• FT

    Milan

    0

    Anderlecht

    0

  • FT

    Dortmund

    1

    Ajax

    0

  • FT

    D Zagreb

    0

    FC Porto

    2

  • FT

    Malaga

    3

    Zenit

    0

  • FT

    Montpellier

    1

    Arsenal

    2

  • FT

    Olympiakos

    1

    Schalke 04

    2

  • FT

    PSG

    4

    Dynamo Kiev

    1

  • FT

    Real Madrid

    3

    Man City

    2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Santiago Bernabeu, Spain

Attendance: 67000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Real Madrid

  • Marcelo 76'
  • Karim Benzema 87'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 90'

3 - 2

FT

Manchester City

  • Edin Dzeko 68'
  • Aleksandar Kolarov 85'
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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog! Cheers again! Until tomorrow...

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    James Tyler: We'll keep significant tabs, United fan.

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    Roger Bennett: Rock on Jimmy T. See you all tomorrow... for more "The CHAMP-YONS" music

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    What about United????

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Keller. If you held out for the third act, it was an absolute treat.

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    [Comment from Keller]
    Patience rewarded with 20 minutes of sheer awesome.

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    James Tyler: Follow us on Twitter if you'd like:
    @JamesTylerESPN
    @rogbennett

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    James Tyler: Alright, must dash to write up the postgame. Thanks all for joining us today. We'll be back tomorrow, 2.15pm ET to feature Chelsea v. Juventus.

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    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    @joncarterESPN At least they had five goals at Leyton Orient v Yeovil....

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    James Tyler: Perhaps, shwin. He was persistent down the left all afternoon and finally got a shot in.

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    [Comment from joncarterESPN via Twitter]
    Make that 8. It's my own fault, I should have switched back

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    [Comment from shwin]
    Man of the match? Marcelo IMHO

  •  

    James Tyler: "Sad" that he upset his future employers, perhaps. (Not really)

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    Roger Bennett: He looked like Tori Amos sad

  •  

    [Comment from Jim, Jersey]
    did Ronnie look sad after depositing the winner?

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo will buy him a replacement.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Mourinho probably ruined a $15,000 suit with that slide

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    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter
    @rogbennett
    @jamestylerespn (HOMER)

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    James Tyler: I truly think they don't have the manpower to cope on two high-pressure fronts. Nastasic sadly shown up on Benzema's goal, for instance. Kolarov, Maicon both poor.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Need to re-watch the whole game

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. And I'll double-down on my "City fail to escape Group D" prediction.

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    [Comment from mike]
    that game WAS played on FIFA

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    James Tyler: City unlucky, perhaps, but they were decidedly second-best until their goal against the run of play.

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    Roger Bennett: Pressure on Mancini now... going to be interesting to see how/if this spills over to their Premier League campaign...

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    James Tyler: An absolutely bananas final 20 minutes there. Sublime. A good ad for the CL after a turgid first hour.

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    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    @joncarterESPN A true Jeff evening.

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    [Comment from zaphod]
    Real Madrid, 30 attempts at goal!

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    James Tyler: A nice "The League" reference, there.

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    [Comment from Shiva Blast]
    MAN CITY CLUB IN CRISIS!

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    James Tyler: Group A
    Zagreb 0, Porto 2
    PSG 4, Kiev 1

    Group B
    Montpellier 1, Arsenal 2
    Olympiakos 1, Schalke 2

    Group C
    Milan 0, Anderlecht 0
    Malaga 3, Zenit 0

    Group D
    Dortmund 1, Ajax 0
    Real 3, City 2

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    James Tyler: Other FT scores.... ones that we couldn't keep up with during the Bernabeu madness.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    Man City will never, ever, ever recover from that. Relegation candidates.

  •  

    [Comment from Juan]
    No doubt the half of the year thus far. Went from snoozer to heart pumper.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Three goals in the final six minutes = live chat mania

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    James Tyler: Three goals in the final six minutes.

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME AT THE BERNABEU: Real Madrid 3, Manchester City 2.

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    Roger Bennett: Mourinho trots down the tunnel with a dance of delight upon the final whistle. he was feeling the stress.... City will be shattered after this second half effort. They fly home with nothing to show for it. Could not lock down the back having gone ahead. All very Everton...

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Dinamo Zagreb 0, Porto 2 (Defour)

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    FT: Real Madrid 3-2 Man City. Mourinho's men win a thriller at the Bernabeu thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's 90th minute strike

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    James Tyler: Nah. It bounced right at Hart's foot. He took an odd route to the ball and it ended up skidding under his arm. Bounce tricked him.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Ronaldo, you winker!

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Time to play 3-2 bingo with the match reports from the Manchester City game. "This time, it was their hearts broken by a 3-2 win..." etc...

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Ronaldo put it one of the hardest places for a keeper to save - right under his armpit

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    James Tyler: Simply because I can't type fast enough to keep up with the game. No human can summarize this in rapid-fire. I'm trying...

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    [Comment from Chris]
    3 minutes? Should be enough for a goal or two more, eh?

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Why dont you have a go at Hart like you did Iker ay James? Typical HOMER

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    Roger Bennett: What a second half this has been. After measuring each other up for the first 45 minutes, both teams have gone at each other with muscle and menace. What emotional damage will this wreak on City?

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    James Tyler: Yeah, but Hart also failed to get down to it.

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    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    RT @joncarterESPN: So let me get this straight: I have watched two goalless halves of football - 1st City, 2nd Arsenal - in two games th ...

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    Kompany left him a bit unsighted

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    James Tyler: Three minutes of added time remaining.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo with the most cathartic of celebrations and Mourinho going bonkers in the technical area.

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    James Tyler: Simple stuff again. Ball with CR7 on the left side of the box, drags it back onto his right foot, cracks it from 20 yards and it bounces right at Hart's feet. He can't get down to it.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Whose celebration was better: Ronaldo's or Jose's? #tooclosetocall

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL FOR MADRID! Cristiano Ronaldo fires home to put Madrid 3-2 up against Man City. Surely it's all over...

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    Roger Bennett: Oh Joe... Oh Joe. O Joe. That will haunt you... Ronaldo does the business. Mourinho claims the credit with a slide onto the field...

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    James Tyler: Hart tricked by the bounce and flight of the ball to give the La Liga champs a late lead!

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    James Tyler: CRISTIANO RONALDO.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - REAL MADRID

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Ronaldo scores to make it 3-2. How sad is he now? Just "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" sad...

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    James Tyler: THE PRECIPITATION IS INDEED GOAL-BASED IN NATURE.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    IT'S RAINING GOALS!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    FOOTBALL!

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    JOE HART - SUPERHERO!!!

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    Roger Bennett: Hart's wrists are made of steel on evidence of that block...

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo the latest man to test Hart and lose. Shot it right at Joey.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - PSG 3, Kiev 1 (Miguel Veloso)

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    Roger Bennett: Ronaldo will be furious with himself after that miss... the chance to be the hero against City...

