• FT

    Zenit

    1

    Anderlecht

    0

  • FT

    Ajax

    3

    Man City

    1

  • FT

    Arsenal

    0

    Schalke 04

    2

  • FT

    Dortmund

    2

    Real Madrid

    1

  • FT

    D Zagreb

    0

    PSG

    2

  • FT

    FC Porto

    3

    Dynamo Kiev

    2

  • FT

    Malaga

    1

    Milan

    0

  • FT

    Montpellier

    1

    Olympiakos

    2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Attendance: 65829

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Borussia Dortmund

  • Robert Lewandowski 36'
  • Marcel Schmelzer 64'

2 - 1

FT

Real Madrid

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 38'
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    James Tyler: Bye for now, folks! Boot Room is CLOSED FOR REPAIRS until the Prem this weekend. Need to repaint.

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    James Tyler: No, thank you. Thanks to all of you. This was brilliant. Would be nothing without your comments.

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    [Comment from Matt R]
    Thanks for the great updates today sir

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    James Tyler: Thank you all for your insight, comments, trolling efforts, hatred, accusations of bias and all general remarks. Been an absolutely marvelous afternoon with you all.

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    James Tyler: Join you back here SOON, this weekend, for more Boot Rooms. Follow me on Twitter: @JamesTylerESPN

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    James Tyler: Right, must dash. Much to do in the post-game wrap. Seriously. An absolute ton. More shocks than walking through a haunted house while on acid.

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    James Tyler: Will plagiarize myself and say their chances are slimmer than Kate Moss after a juice cleanse. Longer odds than the Cubs winning a World Series or Axl Rose recording a good song.

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    [Comment from Stoyanov]
    Just got here... WOW. Chances of City making it through now?

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    James Tyler: No. I just like their team. Lots to admire. Is that allowed?

  •  

    [Comment from Jim]
    JT did you make loads of cash on Shakhtar or something? Mentioning them an awful lot..

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    James Tyler: No. That helps a coefficient, naturally.

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    [Comment from Greg]
    Are people forgetting an ENGLISH team won the champions league last year?

  •  

    James Tyler: Agree. And despite being owned by rich oil men, the investment was cut drastically this summer. Cazorla's sale also a sad sight for them. Yet Izco, Toulalan and co all immense. Heart-warming, even.

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    [Comment from Cazorla]
    How about some praise for Malaga, 3 for 3 with no goals conceded in the tournament. Not a bad start for the Spanish side and a good sign for Spanish footy in general.

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    James Tyler: Thank you for being honest. I shouldn't laugh again until Liverpool wins the Prem and Champions League, obviously.

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    James honestly, laughing at other teams poor results when you are a LFC supporter is a bit pathetic. Arsenal having a bad weak, LFC are now on a bad 3 years and still getting worse.

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    James Tyler: Injuries, rotation, wet grass, etc

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    [Comment from Jesse]
    Mourinhos excuse today???

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    James Tyler: Generally competent. Grew more confident in the attack as the game wore on. Handled himself admirably, I thought.

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    How did Essie look at LB?

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    James Tyler: I still love Shakhtar beating Chelsea. (BIAS) Though Malaga's 1-0 win is nice. And obviously, Ajax. Not as surprised about Borussia Dortmund as I predicted it.

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    [Comment from Footy fan]
    Best result of matchday 3 JT ?

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    James Tyler: Not sure, Salvatore. Could well be that the stakes are different in Europe. Relegation not an issue, for one. Only six group games is another important point. Therefore teams more likely to go for it in the CL/EL

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    What has Europe figured out regarding Man City that other EPL teams cant?

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    James Tyler: Um, neither do I?

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    [Comment from Ismaeil]
    I don't know what's funnier, Arsenal getting knocked out of the champion's league,or Liverpool winning the Europa league

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    James Tyler: It's based over several years of results. The fact that the Prem normally puts 2 or 3 of its 4 teams into the knockout rounds (and deep) is still helping though the last two seasons have been dire on that front.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Remind me again why England is #1 in the nation coefficients?

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    James Tyler: It will never be under threat as long as the shareholders and board of executives are happy.

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    JT, at what point would Wenger's place be under serious threat?

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    James Tyler: I don't darn well know, actually.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    James, you darn well know that is a lie, better to be embarrassed in the Chmps Lge than the Europa League

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    James Tyler: Their chances are slimmer than Kate Moss after a juice fast, Tancredi. Must win two of the remaining three to even have a chance. Even that might not be enough.

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    [Comment from Tancredi Palmeri]
    what are the chances for City or they are out in any case ?

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    James Tyler: Agreed. Great magazine piece on him in the latest issue of "When Saturday Comes." If you live somewhere big in the US, maybe a newsagent's will have a copy.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    Roy carroll in Greece is a great story! Guy made mistakes but picked up the pieces in his life.

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    James Tyler: An absolutely blistering afternoon of Champions League footy. Bless the footballing gods for their bounty.

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    James Tyler: I think the world has known for a while, Jay Jay. Just the Prem has ignored the obvious?

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Finally, the world can see how overrated the EPL is..

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    How long until Wenger puts in a 2 million pound offer for Huntelaar?

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    James Tyler: Oh, but Olympiakos won in injury time.

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    [Comment from Titi]
    The only good thing today for Arsenal is Olympiakos and Montpellier are drawing

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    James Tyler: Now, the table:
    Dortmund: 7 pts
    Real Madrid: 6 pts
    Ajax: 3 pts
    Man City 1 pt

    HA HA HA HA HA

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    James Tyler: GROUP OF DEATH. Love it. The drama in matchday 4 is going to be wonderful.

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    James Tyler: FT: Borussia Dortmund 2, Real Madrid 1. I called it!

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    James Tyler: Ah, the old "at least we're in the tournament" retort. Bit soft, Shawn. I mean yes, if only LFC was in the CL, but I'd rather not be than get embarrassed like the Gunners did tonight.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Yeah, that Arsenal result is real funny, James. By the way, who did Liverpool play today?

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    James Tyler: Defended robustly. Di Maria can't turn it on target. "They think it's all over...."

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    James Tyler: One final chance for Real Madrid... Free kick in the center circle to be hoofed forward. Gundogan booked for the foul.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Arsenal fans: The sky is NOT falling. Lots of injuries being healed soon. Still on track for the Knockout round. Troubling results, but it's early. Let's see how it plays out.

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    James Tyler: Who knows? Maybe? Mancini will be morose after this one. Humbling, really.

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    [Comment from Robert]
    So, JT, will there be a big time manager looking for a new job soon?

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    James Tyler: FT: FC Porto 3, Dynamo Kiev 2. Jackson Martinez' brace sinks the Ukrainians.

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    James Tyler: FT: Dinamo Zagreb 0, PSG 2. Easy win really.

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    James Tyler: FT: Montpellier 1, Olympiakos 2. Injury time game-winner for the Greeks by Kevin Mitroglou. And nice to see ex-Man United goalie Roy Carroll between the posts for them too.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Ajax fans doing the Poznan. Cheeky cheeky.

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    [Comment from Laughing United Fan]
    This is Europe people! I rarely laugh in the face of other people's pain but this should keep you from criticizing United for struggling but still winning and only to not do any better just 24 hours later.

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    [Comment from Eli]
    Wow. I'm so happy I might just cry at my desk. Man City AND Arsenal?

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    James Tyler: 6 million people.

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    How many came to the BOOT ROOM PARTY TONIGHT JT?

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    James Tyler: FT: Arsenal 0, Schalke 2. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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    James Tyler: FT: Malaga 1, Milan 0. Huge result. Allegri under the cosh now for the Rossoneri.

