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Can the stale Champions League group stage be revived?

Can the stale Champions League group stage be revived?

CSKA's slim chance of reaching the next phase requires them to beat United as a first point of order, though Basel's result at Benfica and goal difference also have a part to play.

"Of course, he's a bit exhausted because it was a huge match at the weekend and just two days to recover for CSKA".

Atletico didn't win any of its first four matches in Group C. Among its setbacks were back-to-back draws against Qarabag. He plays tomorrow. Of course he's a bit exhausted because it was a huge match in the last weekend and just two days to recover for CSKA.

Jose Mourinho's men though come on the back of a strong week in the Premier League, where they registered three wins in three games against Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford FC and Arsenal and will be hoping to put collect all three points and finish as the group leaders. Anderlecht's poor campaign sees them pointless and they would need at least a 3-0 win in Glasgow to edge Celtic out of the Europa League spot.

"He [Ibrahimovic] is okay but he needs, now and again, specific work on the muscle that supports that knee that went through such a hard surgery", the boss told us.

Mourinho has regular preferred other options at full-back, leaving Shaw having to work hard to try and catch the manager's eye. To work really hard for a certain period of time, he can not play these days.

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'He's divided between the gym and the pitch and he will be out again tomorrow.

"Of course he's maybe a bit exhausted and has only had a few days to recover, but he's very happy and he'll try to keep his momentum, because since he's been back he's been phenomenal".

United are still without defender Eric Bailly and midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who both have knocks, while centre-back Phil Jones (calf) is also out.

As far as the visitors are concerned, Viktor Goncharenko will be without Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho, who are serving a one-match ban, while Georgi Schennikov (ankle) and Aleksei Berezutski (calf) are on the treatment table.

"When we speak about Luke Shaw you are right", Mourinho said. Selected for tomorrow, yes, for sure. "I am going to make a few - but not too many - changes", he told a press conference. But starting or on the bench?

"We didn't qualify yet and I need to keep a certain balance in the team".


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