The transfer window may be shut, but Paul Pogba's future is still making headlines.

Pogba – who is set to miss the Premier League showdown against Liverpool due to injury – reportedly eyed a Manchester United exit and a move to Real Madrid.

A switch to the Santiago Bernabeu could be on the horizon after Pogba was snapped with Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane in the United Arab Emirates.

 

TOP STORY – POGBA MEETS ZIDANE IN DUBAI

Pogba has been linked with a fresh move to Madrid after the United star was pictured with Zidane, reports The Mirror.

Pogba wanted to leave United during the previous window, with LaLiga giants Madrid and former club Juventus the two favourites to sign the Frenchman, but a move did not materialise.

However, Pogba – recovering from a foot injury – was seen with Madrid head coach Zidane during his trip to Dubai, fuelling fresh speculation over his future at Old Trafford.

 

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- According to 90min, United are monitoring Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani. The 32-year-old Uruguay international is out of contract at this season's end and has been linked to Juve, Atletico Madrid and Inter Miami.

- Inter are chasing Brescia sensation Sandro Tonali and Atalanta's Dejan Kulusevski, says Calciomercato. Both players are 19 years of age and attracting interest in Serie A.

- Calciomercato also reports Tottenham are ready to send Christian Eriksen to Juventus in exchange for Adrien Rabiot. Eriksen's contract expires at the end of the season and has been linked to the likes of Madrid and United, while Rabiot only moved to Turin from PSG at the end of 2018-19.

- Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, United, Spurs and Inter have been credited with interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to Bild.

- Manchester City have emerged as favourites to sign Hearts teenager Aaron Hickey, claims the Daily Star.

Lucien Favre has called for calm with Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, saying the enormous expectations on the young winger's shoulders are "dangerous".

Sancho was this week named on the shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy award - given to the best under-21 player in Europe - following an eye-catching year in Germany.

The 19-year-old has contributed to three goals and five assists in seven Bundesliga games this season, but Favre started him on the bench for the 2-2 draw at Freiburg two weeks ago due to tiredness.

Favre defended his decision at the time and has reiterated that Sancho cannot be expected to be at his best week in, week out, particularly with so much pressure on him to succeed.

"The expectations on him from everyone are enormous," Favre said at Thursday's news conference ahead of his side's home match with Borussia Monchengladbach. "We forget that he is only 19 years old. That's dangerous. 

"He still has a lot to learn. He's a great player, no discussion about that. But he still has to learn, he needs to continue having fun and making progress.

"His potential is enormous. It's normal for every player. You can't be on a high level for a whole year. It's impossible. One or two months a year you are not at 100 per cent. That is normal. 

"One year ago he basically was never on the pitch and started to play only from October. Before that he was always on the bench and slowly but steadily he showed that he needed to play."

Sancho started England's Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Czech Republic last week and was a second-half substitute for Monday's 6-0 win against Bulgaria.

Favre is concerned by Sancho's workload at such a young age and is keen to protect the former Manchester City youngster.

"He played 73 minutes against the Czech Republic and was brought on against Bulgaria. This is not a break," he said.

"Obviously it's fantastic that he plays for England already. But to me it's completely normal that he needs to hit the brakes a little."

Borussia Dortmund have finally confirmed a new four-year deal for Raphael Guerreiro.

Portugal international Guerreiro had appeared set to commit his future to Dortmund in September, with sporting director Michael Zorc describing himself as "very optimistic" a contract would be agreed.

The extension was formally announced on Thursday, with the versatile defender set to stay at Signal Iduna Park until 2023.

Guerreiro's previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season, prompting links to Paris Saint-Germain in the previous transfer window.

Upon signing the new terms, Guerreiro said: "Borussia Dortmund are a great club where I have been feeling very comfortable with my family for three years.

"I will do everything I can to help our team achieve their goals and we should start with victory on Saturday at home against Gladbach [Borussia Monchengladbach]."

Zorc added: "Raphael is an internationally experienced and technically first-class footballer who can be flexibly deployed in several positions and enjoys a high regard within our squad."

