The Champions League resumes its tight march, with four rounds in a month, and also puts many big names out of breath. In particular, three disappointing protagonists of the Premier are under scrutiny, who also risk a lot in Europe. Maccabi while Inter are playing their future (and perhaps Inzaghi’s bench) in the big match with Lewandowski’s Barcelona.
The season already presents the bill to Klopp’s LiverpoolDespite a brace from Firmino he was stopped at 3-3 by Brighton by De Zerbi. He has one game less but Arsenal are 11 points away and fourth place is also far away. Rangers are tough opponents and, after the collapse at Maradona, certainties waver. Sail with the wind in your sails the Naples by Spalletti who wants to book the qualification by hosting Ajax who have taken a point in two games. Similar speech in group D for the Conte’s Tottenham, beaten by Arsenal, in regression of results. A defeat in Frankfurt (which knocked out leaders Union Berlin) would complicate the qualification in a balanced group that sees the Sportingwith full points, committed to Marseille against a team filled with former Serie A protagonists.
UCL, Milan and Juventus on the pitch on Wednesday
Perhaps a crack is opening in the troubled season of Chelsea, which snatched a painful final success in the Potter technician’s debut. But now, in the highlight of group E, he has no alternative to winning with the solid Milan of Pioli, leaders but lacking many owners. The Blues, last, if they don’t win, they already have one foot out of the Champions League. In group C Bayern can increase their escape to full points if they beat Plzen at home. After the crisis (3 points in 4 games) he seems to have overcome the impasse by overwhelming Leverkusen. They fight for second place Inter and Barcelona, who will face each other twice in eight days, but after the knockout with Roma (fourth in eight rounds) a defeat tomorrow would be catastrophic. Xavi has armored the defense (best in La Liga, with Ter Stegen unbeaten from 500 ‘), Lewandowski will take care of the rest (9 goals in 7 games).
Real Madrid and Manchester City (who played tennis in the derby with United), in groups F and G, shouldn’t struggle to get closer to qualification by hosting Shakhtar and Copenhagen. Good chance for Leipzig to get back on top against Celtic. Last resort for Sevilla, in Liga in the relegation zone, in the complicated match against Dortmund. The real surprise comes from group B, dominated by the Bruges of the former Bolognese Skov Olsen and the Ukrainian Yaremchuk, which will host Simeone’s Atletico which has a very fluctuating trend. In order not to remain last, Porto must beat the disappointing Leverkusen.
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