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« on: August 08, 2015, 05:54:19 AM »
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2015, 05:57:22 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2015, 05:59:08 AM »
Manchester United were given a troublesome tie against Club Bruges in the draw for the Champions League playoff round on Friday, although it could have been worse as they avoided Lazio, CSKA Moscow and Monaco.

Lazio will meet Bayer Leverkusen as they attempt to return to the group stage for the first time since 2007-08 while another high profile tie pitted Spain's Valencia against Monaco, who were quarter-finalists last season.

Portugal's Sporting will face CSKA while Rapid Vienna, who stunned Ajax Amsterdam by beating the four-times European champions in the previous round, were rewarded with a tie against group stage regulars Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine.

United, fourth in the English Premier League last season, will still be uncomfortable at having to overcome Bruges to avoid missing out on the group stage for the second season in a row.

"Belgian football is right at the very top and we have two Belgian players in the squad who keep us abreast of what's going on there," said Manchester United club secretary John Alexander, whose club are at home in the first leg on Aug. 18.

"We go into any game with confidence. We'd like to think we can win the competition."

Scottish champions Celtic, European Cup winners in 1967, will play Swedish counterparts Malmo as they attempt to make up for last season's disappointing playoff round defeat against Maribor.

Malmo, beaten European Cup finalists in 1979, are hoping to make the group stage for the second season running.

"We had a fantastic season in the UEFA Champions League last season and it would mean so much to us to make the group stage again," said Malmo sporting director Daniel Anderson.

Skenderbeu, aiming to become first Albanian team to reach the group stage, must face Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb and Astana, hoping to become Kazakhstan's first representatives in the competition proper, meet APOEL of Cyprus.

"Dinamo Zagreb are a strong opponent and very experienced," said Skenderbeu coach Mirel Josa. "At this stage of the tournament every team is capable of competing against everyone else. We will be ready."

Champions League regulars FC Basel, Swiss champions for the last six seasons, face Maccabi Tel Aviv and BATE Borisov, who have also became familiar faces in the group stage with four appearances since 2008/09, take on Serbia's Partizan.

The first legs will be played on August 18/19 and the second legs on August 25/26.
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2015, 05:59:50 AM »
Arsenal! Arsenal! Arsenal!  :D

Arsenal already auto qualified to the group stage  :thumbsup:
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2015, 02:18:01 AM »
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FC Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia

02:45

BATE Borisov vs Partizan Beograd

Lazio vs Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United vs Club Brugge

Sporting CP vs CSKA Moscow
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2015, 03:07:11 AM »

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FC Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia

10"

BATE Borisov 0-0 Partizan Beograd

Lazio 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United 1-1 Club Brugge (Carrick own goal)

Sporting CP 1-0 CSKA Moscow
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2015, 03:10:15 AM »
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FC Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia

16"
BATE Borisov 0-0 Partizan Beograd

Lazio 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United 1-1 Club Brugge (Carrick own goal, Memphis equalize)

Sporting CP 1-0 CSKA Moscow
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2015, 03:24:20 AM »
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FC Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia

33"
BATE Borisov 0-0 Partizan Beograd

Lazio 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United 1-1 Club Brugge (Carrick own goal, Memphis equalize)

Sporting CP 1-0 CSKA Moscow
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2015, 03:56:42 AM »
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FC Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia

HT
BATE Borisov 0-0 Partizan Beograd

Lazio 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United 2-1 Club Brugge (Carrick own goal, Memphis scored twice)

Sporting CP 1-1 CSKA Moscow
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2015, 05:15:15 AM »
Man United 3 - 1 Brugge

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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2015, 07:24:50 AM »
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FC Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia

BATE Borisov 1-0 Partizan Beograd

Lazio 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge (Carrick own goal, Memphis scored twice, fellaini one)

Sporting CP 2-1 CSKA Moscow
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2015, 12:21:27 AM »
2:45am
Basel vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Celtic vs Malmoe FF
Rapid Wien vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Skenderbeu vs Dinamo Zagreb
Valencia vs Monaco
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2015, 05:40:09 AM »
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Basel 2-2 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Celtic 3-2 Malmoe FF
Rapid Wien 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Skenderbeu 1-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Valencia 3-1 Monaco
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2015, 11:06:37 PM »
02:45
APOEL Nicosia vs FC Astana

Bayer Leverkusen vs Lazio

CSKA Moscow vs Sporting CP

Club Brugge vs Manchester United

Partizan Beograd vs BATE Borisov
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2015, 06:21:53 AM »
Yesterday the five teams qualified to the first round are:

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dinamo Zagreb, Malmoe, Valencia & Shakhtar Donetsk
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2015, 06:39:05 AM »
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APOEL Nicosia 1-1 FC Astana

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Lazio

CSKA Moscow 3-1 Sporting CP

Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United

Partizan Beograd 2-1 BATE Borisov
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2015, 06:41:55 AM »
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APOEL Nicosia 1-1 FC Astana

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Lazio

CSKA Moscow 3-1 Sporting CP

Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United

Partizan Beograd 2-1 BATE Borisov
The five teams that qualify to first round are:
Astana, Leverkusen, CSKA, MU & BATE  :clap:
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2015, 07:31:41 AM »
Manchester United ended their one-year Champions League hiatus in emphatic style when Wayne Rooney struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 destruction of Club Bruges that sent the three-times winners through 7-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.

As the playoffs for Europe’s elite club competition reached their climax, Bayer Leverkusen, BATE Borisov, CSKA Moscow and Astana joined United in securing the final places in Thursday’s draw for the lucrative group stage.

Astana became the first Kazakh team to qualify when they netted a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at APOEL Nicosia for a 2-1 aggregate success and Leverkusen thumped visiting 10-man Lazio 3-0 on the night to go through 3-1.

Serbian midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic grabbed the crucial goal for Astana six minutes from time as Kazakhstan became the 32nd country to be represented in the group stage.

BATE of Belarus lost 2-1 at Partizan Belgrade but advanced on away goals after the tie ended 2-2, while CSKA Moscow eliminated Sporting Lisbon 4-3 on aggregate.

Rooney had not scored in almost 900 minutes before United's trip to Belgium but brought his drought to an end when he netted his 30th Champions League goal in the 20th minute.

Running on to a neat Memphis Depay pass into the penalty area, the England international clipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Sinan Bolat.

