Braga vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League Open Thread

While most of our eyes will be on either Braga against Manchester United or Chelsea versus Shakhtar today, there’s always the treat of Celtic against Barcelona live from Celtic Park.

No matter which match you chose to watch today, you should be in for a treat. Manchester United is hoping for a win to cement their place in the next round. Chelsea desperately want a win at home after losing to Shakhtar Donestk in Eastern Europe. And Celtic, well, they’re just hoping for a good showing against the best soccer team in the world.

Manchester United starting line-up: De Gea, Valencia, Evans, Smalling, Rafael, Nani, Ando, Rooney, Giggs, Chicharito, Welbeck.

Chelsea starting line-up: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cahill, Bertrand, Ramires, Oscar, Mikel, Hazard, Torres, Mata

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below.

53 thoughts on “Braga vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League Open Thread”

    1. Yeah, I noticed that too. Pretty poor taste. And it wasn’t even a seamless transition. It was an abrupt cut. Definitely a mistake there.

      The Gaffer

  1. great goal from avb’s january target!

    C’mon shaktar, beat these muppets. the sooner they are out the sooner they cant sing that “Champions of Europe”.

  2. Willian is so much more motivated in front of his prospective employer compared to Ukrainian league matches. Not that Shakhtar need him that much in the league games anyway…

    1. I don’t think he will go to chelsea. he has openly said he wants to play for AVB and said they communicate regularly as they are friends.

      1. I agree that Willian is probably not coming to Chelsea but I doubt if he wants to go a small club like Spurs. Why leave a up and coming Champions League team to go to a Europa League level team ?

        1. LOL Sacto, you have become bitter, whatever floats your boat man.

          I assume you chose Chelsea based on the football you watched from here int he USA and the success they had, which makes sense.

          Doesn’t change the fact that your fan-base in London is what it is. that it was at the forefront of the hooligan movement, and still to this day shows itself as being quite backwards.

          Even tho you are no longer top of the league and Di-Matteo has admitted you were lucky to beat shaktar, that you will have a fine season, finishing 2/3rd but win no silverware, we will see how long the russian keeps dimatteo there.

          1. Yes, Tottenham didn’t have any at all hooligan problem none what so ever right ? How can i be bitter because I’m carefree where ever I may be we are the mighty CFC. To nswer your question is yes/no to the question of being a plastic. My friend went to college in london during 80’s and 90’s and was Chelsea so I became a Chelsea supporter during Hoddle/ Gullit era not since 2003 as most assume Chelsea plastics become.

  3. Shaktar look very good, chelsea are putting 10 in their half when shaktar have the ball like they did against barca, but shaktar seem to enjoy putting the ball aggressively into the channels.

  4. Pyatov is a bad keeper, I remember watching him for Ukraine against Croatia and he did everything possible to gift us 3 points

  5. Power failure at Braga’s stadium. Players and officials sent back to the dressing rooms. Does Fergie have a wirecutter?

    The Gaffer

    1. Reason it looked so late was because the official on the end line doesn’t use a flag do it looked like a very late call.

    1. Shakhtar was quality and they are a team no one will want to play come the knockout stage and beyond. Mata quality corner Moses finishes no luck needed in that. Great week this week Obama,Chelsea, and now we need Maribor.

  6. One side of Glasgow is depressed and relegated to the 3rd tier of Scottish football, the other has just beaten Barcelona in the champions league. When it rains it poors!

    1. Oh don’t worry I’m sure the Celtic fans will remind them if this constantly. Hopefully Celtic go through in 2nd place and get utd in the draw, it would be great to once again Wind up my family in Glasgow when we beat them.

        1. The thing with Celtic is they have such a good record at home in the champions league they have a chance against anyone. They would jump at the chance to play any of the English teams in the next round.

          1. unfortunately they have Benfica away not sure who they have at home.that would be classic if they could get thru i am all in.MUFC at Celtic Park would be of the scale for the young readers off the hook.we don’t use analog scales anymore.

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