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Champions League statements for this evening's Matchday

  • Lokomotiv - Club Atlético de Madrid (Group A) 

- Marko Nikolić, Lokomotiv Moskva coach

“We are ready for another exciting and great match tomorrow. One of Europe's finest teams has come to Moscow. I respect Atlético and Diego Simeone, they make it to the final stages of European competitions almost every season. But we have prepared well and we have our qualities. The Bayern match was a great experience but it did not bring us any points. We will do our best to play for points and not just for a great experience tomorrow.”

- Grzegorz Krychowiak, Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder:

“We played a decent match against Bayern but failed to win any points. We have to be more efficient. We respect Atlético but we also believe in ourselves. We have played them several times and it has never been easy; tomorrow won’t be either.. But we are ready to give them a fight. Everything depends on us.”

- Diego Pablo Simeone, Atlético de Madrid coach

On Luis Suárez importance: "Everything is generated by the presence of Suarez. [Suarez's presence] means we have to supply him."

"[Diego] Costa and [Alvaro] Morata had other characteristics. Luis needs to have more people around him and to be where he knows he's going to do damage.

Evidently, Suarez's characteristics generates this worry for us to make the most of his characteristics. We played a different way with [Radamel] Falcao, the same with Costa and, with Suarez, we have to adapt to another situation.

"The characteristics of your players always show you the way as a coach when looking to make the most of your team. I don't talk about what could happen because football is very dynamic and each game is different.

"We're going to stick with our game-by-game [philosophy] and, based on what we see in training, we'll look to play in the way that we need to."

"We're going up against a very competitive team. Apart from four draws from their last 14 games, the defeats weren't by more than one goal.

"They're always competitive games and we have to go back 15 matches to find a 2-0 defeat for Lokomotiv. They know how to compete and we'll have to take the game where we can do the most damage."

"Apart from four draws from their last 14 games, the defeats weren't by more than one goal.

"They're always competitive games and we have to go back 15 matches to find a 2-0 defeat for Lokomotiv. They know how to compete and we'll have to take the game where we can do the most damage."

- Stefan Savić, Atlético de Madrid defender

"Against Salzburg we had a great game, the team responded well after 1-2, they looked strong. What is more important, the team showed that it is alive, that it knows how to respond and that it is united."

  • FC Salzburg - FC Bayern München (Group A)

- Jesse Marsch, Salzburg coach

"It will be a hard test. We always have a chance, no matter who we are playing. Unfortunately we have to cope without our fans, but our mentality and passion on the pitch will be one hundred percent.”

- Zlatko Junuzović, Salzburg midfielder

"I am really looking forward to meeting David Alaba. We were Austria team-mates for quite a long time, and we also played against each other several times in the German Bundesliga.”

- Hans-Dieter Flick, Bayern coach

"Niklas [Süle] is out, that's obviously not ideal [...] We'll deal with it and I hope that'll be the only case. I'll think about the starting XI after today's training."

David Alaba, Bayern defender

“We are 13 games unbeaten in in the Champions League and we want to continue this streak.

"I'm obviously really excited. It's always nice to go back to your homeland."

  • FK Shakhtar Donetsk - Borussia Mönchengladbach (Group B)

- Luís Castro, Shakhtar coach

"We're in a complicated group with teams like Real Madrid and Inter. But I trust my players and expect an excellent performance from them.

"It's going to be a big game against a complicated opponent. They'll create danger in our penalty area. Borussia defeated a good team in Leipzig at the weekend. I expect a competent and strong opponent that we have studied well."

- Marco Rose, Gladbach coach

"We're very versatile tactically. The lads can play with a back four or back three. The aim is to be aggressive off the ball against Shakhtar but we also need to play good football against them.

"In Europe, Shakhtar play a good role for quite a while now. They have already won the Europa League. They have a lot of quality. That’s why we have respect for the opponent but we want to take our opportunity.

"Shakhtar defend very well and we know how dangerous they are on the counter. We have to be very alert. We fancy our chances though and want to get a result."