It was Depay’s second assist of the tie and he also netted a double in last week’s 3-1 first-leg success.

Depay was again involved in the buildup to Rooney’s second four minutes after halftime.

The Netherlands forward found Ander Herrera in the penalty area, whose first-time pass across goal set up Rooney for a simple tap-in.

Herrera’s Spanish compatriot Juan Mata provided the assist for Rooney’s third eight minutes later, as the club captain completed his first treble in Europe since his debut against Fenerbahce in 2004.

Herrera made it 4-0 in the 63rd minute when he collected a #~ Schweinsteiger pass and slotted home before Javier Hernandez missed from the penalty spot nine minutes from time.

VITAL GAME

"Obviously, I'm delighted to get the goals but it was a massive game for the club," Rooney told BT Sport.

"I understand because of who I am I get publicised a lot more. But we knew we had to get into the Champions League, it was vital."

After failing to qualify for last season's competition for the first time since the 1995-96 season, United are through for the 20th time, equalling the record shared by holders Barcelona, 11-times winners Real Madrid and 2004 champions Porto.

Spain are the first country to have five clubs in the group stage in one season after Valencia progressed past Monaco 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 defeat at the Ligue 1 side in their playoff second leg on Tuesday.

Valencia joined Barca, Real, 2014 finalists Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, who qualified as last season's Europa League winners.

Malmo, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Shakhtar Donetsk also won their playoff ties on Tuesday.
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2015, 01:56:12 AM »
Manchester United in Group B, with EinDhoven, CSKA Moscow n Woflsburg.

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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2015, 05:46:19 AM »
Manchester United in Group B, with EinDhoven, CSKA Moscow n Woflsburg.
DaM.n lucky. Not even one strong opponent  :clap:
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2015, 04:38:44 AM »
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is to meet one of his former clubs in the Champions League group stages while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take on Malmo, the club where the Swede began his career.

Premier League winners Chelsea were drawn in Group G on Thursday with Porto, who won the competition with the 'Special One' at the helm in 2004, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

PSG will face Sweden's Malmo, who have reached this stage for the second year in a row, Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk in Group A.

"It will be great to have Zlatan here," Malmo coach Age Hareide told Reuters.

"It will be a party for the people. But we would have preferred a slightly weaker third team," he said in reference to Shakhtar.

Arsenal, taking part in the group stages for the 18th season in a row, face five-times champions Bayern Munich, who knocked the Londoners out in the round of 16 in 2012-13 and 2013-14, in Group F along with Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos Piraeus.

Holders Barcelona take on Bayer Leverkusen, BATE Borisov and AS Roma in Group E.

Group D appears by far the toughest with Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Sevilla qualified as Europa League winners following a change in the rules.

Astana, the first team from Kazakhstan to reach this stage of the competition, were drawn in Group C alongside Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Galatasaray.

Benfica face a 7,000-km journey to Kazakhstan across five time zones, the longest of any team.

The two games between big-spending PSG and 10-times champions Real appear to be the outstanding matches of the group stages.

The matches will be the first between the clubs since they met in the now-defunct European Cup Winners' Cup in March 1994.

Leverkusen are hardly likely to relish the thought of facing Barcelona's Lionel Messi after the Argentine great scored five goals against them in a 7-1 win in 2012.

Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven, VfL Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow were drawn in Group B while Zenit St Petersburg will meet Valencia, Olympique Lyonnais and Ghent in Group H.

The games will be played on Sept. 15/16, Sept. 29/30, Oct. 20/21, Nov. 3/4, Nov. 24/25 and Dec. 8/9.
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2015, 03:26:44 AM »
Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League game at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday with a * injury, the Premier League Club said on Monday.

Rooney missed Saturday's 3-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford after picking up the injury in training.

United manager Louis Van Gaal had said over the weekend that Rooney was likely to miss the Champions League tie, but that he expected his captain to be fit in time for Sunday's visit to Southampton in the Premier League.

The United skipper reportedly suffered the strain before the Liverpool game. Striker James Wilson has been included in the squad for the trip to the Netherlands.
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2015, 07:48:28 PM »
Paris Saint Germain vs Malmo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to action for Paris St Germain when the French giants host his hometown club of Malmo in Tuesday's Champions League Group A opener.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc gave the Sweden forward the night off last Friday, when the team drew 2-2 with Bordeaux in Ligue 1.

Ibrahimovic picked up a knock while on international duty last week and was rested as a precaution.

"His injury is not serious but it's painful and he needed to rest," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said on the club's official website.

"We want him to be fit for the game against Malmo on Tuesday."

Ibrahimovic began his career at Malmo and scored 16 goals in 40 appearances for the Swedish outfit before moving to Ajax in 2001.

The Sweden captain is expected to start for PSG, who begin a Champions League campaign convinced they can go all the way in the competition.

"We have a lot of ambition," PSG summer signing Angel Di Maria said to Le Parisien. "We have great players.

"Like others before me, I've come here to help PSG win this competition."

Di Maria is looking forward to playing in the Champions League again after missing out on the competition last season while playing for Manchester United.

The Argentina international knows what is like to lift the trophy, having done so with Real Madrid in the 2013/14 campaign.

"In order to win the Champions League you need a bit of luck, play as good a game as you can and have a very united group, that is key," he said.

PSG have been eliminated the past three seasons at the quarter-final stage and have not reached the last four since the 1994/95 campaign.

Last season's 3-1 home defeat to Barcelona in the last eight of the competition was PSG's first at the Parc des Princes in 34 European home games. They went on to lose 5-1 on aggregate.

Blanc will have to do without defender Serge Aurier while midfielder Javier Pastore has yet to recover from a calf injury sustained last month.

The French giants go into the encounter having seen their 13-match winning run in Ligue 1 halted by Friday's draw with Bordeaux.

Despite the result, PSG lead the Ligue 1 standings and are one point clear of Rennes five games into the campaign.

Malmo made their Champions League debut last season and are keen to improve on their results.

The Swedish champions won one and lost five of their group stage encounters, slipping to defeats in all of their three away games.

Malmo will also face 10-time European champions Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk in their pool.

"It is great to face Zlatan," Malmo's Norwegian coach Age Hareide said. "But we are in a very tough group.

"We would have preferred a slightly weaker third team (than Shakhtar)."

