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Lyon's 3-0 loss at Nice this weekend was "a big disappointment" for coach Hubert Fournier, even though OL remain second in Ligue 1. "We never worked together in this game," he noted. "We have to bounce back in Europe on Tuesday."

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Real Madrid may already be through to the last 16, but Rafael Benítez and his charges are unlikely to take things easy away to Shakhtar Donetsk. Not only can they sew up top spot in the section, they desperately need a positive result following Saturday's 4-0 home loss to Barcelona. That disastrous Clásico defeat has cast a shadow over the Merengues, with captain Sergio Ramos asking fans for "forgiveness".

"We didn't play to the standards of this crest," said the defender. "Words are cheap. Those affiliated with Real Madrid want action, not words. We, the team, are angrier than anyone because it was a match in which we had a chance to finish as league leaders." Requiring victory to keep their own slim hopes alive, Shakhtar ought to expect a fierce backlash.

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Paris forward Hervin Ongenda was delighted to make a telling contribution on his first start for the Ligue 1 leaders since 19 October 2013. "It was my first start [this season] and I scored," said the France Under-21 international, after the 2-1 win at Lorient. "[I feel] only joy."

The French champions extended their lead at the summit to a record 13 points after 14 games following their eighth consecutive league success on Saturday. "Lorient always score, but I think we controlled the game," coach Laurent Blanc said. "We have now an important game to prepare for," added midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is set to start in Malmö after Marco Verratti suffered an ankle injury. PSG will also be missing David Luiz for the trip to Sweden through suspension.

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Dinamo Zagreb, who need to win at Arsenal on Tuesday and hope Bayern lose at home to Olympiacos to have a chance of overtaking them for second place, made their way to London this morning. The Croatian champions meet Josep Guardiola's side in Zagreb on matchday six.

Seeking to end his seven-game barren spell in front of goal in the competition, Zlatan Ibrahimović returns to his home town with Paris to face his boyhood club, and he has made sure Malmo is in for a night to remember. The 34-year-old is ensuring everyone in the southern Swedish city will experience a special evening after booking out the square to screen the game. "I've booked the Main Square where the match will be broadcast live. All are welcome! More surprises await," the Sweden forward teased, meaning it may well be the capacity crowd at the Malmö New Stadium who, for once, are envious of those left outside.

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Domagoj Antolić, Dinamo Zagreb captain:


We are blessed to be able to play against one of the best English teams. They are favourites, but we will not surrender. We have already achieved our goal when we reached the group stage, so everything after that is a bonus.

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Zoran Mamić, Dinamo Zagreb coach:


We are looking forward to another Champions League match. We are playing against Arsenal - a top team - who play at one of the most beautiful stadiums. We don't need bigger incentive than that. We want to produce a good performance and go home happy. Anything other than a loss would be fantastic. We are aware of Arsenal's strength and we will do our best to spring a surprise. We will try to repeat our performance from the first match [on matchday one].

Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli believes the club can go a long way should they achieve their minimum aim of reaching the knockout phase.

Group H leaders Zenit beat the Blanquinegros 3-2 in their Mestalla group opener and have already qualified thanks to a perfect record, but Feghouli is confident his side can get a result in Russia which will secure progress. "I think we've got some good momentum now – we have to treat this game as a final and do everything to win over there," said the 25-year-old. "On matchday one, many of us were tense and inexperienced. I think we learned from that game. Coming home with qualification in our pocket would be wonderful."

Nuno Espírito Santo's men must bounce back from defeat at Gent last time out yet still sit second. A victory in St Petersburg coupled with a failure for the Belgian team at Lyon would help accomplish their goal. "The objective of the club was to qualify for the round of 16 and we're still on track," explained the Algerian international, who hopes the club can repeat their feats in the early years of the millennium, when they made successive finals.

Group B looks tight, with three points separating the four teams, but it is CSKA who are worst off and defeat against visitors Wolfsburg could spell the end of the Army Men's chances. However, the date offers hope for the hosts, the game taking place six years to the day since the sides met in Moscow in the 2009/10 group stage.

That night, Tomáš Necid and Miloš Krasić got CSKA's goals in a 2-1 win after Edin Džeko's opener – and with Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksei Berezutski, Vasili Berezutski, Alan Dzagoev and Georgi Schennikov all still in their squad, there should be some positive feeling among Leonid Slutski's men that they can repeat the result.

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Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach:


We remember the first game of the group stage when we lost by a big score in Germany [4-1 at Leverkusen]. My players were impressed by the high level of Leverkusen. They really outplayed us in many departments and after their second goal we lost track of them – in defence and attack. We still have a chance to fight for second place. Before the start of the group stage we said that we would try to compete with Roma and Leverkusen.

Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolić has recovered from a thigh injury in time to face Arsenal on Tuesday. Long-term absentee Gordon Schildenfeld (thigh) and suspended midfielder Josip Pivarić will miss the Group F tie in London.

As the group stages enter the decisive phase, there's only one thing on the agenda for Bayern and Olympiacos - qualification to the knockout stages. Level at the top of Group F on nine points, a draw in Munich would see both sides qualify. However, the Greek outfit come up against a side which have managed at least four goals in each of their last six home fixtures.

Despite an impressive 3-2 win against Arsenal in London on matchday two, Olympiacos travel to Germany with the daunting task of facing a Bayern side in breathtaking form at home. Josep Guardiola's side have scored an impressive 28 goals in their last six games on home soil – including ten in their two UEFA Champions League fixtures so far this season – and show no signs of slowing down with the knockout stages on the horizon.

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Dmitri Mozolevski, BATE striker:


We always have one aim: to win. We'll try to make up for that 4-1 defeat in Leverkusen. We believe we can reach the knockout stages. But we'll have to see if we have a chance after this game [against Leverkusen].

The Champions League is a special competition; it's out of this world! This tournament is unique in terms of the level of competition and organisation. Tomorrow we'll compete in the final home game of this year and we want to play perform in front of our fans.

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Dynamo Kyiv made their way to Portugal this morning ahead of Tuesday's crucial Group G tie at Porto. Croatian defender Domagoj Vida will miss the encounter after suffering an injury on international duty, while Mykola Morozyuk is out through illness. Mykyta Burda, Serhiy Myakushko and Niko Kranjčar were left out of the squad by coach Serhiy Rebrov.

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Few can envy Taffarel as he leads Galatasaray to the Spanish capital needing a win against Atlético to keep the Turkish giants involved in this season's competition. The former Brazil goalkeeper was serving as goalkeeping coach until the club parted ways with Hamza Hamzaoğlu on 18 November, whereupon he was promoted to interim coach – and tasked with overseeing victory in Spain.

Galatasaray have lost eight and drawn two of their last ten UEFA Champions League away games, and they will take on Diego Simeone's men having let a lead slip three times in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Antalyaspor. "We have had problems with defence and this is an issue the new coach will have to address," said Taffarel.

Group G leaders Porto - 20 games unbeaten in all competitions -  will qualify for the knockout rounds if they avoid defeat at home to Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday.

With fellow forwards Mohamed Salah (ankle) and Gervinho (thigh) injured, Roma's Iago Falqué will almost certainly start at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, the stadium he dreamt of gracing as a trainee at Barcelona.

"I'm proud to meet Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League match," said the 25-year-old, who left Spain for Juventus in 2008 after failing to earn a B team place under current Barça boss Luis Enrique. "I travelled around for many years after leaving Barcelona but now hope to remain with Roma for many years." A goal against his old club would help his cause.

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Arsenal will be without Francis Coquelin (knee) and Mikel Arteta (calf) when they host Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. The midfield duo joined a lengthy injury list on Saturday after suffering problems during the Gunners' 2-1 loss at West Brom. Theo Walcott (calf), Jack Wilshere (calf), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (knee) are among those sidelined.

However, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (both hamstring) could return for the Group F clash. "It looks difficult to have players come back Tuesday night," said Arsène Wenger. "Honestly I don't know [about Coquelin]. I have to wait to see how big the damage is, at the moment he is on crutches."

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Atlético forward Jackson Martínez (ankle) has been ruled out of Wednesday's home fixture against Galatasaray. Fernando Torres, who has not scored since 19 September, is set to start the Group C contest at the Vicente Calderón.

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Dani Alves, Barcelona defender:


Morale is high after winning El Clásico, which is always difficult. A victory like that can weaken you because you can be led to believe you are something you are not. It's good to have won, but if we don’t win any titles at the end of the season we end up looking stupid.

A team has to try to improve themselves every year and win trophies. We are on the right track, but we will have to see at the end of the season, if we are where we need to be.
 
[Lionel] Messi is very important for us, but he can't do all the work. We have a great team, but Messi is just one player. In Barcelona there is a great tradition of Brazilian players. Neymar has to create his own legacy and make sure his name will be written with golden letters in the history of Barcelona. He is on his way to do that, but he has to win titles of course.

Group E rivals BATE and Leverkusen can still qualify. Aleksandr Yermakovich's charges impressed at home in winning 3-2 against Roma on matchday two and will hope to win to aid their chances of playing European football in the spring. Their more experienced visitors, however, will start as favourites.

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Every year since their 2000/01 march to the quarter-finals, Arsenal have successfully navigated the group stage – that's 15 consecutive seasons – but with two matchdays to go, their chances of making it 16 hang by a thread. There is no room for error, with Olympiacos six points ahead and requiring just a point to qualify.

