A take a look at what’s taking place within the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday:
Lazio vs. Atletico Madrid (Group E)
Diego Simeone brings his Atletico to the Stadio Olimpico and Lazio, the membership he gained 4 trophies with as a participant, together with Serie A in 2000. It’s the primary time the groups have met since 2011-12, when Simeone had simply taken cost of Atletico and led his staff to house and away wins within the Europa League. Atletico then went on to win the trophy that season. Lazio has had an up-and-down begin to Serie A, with one win and three losses. But the win got here in a go to to defending champion Napoli.
Feyenoord vs. Celtic (Group E)
Celtic supervisor Brendan Rodgers has set his staff the goal of nonetheless being in Europe after Christmas. The Scottish staff would need that to be within the Champions League, somewhat than the Europa League if Celtic end third in Group E. Looking on the Scottish champions rivals, nonetheless, it faces a significant problem after being grouped with Atletico Madrid, Lazio and Feyenoord. Celtic travels to Rotterdam to face Feyenoord on Tuesday aiming to finish a 10-game winless streak within the group levels.
Paris Saint Germain vs. Borussia Dortmund (Group F)
After repeated failures, PSG has toned down its ambition to win the Champions League for the primary time. However, the French champions hope the revamping of their squad through the offseason will end in a extra balanced staff much less centered on people. PSG has retained its major attacking risk, Kylian Mbappe, who ought to lead the assault in opposition to Dortmund. PSG might be with out Marco Asensio and Presnel Kimpembe. Dortmund has been shaky in protection thus far this season and has struggled to exchange Jude Bellingham, who’s now starring for Real Madrid.
AC Milan vs. Newcastle (Group F)
Last season’s semifinalist Milan is hurting psychologically following a 5-1 loss to metropolis rival Inter Milan within the Milan derby on Saturday. Recently retired Rossoneri standout Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed up on the staff’s Milanello coaching heart on Monday to boost the staff’s spirits. Midfielder Sandro Tonali just lately transferred from Milan to Newcastle and can now face his former membership.
Manchester City vs. Red Star Belgrade (Group G)
Manchester City begins its protection of the title when it hosts Red Star Belgrade. Pep Guardiola led the Abu Dhabi-backed membership to its first European Cup final season as a part of a treble of trophies. History is in opposition to City because it tries to retain the title. Real Madrid is the one membership through the Champions League period to win it back-to-back. Madrid gained it thrice in a row from 2016-2018.
Young Boys vs. Leipzig (Group G)
Leipzig is coming into type simply in time for the Champions League, the place it is going to count on to make a profitable begin at Swiss staff Young Boys in Bern. Marco Rose’s staff recovered from its Bundesliga-opening loss to Bayer Leverkusen with three straight wins and 20-year-old Dutch ahead Xavi Simons has rapidly emerged because the staff’s new star. Xavi has scored in every of his final three video games and arrange 4 targets.
Barcelona vs. Antwerp (Group H)
After two consecutive group-stage exists, Barcelona begins this 12 months’s marketing campaign boosted by 4 straight victories within the Spanish league, when it scored 13 targets in whole. New signings João Félix and João Cancelo each scored within the staff’s 5-0 rout of Real Betis on Saturday, and coach Xavi confirmed confidence that the 2 Portuguese internationals will make the staff extra aggressive heading into the Champions League this season. Antwerp defeated Greek membership AEK Athens in a playoff to succeed in he group stage for the primary time.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Porto (Group H)
Ukrainian champion Shakhtar is taking part in its house video games in Hamburg, Germany, this season due to the Russian invasion of its house nation. Shakhtar has fewer international gamers and a better emphasis on native expertise than it used to, however can nonetheless maintain its personal within the Champions League, as proven by a win over Leipzig and a draw with Real Madrid final 12 months. Porto is unbeaten in 5 Portuguese league video games since dropping the season-opening Super Cup to Benfica.
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