Malmo drew 1-1 at home to Elfsborg on Saturday to drop to fifth in the domestic standings, nine points adrift of Swedish league leaders IFK Goteborg after 23 rounds.
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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2015, 07:53:28 PM »
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is relishing the attacking options at his disposal as he prepares to launch the club's latest assault on Champions League glory.

The Spaniards welcome Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk to the Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday evening in their opening Group A fixture, with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular in the mood to terrorise opponents.

Benitez told the club's official website, www.realmadrid.com: ``They have freedom up front and they use their talent to put together attacks.

``We talk to them about the movements that each player makes and we stress the importance of there being a co-ordinated series of movements.

``Bale brings speed and penetration, Cristiano drifts inside, and that balance with Karim Benzema, Isco, and Marcelo joining in the attack... It creates a lot of danger for our opponents.''

However, Benitez has warned his players they can take nothing for granted, with Shakhtar having lost just once in 13 outings in all competitions to date this season.

He said: ``They have a coach with a lot of experience who gets the best out of his players. They have players with ability, speed and quality. If we're not focused and underestimate them, they'll be tough.

``We're Real Madrid and we're playing at the Bernabeu. The challenge is to start our Champions League campaign on a positive note.''

Mircea Lucescu's men will arrive at the Bernabeu determined to enjoy the experience, but not simply to make up the numbers.

Asked if he felt under pressure at the prospect of lining up against the Spanish aristocrats, Brazilian midfielder Taison told the club's official website, www.shakhtar.com: ``I'm doing the best thing in the world - I play football!

``I think anyone wants to face such teams as Real Madrid. The only thing we need is to achieve a positive result in Spain. We will fight for it.

``It will be a good game. I would say that today's football is different from what it was before. No-one can win the match in advance. Both teams have equal chances.''
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« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2015, 07:54:58 PM »
PSV Eindhoven vs Manchester United

Louis van Gaal may have spent over B£250million since he took over at Manchester United, but he still does not know whether his squad is capable of being a major force in the Champions League.

Van Gaal took his spending past the quarter of a billion pound mark two weeks ago when he signed Anthony Martial from Monaco for a fee that could rise to B£58million.

Over B£150million was spent on six players last season as Van Gaal looked to get United back into the Champions League.

Having achieved that goal, Van Gaal now has the task of trying to take United far in the competition.

United have been handed a relatively easy group, but on the eve of their group match in Eindhoven against PSV, the 64-year-old admitted he was venturing into the unknown with his team.

"We have to show on the pitch if we are able to win matches on the highest level," the United manager said.

"That's also a challenge for us now. Last year we were fourth in the Premier League.

"We qualified ourselves this year and that was our aim so now we have to show if we are able to play at that level and that I don't know, neither. I have to wait and see.

"I think the Champions League is a higher podium than the Premier League but maybe it's not like that."

If Martial continues his current ratio of one goal per 25 minutes, B£58million will look a bargain.

The 19-year-old Frenchman stepped off the bench to score a stunning goal on debut in the 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday.

With Wayne Rooney still out through injury, Van Gaal has come under pressure from supporters to hand Martial his full debut at the Philips Stadion on Tuesday, but the Dutchman looks more likely to keep his young star on the bench.

The United boss is concerned about placing too much pressure on Martial so he is trying to do everything he can to play down expectations on a player who only made his Ligue 1 debut 22 months ago.

"His impression is good," Van Gaal added.

"But you have to give him time and that is what the fans need to do because he cannot change the market price."

Meanwhile, PSV coach Phillip Cocu is convinced Memphis Depay will be a success for United this season.

United beat a host of Europe's top clubs - including Paris St Germain - to Depay's signature in May, but he is yet to score in the Barclays Premier League.

Van Gaal substituted the 21-year-old at half-time during United's 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday because the Dutch manager felt his compatriot gave the ball away too much.

Cocu got the best out of Depay at PSV last year, where he scored 22 league goals for the club, and he is sure the forward will find his touch in front of goal for his new team soon.

"It's normal you need some time to grow, you need a lot of games," the PSV boss said on the eve of his team's game against United at the Philips Stadion.

"Physically he's very strong and he's a quick learner also. And I'm sure when he gets some time he'll get it very fast. He will bring goals,"

"He's a very vertical player who always likes to play towards the goal. Not only will he score goals, he has good vision.

"He will have some ups and downs. I'm sure when he's been playing a few months, I'm convinced he'll get better and better."
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« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2015, 08:00:17 PM »
Wolfsburg vs CSKA Moscow

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking insists he does not need to get his team up for their first Champions League campaign since 2009 when they face CSKA Moscow at the Volkswagen Arena.

The Wolves reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season before losing to Napoli and have made a strong start to the domestic campaign.

They beat Bayern Munich to win the German Supercup and sit third in the Bundesliga with two wins and two draws from their opening four games.

Hecking is not concerned about getting his team ready to face CSKA and said: "Getting the lads motivated for it is no great skill. We can go into the game against CSKA with the necessary positive basic mood.

"That's part of a coach's daily routine."

Hecking is expected to name the same line-up that drew with Ingolstadt at the weekend and added: "On a personnel level, there won't be many changes."

Captain Diego Benaglio is confident Wolfsburg can make a bigger impact than their previous excursion into the Champions League, where they were eliminated at the group stage.

Benaglio said: "Back then we were a surprise package. Over the past two and a half years we have developed really well. We are much more stable as a team.

"Our fans always do us good. That's something you could really see in the Europa League last season. We can always rely on the support from around the ground."

CSKA coach Leonid * is not expecting an easy game as he prepares his side for the Group B encounter.

He said: "It will be an important game but also a difficult match for us. I am responsible for the team and I can feel a lot of pressure but I can handle that. Wolfsburg are a very good side and we await a tough opponent.

"Wolfsburg have lost Kevin De Bruyne but they were able to react with the transfers of Dante and Julian Draxler. Wolfsburg have a lot of quality in their squad and we will definitely have to play very seriously to get something out of this match."

Wolfsburg will be without Koen Casteels with a toe injury and Vieirinha, who is struggling with a thigh problem.
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« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2015, 08:13:03 PM »
Benfica vs Astana

Benfica are trying to put all of their attention on their Champions League Group C opener against tournament debutants Astana in Lisbon and not Sunday's Primeira Liga showdown with league leaders FC Porto.