Arsène Wenger will expect Bayern to do the Gunners a favour and beat the Greeks on Tuesday, and if they do there is hope. Yet for the Gunners to set up a decider with Olympiacos they must first overcome Dinamo Zagreb – no easy feat given they lost to the Croatian outfit in their group opener.

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Coming up shortly, Arsène Wenger and Per Mertesacker share their thoughts ahead of Arsenal's crucial meeting with Dinamo Zagreb ...

Barcelona take part in training before their Group E clash with Roma ...

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Holger Badstuber, Bayern defender:


Securing top spot early would be very important, and for the next round it would give us an advantage. We want to win every single match. Tomorrow we want to produce a good performance. We will see what [Josep] Guardiola decides. But I am ready to start and am looking forward to the game. We have a really good mixture in the team, in terms of quality and spirit.

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Manuel Neuer, Bayern goalkeeper:


We know how strong Olympiacos are away from home - they won in London and in Zagreb. Nevertheless, we want to win the game tomorrow and we want to stay top of the group. We have used a different lineup in each of our last 64 games - you can see we have a strong squad.

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Francis Coquelin (knee) will be out for at least two months, Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger has revealed:


Coquelin and [Mikel] Arteta (calf) are out, Arteta short term, Coquelin longer. It is a disappointment to lose him, but we have in the squad the players who can compensate. We have lost a player of quality for a while, probably for at least 2 months. [Aaron] Ramsey is available for tomorrow.

What I can influence is our performance on the day, and [we must] put in a better performance tomorrow. We were a bit unlucky on the day because we played the second half with ten men but we still could have got a better result [in Zagreb on matchday one]. It's true we need a positive result from [the other tie], but that positive result will only impact if we win.

We have not been inconsistent. It's just that in the last two games we have dropped points. Before that we won five games on the trot. You can go through a spell like that in the season – it's always how you respond that makes your season. The players like to play at the top [level] and it's important. When everybody is back, I believe we have the squad to compete in those domains. If we go forward in the Champions League we can be very dangerous for everybody.

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach:


We know how strong Olympiacos are. They play good football. This game is a bit like a final for us. We can qualify for the next round as the top side in the group [if we win]. They will not allow us much space, especially in front of their goal. Their wingers are very quick and they have some tall players too. We have to take the right decisions and we obviously want to score as early as possible.

Last season they qualified for the knockout stage. They have a lot of quality in their squad. That’s why I was very happy with our victory in Athens [on matchday one].

Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender:


We want to remain in the competition. It will be difficult for us to do that due to our results and our performances [so far]. But there is still a chance for us and we want to take it seriously from now on, especially at home. Let’s remember we beat one of the best teams in Europe at home in Bayern - let’s show that we can produce that type of performance again.

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Brazilian left-back Marcelo will miss the trip to Shakhtar on Wednesday after suffering a groin injury in Saturday's 4-0 loss to Barcelona. The Real Madrid defender was replaced on 59 minutes by Dani Carvajal in the Clásico defeat. Sergio Ramos (shoulder) is sidelined.

With Ömer Toprak and Kyriakos Papadopoulos suspended and Tin Jedvaj still injured, Leverkusen face a defensive dilemma. André Ramalho is set to get the nod to start against BATE, but the 23-year-old Brazilian - a summer signing from Salzburg - has played just 214 minutes in the Bundesliga so far this season. Will he be up to the task?

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José Mourinho, Chelsea coach:


We are in a good position even though we haven't qualified yet. If we play like we have been recently we have a good chance. I think the players are getting their confidence back. Tomorrow is simple – if we lose, we are in trouble and we rely on other results; if we draw, we can qualify on the final matchday; if we win, we have a great chance of qualifying first.

I said this season that one team would not qualify for the Champions League, but I hoped it wouldn't be us. We are just taking it game by game. There are plenty of matches still to come and the Premier League is still a good avenue for us to qualify.

We are very focused on what we need to do. We know we had bad results for a significant period of time and we need to keep getting results for our happiness, pride and for the people that support us – the Chelsea fans.

Arsène Wenger takes charge of Arsenal training with Aaron Ramsey back in contention ...

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Despite being unbeaten in nine in all competitions, Gladbach are already out of the UEFA Champions League. A defeat against third-placed Sevilla at home would confirm fourth place in Group D, but André Schubert's men could remain in contention for a place in the UEFA Europa League with a victory in Germany. "We have to reach our limit against Sevilla and give everything we have", said Schubert. "Our goal is of course to win the game, but we are not putting ourselves under pressure. The only duty we have is to give everything until the last second."

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Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach:


We see this match as an opportunity to finish first in the group. I believe we have played better [than on Saturday] although 4-0 against Real Madrid attracts more attention. I can't compare it to the 6-2 victory [at the Santiago Bernabéu in May 2009].

I expect a difficult match against Roma, because they need to get a result, so I think the game will be very open. It will be a very different game to the first one. They played it very tight at the back in Rome, while tomorrow I think we’ll see an interesting game between two top quality skilful sides. For Roma it is an opportunity to come here to Camp Nou and win. The match will be very interesting, because both teams have great players. I hope that tomorrow we will create the opportunities we need in order to win.

I think the team is intelligent enough to know how difficult it is to win football matches. People are heaping praise on us at the moment, but we are fully aware that this is still the first third of the season and there’s a long way to go yet.

It is good to see [Lionel] Messi back on the pitch - we all enjoy watching him train and play.

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Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach:


We go into this match thinking we have not achieved anything yet. Tomorrow we will face a good team at a collective level, with a lot of good players and a lot of them part of the Ukrainian national team. They play good football. We played well at their place but couldn't get the win.

We have to give our best both defensively and in attack – to play at our limit – to get a good result. We take it game by game, and tomorrow is the most important match we have, so we will approach it with confidence, knowing that when we do things well, we can put on a good show and get the win.

Santi Cazorla's fluffed penalty in Saturday's defeat at West Brom sums up Arsenal's recent fortunes. Just one win in five matches has set them back and the loss of Francis Coquelin to injury brings more cause for concern. He and Mikel Arteta are the latest additions to an already long absentee list. Arsenal must now stop Dinamo Zagreb salting their wounds if they are to keep their last-16 hopes alive.

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Fresh from their 4-0 Clásico victory, Barcelona have today announce that Rafinha has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2020. The midfielder tore a knee ligament against Roma on matchday one, however, that has not deterred the Catalan outfit from tying him down to a long-term deal.

Juventus have confirmed that Hernanes will be sidelined for approximately three weeks after picking up a thigh injury in Saturday's Serie A victory against Milan. Already ruled out of the matchday five tie against Manchester City through suspension, the Brazilian midfielder will now also miss the final fixture at Sevilla on 8 December. The former Inter playmaker underwent tests today which revealed a first-grade tear in the adductor longus muscle in the midfielder’s right thigh.

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Former Turkey boss Mustafa Denizli will succeed Hamza Hamzaoğlu as Galatasaray coach, the club has confirmed. However, Cláudio Taffarel will remain in caretaker charge at Atlético on Wednesday. Hamzaoğlu departed the Turkish champions on 19 November, with Taffarel taking caretaker charge of the Cimbom for a third time.

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Mustafa Denizli will take the Galatasaray helm after Wednesday's UEFA Champions League trip to Atlético Madrid, the 66-year-old having previously served the club as both player and coach.

Denizili has agreed an 18-month contract with club president Dursun Özbek but will not assume his position until after the must-win Group C visit to Atlético, for which Cláudio Taffarel remains in caretaker charge. The Brazilian stepped into the breach following Hamza Hamzaoğlu's departure last week.

Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach:


I don't expect Chelsea will be complacent in our stadium, this will be a very important match for them. We have continued to improve throughout but at this moment we are still not at the level to win games and we cannot be satisfied yet. I expect we will be more competitive in this game and the target is to win. We need to be more solid in defence and more dangerous in attack. We play against a very good team tomorrow and we must give our best. We need to step up in every aspect of the game. It is important we don't think about Chelsea's problems. We have a good chance to show who we are. We will try to take every chance they give us and the game starts in 0-0. Nobody bet on us to qualify to the group stage and nobody will bet on us tomorrow, so it is another moment to fight very hard.

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André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:


The most important thing for us is to win the match and go through as group winners. This is very important for us as it would mean playing at home in the second leg of our round of 16 tie. We have two attempts at getting the point we need. Our strategy will be no different to previous games – we will counterattack, we will keep a balance between defence and attack, and we will play to win. Valencia have plenty of motivation and will do everything they can to get the result they require.

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Eran Zahavi, Maccabi forward:


We have a good chance to give our supporters some joy against Chelsea. Not because Chelsea are an easy team to beat but because we will give it our all. Chelsea were said to have been having difficulties last time out but we conceded four goals. The only thing we need to remember is that we are progressing and hopefully we will see it tomorrow on the pitch.

David Alaba, an ever-present figure in the Bayern starting lineup this season, could miss Tuesday’s match against Olympiacos. Having scored the opener against Schalke on Saturday, Alaba was forced off with an ankle injury late in the second half. It’s not all bad news for Josep Guardiola, however, with Holger Badstuber ready to make his first start for Bayern since April, having recovered from a long-term thigh injury. Should Alaba be declared unfit to play, the German defender will be ready and fit to step up if called upon. "I used the break to improve my fitness. I am ready," said the defender at today’s press conference.

Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach:


In a normal year we would already be out of contention, but Group H is a bit unusual and despite only having one point we are still alive. We do not have our destiny in our own hands so we have to be faultless and at our best for what could be the last European night at the Gerland [Lyon will move to the Stade de Lyon next season].

