Sky Sports Today - Nov 26
Champions League reaction, build-up to tonight's fixtures and all the breaking sports news in our live blog.
TODAY'S TOP STORIES
- Aguero treble boosts City
- Chelsea ease to knockout stage
- New Messi record, Suarez off the mark
- Arsenal v Dortmund (7.45pm, SS1)
- Ludogorets v Liverpool (7.45pm, SS5)
- Six more CL games live on Sky
- Tweet us @SkySportsNewsHQ #SSNHQ
DI MATTEO'S PAINThe sub-plot in Gelsenkirchen last night of course was Chelsea coming up against the only man who's delivered Champions League glory. Roberto Di Matteo was sacked just six months after that 2012 triumph and though he'd insisted there'd be no sentiment, he found the humbling tough to take.
Yes (it's my most painful defeat). It is certainly a disappointing night for us in terms of the scoreline, and also the way we played. But we did play against a really great team. If you concede too much space and time to those players, they'll exploit that. I was surprised by our lack of confidence; we weren't aggressive enough. We have to look ahead now and put this behind us as quickly as possible.
MOURINHO'S WARNINGBeauty, flair, joy... Chelsea really turning on the style, according to their boss but Jose Mourinho did stop short of comparing his current crop to the teams he built during his first spell in west London. The difference? Trophies.
The players are very serious. Everything they do with big focus and ambition, but at the same time with this component, which is quite something new at Chelsea: this happiness, this flair, this beauty. I don't remember Chelsea playing this way away from home.
In this moment, this team is completely different to my team from 2004-08. And at this moment: zero titles. We have to transform the quality of our game into results, which we are getting now. But we have to try and win things so this team goes down in Chelsea's history as a brilliant team who won something.
Chelsea, like Bayern, are through to the last 16 after thrashing Gelsenkirchen 5-0 in Germany, John Terry scoring his 10th Champions League goal. The skipper reckons they're getting "stronger and stronger". Gulp.
BAYERN 'DESERVED MORE'
Bayern might have been assured of progress but Pep Guardiola said he was "sad" his side hadn't been rewarded. Despite being that man down for more than 70 minutes, they enjoyed 56% possession and made 563 passes to City's 403. Only one stat that counts of course...
PELLEGRINI FOCUSEDHe cut as composed a figure as ever, did Manuel Pellegrini, but he did admit pride in his side's battling qualities after Bayern - who had trailed to an Aguero penalty and had Medhi Benetia sent off - had appeared to have completed a turnaround through Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski.
I'm sure this kind of victory gives a lot of trust to the squad; I don't think this team are ever beaten. It's very important but we'll see what happens in the last game. I said last week that if we have a mathematical chance to qualify, we will fight to the end. We will see what happens against Roma.
AS IT STANDSSo here's the picture in Group E. Bayern Munich are already through as group winners, but three sides locked on five points stay in the hunt to join them. City are guaranteed to qualify if they win their last match away in Rome and CSKA fail to win in Munich. If CSKA lose, a 0-0 draw in Rome will not be good enough for City, but a score-draw would be.
CITY PLAYERS ON TWITTERThe man himself fired up Twitter after the final whistle, as did a couple of his team-mates...Siempre pero siempre hay que pelear hasta el final. Vamos City!!!!// Always, always fight 'til the end. C'mon, City!!!What a game for @aguerosergiokun ! My boy is just fantastic!! Hat-trick hero!Aaaaaa what a game, what a result. Well done lads.. Fight till the end and never give up💪 Thank you @aguerosergiokun goal machine 👍👍👍 @MCFC
It was three goals, three shots for Sergio Aguero. No wonder Frank Lampard's full of praise for he Argentina man, too...
AGUERO 'AMONG ELITE'More from the Arsenal and Liverpool camps later but back to Manchester, where Manuel Pellegrini reiterated his belief that Sergio Aguero deserves to be rated among the very best in the world after his hat-trick revived City's Champions League hopes. Aguero's under there somewhere...
I always said before this night that Sergio is one of the best players of the world, one of the best strikers. He played very well but I think also the team played very well, especially in the second half. We trusted until the end, we worked, we pressed and finally we could make the chances for Sergio to score.
LIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALLA double for English teams against German sides last night, then - can Arsenal make it a hat-trick? Here's an early reminder of what's coming up later, with Liverpool facing a must-win encounter in Bulgaria. You'll be able to follow it all here once again if you're on the move.Group A
- Atletico Madrid v Olympiakos (7.45pm, SS5 red button)
- Malmo v Juventus (7.45pm, SS5 red button)
- Basel v Real Madrid (7.45pm, SS3)
- Ludogorets v Liverpool (7.45pm, SS5)
- Zenit v Benfica (5pm, SS5)
- Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco (7.45pm, SS5 red button)
- Anderlecht v Galatasaray (7.45pm, SS5 red button)
- Arsenal v Dortmund (7.45pm, SS1)
PAPER TALKLet's take a quick look through this morning's papers before we turn back to the Champions League...
- Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is set to join Championship side Brighton on loan (Daily Express)
- Hull want to sign Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon in January (Daily Mirror)
- Liverpool are ready to sign Petr Cech, Porto striker Jackson Martinez and Norwich winger Nathan Redmond in a January treble (Metro)
- Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has received a major injury boost after midfielder Ander Herrera and defender Jonny Evans came through a reserve match unscathed (Daily Mail)
- Manchester United could make a move for Wesley Sneijder after the Dutch midfielder was left out of a Galatasaray squad (Daily Star)
HUGHES LATESTStricken Australia batsman Phil Hughes is on front and back pages across Australia, as well as the UK; he's in hospital following brain surgery after being hit on the head by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney yesterday. Here's reporter Jonathan Samuels with the latest.
He's still in a critical condition in an induced coma. He had surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain after the horrific incident and that lasted aroud 45 minutes. He'll undergo further scans as doctors try to work out the full extent of his injuries. His mother and sister are at his bedside - they were at the match to see the horror unfold - as is his father and many friends. Doctors say it could be another 24 hours until we get more news on how he's faring.
SUAREZ, MESSI MILESTONESAnd, it took him six games but Luis Suarez is off and running for Barcelona, scoring his first goal for the club in their 4-0 win over Apoel. There was yet another record, too, for Lionel Messi, who became the leading scorer in Champions League history and did it in style, scoring a hat-trick.
CHELSEA THROUGHChelsea are through to the knockout stage with a game to spare after thrashing Schalke 5-0 in Gelsenkirchen. Didier Drogba and Willian were both on the scoresheet and Jose Mourinho was purring after what he described as "complete performance" oozing with "happiness, flair and beauty"...
AGUERO SHOWTop stories this morning? Only one place to start: at the Etihad, where Sergio Aguero scored twice in the last five minutes as Manchester City came from behind to beat Bayern Munich. Now they almost certainly have to win in Rome to reach the last 16 of the Champions League....
GOOD MORNINGWelcome to Wednesday, folks. Bet Manuel Pellegrini slept a little more soundly last night. All the reaction to last night's dramatic Champions League action coming up, as well as a look ahead to tonight's big fixtures for two beleaguered bosses. We'll have the usual mix of pundit opinion and Twitter debate, as well as any breaking sports news, so stick around and join in @SkySportsNewsHQ.