Monday, September 22, 2014

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The former Chelsea star rescued a point against the side he served for 13 years but the champions are still failing to hit the heights they reached last season

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Two of world football's finest strikers go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manuel Pellegrini's champions welcome Jose Mourinho's chief contenders

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COMMENT: President Aurelio De Laurentiis has found his hands tied by the financial outlay of last summer and a lack of Champions League football this term

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The west Londoners secured a stunning victory over Manchester City earlier this year but do their more adventurous new style and personnel hamper their trademark solidity?

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Criticism of the World Cup winner cranked up a notch following a lacklustre showing against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but he showed what he is capable of at Villa Park

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Jose Mourinho has never been beaten in the Premier League by a defending champion, while Manchester United must turn around a record in Sunday games of four wins in 17

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Ronny Deila's side earned a creditable 2-2 draw against Red Bull Salzburg having twice gone in front, while Napoli came from behind to see off Sparta Prague

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Porto's hat-trick hero, Roma star Gervinho and chief Arsenal tormentor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all make the cut in Goal's first Europeanbest XI of the 2014-15 season

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

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In the first feature of a new series for this season's Europa League dedicated to uncovering tomorrow's stars of European football, Goal profiles the 20-year-old Italian sensation

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Jose Mourinho's encouraging words reaped dividends with a captivating display from the No.10, although he must add more goals and cutting edge to become a modern great

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The Premier League champions were moments away from earning a creditable draw against Bayern Munich but fell just short while their key man was again found wanting

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The 20-year-old overcame a quiet start to torment the Chelsea defence with his trickery and direct running, eventually setting up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for the equaliser

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The £42 million man played just 62 minutes in the 2-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund, again prompting questions over his value to Arsenal and position in the starting XI

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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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COMMENT: The young midfielder was superb on his debut as Barcelona beat APOEL 1-0 in an otherwise disappointing Champions League clash at Camp Nou

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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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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After reaching the knockout rounds of the tournament for the first time in their history, can Manuel Pellegrini & Co. finally make an impact in Europe and reach the latter stages?

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The Blues are set to kick off their pursuit of Champions League glory against Schalke on Wednesday night and Goal takes a look at what you can expect from them this year

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COMMENT: The Bavarians have seldom had a successful season after Germany have gone far in the World Cup, but European domination is a must for them this term