There have been some great matches played here and I hope we can be at the same level. We fear this Gent team, though. They were good in the first match and we learned that without full focus, organisation and power, we will not get results. The first game of a campaign is always very important and it was no different here.  A win in the first game would have given us real serenity … we lost.

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Luka Milivojević, Olympiacos midfielder:


We will play against one of the strongest teams in Europe but we will try to find a way to take something positive. Many teams much bigger than us have lost here. We will try to enjoy the game – that is what our coach told us to do. It is a big challenge for us. Tomorrow we can do something very big for us and our fans.

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Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:


We arrive with the same feelings we had when we arrived in London [ahead of the 3-2 win at Arsenal]. But Bayern are a stronger team than Arsenal, perhaps the strongest team in the world actually. Bayern were always the favourite in the group. No one would have predicted that Olympiacos would be second after four games. Of course, we will work hard until the end to try to get something here in Munich.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach:


Everything is possible but it will be very difficult. We know that Lyon will do everything to win at home, they will be very motivated. We know that even if we lose we might still have a chance. Our supporters won't be here tomorrow – it is a pity but we have to follow the security measures.

We will focus on football. We want to please the people who come to the stadium in order to forget about all this. As a club Lyon have a lot of experience in Europe, but they have young players who, like us, are not very experienced.

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Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:


What we are going to do depends on what Bayern will allow us to do. We are expecting an intensive and difficult game but we will try to win at least a point. We will not have played for 16 days, perhaps we will not have rhythm but we are well prepared. We are positive. Without a doubt Bayern are one of the best teams in the world. It will be a pleasure to see my team play against them. It will be difficult but I do not feel more or less pressure than I normally do.

I want to see the will and the fighting spirit of my players. Nothing that can happen will destroy the positivity we have built during the last weeks and month. The fact that we still have the chance to go through and we just need one more point makes us very proud.

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Rudi Garcia, Roma coach:


Football is a beautiful game and it is not always the best team who wins and I don't believe any team is invincible. If we don't believe we are worthy of playing here, we are going to lose. We have to take our chances and work hard. We know Barcelona will have the ball most of the time, but we have to make the best of the opportunities we get. We cannot defend throughout the entire game, because we will lose.

We also have a good team with good players and we believe we can get a result. We do not have our strongest squad. [Daniele De Rossi] is doubtful but we will have to see. I do not want to use him and then risk him being out for the next six games. The match against Barcelona is important, but not decisive. We have our destiny in our own hands and we are here to win, even though not many teams succeed here. Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and a victory would change our future.

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Miralem Pjanić, Roma midfielder:


It is going to be a tough game against the favourites in the group and against a team that don't often lose. We cannot give them too much space and we have to take advantage of the chances we create. It is always nice to hear a team like Barcelona wants you, but it is a story for the media, not me. I concentrate on my work here at Roma and my ambition is to win trophies with this club.

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Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo Kyiv coach:


In the first match against Porto we were not at our best, we had some defensive flaws, but I briefed the players on what they could do to improve and they are ready for tomorrow. Our president said this was the most important game of the season for us, but if things do not go as expected the world will not end. We will do our best to get a good result.

We analysed Porto's team and found some weak spots so we will try to take advantage of them. Every player that has travelled is ready to play. [Vincent] Aboubakar is a top player but there are other good players on the pitch, and that is who we will play against – the team, not a player.

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Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach: 


The group is tight. Tomorrow both us and BATE need to win. The game is very important, the result will decide a lot. We will stick to our philosophy. BATE deserved their victory against Roma. They were leading 3-0 at half-time and showed the ability to produce interesting and diverse attacks. That win made us change our attitude to BATE.

We need to score in order to win but also need to defend well. We will play our game, just as with our previous opponents. We will try to have good ball possession and to attack a lot. If we win tomorrow, we will have a chance to finish second in the group.

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Zoran Mamić, Dinamo Zagreb coach:


We are aware Arsenal are a very strong team and still have an opportunity to get to the next round. It will be a much more difficult game than the match in Zagreb, they are in good form. Arsenal are too good and experienced to feel any pressure and will do everything to win tomorrow's game. Tomorrow we will all go on the counterattack. We just have to be compact and solid in the defence, try not lose too many balls and try to make them nervous.

I was quite sure, like everyone else, that Arsenal would be at the top of the group but they still have chances. We will try and make the job a little bit more difficult for them. We are missing some very important players but we have shown in the past that we can still play good football even when missing players. We have a good group and we can show that we can compensate for the injuries.

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As Zoran Mamić leaves his press conference he brings to an end a busy day around the media rooms of Europe's stadiums. The blog is shutting down for the night but be back first thing on Tuesday when we will have all the build up to tomorrow's eight fixtures plus the best of the quotes from the coaches ahead of Wednesday's games. We'll see you then. 

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We have an early press conference (by western European standards) in Kazakhstan this morning, where Astana are taking on Benfica tomorrow. Astana coach Stanimir Stoilov and defender Branko Ilić will be meeting the press at 14.45 local time - which is 9.45CET. The away team's event - also at the Saryarka Cycling Center - takes place at 18.30 local time (13.30CET).

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'A Gerland miracle?' is the hopeful coverline in L'Équipe this morning as Lyon host Gent. "OL have to win if they want to keep their hopes of progressing alive," the sports daily writes under a shot of the fans who are set to flock to the stadium for its last European game tonight, with Lyon moving to their new home early next year.

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With a club-record nine points from their first four group stage matches, Olympiacos visit Bayern tonight, a cartoon on SportDay's cover underlining that it is a David v Goliath affair, with a cheeky headline: 'Pep, watch out for the slingshot.' Fos Ton Spor reckons Olympiacos have travelled "to Munich for a miracle", quoting coach Marco Silva's aim "to claim at least a point". Gavros's headline is 'With a crazy dream', the paper reminding readers that a point would confirm a place in the knockout phase for the Greek champions.

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Nuno Espírito Santo, Valencia coach:


We have watched a lot of Zenit matches and we know the quality of their players and the style of their team. We are well prepared. We are already feeling [the cold] but we are ready for the weather and ready to face Zenit. Yes, we are missing some important players, but we have the reserves to plug these gaps.

To keep Hulk quiet we are going to have to work as a team, and be organised and focused. As usual, we need to work, we need to analyse and we need to start tuning in for the match. Zenit have a clear game plan – they play very quickly and move from defence to attack very effectively.

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André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:


The most important thing for us is to win the match and go through as group winners. This is very important for us as it would mean playing at home in the second leg of our round of 16 tie. We have two attempts at getting the point we need. Our strategy will be no different to previous games – we will counterattack, we will keep a balance between defence and attack, and we will play to win. Valencia have plenty of motivation and will do everything they can to get the result they require.

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José Mourinho, Chelsea manager:


We are in a good position even though we haven't qualified yet. If we play like we have been recently we have a good chance. I think the players are getting their confidence back. It is simple – if we lose, we are in trouble and we rely on other results; if we draw, we can qualify on the final matchday; if we win, we have a great chance of qualifying first.

I said this season that one team would not qualify for the Champions League, but I hoped it wouldn't be us. We are just taking it game by game. There are plenty of matches still to come and the Premier League is still a good avenue for us to qualify.

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Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach:


I don't expect Chelsea to be complacent, this will be a very important match for them. We have continued to improve throughout but at this moment we are still not at the level to win games and we cannot be satisfied yet. I expect we will be more competitive in this match, however, and the aim is to win. We need to be more solid in defence and more dangerous in attack.

It is important we don't think about Chelsea's problems. We have a good chance to show who we are. We will try to take every chance they give us and the game starts at 0-0. Nobody bet on us to qualify for the group stage and nobody will bet on us tomorrow, so it is another moment to fight very hard.

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Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach:


This game is vital. I can't say it's the climax of the group, but the result will go a long way to deciding what happens. At Bayer we look only at ourselves and we will stick to that philosophy. BATE deserved their victory against Roma. They were leading 3-0 at half-time and demonstrated their ability to produce interesting and diverse attacks. It was a result that made us change our attitude to BATE.

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach:


We know how strong Olympiacos are. They play good football. This game is a bit like a final for us. We can qualify for the next round as the top side in the group [if we win]. They will not allow us much space, especially in front of their goal. Their wingers are very quick and they have some tall players too. We have to take the right decisions and we obviously want to score as early as possible.

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Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:


We arrive here with the same feelings that we had when we arrived in London [to face Arsenal on matchday two]. But Bayern are a stronger team than Arsenal – perhaps the strongest team in the world. Bayern were always group favourites but no one would have guessed that we'd be second after four games. We will fight right until the end and try to get something here in Munich.

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Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach:


In a normal year we would already be out of contention, but Group H is a bit unusual and despite having just one point we are still alive. We do not have our destiny in our own hands so we have to be faultless and at our best for what will be the last European night at the Gerland. [Lyon move to the Stade de Lyon in January.]

There have been some great matches played here and I hope we can be at the same level. We fear this Gent team, though. They were good in our first match and we learned that without full focus, organisation and power, we will not get results.

The first game of a campaign is always very important and it was no different here. A win in the first game would have given us real serenity ... we drew [against nine men and missed a late penalty].