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    James Tyler: IT IS ALL HAPPENING.

  •  

    James Tyler: Joe Hart stonewalls a Real Madrid breakaway!

  •  

    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    Absorbing stuff.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Robert Lewandowski has given Borussia Dorrtmund a 1-0 lead over Ajax....

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    James Tyler: It is just madness at the moment.

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    James Tyler: WE ARE TRYING, DARRYL.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Good lord. Hart has been City's playmaker today...

  •  

    [Comment from Darryl]
    COME ON GUYS. USE YOUR WORDS. WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?

  •  

    James Tyler: ATONEMENT. Simple spin and shoot from the edge of the box. Given far too much room to turn and get situated. Lovely run infield by Di Maria, but awful defending by Nastasic who didn't close down the French striker quickly enough.

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    Roger Bennett: JOEY HART

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    Roger Bennett: Benzema with one of the first truly intelligent pieces of forward play we have seen all day

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    WHAT. A. GAME.

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    James Tyler: Seriously amazing. My fingers cannot keep up. What a way for Benzema to atone!

  •  

    James Tyler: Google Fabio Aurelio's free kick for LFC vs. Chelsea in the CL a couple of years back...

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    Roger Bennett: WOW PART TWO

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL FOR MADRID! Benzema makes it 2-2 after Kolarov's free-kick

  •  

    [Comment from James]
    I can't say I've seen a goal like that at this level. Shocking stuff.

  •  

    James Tyler: It fools Iker on the bounce, his dive is poorly timed and it bobbles over his head and in off the far post. Incredible.

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    James Tyler: Kolarov's free kick, conceded by Benzema, takes an awkward bounce in the box and eludes Xabi Alonso and Casillas.

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    James Tyler: Good lord.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL FOR CITY

  •  

    Roger Bennett: You and me Jay Jay. Nostradamus stuff.

  •  

    James Tyler: Another City corner is nodded clear, though Benzema fouls Zabaleta inside the Madrid half to give City another free kick...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: WOW.

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    Roger Bennett: Set pieces an achilles

  •  

    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Real's defense looks suspect.

  •  

    James Tyler: How much might Mats Hummels rue his missed PK for Dortmund... 3 pts with a draw at the Bernabeu would surely give the Bundesliga champs a nice edge after Matchday 1.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tevez failed to clear first defender with two straight corners. costly.

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    James Tyler: City corner, seven minutes left. Doesn't clear the first defender.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @NutmegRadio: Belhanda w/ a free shot 5 yards out. Hits it straight at Mannone. Could easily be Montpellier 3 - 2 Arsenal.

  •  

    James Tyler: Champions League: home of the pulsating 1-1 draw.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    That's the beauty of the champions league. You can always count on some drama.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @ballsdotie: GIF: Younes Belhanda's panenka penalty vs Arsenal. bit.ly/S35ylt

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    James Tyler: More than holding his own, Josh. Just got booked but the Belgians are shading possession. Proto stonewalled El Shaarawy for what looked like the opening goal.

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    [Comment from YanksAreComing]
    If City can escape with a point, they gotta like their chances to advance with Dortmund choking away home points to Ajax with their countless misses

  •  

    [Comment from Josh]
    If anyone is watching...Whats going on in AC Milan-Anderlecht... How is Sacha Kljestan looking?

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    James Tyler: A largely dull game for an hour has been must-see TV over the past 20 minutes.

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    James Tyler: City free kick on the left flank ends up out for a goal kick.

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    James Tyler: Xabi Alonso rips a shot from range into Joe Hart's stomach.

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    James Tyler: 10 minutes left.

  •  

    James Tyler: Group D:
    Borussia Dortmund 0, Ajax 0

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    Roger Bennett: Cracking game. One that gifts the cliche that goals change games. Wide open. both teams' adrenalin pumping.

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    James Tyler: Group C
    Milan 0, Anderlecht 0
    Malaga 3 (Isco with his second), Zenit St. Petersburg 0

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    James Tyler: Real reinvigorated.

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    James Tyler: Group B
    Montpellier 1, Arsenal 2
    Olympiakos 1, Schalke 2

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    James Tyler: SCORE UPDATES:
    Group A: Dinamo Zagreb 0, Porto 1
    PSG 3, Dynamo Kiev 0

  •  

    [Comment from GFOP John]
    Ronaldo in stoppage time for the win

  •  

    [Comment from Calebe]
    2-1 City

  •  

    James Tyler: Marcelo's shot was wonderful but took a fat deflection en route to Hart's top corner.

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog and I cling to our 1-1...

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    [Comment from Guest]
    3-1 Real

  •  

    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Toure has been immense, but that miss will prove costly.

  •  

    [Comment from Josh]
    Cracking goal. Absoutely cracking goal.

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    James Tyler: Absolute pandemonium now. Zabaleta's low cross skids across the edge of the six-yard box and away.

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    Roger Bennett: PREDICTIONS?

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    James Tyler: Mourinho with the biggest sigh of relief. Again, left with too much time on the left flank, Kompany offered only a passing resistance to his infield run and his shot is roofed into the Upper 90.

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    Roger Bennett: Zabs. How did you miss that sir? Hammer and Tongs stuff now...

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL FOR MADRID! Marcelo levels for Real Madrid with a deflected strike

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    James Tyler: GOAL!!! Marcelo!!!

  •  

    James Tyler: It's the "kicking a man when he's down" strategy. Real are bewildered, pouring forward in search of an equalizer, and space is appearing/ready for exploitation.

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    Roger Bennett: Marcelo. deflection. But that has been coming...

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Wow! City are just bombing forward at every instance!

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    James Tyler: Chance for City! Toure firing wide from 18 yards out!

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    Roger Bennett: We got ourselves a game.

  •  

    [Comment from Doug - GFOP]
    whose protecting the shire if frodo silva and samwise modric are playing football in madrid?

  •  

    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    @mrc0727 You need to be on the global version of the site not US. Nav at the top.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @MatthewStanger: Five yrs ago this week Mourinho left Chelsea. Could be the end of his Madrid stay? If Ronaldo's sad, Jose is miserable.

  •  

    James Tyler: Dortmund missed a PK but Ajax more than holding its own.

  •  

    [Comment from Amsterdammer]
    RB or JT, how's Ajax doing? Do you think they can sneak a point or three out?

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR MAN CITY: Zabaleta on, Maicon off. ABOUT TIME, ROBERTO.

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    James Tyler: SUBS FOR REAL MADRID: Benzema and Modric on, Higuain and Khedira off.

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    James Tyler: Chance for City! Real suddenly defending like frightened schoolboys. What a difference a goal makes. Kolarov allowed to skip infield and fire from the corner of the box. Well parried by Casillas. Madrid clears and attacks again.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Finally -- some real Madrid atmosphere too... the crowd has come to life.

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    James Tyler: Not in this specific game, mind you, but in the entire season.

