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Very early press conferences (in CET terms) for the Astana v Atlético game. Colombian midfielder Roger Cañas will join coach Stanimir Stoilov as the home side meet the media at 11.15CET; Fernando Torres will be alongside his boss Diego Simeone in the visitors' event at 13.15CET.

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Louis van Gaal hopes Manchester United can get back to goalscoring ways against CSKA this week after a run of three successive 0-0 draws in domestic football. "It can change in one match - let that be CSKA, because we need a victory," said the Dutch coach.

Anthony Martial scored United's last goal in the 1-1 draw at CSKA on matchday three. "I have to hope we score against Moscow again because then we are talking in a different way," Van Gaal added.

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Dinamo Zagreb have been going through some tough times of late; unbeaten in 45 games in all competitions before their matchday two meeting with Bayern in Munich, they have now lost four of their last seven matches - domestic losses to Rijeka and RNK Split, in addition to group stage defeats to Bayern and Olympiacos. They head for Piraeus this week with defenders Gordon Schildenfeld and Ivo Pinto ruled out, and Leonardo Sigali very doubtful. Talented young midfielder Domagoj Pavičić and Algerian forward El Arbi Hilal Soudani are both expected to miss out too, while midfielder Arijan Ademi is suspended.

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Paris boss Laurent Blanc rotated his squad for Friday night's game against Rennes, with Serge Aurier at centre-back, Benjamin Stambouli starting, and Ezequiel Lavezzi fielded as a centre-forward. Blaise Matuidi and strikers Zlatan Ibrahimović and Edinson Cavani were rested for this week's game against Madrid, with Ángel Di María scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win - Paris's tenth Ligue 1 victory of the season. "We were happy with how it went in Rennes because we took the points and rested players with no new injuries," Blanc said. "Preparations could not be going better."

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It's fair to say that the Stade de Gerland crowd will be fired up this week as Hubert Fournier's Lyon host Zenit on Wednesday needing a win to stay in contention for the a last-16 place. Then, on Sunday, the stadium will welcome arch-rivals Saint-Étienne. "We really hope we will have six more points on Sunday night," said president Jean-Michel Aulas.

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Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal's 2000th goal under Arsène Wenger in the 3-0 success at Swansea on Saturday, and said: "It is cool. I will be proud to say it to my family and my friends." The Gunners rallied after a subdued first half, scoring all three of their goals after the break, and Giroud said that would give them some momentum going into matchday four. "It is nice ahead of the game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday," the 29-year-old explained.

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John Obi Mikel is hoping Chelsea's run of bad luck will end this week as they welcome Dynamo Kyiv to Stamford Bridge, the English champions smarting from a 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday. "Everyone can see how much hard work we are putting in and we are playing well, but the results are not coming for us," the midfielder said. "Every shot is a goal, every deflection a goal. We just need a bit of that luck that we don't have at the minute. But you can see the team is giving it everything, we're working very hard."

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On Sunday night, Paris coach Laurent Blanc revealed his squad to travel to Spain to take on Real Madrid. Centre-back David Luiz is in, though he has not played since 8 October due to a knee injury, but midfielder Javier Pastore (conjunctivitis) and defender Marquinhos (thigh) are out. "We'll play to finish top of the section, but the problem is that Madrid want this place too," he added.

"There is a great respect for this Real Madrid team," captain Thiago Silva said. "But we are going there to win. And we can do it."

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Facing in-form Zenit on Wednesday, Lyon will once again bank on striker Alexandre Lacazette, though the France striker has yet to replicate his fine from from last season. The absence of team-mate Nabil Fekir with a long-term knee injury is not helping. "I miss Nabil," Lacazette said. "He worked wonders in training. Now Mathieu [Valbuena] and Claudio [Beauvue] are with us. They are different kinds of players. I want to learn with them and improve with them."

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The past fortnight has proved a real roller coaster ride in the career of Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro. The French No9 grabbed a goal in his side's 1-1 draw at Eibar on 17 October; missed a gilt-edged header with the scores at 1-1 in Los Hispalenses' 2-1 Group D defeat at Manchester City four days later; bagged a hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Getafe on 24 October and suffered a hamstring tear in this Saturday's 2-1 away defeat versus Villarreal – an injury which will keep him out of Tuesday's clash with City at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

On a positive note for coach Unai Emery, he can call on the experience and quality of Fernando Llorente, scorer of a fine headed goal at the weekend. "I can't say I'm happy [to have scored], because today's defeat was very painful," said the ex-Athletic Club and Juventus striker, speaking to www.sevillafc.es. "We'd been on an upward trajectory and this sets us back a little bit, though the team is still mentally strong and determined to keep working hard. I’ve been a bit unfortunate with an injury that’s been hampering me, but I’m working hard to get back to my best."

Marco Verratti believes Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta is a more complete midfielder than him. "He is very versatile," the Paris player told French broadcaster Canal Plus. "[Iniesta] can score and skip past opponents - there is a lot of imagination to his game. I love watching him play."

On the upcoming clash with Real Madrid, Verratti added: "It's an encounter that helps you to discover your own level. It’s a key game and we want to finish first, like Madrid."

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Though Sevilla coach Unai Emery was visibly disappointed by Saturday's 2-1 reverse at Villarreal, a team beaten four times in four meetings in all competitions by Los Sevillistas last season, ahead of Tuesday's game with Manchester City at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán he can draw confidence from the words of English paper the Guardian.

"[Prior to winning 2-1 via an 89th minute Yaya Touré penalty], Manchester City had been making conspicuously hard work of seeing off a resolute Norwich side, displaying a lack of attacking ideas and invention that will encourage Champions League opponents Sevilla," said the paper's Paul Wilson. "Spanish scouts will also have noted below-par performances from Touré and Kevin De Bruyne, and the fact that Wilfried Bony is far from lethal in front of goal."

Yet according to Spanish sports daily Marca, Sevilla's chances of undoing City will largely depend on the fitness of influential schemer Éver Banega, superb in 24 October's 5-0 demolition of Getafe but missing against Villarreal with an ankle problem. "To have any chance of winning and unleashing all their attacking potential, the Argentinian’s presence is an absolute must," wrote Alberto Fernández.

"When he's not there, Sevilla have serious problems getting their football going and their coach isn't helping. José Antonio Reyes must be doing something very wrong, otherwise it’s incomprehensible why he wouldn't be used [against Villarreal], even for a few minutes, when Sevilla needed someone who can invent something, a player who can undo opponents' best-laid plans."

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Per Mertesacker says Arsenal will need to be wary of a Bayern backlash when they face the Bundesliga leaders on Wednesday. "They will be angry," said Mertesacker. "We were the first team who really challenged them and beat them [on matchday three]. They will try to show they are better than us.

"We showed that we can beat them, that's a good sign but it will be a different game at their place. They are an outstanding in their league. Both teams have a chance to go through to the knock-out stages, we improved our position with our last game against Bayern but we need to get something out of this game. We need to perform and defend even better."

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What are the matchday four fixtures?
Team news ahead of Tuesday's games
Group A previews: Shakhtar Donetsk v MalmöReal Madrid v Paris
Group B previews: Man. United v CSKA Moskva, PSV v Wolfsburg
Group C previews: Astana v Atlético, Benfica v Galatasaray
Group D previews: Mönchengladbach v Juventus, Sevilla v Man. City
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Juventus claimed the Turin derby spoils on Saturday thanks to Juan Cuadrado's 93rd-minute winner against Torino. However, Sami Khedira was forced off after only 11 minutes with a thigh injury. The problem, although not serious, could rule the German international out of Tuesday's Group D tie at Gladbach. Hernanes and Stefano Sturaro are in contention to deputise.

Mario Mandžukić or Paulo Dybala will claim a place up front. Meanwhile, Martín Cáceres has recovered from his ankle injury and could feature in Germany. Roberto Pereyra (thigh) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (heart surgery) miss out.

Roger Cañas, Astana midfielder:

All of our players are really motivated for this game. To play a side at this level is a unique opportunity. I want to write my name in history. Atlético have a number of top quality players, but I want to highlight Jackson Martínez - I've played against him before. People expect him to score a hat-trick in every match but it's not an easy thing to do. He needs to adapt to his new team.

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Barcelona No10 Lionel Messi registered the first of his 77 goals in the UEFA Champions League against Panathinaikos ten years ago at the Camp Nou ...

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Leverkusen star Hakan Çalhanoğlu credits David Beckham and Juninho Pernambucano for helping him hone his free-kick technique. The dead-ball specialist has impressed in the UEFA Champions League once again.

"I try to put the ball over the wall. That is my strength, and if I hit the ball well then it normally goes in," said the forward. "I have watched many free-kick specialists. David Beckham was an outstanding free-kick taker, Juninho as well, and you always have to watch players like that and learn from them. I think every footballer has a role model, and those two were mine – through them I developed my own technique."

Stanimir Stoilov, Astana coach:

I think that the team are in a good mood. You should always be in a good mood when you play in the Champions League. I always believe in my players, if I didn't I wouldn't coach this team. Yes, Atlético are the favourites, but anything can happen in football. It's a really long and complicated journey from Madrid to get here; we have had trips to Lisbon and Madrid so we know how hard it is. Maybe the cold weather will cause Atlético problems. We can open the roof on the stadium a bit to make it harder for them.

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It started to snow as Atlético landed in Astana on Sunday night; by Monday morning, the ground was white. With little sign of the weather warming up, that presents a challenge for the Spanish side, though they came prepared for freezing temperatures. Having failed to win the title at the weekend, Astana face a decider against Aktobe at the weekend – the last round of the Kazakh season. Stanimir Stoilov might be inclined to rest some regulars for that game, as he did for the match in Madrid.

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Marcelo, Real Madrid defender:

I expect a very tough game. PSG are a team with high-quality players, I expect a tough match. It’s going to be a key match. All of the players want to play, it's like a final. We will play it with plenty of enthusiasm.

I think [Ángel] Di María will get a good reception [on his return to the Bernabéu]. It was great to play with him. Di María is a great player and a great friend. I wish him the best. We should not just concentrate on one PSG player – we must think about their whole team.

The captain is Sergio Ramos. For me, it's an honour to be the vice-captain. You have to set an example.

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Barcelona have shown faith in their injured midfielder Rafinha by giving him a new contract until June 2020. The Brazilian suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the 1-1 draw with Roma on matchday one, ruling him out of action for up to six months, but Barça explained in a statement that the 22-year-old is "well on the road to recovery". The club also announced that the new deal includes a buy-out clause of €75m to prevent rival clubs from attempting to snap up the hugely talented youngster.

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Fernando Torres, Atlético forward:

We play at their stadium where they are stronger. Of course, we will have to cope with the drop in temperature - that's why we started training even earlier today. Every game is different. We need to forget about the result at home [on matchday three] and concentrate on getting the right result tomorrow. We are in the right mood before the match and I hope we will be even happier tomorrow because we will try to get three points.

Gladbach are up to fifth as their remarkable Bundesliga renaissance continued with a sixth successive win on Saturday at Hertha Berlin. Oscar Wendt, fit-again Raffael and Granit Xhaka's penalty put them 3-0 up before Alexander Baumjohann pulled one back for the hosts. Håvard Nordtveit rounded things off in added time.

The German outfit will try to build on the point gained with their goalless draw at Juventus when the sides meet again on matchday four tomorrow.

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Diego Simeone, Atlético coach:

What I like about Astana is that they play as a single unit, regardless of how they are set up tactically. When we are children we played on the street – on tarmac and things like that. Artificial pitches are just one more condition for us, like sun, wind or snow; we should be able to deal with such conditions. Tomorrow we will face a serious opponent at their ground.

