Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved Manchester United's Champions League hero by scoring late on to rescue a crucial 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Tuesday.

The Portugal international completed United's 3-2 comeback win against the same opponents from two goals down two weeks ago and also struck late on in September's 2-1 recovery win against Villarreal.

Ronaldo's latest rescue act arrived in the 91st minute at Gewiss Stadium when volleying in a sublime equaliser, having earlier struck to cancel out Josip Ilicic's opener before Duvan Zapata put Atalanta back in front.

The draw keeps Old Gunnar Solskjaer's side top of Group F, level on points with Villarreal and two better off than Atalanta with two group games remaining, meaning their last-16 fate remains in their own hands.

Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus confirmed their place in the Champions League round of 16 with a 4-2 victory over Zenit.

The Bianconeri had suffered consecutive domestic defeats but Dybala's first-half finish edged them ahead before Leonardo Bonucci's own goal.

Dybala restored the hosts' lead in contentious fashion after the break. The Argentina international dragged a first penalty wide but converted after a retake was ordered, with goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk adjudged to be off his line.

Federico Chiesa then scored for a fourth consecutive home game in the competition and Alvaro Morata got in on the act as Massimiliano Allegri's men maintained their perfect record in Group H and claimed their spot in the knockout stages.

Sardar Azmoun's late strike was too little, too late for third-placed Zenit at Allianz Stadium.

Dybala drilled against the post from outside the area in the opening stages but the forward was on target after 11 minutes, capitalising on a loose clearance to steer a left-footed strike into the top-right corner.

The lively Dybala then set up a chance for Morata, who blasted over, and that miss proved costly when Bonucci looped a header into his own net following Vyacheslav Karavaev's cross.

Juve had a goal from Morata ruled out for offside on the stroke of half-time and the lively Dybala whipped narrowly wide after the interval, but Juve did not have to wait much longer to regain the lead.

Claudinho's foul on Chiesa gave them a penalty, which Dybala skewed wide before rolling into the bottom-right corner with a retake after Kristyuk had moved too early.

Wojciech Szczesny pushed away from Malcom as Zenit attempted to respond, while Weston McKennie fired against the crossbar at the other end.

Chiesa added a third when he latched onto Federico Bernardeschi's throughball and drilled into the right-hand corner before Morata sealed the victory with a low finish following Dybala's pass.

Azmoun poked home a late second for Zenit, but that could not stop Allegri's side from coasting through.

Robert Lewandowski marked his 100th appearance in the Champions League with his 79th, 80th and 81st goals in the competition as Bayern Munich sealed their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League by beating Benfica 5-2 at the Allianz Arena.

Further goals from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane secured the win and confirmed Bayern as winners of Group E with two games still remaining.

The victory, in what was Bayern's 500th game across all European competitions, means Julian Nagelsmann's men have won all four of their group games, and it is now between Benfica, Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev to fight it out for the remaining qualifying spot.

Benfica started brightly, with Pizzi forcing a save from Manuel Neuer in the first minute, before the visitors had a goal disallowed for offside against the same man in the 15th minute.

Lewandowski headed in a floated cross from Kingsley Coman at the back post to give Bayern the lead on 25 minutes on his milestone evening, and Gnabry doubled the lead six minutes later with a neat flick after a delightful ball over the top from Joshua Kimmich was pulled back by Lewandowski for the former Arsenal man to finish.

Morato headed in an Alex Grimaldo cross on 38 minutes to halve the deficit, before Lewandowski saw a tame penalty saved by Odysseas Vlachodimos just before half-time.

The Bundesliga champions restored their two-goal cushion early in the second half as Sane lashed in after Alphonso Davies headed the ball down to him, before Lewandowski bagged his second and third goals of the night either side of Darwin Nunez's consolation for the visitors.

Ansu Fati's superb second-half strike gave Barcelona rare reason to cheer as they boosted their Champions League hopes with a 1-0 win at Dynamo Kiev.

Interim coach Sergi Barjuan saw Barca held to a 1-1 draw by Alaves in his first game in charge and his team were second best for long periods here.

But, amid talk of Barca being set to appoint club legend Xavi as Ronald Koeman's replacement, Sergi's team claimed a narrow win that means he can hand the reins to his successor with their position in Europe much healthier.

