• FT

    BATE

    0

    Lille

    2

  • FT

    Spart Moscow

    0

    Barcelona

    3

  • FT

    Benfica

    2

    Celtic

    1

  • FT

    CFR Cluj

    3

    Braga

    1

  • FT

    FC Nords

    2

    Shakhtar D

    5

  • FT

    Galatasaray

    1

    Man Utd

    0

  • FT

    Juventus

    3

    Chelsea

    0

  • FT

    Valencia

    1

    Bayern

    1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Juventus Stadium

Attendance: 40000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Juventus

  • Fabio Quagliarella 38'
  • Arturo Vidal 61'
  • Sebastian Giovinco 90' +1'

3 - 0

FT

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    James Tyler: Harass us on Twitter and we'll see you back here tomorrow!

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    James Tyler: Night all. Thanks again for joining us. Rog, always a pleasure.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea must beat Nordsjalland and pray for Juventus to lose in Ukraine. That'd do it. But will it happen...

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    Roger Bennett: Rock on JT.

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    James Tyler: Real quick before we leave/close up until tomorrow, 2:15pm ET:

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    James Tyler: GROUP H: Man United 12, Galatasaray 7, Cluj 7, Braga 3.

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    James Tyler: GROUP G: Barcelona 12, Celtic 7, Benfica 7, Spartak Moscow 3

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    James Tyler: GROUP F: Bayern 10, Valencia 10, BATE 6, Lille 3

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    James Tyler: Shakhtar 10, Juve 9, Chelsea 7, Nordsjalland 1

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    James Tyler: GROUP E STANDINGS:

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    Roger Bennett: More biased garbage then. And Rod Stewart videos too

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    James Tyler: SO, to the future... we'll have another UC Boot room tomorrow at 2.15pm ET for Man City vs. Real Madrid. Mancini vs. Mourinho. Fun. Should be another cracker.

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    Roger Bennett: This was RDM's AVB v Napoli game.

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    James Tyler: FT: Cluj 3, Braga 1

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    James Tyler: FT: Benfica 2, Celtic 1

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    This is what happens when your owner controls signings, not the manager.

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    James Tyler: No such person exists. Roman will always win every battle.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Chelsea need a manager willing to push back against the Roman.

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    James Tyler: Even if it's not true, Melvin, it's probably close.

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea's defense is chaotic. Their forward line cloaked in confusion. Very much a team in transition. And that is how they played tonight.

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    [Comment from Melvin]
    I read somewhere that Chelsea have had 25 managers in 25 years. Is that true?

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    James Tyler: FT: Valencia 1, Bayern Munich 1

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    James Tyler: FT: FC Nordsjalland 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 5

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    [Comment from Dave the insensate]
    He's not fired yet. And if the organization has any sense he won't be.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Nice celebratory power ballad in Turin for the Juve lads.

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    Roger Bennett: Big question...

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Why would any manager want to take a job at Chelsea. You can win CL and sit in top 3 and get fired. No patience ever at CFC.

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    James Tyler: FT: Galatasaray 1, Man United 0.

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    Roger Bennett: Po-Tn. we are honored to have RDM's agent in the boot room

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    [Comment from Po - TN]
    Everyone talking about RDM being sacked are stupid. Every manager loses a game here and there. That doesn't mean he isn't doing a great job. He brought a hopeless Chelsea from zero to hero last year. 2 loses isn't the end of the world.

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    [Comment from Dave the insensate]
    Maybe Chelsea needs to stop trying to buy success and build a real franchise.

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    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter

    @rogbennett (Drogba)

    @jamestylerespn (Sheva)

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    [Comment from Mike]
    All football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull teamAll football work and no bus Makes Chelsea a dull team

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I picture Abramovich's next encounter with Di Matteo to go a bit like Kim Jong Il's scene with Hans Blickt in Team America.

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    Roger Bennett: JT... barrage of finger pointing articles... blame game etc. Manchester City game is going to be massive this weekend...

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    James Tyler: FT: Juventus 3, Chelsea 0. A comprehensive pasting by the Serie A lads.

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    [Comment from Wally]
    Game, set, match Roman Abramovich. He doesn't need an excuse now to send RDM packing.

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    James Tyler: 93rd minute. Rog, where does Chelsea go from here? Besides home.

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    [Comment from Peter]
    This Chelsea team has no spirit. Things go poorly and they all just put their heads down. No fight in them at all.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    CRISISOHMYGODFEELINGTHEHEATDIMATTEO

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    [Comment from RobGFOP]
    Roman has his finger on the trap door over the shark pool

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    Roger Bennett: Chiellini off. He has been immense tonight

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    Roger Bennett: Stamford Bridge inquest about to begin. Shark tank is being prepared no doubt for poor RDM.

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    James Tyler: Torres has a half-chance but whiffs at it inside the Juventus box.

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    James Tyler: Flog them?

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    [Comment from Jesse]
    I feel bad for CEech, what is he supposed to do with this defense???

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    Roger Bennett: Photo op outweighs the punishment

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Why are players so intent on ripping their shirts off and accumulating cards?

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    James Tyler: He doesn't particularly care.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, JUVENTUS: Giovinco booked for removing his shirt.

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    Roger Bennett: RDM. Hands on hips. A study in lonliness

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    James Tyler: Little Giovinco trickles one in as Cech sprints out in desperation to prevent the forward.

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    Roger Bennett: Scoreline that reflects Juve's dominance.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR JUVENTUS

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    Roger Bennett: 3-0

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    James Tyler: Must stuff Nordsjalland at home and hope that Shakhtar stomps Juventus at the same time.

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    [Comment from Nik Decker]
    So what is Chelsea looking at with a loss here?

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    Roger Bennett: Final minute of regulation

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Being a United cast off worked out great for Gerard Pique.

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    James Tyler: Yes. Though they didn't want to cast him off. Ferguson was mad that the French lad wanted more minutes/money at his age.

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    [Comment from Charles]
    Is that the United cast off Pogba?

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    James Tyler: Let's hope not, Titi.

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    Roger Bennett: Pity RDM. First West Brom. Then Juventus. Now Manchester City await.

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    [Comment from Titi]
    Sacked in the morning for RDM?

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Only positive for Chelsea is Shakhtar are great at home.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR JUVENTUS: Paul Pogba on, Fabio Quagliarella off. Lockdown time.

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    James Tyler: Joshua King's in for Man United. Fergie bringing all the big guns in, trailing 1-0 in Turkey.

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    [Comment from Steve Romano]
    This Bianconeri squad was said to be so unbelieveably deep everywhere but striker. A rejuvinated Quagliarella and supplemental scoring from the midfield forces one to consider these Turin Giants as a top team in the world.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Has to be Petr Cech, despite Juve's dominance. Chelsea really let him down.

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    James Tyler: For Chelsea, I think Ramires has played rather well, along with Cech obviously. One of the few Blues to fling himself about the pitch with any purpose or energy.

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    [Comment from Sean]
    RDM has lost me, he has all these skilled midfielders who can control the ball, but has opted to play counter attacking football the last 5 games without anyone who is deadly in front of goal.