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    Roger Bennett: Very hard to play the game Iker has had to play -- to make no saves all game and then be called into action. Van de Saar made it look very easy at United. It is a very difficult task that not every keeper can get used to..

  •  

    [Comment from Dan W]
    could that goal be partially due to Casillas twiddling his thumbs all match?

  •  

    James Tyler: It's still early. #StillEarly

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Guys - over/under on how many points Barca win La Liga by this year?

  •  

    James Tyler: You can see the flames on the Bernabeu sidelines, Idni.

  •  

    [Comment from Indiana Idni]
    Would Mourinho admit now that there's a little heat on?

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    James Tyler: Alonso's delivery is nodded over the bar by Kolarov. Corner, Real Madrid...

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD FOR MAN CITY: Kompany barges Ronaldo on the left flank to cynically stop an attack.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Who do City think they are? beating Real Madrid? Getafe?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Mourinho's malaise marinates...

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    James Tyler: As undeserved a goal as you'll ever see, but credit to Yaya and Edin. Now what will Jose do?

  •  

    James Tyler: The sniper!

  •  

    James Tyler: Dzeko! Should have started, arguably. Obviously. So apparent.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: City's first shot on target...

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    James Tyler: Quick break with Yaya Toure, simple pass for Dzeko and the Bosnian slots it past Casillas!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    THE MOST AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY GOAL EVER

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL!

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL FOR CITY! Edin Dzeko scores on the counter to put Man City 1-0 up at Real Madrid

  •  

    Roger Bennett: great moment for City. great moment for lamposts

  •  

    James Tyler: Superb save by Proto to deny Milan an opening goal. El Shaarawy's header brilliantly stopped. Still Milan 0, Anderlecht 0.

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    James Tyler: I'd disagree, Doug. I think most Prem teams have been quite willing to attack City so far this season. Both LFC and Southampton found plenty of weaknesses to exploit, though neither could take full advantage.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great question. I honestly think City are playing this game NOT to lose as opposed to Premier League games where they have the confidence to batter teams week in week out

  •  

    [Comment from Doug - GFOP]
    RB or JT, do you think the fact that most EPL teams park the bus against city and madrid are pressing is making City uncomfortable?

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Too many shots from 20+ Need more patience in the build-up. LOTS of space out wide.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Another fizzer from distance by Marcelo glides just over the bar!

  •  

    James Tyler: Err, he was amazing for a generation. Is approaching his twilight now. Been unlucky with injuries, too.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Whatever happened to Kaka, I thought he was suppose to be the next great brazilian, cant even start for his club team?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR REAL MADRID: Essien off (job done), Ozil on. A bit more forward thrust for the La Liga side.

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    James Tyler: Kompany slips, giving Ronaldo a chance to shoot but good defending by Maicon (I know, I'm amazed too) snuffs out the chance.

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    Roger Bennett: Ozil. Going to be interesting to see how motivated he is after the tongue lashing he received from Mourinho. He can be just the type of player to unlock City... if he cares to put in the effort.

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    [Comment from Reading FC (GFOP)]
    Where can I wager Jermaine Jones will pick up the CL's first red card?

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    James Tyler: All within the space of three minutes.

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    James Tyler: If anyone's missing the updates, Olympiakos equalized vs. Schalke only for the Germans to score via Huntelaar barely a minute later. Then Huntelaar missed a PK that would have extended Schalke's lead.

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    Roger Bennett: Just what city need. Dzeko. "Kloc" "The Lampost"

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR MAN CITY: David Silva off, Edin Dzeko on.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for City in the left corner...

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    Roger Bennett: Lil' David Silva just not himself. Where has the impudence and intelligence gone? Great clap from the Real fans... how they would love him to play week in week out at Madrid

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    James Tyler: Varane, really his first action of the day, commits a sloppy foul in the left corner on David Silva. Bamboozled by the Spaniard's quick cut-back.

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    James Tyler: Indeed.... Hummels and Huntelaar missing PKs for Dortmund and Schalke respectively.

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    [Comment from S04th]
    And Huntelar misses one for Schalke!

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    James Tyler: Marcelo lets rip from distance but it's just wide of goal. Hart would not have stopped that.

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    [Comment from berbarunday]
    Hummels missed a penalty kick for dortmund

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    James Tyler: Wonderful play by Ronaldo to keep a long ball in and manage a cross from the touchline, but no Madrid players in the box to profit from his work. Clichy helps the Madrid cause by conceding a corner. The set piece finds Pepe at the back post but his first touch is poor and his cross-shot is cleared.

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    James Tyler: Two goals in a minute in Greece.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Olympiakos 1, Schalke 2 (Huntelaar)

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Olympiakos 1 (Abdoun), Schalke 1

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Has di Maria ever had a 25 yard shot he didn't fancy blasting over the bar?

  •  

    James Tyler: He has indeed been wasteful.

  •  

    [Comment from Jamie]
    Life would be better if you were playing it on Fifa 13

  •  

    [Comment from Troy]
    Please take Di Maria off. He's been absolutely terrible. He just keeps wasting opportunities.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    That's what Balo is doing right now, Rog.

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    James Tyler: Still Real presses, but Di Maria's speculative effort from the edge of the box is well over the bar.

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    Roger Bennett: This game would be so much better if you were playing it on FIFA 13

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    James Tyler: Close again for Real! Clichy is inside his own six yard box and clears sharply from Marcelo's low left-flank cross.

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    James Tyler: Hart is pressed into action, scampering off his line to clear as Nastasic lets a long ball run past him.

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    Roger Bennett: Essien second most touches. Most passes. Best pass completion rate for Madrid.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    CROSSBAR is having a better game than Diaby.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    CROSSBAR saves Arsenal!

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    James Tyler: No second-half goals yet anywhere in CL play.

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    James Tyler: He also is offering little moving forward, leaving it all to Ronaldo/Di Maria.

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    James Tyler: I'd say he's been decent given that Real has largely bossed the midfield. His long-range passing has been poor, mind you.

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Has Essien been playing well? Is it time for Modric or Ozil?

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    James Tyler: Does well to beat Pepe to the ball.

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    James Tyler: Corner's nodded over the bar by Garcia.

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    James Tyler: Yaya Toure has a shot from distance... it's deflected out for a corner.

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes -- he's on the bench. Though Mancini is reportedly mulling a swap in which Tevez is replaced by Lescott. Can never be too careful.

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    [Comment from Sanchini]
    is Aguero fit to play?

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    James Tyler: Well put, Rog.

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    James Tyler: The set piece is floated in Pepe's direction by Xabi Alonso but it drifts well over his head. Goal kick, City.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Real Madrid-Man City so far feels all a bit "West Ham- Norwich" but with better jerseys

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, MAN CITY: Javi Garcia in the book. Crunching tackle on Khedira, late and from the side. Free kick for Madrid in City territory.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Higuain gets to the touchline on the right and floats a back post cross for Marcelo, but the full back volleys wide from close range.

