Thursday, September 18, 2014

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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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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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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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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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

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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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A first-half header from Gerard Pique proved to be just enough for Luis Enrique's men, who weaseled their way to three points against a well-organised and spirited APOEL outfit

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COMMENT: A lacklustre performance from Laurent Blanc's side in Amsterdam suggests there is a great deal of work to do if they are to challenge for top honours

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The Spanish side's return to Champions League football for the first time since 1998-99 ended in frustration as they failed to break down their Ukranian visitors

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Ernesto Valverde's team failed to break down the Ukrainian side and were forced to settle for a point in San Mames

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A flurry of first-half goals left the visitors decimated and there was no way back in the second half, which was more of an even-sided affair