The latest news and social media content ahead of matchday six
Hello and welcome to UEFA.com's UEFA Champions League blog, bringing you the latest news and views from the 32 clubs ahead of matchday six.
Let's start by rounding up how the group stage contenders fared over the weekend in our handy, one-stop shop for all of their domestic results.
Galatasaray defender Jason Denayer will be sidelined for up to a month with the calf injury he sustained against Atlético Madrid last week. The Belgian international, who lasted only 24 minutes of the 2-0 Group C defeat in Spain, sat out Cimbom's 2-2 draw with Kasımpaşa on Sunday and is likely to miss other key games against Bursaspor, Astana and Beşiktaş.
With four games still to go until the midway point of the Ligue 1 season, Paris were confirmed as France's 'winter champions' after their 4-1 home victory against Troyes on Saturday. Laurent Blanc's side are 13 points clear of second-placed Caen, meaning they will be on top of the pile at the halfway stage of the campaign regardless of what happens between now and the last round of fixtures on the weekend of 19/20 December.
Who will get their hands on the prize on 11 January?
Lisandro López was on target with his first goal for the club as Benfica claimed a 2-0 win at Braga, leapfrogging their opponents into third. Defender Lisandro, making only his second appearance since August, doubled the visitors lead on 11 minutes after an early own goal from Stanislav Kritsuk.
"I chose to wear the Juve jersey as I wanted to keep growing as a player and as a person," said 22-year-old forward Paulo Dybala as he explained his decision to leave Palermo for Juventus in the summer. "Both the staff and my team-mates believe in me."
Juventus confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League first knockout round by dispatching Manchester City on matchday five and are back on track in Serie A after a shaky start. "We are playing with the right spirit, so our results are consistent now," the Argentinian added.
Promoted last season, Angers stood up to UEFA Champions League contenders Paris on Tuesday, denying them victory for only the third time in Ligue 1 this season. Edinson Cavani and Ángel Di María both hit the post for the runaway leaders in the first-half, but even the introductions of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimović after the break failed to crack open Angers. Goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle produced a superb save from Adrien Rabiot late on as it ended 0-0. Paris remain unbeaten in 25 league games.
Atlético came from behind to earn a 2-1 win in their Copa del Rey round of 32 opener at Reus. The third division side led on 30 minutes after Fran Carbia beat Miguel Moya, but it was 1-1 by the break, Luciano Vietto getting a head to Oliver Torres' ball. Saúl Ñíguez connected with Torres corner to give his side the lead just after the hour mark, with the second leg taking place in two weeks' time.
Gent are through to the quarter-finals of the Belgian Cup after overcoming first-division rivals Zulte-Waregem 1-0. Laurent Depoitre and Brecht Dejaegere sliced the visiting defence open on 20 minutes, setting up Benito Raman for the winning goal.
Wilfried Bony gave Manchester City the lead after 11 minutes of their League Cup quarter-final against second-division Hull City, finishing after Kevin De Bruyne's effort hit the post. City went on to win 4-1, but did not make their dominance count until the last ten minutes, Raheem Sterling setting up Kelechi Iheanacho for their second before De Bruyne struck twice. Hull got a consolation goal deep into added time.
Lyon ended a run of three straight defeats in all competitions, but missed out on a chance to move up to third in Ligue 1 following a 0-0 draw at Nantes. Maxime Gonalons hit the bar from an Arnold Mvuemba corner in the first half, but Mathieu Gorgelin – making a rare appearance in goal for injury-hit Lyon – was kept busy at the other end. Oddly, all three of tonight's Ligue 1 games finished goalless.
Valencia have appointed former Manchester United coach Gary Neville as coach ...
Gary Neville on Valencia appointment ...
I'm very excited and I feel proud to have received this great opportunity from Valencia. This is a huge club of immense prestige and it has reminded me of my time as a player, of the great passion and loyalty of their fans. I'm looking forward to starting work with them. I know that this is a group of players with a lot of talent. I'm really excited about the challenge we have in front of us.
