Real Madrid are eager to strengthen and moves are set to be made in January.

The LaLiga giants' mixed start to the season continued with a surprise draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid plan to make signings in January – and two midfielders remain on their list.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID WANT JANUARY SIGNINGS AMID ERIKSEN, VAN DE BEEK LINKS

Real Madrid are planning to strengthen their squad in January and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Ajax's Donny van de Beek are at the forefront of their thinking, according to Marca.

Eriksen is coming out of contract at the end of the season, while Van de Beek seemingly wants to finish the campaign at Ajax.

While Madrid are top of LaLiga, they have collected just one point from their opening two Champions League games in Group A.


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- Manchester United's main targets seemingly remain unchanged. Sky Sports News reports the Premier League club have Juventus' Mario Mandzukic and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson as their main striker targets ahead of the January window.

- Leicester City are keeping tabs on 15-year-old Turkish midfielder Burak Ince, according to Fotospor. Manchester City are also reportedly interested in the teenager who would cost in the region of £1.3m.

- Spain are still waiting for Ansu Fati. The Barcelona teenager is yet to receive the necessary paperwork to debut for Spain, according to AS. Sport reports authorisation will arrive next week, with a debut for the senior team or Under-21s a possibility.

- The Football Association has requested to see evidence after Liverpool allegedly paid Manchester City £1million after a complaint from the Premier League champions that their scouting system had been hacked, according to The Times.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is surprised the Twitter controversy involving his former Monaco team-mates Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy has resulted in a Football Association charge for the Portugal international.

Manchester City playmaker Silva last month tweeted – and subsequently deleted – a photo of a young Mendy and a dated image from Conguitos, a Spanish confectionary brand that has been criticised for having racist connotation. The post was captioned "Guess who?"

On Wednesday, Silva was charged with an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 on account of the post being "insulting and/or improper and/or [bringing] the game into disrepute". It is further alleged the offence amounts to an "aggravated breach" because it included "reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin".

City manager Pep Guardiola stridently defended Silva as an "exceptional person", and winger Raheem Sterling said he felt there was no racist intent in the message, although he acknowledged he could see why offence might have been caused.

Monaco midfielder Bakayoko played alongside Silva and Mendy in a previous stint with the Ligue 1 club as a swashbuckling side won the title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016-17.

Like Guardiola and Sterling, he alluded to the pair's strong friendship.

"I'm quite surprised and shocked that it went so far," he told Omnisport. "We all know that Bernardo and Ben are very close.

"I have been on their team, I saw them every day during three years, I know their relationship. I think it's a shame to punish them for this.

"I almost don't want to answer, because we all know how Bernardo is. He's sweet, he's very kind, he has a big heart. So no, clearly, he's not racist."

As part of Silva's submission to the FA to apologise for the tweet, Mendy defended his friend and explained he took no offence over the racially insensitive post.

Bakayoko remembers jokes between the two being a regular feature during their Monaco days.

"They were picking [on] each other, it was fair game," he said. "They like to joke about each other, but they really like each other.

"This is what matters. Now we're talking about racism between them, I can't believe it.

"But I realise that it's getting bigger, I hope it won't go as far as a suspension for a few games."

If found guilty, Silva could face a fine and/or a suspension and be enrolled on an education course.

The FA this year increased its minimum ban for instances of racist abuse during matches to six games, although this does not automatically apply to social media posts.

Martin Odegaard is enjoying a stellar season at Real Sociedad.

On loan from Real Madrid, Odegaard's starring performances are attracting interest from across Europe.

A Norwegian connection at Manchester United could see Odegaard move to Old Trafford.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED WANT ODEGAARD

Manchester United have joined the race to sign in-form Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, according to The Sun.

Odegaard is currently on loan at LaLiga side Real Sociedad, where the 20-year-old has scored two goals and supplied two assists this term.

The Norway international, who joined Madrid from Stromsgodset in 2015 but only has two appearances to his name for the Spanish giants, has also been linked to Premier League rivals Manchester CityLiverpool and Arsenal.

 

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- The Daily Mail reports manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to leave struggling Tottenham. It comes after Spurs' season hit a new low following Tuesday's embarrassing 7-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been linked to the London club.

