Basel winger Xherdan Shaqiri claims Manchester United are paying the price for their own arrogance as the Red Devils gear up for a Europa League - not Champions League - tie on Thursday.
Stand-in captain Tony Hibbert will make a record 20th European appearance for Everton when BATE Borisov visit Goodison Park on Thursday night, but it's the club's youth brigade who are likely to attract the spotlight.
Tony Mowbray insists his players will be unaffected by the furore surrounding Thursday night's Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna at Parkhead.
Everton, Fulham and Celtic were all handed tricky assignments as the draw for the group stage of the brand new Europa League took place in Monaco on Friday.
David Moyes is concerned by his failure to significantly add to his Everton squad ahead of the 2009/10 campaign.
Scottish Premier League side Motherwell have been drawn to play Welsh side Llanelli in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.
Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf admitted Diego's absence from the UEFA Cup final cost his side dearly.
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu quickly switched his focus to the biggest prize in European club football after seeing his side become the last ever winners of the UEFA Cup.
Fewer than 12,000 Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk supporters have travelled to Istanbul for Wednesday's UEFA Cup final as money worries and the long trip to Turkey seemed to have kept many at home.
Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf is assessing the walking wounded in his injury-hit squad ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Cup final against Shakhtar Donetsk.