England

Thursday 18 September 2014

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The Manchester United defender is convinced his team-mate will develop into one of the stars of the global game and speaks highly of Marcos Rojo after his arrival from Sporting

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COMMENT: The Dane has become better known for his endless sound bites than his ability in front of goal and must now produce the goods for Wolfsburg or face an uncertain future

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Porto's hat-trick hero, Roma star Gervinho and Arsenal's tormentor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all make the cut in our first select XI of the season

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The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by the visitors on Wednesday, who are mired in the Bundesliga relegation zone early in 2014-15, and the coach was proud of his players' efforts

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The England goalkeeper was beaten by a stoppage time strike from Jerome Boateng although he is confident Manuel Pellegrini's men can still qualify

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The coach was thrilled with how the Bavarians dispatched the English champions - even if they did require a late goal to give them all three points

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See how all of the stars involved in Wednesday's European action fared by checking out all eight of our match player ratings and comments

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COMMENT: The manager's encouraging words reaped dividends with a captivating display from the attacker, although he must add more goals and cutting edge to become a modern great

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The German champions took a long time to make their superiority count, but Jerome Boateng's late winner ensured they have the edge over Manchester City in Group E

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The England goalkeeper was finally beaten late on having kept out Pep Guardiola's side for the majority of the 90 minutes as City suffered defeat in their group stage opener

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's clinical second-half strike denies Jose Mourinho's men an opening-day victory in Group G after a game which saw the Blues waste a host of chances

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The Spaniard had given the hosts the lead although Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck past Thibaut Courtois in the second half to secure a point for the Bundesliga outfit

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The 45-year-old has signed a new contract that will keep him at Villa Park until the summer of 2018, having led his club to an unbeaten start to the Premier League season

Wednesday 17 September 2014

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Jose Mourinho's men have made a storming start to the new Premier League season and will be confident of seeing off their struggling German opponents. Follow it LIVE with Goal

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Pep Guardiola will once again pit his wits against Manuel Pellegrini, as the champions of Germany take on the champions of England in Bavaria

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Despite interest from Liverpool and Tottenham, the Ivorian stayed at the Liberty Stadium during the summer and is now hoping for another stellar campaign