Hakan Çalhanoglu, Leverkusen midfielder:

We are a very young team that is willing and hungry. And we want to continue to show that. People think our coach's playing style is a bit too attack-minded and reckless, but we achieve a lot with this system. When it works well, it is a lot of fun.

[Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt] joined the club at the same time and we had a great first year. I got along with him very well, and with the whole team. He has been doing a really great job and treats us the way every player would wish to be treated. We have all been growing together.

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Luisão, Benfica captain:

It's been a long time since the last match [when the teams met in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage]. I am glad to still be playing for Benfica. Galatasaray are a resilient side that know what they want.

It wll be difficult with the losses [Andreas Samaris is suspended, Kostas Mitroglou, Ljubomir Fejsa and Nélson Semedo miss out through injury], but we know that we have a good squad and we must trust the players that are here.

We have 90 minutes to get the result we want. We played well there [in Turkey on matchday three], we managed to play some good football. Now it’s another game, against a quality side and we’ll have to be perfect in order to take advantage of the chances that we create. We know that in the Champions League there won’t be many [opportunities].

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Rui Vitória, Benfica coach:

Galatasaray will cause us lots of problems. They are on a good run and very experienced. We lost in Turkey, although we were good in some areas. The away match gave us a better knowledge of our opponents. It might have ended differently. We have the maximum respect for [Galatasaray] but we know we can beat them. Our last meeting showed that for sure.

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Unai Emery, Sevilla coach:

Manchester City are top of the Premier League table and they are going to demand a lot from us. Our only option if we are to get through to the next phase is a win. We did well in Manchester but we lost. We have to improve those aspects of the game that prevented us from winning there. It will be very difficult – [Group D rivals] Juventus and Manchester City are in with a chance of getting to the final and winning it.

Normally we play better at home, we will have to do so tomorrow. I am happy with [Ciro] Immobile but Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Llorente are ahead of him [to play the lone forward role]. We have underperformed when we have played two forwards from the start. Jesús Navas will return home tomorrow - we hope he doesn't produce a good performance.

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Bayern missed the chance to equal Tottenham's European record of 11 consecutive wins at the start of a league season (1960/61) when their record-breaking streak of ten Bundesliga victories in a row games came to an end on Friday. The goalless stalemate at Frankfurt saw Josep Guardiola’s side drop points for the first time this term in Germany.

Guardiola lamented Frankfurt's defensive game plan, but admitted that they are well within their rights to do so against the champions. "Our opponents are free to play the way they want. We have to be in a position to attack well," said Guardiola, who will be expecting an improved performance when Arsenal come to town on Wednesday.

Rafael Benítez, Real Madrid coach:

The team are doing the things I wanted them to do. However, if I was completely satisfied I would be worried – there is still considerable room for improvement. We performed very well in Paris. Paris Saint-Germain are growing year by year and we know this is a very difficult fixture.

We have to focus to do well and get the three points to qualify. [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Zlatan] Ibrahimović are two great players. I know what Cristiano represents for us and I imagine it will be something similar with Ibrahimović and Paris. Paris are certainly among the best teams in Europe.

Marcelo is one of the best full-backs in the world. In addition, he is very attacking. He gives a lot. We all knew about Raphaël Varane's potential. Sergio Ramos and Pepe's absences have allowed him to play more and grow.

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Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will miss the trip to Germany after suffering a thigh injury in Saturday's 2-1 Turin derby success against Torino. The German international underwent medical tests on Monday in Vinovo, which revealed a slight muscular strain but ruled out any tear. Hernanes and Stefano Sturaro are in contention to deputise at Gladbach.

There is some good news for Juve coach coach Massimiliano Allegri as Stephan Lichtsteiner, who underwent minor heart surgery on 2 October after experiencing breathing difficulties, returns to the squad.

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Vitolo, Sevilla midfielder:

Éver Banega [slight doubt, ankle] is an important player for us, he can decide a match, the team is better when he plays. We proved we have a good team in the match in Manchester [on matchday three], we did a good job and now we face Manchester City at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in front of our supporters. It will be very difficult to to progress if we don’t win tomorrow.

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Only three UEFA Champions League games (group stage to final) have ended 4-4, with Leverkusen and Roma becoming the third set of sides to share eight goals when they met on matchday three ...

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Speaking to UEFA.com ahead of his return to the Spanish capital with Paris on Tuesday, Ángel Di María has relived his penultimate game as a Real Madrid player – the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League final ...

Rafael Benítez, Real Madrid coach:

[Karim] Benzema, [Gareth] Bale and [Álvaro] Arbeloa - who are not in the squad - lack the match confidence to have a role in such a high intensity game as this. The first thing we do is talk to the players and then the physios and doctors in order to get a precise view of the situation.

Nobody can dispute PSG's quality. They are improving as a side every year and have lots of potential. It is an extremely difficult game and we need to have maximum focus in order to do well and get the three points.

You always have to make the side improve ahead of the final stage of the season, when everything is at stake. The period where I want the side to be doing well, apart from now, is in the decisive stretch of the season.

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Real Madrid are imperious at the Bernabéu in the UEFA Champions League and will look to displace Paris, with whom they are tied on seven points, at the top of Group A. Victory against the French outfit will go a long way to sealing top spot in the group and knowing three points could potentially mean a place in the knockout phase is secured with two games to go, the Merengues will be up for the game.

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Gareth Bale (hamstring), Karim Benzema (hamstring) and Dani Carvajal (ankle) will miss Tuesday's meeting with Paris at the Bernabéu. However, Luka Modrić (hip) and James Rodríguez (thigh) have been included in Rafael Benítez's 19-man Real Madrid squad for the Group A encounter.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick on Anthony Martial:

It's a big step to come to this club to play, with the expectations and the standards that have been set - and with that comes responsibility. For a young lad to come over to a new country and a new culture and doesn't speak an awful lot of the language, the start that he's had is incredible really. We just have to be careful and not expect too much from him because it is eary days and he's going to have ups and downs, because that's the nature of how it goes. But the signs are obviously very positive. We've all seen that. When he's on the pitch he looks a lot older than his age, so great signs for the future for him and the club.

Louis van Gaal, Manchester United coach:

I think we are improving every day and you can see that in the results that we have had. Now we are the best defenders of the Premier League, you say we cannot attack and it's not true. It's only a moment in a process. It's a bad period when you don't score. Football is scoring goals.

I have said [Memphis Depay] is the greatest talent of his age but he is only 21 and you cannot expect consistency. He is at a stage of his career where he must adapt to many things. I'm convinced he's coming back maybe stronger than before but we have to give him time, like we will with Anthony Martial when he is a little bit lower in his shape.

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Héctor Moreno, PSV defender:

We will do everything to win - It’s a very important game for us. We believe in ourselves and will show that tomorrow. There are three [Group B] games to go, and we want to play in the Champions League after the winter. My personal goal is to concede no goals and to fight for the team to get a good result [against Wolfsburg].

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Eduardo, Shakhtar forward:

The Champions League is a different competition. We have to forget the league matches and focus on the upcoming game. It's much more difficult to score goals in the Champions League. We lost the previous game - Malmö deserve praise for that result. But I hope tomorrow will be different. It will be vital to score the opener as the game will become more open. Our aim is to win by a two-goal margin tomorrow.

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Phillip Cocu, PSV coach:

These matches are decided by [small] details. You can play well in the first and second half, but that is no guarantee of a good result. In Wolfsburg they were more effective. We must do things differently tomorrow. We need a good result. The aim is to win at home; even if we draw we are then depending on other teams. We expected it to be a tough group. It has three other strong sides with their own playing style.

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Markus Rosenberg, Malmö forward:

I think the game will be similar to what we saw in Malmö [on matchday three] with more possession for Shakhtar. I hope we will be able to do what we did then, but create many more chances. We have learnt a lot in the Champions League. We lost a few games because we didn't play compact and you have always to do that at this level - just like we played against Shakhtar at home. It was a perfect situation for us, playing compact and creating chances.

Away games are always different because at home we have much more confidence. [Claiming a UEFA Europa League berth] would be a fantastic result for us. Nobody really could expect that so it would be a fantastic achievement.

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Ibrahima Traoré, Gladbach midfielder:

In Turin [on matchday three] we played very well defensively. We did not attack as well as we do in the Bundesliga. Maybe we were lacking a bit of courage, but we want to do things differently at home [against Juventus]. We need a win to keep alive our hopes of progressing. That's why I believe that we will play differently, with more courage.

I always used to think that I was an attacking player and that those type of players do not have to defend. I learnt in Gladbach that I was wrong. This is why I had a bit of a problem with [previous] coach Lucien Favre in the beginning. [Caretaker] coach André Schubert has given me freedom to go forward, but I have to help the team in defence as well. I still don't like defending.

From day one the new coach has given us a lot of confidence, which we were lacking after five straight [Bundesliga] defeats. We now play with more confidence, and pressing. The most important thing, however, was regaining the confidence - he told us that we were very good footballers and capable of winning against any team.

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Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach:

In their league Malmö have finished out of the European places so tomorrow's game will be their match of the year – a positive result could allow them to continue playing in Europe this season. Thanks to their win at home they can really target the Europa League berth. But we are eager to take revenge for that defeat in Sweden.

We've learned a lesson from our mistakes. Motivation is the most important thing because in the first game we thought subconsciously that we would get three points easily. We were over-relaxed. I hope tomorrow we show more motivation than Malmö and get a positive result. We will try to play faster. We'll do our best to achieve our goal.

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André Schubert, Mönchengladbach coach:

I don't care about the standings right now. If we win the game, we can start looking at the table. Juventus are a very good side who have been very successful in recent years but what happened in recent years does not have a lot of influence on now. We are not bad ourselves and want to pose problems for our opponent. We have respect for their huge individual qualities and also that they are tactically well drilled. We have a plan to cope with the tactical flexibility of our opponents. Tomorrow we will learn if it was a good idea.

We know that they have not been fully convincing in their league so far this term. We have got more stable in past weeks and that's what we want to show tomorrow as well. We have no magic wand and no magic spells. We are working on our football every day and luckily I have some magicians like Ibra [Traoré] on the pitch.

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Åge Hareide, Malmö coach:

I expect Shakhtar will attack tomorrow with all they have. They probably will have to take more risks. We will concentrate more on our defence but if we can make good transitions from defence to attack and find space it will make it much harder for Shakhtar. It's about how we can defend and how we can attack.

Everyone expects action in the boxes and I think we will see a lot of it tomorrow. I was in Lviv with Helsingborgs in 1999 [in the UEFA cup] and we won that tie against Karpaty on penalties, so I hope not losing in Lviv will become a good tradition for me. Football in Ukraine is still very strong and we have to take that into consideration.

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Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg coach:

At the moment all players are fit but we have one training session to go. We will go for the victory as always. PSV are strong and technically a good team. I was impressed by the great atmosphere at Manchester United [on matchday two], the crowd was fantastic. We have to be prepared for that again. PSV will do everything to go for the victory. I hope we can continue our current form and results.

We have to play our own game. Our aim is to progress to the next round and finish first or second in the group. Tomorrow we can move closer to that goal if we win. We have to make fewer mistakes then PSV. Small details will be decisive.

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Large contingents of Manchester City fans have already descended on Seville though Unai Emery believes the pressure is most definitely on the home side. "If City win tomorrow we won’t be able to catch them and if they draw they’ll still have a significant advantage over us,"said Emery. "Winning tomorrow is pretty much our only chance of staying in race for the round of 16."

Fortunately for the Basque-born boss Los Hispalenses are gradually making the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán into a fortress that witnessed a run of 34 unbeaten games. "Tomorrow we're at the Sánchez Pizjuán and we have to keep the momentum going. The challenge facing us is comparable to the Barcelona game [a 2-1 Liga victory on 3 October] and is going to require us to be at our very best to win."

