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Five key Lyon key players did not travel to St Petersburg yesterday for Tuesday's game against Group H leaders Zenit, with Henri Bedimo (thigh), Nabil Fekir (knee), Gueïda Fofana (ankle), Clément Grenier (cuisse), Aldo Kalulu (ankle) and Milan Biševac (thigh) all injured. Jérémy Morel (pictured) is back in the squad after missing Friday's 1-1 draw in Monaco due to a back problem.
Zinédine Zidane spoke to French TV channel Canal+ before the Group A clash between Paris and Real Madrid. "To me, they are the two best teams in Europe at the moment," said the man who won the UEFA Champions League with Madrid in 2002. "I do think they are, maybe with Barcelona. And then, a bit further back, Bayern München."
Former Paris and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti thinks the team from the French capital are now serious UEFA Champions League title contenders, telling Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui: "PSG have turned into a club that can win the Champions League. They are one of the best teams in Europe and they have improved a lot. This year, they are good enough to make it to the last four. This is the year for Paris."
"We know what we need to do to beat them" proclaims Zlatan Ibrahimović on the cover of Spanish daily AS this morning as Paris prepare to host Real Madrid on Wednesday.
"We know exactly what we have to do to beat Real Madrid," the PSG captain claims. "It will be great fun playing them and we’re ready for the challenge. I have yet to reach the peak of my game this season but am convinced that we'll beat them."
Arsène Wenger says Arsenal need to produce "a great performance" against Bayern on Tuesday to return to winning ways in Group F.
The Gunners lost their opening two fixtures and their task is unlikely to get any easier against the German champions, who have maximum points. Josep Guardiola's side visit London in great form, becoming the first team to win their nine opening Bundesliga games at the weekend.
"We know exactly what is required [because] a 0-0 is not even a good result. To score goals, we have to attack," said Wenger. "It is true that [we have delivered big results] before, but we want to do it again because we feel a bit that the pain inflicted [in the Champions League] was a bit by ourselves.
"Now to correct that we need a great performance. What we want to do is play up to our level - that will be needed because we play against a big team."
Zlatan Ibrahimović became Paris's record goalscorer earlier this month, passing Pauleta's mark of 109. Four of those strikes came in one game back in October 2013, and we look back on that one-man show at Anderlecht which included a superlative long-range effort.
After winning 21 of their previous 24 European home games, Benfica stunned Atlético by winning 2-1 at the Vicente Calderón last time out. The Liga will be looking to bounce back when they face group stage debutants Astana on Wednesday, but forward Fernando Torres has warned against complacency.
"On paper we are the favourites, but not really knowing them can be a real danger," said Torres. "In such matches we have to focus on ourselves, play our game, keep the concentration that you need in Champions League matches, and approach it with the determination to win."
José Mourinho has not had it all his own way this season, but it could yet be a historic campaign for the Chelsea manager. The self-proclaimed 'special one' will become the first coach to win the competition with three different clubs if his team lift trophy in Milan on 28 May. He discussed his UEFA Champions League highs and lows with UEFA.com.
There is no player in Europe who can match the prolific form of Robert Lewandowski at the moment, with the Bayern forward having struck 15 goals in his last seven outings for club and country. Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez is doing his best with ten in his last six and the Gunners certainly need the Chilean to come out on top against his Polish counterpart this week in Group F. A defeat by the Bavarian side would leave the London club nine points behind the pacesetters and with qualification hopes hanging by a thread.
Benfica will make their way to Istanbul this afternoon, where the Eagles will try to make history by winning three consecutive games in the group stage for the first time.
Brazilian left-back Marçal, who plays in Turkey for Gaziantepspor, on loan from Benfica, believes that the Portuguese champions can overcome Galatasaray in Turkey: "Benfica are capable of beating Galatasaray. Not because Galatasaray are a weak team, but because their defence - especially in the centre - is a bit fragile and is not at the same level as their midfield or attack."
Edinson Cavani warns Real Madrid to "keep a close eye on our attack" on the cover of Spanish daily Marca today.
"Next up it's Real Madrid. It's always a great occasion when you face Real and we're preparing for the match in the best way possible," said the Paris forward. "One of the things that makes the best teams in the world the best, is the fact that across midfield and up top, they are capable of hurting you.
"It's always an honour to play in games like this one, they have some outstanding players who are capable of making you pay in seconds. But I think that we too are a big club, we're known the world over, and I'm sure that if we prepare for it right, just as we are doing, we can give any team plenty to think about and they'll have to keep a close eye on our forward line."
Gianluigi Buffon could miss Wednesday's clash with Gladbach in Turin. The Juventus captain suffered a knock on Sunday night in the Derby d'Italia against Inter, but says the Bianconeri’s goal will remain in safe hands in the event of summer signing Neto getting the nod.
"It's a heavy bruise and I played with a limp for 65 minutes, but that's a good sign," Buffon told the official site. "If I make the Champions League game, great, if not we have an excellent second goalkeeper in Neto."
Maccabi sit bottom of Group G with zero points and if things were not tough enough already they visit what could be the most unforgiving place in Europe on Tuesday. Porto have won no less than their last 19 fixtures at the Estádio do Dragão – a run which includes the scalps of Bayern and matchday two opponents Chelsea. To prevent the hosts making it a round 20, the as-yet goalless Maccabi must somehow find a way to breach the watertight home defence which has not conceded in the league on their own ground since 14 December 2014.
After failing to bring up a century on Sunday at Real Sociedad, Fernando Torres now has Astana in his sights as he targets his 100th goal in an Atlético shirt. His first came over 14 years ago in the Spanish second tier against Albacete but he has not yet scored in the UEFA Champions League for the Rojiblancos. The 31-year-old has 18 goals in the competition from his time with Liverpool and Chelsea and is hoping to bring up the double milestone when the Kazakh outfit arrive on Wednesday.
Porto will be seeking a 20th consecutive home win in all competitions on Tuesday - a feat last achieved 30 years ago - when they welcome Maccabi to the Estádio do Dragão.
Julen's Lopetegui's side have registered 53 goals in their last 19 home games and will be boosted by the return of defender Iván Marcano, back from injury. With Maicon still dealing with a problem in his left thigh, the Spanish defender will probably play alongside Dutch international Bruno Martins Indi in the heart of the Dragons defence. The Portuguese outfit have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 14 home Liga fixtures – a run stretching back to mid-December (0-2 v Benfica).
After opening wins against Valencia and Gent, Zenit have the chance to become just the second Russian side to start the group stage with three successive wins when bottom-of-the-section Lyon arrive in Group H. It was 20 years ago when Spartak Moskva won all six group stage games in the 1995/96 season before a quarter-final defeat by Nantes. André Villas-Boas's side would love to match that feat, and an opening trio of victories would provide an excellent platform as they aim to go past the round of 16 for the first time.
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler will face his former club on Tuesday, having played for Roma from 1987–92. The former German international scored 45 goals in 142 Serie A appearances for the capital club.
"Football's funny like that because over all the years I've been working here in Germany I'd never come up against either Roma or Lazio, but now in the space of a few weeks I'll have met them both," said Völler, in an exclusive interview with Roma TV. "First the Biancocelesti in the play-offs and now with our two group games against the Giallorossi in the Champions League. I'm sure it will be an emotional occasion and I hope it’s a great match."
After his four-goal haul against Rayo Vallecano in the Liga, Barcelona forward and Mundo Deportivo cover star Neymar now wants to star against BATE in Europe tomorrow. The Barça No11 has found the net eight times in his last eight appearances for the Catalan outfit.
If CSKA Moskva harbour serious ambitions of making it out for Group B, now would be a perfect time for Igor Akinfeev to bring to an end a miserable run. The Russian international goalkeeper has conceded in each of his last 33 UEFA Champions League appearances, qualifying included, with his last clean sheet in the competition coming almost a decade ago in a 0-0 draw at Arsenal in November 2006. With the section delicately poised – all four sides sit on three points – a stifling of Manchester United in Khimki could be crucial if Leonid Slutski's men are to make the knockout phase for the first time since 2011/12.
Arsenal, Shakhtar, Gladbach, Malmö and Maccabi have the unwanted tally of zero points from two UEFA Champions League games – but their hopes have not completely died ...
From Alessandro Florenzi’s long-range cracker against Barcelona for Roma to Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick for Bayern last time out, enjoy the pick of the action from this season's group stage in less than two minutes ...
Coming up shortly, Arsène Wenger and Aaron Ramsey will be sharing their thoughts as Arsenal prepare to host in-form Bayern. Stay right here for quotes from 13.30CET ...
Having not followed through with their threats of going all the way over the last three years, Paris have the chance to prove that this year will be different when they take on Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes. When the Ligue 1 champions have met genuine quality at the quarter-final stage they have lost every time over the last three seasons, twice against Barcelona and once versus Chelsea.
If this year is to be different, they have to prove to themselves they can beat the real heavyweights, and they don't come much weightier than Madrid. With David Luiz (knee), Marco Verratti (calf), Kevin Trapp (thigh) and Presnel Kimpembé (ankle) all potentially out, a Paris win will send out a message to Europe, but more importantly to themselves, that this year is different.
No Manchester United midfielder is guaranteed a spot in the starting XI at the moment, with a glut of quality vying for the three central midfield spots Louis Van Gaal has been deploying. But Ander Herrera – who impressed in Saturday's 3-0 win at Everton - feels the competition is no bad thing despite having the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata, Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini competing with him for a stating berth.
"You want to always be in the team but this is Manchester United," said the Spanish midfielder, who believes his counterparts are helping improve his game. "This is good for me, good for the club. I always think the same way. When the club signs top players you are going to take advantage of that and that is what I'm doing. You have [Schweinsteiger] and Michael Carrick and they are very experienced guys. I think Morgan and me can learn a lot from them."
Josip Pivarić, Dinamo midfielder:
We know how good [Olympiacos] are, they have been impressive in their domestic championship. We know how [well] they played against Bayern [on matchday one] and especially in London against Arsenal [last time out]. But we will do our best, and if we repeat our game performance against Arsenal [on matchday one], if we will play as a team, we can do some damage to Olympiacos. We are not afraid of Olympiacos. We know their strength and quality, but in football the favourites do not always win.
Iker Casillas and his Porto team-mates taking part in training this morning ...
Arsène Wenger reveals the latest Arsenal team news ...
David Ospina is out injured. He came back from Colombia with a shoulder problem and he's out. Defender Gabriel is back available and everybody has recovered from Saturday.
Arsène Wenger, Arsenal coach:
We have some ground to make up in Europe because we have not been at our desired level in the opening games. Our focus has been much stronger in the Premier League than the Champions League, but we know in this game our focus needs to be the same.
We have belief and confidence we are doing something right. We could be a little bit suspected of not taking the first two games at the right level, of not taking opponents seriously enough.
We have played great Bayern teams before, certainly as good as the team we will play tomorrow, and beaten them. The side that did the treble [in 2012/13], for example. We have had good results against them.
[Josep Guardiola] done a magnificent job at Barcelona and has done very well at Bayern as well, he is a very good manager. He gets his teams to play, and I like that.
Wenger on Bayern Munich: "There is no team without weaknesses." #AFCvBAY— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2015
Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal midfielder:
[Bayern] are a great team with many great individuals, they work hard as a team. It’s a credit to them that they are there or thereabout’s every year. It’ll be a difficult game but we are more than capable of
getting a result if we perform the way we know we can. The results have gone against us. You have to give 100% and concentrate in the champions League up against the best teams in Europe.
It’s important for us to go into the game tomorrow with the same mentality as in the Premier League and hopefully we can get the result that we are looking for. We’ve had some really good performances and results against Bayern over the last few years, so we are looking forward to it. These are the games that you want to be involved with and play in.
[Robert Lewandowski] done really well over the last few years and this season he has scored a lot of goals, but we have some quality defenders who are more than capable of taking care of that.
Zenit step up their preparations before they host Lyon tomorrow ...
Zoran Mamić, Dinamo coach:
We are expecting a very difficult match against top quality opponents. We are looking forward to it, though, as we want to show our best and we want to win. The quality of our opponents means we will not be able to play the same attacking football like we mostly do in our domestic league. We respect Olympiacos and are aware of their strengths, but football is not predictable.
It was not such a surprise that Olympiacos beat Arsenal in their last game – they play in the Champions League every year and are doing a great job. We know how we want to play – similar to how we did when we beat Arsenal – but having an idea and being able to execute it are two very different things.
Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach:
Four years ago we played against Barcelona but overloaded the team with tactical knowledge. We gave a lot of information to our players but it did not help as we suffered two big defeats [5-0 and 4-0]. Given that negative experience, this time we have decided to limit ourselves to the minimum [of tactical information]. Barcelona will miss two leaders, Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta. They are outstanding players, but their whole team consists of top players. So in any case we face a very difficult task.
On Friday we became Belarusian champions, but now we have a different tournament and a different strategy. We play absolutely differently in the Champions League. The team feels the excitement of an important game, probably the whole of Belarus feels it. The responsibility is great, and we have to play well and show our maximum.
Unfortunately, we definitely cannot rely on [Aleksandr] Hleb (hip), [Vitali] Rodionov (knee), [Maksim] Zhavnerchik (foot) and [Kaspars] Dubra (hip). On the other hand, we have a few options in attack. [Dmitri] Mozolevski played well in the last [league] game against Vitebsk. Besides, we also have [Nikolai] Signevich and [Aleksandar] Jevtić. To be successful we need a combination of many factors. If we want to win, everyone must play at their best. We believe that we can do it.
Former Paris star and coach Antoine Kombouaré recalled his part in a historic victory for the French champions back in 1992/93. Kombouaré struck the decisive goal for Paris in added time as they overcame Real Madrid 5-4 on aggregate in the UEFA Cup last 16 second leg tie.
"Yes, that goal made history for the club. It was an honour for me! But we often forget that during the previous [third round] match against Anderlecht, I scored as well. But, yes that goal [against Madrid] put us through to the quarter-finals," said the former PSG coach now at RC Lens. "The sensation was incredible, I felt as if I was flying. I was not myself anymore. I could not feel any tiredness anymore.
"My team-mates hit me while they congratulated me but I did not feel anything. Scoring in added time in the UEFA Cup against Real Madrid ... Such a crazy thing! That night we celebrated as if we had won the European Cup. I think that we lost a bit of energy in it but what we experienced at that time was unique. The Parc des Princes was ready to explode."
Nuno Espírito Santo, Valencia coach:
We always respect our opponents and we never underestimate them. Gent have good players and are a compact team. They are very well organised in defence and we know they are going to put pressure on us. Our victory in Lyon [on matchday two] was quite important, but these two matches are even more decisive for the future of the group. We have it in our own hands.
Igor Stasevich, BATE midfielder:
The game with Barcelona is a feast for us. We have no fear, only respect for our opponent. I would have preferred it if Lionel Messi played against us. It would have been fun to meet the legend on the pitch. In any case, we will try to play good football.
Sofiane Feghouli, Valencia midfielder:
Gent are a difficult team. We are going to treat them with respect. We have a lot of confidence now after our last league victory [3-0 against Málaga], we expect our fans to help us win tomorrow. It was a difficult game against Zenit [on matchday one], which helped us to get more experience - we improved against Lyon [last time out]. We have to win to confirm the good performance we produced against Malaga on saturday.
Edin Džeko is expected to return to action against Leverkusen after recovering from a knee injury. If Roma coach Rudi Garcia decides to start the Bosnian striker on the bench, Gervinho will get the nod in attack. The Ivory Coast forward could also play alongside Džeko if Alessandro Florenzi is used as a right wing-back. Centre-back Antonio Rüdiger should also be available after recovering from a knee problem and is in contention with Leandro Castán for a place in the defence.
Valencia coach Nuno Espírito Santo takes charge of the final training session before Tuesday's tie against Gent ...
Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach:
I don't think of Maccabi as the weakest team in the group; I think of them as our main challenge. They have very good players and have deserved more out of the matches they have played so far in the competition. They eliminated Basel, who are a tough team. We are going to need the atmosphere to be that special Champions League atmosphere that only our fans can create.
We head into every match with the same will to win. Maccabi are well organised with their own playing style which I like. Their coach is very impressive, too, so we will need to play very well in order to win. We will prepare and play to our own strengths, not according to what tactics we expect our opponents to adopt.
Ömer Toprak, Leverkusen defender:
I came back from a heavy (thigh) injury, but there was no concrete plan for my return. Thankfully everything went well, there were no setbacks. I always had the Champions League in the back of my head, to be back here as quick as possible, because it is the best competition there is. That's where you want to be as a player, it's why you work hard during rehab.
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern forward:
We are looking forward to this double-header. Arsenal remain very strong opponents. They haven't got a point in the Champions League yet and they urgently need to start getting some. Also against us.
They won't be easy opposition to beat. Sometimes it's easier to face a team that enjoys a passing game, doesn't just park the bus and defend all the time. It might be an interesting fixture but I hope Bayern will be victorious.
There is no disguising the enormity of Arsenal's task against Bayern after losing their opening two matches. If a lack of concentration at times has cost the Gunners so far, this challenge at least comes in sharp focus. "The confidence level is there – we know exactly what is needed," Wenger said. "We have to attack."
Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon forward:
Tomorrow's game is very important, but even if we lose [to Gent], we will still have a chance of claiming second place [in Group H]. Our second-half displays against Valencia [on matchday two], and against Monaco [in Ligue 1 on Friday] are examples of how we can play with the right attitude and desire.
We know that Zenit are excellent on the counterattack. Our coach [Hubert Fournier] has asked us to play attacking football - we want to do so tomorrow.
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach:
I don't like looking at the opposition so much. We have to have our own plan and try to assert our game on them. Tomorrow, we have a great chance to take a big step towards the round of 16. We need a win and this is how we will play.
Roma have a lot of quick players up front. Once they lead, they can counterattack nicely, which usually results in big wins. At the moment we have a small problem scoring. Nevertheless, we play good football and I am sure we will take our chances again.
I am far from losing my cool about this. In the Champions League we have shown in the past year and a half that we are capable of posing problems to every team and asserting our game.
No one doubts that Barcelona are big favourites and it will be a sensation if they drop points in Borisov. However, BATE showed their capacity for surprise in beating Roma last time out so anything could happen in this match, especially in the absence of Lionel Messi (knee). BATE hope to build on their positive emotions after winning a tenth straight league crown on Friday.
Leverkusen will see this as a great opportunity to establish clear daylight between themselves and the Italian side in Group E. To do so, however, the Werkself will have to overcome a Roma team that have scored 14 goals in their last four matches in all competitions.
Bruno Martins Indi, Porto defender:
We have watched videos of Maccabi and scouted them, so we know they have a good squad. I know [Eran] Zahavi is a good striker, but we can’t look at just one player. Maccabi have experienced players and that’s important in football, especially in a competition like the Champions League. I believe it will be a match of great intensity.
I can play in several positions, but I don't want to talk about myself. I still don't know if I'm going to play, but, if I do, I'll do my best for the team. I can only hope that I do play.
Real Madrid have announced that Gareth Bale has picked up a foot injury. Although the club are yet to state the length of time the player is out for, he will not take part in Wednesday's clash with Pari. There has been better news for the club, however, with the return to training of Luka Modrić on Monday.
Xabi Alonso, Bayern midfielder:
We are expecting a tough game because of the motivation [Arsenal] have [after losing their opening two Group F games]. Playing at home they always produce good football.
I always love to come to England to play, last year at [Manchester] City now at Arsenal. From my time at Liverpool I feel an attachment to the Premier League and it's always good to be back.
"They may have no points, but we know how strong they are," says Alonso. "They are a great team." pic.twitter.com/0lbO98ltsN— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 19, 2015
Thomas Müller, Bayern forward:
We won the last two games here [at the Arsenal Stadium, both round of 16 first-leg ties], and I scored in both games. Tomorrow I will go on the pitch and remember good memories of playing here. We're all excited, but it'll be no walk in the park!
Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach:
When I analyse a team I never look at a table, I don’t care about that. I have to analyse them like they have six points. We know each other, I have faced them [Arsenal] twice with Barça and twice with Bayern. They have great technical qualities, they are very difficult to play against.In this situation, they have the advantage. They have to win. That means they'll try put in a perfect performance.
Twenty years at one club is now impossible. Wenger is not only a manager, he is a sporting director. He changed the club. They played defensively before he came. Wenger is more than just a manager for this club. He is almost everything.
Costa, Coman, Martinez fit? Pep: "We have one more session today. We'll test them tomorrow and then decide." pic.twitter.com/F3kOgSWKxz— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 19, 2015
José Mourinho, Chelsea coach:
The most important thing for me is to change our results. We need to win matches both in Premier League and Champions League. We need to get points here to go through the next stage. Yes, we started the season below expectations, we lost too many matches, but I hope we will improve in terms of results and performance.
I saw Dynamo's defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk [3-0 on Friday] on video, and I also sent my assistant to the match. We have also analysed Dynamo's matches against Porto and Maccabi Tel-Aviv, so we have all the necessary information.
Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:
I don't agree that Olympiacos are favourites. Dinamo Zagreb are a good team and I think the chances are equal. We are doing a good job, we are improving and doing better and better every day. We played with different tactics in the first two matches, as when you play against a class team like Bayern you have to adjust your game.
Maybe we will try to do the same against Dinamo Zagreb or maybe we will try something new, but we will see the situation on the pitch and react appropriately. We will not be happy with a draw, we are preparing for every match with the plan to win. We will do our best to win. That's the plan.
André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:
Tomorrow is a very important game for us, because we can almost guarantee qualification for the knockout phase with a win. It is very important we advance for us and the fans, our dream is to advance. Lyon are a strong, experienced team. [Mathieu] Valbuena, [Alexandre] Lacazette, Rafael are all experienced.
At this level the individual skill of the players is important, when within a few seconds a footballer can turn the outcome of the match. [Artem] Dzyuba and [Oleg] Shatov well as Hulk, Danny, [Axel] Witsel can all change games. We have very good players in attack and are very good on the counterattack – it is perhaps out best feature – but it is unlikely that will surprise the Lyon coach.
We still have games to come in France and Belgium after this but when it comes to qualifying it is sooner the better. I'm very pleased with six points from the first two matches, and I want us to continue in the same spirit.
Rudi Garcia, Roma coach:
We know that Leverkusen are a very good side. They have played well in this competition so far and we know that they are highly competitive. If we don't get results in the next two games, it will be very, very difficult to progress. We are employing different systems in our games. We don't have to master just one but be tactically flexible. We have to put in a strong performance, then we can get a result.
There is no point in looking backwards; not at the BATE loss and not at the draw against Barcelona. We now have to win points if we want to go through. A win tomorrow would go a long way. It is not a decisive game, but it will point the way. There is no need to underline again the importance of this double-header against Leverkusen. We will have to give everything we have.
Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo Kyiv coach:
I hope our players have recovered psychologically after the defeat by Shakhtar [3-0 on Friday night]. We analysed our mistakes and I hope you'll see another team tomorrow. I'm glad we don't have much time to think about our misfortune. We have to switch to another very important match, and I cannot imagine what can motivate the players more than Chelsea in the Champions League.
We have to try and achieve the level of intensity they have in the Premier League. In England you don't have time to think on the pitch for two or three seconds. Chelsea are used to that while we seek to play like this. We have studied their game well and Chelsea have lots of good qualities but also have problems and we hope to build on this.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach:
Valencia play with great technique. All the players want to have possession. We know it will be pretty difficult but nothing is impossible. Valencia will control the tempo. To play in front of 55,000 people will be special. We are the team that has most of the possession of the ball in Belgium, but the Spanish team will have more ball. But to win is the most important thing not who has the most possession.
It is possible to change tactics during the game and it could work if the players have practiced and can adapt. This match is decisive for Valencia because they want to get first place in the group.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Dynamo Kyiv forward:
Of course we were in low spirits after the defeat by our main rivals Shakhtar [3-0 on Friday]. All players were feeling terrible but now we have to switch to another competition and forget the game with Shakhtar. Now we must get that out of our head. We have analysed our mistakes and are preparing for Chelsea. The most important thing for me is to go on the pitch and win tomorrow.
Laurent Depoitre, Gent forward:
It is the most difficult match of the group, Valencia at home will be very difficult. It will be a very complicated game but everything is possible. I like contact, the battle with the defence is going to be interesting. It is a Champions League game and that always means pressure. It is the first time I am going to play in a stadium like Mestalla. Stadiums are 25,000 capacity in Belgium and this one has 55,000!
Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi Tel-Aviv coach:
I'm happy to be here, it's thrilling to play in this stadium. We going through a learning process and I feel improvement in the team but this will be a very tough game. I hope we can get a better result than in the last two games. We have to be clinical with our chances because we won't get many.
We conceded early in both our first two games, we will try to prevent that from happening tomorrow. Porto are one of the best teams in Europe, they are the team in the best form within the group. We are ready for the battle. There is a chance and we will try to make the most of it.
The Greek press believe that Olympiacos can follow up success at Arsenal with another fine away result against Dinamo. SportDay urges Olympiacos to "do it the way you know", while GoalNews reckons the Greek champions "have the round of 16 in their sights" as they visit "the ground where they clinched qualification for the knock-out stage back in 1998". Protathlitis adds that Marco Silva's players are "like commandos ready for anything".
Local newspaper Le Progrès stresses the significance of getting a result in Russia as Lyon head to Zenit, leading this morning's edition with the headline: 'OL under pressure and in danger in St Petersburg'. It writes: "A real strength of character is what they need, knowing that a defeat would probably mean the end of the campaign."
Understandably, ex-Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis has been in high demand in the Russian press for his opinions about his former club as they take on CSKA Moskva. Now living in Moscow, the 46-year-old believes CSKA can cause the Red Devils more than a few problems if they can exploit the pace of Ahmed Musa and Seydou Doumbia.
"What is Manchester United's main weakness?" he told Sovetsky Sport. "It's in defence. They concede a lot, make mistakes and cannot close down attackers. I think the exceptional pace of Doumbia and Musa could be a serious asset for CSKA on Wednesday."
The 1990s United player told TASS that he will be watching the match at Arena Khimki with his old captain Bryan Robson, and expects Sir Alex Ferguson to attend too.
Astana coach Stanimir Stoilov has rested a number of leading players for Wednesday's Group C game at Atletico; defenders Marin Aničić and Dmitri Shomko, midfielders Roger Cañas and Nemanja Maksimović, forward Baurzhan Dzholchiyev and captain Tanat Nuserbayev have all not come to Spain, with the Kazakh champions gearing up for a significant league game against Kairat.
"The flight to Madrid is nine hours long, and we have an important game against Kairat at the weekend," Stoilov explained. "We are fighting for the league title and can't afford to drop points. That's why I had to make this decision."
Esteban Cambiasso's withdrawal with a calf problem which emerged on Sunday was a shock to Olympiacos coach Marco Silva ahead of their trip to Zagreb, but he said: "The absence of one player doesn't change the way we will play. Our plans rely on collective effort."
That is not just a pat line, and with Luka Milivojević back after a two-match ban and Pajtim Kasami in hot form, it may well have been that Cambiasso would not have started anyway, with the stamina of the aforementioned duo likely to be useful. Cambiasso's absence remains significant though; his experience is a huge calming factor in the squad, and - with Giannis Maniatis and Andreas Bouchalakis also sidelined - they have no defensive midfielders on the bench.
Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt believes his players have the perfect incentive to defeat Roma at the BayArena this evening. Victory for the Werkself would move them five points clear of the Italians in the Group E standings, but Schmidt says his players have to produce a far superior performance to the one that saw them draw 0-0 with Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
"We have a great chance to take a huge step towards the last 16 in only our third group game," the 48-year-old told the Rheinische Post. "That's our aim and to do that, we need a victory and we need to play accordingly. Roma are very strong in attack with many quick players. We can’t afford to let them get into their stride."
Milan-based newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport describes Roma's tie at Leverkusen as "almost like a play-off". The daily adds that Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia is boosted by the return of Edin Džeko back from injury. The Corriere dello Sport, meanwhile, claims that the Italian outfit's midfield will be key to success in Germany. "Four Musketeers will be in the middle of the action: [Radja] Nainggolan, [Daniele] De Rossi, [Alessandro] Florenzi and [Miralem] Pjanić," the paper notes.
Thomas Müller disagrees with the view that Bayern are 'massive favourites' against Arsenal, but German magazine Kicker feels that the Bundesliga leaders do not have much to fear in London. "Winning comes so easy to the Munich outfit currently, it is difficult to imagine that Arsenal, who are without victory and a point in the Champions League, will inflict the first defeat on Bayern since the beginning of August."
Carlos Garcia, Maccabi defender:
We are going through one of the best moments in the history of the club. Israeli football is improving. We change our playing style between Champions Leaugue and our domestic league games. We respect Porto but we will use our strength to make it difficult for them. I’ll try to help the team if I play, and if I don’t play I'll still have the same mentality, I’m always ready to go.
Backed into a corner, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola expects Arsenal to come out fighting tonight. "It's the last chance," he said. "In life when you have the last chance you give absolutely everything, and we have to be prepared for that against Arsenal." The Gunners have proven up for the battle with their backs against the wall in recent years. After losing 3-1 against Monaco at home in the round of 16 last year, they pushed the French side to limit in the return only to go out on the away goals rule. It was exactly the same story against Bayern in 2012/13 at that stage, a 3-1 home defeat followed by a 2-0 away win. In 2011/12 Arsène Wenger's side came within a goal of overturning a 4-0 first-leg loss against Milan. Sadly, for Arsenal each time it has been a case of so near, yet so far.
Rúben Neves could make history tonight by becoming the youngest ever Porto captain in a European tie when the Portuguese outfit welcome Maccabi to the Estádio do Dragão. With usual skipper Maicon out injured and goalkeeper Helton relegated to the bench by Iker Casillas, the 18-year-old will be handed the armband if he starts against the Israeli team, and if Hector Herrera does not feature in the starting lineup.
Up front, forward Vincent Aboubakar will continue his quest to become the first Porto player since Zlatko Zahovič (in 1998/99) to score more than three goals in the first three games of a UEFA Champions League group stage.
CSKA Moskva goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is preparing to face Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since enduring a "horrible" night at Old Trafford in November 2009 ...
Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach:
To still be working in your 70s, after almost 30 years in European club football – that's not easy, and I have never even taken a year's break. What keeps me going is my passion for the game; a passion for working with people and developing players.
Of course, all that in itself is not enough to survive at this level – you also need results; you need to be focused all the time and motivated to be the best, and you need the right people around you.
The satisfaction and sense of achievement – all of that makes me know that I still want to be in the game, and stops me feeling the years passing by. Football can give you that satisfaction. I'm trying to give back to football everything that I've received over all these years.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has called on his side to replicate their Premier League form in Europe. Certainly there is something of the Jekyll and Hyde about Arsenal's performances this season – the praise heaped on them after Premier League wins is inversely proportional to the criticism they have received for their Group F performances. If Arsenal are to begin to find some consistency, they will have to start winning at home in the UEFA Champions League where they have lost six times in their past 12 matches in the competition proper. Worryingly, four of those defeats have come against German opposition – and two against Bayern.
No one doubts that Barcelona are big favourites and it will be a sensation if they drop points in Borisov. However, BATE showed their capacity for surprise in beating Roma last time out so anything could happen in this match, especially in the absence of Lionel Messi (knee). BATE hope to build on their positive emotions after winning a tenth straight league crown on Friday.
Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach:
Given the standard of the competition, there are no favourites in games like these. Everyone can match everyone else. BATE have won the Belarusian league for the tenth time in a row, which shows their domestic dominance. We are group leaders but BATE are just one point behind.
We don't anticipate an easy game. Four years ago Barcelona beat BATE twice but a lot of things have changed since. Just look at Borisov's first half against Roma – that was impressive.
We have conceded quite a lot of goals recently, but not many have been the result of bad mistakes. Our opponents have been lucky.
Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi Tel-Aviv coach:
I'm happy to be here, it's a thrill to play at this stadium. It will be a very tough game but I hope we can get a better result than in the last two matches. My approach as a coach is always trying to win. We have to be clinical, because we won't have many chances.
Our opponents opened the scoring too quickly in our first two matches so we need to ensure that doesn't happen again. Porto are one of the best teams in Europe. They have started the season very well and are the group's in-form side.
I remember playing against Lopetegui: he was one the best keepers at the time in Spain and he has everything to be one of the best coaches in Europe as well. We are ready for battle.
As he bids to become the first manager to win the competition with three different clubs, Chelsea coach José Mourinho recounts his UEFA Champions League story so far.
José Mourinho, Chelsea coach:
The most important thing for me now is to change our results. We need to win matches both in the Premier League and the Champions League. We need to get points here to go through to the next stage. Yes, we started the season below expectations, we lost too many matches, but I hope we will improve in terms of results and performance. We don't think about the distance we are from the top. We just want to win the next match.
I saw Dynamo's defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk [3-0 on Friday] on video and I also sent my assistant to the match. We have also analysed Dynamo's games against Porto and Maccabi Tel-Aviv, so we have all the necessary information. I cannot compare Dynamo to any Premier League side because they have completely different football cultures.
"Bale, broken" says the cover of Spanish sports newspaper AS today. Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's tie at Paris on Wednesday after suffering a calf injury. The Liga side travel to the French capital with with Sergio Ramos and Luka Modrić, but without the Welshman.
André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach:
It is a very important game for us, because we can almost guarantee qualification for the knockout phase with a win. It is very important we advance for ourselves and the fans – that's our ambition. Lyon are a strong, experienced team. [Mathieu] Valbuena, [Alexandre] Lacazette, Rafael are all experienced.
At this level the individual skill of the players is important, because within a few seconds a player can turn the outcome of the match. [Artem] Dzyuba and [Oleg] Shatov as well as Hulk, Danny, [Axel] Witsel can all change games. We have very good players in attack and are very good on the counter – it is perhaps out best feature – but that is unlikely to surprise the Lyon coach.
We still have games to come in France and Belgium after this but when it comes to qualifying, the sooner the better. I'm very pleased with six points from two matches and want us to continue in the same vein.
Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach:
From analysing Zenit's games, it seems to us that we are looking at two different teams – one in the Russian Premier League and one in the Champions League. Hulk in particular is a very powerful player who can change the course of a match. Mathieu Valbuena's experience in Russia [with Dinamo Moskva] has helped us to a certain extent.
We have the capacity to beat Zenit, especially seeing the problems Gent caused them [on matchday two]. We know they are very dangerous on the break but we will, as usual, attack while also being careful in defence. Zenit go into this game with six points so it is a normal match for them. For us it is a last opportunity to start accumulating the points needed to get out of the group. Despite this pressure though, my players must focus only on positive emotions.
Zenit appear to be stuck in a parallel reality. Hulk has been happy to swap his role as star striker for that of passer-in-chief, while two wins out of two in the UEFA Champions League have been perceived as nothing more than atonement for domestic travails. Zenit are ten points behind Premier-Liga leaders CSKA Moskva, the same tally by which Lyon trail Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. Hubert Fournier's team also have just a solitary Group H point, meaning they may have their work cut out despite all not being perfect for their hosts.
All 23 players shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 are currently plying their trade in the UEFA Champions League ...
German newspaper Der Express has described Roma's forward line as an "attacking hurricane" ahead of tonight’s pivotal Group E clash in Leverkusen. Rudi Garcia's side have scored more league goals (20) than any of their Serie A rivals this season and over twice as many as Leverkusen, who have only managed eight in their nine league matches to date.
However, coach Garcia knows that his team's impressive haul will count for little if they fail to beat Bayer 04. "We have to win points if we want to go through," he said. "There is no need to underline the importance of this double-header against Leverkusen. We just have to give everything we have."
One of the biggest questions Arsène Wenger must answer tonight is, how do Arsenal stop Robert Lewandowski from scoring? The Polish striker has already hit 22 goals for club and country this season. "The best way to combat him is for us to have the ball," Wenger said. "After that you have to be shrewd with him because inside the box he is outstanding. His technique, his finishing and movement inside the box is the reason we will need the experience of [Per] Mertesacker and [Laurent] Koscielny to deal with it. That will be one of the most important things on the night."
Marco Silva, Olympiacos coach:
I don't agree that we are favourites. Dinamo Zagreb are a good team and I think both sides have an even chance. We are doing a good job and are improving every day. We played with different tactics in our first two matches, because against class teams like Bayern you have to adjust your game. Maybe we will try to do the same against Dinamo Zagreb or maybe we will try something new, but we will see the situation on the pitch and react accordingly.
We will not be happy with a draw, even though we still have to play Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal at home. We prepare for every match with the intention of winning it and this is no different.