  •  

    [Comment from Gunner]
    arsenal losing at home to schalke is much more of a dagger in the heart than losing away to norwich

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    James Tyler: Or it's superb and brlliant, depending on your perspective. #GROUPOFDEATH

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    James Tyler: FT: Ajax 3, Man City 1. That is an absolutely massive, crushing, devastating result.

  •  

    James Tyler: Well, unless you're in a shadowy syndicate that knew all this would happen.

  •  

    [Comment from Dez]
    Folks, this is why you don't bet on futbol

  •  

    [Comment from Leyte from Charleston]
    JT's lappy 486 suffers the same fate as Man City and Arsenal.

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    James Tyler: Essien fizzes wide from close range for Real!

  •  

    James Tyler: I need like 50 laptops (PLEASE BOSS)

  •  

    James Tyler: What an afternoon. I can't even.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    You need a backup laptop in the control room there, James.

  •  

    James Tyler: Man City within seconds of a humbling defeat. Real Madrid with four+ minutes left.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sorry folks, truly. Computer crashed. Back up now.

  •  

    James Tyler: WOW.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Jack Wilshere's shoulders: just Arsenal and England's hopes rest here.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @Debaser92 This display, followed by Norwich, is very concerning though.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Zero shots on target.

  •  

    [Comment from Colin]
    schalke destroying us now. 2 nil

  •  

    James Tyler: I can barely keep up.

  •  

    James Tyler: ANOTHER GOAL FOR SCHALKE

  •  

    James Tyler: Probably what you just said.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    What goes on in someone's head who thinks, "you know, I should run on the pitch!"

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Youngster Serge Gnabery is on for Arsenal. He almost equalizes within 10 seconds!

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    [Comment from geoff]
    ginabry on for arsenal and he torches a defender instantly

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    James Tyler: Arsenal updates:

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    James Tyler: Not a "fake escape" but rather, another way of phrasing the same thing. Euphemism.

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    "wondering if the squad can compete on so many fronts" is a fake escape for saying the team isn't good enough

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    James Tyler: I'd say they've been missing it for weeks, maybe months. Well off the form that endeared him to EPL fans in the first half of last season.

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    [Comment from ap]
    city is really missing silva's creativity today

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Malaga/Milan is really heating up, I highly recommend this game.

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    James Tyler: City. By a mile. This Shakhtar side should surprise no-one at this point.

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    [Comment from Paul]
    JT: What's more shocking, the Chelsea result or City being down 3-1 and staring Champions League exit right in the face?

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    James Tyler: Good punch by Weidenfeller to beat Higuain to the lofted corner. BvB breaks with breathtaking pace but Reus loses the ball under his feet. Real breaks again sharply but Weidenfeller gets to the through-ball intended for Ronaldo.

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    James Tyler: That should go well.

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    [Comment from Raghav]
    Arshavin on for podolski

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    James Tyler: Corner for Real Madrid... Fan is on the pitch. That's nice. Dealt with efficiently by the German security staff.

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    James Tyler: They will act like WAGs on holiday and spend away what ails them. Maybe.

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    [Comment from CR7]
    how do you think the Man City board will go about this potential disastrous loss?

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    James Tyler: A cold hard dose of reality?

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    [Comment from BrandonCOYS]
    Awful by all the English teams this year... what happened?

  •  

    [Comment from John Henry]
    I assume Wenger has been wearing his big puffy coat for this match?

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    James Tyler: Higuain came on for Benzema. Just won a corner.

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    James Tyler: Penalty shout for Dortmund! Not given. Ozil gives it away cheaply but no pen.

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    James Tyler: Of Dortmund's 14 shots on goal, 10 have been on target.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Grosskreutz breaks down the right flank, ignores Lewandowski wide-open at the far post and fizzes a shot wide from 25 yards.

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    James Tyler: 13 minutes left in Dortmund. Good tackle on the edge of the box to deny Essien's run.

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    James Tyler: Every team was a banana peel for City in this group. Mancini has work to do. Wondering if his squad can handle competing on so many fronts.

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    [Comment from Czuch Norris]
    I see Ajax as the banana peel for City. Ajax aren't going through, but they're also going to prevent City from doing so as well. #ManCity Schadenfreude.

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    James Tyler: Play the lotto tonight, Kev!

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    YES!!! All my results I've wanted are coming true now

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    Awful defending by the Arsenal

  •  

    James Tyler: Oh, we're mentioning it. Let's wash in Gunner misery, shall we?

  •  

    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    Why are we not mentioning the Schalke goal?

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    James Tyler: Jackson Martinez with his second and Porto's third in that game.

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Arsenal have been worse tonight than against Norwich...going on two matches straight without creating a single scoring chance...its simply stunning..

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    James Tyler: Yikes. Someone start the clock. And also alert the police.

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    [Comment from JT]
    CR7 to score within 10 minutes or I'll take off my pants in class

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Porto 3, Dynamo Kiev 2 -- home side back in front with 12 minutes to play.

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    James Tyler: Wenger readies his large brown sack to stuff Klaas-Jan in before he can board the Schalke team bus.

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    James Tyler: Per's had a good game until now. What a costly mistake, maybe.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    GOAL SCHALKE! Mertesacker falls asleep, and Huntelaar fires right at mannone, who somehow misses it.

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    James Tyler: GOAL! Arsenal 0, Schalke 1 -- Huntelaar!

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    James Tyler: About 15 minutes, give or take a couple. Some games ahead of others.

  •  

    [Comment from Jesse N.]
    time left across the board JT?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Piszczek nods Di Maria's volley out for a corner as Ronaldo was lurking at the back post.

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    James Tyler: Cristiano Ronaldo switches to the right flank. Gonzalo Higuain about to come in for Madrid.

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    James Tyler: #ManCitySchadenfreude

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    [Comment from Clark]
    IF RESULTS HOLD.... this may be the most expensive point ever purchased in the UCL

  •  

    James Tyler: Reus looks for a booking as Pepe sticks his leg in front of the German's cut-back run.

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    James Tyler: Still cruising, up 2-0.

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    [Comment from Aboud]
    PSG update?

  •  

    James Tyler: Bender/Kehl the first-choice CDM pair. Gundogan a great Plan B.

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    [Comment from karl]
    why did gundogan not start?

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    [Comment from Stretch]
    Signal Iduna Park aka Westfalion Stadion: Best stadium in Europe.

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    James Tyler: Doubtful. Would love it though.

  •  

    [Comment from BR]
    JT how about that kid Eriksen. DO you think there is a chance he would come to liverpool?

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    James Tyler: SCORES:
    Malaga 1, Milan 0
    Ajax 3, Man City 1
    Dortmund 2, Real Madrid 1
    Porto 2, Dynamo Kiev 2 -- visitors just equalized via Ideye
    Zagreb 0, PSG 2
    Arsenal 0, Schalke 0
    Montpellier 1, Olympiakos 1 -- Torosidis just equalized

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    James Tyler: Thank you to the 3 million of you for correcting my math. We move on. About 20 minutes left across Europe.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    All of the English clubs have very poor defense this year. No chance any of them win UCL.

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    James Tyler: Sorry.
    Dortmund: 7
    Real Madrid: 6
    Ajax: 3
    Man City: 1
    IF RESULTS HOLD

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    [Comment from Mike]
    7 points for Dortmund JT they would be 2-0-1

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Man City! Vermeer stonewalls Aguero (I think) from close range.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR DORTMUND: Sven Bender limping off, Ilkay Gundogan on. One wonderful young holding mid for another.

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    James Tyler: Modric blasts over the bar. Superb stadium noise at Signal Iduna Park.

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    James Tyler: Boring, basically. Still 0-0 at the Emirates.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Yellow card for Aaron Ramsey as Afellay looked to break quickly. The Dutch winger has looked primed for something significant tonight.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal update:

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    James Tyler: Chance for Madrid! Ozil gets behind Hummels but the defender recovers nicely to block his countryman's shot.