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Laurent Blanc, Paris coach:

They were better than us with possesion and played faster in Paris. Tomorrow's match will be different. It would be a privilege to beat Real Madrid but it wouldn't mean anything for the future. Last year we defeated Barcelona in the group stage and didn't reach the semi-finals. Real Madrid were well organised and showed a good defence in Paris. We didn't reach their level but our game was solid.

We still have some injury problems but Madrid are in the same situation. A 0-0 draw won't be enough. We respect our opponent but we are ambitious and have come here to impose our game. We have the technical and physical resources to get the win.

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Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach:

Gladbach are currently on a good run, they have six straight wins in the league. We have not managed two wins in a row this season! There are always changes to a team, whether it is the personnel or tactics. It is not so much a question of tactics, but of attitude on the pitch. We have made changes, but not so many of them. We have new players and they all are capable of playing their part.

We need continuity. Maybe things looked easy last year, but replacing ten players is not easy, you cannot do that within a day. The old and the new faces have to come together. I am looking forward optimistically. At times, we were punished harshly for our mistakes but if we have a bad day we still have to show character – as we did in the derby at the weekend.

The Champions league is the highest level there is in football. In the league, you always have the possibility to correct a bad patch, but in the Champions League, every game is like a final, you are out quickly.

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Hamza Hamzaoğlu, Galatasaray coach:

Galatasaray will have a mental edge tomorrow and will be more comfortable as we beat Benfica recently, so the goal is to repeat the result. Benfica have players that individually can make the difference. For me the attack is their strongest sector, they do it well as a team, but their defence is not that good.

If we don't win any points tomorrow it means that Benfica are likely to go through and our goal will be to keep third place [and the UEFA Europa League], so the aim is to keep ourselves in the running for next round. It's not my style to mark an individual player on the opposition. We defend against the opponent as a whole. Galatasaray will play to win, to do that we have to attack but keep in mind that we need to be cautious in defence.

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Zoran Tošić, CSKA Moskva midfielder:

I'm happy to be back. I spent a wonderful year here [2009/10]. I am so excited about the game. It was a wonderful year for me as I was young and did not have so much experience. It was very important for me because after that I think I became a better player. I was disappointed I didn't play so much but I learned a lot as a football player and as a man. We will do our best to get a result.

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Selçuk İnan, Galatasaray captain: 

The team believes that we will grab a result. We believe that tomorrow will decide which of these two teams will go through. Our goal is to win. However a draw would also be a good result. In a stadium like this with a huge atmosphere we'll be happy with a draw.

We didn't start with the necessary focus [in the first meeting with Benfica] and that is something that shouldn't happen with a team such as Galatasaray. Concentration is needed for all 90 minutes.

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Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach: 

United are very different to when we faced them [in 2009/10]. I can't comment which squad was better but Manchester United will always be Manchester United. It remains a club of top quality. There is a big difference in team strategy and tactics but United remain a team of the top level. The Champions League is a competition that we are doing our best to try to perform in and trying our best to go through. We are doing our best to perform as well as we can.

It is obvious United are very good with ball possession and all I can say is we will present a counterattacking game. They are a team that can score at any time and against any opponent.

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Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager:

David Silva, Sergio Agüero and Samir Nasri are injured and they won’t play. I think this match is not decisive as the other matches in the group should be taken into consideration, but if we win we will almost be qualified to the next round.

We play against an important team, Sevilla are strong at home, they have many good players. A draw is not a bad result but we will think about victory from the beginning. We are going to prove that we are a team with a lot of quality. The most important thing is to win. I think we can play in several ways, we can play without attackers or with four forwards, our players can play in different positions but we always have the same aim – to win matches.

Of course the most important thing now is to get to the next round as soon as possible. We have a great team, it is true we have many injuries but we are at a good moment and I hope we continue to improve.

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Happy birthday to Gerd Müller, and did you realise that Seydou Doumbia is a more efficient goalscorer than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

Daniele De Rossi is doubtful with a thigh injury and Roma coach Rudi Garcia could decide not to take any risks with the Italian international also because fellow midfielder Miralem Pjanić will be suspended for the derby against Lazio at the weekend. Alessandro Florenzi, who also trained separately from the rest of the team, could therefore play in midfield. Meanwhile Seydou Keita has resumed regular training after recovering from a thigh injury. Captain Francesco Totti is still out.

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'Their turn to play', is L'Équipe's headline as the French daily urges Paris forwards Zlatan Ibrahimović, Edinson Cavani and Ángel Di María to "live up to their club's Champions League expectations" as they visit Real Madrid, battling for first place in Group A. "Shy and lacking creativity in the first leg, the Cavani-Di María-Ibrahimović attacking trio must make amends tonight," it writes. Le Parisien takes a similar line demanding "more imagination and more ruthlessness" of the French champions.


'Trafford is old, Slutski is new' reads the cryptic headline in Sport-Express, suggesting that CSKA Moskva's coach Leonid Slutski is a different man from when he first visited Manchester as the Army Men's coach in 2009, his side conceding late to draw 3-3. "Leonid Slutski is coming back with two national titles, as the coach of Russia and with rumours suggesting Chelsea are interested in him," it writes. "He also comes to Manchester having won in the city in this competition last year, albeit against another club - Manchester City."

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'No Bale, no Benzema, but Cristiano' reads the front cover of today's Diario AS, noting that Real Madrid face PSG in a battle for top spot in Group A without two of their famed attacking trident, but do welcome back James Rodríguez to the squad after a 56-day absence. Inside, the paper previews a "clash of the titans" between Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cristiano Ronaldo.


He has been branded "a magician" by the Italian media in the run-up to the game, but Gladbach head coach André Schubert does not believe his side need a magic wand to beat Group D leaders Juventus on Tuesday. "They are a very good side who have been very successful in recent years," said Schubert, who has guided the Bundesliga club to six consecutive league victories since his appointment as head coach in September. "But recent years has nothing to do with the here and now. We are not bad ourselves and want to pose problems."

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Enjoying pride of place in Estadio Deportivo, Diario de Sevilla and AS is Manchester City's former Sevilla idol Jesús Navas, returning to take on his boyhood club for the very first time. Hailing from the nearby town of Los Palacios y Villafranca, the winger – Sevilla's record appearance holder in UEFA competitions (58) – will be back at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 12 years to the month from his Primera División debut in Sevillista colours.

A member of Los Nervionenses' side that claimed UEFA Cup glory in 2006 and 2007, as well as in the 2006 UEFA Super Cup, Estadio Deportivo state how "strange it will be to see him playing on the opposing side, at a stadium in which he will feel he has a home for life, though he will surely be welcomed with all the warmth that 31 goals, 83 assists and thousands of kilometres covered down the Sevilla right flank deserve".

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In their previews of Manchester United's meeting with CSKA tonight, the focus of the English papers is on the home team’s 325-minute goal drought. According to the Independent, United’s run of three successive 0-0s has been seen only twice before – "in January 2005, when Sir Alex Ferguson's side seemed marooned behind Chelsea and Arsenal, and in September 1921 at the start of a season that saw them relegated in last place".

"It is not always Theatre of Dreams" is the headline in the Times, picking up on manager Louis van Gaal’s words in his press conference yesterday. The paper adds that: "Louis van Gaal did provide a little context to his side's mediocrity yesterday, their three consecutive 0-0 draws, the creative bluntness, to Wayne Rooney's wrestle with poor form." It quotes Van Gaal saying, "It was not always this big theatre of dreams…We are making history, hopefully, but it takes time."

The Mirror adds: "United last failed to score in four straight games back in the autumn of 1992, a run which saw Eric Cantona signed and the Reds embark on two decades of unprecedented success. What wouldn't Van Gaal give for a turning point like that tonight?"

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Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg coach:

Our aim is to progress to the next round and to do that we need to finish first or second in the group – a win here will be a step towards that. PSV are a strong team, though, and technically sound. They may have conceded three goals last time out but they scored six!

I was also impressed by the great atmosphere against Manchester United: the crowd was fantastic. We have to be prepared for that. PSV will go all out for victory.

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It's do-or-die this evening for PSV. Currently occupying last spot in Group B, anything less than a victory against Wolfsburg will make it extremely difficult for Phillip Cocu's men to qualify for the knockout stages. History is on the Dutch champions' side, but only just; they have won 19 of 37 home games in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

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Laurent Blanc, Paris coach:

A 0-0 draw won't be enough. We respect our opponents but we are ambitious too and have come here to impose our game. We have the technical and physical resources – and we will need both aspects to do it.

This match will be very special for Ángel Di María. He spent a lot of time in Madrid and loves the club. I hope he doesn't feel the pressure.

French football has gone a long time without a top-level team. We've been building for a while now and we expect to reach the top level soon. We didn't play badly in Paris. We were good at the back but we need to make better decisions going forward.

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Real Madrid men reign supreme at the Bernabéu in the UEFA Champions League and will look to displace Paris, with whom they are tied on seven points, at the top of Group A. Victory over the French outfit will go a long way towards sealing pole position and, knowing three points could potentially secure a knockout berth with two matchdays to go, the Merengues will be up for this game.

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Leonid Slutski, CSKA Moskva coach:

They are very different from the team we faced in 2009 ... but Manchester United are Manchester United. They remain a club of top quality. This team is obviously very good with possession so we will play a counterattacking game. When a team has players like Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and so on, they can score at any time and against any opponent so their recent blanks don't provide much comfort.

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The big question accompanying Manchester United is when their goal drought is going to end. They last went three games without scoring in January 2005, so it will be interesting to assess the mood at Old Trafford tomorrow if CSKA manage to frustrate United early on, given the home side have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions. Louis van Gaal will point to the excellent defensive stats his team have earned so far this term (13 conceded in 18 games) but it is the other end of the pitch that will hold the focus of fans and media alike.

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Stanimir Stoilov, Astana coach:

Yes, Atlético are the favourites but anything can happen in football. It's a really long and complicated journey from Madrid to get here; we have had trips to Lisbon and Madrid so we know how hard it is. Maybe the cold weather will cause Atlético problems. We can open the roof in the stadium a bit to make it tougher for them.

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Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City coach:

A draw [against Sevilla] is not a bad result but we will think about victory from the start. We are going to prove that we are a team with a lot of quality. I think we can play it several ways: we can play without attackers or with four forwards. Our players can play in different positions but we always have the same aim: to win matches.

The most important thing now is to get to the next round as soon as possible. We have a great team, and many injuries, but we are in a good moment and I hope we continue to improve.

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Although Sevilla are yet to win away from home this season, Unai Emery's charges have prevailed in four of their last five in all competitions at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán – including against Barcelona. The injury picked up by Kevin Gameiro on Saturday is a major blow, while Emery also continues to struggle to find an alternative for whenever Éver Banega – doubtful for the clash against Manchester City – is absent.

André Schubert, Mönchengladbach coach:

Am I a wizard like Harry Potter? There is no big scar on my forehead. We have no magic wand and no magic spells. We work hard every day and luckily I have some magicians like Ibrahima [Traoré] on the pitch.

Juventus are a very good side who have been very successful in recent years. But recent years has nothing to do with the here and now. We are not bad ourselves and want to pose problems. We have a plan to cope with Juve's tactical flexibility – tomorrow we will see if it is a good plan.

All boys started playing football because they enjoyed it. Being a professional can be arduous if you are not enjoying yourself. Sure, there are serious spells, but my team are doing a good job of enjoying themselves on the one hand and implementing our game plan on the other.

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This is a must-win game for Gladbach if they still harbour serious ambitions of reaching the latter stages of the tournament. They go into the match in blistering form, though, and will fancy their chances of beating last season's finalists Juventus , who have so far failed to hit the heights of the previous campaign.

