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Manchester United target flops while fullback wanted by Chelsea thrives — Champions League

07 Diciembre 2017

In a way, this display rather summed up their Champions League campaign.

"For now it's time to focus on the Premier League, on the Carabao Cup and FA Cup that we will start in January, and when the Champions League is back in February we will see how we are". That will feel rather inadequate. Celtic are halfway there in terms of qualifying for the Europa League, but it's been far from convincing as Anderlecht has dominated the game.

Manchester United were never likely to surrender first place in Group A, but they bounced back from a shock loss in Basel last time out by showing their class to come from behind and beat CSKA Moscow 2-1. Meanwhile, in Group G, Besiktas have surprisingly topped the group, with FC Porto and RB Leipzig competing for second-place. Yet, once Atlético's initial urgency petered out without reward, the tension rather enveloped them.

It was his first rest in league competition since 2015 and the Spaniard admitted that he was proud due to the difficulty of accomplishing such an impressive run. The PSG forward breezes past David Alaba with ease and hits a low shot which is saved by Sven Ulreich. Diego Simeone's Atletico, who have only been knocked out by Real Madrid in each of the last four years, reaching at least the quarter-finals every time, must now accept a spot in the Europa League. Atlético, with Lucas Hernández and Stefan Savic overworked, fretted over news from Rome.

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Spanish side Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium striker began his United career with 11 goals in 10 games but Tuesday's goal was only his second in 13 subsequent matches and a first meaningful strike since September.

"I think against the best teams they [Liverpool] look better to me than Manchester United" (via Metro). The Russian side lead at Old Trafford.

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Christensen should probably have converted Fàbregas' pull-back only to nod wide of a gaping goal.

On a night when 33 goals were scored in eight games, Philippe Coutinho fired a hat-trick as Liverpool - who needed at least a point to be sure of qualifying or a win to finish top - led 3-0 at half-time. "We have to play against the big teams if we want to be the champions".

"For a striker to score a goal it gives him positive energy as well - he needs this", Frenchman Pogba told Sky Sports. Not great as far as entertainment is concerned, but it's all set up for a dramatic last 45 minutes, particularly with Qarabag holding Roma in Rome.

Manchester United target flops while fullback wanted by Chelsea thrives — Champions League