It was Fati's vicious close-range strike that made the difference in Kiev, the teenager rifling home in the 70th minute to send Barca second in Group E on Tuesday.

A promising start from Barca soon faded, with the visitors failing to produce a single shot on target in the first half.

It was only the wayward finishing of Mykola Shaparenko that prevented Barca from going into the interval behind, the midfielder twice shooting wide at the end of well-worked moves either side of Marc-Andre ter Stegen denying Carlos de Pena.

The same story played out in the early stages of the second half, with Barca struggling to create anything of note against a Dynamo defence that looked comfortable for much of the contest.

Fati looked to have won Barca a penalty in the 64th minute when he went down in the box, only for VAR to rule he had kicked his own leg, but he did then provide the crucial breakthrough by emphatically dispatching Oscar Mingueza's deflected cross.

Ter Stegen produced a fine diving save to prevent Viktor Tsygankov from equalising, Dynamo left waiting for their first goal of the campaign as Barca took a step towards the knockout stages.

Thomas Tuchel wants to see more improvement from Hakim Ziyech despite the Morocco international securing Chelsea's 1-0 win over Malmo on Tuesday.

Having been frustrated during the first half of the Champions League meeting at Eleda Stadion, the holders got the breakthrough 11 minutes after the restart when Ziyech turned in Callum Hudson-Odoi's excellent cross.

It was Ziyech's first goal since the UEFA Super Cup against Villarreal in August and only the third he has managed in the Champions League for the Blues in 13 appearances.

The 28-year-old impressed in Sweden, though, managing more shots on target (three) and chances created (five) than any other player on the pitch as Tuchel's men moved to within a point of a place in the last 16.

His goal also came after he swapped flanks with Hudson-Odoi, whose pace and superb right-footed delivery at last unlocked the Malmo defence.

Tuchel, who would not take credit for that particular tactical tweak, now wants to see Ziyech sharpen his decision-making even further.

"All the credit to my assistant. He had the idea at half-time," said Tuchel. "We had the feeling that maybe when we enter into the spaces behind their back five, they defended a low block, we would lose seconds if Callum or Hakim had to switch back. We thought maybe we can enter and save important tenths of a second.

"Still, I think there is space to improve for him in decision-making. We always rely on his work rate against the ball. This is also a huge part of his performances. He can still be more clinical.

"He is still not as 100 per cent free as he should be. The players love their freedom in their movement, but I am happy for him and for Callum."

Chelsea now head into matchday five against Juventus knowing that a draw would be enough to progress.

"We needed the result, we expected the result, we delivered," said Tuchel, whose side beat Malmo 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on matchday three.

"We had a lot of touches but were maybe not clinical enough yet. We wanted to increase the intensity level in the second half. We were able to use this one moment, this position, then be clinical enough to score and then we had enough chances for a second one.

"The control was on our side. We did not suffer through difficult situations in our box, we never lost concentration."

Raphael Varane sustained another injury during the first half of Manchester United's Champions League clash at Atalanta on Tuesday.

The France defender, starting for the second time since returning from a three-game lay-off with a groin issue, went down off the ball with 38 minutes played and was unable to continue.

Varane walked straight down the tunnel with members of United's medical staff and will now be considered a doubt for Saturday's derby with Manchester City.

United were already without Victor Lindelof in Bergamo after the centre-back suffered a minor injury in training this week.

Eric Bailly was handed just a second start of the season in the Group F contest alongside Varane and Harry Maguire, the other coming against West Ham in the EFL Cup on September 22.

Chelsea closed in on a place in the Champions League round of 16 thanks to a 1-0 away win over Malmo on Tuesday.

Comfortable 4-0 winners in the previous meeting on matchday three, the holders found life tougher at Eleda Stadion without the extra attacking impetus of the injured Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, as well as the ill Mason Mount.

Hakim Ziyech struck what proved to be the winner early in the second half after being picked out superbly by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Despite bossing 74 per cent of the first-half possession, Chelsea found it difficult to pick their way through the Malmo defence, with speculative efforts from Ziyech and Andreas Christensen and a shot on the turn from Cesar Azpilicueta about as close as they came to breaking the deadlock.

