Reaction to Tuesday's matches and all the build-up to Wednesday's ties
• Wednesday's match reports: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain, Malmö 0-2 Real Madrid ,Manchester United 2-1 Wolfsburg, CSKA Moskva 3-2 PSV Eindhoven, Astana 2-2 Galatasaray, Atlético Madrid 1-2 Benfica, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City, Juventus 2-0 Sevilla
• Tuesday's match reports: Barcelona 2-1 Leverkusen, BATE 3-2 Roma, Bayern 5-0 Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal 2-3 Olympiacos, M. Tel-Aviv 0-2 Dynamo Kyiv, Porto 2-1 Chelsea, Lyon 0-1 Valencia, Zenit 2-1 Gent
• How the eight groups stand
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• Click here to see the best of the action from all Tuesday's games
• BATE, Olympiacos surprise as Lewandowski stars: Recap Tuesday's group action
• Wednesday's team news: Who is in, who is out and who is a doubt?
• Group A previews: Shakhtar Donetsk v Paris, Malmö v Real Madrid
• Group B previews: Man. United v Wolfsburg, CSKA Moskva v PSV
• Group C previews: Astana v Galatasaray, Atlético v Benfica
• Group D previews: Mönchengladbach v Man. City, Juventus v Sevilla
PSV look set to be without striker Luuk de Jong for Wednesday's game against CSKA Moskva, the Eredivisie's seven-goal top scorer having suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's 2-1 home win against NEC. De Jong stayed on long enough to score a 38th minute goal but had to be subsituted at half-time.
"It is still unclear exactly how serious Luuk de Jong's injury is and it will be closely monitored this week," said coach Phillip Cocu. "He has a swollen ankle. I don't expect he will make it for Wednesday's match."
Talented Dinamo winger Marko Pjaca is up for what promises to be the toughest game of his side's group stage campaign. "Bayern are the strongest team in the group and it's an honour to play against them - one of the three best teams in Europe," said the 20-year-old. "We have some injury problems in defence, but we will try to fix those holes and play as well as we can."
However, given Robert Lewandowski's recent form - five goals in a midweek game against Wolfsburg and then two more at the weekend - that patched-together rearguard will be severely stretched. "I saw Robert Lewandowski's five-goal game and I couldn't belive it - it was miraculous," added Pjaca. "It will be difficult to stop him, but not impossible. We can't expect a miracle in Munich, but it might happen."
Robert Lewandowski broke another record at the weekend as Bayern continued their superb start, while Barcelona suffered an injury blow and Manchester United went top in England: how the 32 teams got on ...
Top scorer Jonas made it seven goals in six Portuguese Liga games by scoring twice in Benfica's 3-0 home win against Paços Ferreira on Saturday. Having registered 38 goals in 43 outings for the Eagles, the Brazilian is now the tenth best foreign goalscorer in Benfica's history. In the last 25 years, only Oscar Cardozo has notched as many goals in the first six games of the season. Meanwhile, captain Luisão made his 465th appearance for the Lisbon-based outfit, matching legendary goalkeeper Manuel Bento's tally.
After defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea, Arsenal can look forward to Tuesday's meeting with Olympiacos with confidence restored having followed up their midweek win against rivals Tottenham with a comprehensive 5-2 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.
Fast, fluent and clinical, Arsenal were back to their best – thanks in no small part to the return of form of Alexis Sánchez, whose hat-trick led the rout. After a slow start to the season following his exploits with Chile in the Copa América, Sánchez showed the sharpness and touch that took the Premier League by storm last term. "Meraviglia – a wonder," Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. "The ball and him are born together."
Lionel Messi is set to miss up to four UEFA Champions League games after suffering a knee injury. The Barcelona striker went down four minutes into their 2-1 Liga defeat of Las Palmas and was taken off soon after and transferred to hospital.
Messi has a tear in the internal collateral ligament of his left knee. He will be out for around 7-8 weeks pic.twitter.com/TLor97gmou— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 26, 2015
Gent claimed a welcome first away victory this season, beating Waasland-Beveren 3-1 on Saturday. However, Buffalos coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck has warned his side of complacency, with a trip to Zenit looming on matchday two. "That we secured our first away victory makes me happy," said Vanhaezebrouck. "That is important, as we have to stay in contention in this busy period. But, I was not satisfied with certain things.
"That was partly was due to inexperience and players who thought that the match was already was won. But even at this level that is never the case. This is a valuable lesson for Tuesday versus Zenit, where this [complacency] certainly should not be repeated - they will punish us for that."
Against the odds, José Mourinho's Porto surprised Europe by following up their 2003 UEFA Cup success by winning the UEFA Champions League in 2004. As the 'Special One' returns with Chelsea on Tuesday, we find out where the key men are now ...
Paris travel to Ukraine on Wednesday to face Shakhtar boasting a four-point lead at the Ligue 1 summit, however, coach Laurent Blanc was unhappy with his players' first-half display in Saturday's 4-1 success at Nantes.
"We will only analyse the second half because we were not there in the first," bemoaned Blanc. "There are still some questions to ask yourself to understand why nothing was done in the first period."
PSG overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit, thanks in part to substitutes Thiago Motta, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Zlatan Ibrahimović reduced arrears early in the second period to move to within one goal of Pauleta's club record of 109. Edinson Cavani then claimed his eighth goal of the season. Ángel Di María and Serge Aurier, opening his Ligue 1 account for Paris, completed the victory.
With Olivier Giroud suspended after being sent off in Zagreb, Theo Walcott will likely be given another chance to impress in the centre forward role he has been making a case to call his own. Walcott scored Arsenal's only goal in Zagreb and hit their first against Leicester. His pace has always troubled defences, and it did so again on Saturday when he scored once on the break and might have had more. Walcott also impressed with his link up play, suggesting Giroud – who also scored after coming on as a substitute – has quite a challenge ahead to win his place back.
Porto could be missing Yacine Brahimi (knee) for the visit of Chelsea on Tuesday. The midfielder was replaced at half-time during the 2-2 draw at Moreirense on Friday and missed training on Sunday. Slight doubt Maicon (ankle) did take part and should recover in time to partner Iván Marcano at the heart of the defence.
Players registering to play UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football over each of the next four days will have a chance to earn daily PlayStation bonus prizes as the game starts in earnest on matchday two.
Spanish sports newspaper Marca dedicates its front cover to "the strange case of Cristiano", who has only scored in two of Real Madrid's seven matches this season, hitting five against Espanyol and a hat-trick against Shakhtar on matchday one.
The daily notes that Cristiano Ronaldo has been taking far more shots than last year (48 compared to 29 at this stage last season) but has been far less accurate in front of goal, scoring with 10.4% of his shots compared to 21.5% last season. The Portuguese forward registering 14 efforts in the goalless stalemate against Málaga on Saturday.
However, the Madrid No7 is still among the top marksmen in the Liga, sharing the top scoring spot with Celta Vigo's Nolito and his team-mate Karim Benzema. He is also just three goals away from overtaking Raúl González as Madrid’s all-time top scorer, and Tuesday's trip to Malmö offers him the opportunity to add another milestone to his collection.
Bayern will be making their annual visit to Oktoberfest on Wednesday, but for now their attention is fully focused on their Group F tie against Dinamo. Robert Lewandowski will be looking to open his account in Europe, having broken several records in the league last week.
The Poland international found the net twice on Saturday - his tenth in seven league games this term – as Bayern eased to victory at Mainz. Lewandowski's first made him the fastest non-German player to score 100 in the Bundesliga in his 168th appearance.
After their shock win against Arsenal on matchday one, Dinamo will believe they have a chance against Josep Guardiola's side, but Lewandowski will do all he can to guide his side to a home victory. "The points have to remain in Munich," the striker declared.
Theo Walcott described Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Dinamo on matchday one as "a bit of a wake up call" as the Gunners look to get back on track in Group F at home to Olympiacos on Tuesday. "We need to get three points," he tells The Times as he prepares to make his 49th appearance in the competition. "We can't question that at all … Hopefully we can show the football we showed against Leicester to cause some havoc on Tuesday night, which I am sure we will."
"Something is up with Jackson" suggests Marca, noting that with just one goal in seven games, Atlético striker Jackson Martínez has made his worst start to a season in Europe. In each of his three years at Porto the Colombian had already scored registered five times by this stage of the campaign.
The article goes on to suggest the fact that Jackson has had to compete for minutes with Fernando Torres could be behind his dip in form, as he was used to playing every minute in Portugal. The daily adds that the striker has the full support of his team-mates and the coaching staff, with coach Diego Simeone insisting on Saturday that "Jackson is a big player for us and we know he will step up his game in the important moments."
"I'm totally liable for this [defeat]," said Lyon coach Hubert Fournier after his side lost 3-1 at Bordeaux in Ligue 1. Les Gones made six changes to the side which won last week against Bastia with captain Maxime Gonalons and forward Alexandre Lacazette rested. Lindsay Rose, Arnold Mvuemba and Mawel Cornet were handed their first starts this term in Saturday's reverse.
"It simply didn't work," Fournier admitted. "The Champions League is a different competition, we'll have fresh players back. But clearly, it's never good to lose before a Champions League game."
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Barcelona's shaky defence, José Mourinho's return to Porto, Iker Casillas's record, Astana's bow and Dinamo's 45-game run – UEFA.com previews matchday two ...
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney looks back on his memorable European debut hat-trick for the club against Fenerbahçe in 2004 ...
Turin-based newspaper La Stampa claims that Juventus are in desperately need a leader on the pitch. The daily compares Juve's struggles this term to the Minions - the yellow characters in the computer-animated comedy film who seek a master.
"Paul Pogba is not, or probably not yet, the leader of this team," the newspaper claims, adding that the Bianconeri are still searching for their own identity. "The club confirmed their faith in [coach] Massimiliano Allegri but only if there is an upturn in performances and results in the next two games against Seville and Bologna."
The Bianconeri have made their worst start in the league since the 1955/56 campaign when they failed to win in their first six games, drawing four times.
Barcelona during their last training session before hosting Leverkusen ...
German international Sami Khedira (out since 1 August, thigh) has resumed training with Juventus. The 28-year-old, who joined on a free transfer from Real Madrid in the summer, is in contention to return against Seville on Wednesday.
"I'm happy to be available again - I want to help my team-mates. We are Juve and we never give up," Khedira posted on his Facebook page.
Turkish champions Galatasaray have made their way to Kazakhstan's capital today, two days before their Group C tie against Astana. Coach Hamza Hamzaoğlu decided to travel early to help his players adapt to the artificial pitch at the Astana Arena. Cimbom will now be able to train twice on surface before the Wednesday's clash.
Ivan Rakitić and Luis Enrique are currently speaking in Barcelona ahead of Tuesday's encounter against Leverkusen ...
Ivan Rakitić, Barcelona midfielder:
We want to win for [Lionel] Messi. Not having the best player in the world affects us. But, it's also an extra motivation to win and we'll fight together. Not having Leo changes a lot of things, but it doesn't change our confidence in ourselves.
We're very excited to play our first Champions League game at home this season. I know Leverkusen very well, I have former team-mates there. It's a team that is tactically prepared, strong physically, and at a top level. We'll have to be very careful against Leverkusen, we hope we've learned from our mistakes against Celta [last week in the Liga].
