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Some big guns may miss out on Europe

As Riyad Mahrez's Man City have lacked fluency in attack, Harvey Barnes' Leicester have seized the initiative and ascendancy in the Premier League.
As Riyad Mahrez's Man City have lacked fluency in attack, Harvey Barnes' Leicester have seized the initiative and ascendancy in the Premier League.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 15, 2020, with the headline 'Some big guns may miss out on Europe'. Print Edition | Subscribe