Champions League statements for this evening's Matchday

  • Chelsea FC - Stade Rennais (Group E) 

- Frank Lampard, Chelsea manager

"Where we are in the group we are happy, but we can't get complacent. We must stay on top of ourselves. The clean sheets have been great. We always want to improve. We have seen some progression but it is a work in progress." 

On Edouard Mendy: “When we were in to sign [goalkeeper Edouard Mendy] all the feedback was that he had a strong personality in the dressing room. He is very low maintenance. He wants to engage and he works hard. He has a massive work ethic to push himself. He has shown that and smiled every day. He has asked relevant questions and engaged with the players around him.” 

About Christian Pullisic’s absence: ”Christian [Pulišić] had a scan yesterday which showed a very minor injury to his hamstring. He won't be fit for tomorrow, but we will see after that. It's obviously a relief for it to be on the small side. He's an important player for us. Some players who play on the edge and have speed could be more susceptible.”

- Timo Werner, Chelsea forward

"[Rennes] are a very good team, with a lot of good players. They have started well and it is not easy to play against Sevilla, and to lose just 1-0 it shows you have a very good team. We are strong enough to beat every team in the world. 

“We have to have the goal to go very far in the competition. We are here to win the Champions League and this year is a good chance. We are in a good way and we learn from each other and we have a good chance to go very far."

  • Sevilla FC - FC Krasnodar (Group E)

- Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla coach

"Krasnodar are a side built to win the Russian league, even if they’ve not started as well as they’d have liked. They have some top players, and you saw against Chelsea they deserved more until they conceded the second goal. If you think this will be an easy game then you’re not living in the reality of football. 

"We have been punished at certain times without being a worse side than our opponent, but each little detail makes the difference. We always work to be a side with an identity, that dominates the game and doesn’t give the opponent anything. This is what we work on ahead of every game."

- Murad Musaev , Krasnodar coach

"Our run of results is down to the fact that we have missed five or six regulars for several matches. It leaves a mark. This is not how we dreamed our UEFA Champions League campaign would start. We have to be strong, disciplined and relaxed even though we do not have our best squad. But I am sure that everyone who takes to the pitch will fight until the last second."

- Cristian Ramírez, Krasnodar defender

"This is a very important match for us. We know we have to give our all to perform well. Yes, we are playing in two competitions which takes its toll on preparation and recuperation. We will have to improvise. We have enough players to replace the ones who cannot play but the most important is to be ready and work for 100 percent."

  • FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - SS Lazio (Group F)

- Sergei Semak, Zenit coach

"We played with three central defenders in our last UEFA Champions League game as the players’ strengths suit those kinds of tactics. Now the situation is different. Considering our defenders now, it's highly improbable that we'll play like that again this season.

"I'm very happy with [midfielder] Aleksandr Erokhin - he is very useful to us and scores quite a few goals, and as a result he received a call-up to the national team. We always try to bear in mind the strengths of every player and use them in the best ways possible."

- Artem Dzyuba, Zenit forward

"We all watch Serie A matches. Lazio are a very interesting team. They usually play with five defenders, but still score lots of goals. Ciro Immobile won the Golden Boot last season, and that shows how dangerous he is. He can score from any position and in any situation. He is also an excellent penalty taker with almost no misses. That is a sign of huge mental strength."

- Simone Inzaghi, Lazio coach

"Zenit are an excellent team, organised and with a coach who allows them play good football. They have important players in all positions and they have a lot of quality. My team will play an excellent game, we know that a great match will be needed, my team will be ready. 

"Like at Brugge, we have a few unavailable players. Strakosha, Immobile and Leiva did not travel with us. In addition, we have those who have been absent for some time, such as Radu, Lulić, Escalante, Lazzari and Luis Alberto."

  • Club Brugge KV - BVB Borussia Dortmund (Group F)

- Philippe Clement, Club Brugge coach

"My job is to make sure my squad is ready. I want to see a team with guts. A draw can be good, but a win is always fantastic. I'm not going to look at the standings now: that's for later. These are matches where you have to get the most out of it and not start calculating - mathematics is bad."