Guerreiro, who can play at left-back and in midfield, has made five Bundesliga appearances for eighth-placed Dortmund this season.

He joined the German giants from Lorient in a reported €12million deal while starring in Portugal's successful Euro 2016 campaign.

Matthijs de Ligt could become the first player to secure the Golden Boy award twice after he was included on a 20-man shortlist for this year's prize.

The honour, established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and awarded to the best player under the age of 21 in a European top-tier league, lists Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe among its former winners.

De Ligt claimed it in 2018 when on the books of Ajax and is among the nominees for 2019 after continuing to impress with Juventus. He was the first defender to win it.

Manchester City star Phil Foden is also in contention, alongside emerging Barcelona talent Ansu Fati, despite both having been afforded minimal game time.

More established youngsters such as Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma and Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz are also on the list.

The winner is determined by an international online vote and will be announced in Turin on December 16. 

Full list of Golden Boy nominees: 

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Ansu Fati (Barcelona), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal), Erling Braut Haaland (Salzburg), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Dejan Joveljic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Moise Kean (Everton), Lee Kang-in (Valencia), Donyell Malen (PSV), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Andriy Lunin  (Real Valladolid), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Ferran Torres (Valencia), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)

Joachim Low's decision not to select Mats Hummels for Germany must be accepted, according to former Borussia Dortmund player and coach Jorg Heinrich.

Hummels was suddenly dropped from the national team in March, along with his then Bayern Munich team-mates Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng.

The centre-back subsequently rejoined Dortmund from Bayern and has been in fine form in the early weeks of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season.

Low, though, has continued to leave Hummels out of his squad despite defensive injuries affecting his latest selection, with Freiburg's Robin Koch called up for the first time.

"Jogi Low has his strategy with dealing with this topic," Champions League winner Heinrich told Omnisport. "When Hummels played in Munich it was not a big topic for us.

"Now he's playing very well for BVB and everybody would be happy to see him in the DFB shirt, but in the end it's a decision of Joachim Low and we have to respect that."

Low has turned to youth in a bid to inspire a turnaround in Germany's fortunes after flopping at Russia 2018, where their World Cup defence ended in the group stages.

"Joachim Low is very courageous to work with such a lot of young, talented players," former Germany international Heinrich added.

"It's not an easy situation after the great success we had in 2014 to build a new team.

"He's doing very well. We have very, very talented players in Germany that have to play at a high level to improve. We're looking in a very positive way."

Jadon Sancho should stay at Borussia Dortmund for "one or two seasons longer" as the club is the right place for his development, says Jorg Heinrich.

Sancho has shot to stardom since leaving Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017, scoring 12 goals and supplying 14 assists in 34 Bundesliga appearances last season.

The England forward has continued to shine in the new campaign with three goals and a league-high five assists to his name despite Dortmund's inconsistent form.

A Premier League return has been mooted for the 19-year-old, with Manchester United among the clubs reportedly interested in signing Sancho.

However, Heinrich, who won two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League as a Dortmund player, believes BVB remains the best club for Sancho.

"Jadon can become one of the best players in Europe, or even the world," Heinrich told Omnisport.

"It won't be easy to keep him at Dortmund. We hope he plays one or two seasons longer but we all know very, very big clubs with a lot of money want to have him in their team.

"He should know Dortmund is an excellent place for young players to play consistently and to develop on a very, very high level."

Dortmund pushed Bayern Munich hard for the Bundesliga title last term but ultimately finished two points behind the Bavarian giants.

The early weeks of the 2019-20 season have been a struggle for BVB, though, with one win in their past five league games.

"Our aims before the season were very, very high," Heinrich added. "We announced we wanted to win the league this year.

"The season so far hasn't gone that well, but we are not that far away from the top, so we are hoping we can fulfil our aims and take the top of the league."

Dortmund's poor form has put Lucien Favre's position in the spotlight, but Heinrich backed the Swiss coach to turn things around.

"No question about that, Lucien is a fantastic coach," Heinrich said. 

"We have a great amount of young players and have to show patience with that and trust in our young players and especially our coach."

Jurgen Klopp rejected an outlandish attempt to lure him back to Borussia Dortmund in 2018 but the Liverpool boss has admitted he would consider returning in future. 