This could be the pivotal match for the Modri. Win and they'll take a huge step towards springtime football in Europe, a dream of more than 40 years for Dinamo supporters. Ivo Pinto will be ready, Gonçalo Santos and Paulo Machado have the inside track on Olympiacos coach Marco Silva. Olympiacos openly say that one point from the Maksimir would be a huge disappointment.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to play for Juventus against Gladbach in Turin on Wednesday despite suffering slight calf injury on Sunday. Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri should confirm today that he will start with a 4-3-3 system with Andrea Barzagli playing right-back as both Stephan Lichtsteiner and Martín Cáceres are still out. Mario Mandžukic and Paulo Dybala are in contention for a place in attack alongside Juan Cuadrado and Álvaro Morata.
André Almeida, Andreas Samaris, Gonçalo Guedes and Jonas are set to be recalled by Benfica coach Rui Vitória for the Group C tie at Galatasaray, having missed Friday’s 2-1 Portuguese cup third round win against third-tier Vianense.
The Portuguese champions, who arrived in Istanbul yesterday afternoon, will be aiming to claim their first ever success in Turkey on Wednesday. Artur Moraes, a former Benfica keeper who now plays for Turkish side Osmanlispor, has urged his former team-mates to "Bet on the counterattack" at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Dynamo Kyiv forward:
Of course, we were in low spirits after the defeat by our main rivals [Shakhtar] in our own stadium [3-0 on Friday]. But now we have to forget the game against Shakhtar. We have analysed our mistakes and now prepare for our next match. The most important thing for me is to go on the pitch and win [against Chelsea].
Roman Eremenko, CSKA Moskva midfielder:
When you play against Manchester United you don’t need any more motivation, because they are a top team, you do not play against them every day. The quality and experience Bastian Schweinsteiger has would be useful to any side. I have not seen him play for a long time, but I've always liked him - It's not easy to play against him.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach:
Valencia play with great technique. All their players want the ball. We know it will be pretty difficult but nothing is impossible. To play in front of 55,000 people will be special. We are the team that has most possession of the ball in Belgium, but the Spanish team will have more here. But winning is the most important thing, not who has the most possession.
They say there is no place like home, and for Bayern striker Thomas Müller that extends to this corner of north London. The 26-year-old has scored on his two previous visits to the Arsenal Stadium and describes the pitch "as like the carpet in my living room". Bayern went on to knock Arsenal out in both those ties in 2012/13 and 2013/14 and Müller will be hoping to make himself at home again tonight.
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach:
I don't like looking at the opposition so much. We have to have our own plan and try to assert our game on them. We have a great chance to take a big step towards the round of 16. We need a win and this is how we will play. Roma have a lot of quick players up front. Once they lead, they can counterattack nicely, which usually results in big wins. At the moment we have a small problem scoring. Nevertheless we play good football and I am sure we will take our chances again.
I am far from losing my cool about this. In the Champions League we have shown in the past year and a half that we are capable of causing problems for any team and asserting our game.
André Almeida, Benfica defender:
Can we make history [by becoming first Benfica side to win first three group stage ties] tomorrow? We will see. Our main priority is winning [at Galatasaray].
Leonid Slutski, CSKA Moskva coach:
[Manchester] United made several changes for their last Premier League game, but I don't think that was anything to do with playing against us. I think they will have a similar lineup to the one that faced Everton. United are a top club regardless, and whoever plays for them will be very strong.
We are only bothered about the result of this match and not how many balls [goalkeeper Igor] Akinfeev fails to catch. If it ends up 10-9 to us, that will be fine. We have a team with plenty of experience. We have played a lot of games against big clubs – some have gone well, some a little worse – so we're ready.
These back-to-back matches are always crucial; we have to respect our opponents and be aware that we are up against a giant side, but we have the right to hope for a positive result.
Rui Vitória, Benfica coach:
In terms of the quality of the current team and the club's reputation, we are up against very strong opponents. We respect them but will do our utmost to come home with a win.
People that know my philosophy also know that I don't like making radical changes to my squad. I don't intend to make big changes to the team, but every match demands a different strategy. I can say that you won't see big changes.
We are used to playing games at this level in front of lively crowds. Once you are on the pitch, you are only up against 11 players, so I don't believe the atmosphere will give us additional difficulties.
Kevin Trapp (thigh), David Luiz (knee) and Marco Verratti (calf) are in contention to face Real Madrid on Wednesday. The Paris trio all suffered injuries on international duty but could make their comebacks in the French capital when the Liga side visit.
The Croatia press have been exploring the coach and player links between Dinamo and Olympiacos today. Martin Novoselac played for Dinamo (1977-1979) before joining Olympiacos where he won three consecutive league titles. Legendary Modri goalkeeper Tomislav Butina had a two-year spell in Greece (2006-2008). Finally, Paulo Machado spent two seasons (2012–14) at Olympiacos, winning two Greek Super League titles and one Greek Cup. He was a team-mate of Giannis Maniatis, Dimitris Siovas, Alejandro Domínguez, Leandro Salino and Roberto. Hungarian coach Márton Bukovi and Croatian tactician Stjepan Bobek have both taken charge of the Group F rivals.
Arsenal may appear to be facing mission impossible as they brace themselves for a pair of back-to-back matches against Bayern without a point to their name in Group F. Arsène Wenger, though, will know the Gunners have dug themselves out of a hole before to reach the knockout stage. In 2003/04 – the year his 'Invincibles' went unbeaten to win the Premier League – the Gunners picked up just one point from their opening three Group B games. They still qualified as section winners by beating Dynamo Kyiv, Inter Milan – 5-1 away no less – and Lokomotiv Moskva in their final three matches to take top spot on ten points.
As Dynamo Kyiv aim to return to winning ways against Chelsea, Sport-Express notes that the Ukrainian champions are trying to stay positive despite Friday's league defeat to rivals Shakhtar. The White-Blues have promised to go all out to record a victory against the Premier League outfit tonight.
Dynamo should also try to beat Jose Mourinho's men with their own weapon, the paper adds. "We were told that four of Chelsea's players don't always track back to help the defence," said midfielder Serhiy Rybalka, who is back with the squad after an injury. "We have to explore that weakness and don't be afraid of the big names on the pitch."
With Leonardo Sigali (ankle), Arijan Ademi and Gordon Schildenfeld (thigh) unavailable for Dinamo against Olympiacos, midfielder Gonçalo Santos will revert to a centre-back. Filip Benković is unlikely to start the Group F encounter after a disappointing performance last time out against Bayern. Finally, Marko Rog could start in central midfield, where he will have the task of stopping the in-form Kostas Fortounis.
Åge Hareide, Malmö coach:
Shakhtar stood up to Real Madrid, and also played well against Paris. They are a good team. They play with a high tempo, and can be direct with more possession. They have a lot of good players like [Alex] Teixeira, Bernard and the big forward [Olexandr Gladkiy]. Their wing-backs are very good, but we need to stop their team, not individual players. They attack pretty much all the time, and maybe they leave themselves a bit too open, and that gives us a chance.
Here in Scandinavia, we tend to get down on our knees when we are up against big teams; we did that against Real Madrid and Paris, much more than we did against Juventus and Atlético Madrid last year. We have a lot of young players and I understand that they can get a bit star-struck when they play against players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović, but it is not good. We need to be less impressed. We need to learn how to handle them.
Ashley Young will miss Manchester United's Group B tie at CSKA Moskva. Young missed Saturday's 3-0 Premier League win against Everton because of a calf injury. "It's the same amount of injuries so Luke Shaw [leg], Paddy McNair [calf] and Ashley Young are not going with us," United coach Louis van Gaal told MUTV today.
"On Wednesday, guys and girls, all day, like us, wear Paris Saint-Germain's shirt until the game against Real [Madrid]" urges former PSG star David Ginola to promote a club campaign. The Ligue 1 outfit, using the #JourduMaillot (#DayOfTheShirt), are asking fans to wear their kit in the French capital to support the UEFA Champions League hopefuls.
Arsène Wenger is likely to name an unchanged side from the team that beat Watford 3-0 on Saturday in the Premier League. With David Ospina (shoulder) injured, Petr Čech will continue in goal, and though Gabriel returns from illness, he is unlikely to dislodge Per Mertersacker and Laurent Koscielny in the centre of the Arsenal defence.
Olivier Giroud is available after suspension, but with Theo Walcott making a strong case for making the central striker's slot his own, the Frenchman may have to bide his time on the bench. For Bayern, Douglas Costa is likely to return after sitting out against Bremen at the weekend, with Juan Bernat most likely to make way. Javi Martínez is also expected to feature.
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini confirms that Sergio Agüero will be out out for around a month after sustaining a hamstring injury on international duty for Argentina. Captain Vincent Kompany is fit to face Sevilla but Gaël Clichy, Fabian Delph, David Silva and Agüero will miss Wednesday's tie.
PELLEGRINI: "“Vincent was fit for the last game. Aleks is fit so is in the squad list. Clichy, Delph, Aguero and Silva are injured.”— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 20, 2015
PELLEGRINI: “Aguero is out for a month. Maybe next week Clichy, Delph and Silva will be fit." #MCFC— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 20, 2015
When Dinamo played against Arsenal on matchday one, there were a few hundred visitors from London, but today you will not hear any Greek songs in Zagreb. Olympiacos and the hosts decided against having any away fans for the back-to-back Group F ties. The local fans are hoping for another European victory at the Stadion Maksimir.
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City coach:
I don't know the exact statistics but we must improve [our home form in the UEFA Champions League]. We are just thinking about this game, not the past. I hope we are just thinking about the game tomorrow. All the other things are statistics or history that will not help us to win or lose.
We would have expected Sevilla to be higher up the league [in Spain]. Every team has weaker moments in a season, and this is the Champions League; they will be full of hope, trying to get through. They have some great players. The did not win the last two editions of the Europa League for nothing.
I am sure every team wants to win Champions League but it is not easy. Our target is just to win every game we play.
BATE midfielder Maksim Volodko is not upset that Barcelona No10 Lionel Messi will miss the Group E encounter through injury. "Messi is not coming to Borisov ... And it is good. Of course that is worse for the spectators, but better for us. He defines the style of Barcelona, but it will be very hard for BATE anyway."
Volodko also praised Brazilian forward Neymar: "He scored four goals at the weekend. He dribbles past opponents like they're children - It is unbelievble. We have to pay attention to him from the first minute."
Bayern forward Thomas Müller says international team-mate Mesut Özil is thriving in north London. "Mesut is very lively," Müller told Arsenal Player. "His left foot is outstanding and he's always got a great eye for a pass to a team-mate. His style of play fits perfectly to Arsenal’s game. That's why he plays a good role there.
"Mesut can hurt anyone, especially in London, where I see Arsenal as being a tick stronger than when they play away. We need to prevent Mesut from playing those dangerous passes in the final third."
Hamza Hamzaoğlu, Galatasaray coach:
I believe we can mirror our positive run in the Super League in the UEFA Champions League. Many think that finishing third in the group and transferring to the UEFA Europa League is a more realistic aim for Galatasaray but for me we have to continue in the Champions League.
The squad is already shaped in my mind. Our starters will be [Fernando] Muslera, Sabri Sarıoğlu, [Aurélien] Chedjou, Hakan Balta, [Lionel] Carole, Bilal Kısa, Selçuk İnan, [Wesley] Sneijder, [Lukas] Podolski, Yasin Öztekin and Umut Bulut. Umut has always been good. He is just a little bit unlucky in front of goal.
There will be times when we play with two strikers but tomorrow's game is not one of them.
[Nicolás] Gaitán is Benfica’s most eye-catching player. Jonas is certainly a top marksman. I think they play well collectively - their playing style is similar to ours.
Hamza Hamzaoğlu: If you look at the group table, you'd think Benfica are the favourites but tomorrow we are the favourites!— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) October 20, 2015
Manchester United have special memories of Moscow as they beat Chelsea in the epic 2008 final. A year later the Red Devils won 1-0 at CSKA – their only victory in seven matches against Russian clubs. This time the teams meet just outside the capital, at Arena Khimki, where Leonid Slutski's team are six months without defeat. But they have not had to face a United side running into their best form under Louis van Gaal.
Umut Bulut, Galatasaray AŞ forward:
I've scored key goals in important matches in various competitions in the past. We're going out there tomorrow to win, hopefully we can do that with the help of our supporters. It will not be an easy game. If I score, I will be even happier.
