UEFA Champions League updates: 25 November-1 Decem

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by UEFA.com newsdesk - 25/11/2013
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Reinhard Rauball was confirmed as Borussia Dortmund president in Sunday's general assembly with 99.3% of the vote. "Life goes on," said Rauball in reaction to the 3-0 defeat against rivals FC Bayern München. "The team will show the reaction we expect from them in the game against Napoli. I am grateful for the trust put in me and proud to be your president for the next three years."

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FC Barcelona's Adriano is the latest player to be ruled out of the Liga leaders' Group H encounter at AFC Ajax on Tuesday after the full-back suffered ankle ligament damage during the 4-0 weekend win against Granada CF. Gerardo Martino's side will already be without Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba (both thigh), Víctor Valdés, Daniel Alves (both calf) and Cristian Tello (ankle) for their trip to the Netherlands. Xavi Hernández returns to the squad, though, after missing the Blaugrana's weekend win with a hamstring complaint.

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Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain host Olympiacos FC on Wednesday fresh from equalling another record at the weekend. Their 3-0 win at Stade de Reims was their 13th successive game unbeaten on the road in Ligue 1, a feat only achieved during their title-winning campaigins in 1985/86 and 1993/94. Their last away defeat was at Reims on 2 March 2013, 267 days ago. "Thanks to this large victory, we can keep preparing calmly ahead of the game against Olympiacos," said defender Lucas Digne.

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Real Madrid CF attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to feature in his team's UEFA Champions League encounter at home to Galatasaray AŞ after the tournament's leading scorer this season sustained a left thigh injury in the 54th minute of the 5-0 win at UD Almería on Saturday. The 28-year-old - who registered his 17th Liga goal at the weekend - scored a matchday one hat-trick away to Galatasaray and has since brought his UEFA Champions League tally to eight, equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy, Filippo Inzaghi and Hernan Crespo's group stage best.

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Having already overseen Club Atlético de Madrid's passage through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 as Group G winners, Diego Simeone has decided to rest several key players for Tuesday's trip to face second-placed FC Zenit. Diego Godín, Tiago, Filipe Luis, Diego Costa, David Villa and Arda Turan have all been left out of the travelling squad, as has midfielder Mario Suárez who is carrying a knee injury.

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The big game in Germany on Saturday has taken up the majority of column inches in the national press, as FC Bayern München came out 3-0 winners against last season's fellow UEFA Champions League finalist Borussia Dortmund. Weekly Die Zeit's focus fell on former BVB man Mario Götze, who opened the scoring on his first return to his former club. "There was no more room for hate and anger. It was melancholy and pain. This scar will remain. The wife is now in someone else's arms, her heart is snuggled by the arms of the big rival."

Spiegel, meanwhile, reserved its praise for Bayern coach Josep Guardiola: "The real star of this match was someone else: Josep Guardiola. How he reacts to the opponent's strengths and his own team's weaknesses is extraordinary. The headlines should belong to him."

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Laurenţiu Reghecampf, FC Steaua Bucureşti coach


It is our last chance, because if we do not win – and the win is our only option – our chances to qualify for the knockout stage will be zero. We will face a very strong opponent, we have some squad problems, players who are ruled out but we prepared well for the match and the most important thing tomorrow will be to win. 

 

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Laurenţiu Reghecampf, FC Steaua Bucureşti coach:


Schalke's most dangerous part of the team is the offense, with [Kevin-Prince] Boateng, [Julian] Draxler, [Jefferson] Farfan and maybe [Max] Meyer, and that is why we will have to be very, very careful when we lose the ball. It is important to play as we did in Basel. The experience so far has taught us to be cautious and to play in a much more compact manner, because otherwise you get punished.

Be sure that Schalke travel to Bucharest in order to win, because it is their big chance to make a step towards qualification for the knockout stage.

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Josué Pesqueira and Juan Quintero (R) of FC Porto take part in a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group stage match against FK Austria Wien
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Standings

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Competition statistics

Matches played: 80

Goals scored
235 Total
2.94 Match average
Total attempts
1973 Total
24.66 Match average
on target
1154 Total
14.43 Match average
off target
818 Total
10.23 Match average
blocked
372 Total
4.65 Match average
against woodwork
51 Total
0.64 Match average
Corners
805 Total
10.06 Match average
Offsides
366 Total
4.58 Match average
Yellow cards
299 Total
3.74 Match average
Red Cards
12 Total
0.15 Match average
Fouls committed
2177 Total
27.21 Match average
Fouls suffered
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25.94 Match average
Passes
91443 Total
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68943 Total
861.79 Match average
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