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea lofting lazy balls in to the box.

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    Roger Bennett: 86 minutes gone

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    James Tyler: Chelsea corner doesn't clear the first defender. Set piece forthcoming once more...

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    [Comment from davittski]
    Super Mario with a beautiful back heel flick to Muller after Lahm's entry pass

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    James Tyler: Bayern's equalizer sounds delicious...

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    James Tyler: Why? Adriano scored three goals. So what if one of them was so contentious?

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    [Comment from doubter]
    I wouldn't really call it a "hat-trick"

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    [Comment from Dinho]
    That hat-trick needs an asterisk, or a few at that ****

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, JUVENTUS: Marchisio booked for dumping Ramires n midfield.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Valencia 1, Bayern Munich 1 -- Thomas Mueller, 82"

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    James Tyler: Torres finds Oscar at the top of the box but he can't keep his feet, is dispossessed.

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    Roger Bennett: Long night for Chelsea. But that should not detract from a terrific Juve performance tonight. Have pressed from the front all night. Workrate has been amazing.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Nordsjalland 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 5 -- Luiz Adriano completes his hat-trick, 81"

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Goal Difference sits at +4 and +2 currently with Shakhtar having the advantage, so if Juve beats Shakhtar, Chelsea have a good chance of winning and going in.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR JUVENTUS: Vucinic off, Giovinco on

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    [Comment from Kevin_Amold]
    Wenger

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    [Comment from Glenn]
    Pirlo...Buffon with his beautiful hair in a shoe lace and barretts? really?

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    James Tyler: Chelsea's set piece taken short and then curled straight into Buffon's hands. Juve breaks via Asamoah down the left but Ramires lunges in with a brilliant sliding tackle.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Buffon's pink, Jeep kit is the classiest.

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    [Comment from kyle]
    Terry

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Bufflo.

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    Roger Bennett: Who is cooler: Buffon or Pirlo?

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    James Tyler: Good run by Moses down the right, speeding past Chiellini before rasping a cross well over everyone in the box.

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    James Tyler: 10 minutes left in Turin. Miracles do happen. Sometimes. I think Valencia's using all of them vs. Bayern Munich right now.

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    James Tyler: Djimi Traore. MY HEAVENS.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Dude Traore was the best defender......EVER

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    Roger Bennett: If these results hold tonight, Juve and Shakhtar will be 0-0. odds on.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Ten-man Valencia 1, Bayern Munich 0 -- Feghouli, 77"

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    James Tyler: JAKE: NO. Chelsea would be two points back of Juventus and would need Shakhtar to stuff the Italians while getting a win at home to Nordsjalland.

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    Roger Bennett: If Chelsea nick a goal here, going to be a great last ten minutes...

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    So, JT I'll ask again if results hold will Chelsea go out?

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    [Comment from JD]
    Roman: Pep, anyone??

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    [Comment from Marv]
    David Luiz' goal shot met Charlie Adam's penalty in the skies and they lived happily ever after.

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    James Tyler: Harry Kewell started but didn't finish.

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    James Tyler: No -- Liverpool's in 2005 far worse, SF Juve Fan.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    @Rog: you can only get so many nose picking shots.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Juventus, unlike Chelsea, defend with their whole team. It shows.

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    [Comment from SF Juve Fan]
    Was last year's Chelsea the worst squad to win a CL ever?

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    Roger Bennett: Buffon. Just two saves on the night.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea free kick is cleared to David Luiz, who scampers infield and rips one from 25 yards. It's miles over.

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    Roger Bennett: Am surprised at how few times the cameras have cut away to RDM, JT, Lamps... lack of reaction shots is numbing for the haters...

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    James Tyler: That was the point: qualification for the knockout round was already sewn up.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Weakest United lineup I've seen in the CL for a long time.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, CHELSEA: Ramires crunches Chiellini in full gallop. Silly.

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    Roger Bennett: That is an amazing sentence you just typed JT

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    James Tyler: Federico Macheda on for Man United.

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    Roger Bennett: Can't play Barca every week lads

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Benfica 2, Celtic 1 -- Garay, 71"

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juventus but Vucinic lazily scoops it over the bar from 15 yards out.

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    James Tyler: So optimistic. No way Chelsea makes it.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    The CFC-LFC Europa League final is going to be a cracker.

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    James Tyler: Mandzukic hits the post for Bayern. Still 0-0 there, Valencia playing with 10 men for the 40 mins.

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    James Tyler: Rog, I think one would rather the money than the league standing, surely. Or at least, would want a share of both. Worth noting, too, that finishing third means Europa League for both, which translates to less Euro money AND added fixture headaches.

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    James Tyler: Asamoah smacks one from wide left -- the luxury of a 2-0 lead -- but can't get it on target.

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. Sole focus really helps. But the financial implications of an early exit really hurt

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    [Comment from Alex]
    JT and Rog, put any stock in this idea: Chelsea (and after tomorrow most likely ManC too) will have a leg up on ManU in the league because no CL obligations?

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    James Tyler: He was a bit duff at the weekend, Willie.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Torres/RDM, chained together at the ankle, are either going down with the ship right now or are spawning 9,000 ESPN articles about the fighting spirit of El Nino.

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    [Comment from Willie]
    Shaqiri most underrated player in Europe?

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    [Comment from Matt R]
    This is where torres shuts up all the critics

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    James Tyler: I think he's a Steinbrenner. At least in the later years.

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    [Comment from glenn]
    so Roman is a younger Russian version of Jerry Jones?

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    Roger Bennett: I would LOVE him to score a goal. A miserable Torres is like watching seals being culled

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Man, 20 minutes with a 2-0 deficit will do wonders for Fernando Torres' confidence.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Fernando Torres on, Mikel off.

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    Roger Bennett: Torres for Mikel

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    James Tyler: Mikel, Hazard and Ashley Cole combine on the left, only noe one of them can manage to get a cross in. Good defending by Vidal.

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    [Comment from Overoptimistic]
    Don't worry Chelsea fans, 2-0 is the most dangerous lead.

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    A balanced squad can't acommadate Mata, Hazard and Oscar all at once. On is going to have to accept being a sub, or move on....

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    [Comment from Deco]
    Bring me back, RDM. I can help!!!

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    James Tyler: Caceres slots into Lichtsteiner's role. juve resume normal service as it was earlier, peppering Cech with shots and forcing myriad blocks from Cahill, Luiz and coco.

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea's problem is in its club culture. The managers do not really manage. There is a jerryrigged system in which Roman dabbles in major operational decisions. It is a culture of chaos

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Since most pundits feel that Arsenal must "spend more" to win something, what is the solution for a team like Chelsea that did spend big in summer to maintain a chance for trophies this season ... spend less?

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    [Comment from davittski]
    Double switch for Bayern, Shaqiri on for Kroos and Mandzukic on for Pizarro

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    [Comment from Mancini]
    City's visit at the weekend just got a little bigger for Chelsea fans.

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    [Comment from Critter]
    You can't win the champs league every year. We need to tweak, not blow things up.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR JUVENTUS: Lichtsteiner off, Martin Caceres on.