The German left Signal Iduna Park after seven seasons - during which time he won two Bundesliga titles - shortly before moving to the Premier League in October 2015.

Last season's Champions League triumph cemented his rich reputation at Liverpool but just a year earlier he had been offered a route back to Dortmund.

The audacious effort to persuade Klopp to leave behind his work on Merseyside has come to light in Hans-Joachim Watzke's new book, 'Real Love: A life with BVB'.

Dortmund were searching for a permanent successor to the sacked Peter Bosz in May of last year when chief executive Watzke placed a call to Klopp, who was in the middle of a plane trip.

"At some point my phone rang while I was on the plane and Aki [Watzke] was on it, 'Jurgen, you have to come back'," Klopp said, according to an excerpt published by Sport Bild.

"I laughed, I thought he was kidding. 'Are you stupid, have you been drinking? How do you get that idea? I have a few more years in Liverpool'.

"I do not know how serious he was at that moment, but I realised that he wanted me to be more willing to respond."

Watzke conceded he "knew" Klopp would honour his contract at Liverpool but said he felt obligated to pose the question to Dortmund's longest-serving coach.

There could, however, be hope for the future, with the Reds boss not willing to rule out a second stint with his former employers.

"As a rescuer, if the club really needs my help, why should I not do it? It's very nice that I would even have the opportunity," he said.

"But I do not think it's very likely that it will happen."

Franck Ribery believes Bayern Munich have no need to try to prise Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho, who joined Dortmund from Manchester City as a 17-year-old in 2017, enjoyed a stunning breakout campaign in the Bundesliga last season.

The winger broke into the England set-up and has been touted as a transfer target for Manchester United, while Bayern have rarely been shy when it comes to pursuing Dortmund's most valuable assets.

Ribery ended a 12-year association with Bayern before joining Fiorentina on a free transfer for 2019-20.

Nevertheless, the veteran former France attacker believes new recruits such as Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho, along with the likes of Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, leave Bayern amply stocked in attacking areas.

"Sancho is a good player, but Bayern have enough good players in this position, where should he play?" Ribery said in an interview with Sport Bild.

"There is Muller, Gnabry, Perisic, Coman, Coutinho, Lewandowski. There is a lot of competition. I hope Sancho confirms his good year, but there would be little room for him in the Bayern squad."

Gnabry has arguably done more than anyone to fill the void left by Ribery so far after he excelled with a remarkable four-goal haul in the 7-2 Champions League demolition of Tottenham last week.

"Serge is still young, but he has character, personality," Ribery said. "He plays without fear."

"After his four goals against Tottenham, more is expected, but Serge is a man, not a machine.

"It's not easy to show top performances in every game, but Serge will continue on his way without putting too much pressure [on himself]."

Ribery also feels the burgeoning alliance between star striker Lewandowski and on-loan Barcelona playmaker Coutinho will continue to yield handsome returns.

"Bayern can now play different variations and Coutinho is good for Robert Lewandowski," he added.

"He always wants the ball; Coutinho takes responsibility and serves his team-mates - either the outside striker or just Lewy, who receives great passes."

Lucien Favre defended his decision to start Jadon Sancho on the bench in Borussia Dortmund's draw at Freiburg, saying the star attacker was "dead" and needed a break.

Sancho, 19, came off the bench just after the hour-mark and set up a goal for Achraf Hakimi, but Manuel Akanji's own goal saw the teams draw 2-2 on Saturday.

England international Sancho is enjoying another stellar season, contributing three goals and five assists in seven Bundesliga games.

But the Freiburg clash was Dortmund's third game in the space of a week and Favre said the teenager was too tired to start.

"He was dead and he needed a break because he had played all the games so far. We had an English week, he played everything," Favre told a news conference.

"He is 19 years old and it is completely normal. He knows he's a bit tired and needs a little break.

"It's not easy to do the English weeks. It's part of it, it's our job."

With Sancho on the bench, Dortmund had taken the lead through Axel Witsel, whose opener was cancelled out by Luca Waldschmidt.