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Rudi Garcia, Roma coach:


Football is a beautiful game and it is not always the best team who wins – I don't believe any team is invincible. If we don't believe we are worthy of playing here, we are going to lose. We have to take our chances and work hard. We know Barcelona will have the ball most of the time, but we have to make the best of the opportunities we get. We cannot defend throughout the entire game, because then we will lose.

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Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo coach:


In the first match against Porto we were not at our best, we had some defensive flaws, but I briefed the players on what they could do to improve and they are ready. Our president has said this is the most important game of the season for us, but if things do not go as expected the world will not end. We will do our best.

We have analysed Porto and found some weak spots so we will try to take advantage of them. [Vincent] Aboubakar is a top player but there are other good players on the pitch, and that is who we will play against – the team, not a player.

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Last week, Andriy Yarmolenko was key to Ukraine getting through UEFA EURO qualifying for the first time; now he is applying himself to providing similar inspiration for Dynamo Kyiv.

The 26-year-old winger is in his fifth UEFA Champions League campaign for Dynamo and is yet to experience the knockout phase; indeed, the club have had ten straight group exits since last progressing in 1998/99, when a team containing current coach Serhiy Rebrov made the semi-finals.

The current Ukrainian player of the year joined Dynamo's youth academy from FC Desna Chernihiv in January 2007. "Dynamo have done a lot for me – it is probably my second family," said Yarmolenko. " If there was no Dynamo in my life, I don't know where I would be. This club has made me what I am now. And I am grateful for that."

Speaking before the trip to Porto, the forward added: "Our coaching staff instils in us an aggressive style both in defence and attack, so we can control the ball and attack rather than defend. We will need to play like that in Portugal. If we do that, we'll get our three points."

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Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey looks back on his wonder strike against Galatasaray 12 months ago, an effort he has no hesitation in labelling "the best goal I've ever scored" ...

Kirill Panchenko, CSKA Moskva forward:


I do not want to highlight individual Wolfsburg players. Wolfsburg are strong because of their teamwork. We know what this game means for us. It is necessary to win, so our attitude is strong.

Lionel Carole will miss the tie at Atlético, despite taking part in Galatasaray's last two training sessions after caretaker coach Claudio Taffarel left the full-back out of his 20-man squad for the matchday five trip to Madrid. Meanwhile, Hamit Altıntop (knee) is sidelined, while Selçuk inan and Burak Yılmaz miss out through suspension.

With seven key figures out through injury and Aaron Ramsey only just working his way back to fitness, the Sun jokes "Maybe you should play yourself, Wenger" alongside a picture of the Arsenal manager with a ball at his feet in training yesterday. Arsène Wenger's latest concern is in central midfield. Francis Coquelin has established himself as a pivotal figure in the holding role alongside Santi Cazorla, but a knee ligament problem will keep him on the sidelines for at least two months. Mathieu Flamini, who has started just one Premier League game this season, is likely to deputise. The fact Wenger cited a defender, Calum Chambers, as his other option in the holding role, shows just how hard injuries are biting.

Paris, who need one more win to guarantee their place in the knockout rounds, while be missing a number of regulars for the trip to Malmö on Wednesday. David Luiz (knee, suspended), Javier Pastore (lacking match fitness), Marco Verratti (calf), Ezequiel Lavezzi (knee) and Serge Aurier (thigh) were left out of the squad for the Group A tie in Sweden. Hervin Ongenda, who scored his first Ligue 1 goal this weekend, could make his debut in the competition.

"Shame or gain in Belarus" is how the Rheinischen Post sum up Leverkusen's tie at BATE. The paper is hoping for a win, which would set up a "final against Barcelona" on the matchday six in Group E. "The fact that the Belarussian side's season ended two weeks ago could work to Leverkusen's advantage," it continued. However, the newspaper does highlight BATE's 3-2 home victory over Roma.

Under the headline "Bayern's top hits", Munich's Abendzeitung reminds us that the match tonight against Olympiacos is FCB's 100th home game in the UEFA Champions League. The newspaper lists the ten best games that have taken place on Bayern's home turf - three of these occured under Josep Guardiola. At the top of the list is of course the 4-0 win against Guardiola's old club Barcelona in April 2013. The most frequent opponent is Real Madrid, who appear on the list three times. Premier League clubs appear twice in the top ten, with Bayern's 5-1 win triumph against Arsenal on matchday four being fresh in the memory.

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As the injuries continue to mount for Arsenal, club legend Ian Wright sums up their plight neatly in the Sun. Defeat to West Brom on Saturday was bad, he says, "but the loss of Coquelin until the new year with damaged knee ligaments is the real kick in the guts … Coquelin is the most combative player the Gunners have, the one man supporters relate to above all others because he always shows what it means to him."

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Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach:


I know Wolfsburg very well. One game – no matter how extremely good or bad it is – cannot change my view of a team. Of course the victory [6-0 against Werder] confirmed them as one of the Bundesliga pacesetters, but it was not a surprise for me.

[Seydou] Doumbia is working with the group and preparing to take part in the game. The situation with Vasili Berezutski is more difficult; he hasn't started training with the group yet.

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Stanimir Stoilov, Astana coach:


I'm expecting great support from our fans, because together with them we have an even better chance of winning. Our stadium is our home and our castle, and we should always look for victory here, even against the best teams in Europe. After their derby loss against Sporting, Benfica have been backed into a corner and they will be doubly motivated. It's too early to speak about qualifying to the next stage. We will have to play big games against strong opponents [first], but we will give our all to go through. I think we have a great team, which is capble of getting good results in Kazakhstan and in Europe.

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Free-scoring Bayern are currently the leading goalscorers with 13 goals from their opening four matches; just seven shy of the group stage record held by Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.  Eight of those goals were scored by Robert Lewandowski (4) and Thomas Müller (4) in Group F. The pair, who have notched a combined 37 goals from 19 games in all competitions this season, show no signs of dipping in form and will be giving Marco Silva plenty to think about as he tries to prepare his Olympiacos side to face "perhaps the strongest team in the world".

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Stefano Sturaro is set to deputise for injured Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira (thigh), while Alex Sandro is expected to start at left-back as Patrice Evra is a doubt with a muscle injury. Massimilano Allegri may deploy a 4-3-3 formation with Juan Cuadrado in attack, or 5-3-2 with Andrea Barzagli in defence against Manchester City on Wednesday. Hernanes (thigh, suspended) and Roberto Pereyra (thigh) are out.

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Arsenal may be facing elimination at this stage for the first time since 1999-2000, but both Wenger and Per Mertesacker have been accentuating the positives. Glossing over the 5-1 loss in Munich last time out, the German defender took comfort from the impressive 2-0 win at home to Bayern on matchday three. "We beat one of the best teams in Europe at home last month so let's put that in our minds, be confident and show a performance against Zagreb," the German defender said.

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In the second part of our interview with Zlatan Ibrahimović ahead of his return to Malmö with Paris, the Sweden forward discusses booking out the city square to show the match on a big screen to ticket-less fans, proving his critics wrong and whether he can finally win a UEFA Champions League title.

Ahead of Bayern's home game against Olympiacos, Bayern’s official website highlights concerns over David Alaba’s participation for the matchday five clash after the defender suffered an ankle injury at the weekend. Whether or not he will be available “will be decided on the day" according to the article on the club site, which adds: "The Austrian will not take part in the final training session."

UEFA.com users' Team of the Year nominee Dani Alves was so entertaining in his pre-match press conference ahead of Barcelona's meeting with Roma tonight that El Mundo Deportivo were only one amongst many of the local media to devote a couple of pages to his highly entertaining performance - plus this eccentric pose for a picture. But his key phrase makes it too: "We mustn't let praise weaken us or our intensity" he argued.

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Arsenal fans, though, will presumably be taking nothing for granted. Having already lost once to Dinamo Zagreb and with a raft of injuries, what had looked like a routine fixture when the draw was made is now anything but. Add to that the Gunners' inconsistent home form in Europe and it is best to expect the unexpected. Arsenal have lost six and won six of their past 13 home games in the UEFA Champions League proper and have conceded three goals in three of their past five home matches – all against sides they were expected to beat: Anderlecht, Monaco and Olympiacos. 

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Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paris captain:


[The UEFA Champions League] is where the best players play, but it's not always the best who win. You only understand the Champions League after you have played a Champions League game yourself. The anthem, the melody, the atmosphere and all of that. You're facing the best players in Europe. The ball. Everything around you. It’s a very special feeling.

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Jesse Lingard, Manchester United midfielder:


The fans want to see home-grown players come through. Seeing the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley coming through, that gave me confidence to say: 'I can do it as well.' With the youth cup team we had, I thought most of us would come into the first team and nail a place down, but it's not always like that. It's good to get one or two through to the first team. As soon as you step on to the pitch, the fans are behind you straight away – even if you make a mistake, they're still there.

Dinamo Zagreb's fortunes have waned since these sides last met. A heavy loss to Bayern was followed by narrow defeats to Olympiacos – results that have hampered Arsenal's cause as much as the Croatian team's. Particularly painful was the 2-1 reverse in Piraeus last time out when Dinamo led for over an hour before falling to substitute Felipe Pardo's 90th-minute winner. Dinamo deserved more from those two games and if they can keep Arsenal out early on, Zoran Mamić's side could fulfil the coach's wish to "to make them nervous". 

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Porto will qualify for the knockout rounds if they avoid defeat in the matchday five home game against Dynamo Kyiv. A draw is enough, but supporters will surely expect another entertaining tie at home - the last European tie the Dragons failed to score in was a 2-0 defeat against Atlético back in December 2013. Indeed, if the hosts register tonight it will be their 24th consecutive game scoring in UEFA competitions.