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    [Comment from Snoop Lion]
    Nobody mentioning my Celtic?

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    James Tyler: Chelsea corner plucked from the sky by Buffon. Easy as you like.

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    James Tyler: It really does, not to worship Juve too much. Pirlo has an attack dog either side of him to keep him insulated. It works for the Azzurri, too.

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    [Comment from SG]
    Vidal, Marchisio, & Pirlo combines gives the perfect blend of Toughness, Workrate, and Elegance

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    I'd love to be a fly on the wall of Roman's mega yacht. But a really expensive fly.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Chelsea in for a defensive midfielder in January? Surely they need one.

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    Roger Bennett: Roman's miniature giraffes will be quivering tonight

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    James Tyler: Subs forthcoming for both sides. Because why not?

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    [Comment from Chelsea Fans]
    Mancini for RDM

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    Roger Bennett: This is Chelsea's worst case set of outcomes tonight. Shaktar winning. them losing limply..

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    James Tyler: Abramovich is to blame. HE DIDN'T SPEND ENOUGH MONEY. We are through several looking glasses.

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    [Comment from Pete]
    Abromovic to blame...didn't spend enough on strikers

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Rog- 3-5-2 with torres and sturridge up front... gotta make plays

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Bring Falcao on, oh wait its not January yet

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    [Comment from CFC in SC]
    Drogzilla returns from Shanghai

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    [Comment from PutTorresIn]
    Have to use torres now

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    [Comment from Salisbury City FC]
    Deflection having a storming game!

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea fans... what changes would you like to see now?

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    James Tyler: 62nd minute. Chelsea *could* fix this. As Zanetti4President noted above.

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    James Tyler: Just not good enough at the back?

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Awful from Chelsea tonight. RDM to blame, or is the team just too inexperienced?

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    [Comment from zanetti4President]
    Chelsea went up 2-0 at the bridge... still hope

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    James Tyler: DI MATTEO OUT, etc.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Game.Set.Match. CHELSEA YOU ARE PATHETIC.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    Cech had it again, deflection out. No luck today.

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    James Tyler: Wide ball from the left finds the holding midfielder surging in from deep. Asamoah's cut-back finds him and he drills it, deflected, past Cech's leg.

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    Roger Bennett: 2-0. Great ball. Chelsea undone. RDM's hand is forced. Surely Plan B about to be unveiled. What will it be?

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    James Tyler: ARTURO VIDAL. Superb player having a superb season.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR JUVENTUS

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    Roger Bennett: Oh dear. well worked.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Vucinic and Quagliarella look like Torres and Sturridge around goal. Mercy.

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    James Tyler: Vucinic has a crack from distance. Doesn't trouble Cech. Vucinic and Quagliarella looking Torres/Sturridge-esque.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Victor Moses on, Cesar Azpilicueta off. Looks like a conventional 4-2-3-1 now with Cole sliding back to LB, Ivanovic to RB, Mikel/Ramires to hold and Moses moving to the flank.

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    Roger Bennett: Cech absolutely magnificent. He must be mentally and physically exhausted. 58 minutes in he has been the most active Chelsea player by some measure. Mata is second behind him in terms of touches.

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    James Tyler: No.

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    [Comment from Parag]
    If Chelsea go out of Champs League, is Hazard handing a transfer request ?

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    James Tyler: Set piece nodded over the bar by Bonucci.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juve! Quagliarella beats the offside trap behind David Luiz but he can't round Cech and maintain a good enough angle to shoot. Cech blocks the low shot out for a corner.

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    James Tyler: Yup. As it stands, he didn't do that. Corner for Juve. Chiellini nods it back into the crowd but Chelsea clears.

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    [Comment from candy bar]
    kudos candy bars are great

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Wow. Wrong choice. If Quagliarella knocks it back to Liechensteiner, that's a goal.

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    James Tyler: Sorry, Rog.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    Heck of a game from Cech.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juve! Quagliarella gets the ball on the edge of the six yard box and spins off Cahill to hook a shot on goal. Cech is perfectly placed.

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    Roger Bennett: Kudos is one of the words i hate most in the english language

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Kudos to Shakhtar for coming out strongly in the second half to render "Goalgate" largely irrelevant.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Nordsjalland 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 4 -- Luiz "Most Hated Man Ever" Adriano, 53"

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    James Tyler: Vidal's cross is blocked back to him. Second effort is also rebuffed.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Ex-LFC defender Antonio Barragan shown two yellows inside half an hour, yet Los Che still hanging on.

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    [Comment from Fizzle]
    Valiant stuff from Valencia, a man down and still not letting Bayern run rampant

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    James Tyler: Valencia-Bayern update...

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    James Tyler: More territorial pressure from Chelsea now. Azpilicueta has a cross blocked out for a throw-in, deep in juve turf.

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    Roger Bennett: Big night for the Yilmaz family.

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    James Tyler: Sir Alex Ferguson in CRISIS. Fergie out, etc.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Galatasaray 1, Man United 0 -- Burak Yilmaz, 54"

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    Roger Bennett: Odd part of this evening so far: Absence of "Torres would have scored that" jokes

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    James Tyler: Left flank cross for Chelsea finds Azpilicueta at the far post. Good defending by Asamoah to nod it clear, only the ref calls goal kick.

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    James Tyler: No controversy involved in that goal, I'm pleased to report.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Nordsjalland 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 3 -- Willian, 50"

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    James Tyler: Druids pick the names out of a bubbling cauldron in Michel Platini's living room.

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    [Comment from T]
    JT I've always wondered, how are the referees chosen? Do they have to speak both languages or is there a common denominator?

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    [Comment from trevgunner]
    bendter messi ronaldo the trinity of football...............

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    [Comment from Fernando Torres]
    LET ME IN LET ME IN LET ME IN

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    James Tyler: Good cross by Mata from the left flank, intended for Oscar, but it's nodded clear.

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    James Tyler: Mata blasts the free kick into the wall. Disgraceful.

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    Roger Bennett: Watching this Chelsea performance, what is going on in the heads of a. Terry and Lamps. b. Torres?

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    James Tyler: Still 0-0.

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    [Comment from Jesse]
    How's United looking?

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    James Tyler: David Luiz and Mata lurking over the set piece...

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    [Comment from JimmyJammmm]
    To think, Juve is doing this all without the brilliance that is Nicklas Bendtner

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    James Tyler: Nothing given. Up the other end, Juan Mata wins himself a free kick on the fringe of the Juve box as Chiellini sweeps the leg.

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    [Comment from depressed red]
    bring on drogba

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    He should find a skinnier tie

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    James Tyler: Shouts for a penalty in the box for Juve! Vucinic looked like he was tugged down by Cahill!

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    Roger Bennett: Seen 'em given...

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    Roger Bennett: Hope Ivanovic can do a Drogba? I think it is very hard -- much of his bench has a chip on its shoulder

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    James Tyler: Rog, if you're RDM, what do you do to turn this game around? Besides pray...

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    James Tyler: Thank you. Praise will always get you published here.