Bayern München winger Franck Ribéry returned to full training today after almost nine months on the sidelines with an ankle injury. "It was a great day for me, very emotional", said the 32-year old Frenchman.
"It was my first long-term injury, a difficult situation for me. But this is football, this is life. It is important to always keep your head up high and to work hard. Now I am back with the team. A great feeling! The whole team was happy for me. I enjoyed it."
Ribéry's last match was in the UEFA Champions League on 11 March in a 7-0 win against FC Shakhtar Donetsk but now he is already talking about returning to the pitch this month.
.@GaryJCahill: ‘I’m really pleased to commit my future to Chelsea and it’s great the club has put their faith in me.'— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 2, 2015
Olympiacos made it two wins out of two in the Greek Cup group stage this evening, easing to a 4-0 victory at second-tier strugglers Panegialios.
Sandro Ramírez, 20, scored a hat-trick – his first goals of the season – as a much-changed Barcelona side progressed to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey by defeating third-tier Villanovense 6-1 at the Camp Nou. Dani Alves and Munir El Haddadi (2) were also on target for Luis Enrique's men, who drew the first leg 0-0 on 28 October. Of the XI that started against La Real on Saturday, only Alves, Javier Mascherano and Jérémy Mathieu retained their places.
Porto closed to within two points of Portuguese Liga leaders Sporting after a 4-0 victory at lowly União da Madeira. The Dragons were three goals to the good by the midway point of the first half thanks to Hector Herrera, Yacine Brahimi and Jesús Corona. Although Pablo Osvaldo was dismissed with 11 minutes left, Julen Lopetegui's charges still added a fourth through Danilo (90+1).
New boss Mustafa Denizli has announced that German midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz is set to leave Turkish champions Galatasaray, citing family reasons. "When I came to the training base today, I saw him sitting next to my room alone," he said. "I invited him into my room. He said he couldn't continue being away from his family. He wants to leave. If he doesn't want to walk with us on our new path, he shouldn't be here anyway. The board will decide what happens next."
Signed on the last day of Turkish transfer window back in early September, Grosskreutz has not played a single match for the Lions, as the club were unable to provide the required documents for his registration in time. It was expected that he would officially be registered for the second half of the season.
Juventus travel to Rome for the Serie A encounter with Lazio on Friday night hoping to make it five victories in a row in all competitions but coach Massimiliano Allegri believes that there is still a long way to go before his team can be considered back to their best. "We still haven't achieved anything," he said. "Thinking otherwise could result in a dip in focus and we mustn't allow that to happen."
Juve will be without Paul Pogba through suspension while fellow midfielders Sami Khedira and Roberto Pereyra will miss the game at the Stadio Olimpico. "Khedira will miss out and it's unlikely he'll be available for our trip to Sevilla [on matchday six on Tuesday], while Pereyra underwent tests today after feeling a muscular twinge. We'll check on him today and see how he’s looking," said Allegri.
Malmö goalkeeper Johan Wiland had to be stretchered off during Malmö's 3–1 friendly win against Molde on Thursday after suffering concussion following a collision with team-mate Kári Árnason. Wiland will remain in Sweden for observation while the rest of the squad flies to Malaga in preparation for their last group match against Real Madrid next week.
Enoch Kofi Adu, Simon Kroon and Erdal Rakip scored as the Swedish side recovered from a goal down to defeat the UEFA Europa League contenders.
Astana have arrived in Turkey a full nine days before their concluding Group C match against Galatasaray, giving themselves plenty of opportunity to adapt to the pitch and the time difference.
Explaining the thinking behind the early arrival, coach Stanimir Stoilov told Turkish newspaper Sabah: "The artificial turf negatively affected Galatasaray in the first match played in Astana and we turned this into an advantage. Now we are going to play on natural grass and my players are not used to it. We're taking things seriously. In order to adapt the time difference and the natural grass, we came to Istanbul nine days before the game and rented the Atatürk Olympic Stadium."
The Bulgarian coach also gave an insight into his game plan, adding: "In the first match, Galatasaray were good in the first half but went downhill in the second, because we werew better than them in terms of physical condition.
