LNTUP 10 Hot Topics of The Day By The Date 5th December 2017

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1.Giroud got something to sort out.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could lose his place in France’s squad for next year’s World Cup if he does not get more playing time at the Premier League club, according to the national team’s assistant manager Guy Stephan.

2. Optimistic Peter Crouch.
Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is hopeful his recent form will earn him a regular starting spot at the Premier League club, the 36-year-old has said. Crouch has been largely used as a substitute at Stoke under manager Mark Hughes, with nine of his 11 league appearances this campaign coming from the bench.

3. Coach crisis in Australia.
Australia will decide on a successor for Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou by mid-February, the country’s football association said on Tuesday, as former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson emerged as a surprise candidate. Football Federation Australia said on Tuesday it had formed a nine-person panel and engaged a consulting firm to assess candidates to take Australia to the World Cup in Russia and beyond.

4. FA Cup 2017/18.
Liverpool will welcome Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round while holders Arsenal face a trip to second-tier Nottingham Forest following Monday’s draw. Premier League leaders Manchester City are at home to Burnley, 12-times winners Manchester United host second-tier Derby County while Chelsea are away at Norwich City.

5. Juventus be ready.
Not even interest from Real Madrid is likely to draw Mauro Icardi away from Inter Milan.
The 24-year-old Inter captain has scored 16 goals in 15 matches this season, and the last one moved him into a tie for 10th place on the club’s all-time scoring chart with 94.

6. Good news for Liverpool.
Liverpool defender Joel Matip could return from his muscle injury sooner than expected, manager Juergen Klopp said as he ruled out the centre-back for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow.

7. Spartak Moscow warn fans against violence.
Spartak Moscow have warned their fans to refrain from violent behaviour when they travel to support their club in a crucial Champions League encounter against Liverpool on Wednesday.

8. Time to tie the knot.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Monday tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of Mohun Bagan legend Subrata Bhattacharya, at a grand wedding ceremony in Kolkata on Monday.

9. Blow for United.
Manchester United will be without Nemanja Matic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tuesday’s Champions League group match against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford, manager Jose Mourinho said.

10. Messi’s statue hacked down again.
The Barcelona forward’s bronze sculpture on Paseo de la Gloria was vandalised on Monday, chopped off at the ankles with the body left on the pavement.