Recent consecutive league wins have increased our self-confidence. Friendship and team unity will help us. Our opponents have quality. If we want to qualify from the group, tomorrow’s match will be decisive.
Umut Bulut: Tomorrow's match has a huge effect on whether we qualify from this group or not. I'm motivated and fully focused on this game.— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) October 20, 2015
Markus Rosenberg, Malmö captain:
Shakhtar leave space in behind - their wing backs push up high. Hopefully we can take advantage of that. I think that we will get better and better as the group stage goes on. The second time you play against a player like Cristiano Ronaldo you're not as star-struck. Hopefully the atmosphere will be electric again tomorrow - maybe even more so against Paris and Zlatan [Ibrahimović].
Thiago Silva, Paris defender:
It'll be a difficult match [against Real Madrid], just like every UEFA Champions League match, even though they have several players out injured, such as [Gareth] Bale.
The team in possession will be dangerous. The aim will be to regain possession as soon as possible - that will be a decisive factor tomorrow. If we let them play, they’ll be difficult to stop.
I think we have the possibility this season [to win the Champions League]. I believe we’re stronger than last year. The arrival of [Ángel] Di María was encouraging for the team.
[Cristiano] Ronaldo is very difficult to defend against. We’ll need to watch him closely, as he’ll be motivated to make the difference for Madrid. We’re working on finding solutions.
This will probably be the first time this season that we face a team which is a strong as ours. So I hope that Paris will produce a great performance, especially for our fans. Our goal is to finish top of our group. So if we win at home tomorrow, a draw away could be enough.
Laurent Blanc, Paris manager:
This match will be special and great for the prestige of our club: we're playing against one of Europe's greatest clubs. When you compare our squads, it's difficult to say it's equal. Just look at their trophy room: Madrid are a top team in Europe; Paris are not there yet.
But we can win. Because we're at home, because we have quality, because we already beaten one of Europe's greatest – Barcelona. We need to respect our opponents but we can do it. It's not a decisive match, although winning our group is a very important objective – but it's not decisive yet.
I love everything about Cristiano Ronaldo. Just look at his statistics: he's one of two extraterrestrials gracing modern football. He's good in all departments: he's fast, takes on defenders, scores goals. So yes, we'll have an eye on him. There will be no anti-Ronaldo plan, nothing specific – just to be vigilant at all times.
Madrid seem happy to defend deep and launch counterattacks, because they have the players to do so: they fly like the wind! At times you think you're on the brink of scoring against them, and ten seconds later you concede. They are very efficient.
Bas Dost, Wolfsburg forwad:
It's time for the world to recognise that Wolfsburg is not a small club anymore.
"Alone before the danger" is how Spanish sports daily Marca sums up Cristiano Ronaldo's task against Paris on Wednesday, as Real Madrid head to the French capital without Karim Benzema (hamstring) and Gareth Bale (calf). James Rodríguez (thigh), Pepe and Dani Carvajal (ankle) also miss out.
It may only be matchday three, but Galatasaray v Benfica already looks potentially decisive. Should the Eagles extend their perfect Group C record to three games, they will be tough to catch. And it will be a long way back for Galatasaray if they have racked up only a point from half their campaign. Hamza Hamzaoğlu's decision to name his probable starting lineup early – as well as calling his side the favourites – has certainly raised the stakes.
"If you want to win titles you need to get on and do it with the players you have, rather than worrying about the ones who are not fit." These were Kevin De Bruyne's words after Manchester City's 5-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday – and the way he and his fellow attackers performed that afternoon must make Pellegrini hopeful that his side can get the better of Sevilla, even without Sergio Agüero and David Silva.
Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg coach:
No matter what the score is, it won't start to decide our group. Of course we would be in a stronger position [than PSV] with a win, but it is not our duty to win. We want to win.
PSV have a well-balanced team, very lively. And for this we need good answers on the pitch. Even if we win, though, nothing will have been decided in the group because there are three more matches to play. That's why we play game by game. We will have chance to win tomorrow. But even if we lose, we will have a good chance of going through.
#Hecking: "The team were absolutely convincing for long periods at the weekend, but that doesn't mean we'll begin with the same eleven.“— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) October 20, 2015
Benítez: "Our team is a team that attacks. Our idea is to score goals and to win the match." #RMUCL— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 20, 2015
Benítez: "PSG are getting stronger in the Champions League every time. This challenge is exciting for us and we want to do well." #RMUCL— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 20, 2015
André Schubert, Mönchengladbach coach:
There's no room for fear in football, but this is a challenge against a huge side that made the final last season. We're all looking forward to it and we're certainly not scared. We are defending a lot better and more economically than our first games of the season.
We know that in this group we've got some of Europe's top teams – but we're happy to face them. There's no secret other than hard work. We've got to press far up the field and also be organised in defence - these are the technical things we've worked on. Then there were psychological things – to remind the lads of their strengths and get the players their confidence back. We go into this game with a lot of self-confidence.
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'Rakitić at the double and Barça are group leaders' writes Catalan newspaper Sport after the European champions' 2-0 success at BATE Borisov, while Mundo Deportivo hails the 'Lethal Duo' of Rakitić and Neymar - the Brazilian having laid on both of the Croatian's goals - and asserts that Luis Enrique's side have "one foot" in the last 16 after the 4-4 draw between Bayer Leverkusen and Roma elsewhere in Group E.
Ideye Brown's celebrations make the front page of most of the Greek sports papers in the wake of Olympiacos's success at Dinamo Zagreb. 'Dynamite' is the headline in GoalNews, which adds: "Like a train, Olympiacos pulled out of Zagreb Station and are heading towards the last 16. Marco Silva's coaching was amazing and Ideye Brown was like a tank up front." SportLive is equally effusive, saluting a '16-star Legend' and pointing out that this is the first time Olympiacos have recorded back-to-back away wins at this level.
Local daily Super Deporte goes with the headline 'What a way to suffer!' to describe Valencia's hard-fought win over Gent, made possible by the Belgian outfit's two own goals either side of the break.
L'Équipe is looking forward to tonight's meeting between Paris and Real Madrid, the sports daily's montage of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Ángel Di María staring at Cristiano Ronaldo claiming the clubs are on "an equal footing". It adds: "The Parisians do not have any more reasons to be hung up as they take on Cristiano Ronaldo's Merengues."
A tribute to the Asterix comic books, the headline of Gazzetta dello Sport translates as 'These Romans are crazy' – a tribute to the Roma side that drew 4-4 at Leverkusen last night, after trailing 2-0 and them leading 4-2, the pink paper adding: "A great reaction but four goals were somehow not enough for a victory."
Corriere dello Sport writes: "2-0 down after 19 minutes, Roma finally let rip and largely dominated Leverkusen, scoring four goals. In the final minutes of the game, however, they collapsed again and conceded twice in quick succession. The Giallorossi now need to beat Leverkusen at home if they want to keep their chances of qualification alive."
"It has taken a while, but Arsenal may finally have learned to appreciate the joy of winning ugly," writes Matt Hughes in the Times, as the English press sing the praises of a gutsy, spirited display against Bayern. "This famous victory will be remembered as a rare night when Arsenal eschewed aesthetics."
"Olivier Twist" exclaims the Sun, highlighting how super-sub Olivier Giroud's goal turned the game moments after coming on, and there is plenty of space devoted to Manuel Neuer's first-half stop on Theo Walcott that the Daily Mail describes as the "Save of the season." According to Martin Samuel in the same paper it was "The save heard around the world. There was an echo of Gordon Banks from 1970 the way he thwarted Walcott in that instant. He celebrated with a simple fist punch, once the danger had passed. He deserved a lone lap of honour."
Most important of all, of course, the Gunners are right back in with a chance of reaching the knockout stage: "Arsenal are suddenly alive again in Europe," writes Daniel Taylor in the Guardian. "They rode their luck, they were indebted to some exceptional goalkeeping from Petr Čech and, ultimately, it needed the rarity of a Manuel Neuer mistake to give them lift-off but any victory against Bayern has to be cherished and this one felt liberating."
Rafael Benítez, Real Madrid coach:
Over the last few years Paris have won everything on the domestic front and proven they're the best team in France. On top of that, they have bought some very good players, so we'll take up this challenge with a lot of enthusiasm. All the ingredients are there for a great match against a great team. This will be a game between equals.
Luka Modrić has trained for the last few days. If he's part of the travelling squad, he's available. We'll see and take our decision after training. Real Madrid players always need to be ready to play and that's the same with Jesé. I don't know who will replace Gareth Bale and I won't know until tomorrow.
It's true we have several injured players, but we can count on Real Madrid's greatest goalscorer in European football and perhaps football history. He's up there with Pelé, maybe.
'Nothing special' is how Sport Express sum up the the goalless stalemate between Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea in Ukraine last night.
The paper adds: "In the end Dynamo stopped Chelsea's counterattacks like conquerors but it was Willian who nearly had the last word - had his curling shot a been a bit more accurate."
"This draw keeps Dynamo Kyiv second, but it will be formidable task to stay there after the return fixture [in London]", the daily notes.
Belarusian daily Pressball writes that BATE are in a good position, despite their second loss in three Group E outings.
"Even after the 2-0 defeat to Barcelona, BATE still have a chance of reaching the knockout stage - and can still claim a UEFA Europa League berth - given the 4-4 draw in Germany [between Leverkusen and Roma]."
The newspaper continues: "Three points from the first three matches is the same outcome as last season, but a year ago it was less hopeful after 6-0 and 7-0 defeats to Porto and Shakhtar. Now - after the return in Barcelona - we still have hope."
The Parc des Princes will feel like the centre of the football world tonight as two of the planet's marquee teams wrestle for control of Group A. You can almost smell the prestige emanating from ten-time European champions Real Madrid, but Paris are no slouches either when it comes to winning trophies and, after clinching the league, French Cup and French League Cup last season, they have once again set their sights on conquering Europe.
Like Madrid, Paris are unbeaten so far this term and this will be their first major test of 2015/16, giving an insight into where they stand compared to their major rivals in the UEFA Champions League. With Ángel Di María added to their ranks – as well as German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who appears fit to feature – the French side are eager to improve on quarter-final finishes in the last three seasons, especially as anything short of a last-four spot is likely to spell the end for coach Laurent Blanc.
"A big step forward" is how A Bola describes Porto's 2-0 home success against Maccabi at the Estádio do Dragão. The Portuguese newspaper added: "A goal and an assist by Vincent Aboubakar solved the match and left the Dragons top of the group and on the verge of qualifying."
O Jogo also highlight Aboubakar's decisive contribution, and under the title "Aboubakar formula", the paper writes that the forward "decided matters in the space of five minutes", before noting that the win was Julen Lopetegui's 20th consecutive home success at the helm of Porto.
Finally, Record highlight the fact that Rúben Neves – at 18 years 221 days – became the youngest captain in UEFA Champions League history. Meanwhile, Iker Casillas set a competition record 51st clean sheet.
Russian newspaper Sport-Express reserves special praise for Zenit coach André Villas-Boas after he guided the St Petersburg-based outfit to a third successive Group H success.
The daily urges the side from Russia’s second city to do all can to hang on to the Portuguese coach [Villas-Boas has announced that he will leave Zenit at the end of the season], noting that "Hulk now is not just a leader, but also a team player" while the likes of Oleg Shatov and Igor Smolnikov have "blossomed" under his leadership.
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach:
Astana are a competitive and hard-running side who always want to treat the ball properly. We are always focused in what we do, however. We need to play well and win. We always plan for the best possible version of our opponents.
[Yannick] Carrasco is developing and every day is more integrated into the team. Hard work pays off and improves the best players. He is young and can continue improving. Criticism makes you grow and try to improve.
I don't want Atlético to stop improving. Atlético are one of the best teams in Europe – we have to live with this and it's not easy. Astana did well against Benfica and were in the match against Galatasaray until the end. They surprised me with their ambition. They are a compact side who never want to lose a ball and who improve during the match. I think this shows the good work of their coach.
Stanimir Stoilov, Astana coach:
We feel OK and we're preparing well for this match. We are glad to play against a competitive and high-level team like Atlético. We will try to play well and achieve our objectives; we see this match as an opportunity to play against a team of the highest level. We want to show that we haven't reached this stage by luck. We will try to show our level. I think Atlético could win the UEFA Champions League because they play as a team.