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    James, speaking of Di Matteo's muy caliente seat, your recent article on the topic of Managerial crisises was brilliant.

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    James Tyler: RDM won a Champions League with a worse squad than he has right now. Invalid.

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    [Comment from Interista]
    JT- Let me preface this by saying I despise talk about managers getting sacked. However, Di Matteo just isnt the right person for this Chelsea squad. Too much talent/experience/balance of players for this squad not to be atop the premier league and better off in their group.

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    James Tyler: We're underway again in the other games. So that's fun.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Under that heavily-padded black helmet thingy is a very frustrated goalkeeper

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    James Tyler: I guess my question is: how much more does Chelsea need to be deemed "complete?" To analogize, at what point does your plate at a dinner buffet become incapable of holding more food?

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    [Comment from CFCDON]
    JT - I think so much is been asked of this CFC team. Yes huge money was spent but the team is not yet complete. This team would be the thinnest ever under Abromovich.

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    James Tyler: Vucinic mis-controls in the box, ball dribbles out for a goal kick.

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    Roger Bennett: Big half of football for Chelsea. They have goals in this side. They just need to conjure them and hope the back line can hold up...

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    James Tyler: Almost a goal for Juve! Asamoah fizzes a low cross in, decently defended by Ashley Cole.

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    James Tyler: Wow. Anyway, we're ready for half number two in Turin. Crisis, maelstrom, Di Matteo fired at halftime, Fernando Torres the new manager, etc.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal

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    [Comment from EmpireITtech]
    who won the replay between Arsenal and Sheffield after that Roger?

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    James Tyler: Play to the whistle! A bit sour and awful, sure, but nothing criminal, Jesse.

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    Roger Bennett: Here is the Nords next goal... you decide if Shaktar gave it away...
    http://www.101greatgoals.com/gvideos/did-shakhtar-let-them-score-kaspar-lorentzen-regains-lead-for-nordsjaelland/

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    [Comment from Jesse]
    Any thoughts on Adriano's controversial goal?

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    [Comment from GoonerNYC]
    The Shaktar defender kicking the ball away when it looked like they were going to do the right thing is the bigger injustice.

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    James Tyler: Lance, you appear to have found common sense since having your Tour de France titles removed. Seriously though, the talk of RDM's imminent demise is awfully tedious. Not to mention distracting from what Chelsea needs to focus on.

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    [Comment from Lance]
    I think when a manager can win the champions league with the set of players that chelsea has last year, he knows what he's doing

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    James Tyler: Foul in midfield, Shakhtar boots it back to Nordsjalland keeper, Luiz Adriano runs onto it, rounds keeper, taps it in. Entire Danish team stood around doing nothing.

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    [Comment from Jer Bear]
    for us who can't watch the video, can you describe adriano's goal and the controversy?

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    Roger Bennett: Here was the Kanu goal. The third one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whO5GAFBp30

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Blimey. Seen the replay now. Nordsjalland, always play to the whistle.

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    James Tyler: As in, it's not about the manager. You're merely the facilitator, the motivator. No-one cares about you.

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    James Tyler: I'd argue that "putting the pieces in place and letting them play" is a fundamental facet of managing.

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    Roger Bennett: Wenger asked for the game to be replayed.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Do you think RDM is a good manager or does he just put the pieces in place and let them play how they are going to play? (i.e. putting the furniture back in place after AVB left last season)

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    Roger Bennett: Yes

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    [Comment from Brian]
    And didn't they replay that game Kanu did that in?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Haven't been following: are we all outraged with what Luiz Adriano did?

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    Roger Bennett: RDM tough set of managerial decisions to make. After vote of no confidence in his strikers. he may need to turn to them to bail Chelsea out here. Or does he press on and believe that his fluid three can nick a goal...?

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    David Moyes would never allow Rog to do that

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    [Comment from Jer Bear]
    that was the only way Rog could ever score

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    Roger Bennett: It is rather awful. Kanu was the only gent i have seen do it before

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    James Tyler: Alright, to the football again. Rog, would you have done what Luiz Adriano did?

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    James Tyler: English: salty, sludgy, comforting
    German: angular, hearty
    Italian: spicy, saucy
    Spanish: passionate, zesty
    French: creamy, coma-inducing, glorious

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Can you break down the difference between English, German, Italian, Spanish and French cuisine?

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    James Tyler: One of my biggest pet peeves is when defenders all stop and demand an offside flag. Play to the whistle! Or at the very least, only one of you ask for a flag while the rest scamper back and defend!

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    nobody seems sure who the focal point should be for Chelsea. Everyone looking for the assist, nobody looking for the goal...

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    James Tyler: Play to the whistle, also!

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Re: Shakhtar goal, this is the Champions League. All is fair when that much is on the line.

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    James Tyler: England: thuggish, simple
    Germany: technical, measured
    Italy: slow, grueling yet elegant
    Spain: manic, stylish, creative
    France: aggressive

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    [Comment from RR United]
    Hey JT, at HT can you break down the major diff between Eng football, Ger, Ita, Spa and French? Pace, tactics, etc?

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    [Comment from RDM]
    I am going to take Azpilicueto off, put 4 in the back, put Torres up front, and win this sh**.

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    James Tyler: OR... bring Ryan Bertrand in as a LM.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Rod Stewart looks the same now as he did back then.

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    James Tyler: RDM has to do SOMETHING. Switch to a proper back four, play Azpilicueta in right midfield? Move to a 4-4-2? Or maybe a proper 4-2-3-1 with Mata up front.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Tactics switch or no in second half for RDM?

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    [Comment from Aleksei]
    JT, can we get a halftime update on Avi's job search?

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    James Tyler: Travis, therein lies the fun. It is a rule if it's unwritten?

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    [Comment from Travis]
    That goal is disgraceful, talk about breaking a major unwritten rule

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    James Tyler: HT: Cluj 3, Braga 1.

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    James Tyler: HT: Nordsjalland 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 2 -- MADNESS.

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    James Tyler: HT: Benfica 1, Celtic 1

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    James Tyler: HT: Valencia 0, Bayern Munich 0 -- Valencia with 10 men...

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    Roger Bennett: Half time education for young people. THIS is Rod Stewart
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hphwfq1wLJs

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    James Tyler: HT: Galatasaray 0, Man United 0

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    Roger Bennett: Not the most attractive half of football for Chelsea eyes. But the good news is it is just 1-0. There are goals in this Chelsea team. But Hazard has been anonymous...

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    James Tyler: RED CARD FOR BRAGA: The awesomely named Douglao sent off on the cusp of half-time.

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    James Tyler: HT: Juventus 1, Chelsea 0. Blues "under the cosh." Di Matteo "feeling the heat."

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    James Tyler: Hazard floats in a decent cross aimed at Mata. It's cleared to Ramires just outside the box, and the Brazilian promptly whacks it wide of goal.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Nordsjalland 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 2 -- Willian, 44"

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    James Tyler: This is phenomenal from Buddha.

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    [Comment from Buddha]
    Guys, once you realize the nature of interdependence, you'll see the truth of causality in all things.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    United off the post in Turkey, Powell. The youngsters doing their thing here.