- As doubts grow over Pochettino, The Sun claims ex-Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri will wait until the end of the season before taking a Premier League job. Allegri, who left Serie A champions Juventus at the end of 2018-19, has emerged as a possible target for Tottenham and United.

Arsenal have the chance to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano for £53million (€59.4m) at the end of the season, claims L'Equipe. The Gunners were heavily linked to the 20-year-old during the recent transfer window and they could return for the defender, whose release clause is reportedly set to drop.

- Bayern Munich are interested in Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham, says The Sun. The 16-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season with two goals in six matches. Bundesliga champions Bayern have an eye on English talent following their unsuccessful pursuit of Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi.

- Sport Bild claims Bayern will "resume talks with Leroy Sane's management in the coming weeks". The Manchester City star was targeted by the German giants before suffering a serious ligament injury in the Community Shield.

- According to Calciomercato, Juventus are hoping to agree a new deal with midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The Frenchman, who was linked with a move away before the transfer window closed, is out of contract at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports Juve boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on reuniting with Chelsea star N'Golo Kante.

Inter are set to launch a shock January move for Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez, says Calciomercato. Antonio Conte's list of attacking options to add to Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez reportedly includes Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, Udinese's Kevin Lasagna and Andrea Petagna of SPAL.

Manchester City again have a headline act in FIFA 20's FUT Team of the Week, with Riyad Mahrez earning himself a spot.

Algeria international Mahrez had a stuttering first season at the Etihad Stadium, but in recent weeks he has found some consistency and played a vital role in Saturday's 3-1 win over Everton, scoring a fine free-kick and generally running the defence ragged.

It meant he took a top rating in the FIFA Ultimate Team, a week after City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne achieved the same feat.

The only other Premier League player in the starting XI is Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi - the young midfielder putting in a masterclass as Newcastle United were swept aside 5-0 on Sunday.

Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and Duvan Zapata of Atalanta lead the attack after both got a goal and an assist at the weekend.

Below, we have the full squad of in-form cards now up for grabs.

FUT Team of the Week

GK: Thomas Strakosha (Lazio) - 84

CB: German Pezzella (Fiorentina) - 82

CB: Daley Blind (Ajax) - 85

CB: Salif Sane (Schalke) - 83

RW: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) - 86

CM: Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco) - 82

CDM: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) - 84

LW: Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) - 84

CAM: Santi Cazorla (Villarreal) - 84

ST: Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) - 84

CAM: Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) - 86

SUBSTITUTES

GK: Alban Lafont (Nantes) - 82

RWB: Matt Doherty (Wolves) - 82

CM: Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moscow) - 82

CM: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin) - 81

LW: Alexandru Mitrita (New York City) - 81

ST: Franco Jara (Pachuca) - 81

ST: Islam Slimani (Monaco) - 80

RESERVES

CB: Georg Margreitter (Nurnberg) - 79

CAM: Yeison Guzman (Envigado) - 76

LM: Kenta Nishizawa (Shimizu S-Pulse) - 73

ST: Ollie Watkins (Brentford) - 80

RW: Vladimir Rodic (Hammarby) - 76

Bernardo Silva has been charged by the Football Association (FA) over his racially insensitive social media post about Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

The midfielder has until October 9 to respond to a misconduct charge, which relates to an alleged breach of FA Rule E3.

Portugal international Silva last month tweeted – and subsequently deleted – a photo of a young Mendy and a dated image from Spanish confectionary Conguitos that has been criticised for its racist connotations.

The post included the caption: "Guess who?"

Silva, after receiving staunch public support from City manager Pep Guardiola, wrote to the FA to apologise and is understood to be close friends with Mendy, who did not appear to take offence.

But the governing body has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the 25-year-old, with the nature of the tweet amounting to an alleged "aggravated breach" of the rules.

An FA statement read: "It is alleged that the Manchester City player's activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

"It is further alleged that the activity constitutes an 'aggravated breach', which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin."

Guardiola has vehemently defended Silva's character, describing him as an "exceptional person," and City star Raheem Sterling offered support following the weekend win over Everton.

"It's between two friends as everyone knows," Sterling told Sky Sports. "I can see exactly why some people can get touchy on it, but in that situation Bernardo made a joke to his friend."