Malmo looked a threat when breaking forward, too, with Antonio-Mirko Colak sending a volley wide after being picked out by Sergio Pena's clever ball.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, making his first Champions League start for six years, stung the palms of goalkeeper Johan Dahlin before Marcos Alonso's flick-on at a corner was deflected just wide.

Chelsea at last got the breakthrough 11 minutes into the second half, Ziyech side-footing home a simple finish after a terrific low cross from Hudson-Odoi, who had surged into space down the right.

Thiago Silva's improvised effort was cleared off the line as Chelsea pursued a second, which Kai Havertz should really have delivered when he ran through on Dahlin's goal but failed to slot the ball beneath him.

What does it mean? Chelsea on course for last 16

The win puts Chelsea on nine points from four Group H matches, meaning one more point from their final games against leaders Juventus and Zenit will see them through.

Malmo cannot now qualify for the last 16, but they could still claim third place in the group and drop into the Europa League.

Ziyech brings some spark

This was far from Chelsea at their slickest, but Ziyech took his opportunity to impress against stubborn opposition.

The 28-year-old had a game-high four shots and five chances created in his time on the pitch, while his eighth Champions League goal drew him level with record-holder Marouane Chamakh for Moroccan players in the competition.

Tougher tests await Tuchel

Malmo never looked likely to snatch an equaliser once Ziyech put Chelsea ahead and Dahlin's nine saves helped to keep the deficit to a minimum.

Still, Chelsea were not as effective in possession as boss Thomas Tuchel will have wanted, which will need to be addressed before matchday five.

What's next?

Chelsea host Juventus on matchday five, with Malmo at home to Zenit. More immediately, the Blues entertain Burnley at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti has called on Eden Hazard to follow the example of Real Madrid team-mate Mariano Diaz and have patience while he struggles to get into the team.

Hazard has struggled for fitness since joining Madrid from Chelsea in a €100million move in 2019.

The winger played just 30 LaLiga games across his first two seasons in the capital, restricted by a persistent ankle issue and a succession of muscle injuries.

This season, however, Hazard has been fit to feature in all 11 matchday squads in the league. Still struggling for his best form, he has made only four starts in nine appearances.

The Belgium international has not scored yet this term in all competitions and his sole Champions League outing saw him substituted after 66 minutes of the defeat to Sheriff.

Head coach Ancelotti, speaking ahead of Madrid's next European test at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, will not allow Hazard to sulk, though.

Instead, he pointed to Mariano, whose first appearance of the season saw him start in Saturday's 2-1 win at Elche and tee up the opener for Vinicius Junior – one of two chances created alongside four attempts. Hazard replaced Vinicius with six minutes left.

"A lot of players who don't play must have faith," Ancelotti told a news conference.

"Nobody thought that Mariano's time could come, but it has and he has enjoyed it and played very well, showing professionalism. That's what Hazard and the others who aren't playing right now have to do."

Luka Jovic, who has played 84 minutes in all competitions, spread across six substitute appearances, also falls into that category.

"I think Jovic is fine, happy to be here," his coach said. "I try to give him as much love as possible.

"He's a player I like as a striker. He knows it. In front of him is the best striker in the world, which is [Karim] Benzema. He must have faith that he will get his chance."

But the situation is different with Gareth Bale, who has been hampered by a thigh injury since returning from a loan spell at Tottenham.

His three games for Madrid this season are matched by three for Wales, last featuring in the September international break.

Bale has been called up again this month, but Ancelotti is not interested in getting drawn into a club-versus-country debate.

"The player is committed," he said. "His situation is quite clear. He has had a major injury, he has needed recovery time. He can train before the Rayo [Vallecano] game [on Saturday].

"His national team calls him because they need him. There they will have to evaluate whether he can play or not.

"If the player is fully recovered, we are delighted that he will play for the national team, because if he accumulates minutes he can return in a better condition."

Jurgen Klopp insists he could not respect Diego Simeone more for his record with Atletico Madrid as he moved to put their handshake controversy firmly behind them.