We've left eight players in Astana because we have an important match in the Kazakh Premier League [on Sunday]. We have brought 14 players who are able to play top-class football. We won't change our strategy and will play like we did against Galatasaray and Benfica. If Atlético attack we will make an effort in defence. If not, we will try to play more offensively.
Astana haven't got too much experience in European competition but this match is our chance to get three points. I respect Atlético so much and we'll try to reach the level they play at.
"First Superman, then flying blind" is how Bild describe the brilliance of Manuel Neuer - who prevented Arsenal from going ahead in the 33rd minute, by denying Theo Walcott - before his missed clearance allowed Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud to net the opener. The German paper added: "Afterwards, Neuer spoke more about his mistake than his crazy save: 'It was my weak moment in this game, I have to work on this.'"
"Bayern's basic problem in this game was not the goalkeeper, but a lack of penetration", writes Süddeutsche Zeitung. "Bayern pass and pas and pass - but do not score."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung add: "That's how you can defeat Bayern" and "Bayern are not playing in a league of their own after all". FAZ also noted that Arsenal are the first team to keep a clean sheet against the Bundesliga leaders this season.
Louis van Gaal, Manchester United coach:
I said before the away match against PSV, one point is good. Three points is better but one point is good.
We trained in Manchester today because of the logistics and the way we have to prepare for matches. We were told that there would be traffic jams in Moscow so we thought it would be better to train at home on our training ground. My preference is to train here, because then the players know the circumstances and where they have to play, but in this case we decided to train in Manchester.
For me, as a manager, the next match is the most important match. I don't think about Manchester City [on Sunday]. I only think about CSKA Moskva and I have to focus on this match I demand that also from my players. We have already lost one game against PSV away and we want to gain one point at least. That is why it is a very important match for us.
I didn't know that Marcos Rojo played for Spartak Moskva, but I saw him in the World Cup in Brazil when he played very well for Argentina. I analysed him at Sporting Lisbon. What I like is that he is physically a very strong guy, he is a good header and his pass is fast. I think there is great potential in him to become a very good player for Manchester United.
Phillip Cocu, PSV coach:
We have to give our all and travel back home with three points. We shouldn't be afraid of anything [at Wolfsburg]. We just have to minimise our mistakes and produce the necessary quality.
Our match against Manchester United demonstrated that we can survive in this competition and these two games against Wolfsburg could decide which of us goes through to the knockout stage.
Benfica may not have won any competitive games on Turkish soil in UEFA club competitions, but Galatasaray are also without a win in their last ten UEFA Champions League ties. Although, they have lost only six of their last 22 European home matches.
Their last triumph in the competition was against Juventus when they overcame the Italian outfit 1-0 on matchday six. Since then, the Cimbom have suffered seven defeats and three draws in their last 10 matches.
"Three for three for Zenit!" says the cover of Sport-Express today after the Russian side beat Lyon 1-0 at home to make it three wins from three Group H outings. The daily continues: "Never before have Zenit begun a UEFA Champions League group stage so convincingly."
"Boy oh Boas!" exclaim Sovetski Sport. "The much-criticised Zenit coach is one step away from guiding them into the play-offs.
"Zenit's lucky three!" says the headline in Sport Den za Dnem. "Tonight, we finally saw the real, beautiful Zenit."
Unai Emery, Sevilla coach:
We are level for the moment, Manchester City and ourselves. I see tomorrow's game as being just as important as previous matches. City are a great team, a great squad – they have some great individuals. Whether one plays or not, they are still strong. We are aware of the dangers they can create but we also know we are capable of playing well – we can cause problems ourselves.
We are treating this game as a one-off. It's something we need to experience and enjoy, while also giving a good account of ourselves. We want to compete and show what we are capable of. We've done OK so far in this competition – we've got one defeat and one victory, so tomorrow is key for us. A draw could be a positive result for us.
We know what Jesús Navas means to Sevilla. We are very happy for him. We are happy he is getting game time. He is a lovely person.
Francis Coquelin, Arsenal midfielder:
We knew Bayern would have a lot of the ball, but in the recent games against the big teams we have not had as much possession and counter-attacked. It worked well again here and everyone defended really well and we didn’t concede any goals, so I am really pleased with the performance. In the first two games we didn’t perform and we knew we had to win here to stay in the competition. We have been doing really well in the league and we had to do that in the Champions League too, and we have done that so we have to carry on in that way.
While it would be ridiculous to call a match between Paris and Real Madrid 'special' for any one player in particular – who would not be invigorated by such a fixture? –there is no doubt that Ángel Di María will be looking forward to this game more than most. A fan favourite at the Santiago Bernabéu and man of the match in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final, the Argentinian international did not want to leave when he was sold to Manchester United in 2014.
One year on and he is in the French capital, having returned to Europe's top club competition with an early goal against Malmö on matchday one. Now due to face his former team-mates, Di María will surely be hungry to impress – even if he may look a little subdued should he score. "I won't celebrate because, at the bottom of my heart, Real remain very important to me," he recently told Canal+. "I won't forget what I experienced in Madrid, 'la Décima' especially." Still, you can bet he craves a chance to keep his word.
Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny praised the Gunners' defensive display in Tuesday night’s victory against Bayern.
"Defensively we were together like a unit, we defended to help our team-mates and we played on the counter-attack," he told Arsenal Player. "I think we were good and we had a lot of potential to score.
"Bayern hadn't lost a game this season so it was very hard and tough for us but sometimes you need to play differently and everybody in front [of the defence] did their job well - it was very good and we need to keep this for the season.
"We saw a very good face of Arsenal and we need to keep this for the other games because I like I said before sometimes it is more difficult but you need to be stronger when you defend."
Like a boss... pic.twitter.com/QXgJur0hd8— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 21, 2015
Petr Čech, Arsenal goalkeeper:
I would say that I’m pleased with my performance - whenever they managed to get through our defensive block I was there to help my team-mates. I’m very glad in the second half there was a turning point when I saved the one v one with [Robert] Lewandowski then a few minutes later we scored the first goal which was probably the decisive moment of the game. I’m pleased with my performance but I’m pleased with the team’s performance as I thought we had been up for the game.
Having seen the result from the other game, we obviously needed to win three points and we are back in the game. The position has not changed but now with these three points it was crucial to win and we can carry on at the moment in the league then in two weeks we will try to do the same.
Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach:
This is not a decisive game [against Malmö], it's just another match in the group. But of course, if either team wins the next two games they will have a very good chance of reaching the next round. We have lost two matches but that was our own fault. We made several mistakes, although we played at the same level as Real Madrid and Paris.
We will play a good team tomorrow. Malmö, Real Madrid and Paris all are very well-organised. If Malmö had played with more guts in their two previous games they might have got some points. I don't think they'll play like they did against Paris or Madrid against us; they'll most likely be more offensive. They are a good side and knocked out Salzburg and Celtic in qualifying, which wasn't easy.
I think this game will be very good to watch. It's two good teams and I don't see us as favourites. I don't want to talk about favourites in the Champions League. It is difficult to play against teams from Scandinavia. We have faced sides from here before. We'll try to play the ball on the ground and hopefully that will be enough for a win.
Raphaël Varane, Real Madrid defender:
We need to start the game hungry to win it, create as much danger as we can and make them second guess themselves. This is a top draw fixture, neither team is favourite and it will come down to the small details. We have to keep the number of mistakes we commit as low as possible.
Our aim is to reach the last 16 and if we finish top of the group, then all the better. It'll be a great game. PSG like to have the ball. We want to hold onto possession as well and cause them problems with the individual and collective quality we possess. Controlling the game will be very important.
We always go out to win games, score goals and attack. That's our philosophy. Everyone has their own opinion but what interests me most right now is talking about tomorrow's match. Both teams like having possession. We know how to dominate possession and how to hit teams on the break. We have an attacking playing style. We score loads of goals, we create a lot of chances and our intention is to always push forward.
Our goal is to win titles and we'll need the whole squad in order to achieve that. We are preparing for this game with an eye to winning it. We'll be missing important players, but that won't change how we approach this match. We'll go out with the same hunger and with the same philosophy as always.
Jeffrey Bruma, PSV defender:
We now fully focus on the clash against Wolfsburg. We need a win on Wednesday evening. Wolfsburg are a successful club in Germany but anything is possible in the Champions League. We know their strengths and weaknesses and will try to exploit their weak points.
The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in Europe. I cherish the memories of playing against physically strong opponents.
I know him [Bas Dost]. We were both called up to the Netherlands squad. He is powerful and strong and he is a clinical striker. He is a target man striker just like Luuk de Jong, who may be a more skilful player but Dost has excellent finishing abilities.
Filipe Luís, Atlético defender:
We want to win this match against Astana, the defeat against Benfica [last time out] makes us want to win this game even more because we have the objective of qualifying, and if it’s as group leaders, even better. It won't be easy, it’s a complicated game, like all Champions League matches, but we play at home where our fans produce a great atmosphere. [Claiming] three points is very important.
Sami Khedira, Juventus midfielder:
Playing against German opposition is always an interesting experience but at the end of the day, my objective remains the same, to play well and to come away with all three points. Gladbach are dangerous, they are a threatening team that play with pace and energy. We are the home side though; we know our strengths and we're confident of keeping up our good European form.
As a squad, we're beginning to gel well after a tough start to the season. We’ve had a few injuries in recent weeks but now we’re all starting to find a bit of form and becoming more flexible tactically at the same time. There are plenty of games ahead and we will only continue to improve.
Physically, I feel very good. We have a fantastic backroom team and medical staff and they've helped me immensely since I arrived. I think I've settled into the squad and my new surroundings and I really feel at home here in Turin.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United captain:
I lost here [in Moscow] with England but I had possibly the greatest moment in my club career here, winning the Champions League [in 2008]. That was a special night for Manchester United and one that myself and the fans will never forget. Winning this trophy gives you a desire to win it again. This is a different group of players, but hopefully myself and Michael Carrick, who also won the Champions League here, can help them and share our experience. There is nothing better than being successful as a team. Individual honours are great, but being successful with other players and coaches is a great feeling. The main objectives in my career are not personal goals but for the team to be successful.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping his latest competitive meeting with Zlatan Ibrahimović tonight goes the same way as his last when the talismanic pair lock horns again at the Parc des Princes. The two players recently became their respective clubs' all-time record goalscorers – Ronaldo entering Real Madrid history with his 324th strike on Saturday – but their most recent joust came on international duty, when Portugal were pitted against Sweden in the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-offs.
Ronaldo decided the first leg in a 1-0 success for the Portuguese, before sparks flew in Solna in the decisive return game. Ibrahimovic struck twice for Sweden following Ronaldo's opener, only to then be outdone as the Madrid man completed a hat-trick to book Portugal a ticket to Brazil. Both lived up to their billing as the players to watch in the tie, but Ronaldo clearly edged their personal duel and Paris captain Ibrahimovic will not want to endure a repeat.
André Schubert, Gladbach coach:
Fear has no place in football; this is a challenge against a huge club [Juventus] who got to the final last season. Neither team has made a good start to the season, but both are turning the corner so it's a big game and we're all looking forward to it, certainly not scared. The lads did so much last year to get into the Champions League.
We are defending a lot better, more effectively than in our first few games this season. There's no secret other than hard work. We reiterated that we've got to press far up the pitch and stay organised. Then there were psychological things – to remind the lads of what their strengths were.
Then, as simple as it sounds, the players also had to get their confidence back with every tackle won, even in training.
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach:
Let's say that [Mario] Mandžukic is fine. Maybe he's not got 90 minutes in his legs, but he's fine. He's not played much due to injuries. [Álvaro] Morata's come on a lot and [Simone] Zaza's in decent shape, as he showed on Sunday. [Paulo] Dybala needs to be allowed to grow serenely, as was the case with Morata last season. We can't ask too much of him – he's 21 and needs to settle and develop.
It will be completely different from the Sevilla game, above all because Gladbach are on a good run of form in the Bundesliga. They've become more compact, also mentally. Tomorrow we need to play as if it were a knockout game, knowing we've got 90 minutes to get the result we need.
We could move onto nine points and, considering Manchester City play Sevilla, we would increase our lead over them, but there would still be three games left. We know we're playing catch-up in the league, but Sunday night's performance [0-0 draw against Internazionale Milano at San Siro] was important.
