UEFA Champions League: What to watch for Wednesday | UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League group stage enters its home stretch as Matchday 3 opponents meet on Matchday 4.
Brought to you by Hotels.com, we screen potential headliners as the round of 16 looms for a number of sides.
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wednesday 3 november
group A: Man. City vs Club Bruges, Leipzig vs Paris
Group B: AC Milan vs Porto (6:45 p.m. CET), Liverpool vs Atlético de Madrid
Group C: Sporting CP vs Beşiktaş, Dortmund vs Ajax
Group D: Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk (18:45 CET), Sheriff vs Inter
All kick-offs at 9:00 p.m. CET, unless otherwise noted.
What should you watch out for?
Duo eye early qualification
Bayern and Juventus have enjoyed the joy of reaching the knockout stage with two games left on Tuesday – and they could be joined by another pair of clubs before the end of the week. Ajax will also qualify if they improve Sporting CP’s result against Beşiktaş, while Liverpool will advance if they manage to beat Atlético Madrid at home. Former Rouge Luis Suárez believes Atleti can ruin the Anfield party, however: “We know they have weaknesses that we could exploit in our favor.”
Last chance for Milan
The loss to Porto and AC Milan’s first Champions League campaign since 2013/14 will be over – and even a draw will be fatal if Atlético beat Liverpool. High stakes, but the Rossoneri are not shaken. “We are ready and San Siro will be our 12th man,” said defender Davide Calabria, whose team can also count on Zlatan Ibrahimović. The 40-year-old has only played 32 minutes in Europe this season due to injury, but has scored twice in his last three games, including a vicious free kick against Roma on Sunday that took him to 400 league goals.
Can Shakhtar shake Madrid’s optimism?
The arrival in added time of Karim Benzema in his side’s 5-0 victory at Shakhtar on Matchday 3, followed by a Clásico triumph over Barcelona, means confidence is at the rendezvous at Real Madrid . However, Carlo Ancelotti will be wary of any distraction ahead of a potentially crucial meeting – the visitors won 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu last season and are aiming for their first goal of the current campaign.
• Several teams may already be looking with anxiety to the last two matches of the group stage, particularly in Group F, where leaders Manchester United and fourth-placed Young Boys are only four points apart. The Red Devils are following their 2-2 draw at Atalanta – saved by another goal from Cristiano Ronaldo – with a visit to Villarreal in a repeat of last season’s UEFA Europa League final. The result is likely to affect the fate of the four teams.
• Despite a first setback in their 3-1 defeat to Inter in the last outing, dangerous newcomer Sheriff remains at the top of Group C thanks to his surprise victory in Madrid on Matchday 2. Moldovan artists can stay in control of their destiny as they attempt to reiterate their most famous victory to date on Day 5.
Tuesday, November 2
Group E: Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Barcelona, Bayern 5-2 Benfica
Group F: Villarreal 2-0 Young Boys, Atalanta 2-2 Man. United
Group G: Wolfsburg 2-1 Salzburg, Seville 1-2 LOSC
Group H: Malmö 0-1 Chelsea, Juventus 4-2 Zenit
September 14/15: 1st day
September 28/29: Day 2
19/20 October: 3rd day
2/3 November: 4th day
23/24 November: day 5
December 7/8: day 6
December 13, 2021: Draw for the round of 16
February 15/16/22/23 & March 8/9/15/16: round of 16
March 18: Draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals
April 5/6 & 12/13: Quarter-finals
April 26/27 & May 3/4: Semi-finals
May 28: Final (Gazprom Arena, Russia)
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