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Tuesday December 5 2017
Marotta: 'Hoping Buffon faces Inter'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta insists they are not “anxious” about the Olympiacos clash, but Gigi Buffon is at risk for Inter.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
El Shaarawy: 'Roma deserve qualification'

Stephan El Shaarawy warned Roma to ignore Chelsea-Atletico Madrid and focus only on Qarabag. “We deserve to go through to the next round.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action from this game and Olympiacos-Juventus on the LIVEBLOG.

If they fail to win and Atletico Madrid beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, then Roma will crash out.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Line-ups: Olympiacos-Juventus

Juventus are without Gigi Buffon, Mario Mandzukic and Miralem Pjanic, but rely on Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa against Olympiacos.

It kicks off in Athens at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action from this game and Roma-Qarabag on the LIVEBLOG.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Line-ups: Roma-Qarabag

Roma have Radja Nainggolan, Diego Perotti and Daniele De Rossi back for their decisive Champions League encounter with Qarabag.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action from this game and Olympiacos-Juventus on the LIVEBLOG.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Mertens: 'I'd lose teeth for Napoli'

Dries Mertens said he’d gladly lose another two teeth against Feyenoord if that meant Napoli getting through to the Champions League Round of 16.

It kicks off on Wednesday at 19.45 GMT and the Partenopei need both a victory in Holland and for Manchester City to beat Shakhtar Donetsk away from home.

The task has become even tougher with Lorenzo Insigne out injured.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Van Beek: 'Napoli stronger than Shakhtar'

Feyenoord defender Sven van Beek believes Napoli “are a stronger team than Shakhtar Donetsk,” but will try to halt their Champions League progress.

It kicks off on Wednesday at 19.45 GMT and the Partenopei need both a victory and for Manchester City to beat Shakhtar in order to progress.

“They are both good sides, but in my view Napoli are a stronger team than Shakhtar Donetsk,” said van Beek in his Press conference.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
‘Feyenoord want to win’

Giovanni van Bronckhorst says Feyenoord “want to beat Napoli” tomorrow, despite having nothing to play for.

The Dutch side have already been eliminated from the Champions League, while the Partenopei need a win to have any chance of progressing to the Last 16.

Even that may not be enough, as they’re also relying on Manchester City to beat Shakhtar Donetsk and the English club are already guaranteed top spot.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Official: Insigne out of Napoli squad

Lorenzo Insigne is out of Napoli’s crucial Champions League clash with Feyenoord, after he went off injured against Juventus.

The Italian international has been struggling with a persistent groin inflammation, and limped off in Friday’s defeat to the champions.

The Partenopei must beat Feyenoord tomorrow to have any chance of advancing to the Last 16, but Insigne hasn’t been deemed fit enough to make Maurizio Sarri’s squad.

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Tuesday December 5 2017
Juventus too negative in Europe

If Juventus want to be considered among Europe's elite, they should be more pro-active in their Champions League games, argues Jamie Thorn.

Consecutive draws against Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona have left Juventus in danger of their Champions League campaign being cut short should they fail to win in Athens.

Though Sporting face the more difficult task of defeating Barcelona at Camp Nou, Olympiacos will want to end their brief spell in the competition with victory in front of their own fans. A hostile atmosphere at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium won’t make it any easier for Max Allegri’s men.

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Monday December 4 2017
‘Qarabag have a point to prove’

Qarabag Coach Gurban Gurbanov says his side “want to prove we’re not here by chance” against Roma tomorrow.

The Azerbaijani side haven’t earned a single win in the Champions League so far, but they want to make a statement at the Olimpico.

“I can say we’ve learned a lot,” Gurbanov said in his pre-match Press conference.

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