Borussia are a good team and they are still in the hunt, while we've got a big chance to put ourselves within touching distance of qualifying. We've got to show them respect and not allow ourselves to get carried away by the enthusiasm we gained from the first two group games.
"Reyes knows the way" says the headline in a feature by Seville sports daily Estadio Deportivo, focusing on Sevilla captain José Antonio Reyes’ record against Manchester City during his time in England with Arsenal.
Dubbing the forward nothing less than "an expert in beating City", the paper states that Reyes won on each of his three Premier League meetings with the Citizens, once in the 2003/04 campaign, again in 2004/05 and, most dramatically, in 2005/06, when the Utrera-born trickster came off the bench on 72 minutes – with the scores level at 1-1 in Manchester – to score twice and clinch a 3-1 success for the Gunners.
Marca, for their part, have highlighted the fact that Reyes and City winger Jesús Navas, both of course products of the youth academy at Sevilla, are expected to start tonight's match in City of Manchester Stadium. Giving his expert view was former Sevillista coach Joaquín Caparros, an influential figure in the careers of both players, who believes that "this will be an open game and Sevilla grow in stature in matches like this. City aren’t quite at full steam either, so Sevilla need to go over there with plenty of belief and optimism."
One of the subplots bubbling away under the surface of tonight's game between Paris and Madrid will be the future of Cristiano Ronaldo. With Zlatan Ibrahimović out of contract at the end of the season and expected to leave, the French club are desperate to land another iconic player to spearhead the side – and take over the Sweden captain's role as the face of their ambitious brand.
The man they most want for the job will be representing the visitors this evening and recently declared his desire to end his career with Los Merengues. However, after becoming the club's all-time record goalscorer on Saturday and having won a vast array of titles in white, the Portugal forward could perhaps be tempted to try a fresh adventure.
That, in any case, is the opinion of former Madrid president Ramón Calderón. "I've heard the rumours about strong interest from PSG," he told Le Parisien yesterday. "As an ex-president and supporter of Real Madrid, I hope it never happens. But as a connoisseur of the world of football, I think a departure is possible."
Paris captain captain Thiago Silva is also hopeful a deal can be struck. "It's normal that they're worried," he told AS recently. "I would be too. I don't know how many years Cristiano will have at Madrid." With Ronaldo's old side Manchester United no doubt keen to lure the 30-year-old away as well, next summer could prove fascinating on the transfer front.
Galatasaray coach Hamza Hamzaoğlu made the bold decision to announce his starting lineup against Benfica yesterday, a day before the game in Turkey [Muslera; Sabri Sarıoğlu, Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Carole; Selçuk İnan, Bilal Kısa; Yasin Öztekin, Sneijder, Podolski; Umut Bulut].
Although star striker Burak Yılmaz and Belgian right-back Jason Denayer trained with the team in the Cimbom's last session before the Group C tie, Hamzaoğlu has decided to rest the duo with a derby clash against Fenerbahçe up next in the Turkish Super League.
The Galatasaray coach may field Burak as a substitute in the later stages of the match. The forward came off the bench in the last 15 minutes against Gençlerbirligi at the weekend and scored from the spot three minutes from time.
Benfica visit Galatasaray in Istanbul tonight seeking their third victory in three matches in Group C and aiming to break two club records in the process. The Eagles have never won on Turkish soil (W0 D2 L2) or recorded three wins in a row in the group stage before.
The champions, currently fifth in the Portuguese Liga having played a game fewer, face city rivals Sporting CP on Sunday, but Rui Vitória says his players won't be distracted by the Lisbon derby: "Our focus is on Galatasaray and anyone who thinks differently is not ready to be a real Benfica player. In this club, the next game is always the most important."
"I will not behave like a groupie and get his autograph. But he is a great role model for me", Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer told Express, ahead of a meeting with his idol - Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon.
"It is an experience. It will be the first time playing against him. Even as a young boy I saw him as a big personality. I was behind his goal once - as a ballboy," added Sommer.
Juventus go in search of a third straight victory in Group D, while the German outfit aree still looking for their first UEFA Champions League points.
Manuel Neuer may look back on the moment that cost his side the first goal against Arsenal with regret, but it will be his save from Theo Walcott's header that will be remembered longest. "Insane how Manu saves the first one," Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said. "Incredible. Nobody else would have got that one." An early candidate for save of the season, Neuer is at his near post when the cross comes in from the left. Theo Walcott, standing unmarked, centrally, six metres out, has time to steady himself, pick his spot and plant a firm header to the keeper's left but Neuer somehow dives across to claw the ball away off his line.
Ever the perfectionist, though, it is the missed cross that led to Olivier Giroud's goal that preoccupied the German No1 post-match. "Generally, I had a good game, but I made the big mistake that allowed Arsenal to take the lead," he said. "It was a weak moment in my game, I have to work on this." Even the best, it seems, have room for improvement.
Manchester City’s home form in the UEFA Champions League is the focus of the English newspapers as they look ahead to tonight’s Group D game against Sevilla.
The Times, noting that Chinese president Xi Jinping will visit the Etihad Stadium on Friday, suggests that for City to become a truly worldwide force "perhaps only success in the Champions League will help achieve that feat" and for that to happen, "City’s home record in the competition will have to improve dramatically".
"Pellegrini frets over home form" is the headline in the Daily Mail, which describes how in yesterday's press conference, "the usually mild-mannered Chilean was irritated by questions about poor home form".
"There is no rationale for the struggles which have persisted for a side of such fine individual talents," adds the Independent of a team who have won just three of their nine UEFA Champions League home games under Pellegrini – and five of 15 overall.
PELLEGRINI: "We must improve [our home form] but we think about one game and then the rest. We play a difficult team and we hope we win."— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 20, 2015
Granit Xhaka will take to the field tonight when Gladbach face Juventus in Italy, as he did for the 5-1 Bundesliga success against Frankfurt last weekend, despite having torn ligaments in his right ankle on Switzerland duty - an injury which sidelines players for two to three weeks.
"Others would surely take a break. But my name isn't Granit[e] for nothing. My parents did everything right by choosing that name for me", Xhaka told Bild. In April, the Switzerland midfielder played with a broken rib without the public knowing, in December 2013 he fractured his metacarpus and was back in training within four days. "Such trifles don't stop me. Now we finally have to win points, to reach our minimum goal of third place in this group."
Title contenders or talented also-rans? The question gets posed every year about this Paris team, and we will get the start of an answer when they tackle Real Madrid in a game loaded with subplots – not least the showdown between the two sides' now record goalscorers, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cristiano Ronaldo. It ought to be magnificent.
Manchester United have special memories of Moscow as they beat Chelsea in the epic 2008 final. A year later the Red Devils won 1-0 at CSKA – their only victory in seven matches against Russian clubs. This time the teams meet just outside the capital, at Arena Khimki, where Leonid Slutski's team are six months without defeat. But they have not had to face a United side running into their best form under Louis van Gaal.
Fernando Torres, Atlético forward:
I have experienced a Champions League match as a fan in the Calderón stadium, and last season I got to play in one. It's just something I always dreamt of as a child, and many years have gone by, and I was abroad for many years and away from this club, preventing me from experiencing it. That is an extra present that this return to Atlético gave me. Now it's all about enjoying it, and I know what this competition means to the fans. So let's hope we can produce some good performances.
On paper we are the favourites [against Astana], but not really knowing them can be a real danger. In such matches we have to focus on ourselves, play our game, keep the concentration that you need in Champions League matches, and approach it with the determination to win.
Leverkusen striker Javier Hernández hailed his side's never-say-die attitude in the wake of the Werkself's astonishing 4-4 draw with Roma at the BayArena ...
Danilo, Real Madrid defender:
It will be a difficult game, Paris are a great side, but we are ready to play. Having so many injuries is difficult but we have players to replace the injured and those that play have to give one 100%.
Diego Simeone will be determined to ensure there is no repeat of matchday two's somewhat surprising home loss to Benfica when they host Astana at the Vicente Calderón. With the visitors and Galatasaray both sitting on a point after the first two games, a victory for Atlético will go a long way to helping them secure a place in the knockout stage.
It may only be matchday three, but Galatasaray v Benfica already looks potentially decisive. Should the Eagles extend their perfect Group C record to three games, they will be tough to catch. And it will be a long way back for the Turkish outfit if they have racked up only a point from half their campaign. Hamza Hamzaoğlu's decision to name his probable starting lineup early – as well as calling his side the favourites – has certainly raised the stakes.
After a poor opening to the season, Gladbach are back on track in the Bundesliga and I expect them to give Juventus a tough test. Despite losing, the German side proved they can compete against Manchester City.
Juve have also shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and have important players back from injury, especially in midfield. I anticipate an even contest but last season's finalists should make home advantage count, as they often do in Europe.
Bas Dost, Wolfsburg forward:
This game is nothing special for me. The only remarkable issue is that I will see some guys who I play with in the [Dutch] national team. I previously played for smaller clubs and in eight games against PSV, I scored one goal. But what was in the past is no longer relevant today. Now I play for Wolfsburg.
'Two Giants: Ibrahimović and Cristiano lead Europe's derby' is the headline in Spanish daily AS, looking forward to the crunch clash between Paris and Real Madrid, above all the battle between either side's feted strikers.
Fellow Madrid-based newspaper Marca bills the match 'The Assault on Paris' for Rafa Benítez's side, and believes the match will be the first 'big challenge' for first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who was been one of the Spanish giants' stand-out performers this season.
Galatasaray fans wait to enter the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi in Istanbul, over two hours before kick-off against Benfica ...
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The Spanish media were impressed by Real Madrid's display in their goalless draw with Paris. Marca's headline on Thursday morning is "On The Right Path", gleefully stating that "no one can beat this Madrid side". The paper's cover also states: "Madrid overcame numerous absences and were clearly the better side," emphasising that Rafael Benítez's men were always in control of the game, and singling out Toni Kroos for praise.
On Atlético's dominant triumph over Astana, the paper highlights the importance of Jackson Martínez's first goal at the Vicente Calderón, saying 'Jackson scores at last'.
AS also recognises Madrid's strong performance in spite of missing the likes of Karim Benzema, Luka Modrić and Gareth Bale, claiming the Merengues "walked over Paris". "A Point for Optimism" is the paper's headline.
Watch what Lukas Podolski had to tell UEFA.com after his winner for Galatasaray against Benfica ...
"Juve stop" is the headline on the La Gazzetta dello Sport's front page after Juventus's 0-0 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach in Turin. "Allegri, do you see Dybala or not? The Argentinian played only 12 minutes in the final part of the game. [The] Bianconeri stay on top of the group thanks to Manchester City defeating Sevilla in the 91st minute."
Turin-based Tuttosport emphasises their bitterness with the headline "Anger". The paper explains: "[The] Bianconeri were sterile and without fantasy in attack. They missed the chance to stake a claim on the UEFA Champions League last 16, but first place is saved."
"Eternal zero" says Ukraine's Sport-Express newspaper after Shakhtar Donetsk's third straight defeat in Group A. Indeed, after the 1-0 loss at Malmö, Mircea Lucescu's team have not even scored. "Right now Shakhtar are gaining only experience, but not points. One is vital to get the other, but even experience will not be enough if the team delivers the same display against Malmö at home."
Some reaction from Russia to CSKA Moskva's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
"Who told CSKA to be afraid of Man United?" asks Sovetski Sport pundit Evgeni Lovchev. "In the first half we saw a team that played its own game and didn't sit too deep. After the break, they looked like last season's CSKA – too unstable at the back. They were lucky that Man United were too inert, but it still feels like it was the game where CSKA bottled their chance of making it to the last 16."
Wolfsburg's 2-0 win against PSV was the only victory for German sides in the UEFA Champions League this week. With the Wolves now sitting on top of Group B, Süddeutsche Zeitung says: "Dieter Hecking's team were dominant throughout, only their finishing qualities left something to be desired. By increasing their efficiency in the second half they were able to secure a deserved victory."
The same paper also comments on Mönchengladbach's performance during the 0-0 draw at Juventus, describing it as "a first prestigious success". However, when assessing the table in Group D, the SZ feels Gladbach's chances of reaching the round of 16 "have dropped to a minimum".
Sunday sees Manchester's City and United meet in the derby with Premier League's top spot up for grabs for the victors. City currently lead by two points from the Red Devils and Arsenal and recent signing Kevin De Bruyne – who has made a significant impact since joining – believes the best chance the visitors have of retaining top spot is to go on the front foot at Old Trafford.