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Åge Hareide, Malmö coach:

I expect Shakhtar will attack with all they have to score a goal. We saw how they played in Sweden and this time they probably have to take more risks. We will concentrate on our defence, but if we can make good transitions to attack it will make it much harder for Shakhtar.

Everybody expects action in the boxes and I think we will see a lot of it. I was in Lviv with Helsingborg in 1999 [in the UEFA Cup] and we won that tie against Karpaty on penalties [after two 1-1 draws] so I hope avoiding defeat in Lviv can become a good tradition for me.

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This fixture is decisive for Shakhtar, whose reversal in Sweden against Malmö cast into doubt even their minimum goal – reaching the UEFA Europa League. The Pitmen had promised to make life tough for Group A's big guns, Real Madrid and Paris, but instead they are without a point and even a goal halfway through the group stage. Shakhtar's great domestic form means there is still hope, though.

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Former Paris midfielder Jérôme Rothen & 2004 UEFA Champions League finalist with Monaco:

Paris can threaten Real Madrid tonight. This will be a game played at a high level - it will be decided by small details. I think Paris can do it, not because I'm still a Paris fan at heart, but because one must not feel inferior to Real Madrid.

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While Juventus are preparing for the Group D meeting with Gladbach, Bianconeri striker Mario Mandžukić took time out to catch up with his former coach at Bayerm - Jupp Heynckes. Mandžukić helped Bayern win an unprecedented treble for a German side in his first season at the club under Heynckes, scoring 22 goals in all competitions - including the first in a 2-1 win over Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final in 2013.

Robert Pires and Arsène Wenger discuss Arsenal tactics ahead of Bayern trip ...

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Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach:

They are one of Europe's top sides. It is a new game after we lost in London. This is a match we want to win in front of our own supporters. We have another 90 minutes to move closer to qualifying for the next round.

Arsenal like to keep the ball and attack. Look at all the players they have on the pitch – they are players to keep the ball and perhaps try long passes to [Olivier] Giroud. We will have to adapt our defence as they will want to play their type of game. Their goalkeeper [Petr Čech] is one of the best in the world. We want to press them high so they can't play out of defence. I always tell my teams to attack as much as possible and to create as many chances as possible.

Rui Vitória says Benfica can overcome Galatasaray tonight even with a number of regulars injured. Andreas Samaris (suspended) and Nélson Semedo (knee) miss out, while Ljubomir Fejsa (foot) and Kostas Mitroglou (ankle) face late fitness tests.

Meanwhile, sports newspaper A Bola writes that the "Eagles want to fly high in Europe", adding that the goal for today is to "beat Galatasaray and be among the 16 best teams in the UEFA Champions League".

Record highlights the words from Brazilian forward Jonas, who said that "[Nicolás] Gáitan is vital" - the Argentinian international having scored in all three games Group C ties so far.

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Igor Stasevich, one of BATE's key players, has extended his stay in Borisov until the end of the next year. The youth product returned to his home-town club in 2015 after a four-year break and has played 34 games this season, registering eight goals and 12 assists in all competitions.

Meanwhile forward Nikolai Signevich will miss the Barcelona fixture due to ankle injury along with long-term absentee Vitali Rodionov (out since August, knee).

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Former Manchester United midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis says CSKA can beat Louis van Gaal's side at Old Trafford tonight. "The Army Men have to try to score because it will be very hard to keep a clean sheet there", he said in an interview with Sport Express. "The first game against CSKA showed that it is possible to win against this team. I was at the stadium and I was surprised how badly United played in the first half. They had more possession but created almost nothing in the CSKA area."

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Porto arrived in Haifa yesterday, where they will face Maccabi on Wednesday. Teenager goalkeeper João Costa and 19-year-old forward André Silva - who has notched nine times in ten B team outings this term - made Julen Lopetegui's squad for the trip.

Up front in the starting lineup against Maccabi, though, should be in-form striker Vincent Aboubakar. The Cameroon international has already scored three goals in Group G and has six goals to his name in the history of the competition. Aboubakar registers a goal in every 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League, writes O Jogo, before noting that "only two players have reached the six goals mark in the competition faster than him". The paper continues: "Former Porto striker Jackson Martínez needed twice the time to score six goals in the UEFA Champions League".

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There is optimism in the Gladbach camp ahead of tonight's game against Juventus. "The chance to [extend our] stay in European competition is there, and we want to do everything we can to still be in the competition," said midfielder Lars Stindl before the second test against the Italian champions. "We have already proved the we can keep pace with Juventus."

Team-mate Håvard Nordtveitt is also in high spirits after six Bundesliga wins in a row. "We are playing with confidence again and have renewed energy."

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"Will Hecking get it right again?" is the question posed by the Wolfsburger Nachrichten ahead of Wolfsburg's match in Eindhoven. They are referring to the fact that manager Dieter Hecking has a good recent record of choosing which players to introduce as substitutes. "Three subs have scored in the last three games. Hopefully it will be a similar story against PSV Eindhoven."

In the Bundesliga win over Leverkusen on Saturday, Julian Draxler (pictured) scored the winner moments after entering the field. In the German Cup against Bayern, Andre Schürrle scored a consolation in the 3-1 loss after being brought on, while substitute Daniel Caligiuri scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Darmstadt in the Bundesliga a couple of weeks ago.

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Gladbach skipper Granit Xhaka says his team have not given up hope of reaching the knockout stages of Europe's premier club competition this season, despite sitting bottom of the Group D standings after three matches. Defeat to Juventus could end Die Fohlen's hopes of qualifying for the last 16, but Xhaka sees no reason why Gladbach cannot claim their first win of the group stage against last season’s finalists.

"We saw the quality they possess in the reverse fixture," said the Swiss international, who helped his side secure a goalless draw in Turin a fortnight ago. "But if we can be a little more courageous going forward, we’re capable of causing them problems. If we're then able to claim second or even first place in the group, we’ll be happy to do so."

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In-form Arsenal come to Munich with renewed hope of qualifying. After defeat on matchday three, Josep Guardiola's side know they need to take their chances or risk being punished on the break by the Gunners again. "The most important thing is that we control the game and score the first goal," said Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.

Thiago Alcántara, Bayern midfielder:

Whenever you lose a game it hurts, but you never want to lose. Both teams need to win. I think Arsenal will come to attack, to press and keep the ball. We don't need to feel any pressure, the most important for us is to focus on our style of play. It is our mentality that we wanted to win every single game.

Douglas Costa has everything an attacking player needs - speed, quality and he can score. With Costa, [Arjen] Robben, [Kingsley] Coman and [Franck] Ribéry we will have an amazing attack.

Javi Martínez, Bayern midfielder:

It will be a beautiful game against one of the best teams in Europe - we are looking forward to this match in front of our fans. I feel really good after playing two games in a row. I don't have any [knee] problems anymore and I feel absolutely no pain.I think I am at almost 100%. I'm ready to play.it is a very important match for us and for them.

Teetering on the brink of elimination at the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 16 years, Arsenal dug deep and secured an unlikely victory at home to Bayern on matchday three. Now the Premier League’s in-form team travel to the Bavarian capital full of confidence that they can beat FCB away, just as they did back in the second leg of their round of 16 tie in 2013. Goalscorers that day? Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, both of whom were on the scoresheet in Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday.

Having come off the bench to score the opener against Bayern two weeks ago, and with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out for at least four weeks, the responsibility of leading the Gunners' attack will lie on the shoulders of Frenchman Giroud. Josep Guardiola, however, is wary of the threat Giroud and Arsenal pose, but believes his players have the tools to cope. "Arsenal want to attack, but it's difficult against us with our good pressing game," said the Bayern coach.

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John Terry, Chelsea captain:

We are a dressing room that stays together. I can assure the players are 100% behind the manager. We are together, anyone who has been at the last four of five games can see we have been extremely unlucky. We will turn thngs around. We stay together.

The manager is very demanding, he wants players to win, he takes alot of the responsibility on his own shoulders. He is devastated when we don't win Collectively we will bounce back and climb up the league table. In all aspects he is by far, a long, long way, the best manager I have worked with. We are going to turn this round. He will be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I have finished because he is the best man to take the club forward. It is unfair he takes the criticism. We are prepared to fight and anyone who has been at the games can see that.

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José Mourinho, Chelsea coach:

In May 2004, after [Porto's win in] the Champions League final I said in the press conference that one day in my career bad results will come. I said that I would deal with that period with the honesty and dignity that I did at the time. It took time but now we are in that time and I am stable and strong to face it.I try to improve every day, I analyse every detail of my work very day. I analyse matches, it's what I do every day. For my players I do everything, I am not going to change.

I think Chelsea will finish first in the group, I am completely convinced we are going to qualify. It's a must-not-lose but not a must-win.

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Rudi Garcia, Roma coach:

The first meeting showed us that Leverkusen have great ability in attack and some weaknesses in defence. We have no choice – we will play to win as always, and we have to win. Right now, no one has qualified and no one is out: we know that we need a win and we want to get it tomorrow.

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Still without a Group E win, Roma need to find some of their Serie A form and above all shore up a defence which has conceded eight goals in three group stage matches. A Leverkusen victory would leave them with one foot in the round of 16, so do not expect Roger Schmidt to abandon his customary attack-minded approach at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

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Thomas Vermaelen, Barcelona defender:

It could be a special day tomorrow, I could make my Champions League debut for Barcelona [against BATE at the Camp Nou]. It will be really special and something I look forward to. People may question my fitness level on the pitch, but I feel good. I’m not scared of getting injured.  I was disappointed to have a small setback at the beginning of the season, but I feel well again and I'm not scared of getting a new injury.

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Radamel Falcao took part in this morning's training session at Cobham, but sustained a muscular injury during the session. Chelsea coach José Mourinho confirmed later that the forward will be out for a few weeks.

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Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach:

We saw in Valencia that they are very well organised and they showed their class. For large parts of the game we were in control but we did not score. With Valencia, you always have to pay attention to their counterattack – they are very good at that. The big difference this time is that we play at home and we have 19,000 fans behind us.

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Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach:

The victory is the aim, we want to stay leaders in the group. Sergi Roberto is looking good. We already know his level. He is more than ready for the challenge. Thomas Vermaelen is a quality player, strong and with great confidence. It is great news for the team to have him back. We will not be playing a 4-4-2 tomorrow, maybe we will try other formations. It is good to be flexible on the pitch.

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Turkish daily Hürriyet has highlighted the key areas in the Benfica v Galatasaray clash, looking at what the visitors must do to get a result tonight. The tactics of high pressing, playing through-balls and springing the Benfica offside trap are how they say Galatasaray can be successful, while the Cimbom will have to be careful of Benfica's wingers, prevent their defenders become isolated in one-on-one situations and avoid giving away set-pieces around their area, according the paper.

Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi Tel-Aviv coach: 

I expect we will put in our best performance tomorrow. For many of our players it is a new experience and they are learning how to play against these kind of teams - you pay for any mistake. We played Porto two weeks ago. They have come here without some important players but they have a strong deep squad and will have no problem.

I expect our side to be more competitive than in the first game. You can always say you need more players but it is not possible, you have to adapt and we have made Zahavi a striker. Maybe it is not his best position but it is the best position for me. 

Our desire is to show our supporters who we are and to give something back to them for the way they have supported us. We will try to be concentrated and clinical in order to take what we want from this game.

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Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach:

We need to be optimistic and play with 'organised craziness'. We want to show that we are worth more than what we have shown. It is up to us to be 100% and have no regrets in the end. Going through will be difficult, we will need to play a crazy game against Zenit – a team with world-class players. We are under pressure, we have no last chance.

