UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
As Andreas Christensen prepares to face Barcelona, Chelsea's defence is falling apart... will loan deals stop the next John Terry from emerging?
As Gary Cahill lost his temper at the Chelsea defence against Arsenal, it felt like the end of an era for the Stamford Bridge club. For so long, they have been known for their formidable back-line.
Manchester United are not Champions League material... Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba just ignore everyone else, slams Paul Merson
Merson believes the former league champions will struggle to finish in the top four this season while also criticising this summer's marquee signings Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Champions League matches heading towards Saturday kick-offs if UEFA get their way... despite English opposition
CHARLES SALE: A Saturday clash between Champions League matches and domestic club games could become reality after continuing talks over the future of European football.
Marco Verratti, who moved to the French capital in 2012, has reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain in each of the last four seasons.
Kevin De Bruyne could be back for Barcelona clash... but Yaya Toure is still frozen out, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
The early indications were that the Belgium star would struggle to be fit for City’s trip to the Nou Camp on October 19, but Guardiola has indicated that De Bruyne could be ready sooner
Moussa Dembele insists Celtic Park frightened Manchester City in their 3-3 Champions League draw: ‘That’s the magic of Paradise’
The Glasgow giants' Celtic Park home, two-goal hero Moussa Dembele insisted, is simply an imposing arena where sorcery occurs and where opposition players get seriously spooked.
Celtic's epic Champions League draw with Manchester City was played in a frenzied atmosphere but which grounds match Parkhead's intensity?
The feverish buzz around the Glasgow venue has sparked debate about which stadium provides the most intense setting for a game of football. We asked Sportsmail's reporters to vote...
Borussia Monchengladbach forward Raffael will be out for an unspecified length of time after sustaining a thigh muscle injury in their 2-1 Champions League loss to Barcelona on Wednesday.
The accolades just keep coming for rising star Marcus Rashford. And now the 18-year-old's meteoric climb has seen him nominated for the 2016 UEFA Golden Boy award.
Theo Walcott saw his future with club and country in doubt over the summer... but now the Arsenal fans are signing his name
Left out of England's Euro 2016 squad and at a crossroads in his Arsenal career, Theo Walcott's future looked at best uncertain over the course of the summer. Walcott has now turned it around.
How Atletico Madrid's defensive masterclass makes them a force to be reckoned with as Bayern Munich become the latest victims of Diego Simeone's band of brothers
PETE JENSON: Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso were always very close at Liverpool. They got reacquainted on Wednesday night with Torres tracking Alonso’s every move.
Celtic have earned the respect of English football insists Brendan Rodgers after thrilling draw against Manchester City
Brendan Rodger spoke with pride in his Celtic team after they secured a thrilling draw against Manchester City. He said their performance had earned the respect of English football.
UEFA orders Legia Warsaw to play next Champions League match against Real Madrid behind closed doors after crowd trouble at Dortmund fixture
Legia had been charged over crowd trouble and racist behaviour in the Polish club's 6-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League game on September 14.
Arsene Wenger impressed by Alexis Sanchez's central role as Arsenal star continues fine start to season
Alexis Sanchez could be set for more central opportunities for Arsenal this season after Arsene Wenger admitted he has been impressed by the Chile star's form.
Barcelona will always miss Lionel Messi... in tight games his absence is noticed more, says Sergio Busquets
They may have won on Wednesday night at Borussia Monchengladbach but Barcelona felt the absence of talisman Lionel Messi, according to midfielder Sergio Busquets.
Manchester City 'showed character' in coming back three times to draw at Celtic, says captain Pablo Zabaleta
Despite coming home from Glasgow with just a point from their Champions League tie, the City captain told the club website that the way the team earned that result showed mental toughness.
Pep Guardiola expects Champions League group qualification to go down to the last game after Celtic Park test
Pep Guardiola warned his Manchester City players that he expects the battle for qualification from Group C to go down to the last game, admitting that they were taught a lesson at Celtic Park last night.
Brendan Rodgers does reputation a world of good going toe-to-toe with best in the business Pep Guardiola
Brendan Rodgers has been mentioned in dispatches as a possible long-term successor to Sam Allardyce and he didn't do his reputation any harm at all by going toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola.
Celtic 3-3 Manchester City PLAYER RATINGS: Moussa Dembele shines but Aleksandar Kolarov struggles in epic
Sportsmail's JOE BERNSTEIN reflects on thoses who performed well and those whose mistakes contributed to the goal glut on a memorable night of Champions League action at Celtic Park.
Theo Walcott continued his sensational run of form and devastated Basle, scoring both goals for Arsenal in their 2-0 win. The pacey attacker is finally looking like the player so many believed he could become.
