Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.
And despite Gerrard's former team-mate Jamie Carragher suggesting it was time for the 34-year-old to be released from the defensive role which he believes he is unsuitable for, Rodgers has no intention of doing so.
Roberto Di Matteo played down the talk of a revenge mission as Chelsea visited Gelsenkirchen to take on his Schalke side but it was embarrassment that greeted the Italian as the Blues eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted in the build-up to this clash that his side needed to keep up their good form to avoid blowing their place at the head of Group G and ending up playing in the Europa League.
Not content with the landmarks and trophies already scooped up in a 10-year Barcelona career, Lionel Messi this week reached twomilestones,breaking the records for the most number of goals in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga.
The Argentina captain shows no sign of letting up just yet.
A usual day at the Arsenal F.C. training centre consists of a strict regime of shuttle runs, stretching and ball skills but at a recent shoot for official wellness partners of Arsenal FC Vitality the players took the opportunity to take a breather from training with a few casual selfies on an unguarded smartphone.
For viewers in theUnited States, today's UEFA Champions League games will be shown across several channels. Don't forget, you can also see live highlights of the matches onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.
CSKA Moscow vs AS Roma, Noon, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3 BATE vs Porto, Noon,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3 Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3 Schalke vs Chelsea, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO &FOX Soccer 2GO APOEL vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports Net &FOX Soccer 2GO Shakhtar Donetsk vs Athletic, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3 Paris Saint-Germain vs Ajax, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3 Sporting Club vs Maribor, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
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Heading into his side's Champions League Group F match against APOEL today (live on FOX Soccer 2GOat 2:45pm ET for viewers in the US), manager Luis Enrique has confessed that Barcelonahad a momentary drop in form following their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in late October.
Questions about the manager's tactics, his man-management and the team's chemistry most notably the relationship on the pitch between Lionel Messi, Neymar and new-signing Luis Suarez -quickly surfaced in the Spanish press following the convincing defeat in El Clasico.
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Victoria sports minister Damien Drum has confirmed that Real Madrid will take part in next summer's edition of the International Champions Cup (ICC) which will be held in Melbourne, Australia fromJuly 18-24. The Spanish giants will be making their debut appearance 'down under' and play their gamesat the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 100,000.
UEFA has revealed the40-man shortlist for its Team of the Year with German champions Bayern Munich leading the way with nine nominations. The nominees were determined based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions. Thebest elevenwill be determined by fans via an online poll.
If you were to ponder the current emotions of supporters from all 20 Premier League teams, only a small proportion would be completely contentwith the start their side has made to this engrossing season.
Chelsea and Southampton have began the campaign in spectacular fashion, while Newcastle United, Swansea City and West Ham United have also enjoyed unexpectedly fast starts.