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Manchester City and Juventus announce surprise star omissions from their Champions League squads

You won't see Yaya Toure or Stephan Lichtsteiner in Champions League this year.

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Post-transfer deadline squad lists are out, and the biggest surprises came from Manchester City and Juventus. Neither had any shocking revelations in their league squads, but since Champions League squads are more restrictive, they had some tough choices to make. City has omitted Yaya Toure from their Champions League squad list, while Juve has left out fan favorite Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Toure has been linked to moves away from City in recent transfer windows, but opted to stay despite a change in management and the arrival of İlkay Gündoğan in the transfer market. He'll now be questioning that decision to stick around, unlike his teammates Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony, who got the message that they wouldn't have a big role at City. Lichtsteiner's omission is even more shocking, even though he's not as big of a name. The only true right back in the Bianconeri squad is 33-year-old Dani Alves. Expect Juventus to play a back three with Juan Cuadrado on the right a few times in Europe.

On the other end of the spectrum, Manchester United has surprisingly included Bastian Schweinsteiger in their Premier League squad after exiling him and telling him he had no future at the club.

Skills of the day

These ridiculous moves from Neymar.

In the news

USWNT star Heather O'Reilly has retired from international soccer. (Stars and Stripes FC)

Cristiano Ronaldo has stepped up his training and is on schedule to play in a week. (AS)

Lionel Messi said he was hurt after Argentina's win, so he's likely to sit out their second game of the international period. (Marca)

Sergio Aguero is contesting the violent conduct charge against him. (Telegraph)

Jack Butland's ankle injury will keep him out another two months. (BBC)

Tony Pulis is having a falling out with his third club board in four years. (Guardian)

Gladbach's Alvaro Dominguez trained for the first time in seven months after a back injury. (Bild)

You should be reading

Steven Scragg on Evian TG's rise to Ligue 1 and quick fall into oblivion. (These Football Times)

Dominic Fifield on the second run of the David Luiz show at Chelsea. (Guardian)

Jeff Carlisle had a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the USMNT's qualifiers. (ESPN FC)

What happened on Thursday

Messi starred in his return to Argentina.

Brazil won too, with Neymar having a great game.

Here's the South American World Cup qualifying table. (FIFA)

And here's the Asian one -- Japan suffered a surprise loss on Thursday. (FIFA)

France and Spain won friendlies while 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma debuted for Italy. (ESPN FC)

What to watch on Friday (click for listings, all times ET)

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: 6 games (from 3:30 p.m.) -- USA vs. SVG is the early game and Mexico plays late night.


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