But after his team gave up a second lead, Favre rued their second-half performance.

"You don't get many chances to score. We've made mistakes in pressing, in conquering the ball. There was no aggressiveness," he said.

"We go into the duels like this. They counter and we lose the ball unnecessarily. If we can't intervene, we come back, if we can intervene, we have to go into the duel. Then we have to be tough for 90 or 95 minutes.

"But there were also tactical mistakes. And up front, the last 35 metres we have to say clearly, we did not play well here in the second half.

"It was complicated. Five, six times we lost the balls and they countered. It is a gift for me. It is better to hold the ball, play left and right and not be satisfied with 2-1."

Dortmund are seventh in the Bundesliga table, two points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich in what is a tight top half.

Achraf Hakimi would love to become a Real Madrid success story and believes he can make an impact at his parent club once his Borussia Dortmund loan expires.

The 20-year-old is a little over halfway through a two-season loan spell with Dortmund and has established himself as a first-team regular under Lucien Favre.

Achraf has predominantly been fielded at full-back but was used in a more advanced left-wing position against Slavia Prague in midweek, the Morocco international further highlighting his versatility with both goals in the 2-0 win.

He progressed through Madrid's academy and is confident in his ability to prove his worth at the Santiago Bernabeu, though his only focus right now is on continuing his development with Dortmund.

"I'm not going to lie, I'd love to be a success there, of course," he told AS. "I grew up at Madrid, it's the club I call home and I'd like to keep on growing as a player there, but if it isn't to be I'll look to be a success somewhere else.

"Right now, I'm only focusing on taking each game as it comes and performing to the best of my ability. Next summer's still a little way off and we'll just have to see what happens. 

"I shouldn't start thinking about next year - I just have to concentrate on having a good campaign. That's the only way I'll have options open to me come the end of the season.

"My deal here lasts for two years. When the time comes, I'll see whether I've done enough over these two years and whether I'm ready for Real Madrid. 

"Right now, I feel like I'm doing well, and that if I keep playing like this I could do a job for Madrid. But I can't say whether or not I'm ready until the end of the season. Ask me in May."

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke made it clear earlier this week that he will do everything possible to sign the youngster at the end of the season, but Madrid may opt against cashing in.

Asked about Watzke's comments, Achraf said: "It's always nice, being told that they'd like you to stay for good when you've only been there for a year.

"You're left thinking that you're doing well, that they're happy with you and that you are with them too. But that's a decision which I don't think is down to me; that's something the two clubs have to talk about with each other, and with my agent. 

"I'm going to keep on working to help Dortmund and hopefully we can achieve big things together."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chose the wrong tone and words in his row with Hans-Joachim Watzke, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

After Watzke claimed money was the reason Aubameyang left BVB to join Arsenal in January 2018, the striker hit out at the Dortmund chief executive and called him a "clown" in a post on Twitter.

Watzke opted not to comment on the issue at a news conference on Friday but Zorc criticised the Gabon international.

"My feeling is that Auba took the wrong tone here and had the wrong choice of words," Zorc told reporters.

"Hans-Joachim Watzke did not say anything bad and did not mean anything bad.

"In the time Auba was with us, during four-and-a-half years, we have always stood behind him even in difficult situations.

"In that sense, I cannot understand now why he's had such a strong and exaggerated reaction."

Aubameyang departed Dortmund after four-and-a-half years to join the Gunners for a fee in the region of £56million (€63m).

He has since scored 39 times in the Premier League, though Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification in their first season under Unai Emery.

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emphatically hit back at criticism levelled at him by Hans-Joachim Watzke – branding the Borussia Dortmund chief executive "a clown".

Aubameyang left Dortmund after four-and-a-half years at Signal Iduna Park to join the Gunners in January 2018 for a fee in the region of £56million (€63m).

The 30-year-old Gabon international has enhanced his reputation as one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe – netting 39 times in the Premier League, including seven in seven appearances this term.

However, Arsenal have been restricted to a diet of Europa League football since Aubameyang joined, leading Watzke to suggest he left Champions League mainstays Dortmund for financial reasons.

"Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television," Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

"Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years."

