Champions League, 2nd matchday, our essentials

The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage continues! We take stock of the big games of the second day.

🎲 Predictions

Tuesday 13.09

Bavaria-Barcelona (21 hours)

Former Bayern goalscorer Robert Lewandowski returns to the Fußball Arena München. He just scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzeň. The reigning German champions have won their last four games against Barca. They scored 17 goals in those encounters, with four of those goals being scored by Lewandowski himself. Will the Polish striker be able to turn the tide? Julian Nagelsmann’s men, victorious on the Inter pitch, don’t hear it that way.

Did you know ?
In European competition, Bayern are unbeaten at home against Barcelona. Bayern have won four games and drawn two in their last six meetings in Munich.

Marseille – Frankfurt (21 hours)

Frankfurt lost to Sporting at home but that hasn’t dampened fans’ enthusiasm for a competition they are entering for the first time. The Eagles will look to repeat the feat they achieved on their last visit to the Vélodrome. It was in the 2018/19 Europa League and Frankfurt beat Marseille 2-1 before reaching the semi-finals. The hosts lost 2-0 at Tottenham early in Group D.

Did you know ?
Oliver Glasner’s Frankfurters won five of their six away Europa League games last season, including a brilliant 3-2 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Sporting CP – Tottenham (6:45 p.m.)

Both teams will try to ride the wave of their opening victories against Frankfurt and Marseille respectively. Sporting shone last season, reaching the knockout stages for the first time in 13 years, while Tottenham have done so in three of their last five Champions League campaigns. The winning team of this meeting would take another step towards qualification.

Did you know ?
Marcus Edwards was coached at Tottenham but never played in the Premier League for Spurs. He joined Vítoria de Guimarães in 2019 before joining Sporting in January 2022 after scoring 20 goals in 96 games for Vítoria.

But also…

Liverpool-Ajax (21 hours)

Rangers – Naples (21 hours)

Porto – Club Brugge (21 hours)

Leverkusen – Atletico (21 hours)

Pilsen – Inter (6:45 p.m.)

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Wednesday 09/14

Real Madrid Leipzig (21 hours)

“Our first half really could have been better, but we played a perfect second half. Those are the words of Carlo Ancelotti after the holders’ 3-0 win at Celtic, a result that set them perfectly on course ahead of this trip to Leipzig. In the opposition camp, Domenico Tedesco was relieved of his duties on the bench following the shock home defeat to Shakhtar. “We dominated, but fished our last passes and conceded stupid goals,” said midfielder Konrad Laimer. We must avoid such a situation in Spain.

Did you know ?
Madrid’s first home game of last season ended in an earthquake as Moldovan champions Sheriff won 2-1.

Manchester City – Dortmund (21 hours)

Hard to believe that some doubted Erling Haaland’s ability to score as many goals for City as Dortmund. The Norwegian opened his account by scoring a brace against Sevilla on day one. “He has incredible torsion,” Pep Guardiola said of him. Of course, BVB fans know that very well. Over the course of two and a half seasons, he scored 86 goals in 89 games for his team.

Did you know ?
The teams faced each other in the quarter-finals of the 2020/21 Champions League. Guardiola’s City won 2-1 home and away.

Maccabi Haifa-Paris (21 hours)

In the first round of the 1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, Maccabi Haifa eliminated Alain Giresse’s Paris (3-2 in Israel, then 1-1 at the Parc des Princes). It seems unlikely that this will happen again more than 24 years later as Paris has changed in recent years. The Parisians defeated Juventus Turin 2-1 on Matchday 1. However, Frantzdy Pierrot, the French-speaking striker from Haifa, is not afraid. “We deserve to be here,” says the Haitian. “No matter who the opponent is, we think we’re here to play the best game possible. »

Did you know ?
Paris recently traveled to Israel as it hosted the Trophée des Champions. PSG defeated Nantes 4-0 in Tel Aviv on July 31. Lionel Messi scored twice while Neymar and Sergio Ramos completed the scoreboard.

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But also…

AC Milan – Dinamo Zagreb (6:45 p.m.)

Shakhtar Celtic (6:45 p.m.)

Chelsea Salzburg (21 hours)

Copenhagen – Seville (21 hours)

Juventus – Benfica (21 hours)

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