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By Denise Evans and Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's your lot from us

    We think you should all be sufficiently warmed up by now for the next lot of Champions League games tonight, so we're offski!

    Live coverage of all the action will start at 17:55 BST on the BBC Sport website.

    Here's a reminder of who is playing who....

    Champions League fixtures
  2. 'United did not see the best of me'

    Manchester City v Lyon (20:00 BST)

    Memphis Depay is back in Manchester tonight.

    The former Manchester United forward spent an unhappy time at Old Trafford and will want to make it a happy return to the city when Lyon face Manchester City tonight.

    "Everybody knows the story of me and Manchester United was not successful," said the Netherlands international.

    "Everybody can see that and I can feel it myself. I can look back and say I didn't want it to go like that - nobody did - but things happened.

    "After one season, I couldn't find myself in the team. I was still young, didn't get a lot of opportunities, but I must say that the first season I didn't put the quality on the table that I thought."

  3. City kids in shock loss

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City reached the semi-final of the Uefa Youth League, the Under-19 tournament that runs alongside the Champions League, last season.

    They have not made a very good start to this term's competition though, going down 4-1 to Lyon at the City Football Aacademy.

    As only the winner from each of the eight groups is certain to qualify, the Blues already have a lot of work in front of them if they are to match what they achieved last term.

  4. 'The Premier League is maybe the bigger competition'

    Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava (20:00 BST)


    Final quotes from Unai Emery as Arsenal prepare to play Vorskla in the Europa League tomorrow (20:00 BST)

    On playing three games a week: "I told the players the same thing that I’ll tell you. The Premier League is the first competition because it’s giving us a big responsibility, maybe bigger than the others, in the season.

    "There are 38 matches, so your first analysis is like this. Other competitions are very important too. Today, we are only thinking about giving our supporters the first performance and a good 90 minutes on the pitch at the Emirates."

  5. As it was in the beginning, is now....

    Valencia v Juventus (20:00 BST)

    Niko Kovac

    As Cristiano Ronaldo prepares to make his Champions League for Juventus, Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has pinned his colours to the mast in the world's best player debate.

    "I have to say that for me Lionel Messi is the best in the world, that was already a few years ago and it will continue to be so in the future," he told Goal.

    But he had words of consolation for the Portuguese.

    “Ronaldo is also a world-class player. With him, I am impressed by the way the man stands. This is not innate...but also trained. A lot of players are naturally talented, but you also have to work to improve yourself. That's what Ronaldo did in a fantastic way."

  6. 'Maybe people think it is going to be easy...'

    Young Boys v Manchester United (20:00 BST)

    David de Gea

    Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says his side need to avoid complacency if they are to start their Champions League campaign with a win over Swiss side Young Boys.

    "Maybe people think it is going to be easy, but we definitely don’t," he said.

    "We're not used to playing on artificial grass so it's going to be a bit different – probably more difficult for us. We’ll try to play our football, we know it's going to be a tough game but we need to play our best football to win."

  7. 'I respect Gazidis's decision to leave '- Emery

    Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava (20:00 BST)

    Unai Emery on chief executive Gazidis deciding to leave: "The first three months with Ivan were very important for me because he’s a big person, and a professional person too. We spoke a lot about football, about management, about how big Arsenal is and our responsibility.

    "His decision is a private one which I respect. I know Ivan is giving us the best next people [successors] to take the responsibility to continue to do good work."

    Emery Gazidis
  8. ''The best 11 will play on Thursday'

    Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava (20:00 BST)


    Emery on on team selection for tomorrow's Europa League game: "The best 11 will play tomorrow so that we can continue to improve in our way both tactically and individually. What’s important for us is to produce a winning performance but also to continue to improve."

    On winning the Europa League: "Every title for us is very important. In 2000, Arsenal played the final against Galatasaray but didn't win. And also, Arsenal played the final in 2006 in the Champions League and also didn't win."

  9. Arsenal in the Europa League

    Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava (20:00 BST)


    Stepping away from the Champions League for a moment, we're going to focus on Unai Emery and his side's preparations ahead of their Europa League tie with Vorskla.

    Key comments coming up...

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    SMS Message: Spurs have so many World Cup players who have virtually not had a minutes rest this year, they must be exhausted. Spurs will struggle early on in the season due to lack of transfer activity, but class is permanent and they will rise to top form soon I'm sure. As for Liverpool, the only worry Klopp has this season is keeping a massive squad happy.... from Lewis
  11. Aguero fit to face Lyon

    Manchester City v Lyon (20:00 BST)

    In case you missed it earlier, Sergio Aguero has been passed fit to face Lyon in the Champions League for Man City tonight.