There is a huge buzz in the country ahead the top-of-the-table clash with Porto but Benfica coach Rui Vitoria is not looking further ahead than Tuesday.

``We have been preparing for the game against Astana,'' Vitoria said to Abola.pt. ``We are concentrated on that game and starting the Champions League group stages on the right foot.

``We are ambitious and we want to build our confidence. Once that game is over, we will think about our next opponents.''

The Portuguese champions warmed up for their Champions League encounter with a 6-0 home triumph over Belenenses on Friday.

Fulham's on-loan forward Kostas Mitroglou and Nicolas Gaitan scored twice to lift Benfica to second place in the Primeira Liga, one point adrift of Porto four games into the season.

``It's about time we gave such an exhibition and got a result like this one,'' Vitoria said. ``My players have worked well.

``I'm satisfied with the performance because I saw everything that a coach likes to see.

``Now we expect a different game against Astana.''

The Aguias, in the group stages for the sixth straight year but first under Vitoria, had a poor start to the competition last season.

They lost 2-0 at home to Zenit in their group opener and finished bottom of their pool with five points from six games.

Astana, a club only founded six years ago, became the first Kazakh side to reach the group stages after winning 2-1 on aggregate over APOEL in last month's play-off round.

``We're still not ready to play at this level but you can achieve anything when you have a dream,'' coach Stanimir Stoilov said.

``We will enjoy the experience and we are certainly looking forward to it.''

The Kazakh team will also take on 2014 runners-up Atletico Madrid and Turkish giants Galatasaray in Group C.

``We'll try to do our best,'' Stoilo said. ``I think we can get some points but it will be difficult.''

Astana go into the match riding a four-game winning streak in their domestic competition.

Friday's 3-2 win at Ordabasy kept Astana second in the Kazakh Premier League, one point adrift of leaders Kairat Almaty.

The visitors will be without forward Patrick Twumasi, who will miss Tuesday's encounter through suspension.

Benfica, meanwhile, have no injury concerns.
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« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2015, 08:18:06 PM »
Galatasaray vs Atl. Madrid

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is stressing the importance of being fully focused and prepared for the team's Champions League opener at Galatasaray on Tuesday.

The Spanish outfit have avoided the leading European clubs in the group stage of the competition, with Astana and Benfica also in Group C, but Simeone is not taking anything for granted heading into the encounter in Istanbul.

Atletico lost 3-2 at Olympiacos in last season's group opener but went on to top their group and reach the quarter-finals before being eliminated by rivals Real Madrid.

``We begin away from home and that is not good because the demands are higher,'' Simeone said to Marca.

``Last season, even though we had a manageable group, we struggled to progress because we lost our first game at home.

``We then had to win many games to recover in the group and finish first.

``I hope that experience can give us strength to learn from it and begin very strongly in Turkey, which will be no easy task.

``Then we will take on Benfica at home and that is an opponent that has a good chance of progressing. We need to be cautious in our first two games.''

Atletico finished runners-up in the competition two years ago and have lost just one of their last six European group away games.

The Spanish outfit head into the midweek encounter on the back of Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Barcelona in La Liga. Atletico had kept a clean sheet in each of their opening two league games before the loss.

Turkish champions Galatasaray, playing in the group stages for the fourth consecutive year, are hoping to improve their home record.

They finished at the foot of the standings last season, losing two and drawing one of their three home games.

Galatasaray have endured a slow start to the Turkish Super Lig, winning just one of their opening five fixtures to lie 10th in the standings, five points adrift of league leaders Fenerbahce.

German forward Lukas Podolski, who scored the equaliser in Gala's 1-1 league draw with Mersin on Saturday, knows his team have to be at their best to beat Atletico.

``The Champions League is a different competition and we need to be very focused against Atletico,'' he said on the club's official website.

Podolski will play alongside Wesley Sneijder in support of lone striker Burak Yilmaz in attack.

Brazilian defender Filipe Luis, who started against Barca, has been left out of Atletico's travelling party for technical reasons.

Atletico's summer signing Jackson Martinez could start, with the Colombian striker coming on as a second-half substitute at the weekend.

Martinez scored seven goals in eight Champions League appearances for Porto last season.
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« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2015, 08:25:59 PM »
Manchester City vs Juventus

Champions League, in which they have never previously progressed beyond the last 16.

They begin their latest challenge on Tuesday with a testing visit from last season's runners-up Juventus.

Kompany said: "There is nobody who left the Champions League satisfied last year.

"Okay, we came up against the best team in the world in Barcelona, and I guess that made it a little bit easier to understand, but that is not what we want.

"We don't want to go out to the strongest teams but to compete with them and at least beat them on a regular basis.

"Everything has been so bright and so good so far but, as people have been saying for the last three or four years, as long as we don't perform and show our quality in the Champions League, as we have in the Premier League, there will always be something left behind that leaves us unsatisfied.

"It is a really important game for us. We have been looking forward to the start of the competition since the disappointing game in Barcelona. Tomorrow is a game everyone is going to be up for."

City's optimism is tempered slightly by the loss of star striker Sergio Aguero.

The Argentinian suffered a knee injury in a late challenge from Crystal Palace's Scott Dann in the 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park and has not recovered.

On the positive side, David Silva and Raheem Sterling are both fit after missing the trip to Palace with ankle and * problems respectively.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "Sergio also is not fit for tomorrow. He has a big kick in his knee.

"We will wait on him but it is difficult for him to be fit. We will see this afternoon how long it will be. I hope that for the weekend he can be 100 per cent."

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon believes the clash with City provides the perfect opportunity for his side to kickstart their season.

Juve, Serie A winners for the past four years, have made a poor start to the new campaign after a summer of upheaval.

The Turin side have lost a number of players since the end of last term - including the influential trio of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez - and brought in 10 new faces. Results have so far reflected the disruption with two defeats and a draw from their opening three games.

But veteran goalkeeper Buffon said: "It irritates me if we are just going to be bemoaning our lot. In sport, in life, you have to be proud.

"We can't be happy with what has happened so far but we can't feel sorry for ourselves, far from it.

"There is a huge amount of enthusiasm for this game. Manchester City are one of the potential winners of the competition, so it is a really good thing for us to start our Champions League games with such a tough test.

"Tomorrow we will set out to put in a good performance, to begin to give off the right signals to show we are a cohesive group, that we are a real team."
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« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2015, 08:29:13 PM »
Sevilla vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach are seeking to spark their season into life when they play in Europe's elite club competition after a 37-year wait at Sevilla.