Jonas Hofmann, Gladbach midfielder

"We can play with a lot of self-confidence from the first two Champions League games. We brought two big teams to the edge of a defeat. This demonstrates our skills. We don’t hide from big names and play bravely – we also want to show this tomorrow."

  • Real Madrid CF - FC Inter Milan (Group B)

- Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach 

About Inter Milan: "We know our opponents and it's complicated. They are a good team and very physical. And they play good football. Another difficult game for us. It is a final."

On attacking trio: "Hazard, Benzema and Asensio are sure to do important things. I know that there is talk of having to change things in the squad, but what I see from the inside is that everyone wants to win and that is very good for the coach, which is me at the moment. I enjoy all of my players and we are going to try with everyone to achieve the objectives."

On Luka Modric: "Nothing has changed with Luka, we know what he's like for us. There are a lot of games and we are going to rely on all of the players. Luka does well every time he plays. For a coach it's the most difficult thing, especially with players like Luka. Choosing and playing, sometimes not playing... But Modric is very important for us."

About football nowadays: "Football is becoming more and more equal. There are no small teams. Football is becoming more difficult and more beautiful. Today, anyone can win. That is why we are happy every time we win."

His future: "I don't think about that, only about giving my all against Inter."

- Rafhael Varanne, Real Madrid defender

Defensive problems: "When the team doesn't defend well, we have to make more complicated decisions at the back. It is true that we have not been good without Sergio in the Champions League. But this is a matter for all of us."

On duo with Sergio Ramos: "I make him better and he makes me better. But defending is a collective thing."

About Eden Hazard's return: "He is a great person, with whom we can talk about everything and laugh. He has adapted very well to the squad. We've had a good time. He's a top player and he's going to give us a lot. "He makes the difference, a special player. On a technical level he's going to give us a lot."

Absences at the back: "The calendar is complicated, there are lots of games. We prepare very well on a physical level to play every three days. We don't think about injuries. In Europe there are many players who have been injured with this pace of matches. But that's the way it is. We don't have to think about rest or injuries, we have to think about winning."

About Romelu Lukaku missing fixture: "I know him well, I have played against him many times. He is a very good player. But Inter are very complete, a team that is always well positioned and solid. We are prepared to face a very good opponent."

On Achraf Hakimi returning as an enemy: "He made the decision he thought was best for him. Sure, Real Madrid is a special club for him, but he made a decision for his career. The player always thinks in context. Real Madrid will always be special to him."

- Antonio Conte, Internazionale Milan coach

About Inter Milan project: "I'm focused on Inter and I'm excited. We're creating something important."

On Real Madrid's previous interest: "The opportunity [to coach Real Madrid] was given, but the situation wasn't ripe. I appreciate it.

"I was very close a couple of times, but I thought, the season had already started and it would have been complicated. I explained that when they called me."

About the way to face Real Madrid: "In each game we need to grab points, to win. There are situations in which by the strength of the opponent you measure yourself against teams, like this one, built to win the Champions League.

"There's no team like Real Madrid. It's not a walk. We'll go out to suffer and we are prepared for it. We are not going to get into a corner to receive blows. We are going to face them without fear, as always."

On Zinedine Zidane: [Zidane is an] exceptional lad, a great man, with whom I have a great relationship," Conte stated.

- Arturo Vidal, Internazionale Milan midfielder

Specially motivated for Real Madrid clash: "It's a great matchI spent two great years at Barcelona, so I hope to be able to celebrate a win [on Tuesday] with Inter and Barcelona fans."

On Real Madrid Champions League memories: "We crossed paths with Madrid twice and it wasn't to be. But anyway, I was happy in the end this summer because Bayern won the Champions League."

  • Manchester City FC - Olympiacos SFP (Group C) 

Josep Guardiola, Man. City manager

"We want to qualify, this is the first step. First would be better and as soon as possible but if we have to qualify in the last game at home that is okay. After winning the first two games against Porto and Marseille now we have another chance tomorrow against Olympiacos to leave them six points behind. This is the target and we are going to try.