Responding to the comments, Aubameyang stated Watzke knew the real reasons he left Dortmund and alluded to Ousmane Dembele's big-money departure to Barcelona in August 2017 as a demonstration of the CEO's own financial motivations.

"Better for you I never talk about why I really left Dortmund Mr Watzke you [are] such a clown," he wrote in a Twitter post.

"I remember that time you said we never gonna [sic] sell Ousmane then you saw more than 100M you were the first to take that money.

"Don't talk about money please!!! Leave me alone pls [sic]."

Arsenal and Aubameyang are back in Europa League action at home to Standard Liege on Thursday.

Dortmund secured a battling 2-0 win at Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving them top of Group F above Barcelona on goal difference.

Lucien Favre hailed Achraf Hakimi after the youngster struck twice to fire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague in Wednesday's Champions League match.

The 20-year-old scored in each half to settle the Group F clash and in the process became the youngest player to score two or more goals for Dortmund in a single game in the competition.

A left-back by trade, on-loan Real Madrid academy product Achraf was used in an attacking midfield position against Slavia and would have had a hat-trick if not for opposition keeper Ondrej Kolar.

"He impressed me," Favre said at his post-match news conference. "He scored two goals despite not being 100 per cent used to playing in this position. 

"Yet he's still very dangerous going forward. We're very satisfied with his performance."

Opposition boss Jindrich Trpisovsky went further with his praise, meanwhile, insisting that Achraf has the ability to become one of the best in his regular position at the back.

"I knew about Hakimi's quality before," Trpisovsky said. "I think that, within a few years, he will be among three or four best full-backs in the world. His potential is tremendous."

Dortmund had drawn their last three matches prior to their victory in the Czech Republic, including a goalless stalemate with Barcelona in their opening group fixture.

The German side have now kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 European matches and are level with Barca, who beat Inter 2-1, at the top of the standings.

BVB skipper Marcos Reus felt his side could have killed off the game prior to Achraf's second goal with a minute to go, but was glad to get back to winning ways.

"We have not been happy with results over the last two or three weeks," he told reporters. "We approached the game as we always do. 

"We should have made it 2-0 earlier, by not doing so we kept the game exciting. But we are pleased to have won the game. 

"We know that we first have to win our challenges and be constantly watchful. Then we can play our style of football and can combine very well."

Borussia Dortmund claimed their first win of the Champions League group stage this season after battling to a 2-0 victory away to Slavia Prague.

Achraf Hakimi struck in each half to settle a scrappy encounter in the Czech Republic and move Dortmund top of Group F ahead of Barcelona's meeting with Inter.

The brilliance of Marc-Andre ter Stegen mostly kept Dortmund frustrated against Barca in their opening match, but Wednesday's performance was more in keeping with recent Bundesliga draws with Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, in which they surrendered leads to draw 2-2.

Jadon Sancho tested Ondrej Kolar within two minutes of kick-off as Dortmund made a bright start in front of Slavia fans bedecked in red and white rain ponchos to create an intimidating sight.

They were silenced 10 minutes before the break, though, when Achraf started a counter-attack from his own box, combined with Julian Brandt and, having skipped away from goalkeeper and covering defenders, fired high into the Slavia net.

Sancho's heavy touch made a mess of a one-on-one after the restart, as Dortmund's performance soon descended into the erratic, with one particularly careless Marco Reus clearance giving Petr Sevcik a chance he should have done better with.

Achraf was denied by Kolar on the break as Slavia pushed for an equaliser, but the Real Madrid loanee made no mistake with his next opening, firing between the legs of the keeper with his left foot with barely a minute of normal time left.

What does it mean? Dortmund unconvincing but on track for next round

The display will likely not please head coach Lucien Favre, but it was enough to move Dortmund to four points from two games and give them a solid platform from which to aim for the last 16.

Tougher tests await with two meetings with Inter and a trip to Camp Nou, so they will likely return to Germany with a sense of relief, as well as an eagerness to improve.

Achraf a surprising livewire

Achraf has always been a menace going forward, but he was Dortmund's most dangerous player here in an attacking role. His goals were expertly taken, and he could have had a hat-trick were it not for Kolar.