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    James Tyler: It would be the steepest of uphill battles, Matt. Like climbing the Alpe D'Huez on a unicycle.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    so if results hold, that pretty much rules man city out of the next round

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Mancini out!

  •  

    James Tyler: Sana forcing a fine save from Joe Hart. My heavens...

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    James Tyler: Almost 4-1 for Ajax.

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    James Tyler: IF RESULTS HOLD:
    Dortmund - 6 pts
    Real - 6 pts
    Ajax - 3 pts
    Man City - 1 pt

    Think that's right.

  •  

    James Tyler: THE GROUP OF DEATH IS CLAIMING VICTIMS.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Schalke fans singing a terrace ditty to the tune of Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow". Their next will be by Pete Sinfield.

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    James Tyler: Cross not cleared by Real Madrid and Marcel Schmelzer simply lumps it through traffic and in off the post. Poor punch by Casillas and the Dortmund left-back gets it through. Marvelous.

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    James Tyler: All the things are happening now!

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    James Tyler: Schmelzer!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR DORTMUND!!!!

  •  

    James Tyler: I'd believe it. Stick with what you know.

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    [Comment from karl]
    opinion in germany is that the only position klopp would leave dortmund for is germany itself, at least that's what i've heard

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    James Tyler: Re: Klopp

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    James Tyler: WELL THEN. So much for my 0-1 road win.

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    James Tyler: GOAL!!! Ajax 3, Man City 1 - Christian Eriksen's deflected shot trickles past a wrong-footed Joe Hart!

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    James Tyler: 65 minutes gone in Germany. Cristiano Ronaldo tries to dazzle his way through on goal but Mats Hummels puts a stop to that. Quick BvB break and Xabi Alonso picks up a booking trying to halt Gotze's speedy run.

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    James Tyler: Yes they have. Mancini desperately wants to run a 3-5-2 as he did at times in Serie A. Not really working but there you go.

  •  

    [Comment from burbank]
    apparently, city have gone to a back three?

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm reading your comment and imagining the plastic bag scene from "American Beauty"

  •  

    [Comment from geoff]
    dortmmund just makes me cry with how beautifully they play at times

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL! Malaga 1, Milan 0 -- Finally, Joaquin gets one in. Panic time for Massimilano Allegri?

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    James Tyler: Superb, Rahul. Managed to slander Arsenal and non-Arsenal fans alike.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    If no one likes to see teams buy success, Arsenal should be everyone's fav team. They don't buy much and they don't succeed either.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    There's a huge difference between signing young players and developing them vs. buying established players at their peak. City have no equivalents to Steven Gerrard or John Terry.

  •  

    James Tyler: Hummels comes in heavy on Mesut Ozil. No card.

  •  

    James Tyler: It's the only 0-0 game remaining in today's UCL slate.

  •  

    [Comment from Gunner]
    Arsenal update please

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    James Tyler: Love his style. Has a wonderful squad and uses them well. Think he's a great motivator, too. Was secretly hoping that he'd take the Liverpool job but think he enjoys his little Bundesliga fiefdom a bit too much to take such a massive leap.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    JT what do you think of Klopp?

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    [Comment from Alex]
    The Arsenal game is excruciatingly dull.

  •  

    James Tyler: Arsenal update:

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    James Tyler: Sven >>> Lars

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Better Bender brother?

  •  

    James Tyler: Lovely move by BvB down the right. Long ball switches play to that flank. Gotze cuts back for Bender galloping in from midfield but he bends a shot over the bar from 25 yards. Should have done better.

  •  

    James Tyler: Back to the game: Dortmund really probing for goal number two. One wonders if the City-Ajax score has made it to Jurgen Klopp in the technical area.

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    I miss the days when trolling was just called "playing devil's advocate." A classier name for a classier age, I guess.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    Sorry fans of other teams, but your clubs purchase all your talent from elsewhere as well. And don't pretend like you would have more affection for some other manager than Mancini. Anyone as City's manager would be hated by most.

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    James Tyler: Well, there's buying success over a period of time, and then there's spending over $1 BILLION in four years as Man City has done. There are degrees of spending.

  •  

    [Comment from DREW]
    No one likes to see teams buy success? So I guess we are all Norwich fans then.

  •  

    James Tyler: Joe Hart's definitely better than that, but when your defenders expose you, can't save them all.

  •  

    [Comment from Riles, New Jersey]
    Hart is over-rated. Better than average shot-stopper...but otherwise...average at best....but since he's better than RuddyKirklandGreen (name of worst lawfirm EVER) people think he's great

  •  

    James Tyler: Here's a good troll:

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    But it's okay for City, they'll score two in the final 5 minutes to win it.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Di Maria's low shot dribbles narrowly wide with Weidenfeller glued to the spot. Good defending by Schmelzer to pressure the Real wide man.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Santos intercepted but only because he was in a position he was not supposed to be in.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Wow. Should have been a hand ball or a penalty in Spain. Malaga player is tripped in the box while firing off a shot, then the Milan defender smacked the ball with his hand diverting its course.

  •  

    James Tyler: Malaga update...

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    James Tyler: Um, RvP

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Huntelaar or van Persie, JT?

  •  

    James Tyler: Seriously. Moisander unmarked on that set piece. Lovely header. All too easy.

  •  

    [Comment from Edin Dzeko]
    No worries... I got this.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    No one likes to see a team purely buy their way to success.

  •  

    James Tyler: Also true, Rondo. And please be patient with the comments. There's a stack as tall as Peter Crouch that I'm trying to sift through while provide updates from seven games. I'll get to them all! Promise!

  •  

    [Comment from Rondo]
    I think it's the owner and Mancini we hate

  •  

    [Comment from Alex N.]
    There's your upset, James.

  •  

    James Tyler: Corner from the right is headed across goal by Nicklas Moisander! Hart an absolute statue.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL! -- Ajax leads Man City! Well then.

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    James Tyler: Eh, we just like seeing the big teams fail every now and then. Same as when you're at work. There's always a colleague you can't stand, and it pleases you when they mess something up.

  •  

    [Comment from Footy fan]
    I don't understand why people love to see City doing badly... before the takeover they used to be a popular club... but one that was always under the shadows of the Reds !!!

  •  

    [Comment from Czuch Norris]
    It would be excellent if City trip up again. A vindication for all that's good and right in the universe.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Free kick on the left, everyone's expecting a cross but Marco Reus curls it to the near post. It's dipping in but Casillas springs across to punch it around the post. Good corner is aimed at Hummels but well-defended. Another corner to BvB....

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    James Tyler: I don't.

  •  

    [Comment from gfw]
    James. How can you like Pats AND Lakers...Bill Simons is gonna kill you....

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm so biased.

  •  

    [Comment from Hyuga]
    No BOOT ROOM tomorrow. JT only cover major teams.

  •  

    James Tyler: As the commentator notes, easy height for San Iker. But still. Props to Casillas.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Gotze unmarked in the box, receives the cut-back cross and fires to the far post but Casillas parries it brilliantly.

  •  

    James Tyler: Saw something similar during Euro 2012. An Irish player did it during warm-ups. I laughed for a good 10 minutes.

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Micah richards just kicked the ball into his own face to concede a corner... shame it didn't amount to anything

  •  

    James Tyler: City update:

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    James Tyler: Lovely run by Benzema to the near post but Di Maria's clever pass is read well by Weidenfeller.

  •  

    James Tyler: Never. But there will be a duel at dawn as part of the pregame.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    JT: Will you and Rog have a fistfight over the derby?

  •  

    James Tyler: I'd absolutely adore it, Michael. #Bias

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    Wouldn't everyone just love it if City didn't make it out of the group again?

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    James Tyler: I sent it! Gregory Charbonnier with the opening goal.