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    James Tyler: United update...

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    [Comment from Zack]
    Pirlo's beard is having about the same impact as Torres' cleats right now.

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    James Tyler: Lovely play by Hazard and Oscar near the Juventus box. Eventually Oscar gets free of Bonucci to take a shot but blasts one wide/over.

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    Roger Bennett: I will say this. Any team with Oscar and Mata in it is always going to have a goal in them...

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    James Tyler: Pirlo pings it into the mix but Ivanovic wins yet another header. Is fouled in the process to take the pressure off.

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    James Tyler: Another Juventus corner. Chelsea menacing on the break -- as one expects away from home -- but Juventus dominant for the most part.

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    James Tyler: How large a sample size do we need to keep everyone happy? As Kurtis Blow opined, these are the breeeeaaaaks.

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    [Comment from Quinn]
    But given a large enough sample size, luck does tend to even out. Not because its karma, because its random.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    That's quite possibly the worst statistic a team can have.

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    James Tyler: Hazard is clunked by Leonardo Bonucci... YELLOW CARD. Cynical foul to deny a Blues break.

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    Roger Bennett: Cech leads Chelsea in touches with 36. 7 saves.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Oh my god Ashley Cole! Just like at Napoli!

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    James Tyler: FLGooner: Luck is not cyclical. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't. It's not karma.

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    LOL @ Chelsea complaining about bad luck. If things ever even out they are due like 2 seasons worth to make up for their CL run last year.

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    Roger Bennett: Ashley Cole master of the Champions League goal line clearance...

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea seconds later on the break! Hazard finds Mata clean through on goal but he can't stick it past Buffon.

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    Roger Bennett: End to end sloppiness...

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    Roger Bennett: Our moment of Goal Line Tech madness... Ashley Cole clears of the line. Chelsea reeling... then two second later Mata almost through

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    James Tyler: ASHLEY COLE CLEARS OFF THE LINE FOR CHELSEA

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    James Tyler: ADAM: One would hope not. But it might be.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    If Chelsea lose, is this the death knell for Di Matteo?

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    [Comment from Salisbury City FC]
    Rog, closest is the Little Cluj neighborhood in downtown Buffalo.

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    [Comment from C. Greed]
    It's a good thing Chelsea have 5 defenders on the field... seems to be working well.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I want to play this Cluj anthem at my wedding as my first dance song.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    Wow. Chelsea can't get any luck at all.

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    Roger Bennett: Poor shot deflected on its way to goal. Cech will not be pleased.

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    James Tyler: Fabio Quagliarella with the shot. It's speculative and from distance but takes a ping off a leg on the way through, skidding past a helpless Cech.

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    James Tyler: Cech undone by a deflection... Juventus won't care.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR JUVENTUS

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    Roger Bennett: Cech stranded.

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    Roger Bennett: Deflection. GOAL

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    Roger Bennett: Does anyone know if there is a town called Cluj anywhere in America, like there are dozens of Liverpools, Evertons, Londons?

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    James Tyler: Still 0-0 in Galatasaray....

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    James Tyler: And Fabio Quagliarella is hurt. Down. Taking a breather.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Ramires picks out Oscar down the left channel. He cuts it back onto his right foot but his shot is blocked.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Cluj! Cluj! Cluj!

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    Roger Bennett: Cluj fans, sing along with me:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIqb3EWPf2U

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    [Comment from GoonerNYC]
    Shaktar looked like they were going to gift the goal but kicked it away. NOR went back down the pitch and scored in open play anyway.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Samaras and Pirlo frequent the same shearless salon

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Cluj 3, Braga 1 -- Rui Pedro completes his hat-trick on 34 minutes

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    Roger Bennett: Said this before, but i love it: At Man City, they used to refer to him as "Tragedy" as in Greek Tragedy.

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    [Comment from Aleksei]
    A proper footballer mister Samaras!

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    James Tyler: RED CARD FOR VALENCIA: Antonio Barragan gets his second yellow inside half an hour.

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    James Tyler: Hoo boy. Glad we have a fine and upstanding footballing bureaucracy to sort it all out.

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    [Comment from David]
    Marcotti says the Shakhtar goal was from a long ball supposed to be gifting possession back to NOR. Shakhtar then may have allowed NOR to score to regain the lead.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Benfica 1, Celtic 1 -- Giorgios "Greek Jesus" Samaras, 32"

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    James Tyler: Chiellini shoots like the center back he is, forcing a comfy save from Cech. 13 mins to half-time. RDM's formation is so crazy, it might just work...

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    [Comment from JB]
    Chelsea playing Drobga's offense without the Ivorian.

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    [Comment from davittski]
    Wow, big chance for Benfica goes just outside the post against Celtic

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    James Tyler: Celtic update...

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    I actually think Torres would help the way we've looked so far. He doesn't allow the Juve back line to press as much.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Nordsjalland 2, Shakhtar 1 -- Kasper Lorentzen, 29"

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    @Rog: Yes, I'd love to see Torres score an own goal at the death.

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    James Tyler: Because it's a rather moribund game thus far, Guest.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Why is no one talking about whats going on in IStanbul ?

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    James Tyler: Vucinic to Lichtsteiner wide on the right but a lovely block by Cahill to prevent the cross sneaking through.

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    Roger Bennett: How many of you would like Torres to come on and score the winner. End the game like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance?

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    James Tyler: Oscar tries to play Ramires in over the top, but Buffon makes it there quickest.

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Juve. Ball drops to Asamoah at the back post unmarked but botches his control of the ball, gifting Chelsea a goal kick.

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    James Tyler: Bayern with 2/3rd of the ball and 5 shots to 0. Still 0-0, 30 mins gone.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    What's going on in the bayern game?

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    James Tyler: Dear oh dear. Ramires has a rare look at goal, biffs it into the crowd from 30-ish yards.

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    Roger Bennett: Ramires shoots in the style of Danny Sturridge

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    James Tyler: GOAL (SO MUCH FOR THAT) -- Nordsjalland 1, Shakhtar 1 -- Luiz Adriano, 26"

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    [Comment from Julio]
    Pirlo reminds me of Captain Haddock from Tintin

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    James Tyler: 28 minutes gone and a distinctly lop-sided vibe to this encounter so far. How many shots can Petr Cech keep out? All of the shots? It only takes one to get through...

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea could really benefit from a sustained spell of possession to take the sting out of the game a little. Juventus pressing is unsettling

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    James Tyler: Nothing comes of that Chelsea free-kick, by the way, but you knew that already.

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    James Tyler: I personally hate the Pirlo beard. I think it looks like graffiti on the Statue of David.

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    [Comment from Ross]
    Pirlo was admired before, but ever since he grew that beard he has turned into the chuck Norris of soccer, jokes and all

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    [Comment from RDM]
    The scandinavians come to the rescue of Chelsea

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Chelsea inside the Juve half. Wide on the right flank.

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    Roger Bennett: Pirlo everytime. his beard is joyous. Patinkin's is cloaked in self loathing

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Pirlo vs. Mandy Patinkin in a beard competition, who wins?

