Arsène Wenger

Extraordinary APOEL have caught the eye

Arsene Wenger

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APOEL Nicosia are very much the surprise outfit of the Champions League for me, especially because they managed to finish top of their group.

It is quite extraordinary, what they have achieved, and I am very curious to discover this team.

I haven't really seen them play that much this season.

The biggest surprise from this round of action in the Champions League was Manchester City and even Manchester United going out.

They looked like they were able to qualify but they missed out on qualification.

Don't forget Manchester United played in three of the past four Champions League finals so I consider this as an accident which will be recovered swiftly.

It was also an exceptional week for French clubs. Honestly, before the games it was quite impossible to put money on Lyon or Marseille to qualify.

Mathieu Valbuena is a player with plenty of character. A goal like his against Borussia Dortmund is not down to chance.

It is a goal made of confidence, belief. The way he dribbled, the way he looked up and shot with conviction and he was successful. It was a wonderful goal.

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