Chelsea big favorite in Champions League group

Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

The start of the season could not have gone any better for Chelsea — four straight Premier League wins, the emergence of a striker who can’t stop scoring and a spot into one of the easiest groups of the Champions League.

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Madrid, Liverpool eager for Champions League start

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, right, celebrates his goal with teammate James Rodriguez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Atletico de Madrid  at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot)

Few teams can be as happy as Real Madrid and Liverpool that the Champions League is finally starting.

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Falcao wants to make loan at United permanent

Manchester United's new players Radamel Falcao, left,  and Daley Blind, right, pose for photographs with manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Thursday Sept. 11, 2014. The Colombian striker Falcao joined on a season-long loan deal from Ligue 1 side Monaco and Blind signed from Ajax as Louis van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Just one practice session in the company of Radamel Falcao has convinced Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal that the Colombia striker is the player to turn around the team’s flagging fortunes.

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United set to unleash glut of new signings on QPR

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The two-week break for internationals has forced Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to wait patiently before unleashing his glut of new, expensive signings.

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