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Nordsjalland 1, Shakhtar Donetsk 0 -- Nordstrand, 24"

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    James Tyler: MEANWHILE...

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    [Comment from Kilroy]
    I think Avi might be Mark Hughes........

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    James Tyler: Avi lives in Dallas. Contact him at Avi@Dallas.com for more.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    I hear that Chelsea is looking for a striker #BootRoomJobOffice

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Avi, where do you live?

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    James Tyler: Low free kick from Pirlo but Cech is resolute. Easy save.

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    James Tyler: Someone help Avi! #BootRoomJobOffice

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    little known fact, Pirlo shaves every day

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    [Comment from Avi]
    Are you guys hiring? I have been told today is my last day at work :(

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    Roger Bennett: Hard to get ball up and down from there

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    Roger Bennett: Pirlo. for whom it is permanently Movember to take...

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    [Comment from Jim]
    Does RDM have Ramires playing in Pirlo's pocket? That's what I would do.

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    James Tyler: Don't stoke the xenophobe fires, Rog! Hush!

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    Roger Bennett: Kind of free kick that would NEVER be given in the Premier League

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Juventus right on the edge of the Chelsea box. Vidal clattered by Ivanovic under a high ball.

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    [Comment from Interista]
    Sounds like Di Matteo has had this in his game plan all along, defend and then spring counters with hazrad mata oscar and ramires

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    James Tyler: Chance No. 3,417 for Juventus as Vucinic easily spins off Ramires and shoots low from 20-odd yards. Well-struck but Cech sees it all the way.

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    James Tyler: Funny as I think he's actually quite good as a CB. But only when he's in a more conventionally organized 4-man defense.

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    Roger Bennett: Best teams in Turin tonight: Juventus. Then Torino. Then Chelsea.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Ivanovic seems to me to be a much better as an overlapping winger than central defender.

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    James Tyler: Hint: not Chelsea

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    [Comment from CFCDON]
    JT, who's the better team in turin so far?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Quagliarella: he drifts wide right and is picked out beautifully by Pirlo's long ball down the flank. Shoots from a narrow angle, edge of the box... it's on target but Cech snaffles it comfortably enough.

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    Roger Bennett: Only Ivanovic has touched the ball more than Cech in the first 20 minutes for Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: The one counter with Hazard-Oscar. That's been it so far.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Is Chelsea able to muster any kind of attack so far?

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    James Tyler: Another decent shot for Juve, this time from Vidal. Low drive that Cech saves comfortably.

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    James Tyler: A front two vs. a back three causes trouble if the back three don't know who they're supposed to be picking up, whether it's a man-mark approach or a zonal mark.

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    Roger Bennett: Cech is going to be livid at half time. Chelsea defenders leaving him high and dry. Basic movement of the Italians front two and they are befuddled

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Chance for Bayern! Header off a corner to the near post, knocked away by Guaita

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    James Tyler: Bayern update...

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    James Tyler: 19 minutes gone in Turin. Still 0-0.

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    James Tyler: Another chance for Juventus but Vucinic is offside when Vidal's little chip through the middle is played.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Cluj 2, Braga 1 -- Alan, 17"

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Cluj 2, Braga 0 -- Rui Pedro, 15"

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    James Tyler: Set move: Pirlo knocks it low to Vucinic at the near post, who taps it back for Marchisio to drill it on goal from 15 yards. Cech with a diving save. Another Chelsea corner, another clearing header from Ivanovic.

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    Roger Bennett: Exactly

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    [Comment from Ed]
    Yeah Rog, cause "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy" is right up there with Keats

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juventus!

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    James Tyler: ANOTHER Juventus corner.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Rod Stewart is that really old guy in the new years 2000 episode of south park.

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    James Tyler: Skidded in low but stabbed clear by Mikel. Chelsea defending robustly enough for now.

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    Roger Bennett: Rod Stewart is one of the greatest poets Scotland has produced since Robert Burns

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    James Tyler: Another corner for Juventus...

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Maybe a Snoop Lion rap at HT will spur Celtic on?

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    James Tyler: I'll let the Boot Room's resident crusty, Rog Bennett, explain...

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    [Comment from Marc in WV]
    I'm 26. Who is "Rod Stewart"?

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    James Tyler: Lovely set piece from Pirlo but Ivanovic met it firmly. Headed it clear.

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    James Tyler: Lichtsteiner wins a corner off Ashley Cole, who blocks the cross.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    I have to root for Cluj since BATE let me down.

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    Roger Bennett: Rod Stewart only cries when he has a new book and Christmas album about to hit stores. Nothing to do with Celtic to be honest. He wanted to remind the 87% of Americans who thought he had passed away that he is alive and well.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    That Barcelona magic is wearing off for Celtic.... they need a weeping Rod Stewart to get their spirits back up.

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    James Tyler: They are? A loss today at Benfica pulls the Portuguese side level with Celtic, while Celtic gets an easier game in Matchday 6 (aka Benfica travels to Barcelona).

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    [Comment from man u fan]
    The American in me wants to see Celtic pull this off, but they're dead in the water

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    Roger Bennett: Cluj fans. We are 1-0 up on Braga!

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    James Tyler: It really was. Oscar all alone just puts the Juve back three on its heels.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @shornKOOMINS @MiguelDelaney Toto Schilacci? Lentini. Denilson and Kaka.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Helluva counter by Chelsea there. Wow.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Benfica 1, Celtic 0 - John, 7"

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    James Tyler: Corner's cleared. I honestly thought that was a goal at first.

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    James Tyler: What a move by Hazard and Oscar... lung-bursting run by the Brazilian draws the Juve defense in on the counter, he slides it through to Hazard who gets it between Buffon's legs but it takes a deflection out for a corner.

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    Roger Bennett: Exceptional work by Oscar. so young, but already crucial to Chelsea's chances of success.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    CLIVE!

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    James Tyler: Ivanovic and Ramires combine to clear a Juve cross. Italian side looks very composed thus far.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- CFR Cluj 1, Braga 0 - Rui Pedro, 7"

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    James Tyler: More I look at it, more it looks like a 3-4-3, C. Greed.

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    Undefeated in Serie A = Finishing 5th in EPL

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    [Comment from C. Greed]
    JT - a little more about Chelsea's shape please?

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    [Comment from Interista]
    Interesting tactics, Di Matteo comes out defensive to battle Juve's counter game (which I completely disagree with). However, does Chelsea have the players to counter back and score?

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Have a feeling this is going to be a rough night for the Blues

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    James Tyler: Corner flicked on by Chiellini but it loops onto the roof of the net.

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    James Tyler: Lichtsteiner and Asamoah finding plenty of room on the wings.