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    [Comment from Ronnie]
    Where's my Montpellier update?

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Chance for Schalke! Farfan beats Andre Santos' Shadow and cuts it back from the byline. Gets put over the bar and Mannone didn't have to do anything.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal update:

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Sticky for the Toffees.

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    [Comment from Pop]
    He's actually an Everton fan. JT respond now!!

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    James Tyler: Yellow Card: Sergio Ramos with the first booking of the night. Sorry if you bet the house on Pepe as Ramos crunches Max Schmelzer as the ball bobbles between the two of them.

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    James Tyler: Not sure. Though if I know Barcelona, they'll simply see which Arsenal players do well and then begin an inappropriate media-driven courtship until the player finally agrees to move to La Liga.

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    [Comment from Rondo]
    James, do you think barca should buy a CB in the winter transfer? If so, who would be the ideal candidate?

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    James Tyler: BvB breaks sharply to begin the second half. Lewandowski to Grosskreutz to Reus but Reus can't break into the box. Real clears it.

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    James Tyler: No Boot Room tomorrow, but we will have one on Sunday I reckon. Stay tuned to ESPNFC.com for more details.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    Jt. Boot Room tomorrow?? Are you and Rog co-hosting Boot Room Sunday Morning?

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Montpellier 1, Olympiakos 0 -- Charbonnier 48"

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    James Tyler: Real Madrid just sauntering out at Signal Iduna Park now. That game's finally underway as well.

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    James Tyler: In. The. Bag.

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    James Tyler: Totally Troy. And the LA Lakers, the NE Patriots too.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    He's a Arsenal/Barca fan.

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    James Tyler: Would sort the midfield first, honestly.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Who is a realistic target for MUFC in January to shore up the thin back line? Baines?

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    James Tyler: See? Biased. It's in my DNA apparently.

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    [Comment from Jericho]
    JT, you give Arsenal 18% chance to win CL and United NO chance?? YOU ARE BIASED FOR ARSENAL!!

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    James Tyler: I've been told I'm biased for all the major teams, so pick one.

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    James Tyler: I shouldn't answer.

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    [Comment from Clay]
    JT, what team do you support?

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    James Tyler: Good point. I guess the other shoe is yet to drop. In Arsene They Trust.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    Florida State dumped Bobby Bowden when they stopped winning trophies... when's the last time Arsenal have had any silverware?

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    CHANCE FOR ARSENAL! Cazorla with magnificent work, they avoid passing to Gervinho, but Podolski and Coquelin can't put it in the net.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal update...

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    James Tyler: No chance.

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    [Comment from Mahn Shi Tee Suchs]
    JT, chances of united being CL champs?

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    James Tyler: I think Varane's developing nicely. Will be a star for Real in the future if he keeps it up. One of those players that gets on with his job without fussing.

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    [Comment from Grantland33 via Twitter]
    Men in Blazers pod: @embassydavies & @rogbennett discuss all the emerging EPL trends, plus Nick Hornby drops by es.pn/P34imR

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    [Comment from Henrique]
    JT, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Varane. I know you probably don't watch Madrid much domestically, but what have you thought of him against Man City and now BvB?

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Jermaine Jones on for Schalke. Referee gave him a yellow card as he came on.

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    James Tyler: Well, Arsenal is a shrine to Wenger, isn't it? Like Bobby Bowden's tenure at Florida State. Haters gonna hate.

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    [Comment from Paul]
    Based on your criticism of Mancini, Wenger should've been fired years ago.

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    James Tyler: Close enough.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    He's 23 James.

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    James Tyler: Absolutely, Rahul. Yet shallow squad beyond this XI.

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Have Malaga shown enough against Milan to make them contenders for the next round?

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    James Tyler: Lightning quick break and Aguero can't score from close range.

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    James Tyler: right, Man City's kicked off again.

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    James Tyler: I've got my trilby hat on with a "PRESS" card tucked in the brow.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    I fully expect you or Rog to track Pep down and get an interview with the man.

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    James Tyler: Raheem Sterling.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James -- Who has better hair: Rooney or Mancini?

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    James Tyler: There's a myth that mo' money equals mo' titles. It's nearly right, but there's a subtlety to it that is lost amid the exorbitant transfer fees. Though most think managing City with its lucre and filthy good squad would be a dream. I'd say it's a permanent nightmare. Expectations unrealistic and egos largely intolerable.

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    James Tyler: TC, might I remind you that only one team PER SEASON could be considered a team that didn't "fail." Margin for error is awfully narrow.

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    [Comment from TC]
    I wanna see Roberto Mancini fired, can't stand him. The only reason why he's considered a good manager is because he had no real competition when he won those Serie A titles with Inter. He consistently failed in the Champs League.

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    James Tyler: Another strong Mancini take:

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    James Tyler: He deserves it. Thinking teams are waiting another year or so as he's only 19, I think.

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    [Comment from Jon]
    Do you think Yarmolenko will get a call up to a big club in January?

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    James Tyler: Indeed. He loves it, I bet. Fits in nicely with the Euro tourists milling up and down Fifth Avenue.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    I think Pep stays in NYC at least for a couple years. He's tried pretty hard to stay (as much as possible) anonymous there.

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    James Tyler: Hard to see Chelsea as an underdog when Roman Abramovich signs the checks.

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    [Comment from Paul]
    Keep thinking that JT, that's what they said about us last year.

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    James Tyler: He's brilliant for handling the egos, and he's also rubbish because his all-star team should win every single game.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Mancini is overrated. His team is loaded with stars and talent and everything game City does win is by the skin of their teeth. At least this year.

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    [Comment from Ryan M]
    Roberto Mancini is one of the better managers in football. And he did beat Man Utd at their own game.

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    James Tyler: Or rather, "Being: Mancini"

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    James Tyler: Here's the dichotomy of Mancini:

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    James Tyler: Well, it was the best tweet of the recent debates, that's for sure. Not sure we'll see Wazza and his faux head rug on the campaign trail, mind.

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    [Comment from Ford]
    Is Rooney support Obama a good thing for the current president?

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    James Tyler: Toughie. I think Chelsea will be knocked out. Not sure why. Funny feeling.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Thoughts on Group E? Will Shakhtar qualify for the knockout stages? And if so, at whose expense?

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    James Tyler: Well, they want people to bet.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Bookmakers have Arsenal at 16:1 or about 6%

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    James Tyler: I'm beginning to think Mancini's job is permanently in jeopardy or under threat. Then again, he seems to enjoy the pressure.

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    [Comment from YanksAreComing]
    Mancini's job in jeopardy? Struggling in the league and now on the brink in UCL

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    James Tyler: Because it's hardly been a glowing ad for footy, Ronnie. We'll update when there's something to report. Promise.

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    [Comment from Ronnie]
    Hey how come nobody has said anything about Montpelier and Olympiakos? I don't really care either just curious

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    James Tyler: There you go. Stay in school, folks. Though don't take land/field measurements classes.

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    [Comment from TJ]
    longest/worst class ever

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    James Tyler: LAND/FIELD MEASUREMENTS CLASS UPDATE...

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    James Tyler: I think nothing of it yet. Though I do frequently look for Pep on the streets of Manhattan.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James -- What do you think about Pep becoming United's next coach?

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    James Tyler: I was being generous. Season's still young, every club is alive with possibility.

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    [Comment from Leyte from Charleston]
    18% higher than I would have said.

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    James Tyler: In a video game, it'll be great fun.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    James, how fun is the LFC-ARS Europa League final going to be?

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    James Tyler: Like a dagger in the heart. Was on the edge of my bar stool. Forster's wonderful game between the posts ruined by Jordi Alba's shin.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    JT, would love to hear your thoughts on the Barcelona/Celtic finish yesterday since you were absent from The Boot.