We will have to be good offensively and avoid Zenit on the counter. The key of this game is to avoid making the same mistakes as previously. I hope we can show pride and ambition. We want to show that we are worth our spot in this competition.

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Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:

I don't believe tomorrow's match will be decisive regarding the outcome of the group. The final game will be the most decisive one. Of course, if we win, it will improve our chances to go through. But it won't be the decisive match. 

It's always helpful to score first but that is not decisive. What matters for us is to be well prepared for everything. So if they score first we will be ready to react. We don't fear anything, but not everything depends on us; our opponents are strong. What we must do tomorrow is outplay our opponents in all areas. We have to be superior.

In Zagreb we did very well against a team that was undefeated at home for 50 games. This shows how impressive our accomplishment was. They are very strong and dangerous on the counterattack. We have to inflict more damage to them than they do to us.

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André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:

Hulk is ready, but Ezequiel Garay is out. We are in a good position but we want to qualify as soon as possible. Lyon will press high, they have nothing to lose. With one point we are nearly through. Lyon are on a good run in the league. For us it is a little different. But we are very focused on the Champions League and we expect that those positive results can have an influence on Lyon's game.

Of course it is difficult for French clubs in Europe, maybe because of their youth but it would be good to see Paris and other French teams progress further in Europe.

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Zoran Mamić, Dinamo Zagreb coach:

We expect a great game in front of a passionate crowd and a great atmosphere. We played well in the first match in Zagreb and we believe tomorrow we will play even better. Our relative inexperience may cause us some concern but it may also act as a motivator.

We expect Olympiacos to be aggressive but we are prepared for this.  When the draw was made for the group stage we saw that we were up against the likes of Arsenal and Bayern but we knew about Olympiacos and how good they are. They are a very disciplined and organised side and they have cohesion. They are also very strong individually and know how to make the best of set-pieces.

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Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager: 

We want a positive result again. We did well last week and that should give us the belief to achieve something tomorrow. It will be a good opportunity to show that we have developed as a team. Mesut Özil has developed well and won a lot of confidence. He is intelligent and iat the best age – 27 to 32 are a players best years.

I expect Bayern will put us under pressure and offensively. They have players like Müller, Lewandowski and so on. Maybe the best for us will be to also attack and try to score. If we lose we get in a difficult position. We want to play to win. Bayern is a good team but I am sure we have the quality to compete with them.

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Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach:

Maccabi are at home and they will be a different team [to matchday three] with motivation and a will to their win first points in the group. I come to every game as if I want to win. Injuries is part of the game. I will deal with my available players and I'm sure they can do the job.

Now my main concern is qualifying to the next round in the Champions League and tomorrow can be a big step towards this objective. We have big respect for Maccabi Tel-Aviv, they are a good team with good players and a lot of fans here. We will have to be at our best.

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Shakhtar got off the mark, PSV joined Wolfsburg on six points, Gladbach's hopes were ended by Juventus and Benfica moved two points in front of Atlético. Tuesday's group action ...

• What are the matchday four fixtures?
Team news ahead of Wednesday's games
• Group E previews: Barcelona v BATE, Roma v Leverkusen
• Group F previews: Bayern v Arsenal, Olympiacos v Dinamo Zagreb
• Group G previews: M. Tel-Aviv v Porto, Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv
• Group H previews: Lyon v Zenit, Gent v Valencia
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"So many regrets" bemoans French newspaper L'Équipe this morning after Real Madrid withstood a barrage of first-half Paris attacks to claim a narrow Group A victory and book their place in the round of 16. The paper leads with an image of Edinson Cavani, who saw an effort cleared off the line during a frustrating evening for the Ligue 1 side.

"Defeated by a Kevin Trapp error, PSG lose in Madrid despite dominating Real," the daily writes, highlighting Trapp's role in Nacho's first-half clincher. Meanwhile, Le Parisien bemoan a "cruel Champions League" and a "lucky goal" for Madrid under the headline "Raging".


In the Spanish capital this morning Real Madrid's lacklustre display - despite the fact they won - is one everyone's lips. Today's Diario AS declares last night's result "A miracle at the Bernabéu," saying the Liga side won by the flukiest of goals and were also fortunate to see Paris hit the woodwork three times. Despite seeing only 41% possession at their Santiago Bernabéu ground, Madrid rode their luck to see off a valiant French effort and progress to the last 16, however inside the paper says there are some major doubts surrounding this side with El Clásico less than three weeks away.


Marca, meanwhile, are equally as critical and say that while Real Madrid have excellent stats they were "poor in their play." The Madrid-based daily says Paris dominated the first-half and had Madrid at their mercy. Inside the headlines read "Into the knockout stages... somehow," with another paragraph declaring "the entire game was total suffering for the Madrid fanbase."


Ukrainian newspaper Sport-Express looks forward to Dynamo Kyiv's trip to London and reflects on Shakhtar's first victory in the competition this term. Serhiy Rebrov's charges meet meet struggling Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Shakhtar returned to winning ways in style on Tuesday as they made light work of Malmö in Lviv. "Shakhtar won their most important European match this autumn, but we all have one question now - how did this fantastic team lose at Malmö?", the paper ponders. Two weeks ago the Pitmen were defeated 1-0 in Sweden, but scored four unanswered goals to climb into third place in Group A.

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One of the remarkable stats available to be added to tonight is the fact that, just over a year after his debut, Luis Suárez has a scoring rate equivalent to Diego Maradona at the Camp Nou.  With two more goals he'll equal the Argentinian - he also has eight games to score the three which would give him exact goals-to-games parity with former Barcelona forward Romário.

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes that last night's 1-0 victory against CSKA Moscow ranks as the best performance he's seen from Louis van Gaal's side this season: "It looks like Van Gaal may have listened [to the media] – a little change of personnel, with [Wayne] Rooney playing off [Anthony] Martial, who was playing through the middle," the former United goalkeeper told Sky Sports. "Rooney played really, really well. It looks like that is his position. Late on, he got into the No9 position and he scored from that, but he drops deep which means he can pass the ball."

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Manchester City gave the perfect response to the doubters who said they were too naïve to succeed in the competition by ending Sevilla's ten-game winning streak at home in Europe, argues Stuart Brennan in the Manchester Evening News: "Manuel Pellegrini has been lambasted for his Manchester City team's naivety in Europe in the last two seasons. What we may have witnessed in the fabulous surroundings of the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán was the rebirth of the Blues boss as a pragmatic European manager – without losing any of the attacking flair for which they are renowned, and on which Pellegrini insists."

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has banished any concerns about his ability to deliver in crucial matches, writes Jeremy Wilson in the Telegraph. "As Özil arrived back in Germany last night, he did so as statistically the most effective creator of goals in Europe. His nine assists are the most of any player in the big five leagues and, according to just about every conceivable metric, he has been in the best form of his entire career. The difference is not just that he is producing those trademark moments of effortless skill – his delicate lofted 'sandwedge' assist for Alexis Sánchez at Leicester was one of the passes of the season – but that he is becoming relentless in his influence on games."

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In the Independent, Jack Pitt-Brooke writes that Chelsea coach José Mourinho is arguably facing the two most important games of his managerial career, starting with his side’s encounter with Dynamo Kyiv this evening: "Mourinho will have to mastermind one of the great turnarounds in recent football history. It would have to start with Dynamo Kyiv tonight, and leading Chelsea to qualification from the UEFA Champions League."

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Hear from David de Gea and Louis van Gaal as Manchester United beat CSKA Moskva thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal, while Real Madrid and Manchester City qualify for the round of 16 with wins. Rob Daly is joined by Andy Brassell, Ian Danter and Phil Blacker to review all of Tuesday's matchday four action ...

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United captain:

Denis Law is a legend at this club, so I'm delighted to equal his record. We are top of the group now so it's a big three points. We've got another big one coming up against PSV. Another win in that game and we will qualify.

Neither glovesman had conceded in this season's UEFA Champions League, but it was Real Madrid goalkeepr Keylor Navas who ended the evening as the only unbeaten custodian in the 2015/16 competition. While PSG's Kevin Trapp was caught out for Nacho's goal, Navas – who almost left Madrid in the summer – brought security and composure to his side, making two smart saves to keep his record intact.

Wayne Rooney stole the headlines with his winning goal – his 237th for Manchester United, taking him level with Denis Law – but against CSKA Moskva last night, it was a player at the other end of the career path who took the man of the match honours ...

Of all the players who addressed the media in the catacombs of Borussia-Park following Gladbach's 1-1 draw with Juventus, none sported a wider grin than Stephan Lichtsteiner, the Bianconeri full-back having score the goal that earned his side a valuable Group D point in his first appearance since undergoing heart surgery at the beginning of October.

Lichtsteiner was diagnosed with a benign cardiac arrhythmia after experiencing breathing difficulties during a league match against Frosinone on 23 September. Although he was always expected to make a full recovery, the 31-year-old was visibly delighted after making such a swift and successful return to first-team action.

"I'm feeling really good after the operation and thrilled that everything went so well today," he said. "Today's game was really important and I wanted to help the team. We had problems for the first 20 minutes, but we worked our way into the game and thoroughly deserved a point."

It was a night of contrasts for Dutch forwards in Eindhoven, as PSV won 2-0 against Wolfsburg. While Luuk de Jong created a goal for Jürgen Locadia before grabbing one himself, Bas Dost, who spearheaded the visitors' attack, received little service and did not seriously threaten the home defence.

The 21-year-old Locadia, deputising for Maxime Lestienne on the left wing, had a fine game. He came closest to scoring before the break and finished with considerable composure in the second half to set his side on their way to a crucial Group B victory. "It was an amazing feeling to score here in Eindhoven, so it was a special night," he told UEFA.com. "The match was difficult, but we played good football – both in the first and second half."

Locadia, whose preference is to operate through the middle, seems to be adapting to life on the wing. "In the beginning it was difficult to play on the left side, but today things worked out fine," he said. He was also quick to highlight the role of De Jong. "He was strong and gave a great assist for my goal as well as scoring a good one himself."

This praise was reciprocated by De Jong, who has flourished since joining the Dutch champions from Gladbach in the summer of 2014. "Our partnership is developing really well," he said. "We are both strikers, so we understand each other – we search each other out. For the first goal, I took a touch and already saw that Jürgen was making a run, so I just gave the ball through."

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Despite succumbing 1-0 away to Real Madrid in their Group A meeting on Tuesday, Paris's players came away from the Santiago Bernabéu in bullish mood.

Ángel Di María called it his side's "best performance of the season," though the fact only three of their shots were on target may have been what counted against them.

"It's tough," said Di María, who returned to the Bernabéu for the first time since leaving the Merengues for Manchester United in August 2014. "We had an exceptional game, but we made a mistake and we lost. We played ten-times better than Madrid, showing that Paris can fight it out against the world's biggest clubs.

"We need to keep working to make sure we cut out these errors that can cost us dearly. We're on the right track, the side is strong – starters and substitutes. We dominated this game."

"[Returning to my former club] was not how I wanted it to be given the defeat, but it was nice to see my former team-mates here at the Bernabéu," the 27-year-old said. "Having said that, it wasn't the most important thing – that was to win."

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Four years ago next month Sergi Roberto scored his debut UEFA Champions League goal - against BATE. It's a sign of what is required at Barcelona that of the 18 players listed for duty that night only four are at the club today. But the 24-year-old Catalan is enjoying his best ever season - he scored in the last Camp Nou group game - and was described as "The in-fashion player" by local paper Diario Sport today.

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"A rousing performance" is how the daily Rheinische Post summed up Gladbach's display following the 1-1 draw against Juventus, which was not enough to keep the Bundesliga outfit's hopes of progressing alive. "It has probably not happened often over the course of a full season, that a spectator can attest a team to have temporarily taken the fight out of Juventus", the paper writes.