Liverpool host Atleti in the Champions League on Wednesday two weeks on from their hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Spanish champions at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Klopp went to shake Simeone's hand at full-time of that contest, but the Argentine ran straight down the tunnel, prompting the Liverpool manager to wave to his back – something for which Klopp expressed regret soon afterwards.

Now he knows Simeone rarely engages in post-match formalities on the touchline, Klopp said he will have no problem should Simeone head straight for the dressing rooms after the game at Anfield.

Indeed, the Liverpool manager is far more concerned with creating "a really special atmosphere" against a side he considers one of the best in the world.

"I respect a lot what he's doing, I said that before and after the game, but as private people, we cannot speak about each other because we don't know each other," he told reporters.

"But I couldn't respect him more for the things he's doing at Atletico and for how long he's doing it. Absolutely exceptional. Against a lot of really strong sides, being in such a good position year after year, it's really impressive.

"If I'd known he doesn't do it [the post-game handshake], I wouldn't have tried it, and then I was waving or whatever and that was really not necessary, I was really not happy about that. We are both emotional and that was my emotion then. But now I know he doesn't want to do it after the game, so no problem.

"In between the two handshakes, it's a very important game for us and I'm much more concerned about that. We want to create a really special atmosphere in a highly emotional game. It's a massive game against a super side, but we're not too bad, either.

"Atletico never, I don't think since Diego is there, played a friendly game so we should not expect that. The situation in the group sets the level as well.

"Atleti will think they need three points, and we want to win the game with all we have. We were so happy last year when we qualified for the Champions League because we knew we would have nights like this. Now, we should celebrate it together with our supporters."

Liverpool head into the game as leaders of Group B, with three wins from three matches and just two home defeats in the competition under Klopp overall.

However, one of those losses was in the last-16 second leg in March 2020, when Atletico emerged 3-2 winners to reach the quarter-finals.

Klopp's preparations have been hit by the loss of Naby Keita to a hamstring injury, but Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara could return to strengthen a side that surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Brighton and Hove Albion in their last game.

"Naby has a hamstring injury so will be out for a while. Fabinho and Thiago trained completely normally and are in contention, which is very helpful," Klopp said.

"We are not perfect, I know that, and we have to defend situations better, that's absolutely clear. But we had so many clean sheets already.

"You can't make these discussions always because of one game. We beat [Manchester] United 5-0 and the world is rosy, and the next moment you draw 2-2 with Brighton and you have massive problems. It's neither.

"The best way of defending would be to keep the ball. That's what we didn't do. I knew before the game we would have problems against Brighton. All teams did before – that's the quality of Brighton. We have to defend generally better, we knew that before and we worked on that, and we had better do it tomorrow night because Atletico is a pretty good football team.

"We have to prepare for a game against one of the best sides in the world and most determined sides in the world."

Davide Calabria fired a warning to Milan as he declared Wednesday's clash with Porto to be their last chance of staying in the Champions League.

The Rossoneri are bottom of Group B, having lost all three of their matches against Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Porto, and are on a five-game losing streak overall in the competition – the worst such run in their history.

Should they lose to Sergio Conceicao's side at San Siro and Atletico beat Liverpool at Anfield, Milan will be unable to finish higher than fourth in the group, meaning their European campaign would be over for 2021-22.

While their domestic form has been strong – they have won 10 of 11 Serie A matches this season, something only three teams have achieved before – Milan were deeply unconvincing in the reverse match against Porto, registering only four shots, their lowest such figure in a Champions League game in almost eight years.

Calabria feels Milan deserve to have at least some points from the first three matchdays but accepts a win is now essential to their chances of going through.

"We have an outlook prepared; it's our last chance to stay in the Champions League," the defender said on Tuesday. "We believe in ourselves and we have the quality to put in a great performance right from kick-off and stay in the competition.

"Certain moments have led to the current standings. We don't deserve it but I am convinced that we have the potential to do better and take points, starting from tomorrow.

"The Champions League is a competition that comes down to the finer details and some of the details have gone against us. It's a shame because we deserve more but there's not much to say. We've been decent in the group until now, except for the game in Portugal."

Milan come into the match buoyed by Sunday's 2-1 league win at Roma, a result that ended Jose Mourinho's 43-game unbeaten home run in Serie A.

