Editorial

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Jurgen Klopp's outfit progress to the last-16 top of the group despite a narrow draw at home to the Belgian side, who end their Champions League campaign with just a point

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Goal took in the action at the Stade Louis II, where the hosts executed their defensive gameplan to perfection and got the goals they needed to finish top of Group C

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The teams played out a drab draw in Turin, ensuring the home side advance as winners of Group A, with the Bianconeri going through in second spot

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were among the goals as los Blancos ended the Champions League group stage with their 100 per cent record intact

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COMMENT: The coach has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as his team's form has declined immensely and Tuesday's result will be crucial for him amid rumours he could be sacked

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Juventus and Napoli both provide one player each for this week's best XI, but the majority of the team derive from some of Serie A's lesser lights

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The World Cup winner boasts a better minutes-to-goal ratio than Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck but will make his first start outside of the League Cup this season on Tuesday

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Pep Guardiola's side, led by Lionel Messi, could not be stopped in 2009 but were given an almighty scare by Estudiantes as they chased world champion status in Abu Dhabi

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The Portuguese scored all three for Real Madrid in their 3-0 win at home to Celta Vigo and the Argentine struck a superb treble in Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Espanyol

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The Argentine's incredible total from the 2011-12 campaign seemed insurmountable, but if the Madrid ace maintains his current strike-rate he will smash that tally

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ANALYSIS: Diego Simeone's side have consistently converted free kicks and corners this term. Goal speaks to an insider to find out why they are so good at this facet of the game

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COMMENT: The Dutchman had all three of his team's shots and scored both of the two he directed on Fraser Forster's goal to give Louis van Gaal his fifth successive win

Monday, December 8, 2014

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Two strikes from a clinical Robin van Persie gives Louis van Gaal's men a fifth successive win despite spending most of the match on the defensive at St Mary's

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COLUMN: Louis van Gaal has a budget of around €125 million to spend in January but he need not waste it on second-rate acquisitions as their top-four tilt gathers pace

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COMMENT: Given that all eight group winners won their last-16 ties in 2013-14, matchday six presents a huge opportunity for PSG, Juventus, Atletico, Dortmund and others

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Cyril Thereau turned the contest on its head in the second half at San Siro, despite Mauro Icardi netting the opener on the stroke of half time

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COMMENT: The Argentine hit his third hat-trick in four games to prove he is far from fed up, despite criticism from former Man Utd midfielder Paul Scholes this week