Arsenal wear yellow away strip for home win against Basle as kit clash forces Arsene Wenger's side into late Champions League change
Arsenal wore their away kit in the 2-0 Champions League victory against Basle on Wednesday evening, despite the European tie being played at The Emirates. The Gunners wore yellow.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich: Yannick Carrasco's suberb finish hands Carlo Ancelotti's side first defeat of the season
Diego Simeone's side are sitting pretty at the summit of Group D as a solitary Yannick Carrasco goal in the first-half was enough to earn the Spanish side three points.
Granit Xhaka in buoyant mood after getting the better of brother Taulant in Arsenal's victory over Basle
Granit Xhaka once again emerged victorious over his older brother Taulant as Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 victory over Basle in their Champions League encounter at the Emirates.
SAMI MOKBEL AT THE EMIRATES: It took just seven minutes for Arsenal to shift into cruise control on Wednesday night. Even then, Basle could not get near them. In this mood, not many could.
Antoine Griezmann will continue to take penalties for Atletico Madrid despite his latest miss during the Champions League win over Bayern Munich, according to coach Diego Simeone.
Celtic 3-3 Manchester City: Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Nolito steal Pep Guardiola's side a point in Champions League thriller as Scots squander lead
CHRIS WHEELER AT CELTIC PARK: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola asked his friends back at Barcelona what to expect at Celtic Park, but nothing prepares you for nights like this.
Ticket prices at Arsenal start at £37, while watching the Champions League at Leicester's King Power Stadium costs at least £35. Two of the top five most expensive in this season's competition.
It was an embrace born of mutual respect. When the final whistle blew on an engrossing, remarkable game of football, Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers came together like a pair of sweating, heavyweight sluggers.
Ludogorets 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain: Edinson Cavani scores twice as Unai Emery's side escape with a win
Edinson Cavani scored twice in the second half to give Paris St Germain a 3-1 Champions League Group A win over resilient Ludogorets on Wednesday after an early scare in Bulgaria.
Dries Mertens helped Napoli take control of Group B with a brace in seven minutes against Benfica. Dynamo Kiev drew with Besiktas and Rostov earned a first point against PSV Eindhoven.
Arsenal vs Basle, UEFA Champions League LIVE: Plus coverage from Celtic vs Man City, Atletico Madrid against Bayern Munich and the rest of the action
Arsenal and Manchester City were in Champions League action on Wednesday night, with the Gunners at home to Basle and City away at Celtic. JOHN DOWNES brought you all the LIVE action.
Arsenal U19 1-2 Basle U19: Eray Cumart scores incredible free-kick from inside own half to help Swiss side to victory in UEFA Youth League
ADAM SHERGOLD AT BOREHAMWOOD: Neftali Manzambi scored a last-minute penalty to break Arsenal hearts and secure three points for Basle in the group stage of the UEFA Youth League.
Atletico Madrid host Bayern Munich in a clash which wouldn't look out of place as a Champions League final: Who will have the upper hand at the Vicente Calderon?
There would have been a mutual groan at both clubs when Atletico were drawn with Bayern in Group D. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid have been stronger in Europe in recent years.
Leicester slayed Porto in their second Champions League win but have stumbled in their Premier League title defence… so how is their season shaping up?
Beating Porto made it two wins from two in the Champions League for Leicester and already qualification for the knock-out stage looks within reach of Claudio Ranieri's plucky side.
Zinedine Zidane frustrated after Real Madrid are pegged back by Borussia Dortmund: 'We deserved more'
The Spanish giants went into the last five minutes of Tuesday's tie a goal ahead of their opponents Borussia Dortmund, having gone 2-1 up through Raphael Varane in the 68th minute.
Losing Lionel Messi means football loses... but we still have the firepower, warns Barcelona boss Luis Enrique
Lionel Messi has been sidelined for three weeks with a groin injury but Barca were unaffected by their leader's absence, firing five past Sporting Gijon ahead of their Champions League clash.
Pep Guardiola regrets not taking Vincent Kompany off before Manchester City skipper's groin injury at Swansea City
Pep Guardiola says that he regrets not taking Vincent Kompany off before the Manchester City skipper suffered his latest injury setback.
Kasper Schmeichel revels in Leicester's Champions League win over Porto after playing against 'boyhood idol' Iker Casillas
Kasper Schmeichel has risen through the leagues with Leicester, and now the goalkeeper is revelling in playing Champions League football with the Foxes. Schmeichel helped his team beat Porto 1-0.
Five years ago, a Brendan Rodgers meeting with Pep Guardiola was stymied by an Icelandic ash cloud. Now Celtic’s manager needs Parkhead to rumble with volcanic intent for it to be a pleasant experience.