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    Roger Bennett: Point well taken Bryce.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    @Rog: Is anyone IN synch with Tevez?

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    [Comment from Littlefoot]
    Kolarov and Maicon the two stars for Madrid so far

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I have always had a soft spot for Bate Borisov. Their nickname "The Car Workers" has me hooked.

  •  

    [Comment from Reading FC (GFOP)]
    Rog who are you keen on to do well in the group stages? Can Header keep up his prowess from the Euros?

  •  

    James Tyler: Again, Kolarov fails to find Tevez. Madrid gathers and Maicon fouls his opposite man, Marcelo. Dire.

  •  

    James Tyler: Makes you wonder why Mancini opted for a second left-back. Such lack of courage is rarely rewarded.

  •  

    James Tyler: It's alright. Appreciate the apology.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Wow. Kolarov. Out of synch with Tevez going forward on two rare City attacks...

  •  

    [Comment from Massive Storm]
    Sorry JT :(

  •  

    James Tyler: Think I just saw my satellite dish whizz past the office window. Magic.

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    James Tyler: Now, a break for City down the left with Kolarov but he fails to control the ball and it pings off his instep for a Madrid goal kick. Poor effort with three City players waiting in the box.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cabella misses after Diaby's pratfall in Montpellier. And a large storm outside my house is threatening to rip the roof off. Lovely.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Thought has probably gone through Mourinho's mind...

  •  

    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    Could RM sub out Casillas and City still not score?

  •  

    James Tyler: Corner for Madrid...

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Di Maria's shot is deflected over the bar following fine build-up play. Real untroubled in knocking it around the edge of the City box.

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    James Tyler: We're off again. Will it be the same as the first half with City clinging for dear life and failing to make Iker Casillas do anything?

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    James Tyler: Alright, teams are ready to fandango once more.

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    Roger Bennett: GOALS PLEASE GENTS

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    James Tyler: November comes before January, Charlie. January has a window.

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    [Comment from Rob (Chicago)]
    "How did you cure your sadness?"

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Not the worst spot? Have you never felt a Russian winter? Hulk will want out by November...

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    Roger Bennett: What do you think Ronaldo just said to Tevez?

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    James Tyler: Nah. The money is good, Zenit will get steady CL action and if he doesn't like it, someone in France/Spain/Italy/England will overspend to bring him back. Not the worse spot to be in.

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    [Comment from Dishonest Fellow]
    Do you think Hulk is rethinking his Zenith move? talk about regressing into anonymity.

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    James Tyler: Yes, Kiev has yet to get a shot on target.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    PSG as dominant as that scoreline looks?

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    James Tyler: Ouch, Nick. Just, ouch. I thought Mrs. Leiva was wonderful on camera. Would love to play Monopoly at that dining room table.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    Rog, Being Liverpool has confirmed that never has a charismatic man had such better analogies nor such an unattractive wife.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @tomEurosport Exactly. And until he scores 10 vs. Stoke in a midweek game around Christmas, he shall continue to be irrelevant.

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    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter:
    @rogbennett (scrum half)
    @jamestylerespn (second row)

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    James Tyler: Rog, it's more gripping than a stressed-out boa constrictor. I loved every minute of its gorgeous, well-edited emptyness.

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    James Tyler: @ArsenalFan: it's merely a nice quirky trivia note. But still impressive. Like his run of 8 consecutive league titles. Or 9. I forget.

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    Roger Bennett: Being: Liverpool... makes you forget all about the Sopranos, The Wire, right?

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    [Comment from ArsenalFan]
    Is that Zlatan statistic one that you want as a player

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    James Tyler: They're winning.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Sorry, just tuned into the chat. Any comments on Arsenal?

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    James Tyler: Thinking we see the fun Chelsea. Hazard bounding around the attacking third. Pirlo is a concern for RDM. Look for Michael Cox' analysis on ESPNFC.com later today.

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    Roger Bennett: via @adlarcada_ESPN
    Madrid also created 15 scoring chances. No team has created more chances in the 1st half of a UCL match since 10-11.

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    [Comment from James]
    What do you guys expect to see from Chelsea and Juve tomorrow? Which Chelsea side will we see?

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    James Tyler: Yaya Toure and Balotelli are more exciting than a crate of stolen fireworks.

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    James Tyler: I yearn for Balo's magic.

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    James Tyler: It is depressing, Rog.

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    Roger Bennett: City have come to do a job. To not lose. To gain a point and hope to steal a goal on the counter. Seeing Yaya scurry up field, and knowing Tevez is always lurking, they may just get it. But hard to believe Real will not score in the second 45.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    "But he's rubbish vs. English clubs." MT @tomEurosport: Zlatan the first player to score for six separate clubs in the CL.

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    James Tyler: Quite amazing, Smug. Malaga, I mean. Their uber-rich owners actually appeared to pull back the amount of money put into the club, and yet they're second in La Liga. Props to Pelligrini, though the season is long, etc.

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    Roger Bennett: Crap Part of Pittsburgh. What do you do. Are you the Mayor?

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    [Comment from Smug]
    So happy to see Malaga up 2-0. And they haven't lost in La Liga yet!! What a run they are at the moment, and this after selling their best players.

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    [Comment from Crap Part of Pittsburgh]
    OK halftime. Time to do 10 minutes of work.

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    James Tyler: True, Kev. It does fit with the maxim "it's not what you've got, but what you do with it that counts." But in 0-0 games, it at least tells some of the story. It's merely one metric amid many to help us "understand" a game.

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    Roger Bennett: The first time I met Balo he was playing for Inter and he never took his headphone off all afternoon when he was with the squad.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Probably puts on Ballotelli's mega headphones by himself in a corner

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Possession stats are starting to get on my nerves. What is the point. I could have 20% possession and have 8 goals...

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    The power of having a mentor. RT @NutmegRadio: Did you ever notice that Mourinho and AVB have the same non-expression?

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    Roger Bennett: Do you think Ronaldo listens to Mourinho's team talks or does he place himself in a sound proof booth?

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    James Tyler: I would rather hear nothing but vuvuzelas for the rest of my life than hear that song one more time, Charlie.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    I'm disappointed that we've had zero "Icky Thump" singings...

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    James Tyler: Largely moribund first half, Eric. 5 total shots on goal for both teams.

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    Roger Bennett: Lord I have missed the Champions League Music "The CHAMP-YONS"

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    [Comment from Eric]
    Haven't heard much about Milan. How's it going for them?

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    James Tyler: 58% of the ball for Wenger's men.

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    [Comment from Gooner]
    Arsenal possession stats?

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    James Tyler: It's NEVER a good strategy to play for a tie. Never ever ever.

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    [Comment from jesse]
    City playing for tie, if it works is it a good strategy?

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    Roger Bennett: 16 shots for Real

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    [Comment from jay]
    how many RM shots so far?

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    James Tyler: 7 shots to 1 yet no breakthrough, T.

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    [Comment from T]
    How's Dortmund holding up ?

