Dark Knight Rises

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Khabib was the spit of Hardy’s supervillain from The Dark Knight RisesCredit: AP:Associated Press

But unfortunately looking at photos online is as close as fight fans will come this weekend after plans to allow spectators in were scrapped.

Nurmagomedov – whose mask is actually a £200 respirator made by UFC partner O2 Industries – will defend his lightweight belt at UFC 254 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

According to respected ESPN journalist Brett Okamoto, plans that would have allowed fans in the building and put tickets on sale were not approved in time.

Instead, only a ‘small handful of invitees’ will be allowed to attend in-person.

Khabib, one of UFC’s biggest stars, is gearing up for his first fight in a year.

He will look to employ his tried and tested method of bringing opponents to the ground and choking them out – like he did when he beat Conor McGregor in October 2018.

However, that could prove tricky against Gaethje, who has a background in wrestling.

Unbeaten Khabib’s coach Javier Mendez does not think it will be an issue though.

Gaethje is looking to dethrone Khabib and become UFC lightweight king

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Gaethje is looking to dethrone Khabib and become UFC lightweight kingCredit: UFC
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He told MMA Junkie’s Hablemos MMA podcast: “The thing with Justin is, when has he used wrestling? I’ve never seen it.

“Just to get up, but he hasn’t used the wrestling. So let’s see what happens.

“If we can’t get him down, we have a fight.

“If we get him down there’s not going to be a big problem because he doesn’t work on the ground, from what I’ve seen.

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“If you’re not working wrestling in your fights, it’s going to be hard in your first fight given how big the fight is and that he’s taking on the master of the ground in Khabib.

“It’s going to be tough for him. However, if we can’t get him down, it will be hard for us.

“He says he’s tough to take down, so let’s see what happens. I don’t think it’s going to be as hard as he thinks, but it’s possible that it’s tough to take him down. I don’t believe it will, because Khabib is a master at taking the fight to the ground.”

Cristiano Ronaldo backs Khabib to beat Justin Gatethje as Juventus star says ‘of course’ UFC champ will retain belt

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Chelsea vs Sevilla: Live stream FREE, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Champions League clash TONIGHT

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CHELSEA face Sevilla tonight as they look to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

Frank Lampard’s men have won just two of their first five Premier League fixtures and threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Southampton on Saturday.

 Timo Werner's goal was not enough to earn Chelsea victory over Southampton

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Timo Werner’s goal was not enough to earn Chelsea victory over SouthamptonCredit: AP:Associated Press

Visitors Sevilla had put themselves among the early LaLiga frontrunners but will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 loss at Granada over the weekend.

What time does Chelsea vs Sevilla kick off?

  • The match kicks off at 8pm UK time.
  • While some European ties will be played with fans, this game at Stamford Bridge will be behind closed doors in accordance with current UK law.
  • Chelsea have never played Sevilla before.

What TV channel is Chelsea vs Sevilla on and can I live stream it?

  • Chelsea vs Sevilla is live on BT Sport 3.
  • Coverage commences at 7.15pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.

Can I watch Chelsea vs Sevilla for free?

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 Our predicted Chelsea line-up to face Sevilla

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Our predicted Chelsea line-up to face Sevilla

Edouard Mendy is in the squad, raising hopes among Chelsea fans that he will be fit to replace Kepa following his horror show against Southampton.

Thiago Silva is available after missing the Saints match with jet lag while Hakim Ziyech could get his opportunity to impress after coming off the bench against the Saints.

For the visitors, Luuk de Jong and Lucas Ocampos will be expected to return after being left out for the game against Granada.

Karim Rekik could make his Sevilla debut following a summer transfer from Hertha Berlin.

Latest odds

Chelsea – 10/11

Draw – 5/2

Sevilla – 14/5

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Tuesday, October 20

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PSG vs Man Utd: Live stream FREE, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for TONIGHT’S Champions League clash

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MANCHESTER UNITED face Paris Saint-Germain tonight in a mouth-watering Champions League group game.

The French champions will be out for revenge following the controversial last minute Marcus Rashford penalty saw United beat them on away goals in the 2018/19 competition.

 Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019

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Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019Credit: AFP
 Edinson Cavani will not make a debut against his former club after not travelling with the squad

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Edinson Cavani will not make a debut against his former club after not travelling with the squadCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And Man Utd flop Angel Di Maria, who reportedly hates the club so much he turns the TV off whenever they are playing, is fit to start for Paris Saint-Germain.

18 months ago the Argentine wildly celebrated PSG’s two goals at Old Trafford and taunted the home fans during their 2-0 first leg Champions League win.

Man Utd will also meet 2017 Player of the Year Ander Herrera, who is likely to receive a much warmer reception from his former team-mates and coaches.

But new Red Devils signing Edinson Cavani will not have a fairytale return to the French capital after the Uruguayan was ruled out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

What time does PSG vs Man Utd kick off?

  • The match kicks off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in Paris.
  • It will be held at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
  • While PSG matches have been held with fans this season, the French capital is now under a 9pm curfew and this match will therefore be played behind closed doors.

What TV channel is PSG vs Man Utd on and can I live stream it?

  • PSG vs Man Utd will be live on BT Sport 2.
  • Coverage commences at 7pm – one hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.

How do I watch PSG vs Man Utd for free?

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Man Utd could be a bit short in the centre-forward role with Cavani out and Mason Greenwood a doubt after being left out of the squad to face Newcastle with an unspecified fitness issue.

Alex Telles may be in line for a European debut after joining from Porto on deadline day while Solskjaer will need to decide whether to stick with first choice David De Gea or give Dean Henderson European experience.

PSG have a somewhat lengthy injury list with Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat, and Thilo Kehrer all out and Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler and Danilo Pereira serious doubts.

Latest odds

PSG 3/5

Draw 16/5

Man Utd 21/5

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Monday, October 19.

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