Tabloid Express complimented the Foals on "a good performance [...] They can leave the premiere club competition with their heads held high." Only daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung recalled that the Italian press had asked Gladbach coach André Schubert before the match if he was "a magician like Harry Potter", referring to his six Bundesliga wins in a row, but came to the conclusion: "In the Champions League, Borussia are a sorcerer's apprentices at best."

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Benfica captain Luisão is the cover star of the Portuguese sports papers after scoring the winner in last night’s 2-1 defeat of Galatasaray in Lisbon, which leaves the Eagles top of Group C and close to the last 16. A Bola writes: "Luisão was huge: he had a part in the first goal, scored the second and prevented the visitors from levelling things up near the end." Record adds that "Benfica will be sure of a place in the last 16 if they beat Astana in the next game, or if Galatasaray do not beat Atlético". O Jogo, meanwhile, points out the only negative of the night for the Eagles: "Gaitán was sent off and will miss the trip to Astana."

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Francis Coquelin, Arsenal midfielder:

We played very well against Bayern [on matchday three]. We know what we are capable of, we showed it in the first game and of course we will try to do as well tomorrow. Unfortunately we did not do start well in the Champions League and know we have to get the points against the biggest opponent in the group.

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André Gomes, Valencia midfielder:

We are growing, we are more confident and we try to improve ourselves every day. We are prepared and ready. Our goal is always the same, we try to win every game. We do it in the Liga and we do it in Champions League too. We are a united group and if we win we can make our goals become true.

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Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:

As I've said on other occasions, I don't believe tomorrow's match will be decisive regarding the outcome of the group. The final game will be the decisive one. Of course, a win will improve our chances of going through, but this won't be the decisive match. In Zagreb, we did very well against a team who were unbeaten at home for 50 games. That shows how impressive our achievement was. They are very strong and dangerous on the counterattack. We have to inflict more damage on them than they do on us.

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Zoran Mamic, Dinamo Zagreb coach:

We expect a great game in front of a passionate crowd. We played well in the first match in Zagreb and we believe we will play even better – despite the partisan atmosphere.

Our relative inexperience could be a cause for concern, but it may also act as motivation. We expect Olympiacos to be aggressive but we are prepared for this. We know who Olympiacos are and we will do the best we can. Unfortunately, we have injuries but we have found solutions to replace the missing players.

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Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach:

We need to be positive and play with a degree of organised craziness. We want to show that we are worth more than what we have shown so far. We hope we can win against this team.

Going through will be difficult – we will need to play a crazy game against Zenit, a side with world-class players. It is a good match to prepare for. We are under pressure, we have no more chances, so it's an exciting challenge.

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André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:

We are in a good position but we want to qualify as soon as possible – a point and we are almost there. Lyon have nothing to lose and they are on a good run in Ligue 1 after two wins; for us it is a little different. But we are very focused on the Champions League.

Lyon have done well over the past few years. There have been ups and downs, but they have a great structure, great culture, great foundations. It would be good to see Paris and other French teams progress further in Europe.

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Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo Kyiv coach:

We really shouldn't be thinking about what's happening with Chelsea, because what is happening to them happens to everyone at some point. I'm sure their coach is very qualified to deal with the situation and he will find a way out. We need to think about our game and not focus on whether they are a wounded animal or not. We didn't think about that in Kyiv and we won't think about it here. We wish Chelsea all the best in the Premier League but not on Wednesday night. The only thing that worries me at the moment is winning this match.

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Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach:

We saw in Valencia that they are very well organised and they showed their class. For large parts of the game we were in control but we did not score. With Valencia, you always have to pay attention to their counterattacks – they are very good at that. The big difference this time is that we play at home and we have 19,000 fans behind us.

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Nuno Espírito Santo, Valencia coach:

From the start of the competition we've known that Gent are a good team, they are champions of Belgium and now they're top of the league again. They are strong at home but we are well prepared and focused. We know it will be a difficult match but we are not surprised at all by the quality of Gent. We'll try to play better away, like we do at home. Mestalla gives us a lot of energy and it would be great to play there all the time!

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Rudi Garcia, Roma coach:

The first match showed us that Leverkusen have great ability in attack and some weaknesses in defence. We have no choice – we will play to win as always, and we have to win. Right now, no one has qualified and no one is out. We know that we need a win and we want to get it.

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Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach

We've lost away to Lazio and Barcelona this season, and we certainly need to pay more attention, but that doesn't mean we have come to Rome to defend. Javier Hernández is playing better and better. He has scored a lot of goals lately. Lazio and Roma are incomparable: Roma have a much more spectacular and dynamic style.

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Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach:

Leo Messi's recovery is going according to plan. There is no update on his injury. Plus I don't worry too much about injuries before Christmas. This season injuries have forced me to use some players more, but come January we will be back to full strength. We will not be playing a 4-4-2; maybe we will try other formations. It is good to be flexible on the pitch.

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Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach:

Of course we know the potential of our opponents and we expect them to play with their best team, but we are completely prepared for this match. We are playing against the best team in the world and they have the best players for their respective positions. We are really looking forward to the challenge of facing a team of such quality.

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Slaviša Jokanovic, Maccabi coach:

I'm anticipating our best performance yet and looking for nothing less than a win. For many of our players, taking on teams like this is a new experience – you pay for every mistake. We want to show our supporters who we are and give something back to them. We will try to be focused and clinical. Our situation means we can't afford to take our chances.

Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach:

My main concern is reaching the next round and we can take a big step towards it [tonight]. We have a lot of respect for Maccabi; they are a good team with good players and will have a lot of fans behind them. We will have to be at our best. We have an opportunity to improve our lot in the group.

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Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager:

We will try to keep on the same path. We want to see the performance that we showed against them in the last game. We want a positive result again. We continue to develop as a team. We did well the last few weeks and that should give us the belief to achieve something. It will be a good opportunity to show that we have developed as a team.

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"Man United got their first ever victory against a Russian club," writes Russian daily Sport-Express as it reflects on CSKA’s 1-0 loss at Old Trafford, adding: "After Doumbia missed a super chance when it was 0-0, it is difficult to say whether they fully deserved it." Sport Den za Dnem adds: "While CSKA sit top in the Russian league, they are bottom of their UEFA Champions League group."

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Group G leaders Porto can secure their passage to the last 16 when they face Maccabi Tel-Aviv tonight, with Record predicting a surprise first XI place for Mexican international midfielder Hector Herrera. A Bola and O Jogo, meanwhile, flag up the words of Maxi Pereira, who said: "I dream of winning the Champions League with Porto." O Jogo adds of the Uruguayan right-back: "The former Benfica player wants to put things right, and put two UEFA Europa League final losses with the Eagles behind him."

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Petr Čech returns to Munich tonight for the first time since the 2012 UEFA Champions League final, with Bayern coach Josep Guardiola describing the Arsenal goalkeeper as "one of the best in the world" ahead of this evening’s crunch match in Group F. The Czech international saved two shoot-out penalties as Chelsea beat Bayern in that 2012 final, and may need to pull off another heroic performance if he is to keep a clean sheet against a Bayern side that have scored 27 goals in their last seven home matches in the competition.

The Greek press expect Olympiacos to produce another fine display tonight after consecutive victories at Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb in Group F.  Tuesday’s spectacular sunset over Athens and Piraeus provided the perfect photo for the front page of SportDay, which wrote: "Olympiacos can paint the sky red tonight as well! A win will secure them European football in the new year and bring them closer to the last 16".

Meanwhile, Protathlitis claim that "The biggest moment is right now!", stressing the importance of tonight's match, while GoalNews lead with "King of their castle", adding: "Olympiacos are ready for a result that will edge them closer to the knockout stage in their formidable home ground".


Guessing Marco Silva’s starting lineups at Olympiacos this season has been an inexact science, especially up front, where the Piraeus side have a variety of options. The big question for this evening is whether Hernâni will make his first UEFA Champions League start, the 24-year-old forward  on loan from Porto  having featured in Olympiacos’ last two domestic matches, scoring twice in a 2-2 cup draw against Platanias and then coming off the bench to set up a goal in a 2-0 league win at Veria. The stats suggest Hernâni has a good chance, but Silva may be more swayed by Sebá's ability to contribute when his team are not in possession.

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'Cuore Juve' (Heart of Juve) is the headline of Turin-based Tuttosport after Stephan Lichtsteiner scored the equaliser at Gladbach one month after undergoing heart surgery. "Sometimes in football you need to use your brain and a calculator," it writes. "Here, Juve fought tooth and nail – and with heart, bearing in mind that Stephan Lichtsteiner scored the equaliser – earning a precious point in Germany."

Gazzetta dello Sport has a similar headline – 'Juve tutto cuore' (Juve all heart) – and marvels at Lichtsteiner’s journey "from the operation to a goal which is as precious as gold in just one month". It also selects Gianluigi Buffon as man of the match: "Juve came back from Germany with one point, and they owe it once again to Saint Gigi."

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News of Héctor Bellerín’s groin injury is a big blow to Arsenal’s hopes this evening. The Spanish defender had a tough time in the first half against Douglas Costa in the reverse fixture, but steadied himself for a solid display in the second. Few defenders have managed to contain the Brazilian winger this season, and Bellerín’s pace would certainly have been an asset to Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has faith that replacement Mathieu Debuchy will impress at right back: "I trust Debuchy, he is a 100% educated player in the box and in training," said the Arsenal coach.

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After making his league comeback against 1. FC Köln last week, Arjen Robben looks set to make his first UEFA Champions League appearance of the season for Bayern tonight, further bolstering Josep Guardiola’s attacking options. With Kinglsey Coman continuing to impress on the right wing, Guardiola has employed Robben in a more central role in the past two league matches, though with the recently-rested Thomas Müller and Thiago Alcântara also options for the starting XI, and Douglas Costa still performing exceptionally on the left, it will be fascinating to see who Guardiola chooses to support Robert Lewandowksi in attack.

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"So much dominance, but little reward" was the story for Bayern against Arsenal on matchday three, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, who question how Arsene Wenger’s side will approach this evening’s tie tactically.

Despite it being Arsenal’s "style to want to control possession," as Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcántara stated at yesterday’s press conference, Joesp Guardiola’s side enjoyed 70% possession in London two weeks ago. "They like to attack and control the ball, but that didn’t happen in London, because we didn’t allow it to!" observed the Bayern coach, though Arsenal’s clinical counter-attacking football prevailed on the night.

Although the Gunners would happily take all three points back to London, a draw would still leave them with a good chance of qualifying from Group F and it is hard to see them straying too far from the tactic that proved so successful in the reverse fixture. How effective it will be in Munich, however, remains to be seen. "Games like that are difficult," said defender Javi Martínez when questioned about teams who sit back and defend, "but we win 95 out of 100."

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Roma coach Rudi Garcia confirmed that Daniele De Rossi will start tonight and will not be given a rest in view of the derby with Lazio at the weekend. That could be good news for the Giallorossi, as today's Gazzetta dello Sport reports. With their No16 playing just in front of the defence, Roma have yet to lose a game this season. They have conceded just four goals in the five Serie A games where De Rossi has played in a more defensive position. In the reverse fixture at the BayArena, De Rossi played further upfield – and scored two goals – but his side conceded four, which is why Garcia is expected to restore him to a more protective position tonight.

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The last time Barcelona and BATE met at the Camp Nou, four years ago, Josep Guardiola left out 14 first-team regulars, Barça won 4-0 and Sergi Roberto, currently in superb form, scored his debut UEFA Champions League goal. There is still no Leo Messi but Neymar and Luis Suárez are making a decent fist of filling the void.