Benfica product Silva joined City from Monaco in 2017.

Raheem Sterling's hunger and desire to score goals means Pep Guardiola believes the Manchester City star has plenty more improvement left to make.

England winger Sterling came off the bench to break Dinamo Zagreb's dogged resistance in Tuesday's Champions League Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, before brilliantly setting up fellow substitute Phil Foden to seal a 2-0 victory in stoppage time.

It moved the 24-year-old Sterling on to nine goals in all competitions this season – well on the way to the 25 he chalked up last time around.

"I said many times, in a few years he will be a better player than today," Guardiola said after a match where his team backed up their tournament-opening 3-0 victory away to Shakhtar Donetsk.

"His desire, the way he came in, he saw the first ball and attacked one against two. He was aggressive and the crowd said 'wow'.

"Raheem is a player who is always there. He has this talent. He loves to score goals. On the crosses you always have that feeling."

It marks a contrast with the player Guardiola inherited on the back of a torrid Euro 2016.

Then, a mistake or wasted chance could severely knock Sterling off his stride.

Now, as evidenced by him wrapping up a 3-1 Premier League win at Everton last Saturday despite a wretched earlier miss from close range, City's most potent attacking threat will relentlessly go back for more.

"He said a few days ago that he missed chances against Everton but never was upset, was never thinking about bad mistakes. He was thinking about another [chance]," Guardiola said

"That is the point with Raheem. The feeling we had in the first season when we arrived here was he played good but it was like the goal… he didn't care.

"Now, all the movements are there. [He gets] the ball and he is going to try and score. Still he can improve, in the finishing and the last decision.

"The pass to Phil was perfect. Commit, make a good decision, [using] the movement of Riyad [Mahrez] as well. It was good.

"But I still think he has a gap to improve and be even more clinical. The important thing is all the time he is there.

"That is the reason why this season and the previous season he has scored a lot of goals."

Ilkay Gundogan suffered trials of a different kind after becoming Guardiola's first signing at City, with an anterior cruciate ligament injury decimating his 2016-17 season in Manchester.

While never likely to provide the explosive contributions in which Sterling increasingly specialises, the Germany international's calm and controlled display in midfield was pivotal in City's efforts to grind Dinamo down - underlining his value to his manager.

"Gundogan, you cannot believe it how good he is. He's an exceptional player. He can play in different positions, his work ethic," Guardiola gushed.

"I missed him a lot, our first season here when after a few months he injured his ACL and was more than six months out. He is one of the best signings this club has done in its history."

Pep Guardiola said it is possible he can take a "risk" on Kevin De Bruyne's fitness for Manchester City's Premier League contest against Wolves on Sunday.

City star De Bruyne was absent for Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb at the Etihad Stadium due to a minor groin injury.

De Bruyne has nine assists in as many competitive games this term and City missed his incision against Dinamo, where Raheem Sterling came off the bench to score the opener then set up Phil Foden in added time to keep Guardiola's side perfect in Group C.

City manager Guardiola said there is a chance De Bruyne could be back for the Wolves fixture but is confident he will return after the international break regardless.

"It's not serious, but today he could not play," Guardiola told a news conference of De Bruyne's injury. "We'll see next Sunday.

"For the weekend, right now I don't know. Maybe he can get fit. We are going to see if we can take a risk.

"I think after the international break he will be fit."

Sterling backed Foden for an England call-up after the teenager's second Champions League goal, with Guardiola apologising to the local-born midfielder for not giving him more opportunities.

"He deserves to play," Guardiola added. "Every time he plays I am unfair to him. I'm sorry.

"But there is David Silva, there is Kevin De Bruyne, there is [Ilkay] Gundogan, there is Bernardo [Silva] there is Rodri. I am so sorry.

"The best way to grow and grow is to play minutes. He is going to be an incredible player for us. We trust a lot in him. It is what it is."

Dinamo thumped Atalanta 4-0 in their Group C opener and head coach Nenad Bjelica was not disconsolate with his side's performance against the Premier League champions.

"After we conceded we tried to turn to attack more, we had an open match against Manchester City until the end and it is not a small thing," he said. "They are a level above us and they showed that today.

