Afternoon Report: September 19

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Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds after the Blues' suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Basel.

The Portuguese coach, who returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer, expects Chelsea to recover from last night's set-back and qualify for the last 16.

Luis Suarez is expected to return from his 10-match suspension against Manchester United next week.

Liverpool and United go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup - and Suarez is likely to play after serving his ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Arsene Wenger has hailed Arsenal's win in Marseille as a victory of patience and experience.

The Gunners' boss also reserved special praise for Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey, who both scored in the 2-1 win.

Vincent Kompany says the pressure is off Manchester City to finish top of their group in this season's Champions League.

The Citizens find themselves in a group with European champions Bayern Munich - and Kompany believes it wouldn't be a disaster if City finished second.

Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has revealed that he was never close to leaving White Hart Lane.

The Iceland international insists he is up for the challenge and ready to fight for his place after scoring both goals in Spurs' 2-0 win over Norwich.

And finally, Lionel Messi insists winning the Champions League with Barcelona this season is more important than breaking Raul's goalscoring record.

The 26-year-old, who scored a hat-trick against Ajax last night, is now just nine goals short of Raul's 71-goal tally.

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