Coach Julen Lopetegui, who said that his team have to consider this encounter as "the most important game of the season, because that is how Dynamo will face it", has recalled five players who did not travel to Azores on Saturday - when Porto beat third-tier SC Angrense 2-0 in the Portuguese Cup fourth round. Maxi Pereira, Danilo Pereira, Miguel Layún, Jesús Corona and André André are now in contention to feature against the Ukrainian outit.

Åge Hareide, Malmö coach:


Against Real Madrid, some of our players were maybe more focused on swapping shirts with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and his team-mates... It was too big an occasion for some of the players, but I think that we have learned from that.

We are looking to win. It will be difficult to get possession against a team like Paris, but when we win the ball we have to attack and play fast. We are good at that type of game. Hopefully the pitch and the snow will make things a bit tougher for Paris.

Zlatan [Ibrahimović] is one out of the stars. If we talk about him, we have to talk about [Edinson] Cavani, [Ángel] Di María, [Thiago] Motta ... But of course Zlatan is good.  Zlatan has fantastic physic, a lovely touch and a great shot - he is at the very top level.

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Markus Rosenberg, Malmö captain:


It will be special [with Zlatan Ibrahimović returning to Malmö] - Of course he will be welcomed. Zlatan is the greatest player ever from Sweden and he is from Malmö. We are very proud of him and what he has achieved. We all know what he can do and that he is a fantastic player.

I think that we are more used to this big stage now, and hopefully we can play our own play. You have to play on this level to learn - you can not just talk about it. We are a team that is better when we play more offensively, so maybe that is the reason that we play a lot better at home. We like it more when we attack. We are not as good at defending, which we are forced to when we play away at this level.

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While Arsène Wenger's resources are stretched, Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic has begun to welcome back some of his players from injury. Right-back Ivo Pinto and centre-back Leonardo Sigali are fit and should start, as is Algerian winger El Arabi Hilal Soudani. Josip Pivaric – scorer against Arsenal on matchday one – is suspended.

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André Schubert, Gladbach coach:


Sevilla are very, very strong opponents. They have a lot of pace, but we showed against Juventus and Manchester City that we can compete with strong teams. We want to play attacking football. Their coach rested some of their players in the league – that shows how many good players they have and that they have respect for us. We want to be in a good position for third place in the group.

Julian Korb, Gladbach defender:


As a kid I used to dream about playing in the Champions League. Now when I hear the anthem, I get goosebumps.

Sevilla won their home tie against us comfortably [3-0, on matchday one], but the situation is very different now - they caught us during a bad phase. But that has changed now, and that's why we want to win this match. We want to stay composed. The manager will decide on the gameplan.

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Tonight will actually be the second meeting between Barça and Roma this season in Spain, the first having been the annual Camp Nou summer match to honour the club's founder Joan Gamper. Barcelona won that contest 3-0 with goals from Neymar, Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitić who is the holders' second top UEFA Champions League scorer this season with two goals - the Croatian also struck the opener against Juventus in the 2015 showpiece.

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Benfica landed in Astana early this morning after a nine-hour flight from Lisbon. The Portuguese outfit were greeted by freezing temperatures in the Kazakhstan capital. Rui Vitória has included youngsters João Teixeira, Nuno Santos and Renato Sanches in his 20-man squad with the likes of Luisão, Nélson Semedo, Fesja and Lisandro López out through injury and with Nicolás Gaitán suspended.

Despite the absences and Saturday's defeat against city rivals Sporting in the Portuguese cup, goalkeeper Júlio César is optimistic that the Eagles will seal their place in the last 16 - posting on his Instagram page: "We come here to get qualification for the next stage, sad about the elimination in the Portuguese Cup but as strong as always in the pursuit of our goals. We can't change the past, so we have to live the present in order to write a wonderful future. Let's do it!".

For all the superlatives directed towards Bayern this season, their Greek opponents this evening are certainly no pushovers, as the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and most recently Arsenal have all discovered in the last few years. "We know how strong Olympiacos are," warned Josep Guardiola ahead of the game. "They will not allow us much space, especially in front of their goal. Their wingers are very quick and they have some tall players too."

Indeed, Marco Silva's men are flying high in the Greek Super League this season with maximum points from their opening ten games. More impressive is their UEFA Champions League form, which sees them level with FCB at the Group F summit, having won both of their away matches against Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb. It will be no easy task, but expect the Greeks to put in as heroic performance against the Bavarian giants. "We will fight right until the end and try to get something here in Munich," promised the Olympiacos coach.

Bayern have scored ten goals in their two home matches in Group F, if anyone needed reminding of what a formidable attack they have. Therefore, Olympiacos coach Marco Silva has already prepped his players for a more defensive approach to tonight’s game. Instead of his usual 4-2-3-1, he will switch to a 4-3-2-1 formation with three midfielders marshalling the area in front of the back four – where Bayern are exceptionally dangerous. This system leaves no room for a classic playmaker featuring behind the lone striker - Kostas Fortounis might remain on the bench - with Felipe Pardo (pictured) and Sebá deployed on the flanks.

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Rui Vitória, Benfica coach:


There is no need for extra motivation; we can go through to the next stage if we win here, but it will be a difficult game for us. Astana were really disciplined in our first match, but I think [our 2-0 win] was a fair result. The team and the fans put in great performances at home against Galatasaray and Atlético. Despite having injured players, I have faith in my team. When the group stage draw was made we knew it will be difficult for us. There are good teams in our group but Astana are on of them. We respect our opponents but we came here to win.

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Pizzi, Benfica forward:


Of course, we will have a few issues playing on an artificial pitch. But we are all professionals and we will have to adapt. Luisão [fractured arm] and [Nicolás] Gaitán [suspended] are really important players for us. It would be great if they were available, but we have 20 players here [in Astana] and we all will try to produce a good performance without them.

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Both BATE and Leverkusen can still qualify. BATE impressed in beating Roma 3-2 at home in Borisov on matchday two, and will hope to win to enhance their chances of European football in the spring. Their more experienced visitors, however, start as favourites in the early kick-off (18.00CET).

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With Oleg Shatov and Igor Smolnikov shaking off niggling injuries to appear in Saturday's 3-0 dismissal of Ural, Zenit seem to have a full squad available, and will look to exploit this luxury. A draw against Valencia will confirm André Villas-Boas's men as Group H winners, yet their big target is to become the second Russian club – after Spartak Moskva in 1995/96 – to win all six group stage games.

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Ahead of tonight's Group F clash, Gabriel says Arsenal must learn from the mistakes they made on matchday one against Dinamo Zagreb.

Zoran Mamić's side ended their 16-year wait for a group stage win with a 2-1 defeat of the Gunners at the Stadion Maksimir on 16 September. "I think we learned a lot [from the game in Zagreb], we showed that we were the better team but that's football," the Brazilian centre-back told the club site. "They knew how to take advantage of our mistakes and got what they wanted out of the game."

He added: "The fact that this game is at home in front of our fans is very important. Our fans have always cheered us on and helped us and you feel more motivated playing in a stadium like the Emirates. For me in particular, I feel very motivated.

"We could still qualify from our group in the Champions League, so I'm not thinking about the Europa League. I think that we need to focus on winning these next two decisive games and what happens with the other results determines whether we will qualify or not."

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Louis van Gaal has revealed the latest Manchester United team news ahead of Wednesday's meeting with PSV at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney (illness), Anthony Martial (foot) and Marouane Fellaini (calf) will return for the hosts. However, Ander Herrera (hamstring) and Phil Jones (ankle) will miss the Group B tie.

Santi Cazorla's fluffed penalty in Saturday's defeat at West Brom sums up Arsenal's recent fortunes. Just one win in five matches has set them back and the loss of Francis Coquelin to injury brings more cause for concern. He and Mikel Arteta are the latest additions to an already long absentee list. Arsenal must now stop Dinamo salting their wounds if they are to keep their last-16 hopes alive.

Malmö have had their minds on this match ever since the draw set up a long-awaited return of local boy Zlatan Ibrahimović. They played their last league match on 31 October, so at least will come with fresh legs to this encounter. Recent snowfall over the city gives them the hope of coping better with the conditions than visitors Paris.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović on his relationship with Malmö, fourteen years since he left the club:


I have a special relationship with the club, because we stay in touch. We talk about the future, the present, about everything, really. They ask for tips and help sometimes, and I try to share my experience to try and help them in the best way possible. It's the club where I got started, and you want them to grow to be the best, which they are in Scandinavia.

I will do anything I can for that club and for the fans. They always make me feel welcome. We haven't had many chances to get the national team together in Malmo because we are based in Stockholm, but those times I've been in Malmo with the national team have been great.

The UEFA Champions League MatchCentre is taking over coverage of the night's action, so click here to head over there now and make sure you do not miss a thing as Zenit host Valencia and BATE face Leverkusen from 18.00CET.

The blog will return in the morning with all the latest news and reaction from matchday five. Until then enjoy what is set to be a thrilling night of football.

After two Group F away wins, Olympiacos lost 4-0 at Bayern München - a team called "nuclear-powered", "extraterrestrial" and "just unplayable" in today's Greek papers. GoalNews chose an ancient Greek saying for their headline, 'Escaping fate is impossible', and writes: "Unavoidable defeat in Munich, but qualification of Olympiacos to the last 16 at the expense of Arsenal in two weeks' time in Piraeus is inescapable. The Red-and-Whites can go through if they win, draw or even get lose 1-0 or 2-1."