The German club went into this summer on a high after finishing third in the Bundesliga to qualify for the Champions League group stages, but they have lost four straight games at the start of the new domestic campaign and have conceded 11 goals while scoring just two in the process.

Friday's 3-0 loss to Hamburg left Lucien Favre's side with no points and at the foot of the Bundesliga standings heading into their Group D opener in Spain.

``We're all very excited for the Champions League,'' Monchengladbach left-back Oscar Wendt said on his club's official website. ``We've got a brilliant, but also tough game ahead of us.

``It's up to us to finally find our form again.''

Monchengladbach have lost only two of their last 10 European away games, including a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla in last season's Europa League round of 32 first-leg encounter.

Sevilla won all seven of their home European ties last season en route to lifting the Europa League trophy and have yet to lose against a Bundesliga side at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

They finished fifth in La Liga last term but qualified for the group stages after a successful Europa League title defence.

Like Tuesday's opponents, the Andalusian club has endured a slow start to the campaign.

Sevilla lost 5-4 in extra-time to Barcelona in last month's UEFA Super Cup encounter in Tbilisi, Georgia, and have taken just two points from their opening three games in La Liga.

Unai Emery's side scored their first league goal of the season in Friday's 1-1 draw at Levante.

``We've created plenty of chances to win games and I'm sure the goals will come,'' Emery said on his club's official website. ``We want to be competitive in the Champions League but also be fighting in the high positions in La Liga.

``It's a challenge and we need to be efficient.''

The hosts will not be at full strength on Tuesday with Portuguese goalkeeper Beto sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury. Sergio Rico will start in goal.

Defenders Daniel Carrico and Adil Rami are both sidelined with thigh injuries.

The visitors are without Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, who is suspended.

Monchengladbach captain Martin Stranzl is out with a fractured cheekbone while team-mates Fabian Johnson, Patrick Herrmann and Alvaro Dominguez are also injured.
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« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2015, 07:53:50 AM »
Paris Saint Germain 2 - 0 Malmo
Real Madrid 4 - 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Wolfsburg 1 - 0 CSKA Moscow
PSV Eindhoven 2 - 1 Manchester Utd
Galatasaray 0 - 2 Atletico Madrid
Benfica 2 - 0 Lokomotiv Astana
Manchester City 1 - 2 Juventus   
Sevilla 3 - 0 Monchengladbach
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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2015, 07:58:20 AM »
Roma vs Barcelona

Lionel Messi is set to make his 100th Champions League appearance when Barcelona launch their title defence at Roma in a sold-out Stadio Olimpico in Wednesday's Group E opener.

The Argentinian superstar scored a total of 60 goals and set up 28 more in 60 appearances last season, helping the Blaugrana capture a Primera Division, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble.

Messi, who came off the bench to score the winner in Saturday's 2-1 triumph at Atletico Madrid that kept Barca perfect in La Liga and two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the domestic standings, is expected to start against Roma.

"Messi is always the best on the pitch," Barcelona forward Neymar said to Marca. "He always makes the difference and that helps us to win games.

"We've started the season well and we are working towards winning every game.

"It's early days but we are on the right path."

Barca coach Luis Enrique is facing his former club, having been in charge of Roma in the 2011-12 campaign.

"It will be special because of how I was treated by the club and the players," he said. "It's a tricky and attractive group.

"We are the champions and we will try to make history by winning the Champions League in successive seasons.

"We did great last year but we all know that the past will not matter."

Barca beat Roma 3-0 in a pre-season friendly last month but Luis Enrique expects a different game this time.

"We played them in the Gamper (trophy), but that doesn't mean a great deal," he said.

Roma, who finished a distant second in Serie A last season behind Juventus, the team that Barca beat in the Champions League final, were eliminated from Europe's elite club competition last season in the group stages.

The Giallorossi lost three out of their five home games in Europe last season.

"We know it's not going to be easy," Roma winger Juan Manuel Iturbe said. "But it's going to be a fantastic game.

"We respect Barcelona but we want to play our game."

Iturbe struck a last-gasp winner at Frosinone to hand his side a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

The Giallorossi, coached by Rudi Garcia, are fifth in Serie A with seven points from three games.

Roma captain Francesco Totti, who is one goal away from scoring his 300th for the club in all competitions, is set to start on the bench with Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah expected to play in attack.

The Italians are without midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who is sidelined with a calf injury.

Barcelona are without injured goalkeeper Claudio Bravo so Marc Andre Ter-Stegen, who made his La Liga debut at the weekend, will play in goal.

Barca defender Gerard Pique, who is serving a four-match suspension in La Liga, is expected to start for Barca.
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« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2015, 07:59:26 AM »
Bayer Leverkusen vs BATE Borisov

Javier Hernandez could make his first start for Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday when the Bundesliga side host BATE Borisov in their opening Champions League Group E match.

The Mexican forward was signed from Manchester United just prior to the transfer deadline, and after Leverkusen had booked their place in the lucrative group stage.

His experience in the tournament - having helped Manchester United to the 2011 final and Real Madrid to the semi-finals last year - was one of the reasons behind him being signed, and after coming on as a substitute in Leverkusen's 1-0 defeat to Darmstadt at the weekend, he may now make his first start.

``Of course I'm hoping that Chicharito can get the goals we need,'' said Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt at the pre-match press conference, stopping short of guaranteeing the 27-year-old a starting berth.

``I didn't say that he's going to start. He's improving with every training session and I think he settled in nicely from day one.''

Scoring goals has been Leverkusen's main problem this season, which is another pointer to suggest that Hernandez will start at the BayArena.

They have found the back of the net just three times in four Bundesliga fixtures, despite creating a host more opportunities.

``It does feel like we've not scored many, yet we've been creating chances. We've just not been taking enough of them,'' added Schmidt, who has Admir Mehmedi and Stefan Kiessling also available for an attack-minded team.

It will not be a gung-ho approach, however, with Leverkusen aware of the threat Borisov pose.

Only three years ago, they dealt Bayern Munich a 3-1 defeat, and seven of the team which caused that upset are still part of the Belarusian side's squad today.

``Borisov have been a regular in the Champions League of late and they have beaten Bayern, so of course they are dangerous,'' said Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voller on yahoo.de.