The last time Douglas Costa heard the UEFA Champions League anthem in Munich, he was on the wrong end of a 7-0 defeat as Bayern swept Shakhtar aside to march into the quarter-finals. Franck Ribéry was on the scoresheet that day, but has been largely absent since then due to long-term injury problems.
The Frenchman’s absence has barely been noticed, however, with summer signing Costa enjoying an impressive start to his career in the Bundesliga. The Brazilian’s electric pace and dribbling ability have terrified defenders in the league so far this season and fans will hoping to see that form replicated in Europe.
Meanwhile, with Arjen Roben also still on the sidelines, Kingsley Coman is enjoying a similarly exciting start to his career, having scored in his last two league appearances and being directly involved in two of Bayern’s goals against Olympiacos on matchday one. Josep Guardiola bemoaned FCB's injury problems last season, but in Costa and Coman he has two players with more than enough quality, not only cover to for Ribery and Robben, but to challenge for their places in the Bayern starting linup long term.
Arsenal will be missing Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (muscle) for Tuesday's home tie against Olympiacos. Francis Coquelin (knee) returns ...
Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach:
[Lionel] Messi is irreplaceable. We have to try and play the same way with different players, and the challenge of being competitive without our best player is an attractive one for us. Adriano didn't train today; Jordi Alba and Claudio Bravo will be available and we will see whether they will play.
Bayer Leverkusen defend pretty well – they are very strong physically, and they put in a good performance in this competition last season. Bayer are a bit different to the rest of the Bundesliga teams, so it is going to be a tricky match.
While Arsenal deservedly won the plaudits for their impressive display at Leicester, questions remain about their resilience at the back. The story might have been very different had Jamie Vardy's header not hit the woodwork with the Foxes leading 1-0, moments before Theo Walcott broke up field to score Arsenal's equaliser.
Olympiacos coach Marco Silva can also take heart from the space Jamie Vardy was allowed in the Arsenal area to score Leicester's second. Francis Coquelin returns from injury to provide added protection in midfield, while Per Mertesacker should continue alongside Laurent Koscielny at centre-back, despite Gabriel being available again after missing Saturday's game through suspension.
Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach:
They have gone 45 matches unbeaten; there is not much more you need to say about this Dinamo side. You would expect Arsenal to have beaten them on matchday one, but after 30 minutes I could see how strong Dinamo were; very good in defence, with the players very disciplined in holding their positions.
I am very happy with Robert Lewandowski – his passing, his scoring – but of course I want more. I hope he will score again in this game, but I am happy with him even when he doesn't score, provided he is playing the way I want him to.
I cannot tell you if we are stronger than the other teams in the group. What I can tell you is, that we are strong in defence, we are quite stable and we have good balance. We did not give opposing teams many chances, and we are quite efficient in scoring.
I hope [Lionel Messi] will return [from injury] as soon as possible. I did not like [hearing] the news about his injury at all. I know he is one of those players who always want to play. It is a pity that he cannot play for the next 7-8 weeks ...
Roma duo Alessandro Florenzi (thigh) and Iago Falqué (knee) are both doubtful after missing Saturday's win against Carpi. Francesco Totti, Seydou Keita (both thigh) and Edin Džeko (knee) all suffered injuries in the Serie A. Wojciech Szczesny has resumed training after suffering a hand injury against Barcelona on matchday one, but the game against BATE is may come too soon for the goalkeeper.
Jason Denayer, on-loan Galatasaray defender:
This match will not be easy at all. It's a long away trip [to Astana, Kazakhstan] and in addition to this we will play on an artificial pitch. Therefore, we need to adapt to it as soon as possible. The UEFA Champions League has a completely different feel because the best teams take part in this competition and you face sides from various countries. We have the power and the quality to qualify from this group.
Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach:
Three years ago we took on a Lille side coached by Rudi Garcia in the UEFA Champions League. His teams play nice, attacking football. They prefer short and medium-length passes, with lots of players getting involved in attacks. We know Roma have a lot of injuries, but I don't think that will influence their game. They have many good replacements. They have leaders in every line: Daniele De Rossi in defence, Miralem Pjanić in midfield, and in general, they can all put in great performances.
We are not going to show our hand just yet. When the game starts, you will see what how we are going to take on Roma. We want to give our fans something to celebrate, and we will try our best. If you want to take points from teams like Roma, you need a combination things: skill, luck, the fans' support. We need to be very focused and determined.
Chelsea training in England ahead of tomorrow's game at Porto ...
Paris coach Laurent Blanc has a full squad available for the trip to Shakhtar on Wednesday. Serge Aurier returns from suspension, while Gregory van der Wiel has recovered from a groin problem.
Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach:
It would be great to celebrate the club's anniversary [Porto were formed on 28 September 1893] with a win against Chelsea. Their league position does not influence their matches in the Champions League – they won their first game 4-0. They are a great team with great potential and we need to play really well, to our limits, and be technically and tactically perfect.
I have great respect for [José] Mourinho. He has been incredible so far, very important to Porto because of his great achievements at national and international level. We are talking about a team that has top players and a top coach. We are a team with a lot of hopes, ambitions and belief, but they will push us to our limits.
David Alaba, Bayern defender:
I know I have the confidence of my coach, that is very important for a young player like me. I feel fit after my injury [last season] - I am close to 100%. My knee is fine, there is no more problem.
Wayne Rooney rewinds to September 2004, when he marked his Manchester United debut with a hat-trick against Fenerbahçe in the UEFA Champions League group stage ...
Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager:
[Francis Coquelin has been] back since yesterday and now we have to see how he responds to two days training. [Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta] have muscular slight problems. They are not big injuries, a question of days.
Olympiacos dominate their league; it is a team with a big advantage because of that, because they can prepare for these type of games. They know how to compete in the Champions League. They are well organised and they have some players who know the Premier League as well.
You have to win your home games if you want to qualify from the group stage – it's as simple as that. We cannot afford to drop points now against anybody at home.
Jérôme Boateng, Bayern defender:
We've found our rhythm and are looking forward to the game. We've done well in recent weeks and we want to continue that. [On Dinamo's unbeaten run] Forty-five games without losing – it's time they lost.
Evgeni Yablonski, BATE midfielder:
We are in good spirits because we beat Minsk on Friday to strengthen our lead in the Belarusian league [BATE lead Dinamo Minsk by 12 points]. Now we need to play well against Roma. We will try to put into practice our coaches' game plan and will do our best to get a positive result.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal midfielder:
We've got a lot of quality up front and more players to come back, that shows the team and the squad is very strong. You expect that at a club like Arsenal, we need to put that to good use. Not just the boys that play, when people come off the bench it’s important they play their roles.
I'm quite critical of myself, I try and demand high standards, sometimes maybe that can work in a negative fashion. Self-belief is a massive part of the game, obviously I might need to start showing a bit more belief in myself.
[Champions League debut against Olympiacos] was a long time ago, I can only remember the goal and then feeling quite tired in the first half. That was the first time I got the shock of how far I had stepped up at that time. It's a really nice memory to look back on. It seems like a lot has happened between now and that time, but at the same time I still want more to happen. It gives me motivation and hunger to go on and do more.
Bayern can make it ten straight competitive wins when they face Dinamo at home, with Robert Lewandowski in scintillating form. Zoran Mamić's side are out to extend their impressive 45-match unbeaten run, but will need a repeat of their matchday one heroics against Arsenal to stand any chance in Munich.
Fast, fluent and clinical, Arsenal were back to their best on Saturday, with Alexis Sánchez returning to form with a stunning hat-trick at Leicester. The Gunners will expect to maintain that momentum against Olympiacos, who boast a perfect record in their Super League but have never won in England. Marco Silva's side face a daunting task as the two teams look for their first points in the section.
BATE and Roma are both missing key individuals, with Vitali Rodionov (knee) and Maksim Zhavnerchik (ankle) sidelined for the hosts and the Giallorossi deprived of the services of Francesco Totti (thigh), Edin Džeko (knee) and Seydou Keita (thigh). Saturday's 5-1 victory over Carpi bodes well for Roma, however, who look to be favourites on paper.
Cometh the moment, cometh the team. Because 'the man' ain't there. Lionel Messi's knee ligament injury is bad for the neutrals who simply adore seeing him play, but not necessarily such bad news for a club like Leverkusen, visiting the Camp Nou for the first time since losing 7-1 there in this competition three years ago – mostly at Messi's hands. Or boots. Time for the rest of Luis Enrique's Barcelona squad to step up to the plate in the Argentinian's absence. And an opportunity, perhaps, for Lars Bender and company ...
Last season's runners-up Juventus have been especially slow out of the traps. Six matches into their Serie A title defence and with only five points on the board, Juventus are well off the pace. The matchday one victory at Manchester City briefly steadied the ship, but UEFA Europa League holders Sevilla may nevertheless fancy their chances in Turin after finally winning a Liga match on Saturday. "Juve will always have a special place in my heart," said Sevilla's former Bianconeri striker Fernando Llorente.
Maicon, Porto defender:
We are strong at the moment, physically and mentally. We will have a tough match against Chelsea but we have prepared in order to get a good result tomorrow. There are no favourites. Tomorrow's game is really important and a win would put us in a good position to get through to the knockouts.
[Iker] Casillas is a great team-mate and friend. He came to the right place at the right time but all our goalkeepers are good.
Cristiano Ronaldo is just three shy of passing Raúl González's 323-goal record to become Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer. Even for a talismanic player with as many records to his name as Ronaldo, this – in little over six seasons – would be a real feather in his cap. Malmö could be the unfortunate victims.
Manuel da Costa (calf) and Alejandro Domínguez (thigh) were surprise inclusions in the Olympiacos squad which made its way to London on Monday. Da Costa also suffered a knee problem six days ago during the league encounter against Xanthi but has recovered in time to face Arsenal. Domínguez, who sustained his strain against Bayern on 26 September, is set to start the Group F encounter on the bench. "I am feeling better," he said. "If the team need me, I will be able to help."
Eliaquim Mangala, Manchester City defender:
I was really proud to be the captain of Porto because not everyone has the chance to do that. At Porto there have been some great names who were captain. That will remain a great memory and source of pride for me.
Vincent Kompany has the experience to guide us, to guide me, and he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League. You can tell he feels very good this season, that he has had a good preparation. You can see he is playing at his top level, he is among the best. That can only help us and inspire me as well.
Nicolás Otamendi makes the team stronger and I know Nico really well, because I played with him at Porto. I know his qualities and his level. If you are not giving your best, he is there [to take your place]. It is the same with every player. We bought Kevin De Bruyne, we bought Raheem Sterling, so it is the same for the forwards. They know they must perform because if they do not they will be replaced.
Dinamo Zagreb defender Ivo Pinto (hamstring) has failed to recover in time to face Bayern in Germany.
Nicolas Lombaerts, Zenit centre-back:
Gent showed great team spirit [last time out], they played well even when they were down to ten men [against Lyon], so it's not possible to just highlight one player. We made a great start [beating Valencia 3-2 on matchday one], I think we are good enough to progress to the knockout stage.
