This week, Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League will kick off, with yet another 16 games to be played.
Gradually, the different groups are taking shape as the competition continues. In some groups, the gap is steadily increasing while in some others, the stiff competition has ensured that there’s no separating the teams.
UCL group games are not as popular as the knockout stages because it’s more feisty and the bigger teams get to clash as the competition draws near to its end. But this year in the UCL has been different. We’ve had major clashes in the group stage and the trend is set to continue this week.
On Tuesday, Manchester United will welcome Juventus to Old Trafford. Central to this game is the news of players facing their former clubs. Cristiano Ronaldo will face his former club side while Paul Pogba will welcome his old teammates to the Theatre of Dreams.
This is the first of two consecutive clashes between both sides in the UCL this season. Both sides could only manage draws in their respective league games this past weekend.
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In the other heavyweight clashes set to be played this week,
PSG vs. Napoli
Napoli, with four points, currently top Group C. Liverpool and PSG, with three points, are second and third in the group. This game is one between the side with the best defence in the group, Napoli, with 0 goals conceded in 2 games and the highest scoring side in the group, PSG, with 8 goals scored.
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Shakhtar vs. Manchester City
The last time both sides faced each other, it was in the group stages of last season’s UCL. The game, which was played in Ukraine, ended in a 2-1 loss for Pep Guardiola’s men. Domestically, both sides are currently top of their respective leagues. Shakhtar has scored more goals and conceded more goals than the Premier League side.
Will that trend continue in this game?
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Barcelona vs. Inter Milan
Both sides have kept a 100% record since the start of the UCL campaign this year. In Group B, both sides are the only ones that have registered wins. Although Barcelona has scored more goals (8) than Inter Milan (4), both sides have conceded two goals apiece. This game and its return leg will go a long way in determining who will finish top of the table.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Atletico Madrid
Dortmund, with 4 goals scored and none conceded, currently top Group A. They’re closely followed by Atletico Madrid, with 5 goals scored and 2 conceded. It’s a game between a free-scoring side and a side notorious for it’s strong defence.
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