As the dust finally settles on European league action last weekend, the time has finally come for the heavyweights to show off their mettle in the biggest club competition in the world. Yes, the UEFA Champions League is back again for the second match-day, as clubs around Europe look to cement their positions in the last 16. So we give you a lowdown on the things you can expect to see this week from the CL.
- Chelsea vs Porto
In what will be a reunion of sorts for Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese manager will welcome his old club to London for a fierce encounter. However, a keen eye will be on Porto’s goalkeeper and Spanish legend Iker Casillas; who suffered a torrid time under Mourinho when he was in charge of Real Madrid. Casillas will surely be looking to at redemption, and to prove to Jose that dropping him was a huge mistake. Here’s a little glimpse of what the veteran star is capable of.
- Bayern Munich vs Dinamo Zagreb
It is never easy playing against a team in good touch, but Dinamo Zagreb will get more than what they bargained for, when they meet German powerhouses. That is majorly down to the form of Polish hitman Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 7 times in his last 2 games. That includes 5 goals in nine minutes in a record breaking feat. Zagreb can fear the worst when they come up against one of the world’s best forwards. Here’s Lewandowski ripping Spanish pride to shreds.
- Arsenal vs Olympiacos
After losing their first encounter away from home, Arsenal will be looking to pick up the pieces of their campaign by registering their first win. Arsenal will definitely be buoyed by the performance of their Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, who scored a hat-trick in a 2-5 mauling of Leicester last weekend. The Chilean is fast, furious and fantastic; the Greeks will have their hands full keeping them quiet.
- Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen will have bad memories from the last time these teams met at the Nou Camp, as Barcelona ran out 7-1 winners, with Lionel Messi scoring 5. This time around though, Barcelona will be without their talisman after a knee injury ruled him out for up to 8 weeks. Even then, Barcelona’s glittering firepower will ensure that the Catalans will be tough competition, especially with the likes of Brazilian superstar Neymar in their ranks. The Brazilian is more than capable of producing moments of absolute magic like this. The Germans better be wary.
- Lyon vs Valencia
With both sides looking to make competitive stakes in their domestic leagues, this one is expected to be a competitive affair. French contenders Lyon and Spaniards Valencia are both sitting at 8th position in their respective tables and will be looking at some joy on the big stage. Lyon will be relying on rising star Nabil Fekir, who leads the club’s scoring in the league with 4. The young Frenchman is crafty and has nifty footwork, and can produce problems with his excellent positioning and movement.