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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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Bilbao counting on home advantage in return

FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, left, duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao has a long-standing tradition of only fielding players with Basque connections, a policy that has sometimes worked to its advantage but more often made it hard to progress at Europe’s top level.

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Monaco looking for Champions League respite

Leverkusen's Son Heung-min from South Korea, left, and Bremen's Alejandro Galvez from Spain challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen in Leverkusen, Germany, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

PARIS (AP) — Monaco’s signings of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez last year marked the beginning of a new era on the French Riviera. Twelve months later, the stars have left and Monaco is struggling as the club returns to the Champions League following an eight-year hiatus.

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