The match was not without controversy, though. Referee Fabio Maresca was criticised for his performance, as was VAR, with Mourinho walking away from a post-match interview with DAZN after claiming he feared a touchline ban if he spoke about the officials.

Milan boss Stefano Pioli insisted he and his team cannot become distracted by a growing debate over the standard of officiating in Italy.

"I believe one thing: we beat Roma because we were the better team and lost against Porto because they were better than us," Pioli said. "I can't control anything else.

"We're just going to keep our focus on what we are doing. We analysed the performance with the players and we know what we did well. We can't waste our energy on external factors.

"Now, we are thinking about the Champions League because we feel like we deserve more than zero points in the table and we have this game to confirm that – against a really tough side."

Lionel Messi is battling hamstring and knee trouble and the struggling superstar will miss Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League match at RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

The Argentine forward was omitted from PSG's 21-man squad for the Group A game, as Mauricio Pochettino's side aim to move a step closer to the last-16 stage.

Messi played only the first half of Friday's Ligue 1 game against Lille, with Mauro Icardi taking his place after the break.

Former Barcelona captain Messi had been a doubt for the Lille game and delivered a disappointing display after being given the nod to start.

He has now had 15 shots without finding the net for PSG in Ligue 1 this season – the joint-second most attempts of any player yet to score in the division (Troyes' Renaud Ripart has had the most: 18).

Messi's three goals for PSG in eight games since arriving from Barcelona have all come in the Champions League. He got his first for his new club against Manchester City, before scoring twice in a 3-2 comeback win against Leipzig two weeks ago. That was his 34th brace in the Champions League – a record only beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo (37).

The 34-year-old's feats in Europe mean Messi has matched a PSG record of scoring three goals in his first three Champions League appearances for the team, equalling Neymar and Icardi in that regard.

PSG named a strong party for the trip to Germany, with the likes of Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe selected – the latter missed the Lille game due to an ear, nose and throat infection.

But the French club said in a medical bulletin published on their official website: "Leo Messi has discomfort in his left hamstring and pain in his knee following a contusion."

It remains to be seen whether Messi can recover to be involved in the Ligue 1 match at Bordeaux on Saturday.

PSG said former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who has been injury-hit and has yet to feature since arriving in the close season, "is continuing his individual training programme and will join up with the rest of the squad in the next few days".

With seven points from three games, PSG lead the way in Champions League Group A, a point ahead of Manchester City. Leipzig have lost each of their opening three games.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeking a second away victory in a week as the Champions League returns, with the 3-0 success at Tottenham on Sunday being his first in six domestic games.

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri will also be hoping for a win to seal qualification from Group H with two games to spare, having lost back-to-back Serie A matches.

Bayern Munich and Chelsea will expect more of the same after they both won 4-0 against their opponents last time out in the Champions League.

Stats Perform pick out the key Opta facts ahead of Tuesday's Champions League action.

 

Atalanta v Manchester United: Ronaldo aiming to hurt Italians once more

United are looking to record their 150th victory in the European Cup/Champions League, which would make them the first English side to reach this milestone, and fourth overall after Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Having failed to win in five domestic games prior to Sunday, pressure was starting to pile on Solskjaer. A third win in a row in the Champions League will boost confidence further.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to break Atalanta hearts as he did when he scored the winner in a 3-2 turnaround at Old Trafford on matchday three. Since returning to United, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in all three of his Champions League appearances – the last player to score in four consecutive appearances for the club in the competition was Ruud van Nistelrooy in April 2003.

3 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in three consecutive Champions League games for Manchester United for the second time, previously doing so in November 2007 en route to winning the trophy with the Red Devils. Inevitable. pic.twitter.com/eEYYnJpGV0

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Juventus v Zenit Saint Petersburg: Allegri can cheer up Old Lady by sealing qualification

Things are not looking great for Juventus domestically, trailing Napoli and Milan at the top of Serie A by 16 points after Allegri's men were beaten by Sassuolo and Hellas Verona.

It has been a much smoother Champions League campaign so far, though, as the Turin side have won all three Group H games and will secure qualification to the knockout stage with a win against Zenit.

