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Jose Mourinho rules out Chelsea trio

Mourinho takes training at Cobham this morning. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has ruled out Andre Schurrle, Ramires and Diego Costa for Chelsea's Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday evening.

Top goalscorer Costa will again miss out after failing to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday's Premier League victory over Crystal Palace.

Mourinho is likely to use both Didier Drogba and Loic Remy at some stage tomorrow night after revealing that Drogba is not fit enough to play a whole match.

"He's not in conditions to play for 90 minutes," Mourinho explained. "But he's fit to play, starting or not starting, Didier is in much better condition."

Domestic title winners to be top-seeded in Champions League

UEFA is set to reward winners of the big European leagues with top-seed status in the Champions League from next season.

Current English champions Manchester City were not a top seed in this season's Champions League. Credit: PA

Teams are currently seeded based on their performance in European competitions over the last five years, rather than domestic competitions.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said the group-stage change "will be approved" at the start of next year. The defending champions will also be awarded top-seed status.

"People had difficulties in understanding how the champion of a country is in a lower pot than the third-ranked in that country," Infantino said.

"This will give another dynamic with the draw and in the way the groups are composed."


Totti thanks Manchester City for helping him score against them

Totti cancelled out City's opener with a clever chip. Credit: PA

Roma captain Francesco Totti has thanked Manchester City for giving him extra motivation to score on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old striker was reminded through City's official twitter account hours before his team's Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium that he had never scored in England.

So Totti made sure to put things right when he cancelled out Sergio Aguero's opener to earn Roma a 1-1 draw.

"City's tweet? It really brought me luck," Totti told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "It was a beautiful goal and a good performance.

"I really wanted to score as soon as possible as I had not found the back of the net this season.

"But above all, I am thrilled for my team because we have shown a lot of strength, which was not easy."

David Beckham watches PSG match with Jay-Z and Beyonce

David Beckham was joined by Jay-Z and Beyonce in Paris on Tuesday evening, as he watched former club Paris Saint-Germain take on Barcelona in the Champions League.

The trio went home with smiles on their faces after watching the Parisian side record an impressive 3-2 victory.

PSG welcomed the A-list stars for the visit of Barcelona. Credit: PA
Beckham was joined by Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce, in Paris. Credit: PA
Jay-Z and Becks were all smiles. Credit: PA


Bayern Munich fans use high-rise to watch closed match

A group of 55 Bayern Munich fans determined to watch their team's match in Moscow last night paid £5,400 for a high-rise office space overlooking the Luzhniki Stadium.

They were joined by reserve team player Tobias Scweinsteiger, who tweeted the image below, explaining: "Where there's a will, there's a way."

UEFA forced CSKA Moscow to play the Champions League match behind closed doors as punishment for racist chants by their fans during a match against Viktoria Plzen in December 2013.

CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich line-up before kick-off. Credit: Reuters

The opportunistic group were rewarded for their troubles after Bayern collected all three points in a closely fought contest, thanks to Thomas Muller's first half penalty.

Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was unaware the supporters had paid to rent the office space, but later agreed to cover all costs.

"This was not known to us and my colleague Jan Dreesen has indeed paid the rent for the game," he confirmed.

Celtic reinstated in Champions League despite 6-1 loss

Celtic have been reinstated in the Champions League despite a humiliating 6-1 defeat on aggregate to Legia Warsaw - who played an ineligible player.

Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk looks dejected during the Champions League match against Legia Warsaw. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

The Polish side brought on Bartosza Bereszynski, who should have been suspended, as a substitute with four remaining minutes in their 2-0 victory at Murrayfield.

Uefa ruled that Legia Warsaw must forfeit their second leg match and awarded Celtic a 3-0 victory - meaning the Scottish champions progress on away goals.

If a side fields a suspended player they must forfeit the match, according to Uefa rules.

Legia Warsaw have the right to appeal the decision.

Real Madrid win Champions League

Gareth Bale scored a winner with minutes to go in extra time. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid have beaten rivals Atletico 4-1 to lift the Champions League trophy, after coming from behind to secure a dramatic win in extra time.

An equaliser in the final moments of the 90 from Sergio Ramos took the game into extra time after Diego Godin had put Atletico ahead.

Goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo then wrapped up the win with a scoreline that did not truly tell the story of a tense match.

Greenpeace activists arrested at Champions League final

Ten Greenpeace campaigners have been arrested at the Champions League Final in Lisbon before they were able to attach a protest banner to the stadium roof.

CNN sports correspondent Alex Thomas tweeted these pictures from the event where Real Madrid are playing Atletico Madrid.

The activists lived inside a concrete tube at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz arena for three days before the stunt against Arctic drilling energy company Gazprom.

Last year Greenpeace campaigners had to be escorted from the pitch during another protest at the 2013 Champions League Final in Switzerland.

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