The 2018 UEFA Champions league returns once again and this week’s fixtures include the return of Ronaldo to Old Trafford on Tuesday and the meeting of two traditional European powerhouses in Barcelona and Inter Milan on Wednesday.
For Ronaldo, this will be the first time he returns to Old Trafford playing for Juventus and having moved from Real Madrid in the summer the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner has helped Juventus off to their best start in Serie A for 88 years. However, Ronaldo’s personal form has not been as successful, with a slow start including a sending off in his first champions league match for his new team.
Nonetheless, the Bianconeri go in to the game top of Group H with two wins from their two games and look confident. Meanwhile, their opponents are second in the group but have not been at their best domestically but will look for a win on Tuesday to reignite their form.
With an expected 4-2-3-1, Manchester United make no changes from their 2-2 draw with Chelsea on the weekend but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to contain Ronaldo and the Italian team’s other attacking talent.
In other matches on Tuesday, in the same group as United, Young Boys hosted Valencia and drew 1-1, while in the other early kick-off Bayern Munich won away to Greek side AEK Athens thanks to goals from Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski.
Meanwhile, in normal time kick-offs Manchester City look to revitalise their Champions League campaign away in Ukraine as they play Shakhtar Donetsk. While holders Real Madrid aim to rekindle their so far disappointing season with a home win to Czech team Viktoria Plzen.
Lyon, who beat Manchester City in the second round of fixtures will look to strengthen their position in the group away to German team Hoffenheim while Ajax, impressive in the last round with a 1-1 draw away to Bayern, host Benfica. Also, A.S Roma host the Russians CSKA Moscow at the Stadio Olimpico.
On Wednesday, the other English teams both play at home with Tottenham hosting PSV Eindhoven while Liverpool play the Serbian club Red Star Belgrade at Anfield.
In the other matches on Wednesday, the most intriguing fixture looks to be the Barca-Inter game with Tottenham’s fellow Group B teams both on 6 points in the group standings. In Liverpool’s group meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain play Napoli with the latter topping the group with 4 points following their win at home to Jurgen Klopp’s men.
In the other four games on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund are home to Atletico Madrid in what promises to be another interesting tie, while Belgium’s Club Brugge host Thierry Henry’s AS Monaco. Also, Galatasary host Schalke 04 while Lokomotiv Moscow play Porto.
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