Eran Zahavi, Maccabi midfielder:
The transition from playing in the Israeli league to the Champions League is a big mental challenge. [Four games without scoring] is not a tragedy. If I do not score in two or three games, I'm the same player that scored against Basel. Every game I do what I can to help the team, whether that's creating or scoring goals. Every game needs to be analysed and planned for properly.
We cannot guarantee a certain result, but I hope that tomorrow we will give our fans a reason to enjoy themselves and we can get our first points. We need to express our talent and abilities. Dynamo Kyiv are a great team but a full stadium will give us a boost, though it will still be a very tough match.
Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach:
We are in a similar situation to Valencia, though they lost their first game. The more we get into the competition the more important the games are. If we manage a good result against Valencia, it will allow us to go forward positively.
Valencia have a lot of qualities, they have experience. We saw it against Monaco [in the play-offs], they handled the game very well. But I prefer to get the best out of my players. We show respect for Valencia but we also have things to show.
Alexandre Lacazette is getting better and better. He will start tomorrow, we rested him against Bordeaux. This is the type of game where he will want to prove his worth.
André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:
Gent have a strong team spirit. The match against Lyon proved they are a disciplined team. Gent is a mixture of experience and youth, they can cause serious problems to any opponent.
In our team there are players who can decide things in individual moments. First of all we need our motivation, discipline and concentration.
Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach:
We must be ready, what happened at Stamford Bridge is history. I expect we will be more competitive against Kyiv. We have to believe in ourselves. We can't compare this match to other matches, every match is different story.
Christophe Jallet, Lyon defender:
This game is not decisive but it is very important. We need about ten points to go through so we need to play well at home. We need to put more intensity in our game. As footballers we need to give 200%, especially in the Champions League.
We need to be focused and raise our game. Valencia have a great attacking line. We saw that against Monaco. We will need to close the spaces, defend well and produce good football while being clinical in their area.
Nuno Espirito Santo, Valencia coach:
We need to win because we lost our first game, but this game in Lyon is not decisive. It is going to be a great match. No need for motivation. We will try and improve again. We will play with solidarity, this is our philosophy. My team is ready.
Tomorrow the team who wins possession will win the match. Whatever the result tomorrow there are another four games to come so there is still a long way to go. But we will go for the three points.
Zoran Mamić, Dinamo Zagreb coach:
It is a privilege to be here for me and my team. We are going to play against the best team in the world. We know how strong they are, but they are human beings also. We have a vision for tomorrow: we will have to play defensively, but not just defensively, we want to try to attack and if possible score a goal.
We will try to be dangerous and we will give everything to get a good result. Bayern are very dangerous. We will have to be 300% concentrated and awake. 45 games in a row without losing, is very nice. We all hope after tomorrow it will be 46 in a row.
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach:
Bayern have some similarities to Barcelona but I think there are some differences, I don’t think having played against Bayern helps us now against Barcelona. The most difficult match is this one but we will do our best and we believe in our stronger points which are to play compactly in defence and with a lot of precision in attack and we will try to score a goal.
If we are able to score a goal we can get something positive here. Roberto Hilbert has done individual training with good results in the last two days, he will probably be on the team sheet.
Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo Kyiv coach:
Maccabi have a good base to their squad and the last few games we analysed we saw they were good. Tomorrow you will see that we are balanced team. All the players here are key players, no player gets a preference to another.
We need to be offensive that's the key, Chelsea did it and we should too. I really like [Eran] Zahavi, he is an important part of their team. I like the way he plays.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach:
We arrived late and did not have time to conduct training. But we hope that will have time to have a good rest and prepare for the match. Typically, we have an afternoon nap, but not today. Zenit is a team that you can applaud, they have a lot of strengths. Valencia is also a strong team, but Zenit's victory there cannot be called random.
Everything is new - new stadium, a new situation, it is necessary to get used to this. Zenit are the team which has extensive experience, they have a lot of foreign players, a lot of strong individual players, it's not the easiest opponent.
Rudi Garcia, Roma coach:
BATE is a team which is used to playing in the Champions League. They have already almost won the Belarusian league and therefore can focus on the European matches. Our team is going their own way, it is interesting for me to build a new team after we have had some changes in the squad.
I said after the game with Barcelona that the match in Borisov and two games with Leverkusen are the most important in terms of tournament strategy.
Aymen Abdennour, Valencia defender:
I am very happy to be back in France. I played here several times with Toulouse and Monaco. I am happy to play here again. We will be focused for the win. We want to make amends after our defeat against Zenit.
Everybody knows that Lyon is a very good team. We come here with a lot of desire to win and play a good game. We want to react and bring the three points back to Valencia. We are improving and we need to continue.
Javier Hernández, Leverkusen forward:
We come motivated to play a great match against the current champions. Perfection doesn’t exist but we have to find it and be close to it tomorrow to try to get the three points. I will never be happy about an injury of a player, everybody knows about [Lionel] Messi's quality.
We have to play as if Messi was playing. I am very excited to play and repay the confidence the coach and the club put in me.
Domagoj Antolić, Dinamo Zagreb midfielder:
Bayern are favourites to win the competition and they are the favourites for tomorrow. So we do not have to feel any pressure. It will be very difficult. Bayern have a lot of qualities, but we will try our very best to get a good result here as we did against Arsenal.
Olexandr Shovkovskiy, Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper:
We have an important match tomorrow but it is like any other game. We believe in our strength to win now. The games we have played so far are not an indication that we are favourites. We do not think which games we can win and which we cannot, we go for the win in every game.
José Mourinho, Chelsea manager:
I just visited the museum before coming to the press conference. The museum is absolutely amazing and when you are lucky to be a part of it it's very emotional. You realise you did something important, it's fulfilling. It turned my heart a bit softer so now I will go back to the hotel and get back in the mood again.
I was here two years and a half and we won everything. It was the club that opened the doors to my international career. Chelsea are not among favourites to win the Champions League for various reasons. We consider ourselves favourites to pass the group stage, and then we will reconfigure our goals.
Radja Nainggolan, Roma midfielder:
I am gradually getting back into my best shape and trying not to think about fatigue. It is important to be fully committed, and then the results will come. I am ready to play in any position offered by the coach. Overall, it is important just to play.
Sometimes I have played closer to attack, and although it is not my position, I will play where my coach tells me. We have important games ahead of us, and I am ready to give everything for the victory.
Cesc Fàbregas, Chelsea midfielder:
We are coming for the three points, when you are Chelsea you have to go into every match and win it. The Champions League is a great competition one we like very much and we want to get the win tomorrow. We have just not been good enough. We have to do better and we will do better.
When you are Chelsea you have to give your max at every single game. It might have looked easy to win the league last season but it was not, it was very hard for us, we put in a lot of effort. Things are just not going our way but we will turn this around.
Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:
We don't start the game thinking it is impossible to get a result, we never think this way. We come here prepared to get the best possible result. We know that it is a difficult game, but it is a difficult competition. We know how big a team Arsenal are but we believe in our strengths and we are ready.
If you asked who would be the first two teams in the group most would say Arsenal and Bayern, but football is not like this, there are no rules that say all favourites win their games. Zagreb's result against Arsenal has made things more difficult for us too.
Tomorrow we are not going to change the identity of the team, but in every game we are going to adapt. When you play against a team that usually controls the possession you have to adapt but not change your whole identity.
PSV have confirmed that striker Luuk de Jong will miss Wednesday’s Group B encounter with CSKA Moskva after the No9 – currently top scorer in the Eredivisie with seven goals – damaged ankle ligaments in Saturday's 2-1 win against NEC.
According to the club the forward will also miss the Netherlands' upcoming European qualifiers but they could not put an exact time on how long he will spend on the sidelines. "How the recovery goes will become clear in the in the upcoming weeks," a statement read.
Big Ben is on the cover of Greek daily Gavros, the headline 'This is our time' suggesting hope for Olympiacos as they take on Arsenal in London tonight. "Thrylos are determined," it writes. "In their previous three visits to Arsenal, they fought until the end but lost. Tonight, they can and must fight to go one step further."
"There is no limit to our ambition," Olympiacos coach Marco Silva said during his press conference on Monday, and this quote was chosen by Fos ton Spor as their headline this morning. LiveSport went with 'Aiming for lucky 13' - a reference to Olympiacos's poor record on English soil, with 12 defeats in their previous 12 visits in all competitions.
Coach Leonid Slutski will be joined by defender Kirill Nababkin in the CSKA press conference, which is scheduled for midday local time - or 11.00CET.
Alexandre Lacazette was always going to be under the microscope during Lyon's match against Valencia, but he made absolutely sure of that on Monday with an explosive interview in L'Équipe. The France striker aired his grievance with coach Hubert Fournier over a perceived lack of support during his difficult start to the season and also turned his sights on OL president Jean-Michel Aulas, taking issue with how his contract extension was handled this summer.
A risky strategy – or was it? Clearly carrying a lot on his mind in addition to a niggling back problem, perhaps Lacazette just needed to let off steam to rediscover the rhythm that brought him 27 Ligue 1 strikes last season. That, in any case, is the opinion of former Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet. "He needed to let it all out," said Coupet of the forward who has one goal so far this term. "Maybe it's a good thing. It's done now. He's said it. Perhaps things will go better for him now."
We will have the latest news and quotes from all of today's press conferences, ahead of Wednesday's games. Here is when everything should be happening.
Press conferences (all times CET)
Shakhtar (18.00) v Paris (14.00)
Malmö (12.30) v Madrid (18.30)
Man Utd (16.30) v Wolfsburg (18.30)
CSKA (11.00) v PSV (18.30)
Astana (12.15) v Galatasasray (13.45)
Atlético (19.45) v Benfica (17.30)
Mönchengladbach (13.00) v Man City (19.15)
Juventus (19.20) v Sevilla (18.15)
"After a tumultuous start to the season, a win tonight is a must for Lyon," writes this morning's L'Équipe, ratcheting up the pressure ahead of the game against Valencia with the headline 'State of Emergency'.
The Croatian media is not expecting any miracles ahead of Dinamo Zagreb's game in Munich, but their matchday one win against Arsenal has given them some hope, with 24sata reminding its readers of how Dinamo beat Bayern 4-1 in Germany in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1963.
Jutarnji list spoke to Josip Pivarić, one of the scorers against Arsenal, who said: "Bayern play such a simple game, but it is still taking them to the top in world football. I have been watching them my whole life."
Večernji list, meanwhile, celebrates the Croatian players and coaches who left a mark at Bayern, from Zlatko Čajkovski - who was in charge of the Bavarian giants form 1963-68 - and his successor Branko Zebec through to Ivica Olić, Robert Kovač, Niko Kovač, Danijel Pranjić and Mario Mandžukić.
Will Javi Martínez play for Bayern tonight? The Spaniard has been slowly clocking up the minutes since he returned to action this month and made his first start of the season on Saturday, playing 67 minutes in place of the rested Jérôme Boateng.
Coach Josep Guardiola told the media that he is in contention for a start, having recovered well from his long-term knee injury. If indeed he does play, it is likely that he will line up alongside Boateng, rather than replacing him, with David Alaba moving across to his more familiar role as left-back. If he can stay fit, it will the makings of a partnership that Süddeutsche Zeitung describes as "a powerful wall built around two World Cup winners". Dinamo may well come too soon for Martínez, but his return will give Guardiola peace of mind in a defence that he has been chopping and changing all season.
