One-time champion Chelsea have a toughlooking fixture in the Champions League this week as they target qualification for the knockout stage from Group H.
Cheslea suffered their only Champions League defeat this season against Spanish top flight side Valencia on Matchday 1 and the two teams will meet again at the Mestalla on Matchday Five.
The Blues were beaten 1-0 at home by Valencia with Rodrigo getting the only goal of the game.
Group H is one of the tightest groups in the Champions League this season with the top three teams (Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia) all on seven points apiece, while the last team Lille FC of France recorded just one point from the first four games in the Champions League.
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Chelsea were on a winning run of six successive league games before the Premier League match at the home of champions Manchester City on Saturday.
That winning run came to an end via the 2-1 loss to Premier League champions Manchester City despite the fact that they scored the opening goal of the league game.
Chelsea XI vs Valencia (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount; Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Willian Borges.
Mourinho Suffers First Champions League Defeat At Spurs
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been beaten for the first time in the Champions League following the defeat at the hands of German champions Bayern Munich in their Matchday Six clash at the Allianz Arena.
Mourinho and his Spurs players were beaten 3-1 by the Bavarian giants who were the only team to finish the group stage campaign with an unblemished record.
Bayern Munich won all their six group games in Group B and amassed a complete total of 18 points as a result.
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The Germans were given a helping hand due to the fact that Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho rested a lot of his first-team players with both clubs already through to the last 16 stage of the competition.
Bayern took the lead through Kingsley Coman in the 20th minute before summer signing Ryan Sessegnon equalized for Spurs just before the end of the first half.
Experienced campaigner Thomas Mueller came off the bench for the injured Coman and he was responsible for the second Bayern goal as he prodded home from close range after Alphonso Davies had struck the post.
Ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho wrapped up the victory for his team with the third goal to ensure that Bayern made it six wins from six Group B games.
Chelsea Opponents For Champions League Knockout Stage Revealed
One-time Champions League winners Chelsea have discovered their possible opponents for the knockout stage of the competition which starts as from next year.
The Champions League group stage for the 2019/20 season was concluded on Wednesday night and Chelsea have found out about the pool of teams they could dace in the round of 16.
Chelsea are in danger of facing one of the favorites for this season’s Champions League title after they finished second in Group H behind Spanish La Liga giants Valencia.
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The Blues secured their place in the knockout stage with the slim 2-1 win at home to French club Lille in their final group game.
Topscorer Tammy Abraham scored the first goal of the game to take his tally to 13 goals in all competitions this season before club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta added a second goal with ten minutes left on the clock.
Former player Loic Remy halved the deficit on 78 minutes to setup a grandstand finish but Chelsea held on to take the points and secure their place in the knockout stage.
Chelsea can face the likes of Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Bayern Munich, Juventus, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the competition.
Liverpool Opponents For Champions League Knockout Stage Revealed
The possible knockout stage opponents for Champions League holders Liverpool have been revealed after the conclusion of the group stage.
Matches over the eight groups have been concluded on Wednesday night in the Champions League and 16 teams have emerged from 32 teams for the next stage (round of 16).
Champions League holders Liverpool are one of the 16 teams in the knockout stage of the competition this season after the Reds finished as the top team in Group E ahead of Napoli, Red Bull Salzburg, and Genk.
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Liverpool sealed their place in the next round with the 2-0 away win over Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg courtesy the goals Naby Keita and star forward Mohamed Salah in the second half.
The reigning European champions needed just one point to be assured of a last 16 spot before the Red Bull Salzburg game.
Liverpool have the possibility of meeting five teams in the round of 16.
The Reds can meet the likes of immediate past champions Real Madrid, debutants Atalanta, Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid, German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and French Ligue 1 club Lyon in the last 16 stage of the Champions League.
Liverpool won the Champions League title last season via the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their final clash.
Champions League: Chelsea Defender Ruled Out Of Lille Clash
The recently capped England international will miss the Lille game according to his manager Frank Lampard.
His absence for the crucial Champions League clash with Lille in Group H was confirmed by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard during his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of the game.
Fikayo Tomori is said to have a slight injury problem and that he will be fit for the Premier League game at home to Bournemouth at the weekend.
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The Chelsea defender has been troubled by a hip injury in recent days and that led to his omission from the Blues starting XI for the Everton game in the Premier League at the weekend.