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    [Comment from sgthortez]
    The bus has being parked.

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    James Tyler: That is a gloriously obtuse reference that I appreciate and adore.

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    [Comment from Donal]
    TERRIERS!

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    James Tyler: HT across the Champions League:
    Dinamo Zagreb 0, Porto 1
    PSG 3, Dynamo Kiev 0
    Montpellier 1, Arsenal 2
    Olympiakos 0, Schalke 1
    Malaga 2, Zenit 0
    Milan 0, Anderlecht 0
    Borussia Dortmund 0, Ajax 0
    Real Madrid 0, Manchester City 0

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    James Tyler: Most of these players don't get out of bed for less than that. I've heard.

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    Roger Bennett: Only Garcia has touched the ball more than Joe Hart in that first half...

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    James Tyler: Given these salaries, KevNJ, I think Mancini would need to stretch his purse a bit. $250k should do it.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Halftime Talk from Mancini: "Extra £100,000 to the player who shoots on goal"

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    James Tyler: 0-0 approaching HT, Steve. The Belgian side actually shading the possession stats.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Hows anderlecht holding up?

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    HT Real Madrid 0-0 Man City: Joe Hart has kept the hosts at bay, with Mancini's men struggling to get a foothold in the game

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Amazingly, City still holds a clean sheet. Real Madrid 0, Manchester City 0.

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    Roger Bennett: Not a great ad for Champions League football. feels oddly devoid of invention and atmosphere. City will be happy by the result, if not the impact they have made on the game. zero shots.

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    James Tyler: Again with the Game of Thrones business, Pog! Rog, what hath thou wrought...

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Last season's David Silva: crafty, mischievous "Game of Thrones"-era Tyrion Lannister. This season's David Silva: bitter, depressed, "Dance with Dragons"-era Tyrion Lannister.

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    James Tyler: Pulled it across goal. Hart untroubled.

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    James Tyler: Di Maria with another wayward shot from 25-odd yards.

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    James Tyler: Yes.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Do you still like this ending 1-1?

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    James Tyler: One minute of added time remaining in the first half.

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    James Tyler: So: Goals everywhere except Milan/Anderlecht, BvB/Ajax and here in our feature game.

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    James Tyler: Pepe fouls Tevez but City can't do much with the set piece.

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    James Tyler: Real absolutely terrier-esque when City are on the ball, pressing to win back possession and really stifle anything Toure & Co attempt to do. Working like a charm. Such a simple plan but one that the Premier League champs have yet to circumvent.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Dinamo Zagreb 0, Porto 1 (Lucho Gonzalez)

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    James Tyler: It's a "lust for life," Charlie. The stuff Iggy Pop sang about.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @joncarterESPN Ha, wasn't so much thinking of his fitness but his thought process on the ball. Just struggling to assert himself all round.

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    Roger Bennett: depends who you are asking Charlie

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    What is "joie de vivre"?

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    James Tyler: Khedira fouls in midfield to give City a breather.

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    Roger Bennett: Mourinho still pulling his "waiting in line at the DMV" face

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Di Maria cuts in from the right and shoots but it's curling wide of Hart's far post.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Olympiakos 0, Schalke 1 (Howedes)

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    James Tyler: Tough chance, Troy.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    See James, once again Higuain cannot finish.

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    Roger Bennett: Has Ronaldo been told to shoot on sight or is it self-generated?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    In live chat, we're distinctly unimpressed with David Silva. What happened to him? Has English football robbed him of his joie de vivre?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Di Maria's lofted back post cross finds Higuain behind Kompany but the striker pokes it over the bar! Vinny K not happy with Hart for sticking on his line and giving Higuain the open shot.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Better an overthinking Silva than an overthinking Wayne Rooney.

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    Roger Bennett: what has happened to david silva? playing without the intelligence, decision making that he displayed for much of last season. And just as importantly, without the joy...

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    James Tyler: City again threaten near the box but Real breaks sharply until Barry fouls Di Maria in midfield. Sloppy stuff.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. The cutback killed all the momentum. Alas.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Is there anything worse to have on your squad than an overthinking David Silva?

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    James Tyler: We're watching the Real-City game, PSG fan.

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    [Comment from PSGfansincethemoeycame]
    Clearly you guys are EPL biased. My club (PSG) is lighting it up with barely a mention.

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    James Tyler: Another barnstorming gallop by Yaya Toure but again, no shot at the end. Lays it off for David Silva whose effort is blocked at the edge of the box.

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    James Tyler: I'm gonna say City has another early exit. This competition is just too much for this squad, stacked with forwards as it is.

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    [Comment from jay]
    James, do you have coming out of this group besides Dortmund?

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    ...and Kolarov comes on. Man City are relying on defence in the face of some sustained Real Madrid pressure

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR MAN CITY: Nasri off, Kolarov on. Park that bus, Roberto!

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    James Tyler: 66% possession for Madrid.

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    James Tyler: I think Dortmund could surprise and escape this group of death, to be honest. But Bayern has the easiest run through to the knockouts.

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    Roger Bennett: 11 shots for Real. City yet to manufacture a single one

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Samir Nasri has sustained an injury for Man City

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    [Comment from Bayern München Mann]
    How do you rate the German teams chances in the Champions League this year? Bayern have to be considered contenders, but do you see Dortmund or Schalke surprising as Schalke did a few years ago?

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    James Tyler: Mancini and Platt in deep discussion as to how this mess should be fixed. Nasri has a bit of an injury so the entire City XI skips over to the sideline for a quick swig of Lucozade.

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    Roger Bennett: Every time I see David Platt he looks more and more like a perfect circle

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- PSG 3 (Alex), Dynamo Kiev 0. There. Job done. Get Carlo Ancelotti another gold cigar.

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    James Tyler: So, 30 mins in and still no goals. Bizarrely, I reckon Mancini is happier given that his Prem-winning XI has been largely abject thus far and still hold a clean sheet.

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    Roger Bennett: I can see City nicking a goal here. A Carlos Tevez strike.

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    James Tyler: Just as it should be, Rog. You're there to pass the ball and stand out the way!

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    Roger Bennett: Scrum half.never made a tackle in my life

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    James Tyler: Played every forward position except hooker. Eventually settled as a second row/lock. But I digress. We should hold this chat for our planned rugby liveblog next week.

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    James Tyler: City in Real Madrid half shocker!

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    Roger Bennett: What position JT?

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    James Tyler: Then again, I played rugby for nearly 14 years. I have my methods.

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    Roger Bennett: Impossible without a pool cue

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    James Tyler: I'll certainly try for $100.

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    [Comment from Blues]
    I'll give you a hundred dollars to try and stop an onrushing Yaya

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    James Tyler: That's why he's so valuable. I was amazed that Barca sold him so cheaply.

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    Roger Bennett: YaYa. What a man mountain. Do it again. Do it again. Few sights more wonderful than watching him barrel through a defense single handedly...

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Unbelievable break by Yaya. Where did that come from?

