On The Ball

Possible new European order among football's elite

Liverpool's Anfield stadium.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON - It is a huge week in the 2021-22 Champions League. The big Anglo-Italian clash pits Southampton against Sassuolo. It is the champions of Spain against their English counterparts as Real Sociedad host Leicester. Meanwhile, Juventus are preparing for their Europa League clash with Cadiz.

But Barcelona and the Manchester clubs, none of whom qualified for any continental competition, have a free midweek.

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