Fikayo Tomori has forged a potent center-back partnership with Kurt Zouma at the heart of the Chelsea defence and he was sorely missed during the Everton game which ended in a 3-1 defeat for his team.
His spot in the starting XI was taken by Danish international Andreas Christensen, and he is expected to continue to surprise him in the Lille game which Chelsea must win to confirm their place in the knockout stage.
Liverpool Star Ruled Out Of Champions League Clash With Salzburg
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will miss the all-important Champions League trip to Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night.
The England international was ruled out by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp who said that he has a thigh injury.
Klopp expects Adam Lallana to return to training on Thursday.
Adam Lallana has endured an injury-filled last two years at Liverpool and his latest injury wad sustained during the Merseyside Derby clash with Everton at Anfield last week.
He was one of the standout players as Liverpool thrashed their rivals 5-2 in front of their fans in the Premier League duel.
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Liverpool have not dominated the Champions League this season as they have done in the Premier League where they are almost invincible.
The Reds have dropped just two points from a possible 48 points in the Premier League this season but they have not been able to maintain the same form in the Champions League as they are struggling to qualify for the knockout stage from Group E.
Liverpool need a point in their Champions League trip to dangerous Red Bull Salzburg to seal their place in the last 16 of the competition they won last season.
Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg need to win the game.
Champions League: Liverpool Could Be Without These Six Players For Salzburg Clash
Red Bull Salzburg play hosts to reigning European champions, Liverpool, in Group E clash hoping to win the Matchday Six game to seal a last 16 spot at the expense of their opponents.
On their part, Liverpool have not displayed their invincible Premier League form in the Champions League this season and that explains why the holders are struggling to qualify from their group.
Only a draw is enough for Liverpool to secure their spot in the knockout stage.
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Players like Joel Matip, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Dejan Lovren might miss the Red Bull Salzburg game.
Matip has an ongoing knee problem and won’t be back until the end of this month thus ruling him out of the Champions League clash.
Clyne is a long-term injury absentee and he’s not expected in the Liverpool first team until next year as he recuperates from the knee injury sustained during preseason.
Dejan Lovren and Georginio Wijnaldum are doubts about the Red Bull Salzburg game with muscular tightness and slight thigh injury respectively.
Adam Lallana and Fabinho will miss the Red Bull Salzburg game with various injuries.
Why Klopp Is The Best Manager In The World Revealed
German tactician Klopp and Austrian-American Marsch will meet in the Champions League later this week and the latter has praised his counterpart.
The two managers will meet for the Champions League decider between Liverpool and Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg.
The two teams will meet on Tuesday night in the Group E clash in the Champions League with both sides still within a shout of qualifying for the next stage.
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Reigning champions Liverpool need just a point from the Red Bull Salzburg game to secure their spot in the Round of 16 of this year’s edition.
On their part, Red Bull Salzburg need to beat Liverpool at home to seal a place in the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in their history.
Jesse Marsch talked about Klopp in his recent interview as monitored by popular media portal Goal.
According to him, Jurgen Klopp has shown his quality as the best manager in the world.
Red Bull Salzburg were beaten 4-3 in the reverse fixture on Matchday 2 with Mohamed Salah getting two of the goals for Liverpool.
Champions League: Messi Marks Landmark Occasion In Style
Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi was able to mark the occasion of his 700th appearance for his club in style after he scored and also provided two assists.
Messi made his 700th Barcelona appearance during the Champions League clash at home to German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
The Argentine national team skipper provided the opening goal of the game through Luis Suarez who had earlier had a goal ruled out by the VAR technology for offside.
Luis Suarez met a precise pass from Messi before finishing his chance beyond Roman Burki in the Borussia Dortmund goal thus giving the Nou Camp outfit the lead.
It was the 10th goal of the season for the Uruguayan international in the colours of Barcelona this season including the third Champions League goal of the season for him.
His previous two goals came during the 2-1 comeback victory over Italian Serie A side Inter Milan at home on Matchday Two.
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Messi moved from provider to scorer in a matter of minutes as he combined with Luis Suarez before finding the back of the net for the second goal.
Suarez and Messi were able to punish the mistake from experienced Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.
Messi was also involved in the third and final Barcelona goal scored by substitute Antoine Griezmann.
Dortmund substitute Jadon Sancho pulled one back in the last 15 minutes of the game and the England international also hit the post as Barcelona held on for a 3-1 victory.
Lionel Messi was able to celebrate his landmark occasion in style as Barcelona book their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League.