UEFA Champions League updates: 16-22 March

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc was delighted after Yohan Cabaye was voted as the sexiest Ligue 1 player by famous French magazine, Têtu, following in the footsteps of the likes of Adil Rami, Yoann Gourcuff, Olivier Giroud and Benoît Costil. The former Newcastle United FC's player edged out Stade de Reims' Eliran Atar and Olympique Lyonnais's Farès Bahlouli in the final rankings. "Yes, we won that one," Blanc grinned. "Along with the trophée des champion [the French Super Cup], it's another piece of silverware for us."

After Sunday's 2-0 win against AS Saint-Étienne, Blanc reassured reporters that a slight back problem which prompted Cabaye's substitution was "nothing serious", and he expects to have a more-or-less full squad when Paris return to training on Tuesday, barring Grégory van der Wiel (thigh). Midfielder Marco Verratti did not play against St-Étienne as he became a father for the first time last week, with Tommaso arriving on the day Paris beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 to confirm their place in Friday's quarter-final draw.

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The press room is filling up at the Valdebebas training ground as we await Carlo Ancelotti and Jesé's pre-match press conference.

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Jesé: "We are focused on the game against Schalke. Benzema, Bale and Cristiano are playing well. Zidane and Ancelotti have taught me a lot. Thanks to them I have improved this season. Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, but Cristiano is Cristiano and I am who I am."

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Interviews with Ruud Gullit, Didier Drogba, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jesé all feature in this week's Matchday Live audio show, once again guiding you through the week of UEFA Champions League action. 

 

 

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Marcelo (Real Madrid CF)
Marcelo (C) of Real Madrid CF takes part in a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against FC Schalke 04

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid CF coach: 


We will change some things because some players are physically tired. I have coached many teams with a lot of quality, so it is hard to say which one is the best. This squad is complete. It has character, experience and youth. [Karim] Benzema cannot play tomorrow but we are confident he will be able to play against Barcelona (on Sunday).

I am doing the best I can for this club and I am very happy to be here. In the Liga, we have a small advantage but it is different in UEFA Champions League or Copa del Rey. 

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Frank Lampard (Chelsea FC)
Frank Lampard (L) of Chelsea FC takes part in a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Galatasaray AŞ

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  • Quarter-final ties: FC Barcelona v Club Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid CF v Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC v Bayern München.
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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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