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 By Mark Lovell

Pep Guardiola conducting Bayern Munich in perfect harmony

The ESPN FC team debate which European power is in better form between Spanish side Barcelona or German side Bayern Munich.
Pep Guardiola has his Bayern Munich side playing brilliantly right now.

Bayern Munich's Sporting Director Matthias Sammer declared on the eve of the new season: "Pep Guardiola is the conductor, the team is the orchestra." Undoubtedly, the Spanish maestro has Bayern's big band synchronised and working in almost complete harmony at the moment.

Treble-seeking Bayern sealed top spot in Champions League Group F with a routine 4-0 win over Greek champions Olympiakos on Tuesday. Goals from Douglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller settled the game as a contest within...

 By Nick Ames

Modric, Pogba and Suarez shine in Champions League TOTW

Luis Suarez scored twice in Barcelona's 6-1 thrashing of Roma.
Luis Suarez scored twice in Barcelona's 6-1 thrashing of Roma.

With the penultimate Champions League group stage matches done and dusted, it's time to look at the best XI this week ...

Champions League Team of the Week
ESPN FC's Champions League Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Matz Sels, Gent

Group-stage debutants Gent are on the brink of a remarkable place in the last 16, an achievement made possible by Kalifa Coulibaly's dramatic goal with the very last action of the game in Lyon on Tuesday. That 2-1 victory was something of a smash and grab and owed plenty to the form of Sels, who reacted sharply to deny Alexandre Lacazette and Rachid...

Angel Di Maria shines for PSG in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Malmo homecoming

Relive the most memorable moments from Wednesday's Champions League group stage matches.

Paris Saint-Germain are into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after thrashing Malmo FF 5-0 at Swedbank Stadion on Wednesday to secure their safe passage from Group A.

It was Zlatan Ibrahimovic's big night, as he returned to his hometown to face his formative club for the first time in competitive circumstances since he left Malmo in 2001. However, the Swede had to share the limelight as Angel Di Maria scored twice and both Adrien Rabiot and Lucas Moura also found the back of the net.


Cristiano Ronaldo thrives for Real Madrid at Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar tried to comeback late on but it was too late and Real Madrid ran out winning 4-3.
The ESPN FC crew talk to Charlie Davies about whether or not Real Madrid have lost their place among Europe's top teams.
With two goals and two assists against Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is our player of the day.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark trick lets him down during the UCL match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Four days after a full-blown capitulation in last Saturday's Clasico, Real Madrid gave new signs of their convoluted, unbalanced state of mind and form with a narrow win at Shakhtar Donetsk's Arena Lviv.

What for a good 75 minutes looked like a balsamic victory for the Madridistas almost turned into a nightmarish scenario when the hosts scored three goals in 11 minutes and got mightily close to tying a match in which they had been trailing 4-0.

After this unconvincing win, Real Madrid keep...

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus kick into gear with impressive win vs. Manchester City

Juventus booked their spot in the Champions League round of 16 courtesy of Mario Mandzukic's goal at home against Man City.

Mission accomplished for Juventus. They not only defeated Manchester City, 1-0, but secured their advancement in the Champions League by demonstrating the will to suffer, and a certain level of fluency that will please the critics.

At home, in front of their own fans, many were not quite sure what to expect from this Bianconeri side. They may be collecting Serie A wins but their performances have been far from convincing. To make matters worse, when they are deemed favourites for the win, they...

 By Alex Shaw

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United are boring and don't entertain

Despite a few key chances for Manchester United, they could not find the breakthrough against PSV in a goalless draw.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop discuss Manchester United's chances against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal laments his side's disappointing effort in front of goal against PSV.
Chris Smalling laments Man United's inability to convert their chances against PSV.
Manchester United supporters light up Old Trafford in remembrance of George Best.

Take yourself back to when Louis van Gaal was appointed Manchester United manager in the summer of 2014, following the painful and pathetic reign of David Moyes.

There were hopes and dreams and a belief Manchester United might play entertaining football again. Or, at the very least, not be a laughing stock. Videos circulated with images of Van Gaal prowling the touchline, cajoling players. He reenacted a kung fu kick on the sidelines during a European Cup final, for goodness sake. He was, seemingly,...