"We conceded that first goal in the best phase of our play. We were nervous a lot during the match, making mistakes, the home team had a lot of good chances."

And so, Pep Guardiola is two from two in his latest quest for a fourth Champions League crown, to add to the three he won at Barcelona - one as a player and two as a coach.

Unlike significant sections of the Manchester City faithful, Europe's top competition has no need to seduce Guardiola. He remains enthralled by the big trophy, despite the path towards it seeming to mock him fatalistically over recent years.

The Catalan's contract in Manchester suggest he will get another tilt at continental glory next season – UEFA investigations pending, of course – and the super clubs will never linger far from the door.

For one similarly esteemed performer on the field during City's 2-0 Group C win against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, the clock ticks a little louder.

David Silva has seen every act of City's uneven, frustrating, confusing and occasionally enthralling relationship with the Champions League. From the opening-night nerves against Napoli back in 2011, to goals in home and away wins over Bayern Munich and a bitterly timed early injury that robbed a torpid 2016 semi-final against Real Madrid of his beguiling qualities.

In 2010, the Spain playmaker joined a club without a major trophy in 34 years. He was integral to ending the drought, scampering and scheming in that unmistakable style of his in the left channel before Yaya Toure settled the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City.

Four Premier Leagues, four EFL Cups and another FA Cup have followed, with Silva claiming showpiece final goals to go with the one he netted to start Spain's demolition of Italy in the Euro 2012 showpiece. That was his second European crown with La Roja and he's also a World Cup winner.

The Champions League is his final frontier and, this being his final campaign at City, Silva looks to have one roll of the dice remaining.

A groin injury to his partner in playmaking perfection, Kevin De Bruyne, left Silva as City's chief creator as Dinamo's massed ranks of day-glo defence set about a lengthy vigil at the Etihad Stadium.

The 33-year-old's precision touches sometimes contrasted to a jarring extent with Benjamin Mendy's trigger-happy crossing bombardment, while namesake Bernardo Silva again strained unsuccessfully for last season's form.

At odds with their change strip, Dinamo's defence looked to submerge Europe's most prolific attack in darkness. Space was at a premium, but for Silva there is always just enough.

Shimmying around that patch of grass between the left-hand edges of penalty and six-yard boxes, where he casts his most convincing spells, City's captain knitted everything together.

A deft pass almost allowed Ilkay Gundogan to open the scoring, as Silva himself should have done from close range. A Mendy missile landed at his feet, bringing a reminder that finishing has never been his strongest suit.

City were held to their first goalless opening 45 minutes of the season and, as game-breaker Raheem Sterling replaced Bernardo Silva, their number 21 was prodding and cajoling with increasing intent.

Shifting closer to his old ally Sergio Aguero, Silva ducked past two challenges to have a 55th-minute shot blocked – one of those half-dribbles where a shift in balance and twist of the hips means little pace is required.

Sterling has the latter quality in abundance and after Silva darted to the byline to prompt a 65th-minute corner, the England winger opened the scoring.

Rodri's slide-rule pass, after Dinamo only partially cleared, found Riyad Mahrez in the inside-left position to cross for Sterling to apply the finish.

Both passes in the build-up were the sort Silva has played countless times in sky blue – it is nice to think of them as his legacy, building the sort of City goals he cutely crafted long after he is gone.

After nearly laying on number two for Aguero, Silva made way to a warm ovation for his presumed heir Phil Foden. The teenager gleefully thrashed in the game-sealing goal. Time waits for no man.

Against Dinamo, like in many other games over the past decade, Silva was City's inspiration. As the club captain who will lift any trophies come May, he should also be his team-mates' motivation to plot a route to Istanbul and that final frontier.

Raheem Sterling has backed Manchester City team-mate Phil Foden for an England call-up after both were on target in Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Foden is tipped for future stardom and joined Sterling in scoring from off the bench at the Etihad Stadium, collecting an assist from his in-form compatriot to add City's second at the death.

The teenager has only played 10 minutes in the Premier League this season but Sterling feels Foden should be fast-tracked by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

"I am buzzing for Phil and I want him in the national team, if he keeps going he will be there," Sterling told BT Sport.

"We have seen them [Dinamo] play with the clips that the manager showed and it was difficult to break them down at times.

