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Ante Šimundža, Maribor coach:


We are aware of Schalke’s strength, they are the favourites of course. A draw is not suitable either for us or for them, both teams will play for three points. So I can promise a hard battle and spectacular match for our great supporters at the Stadion Ljudski vrt.

 

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Frank de Boer, Ajax coach:


I expect in first instance that they know that we are a team that wants to dominate and they are a team who plays on the counterattack. I don't expect it to be much different. I have played [Lasse] Schöne as a false striker but I also think Davy Klaassen can play there [with Kolbeinn Sigthórsson out injured].

 

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Ante Šimundža, Maribor coach:


We are aware of Schalke’s strength, they are the favourites of course. A draw is not suitable either for us or for them, both teams will play for three points. So I can promise a hard battle and spectacular match for our supporters at the Stadion Ljudski vrt.

 

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18-year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has shared his thoughts ahead of the Group G tie against Sporting:

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed that young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will feature tomorrow against Sporting. Diego Costa will start the tie but John Terry, Willian and Eden Hazard will be rested.

In Group A Atlético, who are through, will clinch first place as long as they do not lose by a margin of two goals or more at Juventus. The Serie A side will be through with a draw or if Olympiacos do not win against Malmö . A victory by a margin of two goals or more would give them first place. Olympiacos will be through if they win and the bianconeri lose due to their head-to-head record. A draw would ensure third place. Malmö will finish third with a victory.

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