Champions League

Thursday 18 September 2014

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The 24-year-old was elated after scoring his first ever hat-trick and he urged his team to build on their excellent start to the Champions League campaign

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The San Mames boss admitted he is still unsure how to fill the void left by Manchester United's new midfielder and insisted he was pleased with a draw against Shakhtar

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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 first 16 matches have been played - check out which teams are sitting pretty at the top of the table and which sides will be hoping for better fortunes in two weeks' time

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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 Cypriot side gave Luis Enrique's side a tougher test than expected and the 34-year-old midfielder admitted the Spanish side failed to find any fluidity in their game

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The winger nearly won the game for the Portuguese club against Maribor only to be denied late on and he blamed defensive frailties for dropping points in Slovenia

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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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The coach was frustrated that his side could only secure a slender win over APOEL on Wednesday but says changing his line-up is necessary to keep players fit

Wednesday 17 September 2014

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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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Didier Drogba started in place of the Brazil-born Spaniard and failed to score as a profligate Chelsea were held to a surprise draw by Schalke in their Group G opener

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

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The winger believes that Laurent Blanc's side have to perform to a higher standard, while compatriot Marquinhos had praise for opponents Ajax

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The French giants failed to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start as Lasse Schone's second-half free kick cancelled out Edinson Cavani's opener

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The Giallorossi return to the Champions League in style as strikes from Juan Iturbe, Gervinho (2), Maicon and a Sergei Ignashevich own goal give them an emphatic opening win