"A few did not go in but we took our chance and then got the second. It is always disappointing not to start but we had to be patient. I was happy to contribute to the team.

"Players that we have here, you have to read the game and the goals will come."

Foden's second Champions League goal came deep into injury time as City hit the Croatian champions on the break.

"It needed a change of tempo and Raheem brought that well," Foden told BT Sport.

"It is all about enjoying your time on the pitch and I am happy to score and help the team.

"I thought they were putting dangerous balls in the box so to seal the win meant everything.

"You have to show the manager what you can do each day in training, every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient."

Foden's next chance to impress could come on Sunday, when City host Wolves in the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling came off the bench to score and provide an assist for fellow substitute Phil Foden as Manchester City beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in the Champions League. 

The Croatian champions were buoyant after a 4-0 thrashing of Atalanta in their Group C opener and the visitors held firm until midway through the second half at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Sterling's close-range finish and pass for Foden to score in added time ensured Pep Guardiola's side, who toiled without their injured playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, top the group with a maximum six points from their two games.

City took time to find their rhythm but Dominik Livakovic had to race off his line to block from Sergio Aguero in the 13th minute, Bernardo Silva then wasting a chance on the rebound.

Joao Cancelo was arguably fortunate only to be booked for a high boot on Dani Olmo, then Ilkay Gundogan rattled the crossbar and David Silva missed from eight yards out.

City saw penalty appeals after an apparent handball rejected and Aguero lashed home in the 25th minute but the whistle had already gone after Bernardo Silva inadvertently handled.

Guardiola sent on Sterling early in the second half and the former Liverpool forward eventually forced the breakthrough in the 66th minute.

Rodri's pass broke Dinamo's defensive line and when Riyad Mahrez slotted a low cross into the six-yard box, Sterling was there to steer in his 11th goal of the season for club and country.

Guardiola was booked for displaying his frustration at Sterling not being awarded a penalty shortly after the deadlock was broken and City finally got their second in the fifth minute of added time, Foden confidently netting his first of the season at the end of a swift breakaway. 


What does it mean? City miss De Bruyne

With nine assists from nine appearances this season, it was always likely City would be less than their fluent best in the absence of De Bruyne, who missed out with a minor groin injury. 

Although captain David Silva had an excellent game, De Bruyne is the player who takes City to a new level and without him Dinamo were able to funnel the Premier League champions into wide areas, where they struggled to create chances.


Sterling hot streak continues

Leaving Sterling on the bench when De Bruyne was already sidelined was a slight risk from Guardiola and the manager had to turn to the England international to break the deadlock. He has now scored in three consecutive appearances, which have each come in different competitions, while he unselfishly set up Foden at the death.


Misfiring Mendy leaves City imbalanced

David Silva's tendency to drift left meant there were plenty of chances for fit again full-back Benjamin Mendy to rampage down the wing, but his delivery from key areas was lacking.

He delivered 13 crosses, easily the most of any player on the pitch, but only two were good and when Mahrez popped up in a similar position he picked out Sterling for the opener.


What's next?

City welcome Wolves to Manchester on Sunday and their matchweek three fixture is at home to Atalanta. Dinamo host Slaven Koprivnica in the Croatian league at the weekend with their next Group C game away to Shakhtar Donetsk in three weeks' time.

Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb, Manchester City have confirmed.

De Bruyne was substituted late in Saturday's Premier League win at Everton after sustaining a groin injury.

The Belgium playmaker did not feature in the section of City's training session that was open to the media on Monday.

And City have now confirmed the midfielder will not be able to take part in the Group C game against Dinamo, who thrashed Atalanta in their opener.

A City statement said: "The extent of his layoff depends on how well he responds to the rehabilitation programme overseen by the club's medical staff."

De Bruyne has recorded nine assists in nine appearances for the Premier League champions this term.

City won 3-0 away to Shakhtar Donetsk in their first Champions League group game two weeks ago.

Real Madrid will be looking to kick-start their Champions League campaign against Club Brugge on Tuesday after losing to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one, while Kylian Mbappe has his eye on a record of Lionel Messi's.

Madrid were crushed 3-0 by PSG last time out, with Thomas Tuchel's men looking extremely comfortable in a match that left Zinedine Zidane under a bit of pressure.