"You cannot make a false step in the Champions League because after that you struggle. We know to qualify you have to secure your games at home and win at least one away. We did it winning in Marseille but now we have to be sure we can keep the points at home. That’s why tomorrow we have an incredible opportunity to make a huge step to qualify for the next round."

Nathan Aké, Man. City defender

"There is a very important game, a good one. We want to do well this season so every game will be important. We focus on Olympiacos first in an important game for our group and then see what happens after."

Pedro Martins, Olympiacos coach

"City are the strongest team in the group. With Porto [on Matchday 2], we had a lot of opportunities, won many corners and fouls. But we also made some mistakes and we paid for them. We have to be much more careful against City.

"Our identity will not change. Our opponents are very good and the game will be difficult. We will have to show fortitude, dig deep and face the challenges head on."

  • FC Porto - Olympique de Marseille (Group C)

- Sérgio Conceição, Porto coach

“Pepe's injury is not a bluff, unfortunately. It's highly unlikely he will be fit to play, but I'll talk with him and with the doctors to see if there is the slight chance he can feature in the game.

"We won’t be fooled by Marseille’s form [still without a point]. They are no ordinary club. They play in a more competitive league than Portugal’s and are tested weekly. Their coach has won titles before including the Europa League, and they have several international players in their squad. In short, it’s another difficult test.”

- André Villas-Boas, Marseille coach

"This is one of our last two chances to dream of qualifying. We have to do something tomorrow to dream of a potential qualification for the last 16 because of our two poor performances. We are in this situation where we are going to argue this possibility with Porto.

"We have this obligation towards ourselves and the supporters to do something different with our spirit, our game and our grit which we may have missed against City. We could have done better against City, although it would have been very difficult. We will give everything and see if we can come up with something else in terms of our quality of play."

  • FC Midtjylland - AFC Ajax (Group D)

- Brian Priske, Midtjylland coach

“I know we will perform well, I know we will perform as a team, and I know Ajax will have a hard time.”

- Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach 

"Midtjylland played very well at Liverpool last week. I still expect a high level from my players. There are only six group duels, so we know what to do tomorrow night.

"We are still here with many good players. Maybe some guys have to play in a different position than they are used to, but we rotate more often. Everyone knows what is required in our game."

  • Atalanta BC - Liverpool FC (Group D)

Gian Piero Gasperini, Atalanta coach

“[Jürgen] Klopp's compliments make us happy. We arrive at tomorrow's match with the intention of being able to measure ourselves against the best in the world and in Europe. [Marten] De Roon and [Robin] Gosens are injured, the rest could recover.

"Jürgen Klopp is a point of reference for all coaches, it is an honour for us to face them. These next matches will be fundamental, we face the strongest team in the group. It will be important for us to get points to gain an advantage over Ajax, at least in theory. Every game is important.”

- Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool coach

“Joel [Matip] and Naby [Keïta] trained yesterday. We have to wait until the medical department gives us green or orange or red light. We have more centre-halves available than we probably will line up together, so that's good.

“[Diogo Jota] is at the best age, 23, already experienced. He's a really good boy and a really good signing. We never hold players back at the beginning, they just need time to adapt but I knew it wouldn't take long for him to adapt because of how Wolves play – intense.

“We are in a situation we have to deal with. It's what I expect of us. We know where we stand. We have had setbacks but we have bounced back. It's really early in the season so we shouldn't think too much about where we stand in the different competitions.

“This is the biggest challenge we have in the Champions League so far. Atalanta are very difficult to play against. Slightly similar to Leeds in their approach. It will be a tough one.

“Atalanta have top players and top recruitment. Very good players and well-organised, and play a system with one hundred percent conviction. They use skills of individuals in incredibly smart ways.”

- Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool defender

“[Atalanta] are an amazing team. We saw that last year. It's hard to pick one or two players out, but they are an amazing attacking force. We have to analyse their full team.

“Italian teams are really good defensively and well-organised and hard to break down. For us it's about finding a way to do that. I don't think it's against Italian teams we specifically struggle – and it's the first time we are facing Atalanta."

Source: Marca and UEFA

 

 

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