Champions and Europa League: 5 unmissable games during matchday 2
Prior to the final weekend before the international break kicks in, both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League goes through matchweek two. All of the big guns will be in action, including defending European champions Real Madrid, La Liga holders Barcelona, German giants Bayern Munich and Italian supremos Juventus. English teams are geared up for important games, too.
We highlight five must-watch matches in the coming days. Which is your favourite?
Aside from Real are always worth watching, this game has something interesting on the table. Los Blancos have struggled recently. How will they respond tonight?
Los Merengues have won just one of last four La Liga matches. They failed to score on previous two occasions. If that wasn't enough, their squad is depleted. Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale, all usual starters, will each miss the CSKA clash.
Although the Russians have injury worries of their own, with up to seven players possibly out, they won't be an easy opponent. Playing at home could give them a boast to pull the upset.
Undoubtedly, Bayern are the heavy favourite to top the group. The Bavarians already took the first step when defeating Benfica, 2-0.
This time, though, the Bundesliga champions face a huge challenge against a talented Ajax side which destroyed AEK Athens, 3-0, in their opener. The next contest will prove far tougher, but the Amsterdam-based outfit are good enough to cause a shock.
With Bayern having dropped five points in their last two domestic games, they are determined to turn form around. Ajax, meanwhile, can aim to take advantage.
This match has the potential to be a classic based on quality within both teams. Lorenzo Insigne, Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk. What more do you want?
Napoli have backs against the wall following their disappointing 0-0 draw against Crvena Zvezda. They must bounce back as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Liverpool already proved credentials with an impressive 3-2 win over French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
A victory tomorrow would put the Reds in prime position to reach the knockout stage.
Few teams in the world are under as much scrutiny as Barca at present. Los Blaugranas are struggling, having recorded just one win in last four La Liga matches, although they kicked off their European campaign with a commanding 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven.
Tottenham shouldn't be taken lightly. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both strike fear into opposing defences. After coming up short away at Inter Milan, losing 2-1, Spurs are in need of points.
Can the Premier League side pull the upset, or will the Catalans prove too strong?
Don't worry, we haven’t forgotten about the Europa League. Thursday will have a full slate of 24 matches. The one between Salzburg, a team which reached the semi-finals last season, and Celtic, the dominant force in Scotland, is no doubt the standout.
Both sides are coming off wins in Europe. The Austrians topped RB Leipzig, 3-2, while the Scots downed Rosenborg, 1-0. Notching three more points in this contest will put the winners a step closer to reaching the next round.
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