Sami Khedira, who is yet to play a competitive game with Juventus since joining from Real Madrid in the summer, has recovered from his thigh injury and resumed training with the team. However he is still doubtful for the game against Seville. Massimiliano Allegri, who is expected to field a 4-3-3 formation, will also have to decide between Hernanes and Stefano Sturaro in midfield and between Paulo Dybala and Roberto Pereyra in attack. Mario Mandžukić and Claudio Marchisio (both thigh) are sidelined.
The mood among Lyon fans may not be especially positive right now, but tonight's meeting with Valencia will undeniably be a special moment. It is the club's first UEFA Champions League match at the Stade de Gerland since February 2012, and they have just three left at their traditional home before moving into their new stadium – built for UEFA EURO 2016 – in January.
OL president Jean-Michel Aulas would cherish the chance to host UEFA Champions League games at the Stade de Lyon after the turn of the year, which would mean Les Gones surviving the group stage for a tenth successive time. Lyon have lost only five of their last 41 UEFA Champions League games at Gerland, and surely there could be no better send-off for the old ground than to ensure it remains a fortress in Europe right up until the end.
Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente has failed to recover from a muscle strain in time to face former club Juventus in Turin. Coach Unai Emery confirmed his 20-man squad for Wednesday Group D clash with the Bianconeri today, Vitolo also misses through injury.
Alexis Sánchez's hat-trick on Saturday illustrated just how important the Chilean striker is to Arsenal, and according to team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he is the perfect example for the younger players to follow.
"He is an amazing player," said the 22-year-old, who scored on his UEFA Champions League debut against Olympicaos four years ago. "He is one of the most passionate and hungry individuals I know. It's hard not to look at him and learn from him – his mannerisms around the training ground, how he trains, how he scores goals, how he plays and also how he defends from the front."
Javier Hernández has scored on his last two UEFA Champions League starts - against BATE in the first of this group's games and last season's quarter-final second leg against Atlético. But despite his time in Spain for Real Madrid, the Mexican striker has only tested himself against Barcelona once - that being the final of this competition in 2011 when Barça beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley.
'Chicharito', as he's widely known, tells Marca newspaper that he's honoured to be playing for Leverkusen, that he's 'no time' for looking backwards in his career and that he was upset to hear of Leo Messi's injury on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah could lead Roma to victory against BATE, according to sections of the Italian press today. "Salah is driving Roma tonight" says the headline in Corriere dello Sport, explaining that without injured duo Edin Džeko and Francesco Totti, the in-form Egyptian "will lead the Giallorossi attack in Borisov."
Catalan daily football paper, Sport, reckon that the facts that Barcelona's training session started 30 minutes late, for extra tactical briefing, and Luis Enrique then spent notable personal coaching time with Marc Bartra signifies that the defender might start with Javier Mascherano repeating his midfield role at the weekend against Las Palmas.
After training at the Fußball Arena München, Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić revaled that Filip Benković will replace injured defender Leonardo Sigali for tonight's Group F tie at Bayern. "Filip Benković will play, we have huge faith in him and we are sure he will be excellent," said Mamic.
Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport concentrations on Juventus ahead of their game against Seville on Wednesday. The sports daily notes that the Bianconeri will need Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini to help their team-mates find form. "After the difficult start to the season the most experienced players are ready take charge to relaunch the team."
Zoran Mamić, Dinamo coach:
After [Bayern's] game against Wolfsburg [when Robert Lewandowski scored five in nine minutes] I turned to a couple of my friends and said: 'What on earth can we do with him?'
Then, an idea sprung to mind: 'We won't mark him at all. Maybe that will confuse him so much that he won’t be able to score.'
That was obviously just a joke. But we're not scared of him. For us as a team it's an honour to be able to play here [in Munich]. Even though we know it will be much, much more difficult than against Arsenal [on matchday one].
Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach:
What happened at Stamford Bridge is history. I expect we will be more competitive against Dynamo Kyiv and we have to believe in ourselves. Would a draw be a good result? It depends how the game unfolds. Anything could happen and we need to be ready.
It's a good match for us, we have picked up confidence [since matchday one]. This competition is not a question of this or that player, it's about the whole team. We will try to do our best.
Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo Kyiv coach:
They are in the Champions League on merit. Porto have players sitting on the bench of a quality that Maccabi do not have on the pitch. Still, they have a good base and over the last few games we have analysed them and seen how good they are.
We need to be attacking and to get into the box, that's the key. Chelsea did it and we should do too. I really like Zahavi, he is an important part of their team. I cannot say I would take him to Kyiv but I like the way he plays.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger could make up to four changes for tonight's visit of Olympiacos from the team that beat Leicester so convincingly on Saturday.
David Ospina is likely to come in for Petr Čech in goal while Gabriel may return in place of Per Mertesacker following his suspension. Prior to his dismissal at Chelsea, the Brazilian had formed a solid partnership with Laurent Koscielny at centre-back and the pair could be reunited tonight.
Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has returned to fitness in time to replace the injured Mathieu Flamini, while Aaron Ramsey is expected to make way for Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.
Benfica will meet a familiar face when they take on Atlético on Wednesday. Guilherme Siqueira, who helped the Eagles to a domestic treble in 2013/14, is likely to start at left-back for the Liga side.
Local newspaper Münchner Merkur highlights the impact made by Bayern's summer signings Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman (pictured). The duo have quickly helped fans forget about injured wingers Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben. "Bayern have not wasted money. On the contrary, the executives at the club even received special praise from 'Pep' Guardiola for their transfer dealings," the paper writes. "The €37m spent on the new wingers was indeed a smart investment."
Yeldos Akhmetov, Astana defender:
I'm not afraid of the big names in the Galatasaray team. On the pitch, we are the same. You don't have to motivate yourself for these games, it comes automatically.
José Mourinho, Chelsea manager:
To be untouchable you have to be consistent. At the moment we have fantastic players, the players that gave us the title last season, but football is about today and not yesterday. To be a winner you don't need to win all the time, but you need to have a strong mentality and at the moment I don't, so I'm not untouchable.
I was here two years and a half and we won everything. It was the club that opened the doors to my international career. Chelsea are not among the favourites to win the Champions League for various reasons. We consider ourselves favorites to pass the group stage and then we will reconfigure our goals.
Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:
We never start the game thinking it is impossible to get a result, we never think that way. We know it is a difficult game but it is a difficult competition. We know how big a team Arsenal are but we believe in our abilities. We are ready. Against Bayern we played well and we were competitive but the result didn't reflect that.
If you asked who would be the top two teams in the group, most would say Arsenal and Bayern, but football is not always like this; there is no rule that says all favourites win their games. Zagreb's result against Arsenal has made things more difficult for us, though.
"Lyon are already under pressure", writes local newspaper Le Progrès ahead of tonight's tie against Valencia. The daily adds: "After the loss of two points at Gent [on matchday one], OL locks horns with Valencia - the group favourites. If they want to keeps hope alive, there is no room for mistakes."
Stanimir Stoilov, Astana coach:
We know that it is a really important game for Astana and the whole of Kazakhstan as well. Galatasaray are the favourites but we will have our chances to get something out of the match.
First, we have to think about discipline on the field, and giving our best. If we don't, there could be mistakes, but it will be good experience for us regardless. The absence of Burak Yılmaz is no great advantage for us; Galatasaray still have plenty of other strong attackers.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung focuses on one aspect ahead of the clash between Barcelona and Leverkusen: the battle of the two goalkeepers.
"Bernd Leno, born 1992, and Marc-André ter Stegen, also born 1992, have fought for a place between the sticks as Germany youth internationals: they have always been rivals," the German daily writes.
Ter Stegen got the nod for the UEFA U21 European Championship this summer. They will no doubt be aware, that DFB goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke (pictured) will be among the spectators at the Nou Camp tonight.
Kirill Nababkin, CSKA defender:
I don't think that the loss of [injured midfielder] Andreas Guadrado will have major impact on PSV. For me it was a big surprise that PSV beat Manchester United [on matchday one]. Everyone in our team is ready, we want to win this game.
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach:
Bayern have some similarities to Barcelona but I think there are some differences too. I don't think having played against Bayern helps us now against Barcelona. We will do our best and we have faith in our abilities, which are to play compactly in defence and to attack with a lot of precision.
We will try to score a goal. If we are able to score we can get something positive here. Roberto Hilbert has done individual training with good results in the last two days so he will probably be on the team sheet.
Granit Xhaka, Gladbach midfielder:
We're ready for this match. We're confident and we'll give our best here. I don't even know whether Manchester City know all of our players, but I'm sure that after the match, they'll will.
David Ospina could make his third start of the season tonight, with Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger happy to split the goalkeeping duties between the Colombian and Petr Čech. Ospina featured in the matchday one loss in Zagreb and last week's English League Cup win at Tottenham, and according to Wenger will see plenty of action in the months ahead.
"He is a top-level goalkeeper and I need to give him games," Wenger The Times. "I am fortunate to have two goalkeepers of such quality. He is much younger than Petr Čech. He will get games at the top level, don't worry about that."
Rudi Garcia, Roma coach:
BATE are used to playing in the Champions League. They have already all but wrapped up the Belarusian league and can therefore focus on their European matches. We are here to win, even though a few players are injured. Our ambitions are big and we have to be fully committed in every game.
We worked for the whole of last season to be here. We started well with a draw against Barcelona and we hope to continue in a similar vein. Despite our injuries, it is important that the players who are here stick together and get a positive result. As I said after Barcelona: the game in Borisov and the Leverkusen matches are our most important.
It's my 100th game as Roma coach? I didn't know that.
Zoran Mamić, Dinamo coach:
It is a privilege for me and my team to be here [in Munich]. We are going to play against the best team in the world. We know how strong they are, but they are human beings like us. We have a vision for the game. We will have to play defensively, but not just defensively; we want to try to attack and if possible score a goal.
We will try to be dangerous and we will give our all to get a good result. Bayern are very dangerous. We will have to be 300% concentrated and alert. Forty-five games in a row without losing is very nice. We all hope after the Bayern game it will be 46 in a row.
Gladbach caretaker coach André Schubert speaking in Germany ahead of their clash against Manchester City ...
The beer’s flowing, Oktoberfest is into its final week and Dinamo are in town. Whatever the result, their Croatian fans will enjoy their visit to the Bavarian capital, but Zoran Mamić insists his side are not just here for a formality against "the best team in the world."
Just as he did against Arsenal, he will instruct his team to be cautious but daring, hitting Bayern on the break. "We will have to play defensively, but not just defensively, we want to try and attack and if possible score a goal." The task is much greater than on matchday one, but rest assured Dinamo won’t give up their 45-match unbeaten run without a fight.
Åge Hareide, Malmö coach:
Cristiano Ronaldo is very strong and very fast. I have seen a video of him doing a zig-zag race against a Spanish sprinter – the sprinter did not stand a chance. He is extremely fast the first couple of metres. He shoots great with both feet. So maybe he is the most complete player in the world. We have to isolate him and get him facing the wrong way.