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    James Tyler: That said, if Spurs can win at Old Trafford...

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    James Tyler: Yes, but all due to history. 1 win in 23 all-time vs. German clubs in Germany.

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    [Comment from Greg]
    Would Real winning in Germany really be considered an upset?

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    James Tyler: The crazy part.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    JT, what part of Liverpool are you from?

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    James Tyler: PASS COMPLETION PERCENTAGE: Dortmund 64%, Real 71%

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    James Tyler: BvB completing less than 70% of their passes would be a concern.

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    James Tyler: SHOTS ON GOAL: Dortmund 8, Real 7
    SHOTS ON TARGET: Dortmund 7, Real 2

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    James Tyler: STATS:
    Dortmund 44% possession, Real 56%

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    James Tyler: They are sitting far too deep. A more aggressive, assertive approach when Ajax is in possession would help.

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    [Comment from Ike]
    James, what can City do to get back in front?

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    James Tyler: 18%

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    [Comment from Gunner]
    James: What are Arsenal's chances of winning the CL?

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    James Tyler: Nice opener for Lewandowski cancelled out by Ronaldo's arrogantly brilliant first-time chip.

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    James Tyler: Both sides playing nicely despite being unable to stay on their feet due to the wet grass/awful footy boots.

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    James Tyler: HT: Borussia Dortmund 1, Real Madrid 1.

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    James Tyler: Negative.

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    [Comment from SAF]
    Siem De Jong? Any relation to Nigel De Jong?

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    James Tyler: About 3:55pm ET?

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James -- When will we see more goals?

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    James Tyler: HT: Porto 2, Dynamo Kiev 1

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    James Tyler: Sergio Ramos tries to play striker but can't hit the target from 15 yards.

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    James Tyler: Wow. Trolling already? Real has played well today. And Jose did deliver a La Liga title last season.

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    [Comment from Ryan M]
    How the heck has Jose Mourinho lasted this long at Real? If this is the way he coaches no wonder Real Madrid is falling apart.

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    James Tyler: HT: Dinamo Zagreb 0, PSG 2

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    James Tyler: Shot saved comfortably by Casillas as Gotze advances and thumps a low effort.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    PSG not even bothering to celebrate. Zagreb are thoroughly, thoroughly outclassed.

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    James Tyler: HT: Montpellier 0, Olympiakos 0

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    James Tyler: HT: Arsenal 0, Schalke 0

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    James Tyler: HT: Malaga 0, Milan 0

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    James Tyler: HT: Ajax 1, Man City 1

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    James Tyler: Milan lucky not to be 1-0 down.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Joaquin misses the penalty! Skims over the top of the bar.

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    James Tyler: Malaga update...

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Arsenal very lucky - possible penalty and a miss from Huntelaar.

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    James Tyler: Seriously. Hart could do nothing. Sublime finish by De Jong. First-timed from the right-wing cross.

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    [Comment from joe]
    Hart was helpless

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Huntelaar with a chance to put Schalke ahead, but he puts it wide. The Gervinho is strong with him.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal update:

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    James Tyler: Menez with PSG's second. Deep defending by Man City allows Siem De Jong to steer home a right-flank cross. It's all happening now!

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Andre Santos, a better driver than a left-back.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Ajax 1, Man City 1 -- Lovely finish for the Amsterdammers!

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Dinamo Zagreb 0, PSG 2

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    James Tyler: Sadly no. HTML not really viable here. Would take too long. CAPS PREVAILS.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    Can the goal updates be in BOLD? Its easy to miss when its not

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    James Tyler: They need someone. Everyone tumbling tonight!

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    [Comment from Henrique]
    I wonder if I can apply to be Madrid's boot man

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    James Tyler: Gotze flagged for offside inside the box. Looked like he was being played on by Essien.

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    James Tyler: Quietly playing well: Raphael Varane at CB for Madrid.

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    James Tyler: So far, despite Pepe's gaffe and all the slipping/falling-over being done at Signal Iduna Park, this game has been excellet.

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    James Tyler: IF RESULTS HOLD:
    Real Madrid: 7
    BvB: 5
    Man City: 4
    Ajax: 1

    I think.

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    [Comment from Yum]
    What does it mean if these results hold?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Jenkinson from zero to hero. Big favourite now at Arsenal.

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    James Tyler: Ramos tries to loft it over the top again, intended for Benzema this time. Hummels cuts it out.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    First touch chip... okay I'm not CR7 fan but that was sick.

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    James Tyler: Gorgeous. This game is wonderful.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo in behind Piszczek, Ronaldo just brilliant. One touch chip from the long ball.

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    James Tyler: Cristiano Ronaldo with a classy chip following a ball over the top. Weidenfeller helpless.

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    James Tyler: Equalizer! GOAL FOR MADRID!

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    James Tyler: Seriously, Pepe? Why? Good game up to that point. Utter madness. The kind of mental mistake that will have Mourinho shredding phone books at half time.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @Sean_Fay I also enjoyed this film.

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    James Tyler: I'll simply learn to love turkey bacon.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    James, when the global pork shortage hits next year, you'll wish you saved that bacon. (True! Google it!)

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    James Tyler: Gorgeous, simple goal. Pepe's errant pass and Lewandowski simply drifts into the space behind him.

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    James Tyler: Pepe's error, simple ball up the middle and the Polish frontman calmly slots past San Iker.

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    James Tyler: Pigeons, beware! There is a cat among you!

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    James Tyler: Absolutely buried by Robert LewandowskI!!!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR DORTMUND!

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    James Tyler: GOAL! - FC Porto 2, Dynamo Kiev 1 -- Jackson Martinez, 37"

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    James Tyler: Who honestly saves bacon? Never understood that. If I see a large platter of bacon, nicely cooked, I'm gorging until it's all gone. Consequences be damned.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Arsenal's defense is leaving bacon all over the place, and Mertesacker is saving ALL OF IT. Broken up 3 opportunities in the last 5 or so minutes.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal update...

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Isco had the best chance of the match thus far trailing behind a break. Tried to put it in the top corner and sent it wide.

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    James Tyler: Malaga update..

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    James Tyler: Aye, having a superb game thus far is ol' Per.

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    [Comment from Dave E]
    Mertesacker has more blocks than a Lego set so far

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for BvB; Reus tries to play Lewandowski through the middle but Pepe reads it brilliantly.

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    James Tyler: No balance. Mikel and Ramires want to join every attack, seek the ball. No-one stays back to anchor the midfield.

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    Agreed Tyler.. Chelsea need layers to hold up play.. they are all too attacking!!

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    James Tyler: He was certainly underrated last year. And allowed to leave the Bridge with ease. On a team full of Galacticos, he quietly does his job for Real.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Underrated? He was the best player on Chelsea for years.

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    James Tyler: Madrid, weirdly. Though Di Maria is doing his Gervinho impression. Dortmund growing in confidence after a slippery first 15 minutes.

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    [Comment from Justin]
    Who looks more likely to score, Madrid or Dortmund?

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Goal PSG: Ibra finally puts one in. Good ball back across goal from Menez.

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    James Tyler: Goal! - Dinamo Zagreb 0, PSG 1 -- Ibrahimovic, 33"

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    James Tyler: I was surprised CFC let him go so willingly. Could have used his calming, assertive presence yesterday in Donetsk.

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    [Comment from Sam]
    Michael Essien = Underrated.

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    James Tyler: I'm having Gooner Vu.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Stop me if you've heard this: Arsenal breaks and Gervinho passes to the wrong team.

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    James Tyler: Not badly. Van Rhinj just fired narrowly over after turning inside Milner.

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    [Comment from Wando]
    JT, how has Ajax responded to City's shocking goal?