They have since bounced back with two wins and a draw in LaLiga and they will expect to get three points at home to Club Brugge, while PSG travel to Galatasaray.

The French champions will be able to call upon the services of Mbappe this time, having missed the Madrid clash through injury, and he is close to equalling a record set by Messi.

Below, we have highlighted the key data ahead of Tuesday's contests.

Real Madrid v Club Brugge

3 - Madrid are looking to avoid losing three successive Champions League matches for the first time in their history. They have not lost three in a row in European competition since September 1981.

50 - Los Blancos have won all three of their Champions League home matches against Belgian opposition by an aggregate score of 14-2. Their most recent competitive home defeat to a club from Belgium was 50 years ago in December 1969 versus Standard Liege in the European Cup (W4 D1 L0 since).

 

Galatasaray v Paris Saint-Germain

14 - Mbappe has scored 14 goals in the UEFA Champions League and will be aged 20 years and 284 days on the day of this match. The youngest player to 15 goals in the competition is Messi, who scored his 15th goal aged 21y 289d.

1 - If Galatasaray avoid defeat against PSG, it will be the first time they have remained unbeaten in the opening two games of a Champions League group stage since the format changed in 2003-04.

Red Star Belgrade v Olympiakos

4 - Marko Marin was directly involved in four of Red Star's five goals during the 2018-19 Champions League campaign, including two assists against Liverpool in their only ever victory in the competition.

9 - Olympiakos have lost nine of their past 11 matches away from home in the Champions League (W2), shipping at least two goals in every defeat. Prior to this run, the Greek side had won three of their previous six on the road (D1 L2).

 

Tottenham v Bayern Munich

39 - Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has scored in 39 different Champions League matches; only Ruud van Nistelrooy (42), Karim Benzema (45), Raul (56), Lionel Messi (68), Cristiano Ronaldo (82) have scored in more.

2 - Bayern are looking to become the second side after PSG in October 2017 to score two or more goals in six successive Champions League away group matches since the competition changed to its current format in 2003-04.

Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk

20 - Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of his past 20 Champions League starts – the only keeper with a longer such run in the history of the competition is Igor Akinfeev (43 starts between 2006 and 2017).

4 - Atalanta's 4-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one was the heaviest defeat by a team in their first Champions League match since Qarabag lost 6-0 to Chelsea in September 2017.

 

Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb

10 - Against Shakhtar, City's Gabriel Jesus scored his ninth Champions League goal – should he score in this game, he will be the youngest Brazilian (22y 181d) to reach 10 goals in the competition and youngest South American since Lionel Messi (21y 99d) in October 2008.

1 - Mislav Orsic's hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Dinamo against Atalanta was the first treble scored for a Croatian team in the competition. Only two Croatian players have scored in their first two appearances in the competition; Alen Boksic in November 1992 for Marseille and Nikola Vlasic in 2018 for CSKA Moscow.

 

Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid

7 - Kieran Trippier created seven chances in Atletico Madrid's 2-2 draw with Juventus, the most of any player on matchday one this season. Since the start of last season, only Dusan Tadic (41) has created more chances than the England defender in the competition (32).

22 - Lokomotiv Moscow's victory over Bayer Leverkusen last time out was achieved with just 22 per cent possession, the lowest by a winning team in a Champions League match since Celtic had 15 per cent and beat Barcelona 2-1 in November 2012.

 

Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen

26 - Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in 24 appearances against teams from Germany in the Champions League – no player has more against teams from a specific nation (Lionel Messi v English teams, also 26). This will his first appearance against Bayer Leverkusen in the competition.

78 - Leverkusen had 78 per cent possession in their 2-1 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow, the most by a team in a Champions League match since Bayern Munich had 78.8 per cent against Arsenal in February 2014.

Christian Ziege believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can rightly be considered the best coach in world football.

Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season, as they beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid.

Their success in Europe came on the back of a 3-1 defeat in the showpiece event in 2017-18, while Klopp's side also finished just one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City last term.

Former Tottenham defender Ziege stressed Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, along with Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac, should all be considered, though he places Klopp just above the pack.