Fos ton Spor focuses on Olympiacos's slow start in Munich: "By the 20th minute they were already 3-0 down due to their less than mediocre defence." LiveSport, meanwhile, knows they must go for broke against the Gunners on matchday six - 'All in against Arsenal' is its headline.

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Shakhtar winger Bernard on his side's meeting with Real Madrid


I don't think Madrid's defeat to Barcelona will affect their game. Madrid have great players and play very good football. La Liga and the Champions League are completely different competitions. We have a chance of qualifying for the next stage, though it is really small. We are eager to win as we need three points badly. We prepared well for the match and we know everything about Madrid.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović on returning to Malmö with Paris, and his decision to hire a big screen to broadcast the game in the city's Stortorget square


It is fantastic to be home. It is fantastic to get a chance to play against Malmö in Malmo. Once we drew Malmö I just said that I want to hire Stortorget, so I booked it. I want everyone to see the game. This is for the joy and love for the city. I am the same person as I was when I left. I want everyone to know that everything is possible.

I made the journey from here to the big world. The perfect scenario is that we win and I score three goals and that everyone shouts my name afterwards. But during the game I hope that the local fans support Malmö. I love it here, but I don't know if I will live here in the future.

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"The Great Escape is on," writes the Sun, while the Mirror believes Arsenal are now "living the dream", new life breathed into their moribund UEFA Champions League campaign by the 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb. Two-goal Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, who opened the scoring, take the plaudits for their match-winning displays, with the Mirror declaring the pair "operate on a different level of consciousness from the mortals around them".

After watching Arsenal hit such highs, The Times asks "how on earth have they made such heavy weather of this Champions League campaign? Surely no other team can manage to make the business of top-class football look so difficult and yet so easy." Everything now hinges on Arsenal's visit to Olympiacos on 9 December and with Sánchez "in this sort of mood, impossible is nothing for Arsenal," says the Mirror. The Sun, however, adds the caveat: "They have met the Greek side three times away in their final group game and lost each time."

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Wolfsburg defender Marcel Schäfer on his side's game at CSKA Moskva:


We are in a good state, we are prepared for this battle and we think that we can be successful. Every game is important, and this one is too. I got a chance in the [6-0 weekend win against] Bremen and I want to play well [in Moscow]. I am in good form and want to win.

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Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera on meeting Uruguay team-mate Diego Godín in today's game at Atlético:


I think Godín is the best centre-back in the world, which he proves playing with Atlético and his national team. I haven't spoken to him about this match. We will meet on the day. Atlético are a complete team and they are at home. The have some very good players. We struggled against them in Istanbul.

We will attack, for sure. If we want to continue in the UEFA Champions League we must be very focused and play well. It is no longer all down to us, but if we want to survive, we must make the first move.

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"Rebrov knows how to surprise," reads the headline in Sport-Express after Dynamo Kyiv's 2-0 win at Porto.

"Dynamo won their most important match in this year with the necessary two-goal difference and raised their chances [of reaching] the Champions League knockout stage. Now they just need three points in [their] home game against Tel Aviv," says the newspaper, adding that the Dynamo seniors followed the example of their U19 colleagues, who defeated Porto 1-0 in the UEFA Youth League.

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The last 16 may be beyond their reach, but Gladbach are desperate to make an impression in their final two Group D encounters, starting with Sevilla on Wednesday. Victory over the Spanish outfit at Borussia-Park will boost the Foals’ hopes of securing third spot in the group and a place in the Europa League.

"It is vitally important that we beat Sevilla," said winger Ibrahima Traore, who has played a key role in helping his side win seven of their last eight league matches. "We have a lot of self-belief at the moment and Sevilla aren’t doing so well in the league. We’re at home and will do all we can to win. It is crucial to secure Europa League football.

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Dynamo Kyiv's players were clearly in a jubilant mood following their 2-0 victory against Porto, judging by Oleksandr Shovkovskiy's recent post on Facebook. The 40-year-old keeper helped his side upset the form book and put an end to Porto's unbeaten start to the season, a result that has set up a tantalising final day in UEFA Champions League Group F.

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas on putting their recent defeat against Barcelona behind them and the challenge posed by Shakhtar Donetsk:


We know that we played below our level [against Barcelona]. That was our fault, but now we have new goals and we will work on achieving them. It is very important to finish first in the group. We expect a very tough match because Shakhtar are a strong team, but we need three points. We will show our unity and avoid any mistakes.

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Valencia manager Nuno reflects on his side's 2-0 defeat against Zenit at the Stadion Petrovskiy:


The result did not suit us, but I have nothing to reproach the players for, they did everything they could. We came here to win, but we still have one more game in hand.  I believe in our young players, their ability, they are progressing. They have no choice, because they are playing against the best teams in Europe.

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Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt on his side's frustrating 1-1 draw against BATE:


They had a shot on goal and unfortunately it went in – we have to accept that. But after conceding, we showed that we wouldn't be satisfied with a draw or a loss.

It is very annoying that we haven't won the game. Conceding the early goal meant that we weren't able to get into our rhythm like we wanted. We had enough chances to win the game – and we would have deserved the win today.

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Zenit winger Oleg Shatov reflects on his man of the match performance against Valencia:


We have an unspoken aim within the squad – to win all six games in the group. We will definitely try to get another victory in Belgium [against Gent].

We entered the pitch with an ultimate motivation and desire to make a worthy present to our fans and to the city of Saint Petersburg. I am not a fond of evaluating my own game, but it is a pleasure to be named man of the match, of course. However I would say we were a unit tonight and had 11 men of the match or even 18 including all those on the bench.

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In their previews of tonight’s game at Old Trafford, the English newspapers are focusing on Manchester United’s injured left-back Luke Shaw, who suffered a double leg break against PSV when the teams met in September. Manager Louis van Gaal has allowed Luke Shaw to stay away Old Trafford, giving him a four-day break this week prior to his latest scan on Friday.

The Guardian reports: "Even though he accepts Héctor Moreno’s challenge in the first game in September was an accident, Van Gaal still thought the occasion might be too much for a player who will miss most of the season as a result." The Times adds that "in a touching gesture tonight, PSV supporters will hold aloft a flag bearing the words ‘Get Well Soon Luke Shaw’ as well as sending a second version of the flag to the player to keep."

Elsewhere, the Independent, in an article titled ‘How Van Gaal’s team could use a Best’, picks up on the fact today is the tenth anniversary of the death of United legend George Best – and notes that by contrast with that "supreme footballing individualist," Van Gaal "has built the new United around principles of security and solid defence."

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Today's French press go tough on Lyon after they lost 2-1 to Gent yesterday in the very last European game played in Gerland. Les Gones are now out of the UEFA Champions League, and cannot grab the UEFA Europa League ticket offered to all third-place group finishers.

L'Équipe's front page reads "Pathetic", a headline that speaks for itself. "With only one point gained in five games, and after they lost to Gent, Lyon were neither up to the UEFA Champions League, nor to Gerland's European farewell."

Lyon-based newspaper Le Progrès shows disillusioned Alexandre Lacazette and bids "Farewell to Europe". To them, the French striker "embodies Lyon's helplessness", whereas Jean-Michel Aulas admits his club was "the weakest of the group."

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Ukrainian sports newspaper Komanda says Dynamo Kyiv gave a huge boost to their fans thanks to their 2-0 at Porto: "Three points in the away match against a team that were unbeaten in 20 previous games and had scored at home in every European match for last two years have taken Dynamo closer to an almost historical breakthrough. Dynamo couldn’t reach the knockout stage of this tournament in previous years but now it is within one victory [of doing so]."

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Barcelona's Sergi Roberto sprained his right ankle in a clash with AS Roma’s William Vainqueur during his side's 6-1 victory at the Camp Nou. The midfielder was replaced by Adriano after 64 minutes and his progress will be monitored by the club's medical staff over the next few days.

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Spanish newspaper Marca says the pressure is on coach Nuno Espírito Santo after Valencia's defeat at Zenit last night.

"Zenit spell trouble for Nuno" is the newspaper's headline, and their report talks of total domination from André Villas-Boas' men. "Zenit were the far superior team and deservedly overpowered a Valencia side who will play for their place in the last 16 of the tournament against Lyon at Mestalla. With goals from Shatov and Dzyuba, the Russians barely gave Valencia a chance. Nuno’s men improved with the introduction of Santi Mina, but they were powerless to stop a Zenit lead by Hulk, Witsel, Danny and Neto."

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"Roma humiliated", is the headline of Rome-based Corriere dello Sport after the 6-1 defeat at Barcelona. "You can lose against Barcelona but not like this. There was no game," added Gazzetta dello Sport. "The 'martians', led by a great Messi, dominated from start to end."

The newspaper also underlines the fact that Roma have already conceded 16 goals in five UEFA Champions League games under the headline "No defence". However, they argue that Roma are still in good position to qualify: "If they beat BATE, they are through but this kind of defeats can hurt."

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The Belgium newspapers are jubilant following Gent's late victory against Lyon last night. Het Laatste Nieuws captures the mood with a headline that just reads: "Chapeau, Gent".

"Gent is a phenomenon in international football," argues the paper, "because of it’s unique character. The mix of cosiness, friendship, professionalism, dare, humor… football is fun with the Buffalo. They conjure a smile on the people’s faces in these days of misery in Belgium."