One member of the Borisov squad is no stranger to the Bundesliga either.

Alexander Hleb had two spells with Stuttgart and also turned out for Wolfsburg, with spells at Arsenal and Birmingham in between, and he expects a tough opening game for his side.

``I think Leverkusen can go a long way,'' said the 34-year-old to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. ``I think they can go beyond the last 16.

``They're going to be a tough side for anybody to beat.''
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2015, 08:02:16 AM »
Dinamo Zagreb vs Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger knows the importance of making a strong start to the Champions League campaign when his side takes on an in-form Dinamo Zagreb outfit in their Group F opener on Wednesday.

Dinamo have now not lost in a formidable run of some 41 matches, and last season they became the first team to go unbeaten through a Prva Liga campaign.

However, the Croatians have never previously qualified for the knock-out stages, and have endured a 15-game winless run in the competition proper.

Speaking in Croatia ahead of the clash, Wenger said: "Croatian football produces always top level technical quality, that is their strength.

"We have to focus on our own performance and to beat them have to play at our best and without speculating on any weak link in a team that has not lost a game for 11 months."

Arsenal travelled to Zagreb without midfielder Aaron Ramsey and full-back Hector Bellerin, who are rested.

Centre-back Per Mertesacker, who was involved in a minor road traffic accident earlier this week, also stayed in London to continue his recovery from a virus.

Arsenal defeated Stoke 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to continue their Premier League recovery.

After returning from Croatia, next up is a trip to Chelsea, whose manager Jose Mourinho is under some pressure following a poor domestic start.

Wenger said: "I believe that is part of our job and I would not say much more than that.

"What is important is we focus on our game. You are quickly out in the Champions League if you do not start well.

"We know we have a vital game and it is important we focus on that."

Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic has warned his side have no intention of giving Arsenal an easy ride at the Maksimir Stadium on Wednesday night.

"Arsenal are a top-quality team - better than us - but our aim is not to sit back and defend," Mamic said at a press conference.

"We will try to pose them problems.

"We have been playing a style of game for the whole season, so to change just for one match is not good, so it will be our desire to play the same way tomorrow.

"I expect a full stadium and great atmosphere."

Captain Domagoj Antolic is also determined the team will produce the required performance.

"We have got to play a team which for 15 years has been in the top of European football, but that does not mean we will give up," Antolic said.

"We will strive, struggle and hope for a positive result."

Mamic, though, fully accepts the challenge faced by Dinamo, who have been defeated in each of their last three European games against English opposition, and were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Arsenal in the 2006/07 third qualifying round, losing 3-0 at home.

"In the run-up to the match, I told the players we would have two video analysis sessions: one on Arsenal's strengths, which would be an hour long, and one on their weaknesses. I told them we probably wouldn't have anything to show in that meeting," he said.
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« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2015, 08:05:25 AM »
Olympiacos vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was making no secret about his ambitions while keeping an air of humility in preparation for his side's first Champions League outing of the season at Olympiacos.

The 2013 Champions League winners have been at least semi-finalists in each of the last four seasons, but their coach wants more than that this time around.

A sixth European Cup is the ultimate goal, and the Catalan had no qualms about announcing it prior to his side's first challenge in Greece.

"We're going to try to win the Champions League again," he said at the pre-match press conference, adding a warning.

"All the sides are very strong so to win this game would be a good first step.

"The atmosphere's going to be very hostile and Olympiacos have a great deal of quality."

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski knows all about the atmosphere Bayern can expect in Athens, played there with Borussia Dortmund in the 2011/12 season.

His goal that night was not enough to prevent a 3-1 defeat and he says one of the keys to succeeding this time around will be not to let the home fans intimidate them.

"They are very, very loud here, but we've got to focus on our game," said the Polish striker.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm added: "With their fans behind them, they are going to throw everything into this game, which is what makes it so dangerous."

That is something Olympiacos coach Marco Silva will be hoping to use to his advantage.

"No team feels comfortable playing at our stadium," he said. "We're ready to give it our all tomorrow night."

Mario Gotze, who missed the weekend win over Augsburg, is part of Bayern's travelling party, but Arjen Robben, Medhi Benatia, Holger Badstuber and Franck Ribery have been left behind by the record German champions due to injuries.

Esteban Cambiasso is one player who knows how to stop Bayern, having triumphed for Inter Milan in the 2010 final against the Bavarians.

He is set to be partnered by Pajtim Kasami in the Greeks' midfield with Luka Milivojevic out injured.
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« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2015, 08:08:49 AM »
Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jose Mourinho says he has nothing to prove despite Chelsea's worst start to a season in nearly 30 years.

The Blues boss also bristled when it was suggested he had an issue at staying with clubs for the longer term, countering the suggestion his third season was when everything goes wrong.

"I have nothing to show, to anyone. Nothing," Mourinho said.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League opener with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Mourinho reeled off his achievements in his third seasons with Chelsea and Real Madrid; he only had two terms at Porto and Inter Milan.

"My third season at Chelsea, the first time, I won the FA Cup and the Carling Cup and I played the Champions League semi-finals," he added.

"In Real Madrid, I won the Super Cup, I lost the cup final and went to the Champions League semi-finals.

"These are my third seasons, so click Google instead of asking stupid questions."

Mourinho, who is in the third season since his return in June 2013, last month signed a four-year contract extension after repeatedly stating his wish to manage Chelsea for some time.

Asked about building a dynasty, he added: "It's the first time I'm going to do that, so I don't have experience in that."

Mourinho has not experienced a start to a campaign like this one, either.

Had Newcastle beaten West Ham on Monday night, Mourinho would be presiding over a team in the relegation zone, having lifted the title in May.

He cannot put his finger on the seismic change which has overcome the side as they seek a first home win of the season and second victory in all in Wednesday's Group G contest. But he pointed to his side's calibre.

"When we say business as usual, it's true. With one difference: we are not happy," Mourinho said.

"We start so bad. (But) you have just to go back three months and three months ago we were the best team in the country, the best manager and the best players. We are not happy, but we know what we are.

"Nobody can steal what we are, nobody can steal our trophies, nobody can steal our history. We know what we are: champions of England."

Chelsea will be without striker Radamel Falcao due to a minor tendon problem, but playmaker Oscar is available again following a knee injury.

Mourinho plans to make changes, despite anticipating debate as some of his established stars, notably Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas, have struggled to regain their form of last season.