A draw would be a very good result for us. But our best chance is if Madrid maybe think the three points are already theirs and they play a couple of per cent off their best. Maybe the crowd will help too; they are used to big crowds, but here the fans are so close. For us, it is important not to be too passive. If we start passive, it is difficult to turn that around.
"Bayer Leverkusen have not forgotten the 7-1 defeat to Barcelona," says the headline in the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung ahead of tonight's clash at the Nou Camp.
Lars Bender, in the team back then too, will lead the Werkself out onto the pitch tonight as captain. He is not letting the absence of Lionel Messi fool him: "Barça are a world-class side, even without Messi. We know what lies ahead – the game will not be comparable with the 7-1 defeat."
"You have to try and enjoy this kind of game," says Bender. "You can't let the unique atmosphere in their ground intimidate you or make you nervous."
Arsène Wenger has said Arsenal have no margin for error at home tonight and it is not hard to see why. Not since Olympiacos last visited in 2011/12 have the Gunners won their group and that was also the last season the Gunners did not lose at home in the UEFA Champions League. They have won six, lost five and drawn one of their 12 group stage or knockout games at home since then and with Bayern up next on matchday three, improving their home form, starting tonight against the Greek outfit, is essential.
Anton Tinnerholm, Malmö defender:
I will be up against the best player in the world [Cristiano Ronaldo]. Of course, it will be difficult but the game is between 20 other players as well. It will be one of the more difficult tasks I have ever faced. It is important that I just go out there and play. We have to regard this as any other game. We have to respect that them, but we can't overthink it.
André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:
Gent have a strong team spirit and it's hard to pick out any individual players. Their draw with Lyon was proof of their ability; even though they [were down to nine men] they fought and fought. Gent have a mixture of youth and experience, and the ability to cause any opponent problems.
We need a good home display. We have players who can decide a game on their own; they can find space. We also know the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents, but most of all we need to maintain our own motivation, discipline and concentration. We have to perform with confidence.
Hamza Hamzaoğlu, Galatasaray coach:
We came here to win - we want to get three points. And if it happens, I'm sure it will not be easy. If we get a draw, that would be a good result for us. I think that we are going in the right direction and we will show that.
Six Astana players represent the national team, and all of Turkey's games against Kazakhstan have been tight. We need to be flexible if we are going to get the right result.
Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach:
Memphis Depay was a big player at PSV last season and his sale might have unsettled the team. They will not have Andrés Guardado or Luuk de Jong either. We know PSV is a talent factory. Now they have a new batch of young players with great individual skills. It will be a difficult and interesting match.
PSV are going well in their league – 14 points from seven games. They beat Manchester United – the league leaders in England – so they should not be underestimated. This is a very important game, because our result in on matchday one [a 1-0 defeat at Wolfsburg] was not satisfactory. We fully understand the importance of Champions League matches. We have work so hard to get to the group stage, so underestimating our opponents is out of the question.
Olympiacos are set to make two changes to the side which faced Bayern on matchday one. Alberto Botía is expected to replace Manuel da Costa (calf) at centre-back for the clash at Arsenal, while Kostas Fortounis could start with Alejandro Domínguez (pictured) - who has just recovered from an injury - on the bench. However, with Fortounis’ current form, it would be fair to assume that even if the Argentinian had recovered 100% from his problem, the Greek midfielder would still have stood a good chance of making the lineup.
Sevilla striker Ciro Immobile will celebrate if he nets against his former side at the Juventus stadium. "I have also played for Torino, a club I love, but this game doesn't feel like a derby to me," the Italian international told Tuttosport. "It's a special game because I'm Italian and I face Juventus playing for a foreign team. I don't know what I would do if I scored. Not because I'm facing Juventus but because I miss goals. I haven't scored one since March but I know that sooner or later my moment will come."
André Schubert, Mönchengladbach caretaker coach:
It will be a day of celebration, because Borussia have a Champions League home match again. It will be a feast, regardless of the result. It makes no sense to enter this match being scared, just wanting to avoid damage. We didn't win the right to play in the Champions League at the county fair. This team were outstanding last term and deserve to be here. We also want to attack and show what we can do.
Manchester City are a very good side with outstanding players, but for me, they are not an overwhelmingly superior side. We are not awe-struck. We will try to stifle their qualities and show ours. Their recent defeats are nothing to do with this game. This is just about the Champions League.
With top marksman Burak Yilmaz injured, Umut Bulut’s importance for Galatasaray has increased. The 32-year-old ended his goal drought by scoring the winner in the 2-1 league success against Gaziantepspor on Saturday. That effort, will provide a timely boost for the forward ahead of the tie at Astana. "We didn't start the Champions League campaign in a positive way [on matchday one]. Hopefully, we will get our first victory against Astana," said Umut. "We take them seriously as they have reached this stage."
Aleksandar Jevtić, BATE forward:
Everybody understands who we are facing today - Roma are a big team. However, I still hope we can get a positive result. We have to give our all. Hopefully I will get a chance to play against Roma.
Malmö train in Sweden before Real Madrid visit ...
After back-to-back semi-finals appearances, Bayern coach Josep Guardiola will be desperate to go one step further and take his side to the Milan showpiece in 2016. Despite winning the Bundesliga in both 2014 and 2015, he is extremely aware of the pressure to emulate Josef Heynckes' UEFA Champions League success with Bayern in 2013. With his contract running out at the end of this season, this may well be his last chance to bring Europe’s most coveted trophy back to Munich.
For now the priority is to secure qualification to the knockouts as efficiently as possible, with three points already in the bag. Having not lost at home in the competition since the semi-final defeat to Real Madrid two seasons ago, the home encounter looks relatively straightforward on paper; however, as Arsenal found out two weeks ago, they will have to guard against complacency. "They have gone 45 matches unbeaten; there is not much more you need to say about this Dinamo side," said the Bayern manager.
Leverkusen travel to face Group E rivals Barcelona on matchday two hoping to make amends for the record defeat they suffered on their last visit. Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a UEFA Champions League game when Barça crushed the Werkself 7-1 at Camp Nou in the 2011/12 round of 16.
Barcelona (possible lineup): Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets; Rakitić, Iniesta; Neymar, Suárez, Munir.
Out: Vermaelen (calf), Rafinha (knee), Messi (knee), Adriano (thigh), Claudio Bravo (calf)
Leverkusen (possible lineup): Leno; Donati, Papadopoulos, Tah, Wendell; Bender, Kramer, Bellarabi, Hakan Çalhanoğlu; Hernández, Kiessling.
Out: Jedvaj (thigh), Ömer Toprak (thigh), Aránguiz (achilles)
Roma visit Belarus heartened by an opening 1-1 draw with reigning champions Barcelona while BATE will hope for better after their 4-1 curtain-raising loss at Leverkusen.
BATE (possible lineup): Chernik; Polyakov, Dubra, Milunović, Mladenović; Nikolić, A Volodko; Stasevich, Hleb, Gordeichuk; Jevtić.
Out: Rodionov (knee), Zhavnerchik (ankle)
Roma (possible lineup): De Sanctis; Florenzi, Manolas, De Rossi, Digne; Pjanić, Nainggolan, Vainqueur; Salah, Gervinho, Iturbe.
Out: Totti (thigh), Keita (thigh), Džeko (knee)
Dinamo, 45 matches unbeaten in all competitions, achieved one of the standout results on matchday one but it is a formidable challenge to try and repeat that as they visit five-times winners Bayern.
Bayern (possible lineup): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcántara; Müller, Lewandowski, Douglas Costa.
Out: Benatia (thigh), Badstuber (thigh), Kirchhoff (Achilles), Ribéry (ankle), Robben (groin)
Dinamo (possible lineup): Eduardo; Măţel, Taravel, Benković, Pivarić; Soudani, Ademi, Machado, Antolić, Fernandes; Pjaca.
Out: Schildenfeld (thigh), Pavičić (foot), Sigali (knee), Ivo Pinto (hamstring)
"We cannot afford to drop points now against anybody at home," warned Arsène Wenger, whose Arsenal side may vent their matchday one frustrations on Olympiacos. The Greek side, in the group stage for the 17th time and fifth in succession, lost 3-0 at home to Bayern on matchday one.
Arsenal (possible lineup): Čech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerín; Coquelin, Özil, Ramsey; Sánchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott.
Out: Giroud (suspended), Wilshere (calf/shin), Rosický (knee), Welbeck (knee)
Olympiacos (possible lineup): Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Botía, Siovas, Masuaku; Cambiasso, Salino, Kasami; Fortounis, Pardo; Ideye.
Out: Milivojević (suspended), Bouchalakis (left thigh), Maniatis (knee/match fitness)
Maxwell, Paris defender:
We are in fine form - we've been doing well in the league. I'm sure our class and experience will help us show our best here [against Shakhtar]. We expect a quality performance from our opponents because we know Shakhtar are a very strong team. We'll try to defend well and try to create openings at the other end. We are prepared for a difficult game, I will be very glad if we get the three points.
Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner will miss the Group D meeting with Sevilla in Turin. The Swiss international experienced breathing difficulties during last Wednesday’s Serie A fixture with Frosinone.
A club statement read: "Despite returning to the group and training regularly yesterday, the Swiss defender will now be sent to undergo further tests and specialist cardiology consultancy on the advice of the Juventus medical team."
Laurent Blanc, Paris coach:
Shakhtar are great team with a great coach who has his own football philosophy. They have very good Brazilian players and strong Ukrainian footballers whom I studied in the past. They play beautiful football and always provide problems to Europe's biggest clubs.
The team who plays better in defence will win. I understand that the Champions League is the Holy Grail for you and for us, for everyone, and the media judge us principally on this competition. But we have our goals in other competitions as well.
Hubert Fournier could spring something of a surprise in his Lyon lineup tonight by fielding young forward Aldo Kalulu in place of Claudio Beauvue. The 19-year-old scored in his first start for the club against Bastia last Wednesday and it was no ordinary goal either, Kalulu controlling an excellent Steed Malbranque pass before chipping over the onrushing goalkeeper and stabbing a volley into the net.
The OL academy product sees himself as more of a No10, but, after being rested against Bordeaux at the weekend, he could conceivably lead the line alongside Alexandre Lacazette. "I didn't want to let my chance slip," he explained after his Bastia strike, and that fine effort may just have earned him a maiden start in the UEFA Champions League.
Maccabi host a UEFA Champions League group stage fixture for the first time since 2004 and both they and Dynamo Kyiv will be going all out for victory.
Maccabi (possible lineup): Rajković; Shpungin, Ben Haim I, Tibi, Ben Harush; Rikan, Alberman, Mitrović, Miha, Ben Haim II; Zahavi.
Out: Igiebor (knee) Doubtful: Radonjić (knee)
Dynamo (possible lineup): Shovkovskiy; Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Khacheridi, Antunes; Rybalka, Veloso, Garmash, Gusev, Yarmolenko; Kravets.
Out: Belhanda (stomach), Teodorczyk (leg), Makarenko (Achilles), Burda (unspecified), Myakushko (unspecified)
José Mourinho returns to Porto, with whom he first won the UEFA Champions League, in charge of a Chelsea side looking to take maximum points from their opening two games.