Porto feel roar of Dragon slayer Islam Slimani as Leicester's first home game in Champions League goes to plan
ADAM CRAFTON AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: Well, they could hardly say they hadn't been warned. The Dragons came to town and they met their slayer. Islam Slimani has a habit of scoring against Porto.
CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham: Son Heung-min keeps up his fine form as Spurs kick-start their Champions League campaign with win in Russia
MATT BARLOW AT THE ARENA CSKA: Tottenham ignited their Champions League campaign with victory in Russia as Son Heung-min's second-half strike inflicted a narrow defeat on CSKA Moscow.
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid: Andre Schurrle's stunning late strike salvages a draw for Thomas Tuchel's side
PETE JENSON AT SIGNAL IDUNA PARK: Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire a Real Madrid win against Borussia Dortmund as former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle levelled late on.
Leicester 1-0 Porto: 'Dragon Slayer' Islam Slimani puts visitors to the sword with trademark header on Foxes' Champions League home debut
LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: Leicester City continued their Champions League honeymoon period with a 1-0 victory over Porto on their home debut.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he wants to help France international striker Antoine Griezmann fulfil his potential. Griezmann is recognised as one of the best forwards in the game.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was relieved to have finally found the net after a start to the season which has seen him overshadowed by fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain.
Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov braced for former friends becoming foes in Celtic showdown
For Aleksandar Kolarov, stepping out onto the Parkhead pitch will feel like an old boys’ reunion. Lining up for Celtic will be former Manchester City team-mates Kolo Toure and Scott Sinclair.
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham proved the power of their squad by beating CSKA Moscow with an under-strength team in the Champions League.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri calls on Islam Slimani to turn up the heat even more after his heroics against Porto
A 25th minute header by summer signing Slimani was enough for Leicester to secure a 1-0 victory at home to Porto and seal a second consecutive Champions League win for Ranieri's side.
Brendan Rodgers insists 'this is where it starts' for Celtic as manager ramps up expectation ahead of Manchester City clash in Champions League
Brendan Rodgers says lessons have been learned from Celtic's mauling at the hands of Barcelona. He said the match against Manchester City is where his side's campaign really starts.
Champions League round-up: Wissam Ben Yedder secures Sevilla victory as Copenhagen kick-start their campaign
No Sevilla player felt as relieved as Luciano Vietto after the hosts beat Lyon 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday. The newly signed striker set up Sevilla's winner by Wissam Ben Yedder.
Kamil Glik slotted a last-gasp equaliser with the best goal of his career to earn a point when it looked like Javier Hernandez had secured the German visitors victory in the principality.
Dinamo Zagreb 0-4 Juventus: Miralem Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Dani Alves give the Old Lady a cruise in Croatia
Juventus enjoyed a very comfortable night on Tuesday, as goals from Pjanic, Higuain, Dybala and Alves gave the Serie A champions their first three points of the campaign.
Dortmund vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League LIVE: Plus updates and coverage from Leicester vs Porto and CSKA Moscow against Tottenham
Leicester and Tottenham are in Champions League action on Tuesday night, with the Foxes at home to Porto and Spurs away at CSKA Moscow. Join JOHN DOWNES for all the LIVE action.
Celtic gear up to face 'world class' Manchester City with final training session as Brendan Rodgers says he's under no illusions of the task at hand
Brendan Rodgers put his side through their paces at as they look to bounce back from their match day one mauling at the hands of Barcelona with an improved, aggressive display against City.
Yaya Toure takes part in Manchester City training ahead of trip to Celtic despite being ineligible for the Champions League encounter
The midfielder continues to be involved with first-team training after City boss Pep Guardiola last week said he would not pick him again unless he received an apology from the player's agent.
Arsenal have failed to get beyond the last 16 in the previous six attempts and one of their problems has been their inability to finish top spot in their group, leaving them open to face a top European side.
Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny admits Basle taught him everything about European football, as he prepares for Champions League showdown with former employers
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is set to test himself in the Champions League against Basle this week, the club he admits taught him everything about European football.
Porto are the guests for Leicester’s home Champions League bow… but how much do you know about the Portuguese giants?
Porto are the visitors to the King Power Stadium with the Foxes having swept aside Club Brugge in their Group G opener. Here, Sportsmail take a closer look at what lies in wait for Claudio Ranieri's side…
Theo Walcott attributes incredible form to working hard and 'wanting to repay people who showed faith in him'
Last season was difficult for Theo Walcott. After looking like he would finally make the centre forward role his own with a string of impressive performances, inconsistency struck again.