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    James Tyler: Yes -- at the Amsterdam Arena. Do keep up.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    You realize that Man City has scored right James?

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    James Tyler: Lewandowski of all people lofts in a cross after the set piece is cleared, and Michael Essien outleaps Mats Hummels and beats him to the header. Impressive, that.

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    James Tyler: Yup. Scoreless everywhere but Amsterdam Arena and Estadio do Dragao, Curtis.

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    [Comment from Curtis]
    still scoreless at Malaga?

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    James Tyler: None. Unless you're David Bentley. Take the roubles and run, I suppose? And one of these days, a Russian team will actually get far in the CL. Some day.

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    [Comment from The Pardoner]
    James, any truth to the assertion that moving to the Russian league is a form of career suicide?

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    James Tyler: Things happening. These things.

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    James Tyler: Sorry! Hard to tell. So many things happening at the moment.

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    [Comment from Henrique]
    That was sarcasm JT. GOSH

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    James Tyler: Swung deep and Casillas punches it clear.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Superb save by Iker Casillas to deny (I think) Kehl. Good run by Gotze down the left, sharp cut-back and finds the runner from deep. Corner, BvB.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    My goodness. Absolutely beautiful backheel from Jeremy Menez to set Ibra in front of goal and he fires well over the bar. I feel cheated.

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    James Tyler: PSG update:

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Ronaldo finds room on the left side of the box. Takes it a bit wider to make a shooting angle with Piszczek closing in, yet he fires well wide. Slashes it off the side netting.

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    James Tyler: (falls over) CLAUDE MAKELELE, AVERAGE? You're having a laugh. Note how much Madrid won with him and what happened when he went to Chelsea.

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    [Comment from Henrique]
    I guess Makelele was average too

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    James Tyler: His next shot on target will be his first, I reckon.

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    James Tyler: Di Maria fires wide. He's easily the Real Madrid version of Gervinho.

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    James Tyler: It's a 4-2-3-1. Gotze behind Lewandowski, Reus/Grosskreutz working the flanks and Piszczek/Schmelzer on the overlaps.

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    [Comment from john_iowa]
    are Dortmund playing a 3-5-2 or there conventional 4-5-1, just curious.

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    James Tyler: Had one of the best debuts EVER. Red card and own goal.

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    [Comment from Ronnie]
    Are we forgetting Jonathan Woodgate?

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    James Tyler: Agree. Khedira was worth the money. Was actually quite cheap considering the hype and his German NT status.

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    This week's @MenInBlazers pod with guest, the remarkable Nick Hornby es.pn/Su6nWT

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Average Player? Sami Khedira is a great defensive midfielder.

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    James Tyler: 0-0 between Dortmund and Madrid, 25 mins in.

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    James Tyler: Good for your sister, Steve. But can she play as a deep-lying playmaker?

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Have you seen the photo of Modric with his shirt off for his madrid physical? My 13 year old sister could WHOOP all 115 lbs of him.

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    James Tyler: I absolutely love the GERVINHO disgruntlement. Agree. We need a klaxon. A bat-signal. Something.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Two promising breaks for Arsenal both end up fizzling out at Gervinho's feet. We need a sound effect of somebody shouting "GERVINHOOOOOO" for these situations. Or maybe just an emoticon.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Real! Di Maria spins off his defender but blasts over the bar. Good work to fake out Schmelzer, gets inside the box.... miles off target. Jose Mourinho glowers on the sideline.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Arsenal have a 4 on 2 break down the right and a misplaced Gervinho pass kills the move. Needless to say, Gervinho is going to play 90 minutes.

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    James Tyler: Hurt. Rushed back to the first team and tweaked something. Shame.

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    [Comment from Sam R.]
    So Khedira is injured or tatical change?

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    James Tyler: Harsh. Esteban Granero, anyone?

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    [Comment from Madrid]
    Sami Khedira. The most average player we've ever signed.

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    James Tyler: Still 0-0

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    [Comment from Raghav]
    Montpellier update?

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    James Tyler: GOAL! FC Porto 1, Dynamo Kiev 1 -- Oleg Gusev has equalized for the Ukrainians

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    James Tyler: Um... he doesn't live in Lapland? Actually has a condo in Malibu. And the beard is dyed. I'm sorry to tell you this.

  •  

    [Comment from Eight-Year-Old]
    What truth are you talking about...

  •  

    James Tyler: Nah. Never.

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Do you think Cazorla regrets his decision to leave Malaga now?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR REAL MADRID: Modric on, Khedira off. Poor lad.

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    James Tyler: Goal for Man City! Totally against the run of play. Samir Nasri scoring it. Good angled pass by Richards finds Milner, he holds off the defender and plays Nasri in on the left. The Frenchman curls it around Vermeer.

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    James Tyler: Khedira looks crestfallen at being withdrawn. Like an eight-year-old just learning the truth about Santa Claus.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Malaga is dominating possession. Lots of free kicks, a few corners for good measure.

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    James Tyler: Milan update:

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    James Tyler: So many mistakes in the Boot Room today.

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan Paul]
    I think you mean Paul Ryan - I look nothing like either of them

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    James Tyler: Sami Khedira's the one moving gingerly.

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    James Tyler: Must be an injury, surely. Or is Jose just unhappy with the shape of the game?

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    James Tyler: Tale of two ten-minute chunks so far at Signal Iduna Park: Real started strongly but now it's all Dortmund. Lewandowski can't direct another close-range header after a bullet cross swung in from the left flank. Luka Modric warming up and readying to come in...

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    James Tyler: Alonso's caught in possession in midfield but Borussia can't profit from the turnover.

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    James Tyler: Indeed he does.

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    [Comment from Peter]
    Lewandowski looks like Ryan Paul.

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    James Tyler: Same could be said of any Arsenal goalie.

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Mannone is an unmitigated disaster.

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    James Tyler: GOAL! - FC Porto 1, Dynamo Kiev 0 - Silvestre Varela, 15"

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    James Tyler: Then Lewandowski can't direct a header on target.

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    James Tyler: Borussia on the break. Ramos dispossessed, Gotze's shot is blocked. Worked wide right for Piszczek but his deep cross is cleared.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Apologies, I was using an old teamsheet. Affelay unlucky to be booked. Let's call that journo error. I know, I am an absolute disgrace.

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    James Tyler: Sounds like a 50/50 between Afellay and Mannone.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Referee books Afellay for diving in the box. Quite harsh. Mannone should've been sent off there.

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    James Tyler: Shakhtar.

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    [Comment from Rugger]
    James, who do you feel is most in-form in the Champions League?

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    Afellay with a yellow for diving after a promising break for Schalke.

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    James Tyler: Yeah, sorry.

  •  

    [Comment from Stretch]
    Allianz? Dortmund is playing in Munich's stadium?

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    James Tyler: San Iker does well moments later, too.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Reus blasts one from distance. Good sharp save by Iker Casillas low to his right at the near post.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Not a penalty for Schalke, but not a dive either. Unlucky yellow for Mitroglu.

  •  

    James Tyler: See, I feel same. But it's all about context. Given how much is arguably at stake today within the context of advancing in the CL/being in the best position to advance, should be plenty of entertaining tension.

  •  

    [Comment from Spencer]
    Love seeing the high scoring tight games, but the tactical 0-0 draw games are sometime still mesmerizing to watch

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    James Tyler: Corner swung deep but well-defended.

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    James Tyler: Well. Grosskreutz wins a corner off Khedira. The Allianz Arena grass is rather slick and several players have been Keystone Kopsing to the floor. Very slippy.

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    James Tyler: Ajax on the front foot against Man City, for what it's worth.

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    James Tyler: Happens from time to time. Wouldn't be funny. I'd cry. Honest.

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    [Comment from Kim]
    Wouldnt it be funny if all these hyped up games end up boring 0-0 or one goal games?