Porto (possible lineup): Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Layún; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.
Out: André Silva (ankle) Doubtful: Brahimi (knee)
Chelsea (possible lineup): Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
Out: Courtois (knee)
Lyon host their first UEFA Champions League group game since 2011 when they face a Valencia side who beat Monaco in the play-offs but will be smarting from an opening loss, against Zenit.
Lyon (possible lineup): Lopes; Jallet, Biševac, Umtiti, Morel; Ferri/Darder, Gonalons, Tolisso, Valbuena; Beauvue, Lacazette.
Out: Koné (foot), Bedimo (thigh), Grenier (thigh), Rafael (thigh), Yanga-Mbiwa (groin), Fekir (knee)
Valencia (possible lineup): Ryan; Cancelo, Mustafi, Abdennour, Orbán; Pérez, Fuego, Parejo; Piatti, Negredo, Feghouli.
Out: André Gomes (muscle), Gayà (hamstring), Diego Alves (knee)
Victorious in Spain last time out, Zenit will look to maintain their impressive home record against Belgian opposition when they host Group H rivals Gent on matchday two.
Zenit (possible lineup): Lodygin; Smolnikov, Garay, Lombaerts, Criscito; Javi García, Witsel, Yusupov, Shatov, Danny; Dzyuba.
Out: Fayzulin (knee) Doubtful: Hulk (groin), Anyukov (leg)
Gent (possible lineup): Sels; Asare, Mitrović, Nielsen; Netro, Kums; Raman, Milicevic, Matton; Simon, Depoitre.
Out: Gershon (knee), Johansson (knee), Foket (suspended), Dejaegere (suspended)
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manchester United midfielder:
I have good memories of Wolfsburg because I scored my first goal against them. However, it was never easy to play against them. I am looking forward to the game tomorrow.
My new team-mates have made it very easy for me. Of course, it also helped that I knew the manager and some of the staff. I feel great at Old Trafford, it’s a fantastic stadium and for me it is really an honour to play for Manchester United.
We can really feel the power of our supporters. They have a very positive effect for us but it’s also important to play well.
Mircea Lucescu has been speaking ahead of Shakhtar's game with Paris: "PSG are a really strong team who have impressively developped over the last four or five years ... I think potentially this team is even stronger than Real Madrid. They were in the last eight of the Champions League for two consecutive seasons, and I think they will be there again. But I hope not at our expense."
Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has been speaking ahead of the visit to Juventus, boosted by getting off the mark in the Liga: "The win over Rayo has given us confidence to work well, and put us in condition to get the best result. Our squad's changed a lot with big players leaving so we need a bit of time to get back to our best. I think we're heading in the right direction and our last game showed this. We're all 100% ready. We've worked hard for this game."
All set for the big game...
"We started brightly and produced a wonderful first half," said Filip Mladenović, who scored twice as BATE overcame Roma 3-2. "We did everything we had to. The second half was different and showed that Roma are a top side who play matches like this regularly. They had chances and we are lucky they didn't punish us, but we had chances too. We just put in a great performance."
Describing his first goal - a shot from distance - the 24-year-old added: "I was in space and saw that keeper was out of position. I took a few steps then had a shot on goal. I always say you can't score if you're not shooting, and this time everything went perfectly."
Lyon's 1-0 home loss to Valencia makes the front page of local newspaper Le Progrès, whose headline is: 'Lyon struggle again.' The daily bemoans a "lack of attacking efficiency which costs OL dear" and "makes things complicated".
Last night's 3-2 at Arsenal may have been the most impressive away result of Olympiacos's 17 seasons in the UEFA Champions League, and the club's nickname Thrylos (Legend) is all over the morning papers. GoalNews writes: "Olympiacos were magical and perfect in London, bringing Arsenal to their knees and shocking the planet."
LiveSport chose the punning headline 'ThreeLos' in reference to their three goals in London, adding: "Unbelievable, sensational, fantastic, amazing, intoxicating Olympiacos showed everyone – at home and abroad - what they are made of and shocked Arsenal in London." FosTonSpor salutes Olympiacos's victory as the "triumph of triumphs". Protathlitis's headline translates as 'Awe'.
Barcelona's injury problems go from bad to worse with the news that Andrés Iniesta has suffered a hamstring injury, which forced him to leave the field during Tuesday's 2-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen. The club do not give an estimated time of absence, however with the likes of Adriano, Thomas Vermaelen, Lionel Messi, Rafinha and Claudio Bravo all currently out injured, the Catalan outfit will certainly be hoping for a swift recovery.
Shakhtar's upcoming meeting with Paris has created plenty of buzz in Lviv. Tickets for all three home games have been sold together as a package, with the second phase of distribution kicking off on Tuesday. Such was the demand that fans had to queue for upwards of six hours as local supporters lined up for the chance to see the French champions in action. Looks like we can expect a packed Arena Lviv tonight...
Real Madrid defender Nacho has been speaking to the press ahead of tonight's game against Malmö: "We're looking forward to the game. We want the three points, but we know that Malmö are a very difficult team.
We have to retain possession as we know they are a very good attacking side; [Markus] Rosenberg is a very important player for them. Hopefully we can keep a clean sheet , but it won't be easy; they are a good side, especially at home."
Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking believes his side should be able to cope with the pressure of playing at Old Trafford ahead of tonight's game against Manchester United: "This ground is called the Theatre of Dream. Well, I don't have dreams, I prefer reality! We are in a good position after the first win against CSKA Moskva and we want to build on that. To play at Old Trafford will be a great experience but we need to concentrate on our own performance. United will probably start as favourites as they are the more experienced side, but if we can put them under pressure I think we will show everyone that Wolfsburg are a very good team."
Atlético's Diego Godín has given his thoughts on potentially lining up against former team-mate Raúl Jiménez in tonight's game at the Estadio Vicente Calderón: "We know him very well, he is great striker and we will have to be at our best against him. We respect Benfica, they have enjoyed a lot of success in Europe, but we also know we are strong at home and if we play an intense match we should be successful."
PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet is raring to go ahead of his side's clash with CSKA Moskva and is hopeful that the absence of striker Luuk de Jong will not hamper his side's chances at the Arena Khimki: "We will feel the loss of de Jong, but there are a lot of good players at PSV and the team can play well without him. We had a great opening match in this season's UEFA Champions League and have been playing well in the Dutch league, so we are in great shape to face CSKA. The victory against Manchester United was nice as it showed the club can challenge the best sides in Europe, hopefully we can show that again against CSKA."
Kevin De Bruyne has enjoyed a fantastic start to his career at Manchester City, but the Belgian midfielder – speaking to the press ahead of his side's Group D match against Mönchengladbach – thinks there is still more to come: "I am a little bit surprised how well I have integrated into the side. I was given a chance earlier than you might expect because of all the injuries the club has had this season, and all I have aimed to do is play at the level the club expects. So far, so good, but I have to try to maintain this form – maybe even improve on it."
It is no surprise that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina's fumble that led to Olympiacos's second goal makes the headlines in the English press this morning, but Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail also captures the shock with which home fans faced up to the 3-2 defeat. "They trooped out worldlessly," he writes. "Silent, stunned … Normally a result such as this would provoke an outpouring of rage. Sometimes the shock is just too great."
Leverkusen's Christoph Kramer has expressed his frustration after his side's narrow 2-1 defeat against Barcelona last night, while Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has paid tribute to his team's determination and work ethic.
"We should have beaten Barcelona," said Kramer. "It's very disappointing to go home empty handed. Chicharito had a great chance to make it 2-0."
"This team runs itself into the ground every game," said Enrique. "We deserve credit for that – we never gave up."
'Dragão de Ouro' (Golden Dragon) screams the headline in A Bola after "a great Porto hand Mourinho his 100th defeat". The Chelsea boss was out of step with his countrymen on Tuesday, with Nuno Espírito Santo (Valencia), André Villas-Boas (Zenit) and Marco Silva (Olympiacos) all getting UEFA Champions League wins. 'Special Dragon' is Record's cover line, the paper adding of Mourinho: "The Portuguese coach has never won at Porto as a visitor."
Captain Granit Xhaka insists Mönchengladbach are in confident mood ahead of their Group D clash with Manchester City. The Foals go into the game in good form after a disastrous start to the campaign that cost Lucien Favre his job as head coach earlier this month, and Xhaka sees no reason why his side cannot continue their run against the out-of-sorts Citizens.
"City have lost their last couple of games; we’ve won twice in a row," the Swiss international told Express. "Why can't we pick up points against the English side as well? We're not cannon fodder. We're in good form and we can beat anyone."
With Chelsea losing as well, The Times is not alone in pointing to worrying signs of a waning English influence in Europe. Under the headline "Arsenal implode to sound alarm bells across the English game" Oliver Kay writes: "Of all the indignities suffered by Premier League clubs on the European stage over recent seasons, none has been quite so shocking as Arsenal's calamitous defeat last night by a club whose previous record on English soil was: played 12, lost 12."
Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon believes that the Bianconeri – who have made their worst start to a Serie A season in over 40 years with just one win and two draws from their opening six league fixtures – can find their best form tonight against UEFA Champions League Group D opponents Sevilla tonight if they don't dwell on their previous mistakes: "Undoubtedly when you have a side which is worth as much as ours is, we could and we should have done better, and we are the first to recognise this," he said. "But I think that once we've identified the problem there's no point crying over spilt milk. It's happened now so we just need to realise that we've got to live in the present and not lose the ability to think about the future."
Questions over team selection, analysis of Arsenal's defending and some interesting statistics – this is the third time in the past four home games in the competition that Arsenal have conceded three goals – fill the back pages. David Hytner in the Guardian, though, paints the starkest picture for the London side: "Arsenal are on the brink. For the last 15 seasons their participation at the Champions League knockout phase was set in stone. Not this time."
The Russian press have been raving over the form of Brazilian striker Hulk, whose performances have helped Zenit clinch six points from their first two games in this season's UEFA Champions League.
"As for now Zenit's recipe looks simple. Hulk is enough in all his manifestations," says Sport-Express, while "SuperaGent Hulk 007" is the headline of Sovetski Sport, who add: " The Brazilian doesn't just exploit one trick, [he] is a free artist. This gives him space to create and also gives Artyom Dzyuba the chance to do his job in the box where he's most useful."
La Gazzetta dello Sport urges Juventus to "Reconquer the Stadium!" as the Italian champions seek their first home victory of the season in all competitions. Massimiliano Allegri's men began their campaign with an impressive 2-1 comeback win at Manchester City and will look to build on their impressive form at the Juventus Stadium in Europe. In the UEFA Champions League, the Bianconeri are on a 13-match unbeaten run in Turin and won five home ties last season on their way to the Berlin showpiece.
Turin-based daily Tuttosport leads with Allegri's shock decision to start Sami Khedira against Sevilla tonight. The German midfielder has not featured in a competitive game for the Serie A outfit since joining from Real Madrid in the summer, having sustained a hamstring injury on 1 August in pre-season.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is in little doubt how important the UEFA Champions League is to his club: "Winning the Champions League is a dream. I think Juventus' aim has always got to be to reach the knockout stage. Unlike in the past when you only had four teams you wanted to avoid at that stage, there are now eight teams you would like to not have to play if you had the choice. But before we think about that we've got to win the group, and that's not easy."
