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Summary

  1. Ronald Koeman news conference
  2. Anderlecht v Celtic; Atletico Madrid v Chelsea; CSKA v Man Utd (all 19:45 BST)
  3. GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Greg O'Keeffe

All times stated are UK

That's all for now

Action resumes later

So we're pressing pause for the time being.

Loads of exciting football on the horizon this evening.

Thanks for sticking with us and don't forget to follow more live updates of tonight's games here later.

Anthony Martial, Ashley Young, Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera of Manchester United in training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League match against CSKA Moscow
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Anthony Martial, Ashley Young, Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera of Manchester United in training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League match against CSKA Moscow

Coming up tonight

Champions League action

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is preparing to face Atletico Madrid
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is preparing to face Atletico Madrid

So what have we got in store in the Champions League tonight then?

  • Manchester United take on CSKA Moscow in Russia. (19:45 BST)
  • Chelsea travel to Spain to face Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano (19:45 BST)
  • Celtic face Anderlecht in Belgium at Constant Vanden Stockstadion (19:45 BST)

How to follow:Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

New deal for Real Madrid defender

Varane agrees five-year contract extension

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish champions.

The 24-year-old France centre-back, who joined the club from Lens in 2011, has agreed a deal that runs until the end of June 2022.

Varane has made seven appearances so far this season as Zinedine Zidane's side defend their La Liga and Champions League titles.

His previous contract, signed in 2014, was due to expire in June 2020.

Real Madrid's Raphael Varane
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Real Madrid's Raphael Varane

Abandoned friendly has happy ending

Burnley give unclaimed refunds to charity

Police try to stop Hannover 96 fans entering the Burnley end during the pre-season friendly match between Burnley and Hannover 96 at Turf Moor on August 5, 2017
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Police try to stop Hannover 96 fans entering the Burnley end during the pre-season friendly match between Burnley and Hannover 96 at Turf Moor on August 5, 2017

Charities in Burnley will benefit from the Clarets’ abandoned summer friendly against Hannover 96.

After the pre-season game was cut short at half-time, supporters were offered the choice of a ticket-price refund or for their gate monies to be donated to charity.

It has led to £16,000 in unclaimed refunds and Burnley will dsitribute to cancer funds, a hospice, a disability sport project, and dementia support.

Mike Garlick, Burnley FC Chairman said: “I would like to thank the many Clarets fans who chose not to claim their refunds.

"Your generosity will now benefit so many people through the work of these fantastic local charities.

"A negative experience at Turf Moor has been turned into such a positive and that’s testament to the community spirit of Burnley FC fans.”

BreakingThree game ban for Hemed

Brighton player to sit out games

Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion holds off DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017
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Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion holds off DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tomer Hemed will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a violent conduct charge against him was found proven.

The player was involved in an incident with Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin in the 88th minute of the game on Sunday (September 24 2017), which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The player - who scored the winner in the game - denied the charge, however, it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

Paris Saint-Germain 'line up another star'

Rumour: French outfit want Gunner

They've carved out an expensive niche in signing top strikers lately, so PSG's reported interest in Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez probably shouldn't come as a shock.

According to reports in Sanchez's native Chile, the French club fancy adding him to their star-studded frontline, which already includes Neymar Jnr and Kylian Mbappe.

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez
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Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez

Rooney on the mend

Everton forward's eye injury is healing

Everton forward Wayne Rooney sustained an eye injury during his side's game with Bournemouth at Goodison Park.
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Everton forward Wayne Rooney sustained an eye injury during his side's game with Bournemouth at Goodison Park.

He left the field with blood pouring from a nasty eye injury during Everton's 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, but Wayne Rooney is a fast healer.

The former England captain, 31, appeared in far better shape as he trained with his team-mates in front of the media on Wednesday.

And he could be called upon by Toffees manager Ronald Koeman to face Apollon Limassol in their Europa League tie at Goodison tomorrow.

What happens in Vegas...

Rangers manager staying tight-lipped

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has declined to discuss the club’s private team meetings, insisting that “what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas”.

Caixinha has had a tough few days following Saturday’s 2-0 derby defeat by Celtic, and then reports of a bust-up with some of his players in the aftermath.

