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Premier League clubs still in Europe could MISS start of the new season

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The Premier League has given the green light to clubs still left in Europe to potentially miss the first two weeks of next season.

Last month, Sportsmail reported that both Manchester sides, Wolves and Chelsea were likely to be permitted to postpone matches that fall within a 30-day grace period following the end of their campaigns.

And sources have disclosed that each has now been told that will be the case.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are still vying for success in this season's Champions League

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are still vying for success in this season's Champions League

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are still vying for success in this season’s Champions League

Manchester United are still in the Europa League and have a five-goal last-16 lead against LASK

Manchester United are still in the Europa League and have a five-goal last-16 lead against LASK

Manchester United are still in the Europa League and have a five-goal last-16 lead against LASK

The new Premier League campaign will start on September 12. However, the Champions League final is not scheduled until August 23. That means that Pep Guardiola’s side will not have to return until September 22, missing the first fortnight’s fixtures.

The Europa League final is due on August 21, which means that should United and Wolves make the fixture, they would not be back in Premier League action until September 20.

Following Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he wanted his side to be exempt from having to start on September 12. 

Frank Lampard's Chelsea are 3-0 down in their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich

Frank Lampard's Chelsea are 3-0 down in their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are 3-0 down in their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich

Wolves drew their last-16 first-leg against Olympiacos in the Europa League back in March

Wolves drew their last-16 first-leg against Olympiacos in the Europa League back in March

Wolves drew their last-16 first-leg against Olympiacos in the Europa League back in March

The west London side will be back in action this Saturday, August 8, when they play the second leg of their Champions League tie at Bayern Munich, trailing 3-0 from the first encounter.

Should they not be handed an extension, the 30-day period would mean they should start the 2020-21 season on time. 

But Lampard believes the fact that his side has played for two weeks longer than most of their rivals should be taken into consideration and that Chelsea should be given an extended break. Discussions are ongoing.

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Tottenham players expect Carabao Cup clash with Leyton Orient to be called off

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Tottenham and Leyton Orient players believe Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash will be called off with Jose Mourinho’s men handed the victory.

The game is under huge uncertainty following a Covid outbreak at Orient.

But Sportsmail understands players from both teams are now convinced Spurs will be handed the win and a place in the next round.

Leyton Orient's Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

Leyton Orient's Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

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Emi Martinez saves penalty on Aston Villa debut as ex-Arsenal No2 foils Sheffield United’s John Lundstram

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EMILIANO MARTINEZ made the perfect start to life at Aston Villa by saving John Lundstram’s penalty on his debut.

With 35 minutes on the clock at Villa Park, Sheffield United were awarded a spot kick when Matt Targett tripped Chris Basham.

Emiliano Martinez made a flying save from John Lundstram's penalty on his Aston Villa debut

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Emiliano Martinez made a flying save from John Lundstram’s penalty on his Aston Villa debutCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

But after a needlessly-long VAR check by Mike Dean, Lundstram stepped up and smashed the ball to Martinez’s right.

The Argentine, who signed from Arsenal for £20million this month, flew across to make the save, getting two hands on it and pushing it past the post.

It compounded a nightmare start for the visiting Blades who had skipper John Egan sent off after just 12 minutes for hauling down Ollie Watkins.

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Micah Richards claims Pep Guardiola ‘is not trusting’ his team and their defence must be sorted

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Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out if they are to reclaim their place as champions of England.

Pep Guardiola‘s side face Wolves in their first game of the new campaign on Monday night and Richards is doubtful that they will be fully prepared.

‘City’s problems are defensive,’ Sportsmail’s columnist said during his role as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Pep Guardioa's defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

Pep Guardioa's defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

Pep Guardioa’s defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

‘Losing Vincent Kompany was a massive risk. Losing Laporte for a lot of last season was a massive miss. Problem lies with Fernandinho dropping back and Rodri trying to fill in the gaps. The defence is then left too exposed. 

There’s no real consistency. I don’t even think Pep knows his best back four. Kyle Walker is probably the only certainty in that side. 

He’s not trusting his team. When I was playing under Mancini we’d always rotate the full-backs, it’s just that centre back pairing. 

‘The manager has lost faith in his centre backs – every window they’re linked with one. They’ve brought in Ake – is he going to be the one to lead that line? I’m not too sure.

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