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Mantej Mann

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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from us for now - thanks for joining our coverage!

    We'll be back later with live text commentary as the 2021-22 Champions League gets under way...

  2. 'We will see him again soon'

    Liverpool v AC Milan (Weds, 20:00 BST)

    Having only just returned to action after four months out, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the trip to Anfield with an Achilles injury, but AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli says the 39-year-old veteran forward is still a big part of his plans.

    "First and foremost, Zlatan would have started the game, but it is simply a swelling to his Achilles tendon," said Pioli.

    "He was looking fit after four months out but maybe the pitch at the San Siro caused him an issue.

    "There is no point in taking a risk with him at this stage of the season. I am considering an AC side with Zlatan and that is what he, his teammates and I want.

    "We have lots of good options and that is part of football. We have Oli Giroud and Ante Rebic, so we are well stocked in attack.

    "I am disappointed for Zlatan because he always wants to be involved but I'm sure we will see him again soon."

  3. Post update

    That's all from Pep Guardiola.

    Let's hear from AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli, with news of that injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic now...

  4. 'The future depends on him'

    Man City v RB Leipzig (Weds, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City are expected to face Spain international Dani Olmo when they face RB Leipzig on Wednesday, and manager Pep Guardiola says the 23-year-old attacking midfielder is important for club and country.

    "Dani grew up at Barca, in the academy," said Guardiola.

    "Then at Dinamo Zagreb, he showed courage and grew up there.

    "Leipzig are one of the best three teams in Germany, and playing for Spain is not easy, so he's important.

    "He’s done really well but the future depends on him."

  5. 'People say we are a failure'

    Man City v RB Leipzig (Weds, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    More now from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola on his personal drive in the Champions League...

    "Every time I start this competition, the drive, I’m incredibly happy here," said Guardiola.

    "We’ve made a step forward, improved on previous seasons.

    "We deserved to win against Porto and lost the final. People say we’re a failure, which is incredible with what we achieved last season.

    "We played so well but then lost the final. We’ll try to win – like every team in this competition. I’m not going to tell you which team will win.

    "We have to prepare well, continue the rhythm from [wins over] Norwich, Arsenal and Leicester City."

  6. Leeds appeal Struijk red card

    We heard Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talk a few moments ago about Harvey Elliott undergoing surgery on his ankle injury today.

    Leeds have since submitted an appeal against Pascal Struijk's red card for his challenge on Elliott.

    View more on twitter
  7. 'Strong philosophy'

    Man City v RB Leipzig (Weds, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    City begin their European campaign against German side RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday and manager Pep Guardiola says the visitors have a "strong philosophy".

    "Leipzig are always very good," said Guardiola. "They have strong a philosophy.

    "They have young players, who are dynamic, physical and strong. One step at a time.

    "Tomorrow (we play) Leipzig, and it's always important to start well, especially at home."

  8. Pep's proud of his players

    Man City v RB Leipzig (Wed, 20:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Unsurprisingly, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was asked - a lot - about last season's defeat by Chelsea in the Champions League final.

    "The Champions League has 13 games," he said. "Last year we won 11 games and lost one. People said we failed. I think we did incredibly well.

    "It is not guaranteed that if we did really well last season, we will do well in this one. The first thing is to win tomorrow.

    "We lost the final against a good contender. We'll try again but every team wants to win.

    "We have to prepare well for the game and continue the rhythm of the last few games. We were at a high level and we have to continue this way."

  9. Post update

    That's all from the Liverpool boss.

    We'll be heading to Manchester City shortly to hear from manager Pep Guardiola...

  10. Post update

    Liverpool v AC Milan (Weds, 20:00 BST)

    For all that praise for Zlatan, there are emerging reports which suggest he may not be involved in the game...

    View more on twitter
  11. 'What a player'

    Liverpool v AC Milan (Weds, 20:00 BST)


    Liverpool could face former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the veteran, who turns 40 next month.

    "Zlatan, what a player," said Klopp.

    "I think I saw a few videos of him when he got injured and then I saw him fighting back on the spinning bike. He came on in the last game and scored immediately.

    "He is the man for exceptional moments in the game. If he is not playing it is Ante Rebic or Olivier Giroud, who are all really good.

    "Zlatan is one of the best to have ever played the game and he knows that. That is the confidence he brings to the game.

    "Some careers maybe ended too early because there was still some fuel in the tank but he squeezes every drop out of his body."