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    James Tyler: Yaya Toure with a trademark run into Madrid territory but his through-ball for Nasri, I think, is overhit. Casillas collects.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- PSG 2 (Thiago Silva on his debut, I think), Dynamo Kiev 0

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    James Tyler: Indeed it was. Mea culpa.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    that was essien

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    James Tyler: Yes -- he's the attacking midfielder in their 4-2-3-1.

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    [Comment from BrandonCOYS]
    Is Kranjcar playing for Dynamo Kyiv?

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo has another shot wide of target.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Maicon needs something more humiliating than a taxi. Perhaps a segway with sequins.

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    James Tyler: THEY NEED BALOTELLI, Rog.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo thinks he's won a corner down the left flank but hasn't. All Real Madrid thus far. City unable to hold possession or establish themselves in Madrid's half.

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    Roger Bennett: Tevez just threw his hands into the air. Looking increasingly frustrated. City desperately need a spell of sustained possession

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    James Tyler: Does Shakhtar count as a minnow? Or Braga? Alas, the true minnows got awful draws this time around.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Think any minnows have a shot of making knockout stages?

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    James Tyler: Entirely so, Jay Jay. Nasri, David Silva and Tevez are pedestrians thus far, as Rog noted.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    this is becoming increasingly one-sided...

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    Roger Bennett: Great cutaways to Mourinho. Fighting to look unmoved in the dug out. Hands on thighs. Face half covered by shadow...

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    At least Cluj has a home stadium - Otelul from last year's CL did even have one that was up to UEFA standards.

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    James Tyler: More smooth interplay by Di Maria, Ronaldo and Essien in the City defensive third has City on the back foot. Marcelo takes on Maicon but can't get past.

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    Roger Bennett: Nasri and Silva almost anonymous. Silva has second least touches of all city players... Garcia and Barry driving City's possession

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    James Tyler: So, 20 minutes into the CL festivities, and PSG Arsenal and Malaga all lead.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    If this is how City and Madrid defend, I like Dortmund's chances in this group.

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    James Tyler: Xabi Alonso's free kick is easy for Joe Hart to pluck out the air. Good keeping.

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    Roger Bennett: Otherwise Cluj. I love teams that dont have hot water in their visitor changing rooms.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Real on the left flank as Ronaldo's upended by Maicon.

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    Roger Bennett: Manchester United. Dark horse. Little club. full of pluck

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    James Tyler: Higuain's perfectly reliable up front.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Once again my point is proven. Benzema would've put them away. Madrid have horrible luck.

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    James Tyler: Dortmund. They have to get it right in Europe some time.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Guys, give us a dark horse contender for the Champs League this year.

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    James Tyler: Kompany will have some words for Clichy and Nastasic, neither of whom had any clue where Higuain was.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! City's offside trap easily beaten by Higuain's run, but he rounds Hart but can't get the ball on goal. Got away from him and he elected not to shoot from the narrow angle. Looked for Ronaldo on the cutback but his volley finds Khedira and the German midfielder hooks it over the bar.

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    Roger Bennett: Ping Pong around the city box. Manic Defending. Hart not ruffled for a second

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    James Tyler: GOAL: PSG 1 (Ibrahimovic PK), Dynamo Kiev 0

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    James Tyler: GOAL ARSENAL! They're up 2-1. Gervinho scoring the second. Amazing stuff. Two in two minutes for the Gunners. Rampant.

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for City! Maicon gets down the right flank and forces Casillas off his line to scramble away the cross.

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    James Tyler: Still, City getting torched on both flanks.

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    James Tyler: The waves of Madrid pressure keep coming. Arbeloa gets upfield and in behind Clichy, rides the challenge but shoots low at Hart. Easiest save that Joe's made all evening.

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    James Tyler: Yes.

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    [Comment from Jess]
    Is it too early to ask for your CL final two predictions?

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    [Comment from Roshan]
    who needs dutch rvp when we have german robin van podoski :)

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Ronaldo's cross-shot is nodded on by Higuain but it's luckily right at Hart's torso. Had the whole goal to aim at!

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Montpellier 1, Arsenal 1 (Podolski)

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Malaga 2 (Javier Saviola), Zenit 0

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    James Tyler: 16 minutes gone, another corner for Real Madrid, this one via Clichy.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    He cashes paycheques well, I hear...

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    James Tyler: It's a travesty that Micah Richards is still trying to break into a team that should have been starting him for years. Alas. Injuries, etc.

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    Roger Bennett: Maicon an odd, odd addition to Manchester City's squad. experience. a pulse. what else does he add?

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    [Comment from littlefoot]
    Maicon is getting eaten alive on the defensive right side.

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    James Tyler: Isco.

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    [Comment from BrandonCOYS]
    Who scored for Malaga?

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    James Tyler: I do love that Spurs sold DVDs of the occasion.

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    James Tyler: So every night then, TMLP?

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    How is Maicon still playing Champions League football? I still watch those Spurs highlights when I have a few too many drinks.

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    James Tyler: Goals for Montpellier (PK) vs. Arsenal and Malaga vs. Zenit so far. 0-0 everywhere else.

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    Roger Bennett: This is a great question. English soccer fans should probably cheer for Real Madrid so that City's coffers receive less Champions League $$$

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    [Comment from Michael]
    Man City and Real Madrid are both pretty hated clubs. Who should a neutral pick?

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    James Tyler: Maicon is having a mini-nightmare early on. Allowing far too much room on the right.

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    [Comment from jesse]
    What does City need to do to counter Madrid threat at moment? Or are they just playing counter?

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    Roger Bennett: Essien poor. City should insert Vierra just to even things up a little

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Visible moments of sadness: 0. Shots: 2. #CristianoRonaldoWatch

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    James Tyler: Di Maria's through-ball is pounced on by Hart. Having a good game early.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Taxi for Maicon?

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    Roger Bennett: Ronaldo playing with desire -- which the English tabloids will interpret as a "come and get me plea to Manchester United"

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    James Tyler: Di Maria involved plenty early, drifting into the middle. He finds Cristiano Ronaldo wide but Hart saves sharply again from another CRon thunderbolt. Rebound fortunately eludes three Madridistas in the penalty area.

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    James Tyler: Looks like denim.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    It really is a lovely uniform. The lettering/numbering is shade of blue that's just a tiny bit electric. Like TRON, but in a good way.

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    James Tyler: Re: the City kit...

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    Oh, and the PK was a Panenka.

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    James Tyler: Now, Real Madrid looking much sharper. Arbeloa, Di Maria and Essien all combine well in the City half but Essien's wide ball for Marcelo skips out for a City throw.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal 1-0 down. The 6-1 was just to raise Piers Morgans hopes of glory.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @StereoJet I am not sure how to crack a Kindle but if I do....this is the modern world.

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    James Tyler: Belhanda was the one that stayed behind as the likes of Giroud jumped ship. Great little player. Should emerge at the NT level soon enough.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    Belhanda wins the penalty on a dodgy foul by Vermaelen and slots home the PK himself.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Montpellier 1, Arsenal 0. Younes Belhanda scoring a PK.