"I think you have to be careful with that. To rate the "Best coach in the world" you have to count in all coaches, even the ones working in low-class leagues," former Bayern Munich and Liverpool defender Ziege told Omnisport.

"The conditions that Klopp, Guardiola, Pochettino or [Bayern coach] Niko Kovac are having, many coaches don't. So you need to be careful with that title.

"If you take those, who everybody talks about, there is no one who did better than Klopp. I'm a big fan of his because he started at Mainz and finished fourth three times in a row in the second division.

"He made Mainz a club who finally got promoted and developed to an incredible club. Then he went to Dortmund. He took this club to German champions and a Champions League title candidate. He elevated this club to a level which they are still today.

"He went to Liverpool, the club who has been talking about becoming Premier League champions or being more successful for years and has been achieving the same there.

"He won the Champions League and finished second in the league with 97 points, which is mayhem. Now he's leading the league again, even though it is still early in the campaign. This proves to me that he has to be an exceptional coach, because all of this can't happen by accident."

Despite Liverpool's perfect start to the Premier League season, though, Ziege insists the Reds cannot yet be considered favourites to clinch the title.

"They have to face City twice, United twice, Spurs twice, Arsenal once and Chelsea once," he added.

"You can always lose those games and the most difficult part is to win against those teams that are in the bottom of the table. However, the other teams need to overcome the same difficulties in order to catch Liverpool.

"[The start] boosts your confidence, but it can all be gone within two games. It is way to early for a decision, much can happen."

Kevin De Bruyne missed training with Manchester City ahead of Tuesday's Champions League home game against Dinamo Zagreb.

De Bruyne was substituted during the closing stages of Saturday's 3-1 Premier League win at Everton, when he appeared to be discomforted by a groin issue.

The Belgium international did not take part in the section of City's pre-match training session that was open to the media on Monday.

De Bruyne has recorded eight Premier League assists this season, twice as many as any other player.

Nobody has ever supplied more assists at this early stage of the competition, with City five points behind league leaders Liverpool after seven matches.

Pep Guardiola's side welcome Dinamo to the Etihad Stadium having won their Group C opener 3-0 away to Shakhtar Donetsk, while the Croatian champions routed Atalanta 4-0.

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City's fans must mirror the passion his players have for the Champions League if European glory is to be achieved.

City entertain Group C leaders Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, with both sides looking to build upon impressive victories over Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta respectively.

Guardiola's men won four of their five home matches in Europe last term and are expected to again challenge for the silverware this season, but attracting fans to the Etihad Stadium for Champions League group matches has proved notoriously difficult.

Close to 15,000 seats were left unfilled for last September's clash with Ligue 1 side Lyon, the sort of antipathy the manager sees as the result of the club's historically long absence from continental competitions.

Former Barcelona boss Guardiola hopes to change the attitude of supporters, who he acknowledges are largely more concerned with success in the Premier League.

"That is a reality of our club. What can you do? Seduce them to be there so maybe they realise how important [the Champions League] is," Guardiola said.

"I think in the past, the old generation were not there.

"At Liverpool and [Manchester] United with a lot of Champions League [experience], trophies, they are used to being there. We were at home, in the bars, watching Liverpool and United. Not for years, but decades. That is in the culture of the club.

"I have the feeling we are taking steps. I would not like to win the Champions League, be in the final and then disappear for the next five years. That would not be great.

"What is important is being there and trying to do it. We have tried in previous seasons, when I have had the feeling we are close. This competition is an incredibly high level. Everything can happen.

"The only way is to say to our fans 'come on, come join us, make the stadium full and support us in the bad moments' because these guys deserve it.

"These players are awesome, outrageous, so they deserve to feel that they want to win and make a step forward too. It's not only the desire of the manager, the staff, chairman, people working at the club.

"We need the fans. It's not only more difficult [without them], it's almost impossible."

City midfielder Rodri experienced the Champions League for the first time last season, making eight appearances for Atletico Madrid, and his view of Europe's top competition does not align with that of the fans Guardiola referenced.

He said: "The Champions League, for me, is the greatest tournament.

"All the good clubs fight for it and it's very tough. It's going to be a good challenge for us. The team is very focused on this competition. We dream of this competition for many years.

"But we have to be patient, we have to focus."

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