This will be Juve's 10th time facing Russian opponents in European competition, winning eight of the previous nine (D1) and they have kept six clean sheets. Zenit are also winless in their past nine away games in the Champions League (D1 L8). This is their longest run without an away win in the European Cup/Champions League.

 

Malmo v Chelsea: Blues can expect more goals in Sweden

Chelsea will be confident of another comfortable win against Malmo to go within a point of sealing qualification to the knockout stage. No team has conceded more goals than the Swedish side (11) in the Champions League this season, while only Besiktas (11.1) have a higher expected goals against total than their 8.7.

The holders are unbeaten in their seven meetings with Swedish teams to date, winning four and drawing three against them across all competitions. The past three have all been against Malmo, with each of them ending in Chelsea victories.

Malmo have lost seven of their eight previous games against English opponents in European competition, including each of the most recent four. The only time they have avoided defeat in such games came against Nottingham Forest in September 1995, winning 2-1 in the UEFA Cup.

 

Bayern Munich v Benfica: Bundesliga champions to mark milestone with another win?

This clash with Benfica will be Bayern’s 500th game across all European competitions, becoming only the third team to reach this milestone, after Barcelona (587) and Real Madrid (575). A win would not only be a fitting way to mark the occasion, but will also see them clinch qualification from Group E.

Bayern are unbeaten in all 11 of their meetings with Benfica in European competition, with eight of those ending in victories for the Bundesliga champions. They have faced Benfica more times without losing than against any of their other opponents in European competition.

It is also set to be a historic night for Robert Lewandowski, who could be in line to make his 100th Champions League appearance. The Poland striker has netted 78 goals in the competition to date, which is already the most by a player through their first 100 appearances in the Champions League.

Other fixtures:

Dynamo Kiev v Barcelona

11 – Dynamo Kiev's last victory against a Spanish team in the Champions League came back in March 1999, beating Real Madrid 2-0 in a quarter-final clash. Since then, they have faced Spanish opponents on 11 occasions in the competition and failed to win all of them (D3 L8).

9 – Since the start of the 2018-19 season, no full-back has provided more assists in the Champions League than the nine from Barcelona's Jordi Alba. This is three times as many as any other current Barcelona player in the same period (Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, 3).

Villarreal v Young Boys

8 – Arnaut Danjuma has generated eight shots following carries (moving five or more metres with the ball) for Villareal in the Champions League this season (six shots and two chances created) – only Vinicius Junior (10) and Jack Grealish (9) have produced more.

10 – Young Boys have not kept a clean sheet in any of their past 10 games in the European Cup/Champions League (W2 D1 L7), with their last one coming back in September 1986 versus Real Madrid (1-0).

Wolfsburg v Salzburg

1 – Wolfsburg have lost just one of their nine home matches in the Champions League (W6 D2) and remain unbeaten in six on home soil in the competition since a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in December 2009.

3 – Salzburg could become the first Austrian side to win three consecutive European Cup/Champions League matches since Rapid Vienna in 1982.

Sevilla v Lille

1 – Sevilla have only lost one of their past seven home games in the group stage of the Champions League (W4 D2), with that lone defeat coming against Chelsea in December 2020.

3 – Since scoring in six consecutive Champions League appearances between October 2012 and March 2013 for Galatasaray, Lille striker Burak Yilmaz has only scored in three of his past 20 appearances in the competition.

Victor Lindelof will miss Manchester United's Champions League game against Atalanta after picking up a knock in training Monday. 

The club said the centre-back did not make the trip to Bergamo ahead of Tuesday's Group F clash. 

Lindelof played in the back alongside Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane in Saturday's 3-0 defeat of Tottenham.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sticks with a back three, Eric Bailly seems the most likely option to step in for Lindelof against Atalanta. 

Luke Shaw could also move to centre-back, leaving an opening on the left wing that could be filled by Alex Telles. 

Lindelof has started all three of United's Champions League matches this season, and six of ten Premier League fixtures. 

United are top of Group F after fighting back for wins over Villarreal and Atalanta following a loss away to Young Boys to open the group stage. 

 

Thomas Tuchel feels Chelsea have been a "perfect fit" since his first day at the club after some early misgivings about his length of contract.

