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Buffon and Courtois star in Champions Matchday

Published: Wednesday 11 February 2015, 9.53CET
The new Champions Matchday features interviews with Gianluigi Buffon, Thibaut Courtois, Arjen Robben and İlkay Gündogan as they look ahead to the round of 16.
Buffon and Courtois star in Champions Matchday
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Published: Wednesday 11 February 2015, 9.53CET

Buffon and Courtois star in Champions Matchday

The new Champions Matchday features interviews with Gianluigi Buffon, Thibaut Courtois, Arjen Robben and İlkay Gündogan as they look ahead to the round of 16.

Goalkeepers lay the foundations of every great side and, as we head into the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, never has their role been so important. In the latest edition of Champions Matchday, we speak exclusively with two of the world's best: Juventus's Gianluigi Buffon and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea FC.

We also have exclusive interviews with the playmakers who will test either of them in the round of 16. Borussia Dortmund No8 İlkay Gündoğan is fast returning to the level he was at before a 14-month-long absence through injury, while Brazilian winger Lucas is now realising his potential with Paris Saint-Germain.

We also chat with FC Bayern München winger Arjen Robben as he seeks to replicate the glory of two seasons ago; Bayer 04 Leverkusen defender Ömer Toprak tells us why communication is key; and Juan Quintero discusses his journey from Medellin in Colombia to FC Porto. In the dugout, we talk to Paulo Sousa of FC Basel 1893 and AS Monaco FC's Leonardo Jardim, and relate the remarkable story of how Guy Roux became one of France and Europe's most influential coaches.

Elsewhere, our latest technical area feature studies the science behind the spot kick while, as our journey on the road to Berlin picks up pace, we explore Germany's European Cup history with another eye-catching infographic. There is also your chance to win a money-can't-buy HTC UEFA Collector's Edition Smartphone, a look back to Arsenal FC's European Cup debut, comment from Guillem Balagué and Sandro Mazzola, and much more.

Champions Matchday is the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League and is available in print or free to download in digital format. You can follow the magazine on Twitter @ChampionsMag.

Last updated: 18/02/15 1.30CET

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