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Juventus 22.2.17
Bonucci will miss Porto clash

Max Allegri has confirmed that Leonardo Bonucci is out of the Juventus squad to face Porto on Wednesday after their bust-up at the weekend. Bonucci and Allegri had a heated bust-up during the Old Lady's 4-1 victory over Palermo on Sunday, with the argument continuing down the tunnel at the full-time whistle.

"Bonucci will not be in the squad tomorrow. It is right to do so on behalf of the club, fans and team," Allegri told his pre-match press conference. "As an important and intelligent Juventus player, Leo understands the decision."

Arsenal 14.2.17
Perez ruled out due to hamstring problem

Lucas Perez has been ruled out of Arsenal's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. The Spaniard missed training on Tuesday due to a hamstring problem. He made a brief cameo in the win over Hull but will play no part in Munich. Aaron Ramsey remains out with a calf injury while Santi Cazorla is still sidelined.

Real Mad. 14.2.17
Ronaldo will be available against Napoli

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo did not train with the squad on Monday as he stayed working on the gym just two days ahead of Madrid's crucial Champions League match against Napoli. However, the Portuguese attacker has apparently recovered from his small physical problems and completed Tuesday's session with his teammates.

Coach Zinedine Zidane has the whole roster at his disposal but Gareth Bale is not expected to be included in the squad list as he just recovered from a fairly serious ankle injury. Bale will have to wait a bit more but he will surely make his return to the lineup soon enough.

Bayern 14.2.17
Ribery and Boateng ruled out

Bayern Munich will be without winger Franck Ribery and central defender Jerome Boateng for their Champions League clash against Arsenal on Wednesday. The Bavarians had hoped that the duo would return in time for the first leg of the round of 16 encounter at Allianz Arena. However, it appears coach Carlo Ancelotti will have to make do without them, with Ribery being restricted to individual training.

In better news for Ancelotti, Xabi Alonso was passed fit to take part in the final training session in preparation for Wednesday's tie and is in line to make his 116th appearance in the Champions League.

Real Mad. 13.2.17
Ronaldo misses Real Madrid training

Cristiano Ronaldo trained apart from the team on Monday just two days ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League last 16 home leg against Napoli. The Portuguese star, with a record 96 Champions League strikes to his name, suffered a knock to his right leg in a 3-1 win over Osasuna at the weekend. Real Madrid also revealed that defender Fabio Coentrao joined his compatriot in training indoors, while Gareth Bale will take no part in Wednesday's game.

Dortmund 13.2.17
Gotze ruled out of Benfica match

Mario Gotze has not been included in the Borussia Dortmund squad for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg at Benfica. The midfielder, 24, is struggling with a leg injury that kept him out of Dortmund's surprise 2-1 defeat at Bundesliga bottom side Darmstadt. Skipper Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek, who missed the Darmstadt defeat with injury, are available.

PSG 13.2.17
PSG lose Silva for Barcelona clash

Paris Saint-Germain will be without captain Thiago Silva for Tuesday's Champions League last 16 first leg against Barcelona, French media reported on Monday. The Brazilian centre-back is currently suffering from a problem in his left calf, which left him on the sidelines against Bordeaux at the weekend and for Monday's final training session. PSG, who are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, are also without midfielder Thiago Motta due to suspension.

Bayern 13.2.17
Alonso limps out of training

Bayern Munich have been dealt a blow ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Arsenal after Xabi Alonso limped out of training. The Spaniard, who is a key member of coach Carlo Ancelotti 's squad, was unable to complete Monday's session and left the pitch clearly in pain according to German media reports. Alonso has featured 23 times for Bayern this season, including three Champions League games, scoring three times for the Bundesliga outfit.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
Group A
1Arsenal14124-2-0 (6)
2PSG1263-3-0 (6)
3Ludogor.3-90-3-3 (6)
4Basel2-90-2-4 (6)
Group B
1Napoli1133-2-1 (6)
2Benfica802-2-2 (6)
3Besiktas7-51-4-1 (6)
4Dinamo K.521-2-3 (6)
Group C
1Barcelona15165-0-1 (6)
2Man. City922-3-1 (6)
3Borussia5-71-2-3 (6)
4Celtic3-110-3-3 (6)
Group D
1Atletico M1555-0-1 (6)
2Bayern1284-0-2 (6)
3Rostov5-61-2-3 (6)
4PSV2-70-2-4 (6)
Group E
1Monaco1123-2-1 (6)
2Bayer L.1042-4-0 (6)
3Tottenh.702-1-3 (6)
4CSKA3-60-3-3 (6)
Group F
1Dortmund14124-2-0 (6)
2Real Mad.1263-3-0 (6)
3Legia W.4-151-1-4 (6)
4Sporting3-31-0-5 (6)
Group G
1Leicester1314-1-1 (6)
2Porto1163-2-1 (6)
3Kobenh.952-3-1 (6)
4Brugge0-120-0-6 (6)
Group H
1Juventus1494-2-0 (6)
2Sevilla1143-2-1 (6)
3Lyon822-2-2 (6)
4Dinamo0-150-0-6 (6)

playoffs

Sevilla - Leicester2:1
Porto - Juventus0:2
Bayer L. - Atletico M2:4
Man. City - Monaco5:3
Bayern - Arsenal5:1
Real Mad. - Napoli3:1
PSG - Barcelona4:0
Benfica - Dortmund1:0

last results

22.2Sevilla - Leicester2 : 1
22.2Porto - Juventus0 : 2
21.2Bayer L. - Atletico M2 : 4
21.2Man. City - Monaco5 : 3
15.2Bayern - Arsenal5 : 1
15.2Real Mad. - Napoli3 : 1
14.2PSG - Barcelona4 : 0
14.2Benfica - Dortmund1 : 0
7.12Legia W. - Sporting1 : 0
7.12Lyon - Sevilla0 : 0
7.12Bayer L. - Monaco3 : 0
7.12Juventus - Dinamo2 : 0
7.12Tottenh. - CSKA3 : 1
7.12Real Mad. - Dortmund2 : 2
7.12Brugge - Kobenh.0 : 2
7.12Porto - Leicester5 : 0

Champions League stats

home wins42 %
draws29 %
away wins29 %

League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2016/2017

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.

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