"If I leave out John Terry, it's because I have a problem with John Terry," said Mourinho, who also used Cesar Azpilicueta and Fabregas as examples.

"I cannot be worried about what you say, what you write.

"Yes, I'm going to make a couple of changes, because I have to try a couple of different faces."

Mourinho is looking for a strong start to the Champions League in a week when Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge.

He said: "Yes, (Maccabi Tel-Aviv) can beat us, but at the same time we also know we are a better team. We have just to prove that in the game. A very big result is three points."

Tal Ben Haim hopes Maccabi Tel Aviv can extend Chelsea's miserable start to the season when he plays against his former club on Wednesday night.

The Israel defender spent one season with the Premier League champions in 2007-08, a campaign which began under Mourinho before his swift exit in September 2007.

"Everyone is surprised," said the defender, when asked about Chelsea's worst start to a season in 29 years.

"I'm sure everyone's surprised and not happy. I'm sure they're going to get over that and start winning games very fast.

"(But) I hope that it's not going to be tomorrow."

Ben Haim, who will not celebrate if he scores against the Blues, worked with Mourinho for just a few months after his arrival in London.

"I learned a lot in four months under him," Ben Haim said. "I regret it was a very, very short period, because I'm sure I could have improved a lot if I continued to play under him. But it's part of football.

"I'm sure he's going to prepare the team very, very well.

"I know even when we played against weaker teams he always prepared us like we were going to play a Champions League final.

"I'm sure they're going to prepare and take us very seriously."

Chelsea would usually be expected to brush aside a team managed by their former midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic, but Maccabi Tel Aviv advanced to the group stages at the expense of Basle, the Swiss side who in 2013-14 twice beat the Blues.

Jokanovic guided Watford into the Premier League last term - he also led them out at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup third-round loss in January - before moving to Tel Aviv, and knows there are differences between him and Mourinho.

"Probably he's driving a better car than what I have," said the Serbian, who hopes to restrict a defensive-minded Chelsea.

"We must respect this club, this team, this manager, one of the best in Europe. What is more important is we must respect ourselves, we must respect our team too, our supporters and try to offer our best in this moment.

"Against Crystal Palace and against Everton - they defend with 11 players.

"We're going to defend all together. Working all together, defend all together and be ready for what's in front of us."

Jokanovic says Chelsea's start to the season is "not my business" and expects a reaction, although he expressed hope Saturday's upcoming match with Arsenal could be on their minds.

"Probably they're going to be with extra concentration, extra motivation in this moment to try to fix some problems that they have," Jokanovic said.

"I prefer if it's possible they're thinking a little bit more about Arsenal than our game, but I don't believe (that)."
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« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2015, 08:11:54 AM »
Dynamo Kiev vs Porto

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas will make a record-equalling 151st Champions League appearance when the Portuguese giants take on Dynamo Kiev in Wednesday's Group G opener in Ukraine.

The 34-year-old, who left Real Madrid for the Dragoes this summer, will match the record number of appearances made by former Barcelona captain Xavi in the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium.

Porto reached the quarter-finals last season before losing 7-4 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

"The Champions League is a big aim for us and we hope we can have a good competition," Casillas, who won the Champions League three times with Real, told the Portuguese press.

"Let's see if we can reach the final and play against Real Madrid."

Porto have reason to be confident heading into Wednesday's match as they have not lost on their previous six visits to Ukraine.

Moreover, they lost just one of their six European away games last season.

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui will have to watch the game from the stands as he serves a one-match touchline ban while defender Ivan Marcano is also suspended.

Porto will be hoping Vincent Aboubakar can keep up his goalscoring form with the Cameroon striker having found the back of the net four times in as many league games.

Aboubakar scored in Saturday's 3-1 win at Arouca, Porto's third victory in four games.

Porto are level on 10 points with Sporting Club de Portugal at the top of the Primeira Liga and have a big home game against Benfica on Sunday.

Dynamo Kiev, returning to Europe's elite club competition after a two-year absence, will also take on Chelsea and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the pool.

The hosts expect a challenge from the start.

"Porto have changed, a lot of players have left the club but that doesn't make this team weaker," Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov said on his club's official website.

"Their newcomers are high-profile performers.

"At the moment Porto players are looking for mutual understanding, but still they are a very good team."

The Ukrainian double winners have enjoyed a strong start to the season.

They are unbeaten in the domestic league and Saturday's 3-0 triumph over Olexandriya was their sixth victory in seven matches.

Rebrov's side have conceded just one goal in their last seven games.

Dynamo are three points clear of Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League seven games into the campaign.

Rebrov will be hoping his team can take that good run of form also in Europe, where Dynamo have tasted victory only three times in their last 15 group home games.
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« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2015, 08:14:08 AM »
Gent vs Lyon

Gent head coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck says the Belgians will not change on their Champions League group stages debut against Lyon on Wednesday.

The Belgian champions won the first top-flight title in their 115-year history in May and find themselves cast as Group H outsiders with Zenit St Petersburg, Valencia and Lyon for company.

Gent's only previous Champions League experience came in a 6-1 aggregate defeat to Dynamo Kiev in qualifying in 2010, but they have lost only once in 16 games in all competitions and Vanhaezebrouck told uefa.com: "We won't change our usual style too much; we will play our way.

"We hardly lost in 2015 and we haven't lost in the league this season, and that gives us strength and confidence."

Lyon have suffered a hammer blow with the loss of France forward Nabil Fekir for six months following knee surgery, but Vanhaezebrouck says their French opponents have plenty of talent in their ranks.

"Lyon were the best team in France last season, apart from PSG, who are at a different level," said Vanhaezebrouck.

"They are a young team with a lot of quality. When you play at home you always have to try to get points whether playing Lyon, Zenit or Valencia.

"Don't underestimate the influence of the fans - the 12th man.

"In France, football is physical too, and they are well organised, and not just skilful. In seven games, we have conceded five goals and Lyon have only conceded two in five, which means that defensively they are very solid."

Lyon have made a stuttering start to their domestic campaign by winning only two of their first five matches and Alexandre Lacazette, who scored 27 goals in Ligue 1 last season and was French football's player of the year, has yet to find the net this term.

But Lyon coach Hubert Fournier said at his pre-match press conference: "We want to show an ambitious face in the Champions League, the club has the culture of this competition.

