Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (left) celebrates his goal against Apoel Nicosia with Brazilian Neymar da Silva   at Camp Nou. Photograph: Toni Albir / EPA

Barcelona 1 Apoel Nicosia 0Barcelona won their opening Champions League game but that was no more than could be expected. Indeed, it was less than mos(...)

Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (centre) celebrates with team mates after scoring the equaliser   against Chelsea  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Chelsea 1 Schalke 1Jose Mourinho had offered up a reminder on the eve of this contest that he is very much “part of this tournament’s history”, though(...)

 Everton manager Roberto Martinez speaks to the media during a pre-match  press conference at Finch Farm ahead of the Europa LEague tie with Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Everton v Wolfsburg, Thursday, 8.05pm Everton are back where they belong, according to boss Roberto Martinez. The Toffees will play their first Europe(...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty against Ludogorets during their Champions League soccer match at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his players for the manner in which they eked out a 2-1 victory over Ludogorets but was qui(...)

Manchester City players (L-R) Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard and Aleksandar Kolarov during their  training session in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Marc Mueller / EPA

The mission for Manchester City in Bavaria this evening is to prove their Champions League lesson has been learned. With Manuel Pellegrini hoping for(...)

 Steven Gerrard of Liverpool scores the crucial  second goal from the penalty spot against Ludogorets  at Anfield.  Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Captain Steven Gerrard conceded Liverpool have “a lot to learn” after a battling 2-1 victory over Ludogorets in their first Champions League game for (...)

Mario Balotelli of Liverpool scores the opening goal past Milan Borjan of  Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield.  Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool 2 Ludogorets 1Mario Balotelli has always had a sense of timing, and waiting until eight minutes from the end of a delicately poised Champion(...)

 Pep Guardiola oversees Bayern Munich  training   ahead of their Uefa Champions League Group E match against Manchester City at Allianz Arena. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has stated no Bayern Munich player wants to join Manchester United despite the deposed champions having been interested in Thomas Müller(...)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (centre) in action against Swansea’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (left)   at Stamford Bridge last wekend. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on Eden Hazard to prove he is one of the greatest players of his generation. The Blues boss expects the Belgi(...)

Ludogorets’ Anicet Abel runs with the ball during a training session at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble

Liverpool face Ludogorets in their opening Champions League Group B match at Anfield tonight.Here are a selection of titbits concerning the Bulgarian (...)