But he's not letting on what was discussed behind closed doors.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match bagainst Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23
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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match bagainst Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23

Costa's farewell note

Striker pens post to Chelsea fans

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Diego Costa has gone on Instagram to speak to Chelsea fans after completing his return to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international said his Stamford Bridge exit had taken place "not the way I would have wanted – far from it", but he thanked the fans and his team-mates - who he said will "remain forever in my mind and heart".

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Former Gunner advises Europa focus

Hleb says Arsenal should strive to win EL

Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb believes Arsenal may be better using the Europa League as their primary route back to the top level of continental competition.

Speaking in The Independent, Belarusian midfielder Hleb, 36, said: "Arsenal could do what Manchester United did.

"They should be aiming to win every competition, which they are capable of doing.

"The Europa League offers another opportunity for them to qualify for the Champions League. If the chance presents itself, they should go for it."

Arsenal travel to face Bate Borisov on Thursday.

Alexander Hleb in action for former club Arsenal
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Alexander Hleb in action for former club Arsenal

Celtic confident against Belgians

Brendan Rodgers' team has history on side

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The current Celtic side will hope not to buck a trend when they face Belgian Champions Anderlecht in the Champions League this evening.

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Koeman done for the afternoon

Everton manager's press conference finished

Ronald Koeman has finished his Everton press conference.

We'll see on Thursday whether his cautiously optimistic tone is reflected on the pitch.

Everton could do with a more convincing run out against Apollon Limassol to prove they're going to progress in Europe this season.

Supporters are still raw from a 3-0 defeat by Atalanta earlier this month.

Everton midfielders Idrissa Gueye (left) and Tom Davies (right)
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Everton midfielders Idrissa Gueye (left) and Tom Davies (right)

Bolasie not back yet

Winger tweeted video of training

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Everton winger Yannick Bolasie was excited to showcase the advanced stage of his comeback from a serious knee injury last year with a video on his Twitter account.

But manager Ronald Koeman wasn't getting too carried away.

Koeman said: “When I watch it I thought maybe he is available for tomorrow! He is doing well, it’s a long period and he’s working hard. What he did is not only football - you need to be stronger and ready to be competition. Maybe not three, four, five weeks until he’s ready to start first-team training.”

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Keane and Jagielka out

Everton won't have defenders available

Ronald Koeman says his two English defenders - Captain Phil Jagielka and summer signing Michael Keane - are both injured and unavailable to face Apollon Limassol.

He adds that they're both a doubt for Sunday's Premier League game against Burnley at Goodison Park.

Everton central defender Michael Keane
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Everton central defender Michael Keane

James McCarthy injury latest

Republic of Ireland midfielder working his way back

Ronald Koeman explained the latest on Everton's James McCarthy's protracted fitness battle.

He said: “His situation is, what I heard from the doctor, he can be part of the team for training on Friday. But his last game was July.

“I think that is the answer for you.”

He doesn't sound too convinced there.

Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy
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Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy

No Niasse isn't nice

Everton striker can't play

Everton striker Oumar Niasse celebrates a goal
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Everton striker Oumar Niasse celebrates a goal

Everton's man of the moment Oumar Niasse can't face Apollon Limassol on Thursday - because he wasn't even selected for their Europa League squad.

Koeman explained: "We had to make that decision, a long time ago, at that time his situation was not situation of now."

No repeat of Atalanta

Koeman wants Europa revival

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says his team's confidence is recovering after a difficult run of games, including their emphatic 3-0 defeat by Atalanta in their Europa League group stage opening game.

He said: "I think the win in the last two games against Sunderland and Bournemouth is important.

“We need to react because the final result in Italy was not the Everton we like.”

The Toffees host Apollon Limassol on Thursday.

Everton lost 3-0 in Atalanta
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Everton lost 3-0 in Atalanta

Mendy has his say

Man City defender sets record stright

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Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has taken to Twitter to correct estimates about the extent of his injury concern.

Mendy, 23, says it's uncertain how bad his knee problem is.

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We're back

More football reaction and preview

Did you miss us?

We're still counting down to the Champions League games tonight, as Manchester United, Chelsea and Celtic prepare for action.

Meanwhile Everton and Arsenal have Europa League ties on Thursday evening so we'll keep an eye on their build-up.

Toffees manager Ronald Koeman will face the media shortly to discuss their game with Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman
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Everton manager Ronald Koeman

That's all for now

Time to wrap it up

We're going to finish now.