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    James Tyler: Yes. He looks much better in the Eredivisie than he did in England, mind.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Christen Poulsen is on Ajax he was Liverpool under Hodgson right?

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    James Tyler: BvB trying to get organized but Schmelzer loses it on the overlap wide left. Madrid really playing well in the first ten minutes. Ronaldo hacks Reus down as the Portuguese wiz breaks into the Dortmund half.

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    James Tyler: Missed you all too! Thanks for keeping the esteemed Ravi Ubha company. He's good people.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James -- We missed you yesterday!

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    James Tyler: CLASSIC GERVINHO.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Great ball in from Podolski after being played through by Cazorla. Gervinho can't finish, though.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal updates....

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    [Comment from Ozil]
    I blame my unbranded shoes.

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    James Tyler: All Madrid in the opening minutes. Mazy run by Ozil into the box. Piszczek and Subotic force him wide. He wins a throw but nothing comes from it.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Milan with a dangerous free kick directly in front of goal. Swings wide.

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    James Tyler: No goals yet across the seven games. Eriksen comes close to giving Ajax a 1-0 lead. Good flick by Siem De Jong back to him but his right-footed drive curls wide.

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    James Tyler: Just whiffed with his right foot. Odd. Breathing heavily on the ball would have got it past Weidenfeller.

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    [Comment from Aboud]
    CLASSIC OZIL IN FRON T OF GOAL

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    James Tyler: Yes and no. That said, Milan's playing the long game. Needed to shape up the finances, got offers it couldn't refuse. They have the class to rebound but it'll take time.

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    [Comment from Morty]
    can't expect much from Allegri this early after losing his two best players. Ibra was taking PKs every other game for Milan.

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    James Tyler: Should have been 1-0 Madrid.

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    James Tyler: Decent start for Real. Ronaldo flashes a cross right along the six-yard box but Ozil whiffs on the tap-in. Good play by CR7. Ozil unmarked between the defenders! Shame.

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    James Tyler: Mats Hummels lofts one upfield in search of Lewandowski. It dribbles through to Casillas.

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    James Tyler: BvB has made a career of the speedy counter attack under Jurgen Klopp.

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    James Tyler: Key to this game -- arguably all of them tonight -- speed in transition. It's something Jose Mourinho used to drill Chelsea on time and time again. Speed in switching from defense to attack.

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    James Tyler: Early attack for Real down the right, cued by Benzema.

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    James Tyler: Latin name for Prussia.

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    [Comment from Daniel]
    What does Borussia mean?

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    James Tyler: 2-1 BvB win. That's my pick.

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    [Comment from Kaninabu]
    James, you fancy goals in the Dortmund Madrid game tonight?

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    James Tyler: Absolutely. Arguably the only "beatable" side in the group. Assuming another tough game vs. Real Madrid on the horizon, they need to win.

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    [Comment from MikeC]
    Must win for city, they're a superior team and if they plan on getting through the group i think you have to win the games agaisnt ajax.

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    James Tyler: We're off in Dortmund!

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    James Tyler: I curse my parents every single day, Ace.

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    [Comment from Ace]
    James, does it bother you that you have the same initials as John Terry?

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    James Tyler: Early corner for Ajax, so that's fun. See? Not sitting back.

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    James Tyler: I do not. He's set to be their Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until he decides to head elsewhere.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Mr. Tyler, do you consider Javier Hernandez to be a good enough player to be in the ManU starting line up?

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    James Tyler: Well, they're in their usual 4-3-3. I don't think they'll show much deference to the Premier League champions, honestly. No reason to. Another defeat today and their CL fun is largely over.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    So JT, how will Ajax approach this game? Sit back and counter or take it to Man City?

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    James Tyler: I've got BvB game chat, an eye on Malaga-Milan and Ajax-Man City plus updates from all the rest. Should be a fun afternoon, folks. Thank you for spending it here with me.

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    James Tyler: Typically suave.

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    [Comment from Kim]
    How do you like Cristiano's hairstyle tonight?

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    James Tyler: I copied the wrong link! I promise! But I did post the correct. Gladly willing to take the Pepsi Challenge.

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    [Comment from Bogey]
    You tried linking to yourself, JT. But you did have the decency and integrity to correct yourself, so I'll stay here. For you.

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    James Tyler: Think it'll be a bit of a slugfest. Mancini is surely feeling the pressure while Ajax will feel galvanized and up for a fight.

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    [Comment from DREW]
    is Ajax . City going to be boring ?

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    James Tyler: As I said, depends what you're in the mood for.

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    James Tyler: I'd agree.

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    [Comment from Henrique]
    Malaga/Milan is probably the 2nd best match Jim

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    James Tyler: But you'll all stay here, right? RIGHT? Bet he's not linking to me. I'm sad now.

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    James Tyler: http://t.co/0ZnUugc0

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    James Tyler: Whoops, sorry Doug. Wrong link. Hang on a second.

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    James Tyler: I'll be nice:
    http://t.co/wb5pG4PT

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Any chance you will post the Matchday Live chat link? I'd like to follow both please.

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    James Tyler: 1-0 win with a penalty midway through the second half.

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    [Comment from Mack]
    did Zenit take there match with anderect?

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    James Tyler: For boredom, Ajax - Man City.

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    James Tyler: For intrigue, Malaga vs. Milan. For drama, Arsenal v. Schalke. For fun, Porto vs. Kiev.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Since you're covering Real/Dortmund, which match should I watch?

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    James Tyler: I'll say semi-finals. At least QFs.

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    [Comment from ChrisNYC]
    Shaktar could certainly "pull a Porto" and win the whole competition. They have tons of experience and that team is crushing everyone.

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    James Tyler: 1-1. Not convinced in Mannone at all.

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    arsenal prediction?

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    James Tyler: This is modern football, Sasha. Having a full bank account helps.

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    [Comment from Sasha]
    I like how you listed money as the first of Shaktar's blessings.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Biggest surprise of yesterday: Hulk seeing snow.

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    James Tyler: Might do. He's running out a 3-4-3 today, so I'm told.

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    [Comment from Hyuga]
    Will Allegri get fired if Milan lose today?

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    James Tyler: So pressure's on City and BvB today. Will note my predictions again: Dortmund to win 2-1, City to win 1-0.

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    James Tyler: Right, Group D:
    Real Madrid - 6 pts
    BvB - 4 pts
    Man City - 1 pt
    Ajax - 0 pts

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    James Tyler: I'd say Shakhtar, though as I wrote after the game, they shouldn't be surprising people at this point. A superb team blessed with money, managerial stability and a good strong squad.

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    [Comment from Grace]
    What was the biggest revelation of yesterdays games?

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    James Tyler: PORTO: Helton; Danilo, Maicon, Otamendi, Mangala; Gonzalez, Fernando, Joao Moutinho; Silvestre Varela, J. Martinez, J. Rodriguez.

    DYNAMO: Shovkovskiy; Betao, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Taiwo; Garmash, Vukojevic, Miguel Veloso; Yarmolenko, Ideye, Gusev.

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    James Tyler: No - let me fix that

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Have we had the Porto-Kiev lineup yet?

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    James Tyler: (marks Andy's words)

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    [Comment from Andy]
    If Gotze played in England, people would be all over him, he is going to be better than Hazard, Mata, mark my words

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    James Tyler: Ravi did far better than OK. Man's a champion.

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    [Comment from depressed red]
    oh, ravi did ok yesterday, but you were missed

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    James Tyler: DEAR FBI: No-one is doing any kidnapping.

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    If Wenger doesnt want to get caught kidnapping KJH, Ill gladly do it!!!

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    James Tyler: A gentleman never tells.

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    Even though you're focused on Real Match, do you have 7 TV's with the other matches going live???

