Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2017/2018
Alba out for Barca against Olympiakos
Jordi Alba will miss Barcelona's Champions League game with Olympiakos after picking up an injury in training on Tuesday. Barca say the left-back has a thigh muscle problem but are unable to confirm for how long he will be out of action.
Valverde is also without long-term absentees Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha, while Arda Turan, Thomas Vermaelen and Aleix Vidal all miss out on the squad, too.
Morata in contention to start against Roma
Alvaro Morata is expected to start Chelsea's Champions League match against Roma on Wednesday night, after manager Antonio Conte confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he has returned to training following a hamstring injury. However Chelsea have a number of other injuries to contend with. Right wing-back Victor Moses is out with a hamstring injury, as is influential midfielder N'Golo Kante.
Simunovic ruled out
Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has been ruled out of Celtic's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich after a recurrence of his hamstring injury. Manager Brendan Rodgers said last week the Bosnian international was set to return from injury for the trip to Germany but he has not travelled with the squad.
Rose set for injury return
Danny Rose could make his first appearance for Tottenham since January as Mauricio Pochettino confirmed he may be among the substitutes in their Champions League tie against Real Madrid. Rose travelled to the Spanish capital despite only recently returning to first-team training following his recovery from a serious knee injury. With Ben Davies sidelined through illness, the manager has been forced to fast-track the England international back into the team and suggested he may make an appearance from the bench if required.
Feyenoord without Tapia and Diks
Feyenoord have suffered another defensive setback ahead of the Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk. After losing Renato Tapia to a hamstring injury in Saturday's match against Zwolle, Kevin Diks has now been ruled out with a slight concussion. Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has added Lutsharel Geertruida to his squad, the 17-year-old central defender from the Feyenoord U-19.
Figueiras, Seba to miss Barca match
Olympiakos manager Takis Lemonis will be without at least two of his regular starters for the Champions League match with Barcelona on Wednesday. Both right-back Diogo Figueiras and winger Seba have failed to make the squad alongside Emmanuel Emenike and El Fardou Ben Nabouhane. However, centre-back Jagos Vukovic returns to the squad despite having been out of action since suffering an injury while on international duty in September.
Roma face injury crisis
Roma's build-up to their Champions League clash with Chelsea on Wednesday has been far from ideal as they are currently facing an injury crisis. Chelsea could come up against a second-string Roma side after Kostas Manolas was taken off with a thigh strain in the club's loss against Napoli on Saturday. The Greek defender is set to join team-mates Stephan El Shaaraway, Patrik Shick, Kevin Strootman, Gregoire Defrel and Emerson Palmieri on the sidelines. Meanwhile, the Serie A outfit are monitoring the fitness of Lorenzo Pellegrini, who was also forced off in the costly defeat by Napoli.
Real Mad. 15.10.17
Navas back in training
Real Madrid starting goalkeeper Keylor Navas trained with the squad this Sunday as he has already recovered from the small injury he picked up with Costa Rica. The goalkeeper should be available when Real Madrid host Tottenham next Tuesday.
|1||Man. Utd.||9||7||3-0-0 (3)|
|3||Atletico M||2||-1||0-2-1 (3)|
|2||Spartak M||5||4||1-2-0 (3)|
|1||Man. City||9||7||3-0-0 (3)|
|2||RB Leipzig||4||-1||1-1-1 (3)|
|1||Real Mad.||7||5||2-1-0 (3)|
|18.10||Qarabag - Atletico M||0 : 0|
|18.10||Bayern - Celtic||3 : 0|
|18.10||Juventus - Sporting||2 : 1|
|18.10||Chelsea - Roma||3 : 3|
|18.10||Barcelona - Olympiak.||3 : 1|
|18.10||Anderlec. - PSG||0 : 4|
|18.10||Benfica - Man. Utd.||0 : 1|
|18.10||CSKA - Basel||0 : 2|
|17.10||APOEL - Dortmund||1 : 1|
|17.10||Maribor - Liverpool||0 : 7|
|17.10||Monaco - Besiktas||1 : 2|
|17.10||RB Leipzig - Porto||3 : 2|
|17.10||Man. City - Napoli||2 : 1|
|17.10||Real Mad. - Tottenh.||1 : 1|
|17.10||Feyenord - Shakhtar||1 : 2|
|17.10||Spartak M - Sevilla||5 : 1|
Champions League stats
|home wins||42 %|
|away wins||40 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2017/2018
The UEFA Champions League, originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is probably the greatest international club competition in the world. The league has undergone a number of changes since the old knock-out tournament was upgraded with group stages in 1993. The current format was introduced in the 2003/04 season. Under this format, after three qualifying rounds for clubs who do not qualify for direct entry, 32 teams play one group stage. There are eight groups of four clubs, each team playing each other home and away for a total of six games in the group.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knock-out stage, the eight third-placed teams move into a secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League, while the eight fourth-placed teams are eliminated. The matches in the knock-out stages are played over two legs. The teams are paired up and play each other at home and away, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals going on to the next round. The winners of the two semi-finals play the Champions League Final, which is a single match on a venue decided by UEFA.