UEFA Champions League updates: 10-16 March

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The doors open to the Vicente Calderon's press conference room where Club Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Simeone and defender Diego Godín will speak to the media at 11.00CET.

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Arsenal FC will go into their second leg at FC Bayern München tomorrow boosted by the return to form and confidence of German playmaker Mesut Özil, who scored one goal and set up another in the Gunners' 4-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory against Everton FC on Saturday.

Manager Arsène Wenger was thrilled by the performance, telling The Guardian that Özil was "absolutely outstanding from the first to the last minute". Wenger believes Özil has now got the disappointment of a penalty miss in the 2-0 first-leg defeat against Bayern out of his system. "That affected his performance very much," Wenger said. "Psychologically sometimes the wound is like a physical one. He has a good opportunity to show on Tuesday night how good he is."

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Speaking in Paris on Sunday, Brazilian great Pelé praised the efforts made by Paris Saint-Germain as they bid to make their way to the top of the European football pyramid. "I'm convinced Paris can become one of the very best," he said while travelling with the FIFA World Cup trophy in Europe.

The 73-year old also expressed his delight at the performances of Paris captain Zlatan Ibrahimović, who has scored 10 goals in six UEFA Champions League games this term. "I met him twice at FIFA events. He is a great player. With Cristiano Ronaldo he is vying to be the best player in Europe as well as [Lionel] Messi too."

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Club Atlético de Madrid defender, Diego Godín: "It will be a very hard match. I expect the best from AC MIlan but I also expect the best from us. I think we have a small advantage but this is football and we can't feel confident against a team like Milan. We have to play this match like a final."

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FC Bayern München continue to dominate the Bundesliga ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 return leg against Arsenal FC on Tuesday night. On Saturday, for a long time it looked like an aggressive VfL Wolfsburg had found a means of keeping them in check. Dieter Hecking's outfit took an early lead and were level with just half an hour to play when they lost their way and were on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline. "Wolfsburg had prepared perfectly for Bayern and for 60 minutes showed how to cope with the Champions League winner," described Süddeutsche Zeitung. "With high pressing, quick movement without the ball and enormous amounts of running." It was, in many ways, similar to what Arsenal FC did in the first leg in the UEFA Champions League when they impressed early on but ended up losing 2-0.

"I do not think it is possible to play such a pressing against us for 90 minutes," said Thomas Müller, who scored twice against Wolfsburg. Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung added: "The little bit of hope that Bayern are beatable, did not survive for long." Meanwhile website Spiegel Online declared: "Again, it was the coach who made the decisive changes. By bringing on striker Mario Mandžukić and Thiago [Alcantara], [Josep] Guardiola decisively turned the game around."

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Zlatan Ibrahimović registered another goal at the weekend and laid on a couple of assists for Ezequiel Lavezzi leading the Swedish international striker to be considered by many as the best foreign player to have played in Ligue 1. However, he is also revered for his character and he certainly enjoys the media limelight as a means of entertaining young and old.

One such example would be his reaction to Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Blaise Matuidi scoring a great volley for France against the Netherlands. He tweeted: "Hey @MATUIDIBlaise I saw your goal last night. Magnifique. You must have been watching Zlatan in training. #DareToZlatan."

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Competition statistics

Matches played: 112

Goals scored
328 Total
2.93 Match average
Total attempts
2790 Total
24.91 Match average
on target
1650 Total
14.73 Match average
off target
1139 Total
10.17 Match average
blocked
551 Total
4.92 Match average
against woodwork
73 Total
0.65 Match average
Corners
1111 Total
9.92 Match average
Offsides
505 Total
4.51 Match average
Yellow cards
457 Total
4.08 Match average
Red Cards
26 Total
0.23 Match average
Fouls committed
3097 Total
27.65 Match average
Fouls suffered
2950 Total
26.34 Match average
Passes
128933 Total
1151.19 Match average
completed
97263 Total
868.42 Match average
Last updated: 21/03/2014 12:48 CET
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