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    James Tyler: Was Lichtsteiner who forced Cech's save moments ago. Now, Juve wins its first corner off Gary Cahill. Chelsea's new-look formation looks awful so far.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Clive can do the old 'good/bad news from Istanbul' routine when for most people watching United conceding is good news. #patriotismisdead

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    James Tyler: Speculative long-range crack by Ivanovic whistles wide.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    #FCBootroom chat Chelsea v. Juventus, 2:15 ET. Join us for all the Champs League chatter. tinyurl.com/d7a69wx @JamesTylerESPN @rogbennett

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    James Tyler: Petr Cech with a fantastic point-blank save to keep it out.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juventus! Scramble in the box...

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    James Tyler: I dunno. Ask the newspapers, AndrewG.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Niall Quinn makes my decision for me. Clive and Andy it shall be.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Shane Long? Chelsea would be happy to have Jozy Altidore tonight.

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    [Comment from AndrewG]
    How would Galatasaray beating a United reserve squad be an upset?

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    Roger Bennett: Stunner for Nando. Worse even for Sturridge... poor bloke. Liverpool beckon. purgatory.

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    James Tyler: Amazingly with a five-man defense, Kwadwo Asamoah still gets free on the left and rips a decent cross in. It's headed clear.

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    Roger Bennett: Nando and i were both shocked at being dropped.

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    James Tyler: Hello, Rog. Glad you made it in! Unlike, say, Fernando Torres.

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    Roger Bennett: How Chelsea wish they had Shane Long in their squad tonight...

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    Roger Bennett: Ciao James

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    James Tyler: Hazard the man up front. Blues sitting five-deep behind the ball.

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    James Tyler: Long ball easily gathered by Buffon. Now that Juve's on the ball, we can see Chelsea's formation.

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    James Tyler: Offsides turned off, TottBot?

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    [Comment from TottBot]
    I put 6 past Buffon the other day... in FIFA 13... with Chicago Fire

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    James Tyler: And in the other five #UCL games currently ongoing: Nordsjaelland v. Shakhtar, Valencia v. Bayern, Benfica v. Celtic, Galatasaray v. Man Utd and Cluj v. Braga.

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    James Tyler: Alright, we're off in Turin!

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    [Comment from Salisbury City FC]
    Juve wins 1-0 new CFC formation sputters and Torres sub does little else.

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    [Comment from Buffon]
    No one will score on me. I am magnificent.

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    James Tyler: Weird that a Man U fan is picking Chelsea... I've seen it all...

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    [Comment from man u fan]
    Chelsea 2-0. torres actually scores them.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Looking forward to a good Phil Jones gurnathon tonight.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Nice to see two goalkeepers as captains.

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    [Comment from Torres]
    JT, just to make you angry, I will score when I come into the game after it is finished

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Pirlo's beard scores two sublime FKs, Mata and Oscar equalize. 2-2.

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    [Comment from am73685]
    Chelsea in a last minute shocker 2-1

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Torres and RDM both gone in January.

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    [Comment from Matt R]
    CFC Juve 0-0

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Chelsea wins 3-2. Mata 2 goals

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    James Tyler: Lineups again...
    CHELSEA: Cech -- David Luiz, Cahill, Ivanovic -- Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Ashley Cole -- Hazard, Mata, Oscar.
    Subs: 13-Moses, 22-Turnbull, 21-Marin, 9-Torres, 35-Piazon, 6-Oriol Romeu, 34-Bertrand.

    JUVENTUS: 1-Buffon -- 15-Barzagli, 19-Bonucci, 3-Chiellini -- 26-Lichtsteiner, 23-Vidal, 21-Pirlo, 8-Marchisio, 22-Asamoah -- 27-Quagliarella, 9-Vucinic.
    Subs: 30-Storari, 7-Pepe, 12-Giovinco, 4-Caceres, 24-Giaccherini, 6-Pogba, 32-Matri.

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    James Tyler: I will gladly take the day off to eat roast poultry.

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    [Comment from United Fan in Texas]
    James -- Since you are in America, will you be celebrating Thanksgiving???

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    James Tyler: Right, predictions time. Best ones make it through prior to kickoff.

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    James Tyler: Listen to that song. Aural goosebumps.

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    James Tyler: Teams are striding out in Turin... get set for a barnstormer, I reckon.

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    James Tyler: Meanwhile, Chelsea is one massive bundle of intrigue. Will RDM's formation work? Can Azpilicueta rise to the responsibility? How will Mata/Oscar/Hazard play without a meddling Spanish striker to muck everything up?

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    James Tyler: The other issue with Juventus is up front. Their stumbles this season have been down to finishing as bad as LFC last season. Quagliarella, Vucinic, Matri, Giovinco all unreliable thus far.

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    James Tyler: So, to look at the feature game more intimately, the key for Chelsea will be, obviously, to curb Andrea Pirlo's brilliance. Though Vidal and Marchisio will do well to keep the Blues from honing in too much on the maestro.

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    James Tyler: And remember, ol' Marouane was free.

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    James Tyler: HA HA HA. That's your watermark right there. Chamakh.

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    [Comment from Jeremiah]
    I think the issue with Torres is that since joining Chelsea, he's scored goals at roughly the same pace as Marouane Chamakh. (19 in 86 to 14 in 65)

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    James Tyler: Earned a robust 0-0 in the previous group game encounter. And they just beat Barcelona, so I'd say it's entirely possible.

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    [Comment from Loony]
    Think Celtic could upset Benfica? Or will they be easily beaten?

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    James Tyler: Let's put money where mouths are on the Torres question.

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    [Comment from CFCDON]
    All credit to Robbie. No one can say he's afraid of making a big decision.

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    James Tyler: Impossible to quantify.

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    [Comment from Marc from WV]
    Where do you rank Zlatan's goal? Top 10 all time?

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    James Tyler: Well done.

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    [Comment from Benitez]
    FACT: When I manged LFC, Torres was good player. So everyone who managed him after me with any club is BAD MANAGER

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    James Tyler: Vidal has been superb for Juventus this season. Check James Horncastle's piece on ESPNFC.com yesterday for more. Wonderful player. The kind many big clubs could use.

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    [Comment from Bert]
    Mikel and Ramires will get owned all night by the energy of Vidal and Marchisio...

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    James Tyler: We don't. Just think PSG is hilarious to spend big for Beckham. I was always under the impression they were trying to build a football team there. I must be mistaken.

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    [Comment from Monroe]
    Why do the English hate Beckham so much? USA rolled out the red carpet for him.

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    James Tyler: Nope. Writing's sadly on the wall for El Nino. He needs hat-tricks every game for a month to make up lost ground/win back public opinion.

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    [Comment from Wallguest]
    Torres coming on and scoring a late goal wouldn't even make people ease off of him, even if its an amazing goal.

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    James Tyler: Yes -- scroll up to the top, American. I'll repost XIs right before kick-off.

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    James Tyler: Fair point, T, but this game is equally pivotal.

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    [Comment from American]
    Has the Juve starting line up been announced?

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    [Comment from T]
    Take the Chelsea lineup in stride, they play City this weekend

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    James Tyler: PSG is hilarious. That is all.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I know this is a Champions League Boot Room, but thoughts on David Beckham and PSG saying they'll go in for him?

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    James Tyler: Don't believe so: would leave a 3-pt gap between Celtic and Benfica, meaning the Portuguese side would need to win at Barcelona and hope Celtic loses to Spartak.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Celtic draw and they are through, no?