Thanks for following the updates this morning and let's hope tonight's Champions League fixtures bring plenty more goals.

See you later.

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scores his team's first goal during the Group F football match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium
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Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scores his team's first goal during the Group F football match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium

Keane trains alone

Injured Everton man lonely at Finch Farm

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News from Everton's Finch Farm training ground, where the Toffees' injured defender Michael Keane is at least able to make it out on the Finch Farm pitches.

Whether he'll be able to figure for manager Ronald Koeman's side against Burnley at the weekend is another matter.

Tribute Fail

Best intentions go awry

As is the trend these days, Napoli's payers tried to use their shirts as a tribute to injured teammate Arkadiusz Milik last night.

The Polish striker faces over four months on the sidelines after undergoing major knee surgery.

So when Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli 1-0 up in their Champions League tie against Feyenoord, he headed for the dugout, where the substitutes handed him a shirt.

Insigne quickly unfolded it to hold up to the crowd in a mark of solidarity.

Alas it turned out to be the shirt of Piotr Zielinski, a Polish team-mate of Milik's, by mistake.He got it right in the end.

Lorenzo Insigne's attempt to pay tribute to injured teammate Arkadiusz Milik didn't go quite to plan - as he held up the wrong shirt
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Lorenzo Insigne's attempt to pay tribute to injured teammate Arkadiusz Milik didn't go quite to plan

Man City attack growing up

Winter has arrived

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The Times' estimable Henry Winter had some interesting things to say about the growing maturity of Manchester City's attack today.

You can read more here.

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Morata is doing just fine

Torres backs compatriot at Chelsea

Ex Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has been impressed with Alvaro Morata's start to life in the Premier League.

He said: "I spoke with (Morata) before he joined Chelsea and told him I would be always on the phone if he needed any advice or if I could help him

"Looking at the start he has made it doesn't look like he needs any advice at all - already he is playing well and scoring goals." (Via Mirror)

Chelsea forked out £70m for Morata in the summer.

Alvaro Morata has made a good start to life at Chelsea
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Alvaro Morata has made a good start to life at Chelsea

Man United have powerful squad

Scholes is impressed with strength in depth

Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrate a goal against Stoke City the at Bet365 Stadium on September 9, 2017
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Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrate a goal against Stoke City the at Bet365 Stadium on September 9, 2017

Jose Mourinho may have some midfield worries ahead of his Manchester United side's game against CSKA Moscow tonight.

But one former Old Trafford legend reckons that, overall, the Red Devils squad is big and strong enough to cope this season.

“I remember when there was me and Roy [Keane], [Juan Sebastian] Veron, Nicky Butt and Ryan [Giggs] who played in central midfield.

"There was an abundance of good midfielders and I think now they’ve got the same kind of squad,” Scholes told reporters at the Premier Futsal tournament in Dubai.

“You’ve got Herrera who is not getting a game, Michael Carrick who’s not getting a game.

"Pogba and Matic seem to be the first choice but Mourinho can mix and match; the midfield should be as good as any.”

Juan Sebastian Veron, Paul Scholes and Ruud Van Nistelrooy disagree with the referee at the Riverside Stadium on December 26, 2002
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Juan Sebastian Veron, Paul Scholes and Ruud Van Nistelrooy disagree with the referee at the Riverside Stadium on December 26, 2002

The Showdown

Costa and Conte to come face to face?

The Daily Express have a story which claims that Diego Costa, having finally ended his troubled Chelsea era and re-joined Atletico Madrid, fancies a few words with his former manager tonight when the two teams meet for their exciting Champions League tie in Spain's capital.

Costa apparently wants to confront Conte in the tunnel.

We'd imagine he has a few things to get off his chest.

Could be interesting...

Diego Costa could be reunited with former manager Antonio Conte in Madrid on Wednesday
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Diego Costa could be reunited with former manager Antonio Conte in Madrid on Wednesday

BreakingTottenham and West Ham charged

FA say both clubs failed to ensure orderly conduct of players

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged by The FA following their fixture on Saturday [23 September 2017].

Both clubs are charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

They have until 6pm on 28 September 2017 to respond to the charge.