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    Roger Bennett: A dark blue. With subtle two tone stripes built in. Round neck. looks as good on the girth of yaya as it does on lil' davey silva

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    Rog- what's it look like for those of us stuck at work w/o video

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    James Tyler: Far too easy for Madrid. Speed in transition was always something Mourinho preached from his teams. 50/50 ball won quickly in the Real half and speedily moved upfield to Ronaldo so he could exploit the one-on-one.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Sloppy play by City in midfield, ball breaks for Cristiano Ronaldo who skips past the last defender, Kompany.... his low shot is superbly saved by Hart. Corner, Real Madrid.

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    Roger Bennett: Magnificent save. I love it when Ronaldo runs in on goal with his legs moving like a sped up car chase in a 1970s movie

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    James Tyler: City enjoying some early possession down the right flank but content to tap it all the way back to big Vinny Kompany.

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    [Comment from Dan W]
    I used to like the Man City kit with the diagonal stripe

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    James Tyler: City so far struggling to break through Real's lines. As I type, Silva flicks on sharply for Tevez behind the defense but Pepe recovers and slides in. Danger gone.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Eeee, I remember the day when Manchester City played at the Moss Rose. I can't imagine Real Madrid ever playing Leek Town. #cuebrassband

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    James Tyler: Hulk, Bruno Alves, Fayzulin, Denisov... yes. Quite a bit.

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    Roger Bennett: First blood to Manchester City's two-tone Champion League kit. Stunning piece of work by Umbro.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Is there any talent on Zenit?

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    James Tyler: Home side* even.

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    James Tyler: MALAGA 1, ZENIT 0. Isco for the home size vs. Zenit. Eliseu with the assist.

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    James Tyler: Our first goal of the day... at Malaga!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Me and @rogbennett chatting through #ManCity v #RealMadrid? What's not to like? es.pn/S5BLgu @ChampionsLeague

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    James Tyler: Sorry, I'll say NO to Marty. As for Michael, I'll go 1-1 also.

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    Roger Bennett: 1-1. Both teams happy with a point.

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    James Tyler: I'll say no. Not enough stoutness on defense.

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    Did we get predictions from you gentlemen today?

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    [Comment from Marty]
    Do City have a genuine chance at making a CL final this season?

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    James Tyler: Both sides trying to clear the buses at the Bernabeu.

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    [Comment from Jayjay]
    Lots of long distance shots today.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo with another wedge of space to shoot but again screws it wide.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    RT @coveritlive: At 2:15 pm ET, join the @ESPNFC Live chat w/ @JamesTylerESPN & @rogbennett for #ManCity v #RealMadrid t.co/q ...

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    James Tyler: Would be great for us, too. Not so much for the men in charge.

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    Wouldn't it be great to see a 3-3 or 4-4 for Mourinho and Mancini? It would certainly point out their sides' defensive frailties.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo with the first shot, though it's well wide.

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    James Tyler: Madrid's lineup really is one of those that either confirms his genius or illustrates his control freak/overthinking tendencies.

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    Roger Bennett: But most of all -- this is a massive night for the managers. Mancini. Mourinho. Both men under massive pressure tonight...

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    Roger Bennett: Two teams who big little players have had dreadful seasons... Silva and Ozil...

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    James Tyler: This is the place to be, Mr. Kick.

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    [Comment from zaphod]
    Wow, no otzil nor modrid for real.. Instead the chelsea outcast Essien

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    [Comment from Kicktothehead88]
    James is this the main place for updates etc or are you going to blog somewhere else?

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    I hate Barry, but he is good. He is that quiet, efficient midfielder that does the job very well with little praise. He really does make City work and I believe the influx of DM's is to learn from Barry before he gets too old.

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    James Tyler: We'll give you regular updates, so no worries there, Kev.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Can i stick here for all the scores gentlemen? or is this solely a Madrid and Manchester affair?

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    [Comment from zaphod]
    So, full disclosure, who else called in sick today to work? ... [hand raised]

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    James Tyler: Doubt it. He'll quit before he's fired.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Is there any scenario where Mourinho could actually be fired from Madrid?

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    James Tyler: Gareth Barry = the least enjoyable midfielder to watch in world soccer? Can't dispute his utility, but utterly uninteresting. Even in interviews.

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    Roger Bennett: Re Balo. He has not looked like the EURO 2012 Balo all season. dropped out of games completely. Mancini desperately needs men he can trust and rely on to get a point. the return of Barry is signficant. Many mock him. but without his midfield guile, City have appeared dislocated this season...

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    James Tyler: Real v. City with an eye on PSG. So much cash invested that a home hiccup vs. Dynamo Kiev would surely be a stunner.

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    [Comment from zaphod]
    Hmmm which game is the game to watch? Should I tune into Real v City game like the rest of the world or will there be an 'underdog greatest match' ?

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    James Tyler: The corruption goes much deeper than that, Nick.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    James I think your vernacular is "totally" being corrupted by your time in the States.

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    James Tyler: See, the weird thing is I'd totally use him. Look at what he did to heavily favored Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-final. There's a time and a place for his unpredictability, and I'd argue that today is that time/place. Taking on the beleaguered La Liga champs at home with a parked bus to smash through.

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    [Comment from Jim, Jersey]
    "Technical reasons" being a euphemism for Mario can't be trusted to play against Mourinho's wind-up artists....he'd be red-carded before the half

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    Roger Bennett: I am not recovered. it was like being donkey punched. a wound that will take some time to heal... but the injuries to Jela and Gibson are the real concern in the medium term...

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    [Comment from John]
    Rog: GFOP John. Are you recovered from Everton's 4-2 draw?

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    [Comment from john]
    14 years ago I was a young underachiever instead of a middle-aged failure.

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    James Tyler: Technical reasons = skipped training to become a monk

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    [Comment from jay]
    no balo for "technical reasons" according to mancini

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    James Tyler: No, just the ones you ask for. Our feature game in-chat is obviously REAL MADRID v. MANCHESTER CITY, though with an eye on the rest of the action.

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    [Comment from CK]
    Are you going to announce the all the starting line ups?

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Rog!

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    Roger Bennett: JT Good Afternoon Gent. Manchester City visit the Bernabeu... 14 years ago they were in Division Two...

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    James Tyler: It's our first of this season. And first of many.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James -- is this your first CL chat?

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    James Tyler: It's truly anybody's guess.

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    [Comment from edison]
    why is balotelly not on staring line up or sub?

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    James Tyler: When you're playing against Phillippe Mexes, anything is possible, Ashvin. I'd still expect enough quality from Milan at home to win by a goal. Of interest to the U.S. crowd is Sacha Kljestan, long frozen out of the USMNT set-up, starting on the left side of Anderlecht's midfield. Not often that U.S. players get CL playing time. Big day for him.