  12. 'I cannot wait to experience it'

    Liverpool v AC Milan (Weds, 20:00 BST)


    Talking about the group, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said none of the four sides will have thought it was a great outcome.

    "When we all saw the draw, I don’t think any of us thought it was a great group," said Klopp.

    "It is a tough group. Atletico Madrid, wow. Porto, usually the champions in Portugal so a top team, and then AC Milan is one of the biggest teams in Europe, so it is proper Champions League.

    "It is all abut getting enough points to get through that group and we better not waste time, starting tomorrow.

    "It was a long time ago when we had a Champions League game at home.

    "We have spoken a lot about European nights at Anfield and I cannot wait to experience it again."

  13. 'Tough for both sides'

    Liverpool v AC Milan (Weds, 20:00 BST)


    Liverpool have faced AC Milan in two Champions League finals since the turn of the millennium, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says the victory in 2005 was more memorable than the defeat in 2007.

    "2005 I have more in my mind than 2007," said Klopp.

    "If you think of any kind o European battles, Liverpool against AC Milan is a must watch.

    "Milan have not been in the Champions League for a few years. They had a brilliant season and have started this one really good as well.

    "It will be a very tough game for both sides. There are few nice games in this stage of the competition and this is one of them."

  14. 'We all wait for news from that'

    Liverpool v AC Milan (Weds, 20:00 BST)


    Harvey Elliott suffered a serious ankle injury in the win at Leeds on Sunday and manager Jurgen Klopp said the youngster is set to undergo surgery today.

    "I spoke to him after the game and he was in the best possible place for that moment," said Klopp.

    "He had already accepted it and knew he would be out for a while. Today he is in London and will probably have the surgery.

    "Obviously that is the next step on the road back, so we all wait for news from that."

  15. Pep's plan

    Man City v RB Leipzig (Wed, 20:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and midfielder Rodri are due to speak shortly.

    This is City's 11th consecutive Champions League campaign - and they have never come closer to winning it than last season, when they were beaten by Chelsea in the final.

    It is a matter of time before they do, surely?

  16. Klopp incoming

    Liverpool v AC Milan (Weds, 20:00 BST)

    Now then, we're expecting to hear from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp shortly.

    Stay tuned for updates...

  17. Bale news 'does not look great'

    Inter Milan v Real Madrid (Wednesday 20:00 BST)

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is due to speak to the media later today of his side's Group D trip to Inter Milan tomorrow night - and Wales will be listening.

    Gareth Bale is not in Real's squad for the Inter game amid reports in Spain that he has suffered a hamstring injury.

    With World Cup qualifiers against Czech Republic and Estonia to come next month, Wales fans are waiting anxiously for news of 99-cap Bale's fitness.

    James Collins says his former international team-mate will be missed during any injury lay-off.

    "He performs on the big stage and that is what the big players do," ex-West Ham and Aston Villa defender Collins told BBC Wales Sport.

    “Gareth is just a world-class player. He is used to playing in big games, in high-pressure situations, and he performs.

    “Every game he plays for Wales in his eyes is a huge game. He loves turning up, he loves playing and he is coming up to his 100th cap which is huge for him and his family.

    “The news coming out does not look great with such big games coming up and obviously with the disappointment of the last [Wales] home game, not getting the win."

    James Collins and Gareth Bale
  18. 'He is in the race now'

    Chelsea v Zenit St Petersburg (20:00 BST)


    Let's now hear from the Blues boss, who says England defender Ben Chilwell is back in the running for selection...

    Video content

    Video caption: Ben Chilwell 'in the race now' - Thomas Tuchel
  19. 'Addictive'

    Chelsea v Zenit St Petersburg (20:00 BST)

    Chelsea begin the defence of their crown against Zenit St Petersburg this evening and manager Thomas Tuchel says the feeling of winning is "addictive".

    The Blues beat Manchester City 1-0 in last season's final and are unbeaten in five games this season.

    Midfielder N'Golo Kante and winger Christian Pulisic will miss Tuesday's game with ankle injuries - but Kante could return to face Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday.

    "Nothing is like belief," said Tuchel.

    Read more here.

  20. All you need to know...

    The group stage of what promises to be a fascinating Champions League season gets under way this week.

    Holders Chelsea are part of an English quartet in the mix, along with last season's runners-up Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.

    Intriguingly, the latter will have the competition's record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo in their side.

    And for the first time, Lionel Messi will play for someone other than Barcelona in the tournament.

    But who else will be aiming for glory in St Petersburg in May? Which other players should you look out for? And can we expect another English winner this season?

    Find out here.