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur players clash during the Premier League match between at London Stadium on September 23, 2017
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West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur players clash during the Premier League match between at London Stadium on September 23, 2017

Birthday Boy

Legend is 41

He called time on his glittering career at the end of last season, waving farewell to his beloved Roma after an astonishing 25 years in the senior set-up.

Francesco Totti hung up his boots following a dramatic last day win over Genoa on the final day of the Serie A campaign.

He's now a director at Roma and is taking his management badges with a view, presumably, to one day sitting in the Stadio Olimpico dug-out.

Francesco Totti has turned 41.
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Francesco Totti has turned 41.

Get Involved - Unusual Substitutions

Werner subbed due to crowd noise at Besiktas

Craig Hughes: Wasn't Balotelli allergic to the grass in one game while at Man City?

Adam Donaldson: Sounds like anxiety. Not too "bizarre" really.

Talking Point: Is Kane now the best?

Has Spurs man over-taken Rooney?

Is Harry Kane now better than Wayne Rooney at his peak?
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Is Harry Kane now better than Wayne Rooney at his peak?

Kane's goals are putting him in a class of his own right now.

He scores all types of goals and if he can become as prolific for England then maybe, just maybe, Gareth Southgate's side can get to the last 16 in the World Cup next summer (jokes...quarter finals at least).

But we've got to ask.

Is Kane better now than Wayne Rooney at his peak - the last consistently top English striker?

What do you think?

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Kane's goal glut in numbers

He can't stop scoring

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Wow.

Harry Kane alone has outscored SEVEN Premier League clubs this season.

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Possession Kings

Celtic to pass the test?

Brendan Rodger's Celtic face Anderlecht in Belgium tonight with a new title which will make the footballing purist proud.

They're the pass-masters of Europe.

You can read more about their incredible possession stats here.

The Glasgow club take on the Belgian champions at 7:45pm (BST)

Pep's lighter side

Man City boss was Lineker's ball boy

Master tactician? Yep.

Unfeasibly suave? Check.

Always ready with a light-hearted gag? Errrrr.

But guess what? Pep Guardiola can have a laugh when the pressure is off.

MOTD's Gary Lineker has had a nice chat with the Manchester City manager on the BBC Football site today, in which the Catalan recalls being Gary's ball-boy at Camp Nou!

Lineker said: "It was good to speak to him (Guardiola in a more relaxed setting to hear his thoughts about English football and try to find out a little bit about what makes him tick.

"What came across is that the psychological part of the game is as important to him as his tactics when it comes to working with his team."

You can read more here.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Get Involved - Unusual Substitutions

Werner subbed with 'hearing issues'

Timo Werner of RB Leipzig
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Timo Werner of RB Leipzig

Say that again?

No, you heard right.

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner was apparently forced off against Besiktas with dizziness after home fans' noisy chanting.

That's a new one on us.

Can you top that bizarre substitution reason?

Send us your examples. It can be from watching your team or your own 5-a-side, Sunday League experiences!

Tweet me at #bbcsportsday

(Leipzig lost 2-0 against a noisily supported Besiktas)

Daily Star

Kane is able

Harry Kane's impressive hat-trick in Cyprus, as Spurs beat Apoel Nicosia 3-0 in their Champions League encounter, leads the Star's back page.

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Daily Mirror

Klopp's goal woes

It was Liverpool - and their failure to find a winner in Moscow - that the Daily Mirror led on.

The Reds drew 1-1 away at Spartak Moscow in their Champions League game.

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Little Ronaldo

She's got it

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Before we get serious though, let's pause for a moment and appreciate this little girl's attempt to do the Cristiano Ronaldo celebration in the crowd in Germany last night.

Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in Group H with her hero, as ever, getting on the score sheet.

Sure he'd be proud of her efforts.

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Back Pages

What the national press are saying

Let's take a look at the back pages of the national newspapers today then.

The Guardian focus on Ben Stokes and also find room for Harry Kane's heroics.

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Welcome in

Let's get started

Good morning!

Thanks for joining us for all the reaction and analysis from a busy night of Champions League football and more.

It's Wednesday, so we're officially half way through the week, and if you're looking for extra positives there is more Champions League action tonight as Manchester United take on CSKA Moscow and Celtic face Anderlecht, to name but a couple.

Lovely.

Let's get started...

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has midfield injury concerns ahead of the CSKA Moscow clash
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has midfield injury concerns ahead of the CSKA Moscow clash