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Still without a Group E win, Roma must find some of their Serie A form and above all shore up a defence which has conceded eight goals in three group stage games. A Leverkusen success would leave them with one foot in the round of 16, so do not expect Roger Schmidt to abandon his customary attack-minded approach in Rome.

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In-form Arsenal come to Munich with renewed hope of qualifying. After defeat on matchday three, Josep Guardiola's side know they need to take their chances or risk being punished on the break by the Gunners again. "The most important thing is that we control the game and score the first goal," said Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.

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This is like a final for Olympiacos. With victory against Dinamo Zagreb they will assure themselves of at least third spot – and European football in the spring – as well as gaining a shot of confidence ahead of Arsenal's visit to Piraeus. The hosts are already in high spirits considering their form this term.

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These are strange times at Stamford Bridge. A visit from Dynamo Kyiv wouldn't normally rattle the worry beads among Chelsea supporters, but right now it's a fixture that has assumed a 'must win' identity. It could be the perfect opportunity for the Blues to bounce back to form but we have said that before this season only to be left bemused by their continuing struggles.

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach:

They are one of Europe's top sides.This is a match we want to win in front of our supporters. We have another 90 minutes to move closer to qualifying for the next round.

Arsenal like to keep the ball and attack. Look at all the players they have on the pitch – they are players to keep the ball and perhaps try long passes to [Olivier] Giroud. We will have to adapt our defence as they will want to play their type of game. We want to press them high so they can't play out of defence. I always tell my teams to attack as much as possible and to create as many chances as possible.

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Bayern coach Josep Guardiola wanted to join Arsenal during his playing days, Arsène Wenger claimed during the Gunners' pre-game press conference.

"He wanted to play under me, yes," Wenger said. "I met him and he wanted to play for Arsenal. He was already 30 or 31 at the time I think.

"He went to Italy [Brescia in 2001] afterwards and I had players at the time like Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, who were very young and played for the national team. At that time, he already showed a big personality."

Wenger added: "[Guardiola] has a very positive mentality and a very positive approach in terms of football. I think that’s why he fits well to Bayern. He’s become a very big manager."

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Zenit will look to prolong their historic winning streak when they face Lyon at the Stade de Gerland. The Russian side can guarantee qualification for the knockout rounds with a victory. A draw would be enough if Gent fail to beat Valencia in the other Group H game.

André Villas-Boas's side are 12 games undefeated (W7 D5) in all competitions. The Blue-White-Sky Blues have registered 31 goals in that time.

The UEFA Champions League MatchCentre is now in charge for the rest of the evening, so head over there for minute-by-minute text coverage, audio commentary from Bayern v Arsenal and Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv, as well as reaction, analysis and the best coverage around.

Click here to visit the UEFA Champions League MatchCentre but be back tomorrow as the blog rounds up the week's action. 

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"Bayern in a world of their own" was the assessment of Munich newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung following Wednesday night's 5-1 victory against Arsenal. The publication credits Bayern with a with a "forceful, determined and imaginative" style and adds: "Arsenal, weakened by the absence of five attacking players, defended with nine men as if they wanted to keep the result."

Der Tagesspiegel, meanwhile, adds: "It hardly gets more impressive than this. The competition will draw their conclusions and Pep Guardiola continues to search for an opponent that can truly challenge his team."

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The Russian media reserved special praise for Hulk and Artem Dzyuba after Zenit beat Lyon 2-0 on Wednesday to maintain their 100% group stage record and qualify for the round of 16 with two games remaining.

"Zenit are No1 in Europe," claimed daily newspaper Sport-Express. "No other club have 12 points after four matches, not even Bayern, Barcelona or Real. Something to be proud of, isn't it?"

Sport Den za Dnem jokes: "While Barcelona used to have the Xaviniesta partnership, Zenit now have Dzyubulk. The powerful Russian striker and the Brazilian wizard are a combination that can crush any defence. Hulk squeezes his way into any opening and squares the ball wonderfully for the onrushing Dzyuba, who just pushes defenders aside."

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Today's Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo describes Neymar, Barcelona's hero on Wednesday, as a "Superstar". Inside they are full of praise for the Brazilian and Luis Suárez, who have helped put Barcelona on the verge of s place in the knockout phase, five points ahead of Roma in second. Their joy is slightly tempered by the fact Ivan Rakitić picked up an injury and is now a doubt for the Clásico on 21 November.

The Italian press described Roma's 3-2 victory against bayer Leverkusen as "crazy", the Giallorossi ultimately victorious despite initially surrendering a two-goal lead. "A thriller with a happy ending" is the opening in Gazzetta dello Sport, with the paper underlining how Miralem Pjanić's penalty has revived Roma's hopes of qualifying. There was a word of warning, however: “Doubts still remain, mostly in relation to the Giallorossi's mental strength and defensive stability."

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It was a safe bet that Felipe Pardo's face would dominate every front page of the Greek sports press on Wednesday morning.

"Viva Colombiano", said LiveSport. "Marco Silva's golden sub led Olympiacos to an epic comeback at the expense of Dinamo Zagreb and to the threshold of the knockout stage." The sports newspaper stresses that "the Greek champions were struggling against themselves in the first half when they fell behind, but it all changed when Pardo come on".

With the headline "Supermen", GoalNews gives credit to the role of three players: Pardo, of course, (a “superhero”), the "extraordinary overall performance of Pajtim Kasami" and "Kostas Fortounis's magical assist for the late winner".

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"So far away from the zenith", says local newspaper Le Progrès after Lyon's 2-0 defeat by Zenit on Wednesday. "Lyon's performance was not so bad but, as in the first leg, Hulk was decisive and gave both goals to Artem Dzyuba." This was most likely the penultimate European game to be played at the Stade de Gerland, with the new Stade de Lyon set to open in January. There could yet be UEFA Champions League football played there in the spring. "There is still hope, but Lyon's chances are very slim."

L'Equipe, meanwhile, led with the headline: "Lyon are not up to the level". The paper continued: "Lyon were beaten by Zenit and suffered a third consecutive defeat in the Champions League. The door to the last 16 is still not closed (yet) but Lyon will have to work hard even to finish third in the group."

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The Croatian media believe bad luck was to blame for Dinamo Zagreb's 2-1 loss at Olympiacos, newspaper 24sata having the headline "Curse of Modri" – Dinamo Zagreb's nickname is Modri (blue). "With a bit more luck, Dinamo could have six points from two matches against Olympiacos," the paper adds. "This way, they have nothing. It's sad."

Jutarnji list starts their piece with the line: "Dinamo played three perfect halves over two matches [against Olympiacos], but at the end they didn't take a point. The game in Piraeus was 'stolen' by Pardo two minutes before the final whistle in a match Dinamo didn't deserve to lose."

Večernji list said everything in one sentence: "It's not easy to be a Dinamo Zagreb supporter in European matches."

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'The long wait for maturity' is the headline in Spiegel Online in regards to Bayer Leverkusen's defeat at Roma yesterday. "Leverkusen's performances fluctuate between the poles of top-class football and a festival of mistakes. This was the case in Rome as well." The article points out that Leverkusen's season is in danger of unravelling: "In the Bundesliga the ambitious club is only seventh, while in the Champions League they are threatened by an early exit."

"Saving The Special One," is the headline in Ukraine daily newspaper Sport-Express after Chelsea's 2-1 dramatic win over Dynamo Kyiv. "The Special One looked at us with some anxiety from English evening papers covers yesterday. You could easily guess the destiny he would face if Chelsea failed to beat both Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday and then Stoke City during the weekend.

"When Willian scored from a free-kick Serhiy Rebrov desperately buried his face in the hands, while José Mourinho started his fanciful dance. His players danced with the ball through the whole game and that was all impressive. Chelsea did not score a third goal, but they did enough to fulfill the first half of Mourinho's task."

"[Aleksandar] Dragovic scored twice, but the draw in London was stolen from Dynamo Kyiv by former Shakhtar Donetsk player Willian," says another daily paper, Segodnya. "It is Dynamo's second 2-1 Champions League by Mourinho on 4 November," adds the paper. "In 2009 they lost in Kyiv to Internazionale Milano as the Italians grabbed the winner at the very end. Now the story has repeated itself in London. To keep their qualifying hopes alive Dynamo have to beat Porto away now."

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BATE Borisov head coach Aleksandr Yermakovich believes his team deserved to score at least one goal at the Camp Nou, saying: "I don't have any harsh words for my players, they gave their all. It is difficult to compete with such opponents. We learned a proper football lesson.

"It was a better performance from us compared to the home match," Yermakovich added after the 3-0 loss to Barcelona. "We created more in attack and deserved to score a goal. We will try to give our fans something to cheer about in our next home game against Leverkusen. We will try to win and get off the bottom of the table."

Belarussian sports daily Presball also found plenty of reasons to be positive, saying: "BATE are the leaders of this UEFA Champions League in terms of space covered: 121.9km per game on average. We definitely cannot charge them for not giving their all. BATE's performance gives us a solid cause to be optimistic, though we still cannot be happy.

"Our lads are really in such great physical form and should add some tactical and technical nuances to their game. If they do that they'll be able to get big results even without being underestimated by opponents. And as long as BATE still run, they will have a chance in this Champions League campaign."

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'Bayern in a world of their own,' hailed the Süddeutsche Zeitung after Josep Guardiola's men swept Arsenal aside with a dazzling display of attacking football. It was breath-taking performance that all but sealed their qualification for the knockout out stages, and proved that the 2-0 loss on matchday three was nothing more than a blip. "Their sublime link-up play even excited fans who usually dislike Bayern," the Munich-based newspaper continued, describing the 5-1 win as yet another convincing "demonstration of power".

Meanwhile in London, The Telegraph described the current Bayern team as "among the best club sides in history" as they highlighted English clubs' struggles in Europe. It was the Gunners' joint heaviest European defeat and with Olympiacos beating Dinamo Zagreb "It's advantage to the Greeks" in the battle for second place in Group F.

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Paris coach Laurent Blanc is hoping his players can bounce back against Ligue 1's second bottom side Toulouse on Saturday as they bid to recover from their first loss of the season against Madrid.

"We are facing some injury problems ultimately, but it is the case for many other teams as well. The players are feeling tired. We will try to field a competitive team against Toulouse, the best we have," he said, following injuries to Javier Pastore, Marquinhos and Marco Verratti.

"This game comes just after a Champions League game. The result was frustrating against Real. We dominated, we played well but we couldn't win. There is still work to be done to get what we are missing."

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says he is pleased with his side's recent defensive record. The 3-0 win over BATE in the UEFA Champions League marked a third consecutive clean sheet for the Blaugranas, a welcome statistic for a team that had conceded for eight games on the trot earlier in the campaign.

Now the Catalans will be hoping for another strong display at the back when they host an in-form Villarreal side on Sunday. "We always analyse our errors whether or not we concede  goals, it’s a matter of perfecting things," said the coach. "Now we are much better in defence, but that doesn't mean that everything has been solved. We can still improve in every aspect of defence."

The coach also said he was delighted with how the team have fared in the absence of Lionel Messi, after recording  seven wins out of eight games in the Liga and the UEFA Champions League in the Argentine’s absence.

"We are much stronger with Messi, there’s no doubt about that, but we have a great team with a lot of resources and we have taken a step forward," he said. "Everyone is impressed with the work of [Luis] Suárez and Neymar in attack, but they are also doing a lot of work in defence."

After moving up to second spot in Group E, courtesy of Wednesday's home victory against Leverkusen, Roma have turned their attention to Sunday's Derby della Capitale.

Coach Rudi Garcia has included Maicon, who left the pitch during the game against the Bundesliga side due to a muscular complaint, in the squad to face Lazio. Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi, both sidelined in midweek, also return but the tactician will decide "only on Sunday morning" whether to field them.