Juventus will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is out with a head injury, but look set to hand a competitive debut to German international Sami Khedira. "Khedira's not played for a long time, but he's playing tomorrow," said Allegri. "He's often made a good debut, so let's hope he will do that again. He's ready for this game. He's a top international player."
Today's Diario AS front cover sports a picture of Real Madrid's first team squad suited and booted as they head to Sweden to face Malmö and the headline "Men in Black". The paper says that Rafa Benítez will likely shuffle his pack ahead of Sunday's derby with Atlético, with Arbeloa, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez all tipped to come in to the side that drew 0-0 with Málaga over the weekend. AS also remind the reader that Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to overhaul Raúl's record of 323 goals for the club, something he would need to score a hat-trick to do.
After being held to a goalless draw by Málaga, Marca's front page says Madrid's number one objective is "to find some goals", both for their European campaign and ahead of the upcoming Derbi Madrileño. Inside, the paper highlights the difference in the size of the respective clubs' budgets and player expenditure, arguing that Madrid have no excuses.
Today’s English papers echo the words of Louis van Gaal and Bastian Schweinsteiger in their press conference yesterday that Manchester United could win this season’s UEFA Champions League.
"Bastian Schweinsteiger is convinced Manchester United have the players and the character to rule Europe once again," begins the Daily Mirror, adding that the German "has seen enough in his three months at United to make him believe they can upset the odds".
The Daily Telegraph picks up on Schweinsteiger’s comments that English clubs have a disadvantage, compared with their German counterparts, of "a lot of matches and [the fact] there is no winter break" but adds that expectations are high at Old Trafford ahead of their first home group fixture against Wolfsburg. "Louis van Gaal, the United manager, insisted it was 'realistic' to expect him to turn the club into European champions again before his contract expired in 2017," says the paper.
The Independent, meanwhile, notes that the Premier League leaders "will need to defend better than they did in the 2-1 away defeat to PSV Eindhoven in their opening match, though [Anthony] Martial’s interaction with Juan Mata which has already yielded four goals in five games is fuelling United’s optimism."
Robert Lewandowski might have stolen the show again for Bayern München last night with a stunning hat-trick, but his manager Josep Guardiola had plenty of praise for his summer signings and their impact on the squad. "With [Kingsley] Coman and [Douglas] Costa our team is even more flexible as we can use the whole space of the pitch and are able to create even more chances for our attacking players."
There were also strong words of praise for youngster Joshua Kimmich, who made his first UEFA Champions League start on Tuesday. "Kimmich also impressed me. For sure we will see him in the Germany squad one day. He really has everything needed to become a great player."
With Arsenal losing 3-2 at home, Bayern sit comfortably atop of Group F with maximum points going into their away match against the Gunners. "We are on a really good path and in good shape," said the pleased Bayern coach.
The back pages of the press in Germany are dominated by Bayer Leverkusen, who last night almost claimed a sensational win against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
"Barça turns the Leverkusen match within 93 seconds" is the headline at Spiegel Online, while Bild was both disappointed ("They were soooo close to the sensation") and 'cheerful' at the same time: "At least this time they did not concede seven...".
Elsewhere, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung lamented "a squandered win": "Bayer Leverkusen just missed out on a surprise coup at FC Barcelona, but enhanced their reputation."
"A crazy Roma fall in Belarus" is the headline of Corriere dello Sport after the Giallorossi lost 3-2 in Borisov last night. "BATE dominated completely the game in the first 30 minutes. The three-prong attack used by Rudi Garcia was a failure and Roma started to play better only when Iago Falqué came in."
Meanwhile Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero criticises the Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia for the defeat: "He spoiled his 100th game as Roma coach," the newspaper writes. "He was totally confused in the first half, he made some good adjustments in the second but it was not enough."
The Croatian media are generally upbeat in their assessment of Dinamo Zagreb's 5-0 defeat against Bayern München last night. Večernji list points out that this is actually the club's second-heaviest defeat in European competition, topped by their 7-1 loss against Olympique Lyonnais back in 2011, and argues that the Dinamo players perhaps showed their opponents too much respect.
Elsewhere, 24sata features a headline quoting Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolić saying that "we lost against the best team in the world" and also features a quote from winger Marko Pjaca saying: "It's not embarrassing to lose against Bayern 5-0, they are the perfect team."
"Beating Maccabi Tel-Aviv is not easy, they are a good team, very skillful on the ball," said Dynamo Kyiv forward Andriy Yarmolenko in an interview with Sport-Express following his side's 2-0 victory at the Sammy Ofer Stadium.
"We will see what Chelsea and Porto achieve here. It's hard to breathe in such conditions, it is so hot in Haifa! Our task is to play with full commitment, only when we achieve that should we worry about the outcome. If we play like this throughout the group stage we'll have a good chance of qualifying."
Nicolas Otamendi has described Manchester City’s encounter with Mönchengladbach as a "must-win game" for the Citizens. Manuel Pellegrini’s side lost 2-1 at home to Juventus a fortnight ago, and another defeat at Borussia-Park on Wednesday would leave them adrift at the foot of the Group D standings after two matches.
"It’s almost demanded of us to be competing in Europe at the highest level," said the Argentine defender. "Once you are in Europe you have to be at your absolute best to compete in that competition. We’re under no illusions that the only option we’ve got is to go out and get the three points - it’s a must-win game."
Igor Akinfeev’s participation in tonight’s encounter between CSKA Moskva and PSV Eindhoven is the talk of the Russian press. Sport Express is contemplating life without the 29-year-old, recalling 11 encounters in the UEFA Champions League when the goalkeeper has been unable to take his place between the posts for the Army Men. The side from the Russian capital have won just twice when the Russian international has been missing.
Meanwhile, Championat.com believes Akinfeev’s participation is likely, despite his missing training on Tuesday. However, doubts remain concerning veteran defender Vasili Berezutski, who will face a late fitness test.
Fair to say that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is looking forward to tonight's game...
The Belarusian media has gone into overdrive following BATE's 3-2 win against AS Roma last night. Pressball is a good example of the overall mood: "What was that? A stand-alone triumph, like in the previous UEFA Champions League campaign, where a win over Athletic Bilbao was followed by a streak of humiliating defeats? Or a significant moment, given the strength of the opponents and Barcelona's heavy presence [in Group E]?
"We probably may expect more this season. BATE owner Anatoliy Kapskiy insists that every player and every member of staff is more experienced now, as well as the head coach... We should definitely celebrate this win but not revel in it. Let's hold our horses and don't look back at the first half of yesterday's game against Roma. Even if it was phenomenal and it's hard to stop ourselves from reliving those feelings again".
While Malmö coach Åge Hareide fielded a five-man defence against Paris Saint-Germain in his side's last UEFA Champions League fixture, local paper Sydsvenskan predicts a tactical change against Real Madrid – their probable lineup features just four defenders: Tinnerholm, Árnason, Bengtsson and Yotún. Just a few hours to go to see if that's the case and, if so, whether that quartet can keep Rafael Benitez's side quiet.
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José Mourinho admitted Chelsea had made some "unacceptable mistakes" as they fell to defeat against his old club, Porto, but insisted that despite this they had put on a "good performance" ...
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CSKA Moskva's Zoran Tošić was relieved to have come away from his side's encounter with PSV Eindhoven with all three points thanks to a 3-2 win after the visitors produced a stirring second-half comeback, which almost saw them leave the Arena Khimki with an unlikely point.
"Unfortunately we conceded two goals in the second half and in the last 15 minutes it was a pretty nervous for us. We had to refocus until the end and we had to win as we did," the Serbian international said.
"Unfortunately we did not score more goals and finish the game in the first half and we gave them some space in the second half and that’s why they scored two goals. The important thing for us is that we go forward and we are looking ahead to the next game against Manchester United."
Astana secured a dramatic point in Kazakhstan's first home UEFA Champions League game, and we have the reaction from the 2-2 draw with Galatasaray.
Nenad Erić: "I was a bit worried after we conceded the second goal [in the 86th minute] and looked at the scoreboard: we still had some three or four minutes left. The team fought until the very end and managed to equalise once again. Every new game brings us more valuable experience. We played some good football against Benfica, now we deserved a point. We will see how it goes against Atlético."
Baurzhan Dzholchiyev: "We played very well and it will be far to say we outplayed Galatasaray. We proved we are not worse than them in any department. If we had been able to convert our chances we could have got all three points today. I am not happy, but definitely satisfied as we managed to get a last-minute equaliser. All the players gave their all."
"Another European spectacle, another defeat," reads the headline of local paper Rheinische Post after Mönchengladbach's reverse at the hands of Manchester City. "British brains beat Lower Rhine emotions. Class and cleverness trumped determination and courage," the paper declared.
Football magazine Kicker addresses a worrying development after City's last minute penalty winner: "In ten competitive matches, Gladbach's opponents have been awarded no less than nine penalties," and quotes coach André Schubert: "We have to talk about the frequency of these penalties, perhaps we are too hasty at times."
Galatasaray winger Lukas Podolski on Cimbom's eventful 2-2 draw with Astana: "We did not expect an easy time in Astana. Every team in the Champions League has their qualities and Astana totally deserve their right to play on this stage. They ran and fought a lot and played some good football."
"The Lady of Europe" is La Gazzetta dello Sport's headline today after Juventus's 2-0 win against Sevilla last night. "Bianconeri redeem themselves. Morata – always him – and Zaza scored against Sevilla and Juve are now first in the group."
Tuttosport leads with "Matador" and a big picture of the two goalscorers. The Turin daily adds: "Juventus dominate Sevilla to go top of the group, but Manchester City come from behind against Mönchengladbach and reach second position alongside Unai Emery's team."
Adam Maher reflected on what might have been after PSV Eindhoven's 3-2 defeat at CSKA Moskva. The Dutch side were slow out of the blocks and by the 36-minute mark trailed 3-0. It would have been worse had Seydou Doumbia not missed his second penalty of the match on the cusp of half-time.
"We said to each other that we must give everything we have," he told UEFA.com. "We played a different game [in the second half], played good football and made it difficult for CSKA. If Gastón Pereiro had scored and made it 3-3, we could have gone on to win the game."
Only one man's name on everyone's lips in Spain today: Cristiano Ronaldo. After scoring the 500th and 501st goals of his career, he is level with Raúl González as Real Madrid's joint-top scorer and is declared a "legend" by AS newspaper. Inside he tells the paper that Raúl has congratulated him and told him to "score another 300" during his time with the club. The Portuguese striker now has an incredible ten goals this season already: all the more remarkable given they were scored in just three separate games.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung comes up with the following verdict after Wolfsburg's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United: "The Wolves didn't just travel to Theatre of Dreams to marvel, they gave a remarkable account of themselves."
While the team goes home empty-handed, Spiegel online takes some positives from the performance as well: "Wolfsburg hinted they are capable of competing against the top teams in the Champions League as well. To progress from this group is a realistic goal."