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The Catalan media has been celebrating Barcelona's awesome performance against Roma, with newspaper Sport headlining their edition "Another Festival Barcelona give another recital of goals and spectacular play.

Fellow Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo also saw Luis Enrique's side's virtuoso performance as a spectacle, titling their edition '"Sh6w time After the thrashing of Madrid, Barcelona produce another exhibition in the Champions League."

National newspaper El Pais meanwhile focused on the influence of a fully fit Lionel Messi, the outstanding performer in his first start for the Catalanas in two months. Their mach report is titled "Welcome back Mr Messi", with journalist Ramon Besa writing: "Barça enjoyed themselves against Roma, playing easily and happily, trotting around Camp Nou like their own home, with an open pitch, with barely any response from Roma."

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri looks ahead to tonight's crucial game against Manchester City in UEFA Champions League Group D:


It is an important game because it could determine who comes first in the group. We've got to aim to win as it is the only result that guarantees us qualification. Our aim was to win the group, but just qualifying would still be a big result for us. If we don't get a win, then we'll be reliant on Sevilla's game at Gladbach, but we've got to aim to play 95 minutes as we have to do, aware we're up against one of the strongest sides in Europe.

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"Peter The First" is the headline of Sport-Express, referencing both Zenit topping the table in UEFA Champions League Group H and Peter The Great, the founder of the city of Saint Petersburg.

"Russian clubs haven't finished in the first place of a UEFA Champions League group for 20 years," explains the paper. "The last to achieve this were FC Spartak Moskva, but those famous days are gone for the Red and Whites and Artem Dzyuba made his choice last summer [moving from Spartak to Zenit] because of this. Who would say he made the wrong choice after five goals in the UEFA Champions League and 21 in all tournaments this season?"

Elsewhere, "Chasing the record" is on the cover of Sovetskiy Sport, who also references FC Spartak Moskva's perfect run of 1995/96 and urges Zenit to go all-out in their quest to win their sixth successive group stage match.

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Denis Novitsky reports from Astana Arena ahead of the hosts' UEFA Champions League Group C match against Benfica:


It is quite cold and windy in Astana, but nothing compared to last weekend when it was -29. Yet inside the Astana Arena it is really warm – one doesn't need a winter coat here. The weather will not be a problem for Benfica, but they are not used to playing on an artificial pitch. This might be a slight advantage for Astana, who have to win tonight in order to keep their small chance of qualifying alive. A sell-out is expected tonight.

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"Goal fests have long since been become a regular feature at the Fußball Arena München," writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung after Bayern delivered another devastating attacking display in the 4-0 win over Olympiacos on Tuesday night.

Josep Guardiola’s men are scoring goals for fun this season and sweeping aside every opponent that comes to Munich. "I’m very happy. Once again we scored a lot of goals at home," said the Bayern coach after the game, before revealing the simple secret behind his side’s success: "When we play with many attackers, we create a lot of chances."

Not only do their opponents have to worry about stopping Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller from scoring, Bayern are attacking on all fronts this season, with Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman, as well as Arjen Robben, Mario Götze and David Alaba, all contributing to Bayern’s goal tally of 17 in the competition to date.

A small consolation for whoever draws them in the round of 16, at least, is that they have until February to come up with a game plan.

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Dinamo captain Domagoj Antolić on his side's 3-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium:


I think we played a reasonable match. In some moments we were playing at our best, but if we look at the full 90 minutes they completely deserved their victory. Again, we were conceding cheap goals, and we are playing on the level where every cheap mistake will be punished.

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Galatasaray’s new coach Mustafa Denizli will be at the Estadio Vicente Calderón for his side’s UEFA Champions League game against Atlético tonight.

Denizli had principally agreed to take over at Galatasaray last Monday and announced he would begin his duties this Thursday. However, he explained that speaking with caretaker coach Claudio Taffarel had changed his mind: "Taffarel told me yesterday evening that my presence would be a boosting factor for the team. I will watch the match in the stadium, I will be with the team. I will give my support to them from the heart."

The experienced coach will travel to Madrid by a private jet together with club president Dursun Özbek. Explaining why he didn’t lead the team against Atlético, Denizli said: "It would be improper to make such a move before preparing and without knowing much about the team."

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Andriy Yarmolenko, who nervelessly opened the scoring from the spot during Dynamo Kyiv's 2-0 victory against Porto, on his approach to taking penalties:


Before games I always study the opposition goalkeeper to see how they try to save penalties, and I noticed that Iker Casillas guesses which way you will go. So I had decided before the match that I would put it down the middle, and it worked. I was always confident I would score.

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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio looks ahead to tonight's crucial UEFA Champions League Group D clash against Manchester City:


Last year we reached the final and this season, despite having some problems in the league, we started really well with the wins against City and Sevilla. Now we face City at home, and it will be a tough match as they are a side full of champions. We know how difficult this competition is and we know how much they want to top the group, as we do too. We'll play right to the end to finish top of this group.

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Zenit manager André Villas-Boas on his side's 2-0 victory against Lyon and their perfect form so far in UEFA Champions League Group H:


We played very well in the first half, we kept possession and looked to counterattack whenever possible. In the second half there were stretches when we were uneasy but we deserved the victory.

Luís Neto played very well today, he disrupted their attack and passed the ball well. He is a player I can always count on, his versatility helps us to cope with different situations.

Looking ahead, of course we would like to make it six wins in the group, but Gent are a good side and they will push us hard. The main thing is that we gotten the result we needed and in the next round we will play the second leg at home, that is always an advantage.

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Speaking to Turkish daily Milliyet, Turkey and FC Barcelona star Arda Turan shared his views on tonight’s UEFA Champions League meeting between his former clubs Atlético and Galatasaray. There could be no other player who could explain the atmosphere at Estadio Vicente Calderón from a Turkish point of view better than him.

Stating that the Spanish outfit possess a very loyal fan base, the 28-year-old midfielder added: "A trip to Vicente Calderón will not be easy for Galatasaray at all. It is really hard to be an away team there. They are one of the few teams with a great home record in the last five years."

Arda chose to be neutral when he was asked to make a predicton about tonight’s result: "I hope it’s going to be an entertaining game and hope that both sides benefit from the result after 90 minutes because I had great memories of both clubs."

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Given the fact that his star striker Burak Yılmaz is suspended, Galatasaray's caretaker coach Claudio Taffarel will need to consider his attacking options carefully against an Atlético side in excellent defensive form.

With Umut Bulut struggling for goals, Taffarel may field Lukas Podolski as a lone striker, with Yasin Öztekin and Emre Çolak operating down the flanks and Wesley Sneijder occupying the space behind Podolski.

While Galatasaray's attacking line-up is in flux, the rest of the side largely picks itself at the moment, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and a back four of Jason Denayer, Aurélien Chedjou, Hakan Balta and Olcan Adın almost certain starters, likely protected by holding midfielders José Rodríguez and Bilal Kısa.

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In the Guardian, Manuel Pellegrini discusses Manchester City's previous European campaigns:


Everyone criticised this club for its performance in Europe. It was important to [set goals], one of those was to qualify for the round of 16, [which we've done] for last two years. Before that we couldn’t do it.

Now we have played in the round of 16, we were very unlucky to play Barcelona [each time] but we have beaten Bayern Munich twice [in the group stage]. This year it is important to qualify. We have two spare games to win the group.

It is also important to win away to Juventus for the future because it is a big test in the UEFA Champions League. But the most important thing is to qualify for the next stage. If we finish top of the group it doesn’t mean we’re going to have an easy draw, it depends on a lot of different things.

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Having put six goals past Werder Bremen at the weekend, Wolfsburg will be feeling confident ahead of their vital UEFA Champions League Group B clash with CSKA, and it looks like they will have plenty of support cheering them on in Russia's capital...

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio believes that his team have put their early season league troubles behind them but is wary of a Manchester City side with a point to prove:


We did not have an easy start to the season, with players leaving, lots of injuries and some new players arriving. Thanks to some players coming back we have managed to turn things around, but we know it is not going to get any easier because we are up against good sides.

City suffered a heavy defeat in the league [this weekend], and this could create problems because when you lose like that in the league you are even more motivated to prove yourself in Europe.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović, in an exclusive interview with UEFA.com ahead of his return to Malmö with Paris Saint-Germain, has revealed that he has booked out the city square to allow ticket-less fans the chance to watch the match on the big screen:


I [booked it] right after the draw when I found out that we would be playing MFF. MFF have a small stadium, not in Swedish terms but in international standards where I'm used to playing, and if MFF's stadium had been five times bigger, we would still have been able to fill it.

We want to fit all of Malmö in, but everyone can't get in, and I want to give everyone a chance to watch the game. It will be a large screen in the square where everyone will have a chance to see the match live. We also have a few surprises in store. It will be a special moment.

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Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu wants his team to show no fear against a Real Madrid side anxious to put their heavy defeat at the hands of league rivals Barcelona behind them:


For our team, it's very important to avoid the mistakes we committed in Madrid [when Shakhtar lost 4-0]. I'd prefer not to see the fear we showed there after the first goal we conceded. I'd like to see the same team we saw in the home game against Malmö, the team that is confident in its potential.

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With his team needing a win to have any hope of qualifying for the next round of the UEFA Champions League, Sevilla coach Unai Emery expects his players to rise to the occasion:


It's a tough task, but we are used to them. I think we still have a real chance of qualifying. A tough opponent awaits, in a fantastic stadium with fantastic supporters. This match means a lot to us. We've been playing well this season and now it's up to us to show our qualities. First we must take these three points and then we will tackle the next step.

