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by Jim Wirth - 30/09/2013
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Gerardo Martino, FC Barcelona coach:


[Lionel] Messi is the best player in the world but we have other great players and his absence can't be an excuse if we don't get a good result tomorrow. I'm not sure his absence is a test for other players. We've had other games without Messi in the past. We have other excellent players in our team. If we keep the ball and focus, we won't concede set pieces where they are very dangerous - they are good in the air and have a great physical presence as they are taller than our players.

 

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SSC Napoli players attend a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League group stage match against Arsenal FC
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That is it for the UniCredit Matchday Live blog for today. Be sure to return tomorrow morning for all the news and updates as we count down to kick-offs, as well as all the insight and opinion from the press conferences ahead of Wednesday's fixtures.

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Generally when the alarm goes off before 6am, a long, painful getting out of bed follows, accompanied by an equally long, pained face. Not this morning though. I'm en route to FC Basel 1893's St Jakob-Park to see the matchday one victors against Chelsea FC take on FC Schalke 04.

Julian Draxler, who's missed his side's last two games with a knee injury, has travelled to Switzerland. He told Schalke's official website: "I feel practically no pain now." I hope he plays. He's a prodigious talent. Last time I saw him play live, he was brilliant in Schalke's group stage encounter with Montpellier Hérault SC last season before horribly breaking his wrist.

Also looking forward to seeing the young talent in the home ranks that I had the privilege of watching as Switzerland reached the UEFA Under-21 European Championship final in Denmark two years ago. Yann Sommer stood out, making the Team of the Tournament, while Fabian Frei also made a positive impression.

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Today we will have the press conferences for Wednesday's eight games, with quotes from all of them to appear in this blog. Here is the schedule (all times local).

Group A
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (12.30) v Manchester United FC (19.15)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (13.30) v Real Sociedad de Fútbol (18.50)

Group B
Juventus (14.00) v Galatasaray AŞ (18.30)
Real Madrid CF (16.00) v FC København (17.30)

Group C
Paris Saint-Germain FC (16.00) v SL Benfica (19.30)
RSC Anderlecht (16.30) v Olympiacos FC (18.30)

Group D
Manchester City FC (12.15) v FC Bayern München (17.15)
PFC CSKA Moskva (21.00) v FC Viktoria Plzeň (16.00)

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Next stop Basel!! Actually, the next stop after Paris is Dijon, then Mulhouse. But after that, it's Basel :-)

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Competition statistics

Matches played: 32

Goals scored
97 Total
3.03 Match average
Total attempts
804 Total
25.13 Match average
on target
468 Total
14.63 Match average
off target
336 Total
10.5 Match average
blocked
150 Total
4.69 Match average
against woodwork
21 Total
0.66 Match average
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