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    [Comment from Ashvin]
    James - Can Anderlecht take advantage of Milan's poor form?

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    James Tyler: Could have something to do with Mourinho's cryptic comments at the weekend. Maybe some internal dissent and this is how it's playing out?

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Any reason behind Özil and Ramos not getting the start? I know Ramos had a poor game against Sevilla, but even on a bad day he seems better than Varane...

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    James Tyler: It's always Yaya Toure. Such a dominant box-to-box force and quite difficult to man mark. Part of Jose's three holding mids idea might be to neutralize his potency.

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    [Comment from Luke]
    Who's your X factor for City today?

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    James Tyler: Nope. Here it is:
    MONTPELLIER (4-2-3-1):
    16-Jourdren; 2-Bocaly, 3-Yanga-Mbiwa, 4-Hilton, 5-Bedimo; 13-Estrada, 23-Saihi; 8-Mounier, 10-Belhanda, 20-Cabella; 19-Camara
    Subs: Marveaux, Stambouli, Herrera, Ait-Fana, Pionnier (GK), Jeunechamp, Congre.

    ARSENAL (4-2-3-1):
    24-Mannone; 25-Jenkinson, 4-Mertesacker, 5-Vermaelen, 28-Gibbs; 2-Diaby, 8-Mikel Arteta; 27-Gervinho, 19-Santi Cazorla, 9-Podolski; 12-Giroud
    Subs: Koscielny, Shea (GK), Andre Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Walcott, Ramsey.

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    [Comment from Mark]
    DId you do the Arsenal lineup yet?

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    [Comment from Kicktothehead88]
    Hulk at Zenit = a joke

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    James Tyler: Given last season's failings in the CL, I'm not sure what to expect from Dortmund. Arguably the weakest opponent in Group D so full points for the Bundesliga champs also.

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    James Tyler: Think they will beat Kyiv by 2.

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    James Tyler: PSG's lineup is strong...
    PSG (4-3-3):
    30-Sirigu; 26-Jallet, 13-Alex, 2-Thiago Silva, 17-Maxwell; 20-Chantome, 24-Verratti, 14-Matuidi; 7-Menez, 18-Ibrahimovic, 27-Pastore

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    [Comment from Peter]
    Thoughts on PSG and Dortmund today?

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    James Tyler: Yes, terribly. I've found some in NYC but not enough to sustain the cravings.

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    [Comment from Dan W]
    as an Englishman in the US, are you frustrated that we don't offer many meat pies over here?

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    James Tyler: Not particularly, Alex. Giroud did score a lot of goals AT Montpellier, after all...

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    [Comment from alex]
    surprised by the arsenal lineup? i know i am

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    James Tyler: United plays tomorrow.

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    [Comment from Boski]
    Who SAF fielding tonight?

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    James Tyler: He'll eventually make that right-wide-forward position his own. Good piece by Jonathan Wilson in The Guardian yesterday speaking to Russian spending power, but also about Hulk and Witsel making the eye-opening move. Think he will thrive there.

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    [Comment from Eric]
    What are you expecting out of Hulk at Zenit?

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    James Tyler: I'm an Englishman based in the US, so no dinner plans yet.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James -- What are you eating for dinner?

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    James Tyler: Wonderful, touching, nicely done. Much respect.

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    [Comment from depressed red]
    before we get too far into the game, thoughts on the everton jft96 display yesterday?

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    James Tyler: I'm thinking Real will do the same. Alonso/Khedira holding, Essien further up. But weird to see such imbalance. Might help City to know that the creative onus is on Ronaldo, Higuain and Di Maria.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Taco: City is playing 4-2-3-1. Yaya is attacking, Barry / Garcia on defense

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    James Tyler: Mancini. City could get just about anyone they wanted to replace him. Mourinho is in the position of being able to pick his next job.

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    [Comment from Mark]
    Who is more at risk of losing their job if they don't make the knockout round Roberto or Jose?

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    James Tyler: SUBS:
    Real Madrid: Adan, Modric, Kaka, Sergio Ramos, Benzema, Ozil, Coentrao.

    Man City: Pantilimon, Lescott, Dzeko, Aguero, Rodwell, Zabaleta, Kolarov.

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    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    Is Modric on the bench for Madrid?

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    [Comment from Terry]
    too many holding midfielders on the field...apparently neither coach is watching the USMNT lately...

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    James Tyler: Seems that way. Jose's under pressure whether he admits it or not.

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    [Comment from Taco]
    Madrid with 3 defensive mids? It's almost as though they are taking the City approach..

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    James Tyler: James Horncastle wrote at length about Nastasic as the window closed a couple of weeks ago. Though young, he acquitted himself wonderfully in Serie A last season. Full of poise. Much better than the man he replaced, Savic.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Throwing Nastasic into his first game in a City shirt vs. Real? What is Mancini doing?

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    James Tyler: Looks on paper like a 4-3-3/4-5-1, depending on how high up Di Maria and Ronaldo play. That said, 4-2-3-1 wouldn't surprise me either, with Essien in front of Khedira/Alonso.

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    [Comment from Jeff Kenneth]
    Good Afternoon James Tyler: What formation do you think Real Madrid will parade today against Man. City?

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Jose's playing this one tight. That midfield will have its work cut out.

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    [Comment from JL]
    No Modric???

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    James Tyler: Would assume because he provides stability in midfield. Will serve Mourinho well despite clearly deteriorating over the past couple of seasons due to injury. All about balance.

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    ESPN FC in the US, join @JamesTylerESPN for live blogging NOW for Real v. City, more tinyurl.com/9rpcftg

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    [Comment from Kicktothehead88]
    Why do you thikn they went with Essien??

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    James Tyler: The only game with real blow-out potential might be in Montpellier. Arsenal coming off 6 goals at the weekend against a struggling Ligue 1 side. Or Milan vs. Anderlecht, but writing off the Belgians would be folly.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Are any of these games going to be over after the first half? James do you see any potential blow outs

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    James Tyler: Indeed, but they've beaten middling opponents and more troublingly, come from behind in three Prem games already. Not sharp.

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    [Comment from Harry]
    Arguably City has done much better than Real in starting the season

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    James Tyler: DRAW.

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    [Comment from Manchester is Red]
    Good afternoon Mr. James Tyler. Whos your pick real madrid or city?

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    James Tyler: Real: Casillas; Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Essien; Di Maria, Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo.

    MCFC: Hart; Maicon, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Nasri, Barry, Silva, Garcia; Tevez

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    James Tyler: Correct, BK. Let's get right into the teams...

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    [Comment from BK]
    are both ozil and ramos not starting?

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    [Comment from Jamie]
    These are your CHAMPIOOOONS!!

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    James Tyler: Happy Football!

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    James Tyler: Of course, with six group games there isn't as much pressure on today's results, but you can bet Real Madrid and Man City, two teams that have struggled to start their title defenses sharply, will be hungry for three points.

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    James Tyler: What a glorious day! The CL group begins!