BVB's slack finishing cannot continue

Sancho wasted two openings and Reus could not reach a low cross for a tap-in, meaning Dortmund were far less comfortable than they might have been in the second half. They will have to be more clinical going forward.

What's next?

Dortmund head to Inter on matchday three, while Slavia host Barcelona.

Champions League holders Liverpool face Salzburg for the first time in their history on Wednesday as Jurgen Klopp aims to extend his unbeaten record at Anfield.

The Reds lost 2-0 to Napoli in their opening group fixture, increasing the importance of a result against a Salzburg side that thrashed Genk 6-2.

Exciting teenager Erling Haaland – son of former Premier League defender Alf-Inge Haaland – scored a first-half hat-trick in that match and should be ready for the trip to Merseyside after battling illness.

Barcelona, meanwhile, could have the fit-again Lionel Messi available for their date with Inter, a chance for the star forward to break his duck against the Serie A side.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard heads to France in search of his maiden Champions League win in charge of Chelsea, while last season's semi-finalists Ajax visit Valencia.

Here is the pick of the key Opta facts for Wednesday's eight matches.

 

Genk v Napoli

6 - Napoli are without a win in their past six away games in the Champions League group stage (W0 D2 L4), last prevailing on the road with a 2-1 defeat of Benfica in December 2016.

13 - Genk have won none of their 13 Champions League matches (W0 D7 L6). Only Irish side Shamrock Rovers and Maltese outfit Floriana have played more games without winning (14 each) in the competition's history.

 

Liverpool v Salzburg

19 - Reds boss Klopp remains unbeaten after 19 matches at Anfield as Liverpool manager (W15 D4 L0). His streak is 10 games shy of Bob Paisley's club record.

2 - Salzburg striker Haaland will attempt to become the second player to score more than once in each of his first two Champions League appearances, Diego Simeone having done so for Atletico Madrid in September 1996.

 

Slavia Prague v Borussia Dortmund

13 - Czech champions Slavia handed out 13 Champions League debuts in their Group F opener, a 1-1 draw at Inter. The only player to feature who had previously appeared in the competition was Nicolae Stanciu.

68 - Dortmund have scored with just two of their past 68 attempts at goal in the Champions League and have been held goalless in five of their six most recent outings.

 

Barcelona v Inter

3 - Barca captain Messi has been directly involved in 15 goals in his past 17 games against Italian teams (12 goals, three assists), but has failed to score in any of his three Champions League meetings with Inter.

2003 - Inter boss Antonio Conte was an unused substitute for Juventus the last time an Italian coach won a Champions League match at Camp Nou, a quarter-final clash in 2003. Marcello Lippi was in charge of the visitors.

 

RB Leipzig v Lyon

5 - Each of Timo Werner's five Champions League goals have been scored away from home. No player has hit more on the road without scoring in their own stadium.

18 - Lyon striker Moussa Dembele is one game away from equalling former AEK Athens midfielder Vassilios Tsiartas' unwanted record for most Champions League appearances without winning, which stands at 18 (set between 1994 and 2003).

 

Zenit v Benfica

9 - Artem Dzyuba has been involved in nine goals in nine Champions League matches for Zenit, scoring six times and registering three assists, including one for Sardar Azmoun in his side's 1-1 draw against Lyon.

10 - Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Benfica have lost more Champions League group stage games (10) than any other team.

 

Lille v Chelsea

8 - Ligue 1 side Lille are winless in eight Champions League home matches since a 3-1 victory over AEK in October 2006, having gone undefeated in their first eight at home.

2 - Frank Lampard is in danger of becoming the second Englishman to lose his first two matches as a manager in the Champions League, after Ray Harford with Blackburn Rovers in September 1995.

 

Valencia v Ajax

2 - Valencia, 1-0 winners at Chelsea in their Group H opener, are looking to start a Champions League campaign with two consecutive victories for the first time since 2006-07, when Quique Sanchez Flores was in charge.

41 - Ajax captain Dusan Tadic has created 41 chances in the Champions League since the start of last season, more than any other player in the same period.

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