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Paris midfielder Blaise Matuidi acknowledged that "there are more than three points at stake" in Sunday's Classique against Marseille. "Every player signing for Paris Saint Germain knows that," he said. "Everybody is always talking about that match." The 2-0 win at Malmö was Matuidi's 200th Paris, and he said it was "a great moment, but I'm not finished yet - I hope to keep on playing and winning lots of titles with Paris".
Lyon host coach Hubert Fournier's old club Reims on Saturday, looking to shake off the disappointment of a 1-0 home loss to Valencia on Tuesday. "We are still disappointed as that was a Champions League game we really wanted to win," Fournier told L'Équipe. "The best way to recover from this defeat is to beat Reims."
He acknowledged that the pressure was on after some on-off performances. "It was the same last year - even Rémi Garde and Claude Puel, Lyon's previous coaches, had to face the same kind of events," Fournier said, and he noted that striker Alexandre Lacazette's criticism of his coach and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas this week had been put behind them. "We talked about all that together, now this is over - we are moving on," he explained.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will have to do without full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner for around a month after the Swiss international underwent cardiac surgery on Friday.
Lichtsteiner, who "suffered breathing difficulties due to a benign cardiac arrhythmia" during the Serie A game against Frosinone on 23 September, underwent tests that revealed the need for an operation. The former Lazio player will miss the UEFA Champions League Group D game against Mönchengladbach in Turin, but will be available for the return fixture against the German club on 3 November.
Edinson Cavani, Paris's six-goal top scorer in Ligue 1 this season, on Sunday's Classique at home to Marseille.
Games against Marseille are always special. All the players want to be involved in, and win, them to give the fans something to cheer. We know how important it is for the whole city.
A good day at the office for Sergio Agüero.
5 - Aguero is the 5th PL player to score five times in one game after Cole, Shearer, Defoe & Berbatov. No-one has ever scored 6. Challenge.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2015
Eleven days after Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski scored five times in a Bundesliga encounter with Wolfsburg, Sergio Agüero repeated the feat as Manchester City thumped Newcastle United 6-1. Manuel Pellegrini's team, who fell behind, struck all of their goals in a 21-minute spell either side of the break. Agüero had only found the net once in the Premier League this season prior to the visit of the struggling Magpies.
Very happy about the five goals and the victory. Thank you all for the encouragement and support. C'mon, City!— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) October 3, 2015
Alex Teixeira scored twice in a Ukrainian Premier League match for the sixth time this term, taking his tally to 14 for the campaign, as Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Chornomorets Odesa 2-0 at home – their seventh successive win in domestic competition.
Mönchengladbach, who opened the 2015/16 Bundesliga with five consecutive defeats, recorded their third domestic win in a row under interim coach André Schubert, beating fellow UEFA Champions League contenders Wolfsburg 2-0. Håvard Nordtveit's volley from long range put the Foals ahead with a quarter of an hour remaining and Ibrahima Traoré wrapped up the points four minutes later.
Lyon returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats by Bordeaux and Valencia respectively. Alexandre Lacazette's deflected strike condemned Reims to a 1-0 loss in Saturday's early Ligue 1 fixture. The low, driven effort was redemption for last season's Ligue 1 top scorer after he had rattled the crossbar with a penalty three minutes earlier.
Beaten 5-0 by Bayern München on Wednesday, Dinamo Zagreb responded to that first defeat in 46 games with a 2-2 comeback draw at mid-table Inter Zaprešić. The Croatian league leaders reduced their arrears when Junior Fernandes converted a penalty five minutes before the interval and equalised through Armin Hodžić early in the second half.
Barcelona suffered their second loss in three Liga fixtures when they succumbed 2-1 away to Sevilla. Michael Krohn-Dehli swept in the first for Sevilla following good work by Kevin Gameiro and then crossed for Vicente Iborra to glance in the crucial second soon after. Luis Enrique's side were denied by the woodwork three times – Neymar and Luis Suárez in the first half at 0-0, Sandro Ramírez late on – during a match in which they had 28 attempts on goal. As it was, they only had a 74th-minute penalty from Neymar, who was making his 100th appearance for the European champions, to show for their efforts.
Chelsea are down in 16th in the Premier League after losing for the fourth time in just eight league games this season. A 3-1 home defeat by Southampton comes on the back of Tuesday's loss at Porto, though Chelsea went ahead when Willian's tenth-minute free-kick found the top corner. However, Steven Davis equalised before the interval and Sadio Mané and Graziano Pellè scored in the second period to win it for the Saints.
Lukas Podolski's fourth goal of the season set Galatasaray en route to a 2-0 win at İstanbul Başakşehir – their third consecutive Süper Lig victory. Cimbom announced after the match that playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who set up the second for Umut Bulut, had extended his contract until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. Jason Denayer was replaced at half-time after sustaining a knee injury. The Belgium defender, on loan from Manchester City, said: "I don’t think it's serious. We won a game that we needed to win. That's why we are happy."
Wesley Sneijder extends his contract with Galatasaray, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2017-18 season! pic.twitter.com/wj25zyRLHD— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) October 3, 2015
Ahmed Musa's seventh goal in 11 league outings helped CSKA claim a 2-0 victory in the Moscow derby at Dinamo. Pontus Wernbloom struck the opener before Musa secured the away success as the Army Men stretched their lead at the summit to eight points.
Tanat Nuserbayev struck the clincher ten minutes from time as Astana returned to winning ways at Atyrau. The Blue and Yellows are now seven points adrift of leaders Kairat Almaty following their first league success in four outings.
Gaston Pereiro scored twice on his full debut for Dutch champions PSV as leaders Ajax slipped to their first league defeat of the season. The 20-year-old struck the opener inside seven minutes before Amin Younes's curling effort restored parity soon after. Pereiro's 79th-minute effort beat Jasper Cillessen to secure the away success.
Gervinho struck twice as Roma returned to winning ways following Tuesday's 3-2 defeat at BATE. Miralem Pjanić and Alessandro Florenzi also registered to secure a second consecutive Serie A success. Alberto Gilardino and Giancarlo Gonzalez netted for the hosts. The Giallorossi, in third, are now two points adrift of leaders Internazionale.
Sven Kums struck a hat-trick as Gent recorded a resounding victory against fifth-placed Club Brugge. Laurent Depoitre added a fourth before Ruud Vormer struck a consolation for the visitors as the Buffalos moved within two points of leaders Oostende.
Lyon suffered a further injury blow on Saturday during the 1-0 home win against Reims when Milan Biševac limped off after just seven minutes. The centre-back was replaced by Jordan Ferri, having suffered a suspected torn muscle. "It's another player who has out [injured] after just few minutes into the game," coach Hubert Fournier bemoaned after the Ligue 1 tie. Further scans will confirm if the 31-year-old will be back for the matchday three encounter with Zenit.
CSKA midfielder Bibras Natcho was replaced in the 40th-minute of Sunday's 2-0 win at Dinamo Moskva after suffering a concussion. It is not clear yet if he will be available for Israel's European qualifiers or for CSKA's next group stage tie against Manchester United on 21 October.
Daniel Parejo broke the deadlock before Valencia fell to a second defeat in three Liga outings as Athletic recovered at San Mamés. Aymeric Laporte, Markel Susaeta and Aritz Aduriz registered to lift the hosts out of the bottom three.
BATE missed the chance to secure the title early after being held at home by Mikashevichi. Aleksey Timoshenko gave the visitors a shock fifth-minute lead before Nemanja Milunović restored parity nine minutes from time to secure a point. The Belarusian champions move 13 points clear of nearest challengers Dinamo Minsk with four matches left to play, having played a game more.
"What can I say here?" said BATE coach Aleksandr Yermakovich. "We knew the fans wanted something to cheer about tonight. Unfortunately we did not manage to win today. We want to apologise to our fans for the spoiled party."
Alexis Sánchez notched two and Mesut Özil added another as Arsenal stunned the Manchester United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Arsène Wenger's charges move up to second in the Premier League. The defeat leaves the Red Devils in third place, behind the Gunners on goal difference.
Bayern moved seven points clear at the Bundesliga summit and became the first side to win all eight opening games in the process. In-form duo Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice as the German champions ended Dortmund's unbeaten start in emphatic fashion. Mario Götze added a fifth in the 66th-minute, with Thomas Tuchel suffering a first loss as BVB coach. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his record-breaking goalscoring run, becoming the first player to score in the first eight matches of a Bundesliga season.
Henok Goitom and Stefan Ishizaki found the target for third-placed AIK to end Malmö five-game unbeaten streak in the Allsvenskan. Vladimir Rodić hit a consolation for the Sky Blues before Rasmus Bengtsson was sent off in added time in the 2-1 defeat.
Juventus recovered after falling a goal behind to post their first win in three Serie A outings. Álvaro Morata began the fight back against Bologna on 33 minutes and a Paulo Dybala penalty put the champions ahead after the interval, with Sami Khedira then weighing in with his first effort for the club.
Leverkusen missed the chance to go fourth after failing to make their chances count against Augsburg. The hosts fell behind to an early Bernd Leno own goal but levelled through Karim Bellarabi before the break – only for Hakan Çalhanoğlu to fire over from the penalty spot after the restart.
Dynamo Kyiv made it nine wins from ten in the Ukrainian Premier League courtesy of a comfortable away success. Vitaliy Buyalskiy and Antunes struck in the first half, ahead of goals for Derlis González and Andriy Yarmolenko.
Benfica were unable to hunt their first away point in the Portuguese Liga this term as their Sunday evening fixture at União da Madeira was postponed due to heavy fog.
Olympiacos remain perfect in Greece's top flight after engineering their sixth consecutive victory since the start of the campaign. Summer signing Ideye Brown opened his account for the title holders on 27 minutes and Luka Milivojević doubled their advantage shortly after at PAOK.
Liga pacesetters Porto got back to winning ways on the domestic scene with a comprehensive triumph against Belenenses. Jesús Manuel Corona got the ball rolling for the Dragons after 53 minutes and Yacine Brahimi registered moments later, before late strikes from Pablo Osvaldo and Iván Marcano.
With all eyes on Cristiano Ronaldo, it was Karim Benzema who put Real Madrid ahead against Atlético in the Spanish capital derby. Ronaldo currently lies level with Raúl González as the Merengues' all-time leading scorer on 323 goals, but Benzema grabbed his sixth in the Liga this term after heading in a Dani Carvajal cross on nine minutes. Luciano Vietto equalised late on, however, to leave Madrid a point behind Villarreal at the summit.
Zlatan Ibrahimović struck twice from the spot to surpass Pauleta as Paris's all-time leading scorer and clinch a comeback win for Paris in Le Classique. Michy Batshuayi had put Marseille ahead against their arch-rivals on the half-hour, but Ibrahimović converted a pair of penalties close to half-time to take his Paris tally to 110 goals, before Kevin Trapp kept out a penalty from Abdelaziz Barrada.
"We dominated the first half and controlled the game knowing what we had to do," said Real Madrid boss Rafael Benítez said after his side's 1-1 draw at derby rivals Atlético Madrid. "We've dropped two points. We were leading and we made errors, with the penalty and for their goal. We were also a little imprecise with our counterattacks."
This blog is now closed, but our rolling coverage of the 32 teams involved in the UEFA Champions League will resume on Monday.