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 By Simon Kuper

Jasper Cillessen must regain his World Cup form to have any chance at Barca

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down all the latest moves and rumours from around the world of football.
Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson discuss who will be Barcelona's No. 1 goalkeeper if Jasper Cillessen moved to the club.

When Jasper Cillessen heard a few weeks ago that FC Barcelona was interested in him, he thought it was a joke. Ajax's goalkeeper has been playing badly lately. He says -- probably rightly -- that even when he is in form, his hero Edwin van der Sar was "many times better than I am". The 27-year-old Dutchman probably isn't a world-class keeper. However, he is a Barca-type keeper: able to fulfill the very unusual demands that Barcelona places on its keeper, or as the Catalan club thinks of the job,...

No fears for Barcelona despite tough Champions League group

Take an in-depth look at the UCL draw and see how each of the teams will line up in this year's competition.

Barcelona have been drawn against Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic in the Champions League. Here's a look at their European campaign.

General overview

Looking at some of the other groups, it's fair to say the Champions League draw could have gone better for Barca, but Luis Enrique and his players must still be confident of progressing from their group in top spot.

One of the big narratives -- possibly the biggest -- to come out of the draw in Monaco is the pairing of Barca and...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Pep Guardiola's return to Barcelona the highlight of Group C

Take an in-depth look at the UCL draw and see how each of the teams will line up in this year's competition.

Now that the Champions League draw has been completed, here's a preview for Group C. Who do you think will go through?

Predicted finish

1. Barcelona
2. Manchester City
3. Borussia Monchengladbach
4. Celtic

Who will win Group C?

Barcelona

Last season was a disappointment for Barca, as they became the latest team to fail to retain the Champions League trophy. If anyone looked capable of breaking the hoodoo that has tripped up defending champions since AC Milan in 1990, it was them, but they came up against Atletico...



ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Clubs await UCL draw, Cillessen and Bravo complete moves

Man City supporters at the Etihad gave Joe Hart some much-needed appreciation during the second half of their UCL playoff match.
Manchester City's Joe Hart spoke on the situation between him and manager Pep Guardiola after their match against Steaua Bucuresi.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Rostov eliminated Ajax to reach the group stage with a 4-1 rout to claim a 5-2 aggregate win overall. Borussia Monchengladbach, Copenhagen and Dinamo Zagreb completed the group stage line-up after Wednesday night's second leg ties.

- The pots for Thursday's group stage draw are now set.

When and what time is the Champions League draw.

BARCELONA: Jasper Cillessen has completed his move...

 By David Amoyal

Rumours rated: Cillessen to Barcelona close; Gabigol, James to Prem unlikely

Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson discuss who will be Barcelona's No. 1 goalkeeper if Jasper Cillessen moved to the club.

There's a lot of talk and speculation, but when it comes to transfers, how do you separate fact from fiction? David Amoyal looks at some of the current rumours and predicts how likely it is that the proposed moves actually happen.

Jasper Cillessen to Barcelona: 90 percent

The Ajax goalkeeper is very close to joining Barcelona and becoming Claudio Bravo's replacement. A deal worth around €15 million should be struck in the coming days. Cillessen will compete with Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Chelsea's Batshuayi nets brace; Schweinsteiger discusses future

Allowing two goals to League One outfit Bristol Rovers will give Antonio Conte more to ponder with the Chelsea defence.
Allowing two goals to League One outfit Bristol Rovers will give Antonio Conte more to ponder with the Chelsea defence.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

CHELSEA: Michy Batshuayi looked like the real deal in his full debut for Chelsea. The Belgium international, who joined Antonio Conte's team this summer, scored twice in Chelsea's 3-2 EFL Cup win versus Bristol Rovers.

- However, Conte was not pleased with how close the final scoreline was, insisting his team need to be more ruthless in killing off matches.

- Meanwhile, Conte has said only John Terry and Sam Allardyce can decide whether the Chelsea captain...