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

champions league logo 600x337 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.

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

  1. Mufc77 says:

    Only FSC would cut away from fans in the middle of singing YNWA.

  2. Andrei says:

    What a goal by Torres.

  3. dust says:

    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”.

  4. Andrei says:

    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…

    • dust says:

      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.

      • Sacto Blues says:

        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 ?

        • dust says:

          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.

          • Sacto Blues says:

            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.

  5. Clampdown says:

    Chelsea vs. Shakhtar = The Joe Strummer Cup!

  6. dust says:

    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.

  7. dust says:

    a side note, in the next Gen Series, Spurs u21 beat barca under 21 4-1 in Barca earlier today.

  8. dust says:

    is that Shaktar keeper abramovich’s cousin?

    2 goals gifted

  9. Matt says:

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

  10. Dust says:

    Another good goal by shaktar

  11. Clampdown says:

    Wow. Great stuff from Shakhtar.

  12. jtm371 says:

    England could take a lesson from Alan on how to take a penalty textbook penalty.

  13. The Gaffer says:

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

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  14. jtm371 says:

    Song got away with a second yellow should be off.go Celtic

  15. The Gaffer says:

    Jonny “Calamity” Evans off. Rio Ferdinand subbed on.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  16. jtm371 says:

    Tony Watt scores 2 nil Celtic what a night up north Catalans being frozen out.

  17. dust says:

    congrats celtic on bringing the end of an era

  18. jtm371 says:

    Messi pegs one back in injury time.nail biting time for the Hoops.

  19. jtm371 says:

    CELTIC WINS! first lost for Barca in opening round in 3 years.

  20. Mufc77 says:

    Wow what a call from the ref, little late.

    • Mufc77 says:

      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.

  21. Mufc77 says:

    Well done Celtic. I’m sure Celtic park was rocking all night long.

  22. The Gaffer says:

    What a brilliant day of Champions League matches.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  23. jtm371 says:

    what a goal from Hernandez from his bum.

  24. dust says:

    Brutal finish for Shaktar, didnt deserve to loose.

  25. Mufc77 says:

    3 points is all we wanted. A good chance to rest first team players in the last two matches.

  26. dust says:

    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!

    • Mufc77 says:

      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.

      • Guy says:

        I’d love to see that….and I’d be gettin’ out something green to wear! (one of my Hibs jerseys). ;-)

        • Mufc77 says:

          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.

          • jtm371 says:

            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.

  27. Galoo.com says:

    I cant belive Chelsea won.

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