- Simon Mignolet, Club Brugge goalkeeper

"It's always fun to play against [Belgium team-mates]. Extra fun because you know their qualities and especially with Thomas [Meunier] who is returning to Bruges. He will be looking forward to it. But we don't just know the Belgian players. We know them all through and through, and know that they have a strong core."

- Lucien Favre, Dortmund coach

"We only have one fit central defender who is used to playing in a back four, so we’ll have to see how we set up defensively. The important thing about our defence is that all the players defend. We’re doing a lot better this season, but we’ll keep working to allow even fewer chances. We can’t concede as many as we did last year."

- Thomas Meunier, Dortmund defender

"Club Brugge are very popular in Belgium. They have managed to show consistency for years now, despite many changes in the squad and staff. They have a few very good new players and are a very good team now."

  • Ferencváros TC - Juventus FC (Group G) 

- Serhiy Rebrov, Ferencváros coach

“Everyone wants to test themselves against players like Messi and Ronaldo, so I hope the latter will be there on the field. The players are prepared for their opponents; they know their strengths. Whether it’s Ronaldo, Dybala or Morata, they are all top players. Juventus are not just a bunch of names: they work as a team.”

On Andrea Pirlo: “Pirlo was one of the best players in the world and has also brought a fresh perspective on football as a coach. I know the system which he works with; he has a vision for football and he has a good player-base, and that means he has a beautiful future ahead of him.”.”

- Miha Blažić, Ferencváros defender

“We’re really looking forward to the match. We know we are playing one of the best teams in Europe. We want to give over 100% and show what we can do. The pitch could be a little better, but that won’t affect the performance because both teams are on the same surface. It is always an honor to play against teams like this. It is a dream for all of us.”

- Andrea Pirlo, Juventus coach

"Budapest is a beautiful city, but we are here to play football, to have a great match and to win. We have studied Ferencváros. They are a quality team and they have had two good games in the Champions League, in which they deserved more. They have a good game plan and excellent attacking players."

"The match against Barcelona made us understand that we need to improve. Facing a great team so early on may have also done us good."

  • FC Barcelona - FC Dynamo Kyiv (Group G)

- Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach

"Our objectives are always the same: to play good football, create goalscoring chances, and you need to win your Champions League games at home. We look good at the moment with six points and we want to carry on that way."

"What I most like about the side is how they work, how we have upped the intensity, and their openness to listen and improve. I like their attitude. We can still play better and create more clear-cut chances."

- Mircea Lucescu, Dynamo coach

“Koeman faces difficulties, having had to implement changes [...] They have a lot of talent in the squad, but they need to solve issues with pace, and work on the club's traditional style. As for now, everything depends on Messi. Despite that Barcelona look splendid in Europe.”

"Messi does exceptional things on the pitch. He thinks of the team and not of himself. He fights for the ball and passes it much more often than he used to."

  • FK Istanbul Basaksehir - Manchester United FC (Group H)

- Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Man. United manager

"We are not getting ahead of ourselves. We can beat anyone. We have a style we want to play. Sometimes on paper it looks 4-4-2, 4-3-3. The principles are still there; for us, when we start with three at the back it is the same as when we have four at the back. In Turkey, you have fanatic fans and of course to have the home fans with you is an advantage. We miss fans.”

“Every player is frustrated after the [1-0 Premier League loss to Arsenal]. We need consistency from every one of our players. The main thing is working hard, trying to improve. We want to be consistent. Last season when we found consistency we achieved third in the Premier League and Champions League football."

  • RB Leipzig - Paris Saint-Germain (Group H)

- Julian Nagelsmann, Leipzig coach

"I see the two games against Paris as a knockout tie. It's all about getting more points from these games than they do, so four points from the two games would be good. Yoi don't have another 34 games to make up for bad results [in the Champions League]. The pressure is on, but it's a privilege to have that pressure. That means there is something at stake. If it wasn’t, it would be quite boring."

"It is not the worst thing for us that Mbappé and Neymar cannot play. They are outstanding players, and Paris are stronger with them than without them. But we would also be better if all of our players were fit."

- Thomas Tuchel, PSG coach

"It is up to us to show we are able to fight together and this will require extra effort from everyone. If you have a look at the list of missing players and the squad we have here, it is no big secret to know who will start tomorrow. In football, it is a collective effort and that's the way it will be tomorrow."


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