A first-half penalty by Thomas Mueller was sufficient for Bayern Munich to beat Russian champions CSKA Moscow on Tuesday and make it two wins from two matches in their Champions League group stage campaign.
CSKA Moscow are poised to introduce banning orders and take legal action against violent fans to stop their behaviour at Champions League matches "pushing us over the edge", general director Roman Babaev told Reuters.
After having maximum impact in shaping Manchester City's Premier League title winning campaign last season, Yaya Toure has failed to continue in the same vein. The former Barcelona midfielder was criticised by pundits and fans alike for a poor performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League match-day one encounter in Munich on Wednesday in which the visitors lost 0-1.
Unfancied Bulgarian champions Ludogorets are determined reach the knockout stages of a European competition for a second successive year despite being drawn against Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid and Liverpool, the club`s owner said.
Bayern Munich will be without experienced Franck Ribery when they meet Manchester City in their Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday with fellow winger Arjen Robben also doubtful, coach Pep Guardiola said.
A rousing 2-1 La Liga victory at Real Madrid on Saturday may suggest otherwise, but Atletico Madrid are still rebuilding after losing several key players in the close season, coach Diego Simeone said on Monday.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli has the experience required to lead the line when they return to Champions League action for the first time in five years at Anfield on Tuesday.