"We won't take special measures against anyone from Galatasaray. It's not a part of our philosophy. We'll be a real team and do our utmost to win the matches. They're stronger than us but if we can play well collectively, it will be enough to defeat them."
Jose: 'Nemanja Matic has a double fracture in the nose area. He has a mask, he feels comfortable and he's ready.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 4, 2015
Sabri Sarıoğlu and Galatasaray have agreed that the automatic extension in the right-back's contract should be removed. The Turkish international was set to trigger a one-year extension to his deal if he faced Bursaspor tonight but the two parties have decided otherwise.
"As a member of Galatasaray's youth setup who rose to captaincy in the most difficult times, we would like to thank our player for showing this 'Galatasaray stance'," said the club. "We are certain he will continue to give 100% for the Galatasaray shirt and crest."
Sabri, 31, has missed just two matches this season.
The Real Federación Española de Fútbol have this evening announced that Real Madrid have been eliminated from the Copa del Rey after fielding the suspended Denis Cheryshev in their starting XI during Wednesday's fourth round encounter with Cádiz.
The Russian international had opened the scoring for the Merengues after just three minutes of play against the third-tier outfit, however he was ineligible to play after incurring a competition-specific suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards while on loan at Villarreal last season.
The federation's move means that the side from Andalusia advance at Madrid's expense.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia has been speaking about his side's recent downturn in form after they lost consecutive matches against Barcelona and Atalanta. "The only way to pass this tricky spell is working hard during the week and responding with three points tomorrow in Turin," he said during a press conference ahead of the game against Torino.
"We have to give our best and try to win. We're 100% focused on the game. We will have to fight and stay together. These two aspects will help us to concede fewer goals and score more. We can't lose our attacking ability but the statistics show that we have to improve defensively."
Dynamo Kyiv will head into the winter break level on points with Shakhtar at the Ukrainian Premier League summit after cruising past winless bottom side Metalurh Zaporizhya 6-0. Andriy Yarmolenko and Radosav Petrović struck before the break before Denys Garmash, Łukasz Teodorczyk and Oleh Gusev's late double confirmed the visitors' biggest league win of the campaign.
Galatasaray scored three times in the final 22 minutes to see off Bursaspor and record their first win in four league games. Lukas Podolski made the breakthrough and the home side pulled away in the final ten minutes thanks to Yasin Öztekin and Burak Yılmaz.
Zlatan Ibrahimović has moved clear as Paris's highest goalscorer in Ligue 1 history after taking his tally in the French elite to 87 with two goals in the 3-0 win at Nice on Friday.
The Sweden captain had moved level with previous record-holder Mustapha Dahleb on 85 goals against Troyes last Saturday but set a new landmark by finding the net from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the 44th minute. The Paris talisman scored his second of the evening from an acute angle on 61 minutes, having also set up the opener for Edinson Cavani.
Gent avoided a second league defeat of the season thanks to a last-gasp Moses Simon goal in a 2-2 draw at home to Zulte Waregem. Sven Kums' 39th-minute penalty had hauled the home side level earlier in the game while the visitors' hopes of holding on to their second advantage of the game were reduced by Abdou Diallo's red card on the hour mark.
Paulo Dybala scored one and set up another to help Juventus to a 2-0 victory over Lazio, their fifth consecutive win in Serie A. Santiago Gentiletti deflected Dybala's teasing cross into his own net in the seventh minute and the Argentinian international sealed the victory with a tremendous 32nd-minute volley.
Benfica made it four straight league wins without conceding as they saw off Academica 2-0. Jonas's 35th-minute penalty – his ninth goal in 11 Liga matches this season – broke the deadlock though Rui Vitória's men were only sure of the three points when Renato Sanches (85) added the second goal.
Xherdan Shaqiri set up Marko Arnautovic for two goals in the first 15 minutes as Manchester City came unstuck at Stoke. Sergio Agüero and Yaya Touré missed the 2-0 defeat through injury; City have won just one of their last five away games in all competitions.