    The Argentinian came off with an ankle injury in the Blues' win over Fulham at the weekend.

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    Gordon: Salah & Kane are great but look jaded and need a rest. No reason why they can't be given a two week break to re-charge themselves and let Sturridge & Son play. I know that Firmino and Eriksen have also played as much but some players need time away more than others.

    Ben: Get ready for the endless variations on the phrase 'it's boys vs men' tonight in Young Boys vs Man United

  13. What do Mourinho and Federer have in common?

    United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted his players will not be able to use the artificial Stade de Suisse pitch as an excuse if they lose.

    Why? Because of tennis ace Roger Federer, of course.

    Mourinho explained: "I can get an example, since we are in Switzerland, the home of one of the best ever tennis players - I'm pretty sure that the big man sometimes is not happy to play on such a surface but he has to play and he has to win.

    "Everybody knows he has a favourite surface, but he also has to win on other surfaces that he is not in love with, so we have to do it."

  14. Guardiola's greatest ever achievement?

    Manchester City v Lyon (20:00 BST)

    Pep Guardiola

    Last season's Champions League quarter-final defeat by Liverpool "really killed" manager Pep Guardiola according to a club source quoted by the Independent.

    "It dominated his thoughts right through the Premier League title win, as well as the summer, and to now, the eve of a new European campaign," writes Miguel Delaney.

    Apparently Guardiola believes that lifting City's first European Cup would be his greatest achievement as a manager.

    Read more here.

  15. 'We can't let it stay like this'

    Inter Milan 2-1 Tottenham


    Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele says that there are still positives that his side can take from the San Siro despite sliding to a 2-1 defeat after Marco Icardi and Matias Vecino scored late on for the Italian hosts.

    “We can’t let it stay like this, we need to turn this around so for us, I understand that everybody is disappointed but we need to turn it around because there’s not too much time between games," he said.

    "It’s finished now, we have to keep our heads up because there were a lot of positives as well and we need to continue."

    Spurs play Brighton away on Saturday.

  16. Follow the money

    Liverpool 3-2 PSG

    Daniel Sturridge

    Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are creeping towards the top of the betting market for the Champions League on the back of their win over Paris St Germain.

    The Reds are now ranked as fifth favourites by market-aggregator Oddschecker, just behind Bayern Munich and Juventus, with Barcelona and Manchester City at shorter odds.

  17. 'Champions League high on City's agenda'

    Manchester City v Lyon (20:00 BST)

    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says that Manchester City have to overcome a lack of knockout stage know-how to win the Champions League this season.

    Speaking to BT Sport, the defender said: "It is massively on our mind, but we still have to put everything into the Premier League or we won’t win it.

    "Champions League is high on our agenda but teams who have done it before are always above us,"

    On being a cult hero among City fans: "It is easy to be a fan favourite at Manchester City. You give 100%, fly into a few tackles and that is what people love.

    On managing his body and injuries as he gets older: "I used to be a lunatic in training and react the same way as if I had lost the Champions League final if I lost a training game. In time I think I have eased off a bit."

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  18. 'Harry is not a machine'

    Inter Milan 2-1 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela

    Erik Lamela says that the pressure is on all of Tottenham's forwards to score, not just Harry Kane, after the team suffered a third successive defeat, going down 2-1 away to Inter Milan.

    Kane has managed two goals in seven games so far this season. He has managed more than 20 in the Premier League for four successive campaigns.

    "Harry is not a machine," said Lamela.

    "Here he didn't and for two or three games he didn't. But he will score again.

    "It's not like Harry needs to score every single game.Christian (Eriksen) scored, I scored in the last game. Sonny (Son Heung-min) will score. Lucas (Moura) will score. All the pressure is not on Harry."

  19. 'He doesn't need his eye to play'

    Liverpool 3-2 PSG

    Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino

    Liverpool forward Sadio Mane said that he had backed Roberto Firmino to make the difference against Paris St Germain despite the Brazilian suffering an abrasion of the eye against Tottenham on Saturday.

    Firmino came off the bench to score a 91st-minute winner for the Reds in their opening Champions League group game.

    "I sent him a message on Monday saying, 'Hey Bobby, come on, we need you.' Mane told the London Evening Standard.

    "You've all seen the 'no-look' goals, so I think he doesn't need his eye to play."

  20. The view from across the Channel

    Liverpool 3-2 PSG

    French newspaper L'Equipe were particularly taken with Trent Alexander-Arnold's performance, but seemed to have a bit of a James Milner-shaped blind spot.

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