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Champions League possible line-ups and team news

Barcelona: Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Gavi; Ansu, Depay, Dest
Out: Braithwaite (knee), Araujo (hamstring), Eric García (suspended), Dembélé (fitness), Pedri (muscle)
Doubtful: none

Dynamo Kyiv: Bushchan; Kędziora, Zabarnyi, Syrota, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Buyalskiy, De Pena; Vitinho
Out: Besedin (knee), Kulach (heart)
Doubtful: Burda (fitness)

Cole Palmer scores classy goal as five-star Manchester City hammer Club Brugge

Teenager Cole Palmer scored a classy goal and Riyad Mahrez struck twice as Manchester City ignited their Champions League campaign with a comfortable 5-1 win over Club Brugge

Full-backs Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker were also on target in a one-sided win in Belgium that strengthened City’s position in Group A after defeat to Paris St Germain three weeks ago.

Katie Archibald hopes Champions League makes pro track cycling ‘dream’ a reality

Olympic gold medallist Katie Archibald hopes the new UCI Champions League can revolutionise track cycling and allow more riders to earn a full-time living from the sport.

Archibald will compete in the Track World Championships in Roubaix this week, passing up a post-Olympic break as she targets the new event which launches next month.

The Champions League will be raced over five legs, starting on November 6 in Mallorca, with two dates in London the following month, offering equal prize money for men and women as they race in a short, made-for-TV format developed alongside broadcasting partner Discovery.

Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool LIVE! Champions League match stream, latest score and goal updates today

Liverpool face their toughest test of this season’s Champions League group stage so far as they travel to the Spanish capital to take on Atletico Madrid tonight.

The Reds, Champions League winners in 2019 and finalists 12 months before that, have got their campaign off to a perfect start with back-to-back victories over AC Milan and Porto, steamrollering the latter in their own back yard.

They will be expecting a sterner examination against Diego Simeone’s side, however, as they return to the Wanda Metropolitano, where they beat Tottenham to become European champions two years ago.

Bold UEFA Champions League predictions: Liverpool get revenge, Manchester United return to their winning ways

The Champions League is back on Paramount+ with the third round of group stage games. This is the point where the groups start to really take shape with each team having played each of their opponents and it offers the perfect opportunity for leaders to push clear of the chasing pack… or for those who have made a slow start to begin to turn things around. Here’s what I’m expecting from three of the biggest matches this week.

The 12 players to score in the Champions League before turning 18

When the Champions League comes along, fans worldwide are looking for the biggest stars to make their mark among football’s elite.

There is always intrigue around how youngsters will fare and who will be the next big name. Since Europe’s elite competition was rebranded in 1992, 12 players that have scored in it before reaching their 18th birthday.

Yet an early goal does not always augur long-term success. While some of the youngest Champions League scorers have gone on to be household names, others’ careeers have stalled.

Phil Foden and irresistible Man City delight in Champions League rout

Manchester City aren’t just a really good football team but they also play really good football.

It seems an obvious thing to say, but too often it gets lost as neutrals turn off or shrug their shoulders at the level of dominance Pep Guardiola’s sides show that take the test out of contest.

Their performances at Chelsea and Liverpool this season have both nudged the world over what a terrific team they are, and here in Brugge they incapacitated a team that had held PSG here last month with some truly mesmerising passages of play.

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