Roma's winless Serie A run stretched to three games after being denied by a 94th minute penalty from Maxi López in a 1-1 draw at Torino. Miralem Pjanić's free-kick – his seventh goal of the campaign – looked to have given his side a first away win since 25 October in the 83rd minute.
Dinamo Zagreb replaced Rijeka at the top of the table by beating third-placed Hajduk Split 2-1 thanks to El Arabi Hilal Soudani's 94th-minute winner, making it seven home league wins on the bounce.
Bayern lost for the first time in the Bundesliga this season – and dropped points for just the second time – with a 3-1 defeat at Mönchengladbach. Franck Ribéry's 81st-minute effort on his 300th competitive appearance for Bayern proved just consolation as the Foals remain unbeaten under André Schubert in the league. Oscar Wendt, Lars Stindl and Fabian Johnson were on target as Gladbach became the first side to score more than once against Bayern in the process.
Karim Benzema struck twice inside the first 20 minutes, goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – his tenth in this season's Liga, and fourth in his last three games – ensuring Real Madrid were 4-0 up by half-time at home against near-neighbours Getafe. Alexis replied in a subdued second half.
Olivier Giroud headed in Arsenal's second from an Aaron Ramsey cross having earlier put the ball past Petr Čech to level for Sunderland. Joel Campbell had chased through Mesut Özil's sweet pass for the opener. Ramsey scavenged a late third for the Gunners, who are now second in the table.
Manchester United are three points off leaders Leicester after failing to find a way past West Ham at Old Trafford. It was the Red Devils' third 0-0 draw in seven Premier League home games this season.
Lyon are without a win in five games (D1 L4), following a 2-0 home loss to promoted Angers, who followed up their 0-0 draw against Paris with another great result against one of France's top sides. Senegalese midfielder Cheikh Ndoye scored both goals.
Diego Godín scored his first club goal of the season, and Antoine Griezmann hit his fifth in as many games for his club as Atlético earned a comfortable 2-0 win at Granada. Atlético are unbeaten in 12 in all competitions, and are on a run of six straight wins.
Glenn Murray headed in following a goalmouth scramble to give promoted strugglers Bournemouth a shock 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. With John Terry absent for a second successive game, it was the Blues' fourth home defeat of the season.
A frantic finish saw Wolfsburg lose their 29-game unbeaten home run in the league with a 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Ricardo Rodriguez's 91st-minute penalty seemed to have rescued a point for the hosts but Shinji Kagawa clinched a winner two minutes later to give the points to Dortmund.
Two late goals for the home side gave a different slant to the scoreline, but Olympiacos were not to be denied a 4-3 win at Panthrikakos, Jimmy Durmaz, Kostas Fortounis, Alfred Finnbogason and Sebá all on target. It was Sebá's first for the club. Their victory was their 12th in a row since the start of the season, breaking a national record set by their 1966/67 side.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv's four-game winning lsraeli Premier League run came to an end after being held to a goal-less draw at Hapoel Kfar-Saba which allowed Hapoel Beer Sheva to join the leaders on 29 points.
PSV struck late through Jorrit Hendrix to earn a 1-0 win at Vitesse and keep the pressure on Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie. PSV are nine games unbeaten, winning seven, since their matchday three defeat by Wolfsburg.
Undefeated domestically, Porto made it four wins in a row in the league as they came from behind to see off Paços Ferreira with Miguel Layún's second-half penalty making the difference.
Luis Suárez took his tally to 13 in 13 league games for Barcelona this season, but he was upstaged at the last by 19-year-old Santi Mina, who scored his first goal for Valencia – following a summer move from Celta Vigo – two days before his 20th birthday. That 86th-minute strike earned a 1-1 draw for Valencia's caretaker coach Voro.
The 2015 UEFA Europa League winners remain unbeaten in three games since matchday five, Vicente Iborra's goal earning Sevilla a 1-1 draw on the road at Deportivo. Unai Emery's side remain without an away Liga win since 23 May.