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Manchester City Champions League permutations

It's not a straightforward for Manchester City in the Champions League, but they still have a great chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

The Premier League champions know a win in Rome will see them through, as long as CSKA Moscow don't defeat group winners Bayern Munich in Germany.

Vincent Kompany could return from injury for the game. Credit: PA

Alternatively, City could still advance by drawing in the Italian capital by a score of 2-2 or greater, as, if points are equal in the group, the standings are decided on head-to-head in the competition and City drew 1-1 with Roma in Manchester earlier on.

Even a CSKA draw in Munich could be enough, in addition to a 1-1 scoreline in Rome, as then City's goal difference will be greater.

Manchester City captain Kompany a doubt for Champions League clash

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is in a race against time to be fit for his side's crucial Champions League group game with Roma on Wednesday.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said he did not yet know the extent of the injury, but that the Belgian will miss the team's two next league games.

Vincent Kompany limped out of the game against Southampton. Credit: PA

"It's very difficult because I cannot say without the opinion of the doctor how his injury will improve in the next days," Pellegrini admitted

"It depends what degree of muscle injury he has. It's very difficult to know in this moment if he can play against Rome.

"He is not able to play against Sunderland or against Everton, that's sure.

"We'll see if he arrives against Roma. That will depend on the opinion of the doctor."


German police investigate attempted manslaughter claims following Champions League match

German police have launched an investigation into attempted manslaughter after Galatasaray fans threw firecrackers at Borussia Dortmund supporters during their Champions League match on Tuesday night.

The referee had to the match, which Dortmund won 4-1, on two occasions due to pyrotechnics being thrown by the visiting supporters.

Two police officers were injured before the match following clashes with Galatasaray fans.

The game was stopped twice due to flares being thrown. Credit: Reuters

A statement from the German police said "massive firecrackers, flares and smoke bombs" were set off during the match by Gala fans and "pyrotechnics and ripped-up seats" were thrown into the area of the home fans and other spectators.

Police held the Galatasaray fans in the stadium after the final whistle to take their details.

"Among other investigations were those launched into attempted manslaughter, breach of the peace and breaking laws on explosives and laws on assembly," the statement said.

UEFA reduce CSKA Moscow stadium ban and fine for racist chants

CSKA's match against City was played behind closed doors. Credit: Reuters

UEFA have decided to reduce the penalty handed down to CSKA Moscow for racist chanting by their supporters.

The Russian club were originally handed a £158,000 fine and ordered to play three matches behind closed doors following racist chants during the Champions League match against Roma this year.

The revised penalty has seen CSKA's fine reduced to £79,000, while they will only have to play two matches behind closed doors, the first of which was a 2-2 draw against Man City.


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."

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