"We are eager to be here because it is the reward of last season's work."

And Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons added: "These three years without Champions League football were long.

"Few players know the Champions League but we are very happy to play there again.

"The first match is always important but Gent plays well and is not there by chance."

Gent will be without defensive duo Erik Johansson (knee) and Uros Vitas (*) so Rafinha and Lasse Nielsen are expected to start at the heart of their defence. Israel international Rami Gershon is sidelined by a * problem.

For Lyon, Claudio Beauvue will continue in Fekir's absence and Spanish midfielder Sergi Darder could make his first appearance for the club following his 12 million euros move from Malaga this summer.
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #38 on: September 16, 2015, 08:16:03 AM »
Valencia vs Zenit St Petersburg

Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo knows that Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk will pose a big threat on Wednesday in the teams' Champions League Group H opener.

However, the Portuguese tactician does not want his players to lose sight of other dangerous players in the Russian side.

Brazilian forward Hulk, who will lead Zenit's attack at the Mestalla stadium, warmed up for the encounter by scoring two goals in his country's international friendly victories over Costa Rica and the United States.

``We know Hulk perfectly,'' Nuno said on his club's official website. ``He has a lot of quality and great power when he has the ball.

``But it's not just Hulk that Zenit have and we have studied their team and know they have other good players.

``We know our opponents, their players and their style. They will be very competitive.

``We respect them.''

Valencia are back in the Champions League after a two-year absence.

Los Che finished fourth in La Liga last season and reached the group stages thanks to a 4-3 aggregate play-off win over AS Monaco.

``It has been a long journey,'' Nuno said. ``We are playing in the best competition in the world and we are very excited.

``We've played a lot of games to reach this competition, many of which took place at the Mestalla.

``The Mestalla stadium has always helped us and we hope to have a packed stadium tomorrow in order to lead us to a victory.''

Nuno is looking forward to facing compatriot Andre Villas-Boas, who has been in charge of Zenit since March 2014 and led the club to win the domestic title last season.

``Andre and I are friends,'' Nuno said. ``We have talked a lot about football, but in this game he is my opponent.''

Valencia celebrated their first win of the season, a 1-0 triumph at Sporting Gijon on Saturday, to remain unbeaten in La Liga.

However, Los Che have had their worst start to La Liga in 16 years and lie eighth in the standings.

Valencia have never lost at home to a Russian team while Zenit will be looking to halt a nine-game winless streak against Spanish sides.

Zenit failed to progress past the group stages last season but did reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Lyon and Gent are the other teams in Group H.

Zenit are third in the Russian Premier League and six points adrift of league leaders CSKA Moscow after drawing 2-2 against them on Saturday.

The visitors have no injury concerns.

Valencia are without injured goalkeepers Diego Alves and Mat Ryan, with third-choice Jaume set to start.
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2015, 03:50:41 AM »
HT Result

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 BATE Borisov
Roma 1-1 Barcelona

Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Arsenal
Olympiakos 0-0 Bayern Munich

Chelsea 2-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Dynamo Kyiv 1-1 FC Porto

Gent 0-0 Lyon
Valencia 0-2 Zenit St. Petersburg
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2015, 06:00:54 AM »
FT Result

Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 BATE Borisov
Roma 1-1 Barcelona

Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal
Olympiakos 0-3 Bayern Munich

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 FC Porto

Gent 1-1 Lyon
Valencia 2-3 Zenit St. Petersburg
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2015, 08:02:30 AM »
Arsenal and Chelsea both suffered loss this morning
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« Reply #42 on: October 01, 2015, 06:10:57 AM »
MU and MC both won 2-1
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #43 on: October 20, 2015, 09:41:37 PM »
Champions League - Group E
02:45
BATE Borisov vs Barcelona
02:45
Bayer Leverkusenvs Roma

Champions League - Group F
02:45
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
02:45
Dinamo Zagreb vs Olympiakos

Champions League - Group G
02:45
Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea
02:45
FC Porto vs Maccabi Tel Aviv

Champions League - Group H
02:45
Valencia vs Gent
02:45
Zenit St. Petersburg vs Lyon
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #44 on: October 21, 2015, 04:45:55 AM »
Champions League - Group E
BATE Borisov 0-2 Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma

Champions League - Group F
Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich
Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Olympiakos

Champions League - Group G
Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Chelsea
FC Porto 2-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Champions League - Group H
Valencia 2-1 Gent
Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 Lyon
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #45 on: October 21, 2015, 07:59:08 AM »
Champions League - Group E
BATE Borisov 0-2 Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma

Champions League - Group F
Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich
Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Olympiakos

Champions League - Group G
Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Chelsea
FC Porto 2-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Champions League - Group H
Valencia 2-1 Gent
Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 Lyon

Arsenal win is the surprised result of the night :thumbsup:

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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #46 on: October 21, 2015, 08:08:47 AM »
Arsenal win is the surprised result of the night :thumbsup:
Ya, they can clean sheet was even unbelievable
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #47 on: October 21, 2015, 05:51:08 PM »
Champions League - Group A
02:45
Malmoe FF vs Shakhtar Donetsk
02:45
Paris Saint Germain vs Real Madrid

Champions League - Group B
02:45
CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United
02:45
Wolfsburg vs PSV Eindhoven

Champions League - Group C
02:45
Atletico Madrid vs FC Astana
02:45
Galatasaray vs Benfica

Champions League - Group D
02:45
Juventus vs Borussia Moenchengladbach
02:45
Manchester City vs Sevilla
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Re: Champions League 2015/16
« Reply #48 on: October 22, 2015, 05:31:29 AM »
Champions League - Group A
Malmoe FF 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Paris Saint Germain 0-0 Real Madrid

Champions League - Group B
CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United
Wolfsburg 2-0 PSV Eindhoven

Champions League - Group C
Atletico Madrid 4-0 FC Astana
Galatasaray 2-1 Benfica

Champions League - Group D
Juventus 0-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Manchester City 2-1 Sevilla
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« Reply #49 on: November 03, 2015, 09:57:14 PM »
Champions League - Group A
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Malmoe FF

Champions League - Group B
Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow
PSV Eindhoven vs Wolfsburg

Champions League - Group C
FC Astana vs Atletico Madrid
Benfica vs Galatasaray

Champions League - Group D
Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Juventus
Sevilla vs Manchester City
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