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    James Tyler: Yes. To repeat: Real has won just one of 23 against German teams in Germany.

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    [Comment from Sasha]
    Madrid v Dortmund is in Dortmund, correct?

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    James Tyler: Maybe TJ can give us land/field measurements class updates while I survey the Champions League. We could all learn something.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    I would guess he's training to be a surveyor.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. The prescription: STAY WHERE YOU ARE.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Pleasure to be here again in the Boot Room, Dr Tyler.

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    James Tyler: Tell us more, TJ. What exactly is that class?

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    [Comment from TJ]
    would rather be watching this game than be in this land and field measurements class

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    James Tyler: BvB 2, Real 1
    Ajax 0, City 1

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    [Comment from DREW]
    Score predictions for the Group of Death today James ?!?

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    James Tyler: SCHALKE -- Unnerstall - Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Fuchs - Hoger, Holtby, Neustadter, Afellay - Farfan, Huntelaar.

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    James Tyler: Will do Schalke (scroll up for Arsenal)...

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    [Comment from Bogey]
    Schalke not announced yet?

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    James Tyler: I would if I were them. Not exactly the most menacing wide team on that flank -- Marco Hoger and Uchida coming from full-back -- but Andre Santos is fighting to prove he should start for Arsenal. Gibbs has surpassed him comfortably.

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    [Comment from belde]
    Will Schalke attack Santos wide all night? He's able to score but may give up two...

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    James Tyler: Sure feels like it. That group has been deathly through the first two matchdays, exactly as advertised. Would expect nothing less today, either.

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    [Comment from Dave]
    Do you think Real vs Dortmund is the biggest match of the UCL thus far this year?

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    James Tyler: I've a soft spot for Younes Belhanda at Montpellier. Really think he's the next big thing. Or one of them. Also, young Verratti at PSG. Has adapted wonderfully to the holding mid role under Ancellotti.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    JT. Any individual players we should keep an eye on today? Ala the brazilians at Shaktar.

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    James Tyler: Not really. Dzeko has more than earned his chance to start. City's most effective striker, I'd argue.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    No Tevez in the lineup... surprising? Don't they need Dzeko on as the super sub?

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    James Tyler: I'll say no. 1 win in 23 all-time is a tough nut to crack. Essien at LB will be interesting, but we're seeing now why Mourinho wouldn't end the summer without bagging him from Chelsea. Jose has a great deal of trust in his former midfield enforcer and I think the Ghanaian's got the chops to pull it off. Will have his hands full on that flank, mind you. Will need CR7's help to neutralize Piszczek's runs from deep.

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    [Comment from Grace]
    Will Real win today in Germany?

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    James Tyler: Let's hope you're right. I think Wenger would just like to see him score, period.

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    Podolski with a brace today! He's loved facing Schalke, and we NEED that to continue today! Com'on Gunners!

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    James Tyler: No. He took the money. Nice if you can get it but there's more to life than that.

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    [Comment from Anon85]
    Sinclair hasn't featured too much at City. Was he smart to move?

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    James Tyler: Right, will dig into some questions. Be patient as I settle!

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    James Tyler: BVB - Weidenfelle -- Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer -- Sven Bender, Kehl -- Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz -- Lewandowski.

    REAL: Casillas -- Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Essien -- Xabi Alonso, Khedira -- Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo -- Benzema.

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    James Tyler: BVB vs. REAL...

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    James Tyler: ARSENAL: Mannone - Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos -- Ramsey, Coquelin, Arteta, Podolski -- Cazorla - Gervinho. Reckon that's more likely a 4-3-3 with Podolski wide, but we'll see.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal lineups...

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    James Tyler: Yes -- they've struggled financially over the past few seasons and have sold off many great players. Starting to turn it around now given the unflinching quality of Die Tokoemst (their academy). Siem De Jong surely the next star to be poached, along with Christian Eriksen. Matter of time? Who cares. Frank De Boer will get his money's worth in the meantime.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    James, what does Ajax lack to be what it used to be before?

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    James Tyler: Pastore having an easier time adjusting to the Champions League than the physicality and pressure of Ligue 1. Given a freelance role behind Ibra today to have some fun.

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    James Tyler: ZAGREB: Kelava; Vrsaljko, Puljic, Simunic, Pivaric; Brozovic, Vida, Kovacic; Ibanez, Sammir, Cop.

    PSG: Sirigu; Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Bodmer, Verratti, Matuidi; Pastore; Menez, Ibrahimovic.

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    [Comment from Mack]
    PSG Zagreb

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    James Tyler: AJAX: Vermeer - Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind - Schone, Poulsen, Eriksen - Sana, De Jong, Babel.

    CITY: Hart - Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy - Yaya Toure, Barry - Milner, Aguero, Nasri - Dzeko.

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    James Tyler: Starting in the Netherlands....

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    [Comment from CbusPatrick]
    Ajax - City

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    [Comment from ces]
    mad bor?

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    James Tyler: Yes we can. Was honestly surprised they pulled it off. Been in some tumult this season.

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    [Comment from depressed red]
    how about Anzhi Makhac, can we talk them?

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    James Tyler: Agreed. As I said, never good when you get too clever with it. Focus on your own team first and foremost.

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    [Comment from Bogey]
    City just needs to win the remainder of their games and not worry about what goes on in the other fixtures.

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    James Tyler: So, who wants lineups? Which teams, games? I shall deliver.

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    James Tyler: Woof, don't I know it. My remote will be melted by full-time.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    ROOT BOOM! Happy Wednesday, everyone. Intriguing matchups today.

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    James Tyler: I suppose? Never good to play for second place. But what can City do after losing at the Bernabeu?

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    [Comment from DREW]
    as a City fan, is it best to pull for a Madrid victory and play for 2nd in the group ?

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    James Tyler: City by one. Weird that Mancini has yet to figure out how to play well in the Champions League, but I think he'll nail it today.

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    [Comment from Diego]
    Man City at Ajax. Who you got Tyler?

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    James Tyler: No! Let's not! At least not yet. Mind isn't ready to go there just yet. I need to steel myself.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Quick, before everyone comes, let's talk LFC-EVE!

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    James Tyler: Arsenal. Just because I suspect Wenger might try to kidnap Huntelaar after the game.

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    [Comment from Megh]
    Arsenal Schalke or Ajax Man City as the other one to watch?

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    James Tyler: Should be wonderful. After all, BvB has been vulnerable so far this season after its league/cup double last year, while Real has won just ONCE in 23 road games vs. German teams.

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    James Tyler: Oh, the writer has provided content alright. Welcome to today's UCL Boot Room. I'll have my beady eyes on all the games but focusing on what I consider to be the marquee match: Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid.

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    [Comment from Megh]
    The event is now live. Waiting for writer to provide content...

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    James Tyler: THE CHAAAAAMPIIIIOOONSSS

 
COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Borussia Dortmund

  • 13(7)

  • 21

  • 14

  • 43%

    57%

  • Real Madrid

  • 14(2)

  • 20

  • 14

Real Madrid

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Iker Casillas

D

2 Raphael Varane

D

3 Pepe

D

4 Sergio Ramos

D

15 Michael Essien

M

6 Sami Khedira
M
19 Luka Modric

M

7 Cristiano Ronaldo

M

10 Mesut Özil

M

14 Xabi Alonso

M

22 Ángel Di María

F

9 Karim Benzema
F
20 Gonzalo Higuaín
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 13 Antonio Adán
D 11 Ricardo Carvalho
D 18 Raúl Albiol
M 8 Kaká
M 19 Luka Modric
M 21 José Maria Callejón
F 20 Gonzalo Higuaín

Match Stats

  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Real Madrid
13(7) Shots (on goal) 14(2)
14 Fouls 14
8 Corner kicks 4
3 Offsides 4
43% Time of Possession 57%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 5