"We want to win the game to go back on top in serie A," said the Frenchman. "The derby is the most important game of the year in Rome and in order to win we'll need to give 200%."

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Tuesday's 1-1 draw in Gladbach means Juventus will qualify for the last 16 with a win on matchday five, but now the Bianconeri must turn their focus to the league.
The Old Lady will face Empoli on Sunday and coach Massimiliano Allegri asked the team to record their second victory in a row in Serie A after beating Torino in the Derby della Mole last weekend.
"I don't know why [we have not won two consecutive league games this term yet], It's something that can happen in football," Allegri explained. "We need a victory away, but we'll face a team that are playing good football." 

Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez will both return to action for Real Madrid on Sunday against Sevilla after spells on the sidelines with injury.

Bale has been out for three weeks with a calf problem, while the Colombian has not featured for the Merengues since August due to a muscle injury. Rafael Benítez confirmed the pair will travel to Seville with the squad but did not say whether they would be able to start.

"We are still drawing up our squad list but Bale is on it and that means he could play. We'll see how much he plays," said the coach on the Wales international.

He added: "James is a great player and I'm delighted to see that he's so excited about playing. But I’m the coach and I have a responsibility. After 55 days out he's only had five training sessions. He’s a vital player for us but not just for one or two games — over the whole season. He can play in any of the positions in attack because he has so much quality."

Ukrainian top flight leaders Shakhtar racked up their eighth straight league victory at Olexandriya with the help of Alex Teixeira's 19th goal in just 13 league games this season. Dentinho and Olexandr Gladkiy registered before Alex Teixeira hit the 54th-minute winner. However, the Brazilian forward was sent off in added time.

Jesse Lingard scored his first Manchester United goal as Louis van Gaal's side beat West Brom 2-0. Lingard's opener was the Red Devils' first Premier League goal in 260 minutes, Juan Mata added a late second to move United to within a point of joint leaders Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City.

Third-placed Wolfsburg lost more ground on Bundesliga leaders Bayern as Dieter Hecking's side suffered a second defeat in the space of five days. The Wolves lost Julian Draxler to a first-half red card before Pablo De Blasis tapped home after Diego Benaglio parried a cross. Yunus Malli notched his seventh of the season after the break to seal the 2-0 home triumph for Mainz.

Gladbach's six-game winning streak came to an end as the Foals dropped their first points under caretaker coach André Schubert. Bundesliga newcomers Ingolstadt held the hosts - who had Granit Xhaka dismissed for a second yellow card on 86 minutes - to a goalless stalemate.

Leverkusen suffered a second consecutive Bundesliga reverse as Köln claimed the Rhine derby spoils with a 2-1 away success, Dominic Maroh netting twice at the BayArena. Javier Hernández struck his tenth goal in 13 outings to continue his rich vein of goalscoring form.

Four first-half goals against rivals Stuttgart secured an 11th win in 12 league outings for Bayern as Holger Badstuber made his comeback from a thigh injury.

Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa both scored in the first 17 minutes before Thomas Müller set up Robert Lewandowski to tap in a third. Müller added a fourth after Arturo Vidal hit the woodwork. The leaders extend their advantage at the top of the Bundesliga to eight points, having played a game more than second-placed Dortmund.

Robben equalled Mario Gomez's tally for FCB with his 113th goal for the defending champions.

Valencia brought Celta – third at the start of the day – back down to earth with a bump as Nuno Espírito Santo's side scored five in the Liga for the first time since April 2014. Paco Alcacer and Dani Parejo both registered twice and Shkodran Mustafi added another as Los Che claimed an emphatic 5-1 win at the high-flying Sky Blues. Augusto Fernandez hit a consolation for the hosts.

Paris extended their lead at the summit in France to 13 points with a comfortable 5-0 victory against Toulouse. Zlatan Ibrahimović's double took his league tally for the season to nine as Laurent Blanc's side won their seventh straight Ligue 1 game and maintained their cushion. Ángel Di María, Lucas and Ezequiel Lavezzi also registered at the Parc des Princes.

Galatasaray lost only their second league game this term – their first since late August – in dramatic fashion at Rizespor. The 88th-minute dismissal of Umut Bulut preceding two added-time goals for the hosts to secure a last-gasp 4-3 win. Wesley Sneijder, Lukas Podolski and Olcan Adın had given the visitors a 3-2 lead, but Leony Kweuke and Deniz Kadah sealed the comeback after Umut Bulut's red card. Hamza Hamzaoğlu's side last condeded four in the Turkish Super League in October last year.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv moved three points clear at the top of the Israeli Premier League after overcoming bottom-placed Maccabi Netanya 2-1, with Eran Zahavi converting a spot kick for the second time in the space of four days. Tal Ben Chaim added a second before Andrei Mishchenko notched a late consolation for the visitors.

Chelsea, in 16th, suffered a third successive Premier League defeat for the first time since 1999 as the English champions slumped to another defeat at Stoke. Marko Arnautovic's acrobatic 53rd-minute strike secured a 1-0 win for the hosts.

Galatasaray's torrid afternoon – they conceded twice in added time to lose 4-3 to Rizespor – came after they endured torrid luck with injuries. Both Selçuk İnan and Hakan Balta were forced off inside the opening 23 minutes, with the latter's replacement, Semih Kaya, then taken off following a collision with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the second half. All three players will be examined on Sunday.

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Astana, the first team from Kazakhstan to appear in the competition, secured a second successive title with a home success on the final day. Junior Kabananga sealed the 1-0 victory three minutes from time, moments after third-placed Aktobe lost Sergey Khizhnichenko to a red card. The Blue and Yellows finish the campaign a point above nearest challengers Kairat Almaty.

Luuk de Jong missed a 64th-minute penalty but made amends eight minutes later to notch his 30th Eredivisie strike for the Dutch champions as PSV moved into second place, two points behind leaders Ajax. Héctor Moreno struck the opener inside two minutes against Utrecht before Bart Ramselaar restored parity for the visitors in the second half. However, Substitute Gastón Pereiro played in Santiago Arias to put the hosts back in front before De Jong took his league tally for the season to ten after good work by Jürgen Locadia to seal the 3-1 success.

Olympiacos continue to set a relentless pace in Greece, Marco Silva's unbeaten side notched a goal in each half against visitors Iraklis to restore their eight-point advantage over Panathinaikos with a tenth successive league victory. Luka Milivojević and Ideye Brown - his second in as many Greek Super League outings - registered for the hosts in the 2-0 win.

Already crowned Belarusian champions, BATE ended their league season 12 points clear of Dinamo Minsk and undefeated away from home - losing just once in 26 outings. Aleksandr Yermakovich's charges celebrated their 10th consecutive title by ending the campaign in style at home, beating Slutsk 4-1. Aleksei Rios hit a double, Nemanja Nikolić converted a spot kick and Aleksandr Karnitski claimed the fourth.

Aston Villa, the Bottom-ranked side in the Premier League, held leaders Manchester City to a goalless stalemate in former Lyon coach Rémi Garde's first game in charge at Villa Park. Fernando struck the woodwork in added time with a header as Manuel Pellegrini's men recorded a second successive 0-0 draw away from home in the league.

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Malmö, the 2014 Swedish champions, eased into the third round of the Swedish Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win at fifth-tier Gotene. Vladimir Rodić and Jo Inge Berget both struck twice before Simon Kroon completed the scoring.

Seventh-placed Juventus came from behind to beat Empoli 3-1, the Bianconeri's first win on the road in Serie A since 20 September. Massimo Maccarone put Empoli ahead but Mario Mandžukić (pictured) equalised. Patrice Evra then gave the visitors the lead at the break with his first goal of the season. Substitute Paulo Dybala secured the three points six minutes from time.

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Roma moved to within a point of the Serie A summit by defeating neighbours Lazio 2-0 in the 179th Rome derby at the the Stadio Olimpico. Edin Džeko converted a tenth-minute spot kick before Gervinho sealed the victory after the interval with his sixth goal in seven appearances.

CKSA lost in the Russian Premier League for the first time this season as Krasnodar ended their unbeaten run. Fedor Smolov netted twice for the hosts, Alan Dzagoev replied for the Army Men who still lead the standings by six points.

Liga leaders Barcelona secured a comfortable victory in their last tie before facing rivals Real Madrid in 'El Clásico'. Neymar scored twice - including a stunning second - and Luis Suárez netted from the penalty spot as the Spanish champions defeated Villarreal 3-0 at the Camp Nou. Neymar (nine goals in seven games) and Suárez (eight in seven) have now scored Barça's last 17 league goals.

After consecutive league defeats at Split and Rijeka, second-placed Dinamo Zagreb returned to winning ways to revive their Croatian title hopes at Istra. Junior Fernandes notched the clincher nine minutes from time. The Modri close the gap on leaders Rijeka to one point, having played a game more.

Benfica have posted a second consecutive Liga triumph but were made to hard for their 2-0 success against Boavista, despite Gonçalo Guedes's first-half opener. The Eagles could only breathe easier after a late second from substitute Mehdi Carcela-González as they moved up to third.

Arsenal clinched a point in the north London derby after seeming destined to taste defeat for the second time this week. The Gunners fell behind to a Harry Kane strike for Tottenham on 32 minutes, Laurent Koscielny playing the forward onside, but substitute Kieran Gibbs got the hosts out of a hole with 13 minutes remaining after turning in a Mesut Özil cross.

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Zenit now lie ten points off the top in Russia after losing 2-0 at Lokomotiv Moskva for their third reverse in 15 outings. A Nicolas Lombaerts own goal started the damage shortly after the break and Aleksandr Samedov made sure of the result for second-placed Lokomotiv.

Antoine Griezmann spared Atlético from a third straight draw in all competitions after heading his side to a 1-0 victory against Deportivo deep in added time. Los Colchoneros struggled to create chances all game but were left relieved when the Frenchman plundered his fifth Liga effort this term in the 93rd minute.

Andriy Yarmolenko notched a dramatic late double against Dniprodzerzhynsk as Ukrainian title holders Dynamo Kyiv kept pace with leaders Shakhtar. Serhiy Rebrov's men have now won 11 of their opening 13 league outings.

Unbeaten Porto, in second, kept pace with Sporting at the top after recording their sixth victory in nine Portuguese Liga outings. Vincent Aboubakar broke the deadlock in the 70th-minute before Miguel Layún doubled the advantage six minutes from time to seal a 2-0 success against Setúbal. The Dragons have now kept a clean sheet in each of their last 16 home Liga fixtures.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck's Gent have been knocked off the Belgian First League summit after tasting defeat for the first time in the competition this term, going down 3-1 at home to Charleroi. They now trail new leaders Oostende by a point with 15 games played.

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Sevilla have entered the top half of the Liga table for the first time this season after completing a 3-2 comeback success against Real Madrid, becoming the first club to slot three goals past Madrid since Getafe in May. The Andalusian outfit fell behind midway through the opening period but responded via Ciro Immobile's first goal for the club, before Éver Banega and Fernando Llorente left the Merengues reeling.

Real Madrid will head into the Clásico on 21 November trailing Barcelona by three points after their 3-2 reverse at Sevilla – the club's first defeat under Rafael Benítez. Sergio Ramos put the visitors ahead, but Sevilla roared back with a trio of goals to leave fit-again James Rodríguez's added-time effort a mere consolation.

The last ever derby at the Stade de Gerland ended in an emphatic victory for Lyon after hat-trick Alexandre Lacazette put St-Étienne to the sword in a 3-0 scoreline. Left out of France's squad for the friendlies with Germany and England, the striker marked his 150th Ligue 1 outing with his second treble as a professional.

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