In the first round with Real Madrid, things did not go according to plan; can they make a difference and will Romelu Lukaku become Robert Lewandowski this season in the UEFA Champions League?
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Group A : Lokomotiv Moscow - Bayern (18:55 CET),
Group A : Atletico Madrid - Salzburg
Group B : Shakhtar v Inter (18:55 CET),
Group B : Monchengladbach - Real Madrid
Group C : Porto - Olympiacos
Group C : Marseille - Manchester City
Group D : Liverpool - Midtjylland
Group D : Atalanta - Ajax
Real Madrid on the road to return
“We played badly,” concluded striker Vinicius Junior after Real Madrid's dizzying 3-2 defeat at Shakhtar. “We must continue to work hard.” Zinedine Zidane's team can muster up their courage by visiting Gladbach. The teams last met in the UEFA Cup in 1985, when the Madrid winners lost 5-1 in the first leg of the third round in Germany and then achieved home success 4-0. Luis Molovni's men won the trophy. Conclusion: nil desperandum.
Can Inter's blood continue to flow?
After Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth and ninth goals in the new season in Inter's 1st round draw against Gladbach, Gazzetta dello Sport called the Belgian “the lifeblood of Inter, not only for his goals, but also for his ability to turn every ball received into a ball. potential attacking move. ”Lukaku also struck twice when Inter beat their second round rival Shakhtar 5-0 in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League semifinals in Dussedorf. Will # 9 bring his shooting boots to Ukraine?
Porto welcomes exiles from the Olympiacos League
“I said before the draw that I would like to return to Portugal,” said Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins, and his Portuguese-accented team will be doubly excited by the trip to Porto after beating Marseille in the first round. Martins and his striker Sergio Conceição have come a long way meeting as players in Sporting's matches against Porto. Martins was also on the Dragons' coaching staff during the 2004/05 season. “The Greek champions are always interesting teams,” said Conceição. Get ready for intrigue.
Moscow beckons with unrestrained Bavaria
All fears that Bayern might break their rules on their return to the UEFA Champions League were dashed when they beat Atlético 4-0, extending their landmark winning streak in Europe to 13 games. Los Colchoneros at least prevented Robert Lewandowski from scoring - no small achievement considering he has scored six in his previous two Bundesliga matches. Lokomotiv Moscow will note that Bayern won 5-0 in their last meeting with the railroad in Moscow, in the 1995 UEFA Cup.
Can Liverpool make it out in Midtjylland?
After Liverpool drew with the Danish champions, Jurgen Klopp said Midtjylland “has been one of the most interesting teams for many years”. The club's attention to mathematical modeling and staging caused a stir; Indeed, ex-FCM face-off expert Thomas Grönnemark is now working for the Reds. Atalanta blew Midtjylland's composure with a 4-0 win last time, but Brian Priske's squad could still make up a handful for the Liverpool side still unresolved due to long-term injury to center-back Virgil van Dijk.
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