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    James Tyler: NOPE. But Paul Pogba is.

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    [Comment from SG]
    Is Bendtner in the squad for Juve today JT?

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    James Tyler: I said above: home wins for Cluj, Juventus and Benfica. Away wins for Shakhtar, Man United and Bayern. No draws.

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    [Comment from Jim]
    Give us some realistic predictions today, JT on final scores. None of your 1-1 eyewash, either.

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    James Tyler: Mikel and Ramires are fine midfielders, but both love to surge forward in attack. No-one covers. Midfield is full of attack-minded players. They need a proper holding midfielder, a la Sergio Busquets. Someone good on the ball who has the discipline to stay deep.

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    [Comment from Scouse, eh?]
    What are your suggested January solutions for CFC's "unbalanced midfield in front of a sub par back four?" Balance the midfield v. strengthen the back?

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    James Tyler: Surprising that Bayern leads the Marios (Gomez and Mandzukic out) but veteran Pizarro's in fiery form.

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    James Tyler: Robben hurt, no Viera in midfield for Los Che either.

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    James Tyler: VALENCIA: Guaita -- Barragan, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Cissokho -- Feghouli, Tino Costa, Parejo, Guardado -- Banega -- Soldado.

    BAYERN: Neuer -- Lahm, Dante, Badstuber, Alaba -- Martinez, Schweinsteiger -- Mueller, Kroos, Ribery -- Pizarro.

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    James Tyler: More lineups.... VALENCIA v. BAYERN....

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    James Tyler: Hilarious viral marketing.

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    [Comment from RR United]
    Snoop buying some of Celtic, thoughts JT????

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    James Tyler: Yes -- if Celtic beats Benfica in Portugal today, they will secure second place in the group.

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    [Comment from The Stig]
    Can Celtic lock up a knockout-round spot with a win today, JT?

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    James Tyler: Well, that's the obvious humor of it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

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    [Comment from Jer Bear]
    if RDM wins with this formation, he's the next Guardiola. If he loses, he's the latest Scolari/Ancelotti/every previous manager under Roman

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    James Tyler: Shakhtar, Juve, Bayern, Benfica, Galatasaray, Cluj.

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    [Comment from tom]
    Who do you like to win the games today JT?

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    James Tyler: Powell's great. Impressed in Carling Cup play this season. Young lad set to be a lynchpin of United's midfield in the future.

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    [Comment from Himanshu]
    How is Nick Powell JT?

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    James Tyler: Maybe so. Plus playing in Turkey will rattle United, who has little left to play for in the Group at this point. Qualification assured.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @NatashaSHenry think he's got a knock but the principle stands, I'd say.

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    [Comment from RAH]
    James, do you think Gala is a bit of a bogey team for united?

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Juventus should dispatch Chelsea tonight

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    James Tyler: I'll alert you when the goals happen, aye.

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    [Comment from Collin]
    You're going to keep us posted on the blow by blow happenings in the Cluj-Braga game, right?

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    James Tyler: There we go.

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    Why Liverpool not been mentioned yet?

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    James Tyler: Put it this way; if Roman's going to fire him, Roman's gonna fire him. Zen koan.

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    [Comment from CG for CFC]
    This starting lineup... no Sturridge, even on the bench but Piazon up? Is RDM trying to be the next notch on Roman's belt?

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    James Tyler: Certainly in terms of what the lads from Donetsk can do to that Group of Slow Death...

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    [Comment from Marc from WV]
    Shakhtar the most exciting team today?

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    James Tyler: He'll be here shortly.

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    [Comment from Jesse N.]
    Rog sleep in again JT?

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    James Tyler: MAN UTD: Lindegaard -- Rafael, Phil Jones, Carrick, Buttner -- Anderson, Fletcher -- Cleverley, Nick Powell, Welbeck -- Hernandez.

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    James Tyler: GALA: Muslera -- Eboue, Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera -- Hamit Altintop, Inan, Melo, Amrabat -- Yilmaz, Elmander.

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    James Tyler: Other lineups? How about Galatasaray vs. United...

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    James Tyler: Sorry Steve. It's over. Messi was very good.

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    [Comment from Steve L]
    Why won't you report on the Barca game, JT?

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    [Comment from RAH]
    Honestly... Chelsea does have the talent in midfield to play a false 9

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Mata/Oscar/Hazard are scoring most of the goals anyways. Might as well bench Torres and throw in an extra defender.

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    [Comment from Jesse N.]
    Funny that both spain and chelsea go strikerless...common denominator? Torres.

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    James Tyler: Has to be. Only likely explanation. I mean, he's not "feeling the heat" or "under pressure" or anything, we're led to believe.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    BREAKING: RDM is a huge fan of the Boot Room and wanted to inspire a lively debate.

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    James Tyler: RAH: was a fine wing-back for Marseille, can clearly handle the work.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    SPI odds to advance from Group H: Man United 100% (clinched), Cluj 43.6%, Galatasaray 31.1%, Braga 25.3%.

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    [Comment from RAH]
    Hmmmm... Azpilicuete in midfield... an interesting selection, but he did make some great runs and crosses into the box on Saturday

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    James Tyler: We'll have an eye on it. Not a separate room though as United is comfortably into the next round.

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    [Comment from man u fan]
    is there a boot room for mufc?

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    James Tyler: False Nine comes Del Bosque/Euro 2012 approved.

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    [Comment from Messi]
    Chelsea should grab Falcoa in January. Seriously? False Nine? Chelsea?

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    James Tyler: Because any other striker didn't cost 50 million pounds.

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    [Comment from Shaun]
    How come any other striker can have a "day off" and people don't go crazy, but when Torres is given a "day off" he is dropped or cut from the squad. Calm down people, I say.

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    James Tyler: Seems mad to try something new in such a pivotal game, but I'll say this:
    - He appears to be matching Juve's set of 3-5-2, I think.
    - Torres is awful.

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    James Tyler: Could be a 3-4-3 as marked above. Could compress to a 5-3-2 when not in possession as Azpilicueta and Cole dig back. Could be a 5-2-3 in possession with Mata and Oscar working wide positions.

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    James Tyler: CHELSEA: Cech -- David Luiz, Cahill, Ivanovic -- Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Ashley Cole -- Hazard, Mata, Oscar.
    Subs: 13-Moses, 22-Turnbull, 21-Marin, 9-Torres, 35-Piazon, 6-Oriol Romeu, 34-Bertrand.

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    James Tyler: Let's show the XI and go from there....

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    What on Earth is RDM's formation du jour?

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    James Tyler: And now, we get Chelsea. Juventus. Turin. Jangling nerves and Roberto Di Matteo trying something new....

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    James Tyler: What a day so far, eh? Lille wins 2-0 at BATE despite someone being sent off. Barca strolls to 3-0 win at the Luzhniki.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Employing previously unused tactics in the imposing home of the champions of Italy? What could possibly go wrong?

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    James Tyler: Good afternoon, one and all.

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    James Tyler: THE CHAAAAMPIIIOOOONS