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It has gone full-time in the first of this evening's UEFA Champions League games, which saw Astana and Benfica battle their way to a hard-fought 2-2 draw, while the action has just got underway in tonight's second game between CSKA Moskva and Wolfsburg.

You can follow that and all of ther other games tonight by heading to the MatchCentre. Hope you enjoy what looks set to be a thrilling evening of football!

Igor Akinfeev might be advised to skip the Russian papers today after he deflected the ball into his own net in CSKA Moskva's campaign-ending 2-0 home loss against Wolfsburg. "Black day for Akinfeev," Sport-Express headline says. "And it's even not about the sad record [of conceding in 32 straight UEFA Champions League matches] but about the mistake that allowed Wolfsburg to win and denied CSKA any chance of reaching the knockout phase."

"Dream eaten by the Wolves," is the headline in Sport Den za Dnem, while Sovektsi Sport believes that CSKA's luck was used up in summer when they won two qualifying ties by one-goal margins against Sparta Praha and Sporting CP.

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After Juventus reached the round of 16 by beating Manchester City 1-0, the Italian newspapers have hailed La Vecchia Signora and their coach. "Juventus Max speed," reads La Gazzetta dello Sport's headline, adding that coach Massimiliano 'Max' Allegri took all the right decisions. "He chose Mandžukić instead of Morata, and the Croatian scored the winner; a draw in Spain [on 8 December at Sevilla] will be enough to win the group."

Turin based Tuttosport hints at City's ownership with the headline: "We are the sheikhs", explaining: "Juventus managed to beat City and qualified; the Bianconeri played brilliantly, and now a draw against Sevilla will be enough to get the first place in the group."

'Fantastic Juve," headlines the Corriere dello Sport, who wanted to underline Gianluigi Buffon's great performance on Wednesday night: "He saved everything, and the Bianconeri are now first."

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Wesley Sneijder did not mince his words after Galatasaray's 2-0 defeat by Atlético last night.


We don't train well. Atlético have been very successful in recent years. Teams who defend collectively and play real team football are successful. We lost 2-0 but it could have been 6-0. I told my team-mates that after the game. We need to react somehow. We need to stand up with our new coach [Mustafa Denizli]. We shouldn't throw in the towel, we need to keep our heads high.

"The knot has come undone," writes local publication Express after Mönchengladbach's first UEFA Champions League victory. The paper highlights an "impressive choreography" and the "emotional" style of André Schubert's team, but found a "small flaw", pointing out that Sevilla's two goals in the closing stages of the match tipped the head-to-head record in the Spanish side's favour.

In the absence of key holding midfielder Luiz Gustavo, Wolfsburg's Maximilian Arnold came to the fore and is receiving a lot of praise in the papers. Kicker credits him with a "mature performance" during the 2-0 victory at CSKA Moskva, saying it was his "great presence" that helped the Wolves overcome a rather difficult first half in which the Russian Premier-Liga leaders dominated.

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It is nine league wins in a row for Paris after they saw off Troyes 4-1, Zlatan Ibrahimović's 58th-minute penalty taking his Ligue 1 total to 85 and making him the club's joint-leading league goalscorer alongside Mustapha Dahleb.

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After two Premier League games without a victory Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 home success against Southampton to briefly go top of the Premier League table as Fabian Delph got his first goal since his summer move from Aston Villa.

Still undefeated in the Bundesliga under André Schubert, Mönchengladbach dropped points for just the second time in the coach's nine-game league reign thanks to Fabian Johnson's equaliser three minutes from time in the 3-3 draw at Hoffenheim. 

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Barcelona won without conceding for the fourth Liga game running – during which they have scored 13 – as Neymar, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi all found the target in a 4-0 home win against Real Sociedad. 

Thomas Müller equalled his best Bundesliga tally for a season with his 13th of the campaign as Bayern made it a league record 40 points from the opening 14 games with a 2-0 home win against Hertha. Kingsley Coman got the second. 

Zenit remain winless on the road in the league since August after suffering their fourth defeat of the season – 4-1 at Terek - to stay seven points off leaders CSKA Moskva who travel to Anji on Sunday.

A scorer in the matchday five win at Lyon on Wednesday, Danijel Milicevic got the only goal of the game at Genk to give Belgian First League leaders Gent the three points to stretch their advantage to five over Club Brugge who visit Mechelen on Sunday.

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Manchester United were unable to prevent Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scoring in his 11th successive game to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's ten-game Premier League record, as the sides drew 1-1 to leave the second-placed Foxes a point above Louis van Gaal's side. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his first goal for the Red Devils to equalise. 

Chelsea kept their third clean sheet in a row in all competitions, but were held to a goalless stalemate by Tottenham, who extended their unbeaten run in the league to 13. The draw at White Hart Lane left the defending champions 14 points adrift of the leaders having won just four Premier League games this term.

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Russian Premier League leaders CSKA are without a win in six in all competitions after squandering a one-goal lead at Anji. Kirill Nababkin gave the Army Men a tenth-minute lead before Ilya Maksimov levelled after the break.

Dinamo Zagreb, in second, kept pace with Prva Liga leaders Rijeka after recording their third consecutive league success. Marko Rog notched two, one in each half, before highly-rated midfielder Ante Ćorić sealed the 3-1 home success against NK Lokomotiva. Zoran Mamić's charges remain two points behind the pacesetters.

Having lost 6-1 at Barcelona in midweek, Roma suffered another damaging defeat as Atalanta condemned them to a first home defeat of the season. Alejandro Gómez struck the opener before Maicon's dismissal resulted in penalty which Germán Denis converted. The visitors were reduced to nine men in the closing stages but held on to claim a 2-0 away triumph.

Alex Teixeira continued his incredible run of form with another two goals as Shakhtar Donetsk strolled to a 6-1 victory at Hoverla. The Brazilian forward has now struck 21 times in 14 Ukrainian Premier League outings this term – and 12 goals in his last eight games in all competitions. The result kept the Pitmen level at the top of the standings with Dynamo Kyiv.

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Real Madrid kept themselves within six points of Spanish leaders Barcelona thanks to a hard-fought 2-0 win at Eibar. Gareth Bale headed in close to half-time and Cristiano Ronaldo settled the encounter towards the end, converting from the spot to move level with Hugo Sánchez as the joint third highest scorer in Liga history on 234 goals.

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BATE safely made their way through to the last eight of the Belarusian Cup after completing an 8-1 aggregate success against top-flight rivals Granit Mikashevichi. Already 5-0 up from the first leg, the holders made sure of progress courtesy of goals from Aleksandar Jevtić, Aleksandr Karnitski (pictured) and Nemanja Nikolić.

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PSV remain four points off Eredivisie pacesetters Ajax following a comprehensive 3-0 home win against ten-man AZ. A Derrick Luckassen own goal put the hosts in front early on and the defender was sent off with half an hour to go, Luuk De Jong having by that point slotted in his 12th and 13th league efforts this season.

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Arsenal missed the chance to sidle up alongside Manchester City at the Premier League summit after letting their lead slip at Norwich in a 1-1 draw. Arsène Wenger's fourth-placed hopefuls lost both Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sánchez to injury either side of Mesut Özil's second goal in two games, Lewis Grabban equalising for Norwich.

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Third in the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg had to make do with a goalless draw at struggling Augsburg on Sunday evening – and ended the afternoon with ten men after centre-back Dante was dismissed towards the end.

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Sixth in Germany, Leverkusen spurned the opportunity to climb into the top four after salvaging a late point in a 1-1 draw with Schalke. It took an own goal to secure it, the ball deflecting in off Sascha Riether after Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann had parried a Javier Hernández shot against his team-mate with five minutes to go.

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Dynamo Kyiv trail Shakhtar Donetsk by goal difference alone at the head of the class in Ukraine after securing their fifth successive league victory in a 2-1 defeat of Chornomorets Odesa. Andriy Yarmolenko's penalty proved crucial in the end, the Ukraine winger having now scored in his last five games for club or country.

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Olympiacos extended their perfect start to the Greek Super League campaign by downing Asteras 3-1 to record an 11th straight win. They nonetheless had to wait until the 73rd minute to mak their breakthrough, Kostas Fortounis burying his eighth goal and then adding a ninth before Ideye Brown got in on the act and the visitors grabbed a consolation.

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Mustafa Denizli's first game back as Galatasaray coach ended in disappointment as Cimbom twice relinquished the lead in a 2-2 stalemate at Kasımpaşa. Despite the result – Burak Yılmaz and Hakan Balta finding the net for the visitors – the Istanbul giants moved within six points of frontrunners Beşiktaş.

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv men kept themselves clear of Hapoel Beer Sheva FC in Israel thanks to a comprehensive 4-0 victory, which featured a double from Eran Zahavi as the 28-year-old moved on to 14 league goals in 2015/16.

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Juventus's recovery continued with their fourth straight Serie A success as they triumphed 3-0 at Palermo to lift themselves up to fifth in the table – their highest position this season. Mario Mandžukić, Stefano Sturaro and Simone Zaza shared out the goals between them.

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Sevilla hauled themselves up into the top half of the Liga table courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win against nine-man Valencia. The visitors lost João Cancelo to a second yellow card after 35 minutes and debutant left-back Sergio Escudero made them pay when he turned in an Éver Banega (pictured) pass shortly after the restart, before Javi Fuego also saw red.

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