Juan Mata celebrates after scoring for Manchester United: “You see so many players with physical qualities. They are quick and strong but they don’t make the right decisions.” Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp: got his days mixed up. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

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Leon Goretzka scores his second goal in Germany’s win over Mexico in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup at the  Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

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Robert Lewandowski returns to the Bayern Munich side for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Photo: Getty Images

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Dortmund’s goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after the victory over Bayern Munich. Photograph: EPA

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Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper Michael McGovern dives for the ball at the Parc des Princes. Photo: Getty Images

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 Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 despite a lengthy absence with a knee injury. Photograph: Getty

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Ireland’s Shane Long celebrates with Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the game. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

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Germany coach Joachim Löw at Wednesday’s press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

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Lukas Podolski is Germany manager Joachim Löw’s only injury concern ahead of Thursday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland. Photograph: PA

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