UEFA Champions League updates: 3-9 November

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Jürgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund coach

We have answers to our problems, but our responses have not been good enough so far. There have been games where we clearly were the better side, but lost thanks to individual mistakes. We have also put in some bad performances, creating too few chances.

You won't hear me saying: 'What else are we supposed to do? Everything is going against us.' No: we're making make mistakes and are not sharp enough with our finishing. It's as simple as that. 


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Jorge Jesus, SL Benfica coach 

To continue to play in the Champions League we have to win tomorrow. Winning tomorrow means that we still have a chance to go through. We are used to playing in the Champions League; we have the experience and we know what decisions to take.


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Georgi Dermendzhiev, PFC Ludogorets Razgrad coach

I think that this game will be a highly tactical one, you might say the opposite of the meeting in Sofia on the last matchday. It is clear to me that
 Basel must attack and that the first goal will be very important in this match. We are a very young team, and all our achievements speak for themselves. But the pressure at this level is always very high and we need to play to our very best tomorrow in order to make our fans proud of their team. 


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According to André Villas-Boas' statement at Monday's press conference, FC Zenit midfielder Viktor Fayzulin, who had to miss Saturday's crucial 1-0 victory over PFC CSKA Moskva with a knee problem, is not included into the squad for the Bayer 04 Leverkusen game on Tuesday.

"He will not take part in our next fixture, but has a chance of featuring against FC Terek Grozny on Saturday, said the Zenit boss.


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Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has been speaking to French radio station RMC on Monday evening.

He spoke about his relationship with Laurent Blanc, the PSG having won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and EURO 2000 with France as a central defender, a position he shares with the Brazilian: "I speak a lot with him and he speaks a lot with me. Sometimes, I don't agree with him and sometimes he doesn't agree with me. But at the end, we always find a solution to help the team play better."

Transferred to the French capital in 2012 from AC Milan, the 30-year-old Brazilian – speaking in fluent French – explained that he's now comfortable in Ligue 1: "I have found peace. It’s very different from last year. I didn’t speak French, no one understood me. Today, I speak better. It changes everything."

Silva also mentioned playing APOEL FC on Wednesday at the Parc des Princes, without injured Zlatan Ibrahimović, after which Paris will welcome Marseille, who they track by four points in Ligue 1, on Sunday evening.

"In the league and in UEFA Champions League, you need to play with intensity otherwise you can’t do anything good. We have to be focused for every game. We’ll miss [Ibrahimović] because he’s a quality player with a great personality but we need to think about "Edi" [Edinson Cavani] who’s playing where he used to, in the centre forward position."

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That's it for today, but hurry back to the Matchday Live blog tomorrow morning - the only place to be for every morsel of UEFA Champions League information as we countdown to kick-off on matchday four.

With behind-the-scenes stories and photos from around the grounds to the updates from the press conferences for Wednesday's games, we won't let you miss a moment.

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L'Équipe knows AS Monaco FC are up against it as they take on SL Benfica. "Monaco are trying to achieve the impossible," it suggests, considering no French team has ever beaten the Eagles in Lisbon. "Can Monaco do it?" However, as much space is dedicated to the sides the newspaper reckons are best placed to challenge holders Real Madrid CF - Chelsea FC, FC Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain, though L'Equipe admits that the French side - having never been European champions before - "are the odd ones out in this trio of pretenders".

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John Leonidou, Nicosia

Joseph Walker, Madrid

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