Raheem Sterling 'drifted' after leaving Liverpool but now he is back to his best says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers admits that Raheem Sterling ‘drifted’ after leaving Liverpool for Manchester City in a £49million deal last year, but is now back to being one of the best young players in the world.
Arsenal all smiles in training as they are put through their paces ahead of Champions League clash against Basle
After their disastrous opening day defeat to Liverpool, the Arsenal squad were all smiles in training ahead of their Champions League clash against Basle.
Porto are a team in transition as they visit Leicester... for them to win at the King Power would be surprise
GONCALO LOPES: Porto are building a new team, they bought in several players in the summer, most of them very young, and no one expects them to pull up trees in the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger is celebrating 20 years at Arsenal but he has been a failure in Europe… the near miss in Paris was the tipping point for his reign
In retrospect it can feel like a night in Paris might forever be the turning point of his Arsenal career, when the club lost its momentum and settled for top four and last 16 as the benchmark for a season.
Borussia Dortmund prepare to prolong Real Madrid's bout of yellow fever as Thomas Tuchel readies his players for an epic Champions League clash
Villarreal were wearing yellow when they left the Bernabeu with a draw last Wednesday, and Las Palmas wore it at the weekend when they held La Liga's table toppers too.
Not all the nightmares surrounding Real's visit to Westfalenstadion belong to the Spanish side – one belongs very much to Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and his memories of facing Gareth Bale.
Basle touched down in London on Tuesday afternoon and looked the part ahead of their Champions League clash against Arsenal. They drew against Ludogorets on matchday one.
Borussia Dortmund have a spring in their step as the free-scoring Germans prepare to face stuttering Real Madrid
Dortmund can't stop scoring, having netted 20 goals in their last four games, while Real are stuttering in La Liga, making Tuesday night's Champions League clash all the more intriguing.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri ready to unleash 'Dragon Slayer' Islam Slimani against familiar foe Porto
Claudio Ranieri will unleash his 'Dragon Slayer' on Porto on Tuesday as Leicester's summer signing Islam Slimani reacquaints himself with the club he tormented in Portugal.
Tottenham hope to kick start their Champions League campaign away at CSKA Moscow.. as Spurs fans are warned to keep a low profile in Russia
Since European football began, all games in Russia have been filed firmly in the category of tricky away fixtures. Spurs. however, will expect to take points away from their trip to face CSKA Moscow.
Tottenham have received a boost on the eve of their Champions League encounter against CSKA Moscow, with striker Harry Kane now likely to return earlier than expected following his ankle injury.
Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany fly out to Barcelona for specialist treatment
Vincent Kompany will attend a Barcelona hospital with his Manchester City teammate Kevin De Bruyne on Tuesday as he fights to revive his career following a spate of muscle injuries.
Real Madrid gear up for Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund as Zinedine Zidane denies rift with Cristiano Ronaldo
Zinedine Zidane believes his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo is 'normal'. The Real Madrid manager watched on as his side prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Taulant Xhaka eagerly awaits 'special moment' with brother Granit as Basle face Arsenal in the Champions League
Taulant Xhaka admits facing his brother Granit in Basle's Champions League clash with Arsenal will be a 'special moment', but insists sentimentality must be pushed aside for 90 minutes.
Tottenham are 'one of the best sides in the world', says CSKA Moscow boss Leonid Slutsky as he ramps up pressure for Champions League tie
Tottenham go to Moscow in need of a win in order to get their Champions League campaign up and running after the dispiriting 2-1 opening group game defeat to Monaco at Wembley two weeks ago.
If Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers are the products of different cultures, when it comes to their footballing philosophy, the two men very much speak the same language.
Bacary Sagna warns Manchester City team-mates to not write off wounded Celtic in the Champions League
Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has warned his superstar team-mates that they write-off a wounded Celtic side at their peril, as the two sides prepare to face each other in Europe.
Celtic legend Bertie Auld backs Brendan Rodgers to mastermind an upset against Manchester City... if the Hoops can ditch their 'immaturity'
Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld has backed Brendan Rodgers to mastermind a Champions League turnaround at home to Manchester City – if Celtic ditch the 'immaturity' shown against Barcelona.
Nuno Espirito Santo aims to improve Porto's woeful record in England as Portuguese gear up for Leicester test
Portuguese side Porto have lost 14 out of 16 European games in England and have never won in this country ahead of their Champions League visit to Leicester on Tuesday.
Fernandinho warns Manchester City team-mates to expect a backlash from Celtic in the Champions League
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has warned his Manchester City team-mates to beware a Celtic backlash ahead of their Champions League clash in Glasgow on Wednesday evening.