Having been sacked in December 2020 by Paris Saint-Germain, Tuchel was appointed Frank Lampard's replacement at Stamford Bridge in January on an 18-month contract, suggesting there were some concerns about his long-term suitability to the job.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss has proved a shrewd choice for the Blues, though. Having won the Champions League in May, Tuchel has guided his side to a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League in 2021-22, with eight wins from 10 games.

With change coming at London rivals Tottenham – Antonio Conte is the heavy favourite to take over from the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo – Tuchel admitted his own time in England could hardly have gone better after he made the "courageous" decision to accept Chelsea's offer.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game against Malmo, where a win would put Chelsea in a strong position to reach the knockout phase, Tuchel said: "You need a bit of luck; you can't win the Champions League through planning and effort alone. It's not like this. You need luck and when it's meant to be.

"I am in this place because of my experience at other clubs and teams. I am grateful I learned at academy level, that some people in my career trusted me and gave me confidence, starting with my parents and the bosses in the youth academies.

"The target is to get better every day, every match, never stop progressing as a coach. Now it seems to be the perfect fit for me from day one. I am super happy to be part of the club and maybe this is the last per cent.

"If you feel happy and appreciated, you are able to produce results together. I am part of a big team, a big club. This is how I see myself. I wasn't happy to be sacked [by PSG] because I had big plans for the Champions League, big plans to win the league again.

"But then some weeks later came a huge opportunity and I had the desire to step into this adventure was bigger than the fear about an 18-month contract. You need to be brave, courageous and I have the feeling I got a big reward. I am happy where I am."

Chelsea will face Malmo without the injured Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic, while Mason Mount is also out through illness.

However, Tuchel said Christian Pulisic would be back in the squad, the United States star having only played twice this season.

Sergi Barjuan says the Barcelona players can feel the pressure ahead of their crunch Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev but knows a win will change the tense mood at the club.

A 1-1 home draw in LaLiga against Deportivo Alaves on Saturday did little to lift spirits at Camp Nou following Ronald Koeman's sacking.

Barca will now travel to Kiev for a crucial contest that will play a huge part in determining their prospects of progression in Europe.

A 1-0 win in the reverse fixture gave Barca their first points in Group E but they still trail Bayern Munich and Benfica with three matches to play.

"The players need to find a way, whatever way they can, to achieve this victory," said interim head coach Sergi. "The players are under a lot of pressure, Tuesday is special and it depends on them. 

"They have everything in their hands. They need to be organised and be the Barcelona that we want and hope for.

"This is enormous for me too – to be the coach in a Champions League match after being a player. 

"You would ask a thousand coaches and they would want to be in my position. As a cule I wish the best for the club and I am going to try everything I can to solve this situation.

"It is difficult to find a smile in the dressing room in these tough moments but finding our style, being the protagonists and being a team will lead us to joy. Winning on Tuesday would help change the mood."

Barca have only scored one goal in the Champions League this season, which is their lowest goal tally after three games of a single campaign in the competition's history.

Sergi added: "The players are used to any scenario and any kind of pressure. We will be better if we play without anxiety, if we are calm with the ball, if we know how to find the spaces. 

"In training we insisted on the need to be organised and be ourselves, to play with the essence of Barca that we want. 

"We need to find a way to achieve this victory and to enjoy it and to bring back some positivity and joy to the fans as well.

"At Barca you always have to win. We can only make ourselves respected by winning. They all know what's on the table." 

There was a boost for Sergi as defender Ronald Araujo returning to training on Monday, while Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto also took part after knocks.

Forward Ousmane Dembele, who is yet to play this season, was also named in the 23-man squad for the game.

"This game is so important because if we win then our fate is in our own hands once more," added defender Eric Garcia, who also faced the media. 

"We all know how difficult it will be due to the trip and the weather. At home they made life tricky for us and away will be no different. Nevertheless, the team is ready mentally and physically.

"Frenkie and Ronald are key players for us and Ansu and Ousmane are players who can win games. It's great news they are back." 

Having lost 3-0 to Benfica in their last away game, Barca are bidding to avoid losing consecutive matches on the road in the competition for the first time since April 2017.

The last occasion that happened in the group stage was back in September 2014, though Barca are at least on a five-game Champions League winning streak against Dynamo that spans 12 years.

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