"We shouldn’t play defensively because our main strength lies going forward," the Belgium told City's website. "We know it will be difficult. Man United have been a top team for a long time and the rivalry between us and them obviously runs deep. We know what it means to our supporters and it would be nice if we could go there and get three points."
Though they started UEFA Champions League Group F in shaky fashion with a pair of defeats, things are looking up for Arsenal after beating Bayern München on Tuesday while on a three-game winning run in the Premier League going into Saturday's meeting with Everton.
"Overall we are in a good run and that can help the level of confidence and belief going into the next game," said Arsène Wenger. "You gain credibility through consistency and when people think this could be a game where we people think we could slip a bit and you respond in a positive way. I believe that [at the] top level, you come out of a big game and show you can focus again and produce the same performance again."
Meanwhile the manager confirmed Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are out with injuries. "[Ramsey] had a scan today [on his hamstring] but he's out. I believe he will be out until after the next international break. We lost Arteta on Thursday with an ankle problem."
Bayern winger Arjen Robben (out since 3 September, adductor) could make his return on Saturday in the Bundesliga tie against Köln.
"I feel very good," Robben told kicker. "I have trained with the under-23s. It looks good. If things continue like that, I will return on Saturday."
Javi Martínez is also in contention to feature, while Medhi Benatia (22 August, thigh) could make the squad after returning to training.
Sebastian Rode (hamstring), Mario Götze (8 October, groin), Franck Ribéry (11 March, ankle) and Holger Badstuber (21 April, thigh) are sidelined.
Andrés Iniesta (out since 29 September, hamstring) is set to make his comeback in Sunday's Liga tie when Barcelona host Eibar at the Camp Nou.
Iniesta, who has not played since going off an hour into Barcelona's triumph on matchday two, took part resumed training with the first team on Thursday and Friday.
At the age of 18 years and 221 days, Porto's Rúben Neves became the UEFA Champions League's youngest captain when he led his team out in their 2-0 home win against Maccabi. The previous record-holder was Rafael van der Vaart, who skippered Ajax at AC Milan on 16 September 2003, aged 20 years 217 days. Igor Akinfeev was only ten days older when he donned the armband for CSKA Moskva at home to Porto on 21 November 2006. Matchday three statistics ...
Struggling Toulouse proved to be no match for Lyon in Friday's game, Mathieu Valbuena setting up Sergi Darder for the 18th-minute opener, and then scoring the second from Claudio Beauvue's ball on 69 minutes. Beauvue also laid on the third for 19-year-old substitute Maxwel Cornet at the death as Lyon completed a third successive Ligue 1 home win.
Arjen Robben scored in his first game back from a thigh injury as Bayern made it ten wins from ten Bundesliga games this season, beating Köln 4-0 on Saturday. The Dutchman wove into the Köln box to open the scoring on 36 minutes, Arturo Vidal making it 2-0 by the break. Robert Lewandowski headed the third – his 13th Bundesliga goal of the season – and Thomas Müller completed the scoring from the penalty spot.
Having scored two late goals to secure a 4-4 draw against Roma in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, Leverkusen displayed a taste for drama again at home against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. They trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 before goals from Sebastian Boenisch (70), Javier Hernández (71) and Admir Mehmedi (89) secured all three points in a 4-3 win for the Werkself.
Wolfsburg made it three wins in the space of eight days, winning 1-0 at Darmstadt. Dieter Hecking's side struggled to convert possession into chances away against their mid-table opponents, but Daniel Caligiuri came on for Julian Draxler and made a swift impact, scoring the only goal of the game on 78 minutes. Wolfsburg remain a point clear of Leverkusen, but 12 behind table-topping Bayern.
Andy Carroll's header – his first goal since January – gave West Ham a 2-1 win at home against Chelsea, whose miserable domestic season continues. Mauro Zárate capitalised on some inattentive Blues defending to put the Hammers ahead, Nemanja Matić was dismissed for a second booking, and manager José Mourinho was sent to the stands at the interval. Gary Cahill equalised for Chelsea on 56 minutes, but they could not hold on.
Real Madrid went top and are the only unbeaten team in the Liga following a 3-1 win at high-flying Celta Vigo. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Danilo put the Merengues in charge at the break, but the real stand-out performer was Keylor Navas, who made three awe-inspiring saves. The Costa Rican was eventually beaten by a thumping goal by Nolito late on, but Marcelo struck in added time to make it 3-1.
Zenit kept up the pressure on Moscow giants CSKA and Lokomotiv at the top of the Russian table with a 5-1 win against the league's bottom side, Anji. Artem Dzyuba scored twice, Axel Witsel and Oleg Shatov got one each, before Hulk – who had a hand in three of the other goals – completed the rout with the pick of the finishes.
"Artem draws a lot of the defenders' attention which gives our midfield options to develop attacks," said Sergei Semak, deputising for suspended coach André Villas-Boas at Zenit's post-match press conference. "The quality of our defensive play is not high enough. We have to be more consistent as we concede too many. We have to work on this."
Arsenal secured a fourth successive win in all competitions, with two headers in the space of two minutes setting them on course for a 2-1 success against Everton. Olivier Giroud flicked in the first from Mesut Özil's ball, and Santi Cazorla provided the assist as Laurent Koscielny got the second on 38 minutes.
Ross Barkley's deflected strike gave the Toffees hope, but they could not prevent Arsenal from moving to the top of the table – with morning leaders Manchester City in action against Manchester United on Sunday.
Sébastien Siani struck at the death as champions Gent were denied victory in a top-of-the-table clash in Belgium. Midfielder Thomas Matton looked set to mark his 30th birthday with the winner against Oostende when he struck on 75 minutes, Kevin Vandendriessche having swiftly cancelled out Danijel Miličević's opener for Gent. The sides remain level on points.
PSV kept Eredivisie leaders Ajax and Feyenoord in their sights thanks to two late goals, winning 3-1 at out-of-sorts Twente. Phillip Cocu's side led early in the second half as Luuk de Jong got his head to Adam Maher's shot, but Hakim Ziyech equalised all too soon. However, the Enschede side buckled in the closing stages, Jürgen Locadia restoring PSV's lead on 84 minutes before Gáston Pereiro made it 3-1.
After a dire start to the season, Sevilla are unbeaten in four Liga games, Kévin Gameiro's first hat-trick for the club the highlight of a 5-0 success against Getafe, who ended the game with ten men. The Frenchman registered twice before the break, and completed his treble from the penalty spot on the hour. That was the second of three Sevilla spot-kicks, Éver Banega and Yevhen Konoplyanka converting the others.
Second-placed Astana boosted their title hopes by claiming a crucial away success against the leaders. Tanat Nuserbayev struck the clincher in Almaty as the visitors moved within two points of Kazakh Premier League frontrunners Kairat, having played a game fewer.
Alberto Botía helped himself to two goals in the second half as Olympiacos made it eight wins out of eight in the league this season with a fourth consecutive away success. Spanish defender Botía, who struck the opener in the 4-0 win against AEK Athens last time out, registered twice in four minutes before Miloš Stojčev hit a 75th-minute consolation for the hosts.
Swedish champions Malmö followed up their impressive midweek victory against Shakhtar Donetsk by recording a second consecutive league success. Rasmus Bengtsson's 58th-minute effort proved enough to defeat Hammarby.
Vi vann igen Malmö vann igen Så jävla enkla tre poäng! pic.twitter.com/r9bT8QO4Wk— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) October 25, 2015
Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandžukić found the target as Juventus continued their recent revival. Argentinian forward Dybala broke the deadlock on 28 minutes with an effort from the edge of the box before Mandžukić doubled the advantage with a close range effort after the interval. Paul Pogba missed a late spot kick after Atalanta had Rafael Toloi sent off on 74 minutes. The defending Italian champions, unbeaten in three Serie A ties, climb to 12th in the table.
The 170th Manchester derby failed to ignite as the two clubs played out a goalless draw, with the first shot on target not coming until the 83rd-minute. Fourth-placed Manchester United had the better of the chances, though, with substitute Jesse Lingard hitting the crossbar and Chris Smalling drawing a save from Joe Hart late on.
For Manchester City, the derby stalemate was their first goalless draw in 61 Premier League games. Nicolás Otamendi impressed at the back for Manuel Pellegrini's men, but his forward players found the going much tougher and now lie top of the table on goal difference alone ahead of Arsenal.
Dinamo suffered only their third defeat in their last 50 games in all competitions – losing at second-placed Rijeka. Junior Fernandes gave the visitors a sixth-minute lead, however, Jérémy Taravel was shown a straight red on 34 minutes. Miral Samardžić restored parity after the break before Anas Sharbini notched a last-gasp clincher for the hosts to deny the ten men. The Croatian champions, in third, are now two points adrift of leaders Hajduk Split.
Dmitri Mozolevski struck twice, one in each half, as Belarussian champions BATE extended their unbeaten league run to nine games. BATE, who celebrated their tenth consecutive championship after the game, took the lead inside 15 minutes via Mozolevski. The 30-year-old forward struck again in the second half before Ruslan Gunchak notched a consolation for Naftan 11 minutes from time. Aleksandr Hleb, Vitali Rodionov, Maksim Zhavnerchik and Kaspars Dubra missed the clash through injury.
Gladbach secured a fifth consecutive Bundesliga victory since interim coach André Schubert took the helm, having opened their campaign with five straight league defeats. Lars Stindl hit the opener on 32 minutes, tapping in the rebound after Ralf Fährmann had saved his spot kick. However, Andreas Christensen's own goal restored parity before Raffael and Julian Korb struck for the Foals in the second half to seal a 3-1 win.
CSKA's lead at the top of the Russian Premier League could be cut after they dropped two points on Sunday. Still unbeaten, Leonid Slutski's men were held to only their third draw in 13 league outings and moved six points clear at the top – but could see that advantage halved when Lokomotiv Moskva's entertain Rostov on Monday.
Galatasaray missed the chance to climb top ahead of Beşiktaş's Monday fixture after the Istanbul derby ended all-square. It could have been worse for Cimbom too after they fell behind to Diego's first-half opener, substitute Olcan Adın (pictured) rescuing the visitors with six minutes remaining to leave Galatasaray a point back in second having played a game more.
Olcan Adın celebrating our late equaliser! pic.twitter.com/z6HyOLPQdH— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) October 25, 2015
Mohamed Salah scored against his former club in Florence as Roma went two points clear at the top of Serie A with victory at previous leaders Fiorentina. The 23-year-old scored a sixth-minute effort before Gervinho ran through to double the lead before half-time. Salah was sent off for a second bookable offence after the break before Khouma Babacar notched a late goal for the hosts.
Ten-man Barcelona secured a comeback victory against Eibar to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top in Spain. Luis Suárez helped himself to his second Liga hat-trick this term after Borja González had given the visitors a shock 10th-minute lead at the Camp Nou. Suárez headed the hosts level before half-time and fired them ahead on 48 minutes. Javier Mascherano was sent off before the Uruguayan forward completed his treble five minutes from time to seal the 3-1 win.
Benfica slipped to their third reverse in seven Portuguese Liga fixtures this term as high-flying Sporting put them to the sword in the Lisbon derby. Coached by former Eagles boss Jorge Jesus, the visitors took an early lead via Teófilo Gutiérrez and did the rest of their damage before the interval, Islam Slimani and Bryan Ruiz registering to leave the hosts as low as eighth.
Porto were unable to keep pace with Portuguese top side Sporting as they recorded their third domestic draw this term, despite creating most of the pressure in their 0-0 stalemate with fourth-placed Braga. Vincent Aboubakar had an effort saved early on and André André fired over, but there was to be no breakthrough for Julen Lopetegui's men.
Atlético Madrid kept themselves within two points of Madrid and Barcelona with an impressive 2-1 home success against Valencia, even if they could only turn their domination into a pair of goals. Jackson Martínez and Yannick Carrasco (pictured) delivered those in the first half, before Paco Alcácer gave the scoreline a closer complexion than it probably merited.
Ligue 1 leaders Paris extended their unbeaten start to the season with a routine 4-1 win against St-Étienne, kicked off by left-back Layvin Kurzawa's first goal for the club. The capital side then gave themselves breathing space via Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimović, before Lucas responded to a Marco Verratti own goal late on to send Paris seven points clear.