Five managers in European football whose season could be determined in the remaining half

The European football scenario has taken some important stronghold across the continent and as the 2014-15 season has reached its midway, the race for positions, performances, title run-in, and revival are heating up.

Borussia Dortmund change their face in Europe: Gianluigi Buffon
Borussia Dortmund change their face in Europe: Gianluigi Buffon

 Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said Dortmund will change their face when they play in the EUFA Champions League football tournament after the two teams were drawn to take on each other in the round of 16 in the elite continental competition.

Bayern Munich`s Pep Guardiola relishing Shakhtar Donetsk clash
Bayern Munich`s Pep Guardiola relishing Shakhtar Donetsk clash

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admitted Monday he is relishing facing Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League when the clubs meet for the first time in the last 16.

UCL: Chelsea face PSG, Man City tackle Barca in last 16
UCL: Chelsea face PSG, Man City tackle Barca in last 16

Jose Mourinho`s Chelsea were drawn on Monday against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City tackle Barcelona in two blockbuster Champions League last 16 ties.

EPL: Mesmerising Frank Lampard crucial for Manchester City's title push
EPL: Mesmerising Frank Lampard crucial for Manchester City's title push

Frank Lampard's time at Manchester City has been sort of a fairytale ride so far and he holds the card for Manuel Pellegrini's side to claim a stake in defending the Premier League title.

PSG travel to Barcelona with top spot at stake
PSG travel to Barcelona with top spot at stake

Top spot in Champions League Group F will be the main talking point on Wednesday night as Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Camp Nou looking to avoid defeat and keep their noses in front of Barcelona. 

Sergio Aguero injury could determine Manchester City season
Sergio Aguero injury could determine Manchester City season

Sergio Aguero who limped off in Manchester City's Premier League clash against Everton, is expected to be out for a month according to reports. The striker is feared to have suffered a knee ligament injury, which will rule him out for the upcoming crucial Champions League tie against Roma and also the chaotic December fixtures in the Premier League.

UCL, preview: Liverpool vs FC Basel
UCL, preview: Liverpool vs FC Basel

Ten years on from a dramatic comeback in the Champions League, Liverpool will again look to Steven Gerrard for inspiration when they face Basel in a must-win match on Tuesday.

UCL, preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Anderlecht
UCL, preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Anderlecht

Borussia Dortmund have already qualified for the Champions League last 16 but they need at least a draw in their final game at home to Anderlecht on Tuesday to progress as Group D winners.

Under-fire Arsene Wenger looks for Euro boost
Under-fire Arsene Wenger looks for Euro boost

Arsene Wenger has vowed to field a strong team against Galatasaray on Tuesday as the under-fire Arsenal manager bids to silence the critics by snatching top spot in Champions League Group D.

Juventus confident of Atletico Madrid win and top spot
Juventus confident of Atletico Madrid win and top spot

 Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci insists the Italian champions can pull off a Champions League shock and snatch first place in Group A from Atletico Madrid on their way to qualifying for the last 16 on Tuesday.

Juventus winning streak ends in dour Fiorentina draw
Juventus winning streak ends in dour Fiorentina draw

Juventus saw their six-match winning run in all competitions come to an end on Friday in a dour 0-0 draw at Fiorentina.

Zenit out to maintain Premiership lead in Saransk
Zenit out to maintain Premiership lead in Saransk

Russian Premier League leaders Zenit are hoping to extend their winning run and top spot when they face lowly Mordovia Saransk on Saturday.

Galatasaray sack former Italy coach Prandelli, says report
Galatasaray sack former Italy coach Prandelli, says report

 Galatasaray have dimsissed former Italy World Cup coach Cesare Prandelli after a string of poor results culminating in their exit from European competition, the Dogan news agency reported on Thursday.

Joe Allen says under-fire Brendan Rodgers will keep Reds on track
Joe Allen says under-fire Brendan Rodgers will keep Reds on track

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is adamant boss Brendan Rodgers can cope with the mounting criticism of his spluttering team.

Fantastic to become the highest scorer, says Lionel Messi
Fantastic to become the highest scorer, says Lionel Messi

 FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said his record of becoming the highest scorer ever in the UEFA Champions League is a 'fantastic' achievement.

Lionel Messi is greatest player of all time: Luis Enrique
Lionel Messi is greatest player of all time: Luis Enrique

 FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique paid tributes to his team's record-breaking player Lionel Messi, saying the Argentine striker is "the greatest player of all time".

Jack Wilshere `out for a while`, says Arsene Wenger
Jack Wilshere `out for a while`, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects to be without Jack Wilshere for at least "the next few games" following the England midfielder`s latest ankle problem.

Hans-Joachim Watzke demands `blood, sweat, tears` from Borussia Dortmund
Hans-Joachim Watzke demands `blood, sweat, tears` from Borussia Dortmund

 Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke has said only `blood, sweat, tears` and league points will turn around the club`s dire Bundesliga plight in their bid to escape the relegation places.

Diego Costa 'nothing' without team: Jose Mourinho
Diego Costa 'nothing' without team: Jose Mourinho

Chelsea`s Jose Mourinho insists hot-shot striker Diego Costa would `be nothing` without the team around him as the Premier League leaders look to secure their Champions League progress on Tuesday.