UEFA Champions League – Matchday 4 preview

We are half way through the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and the battle seems fiercer than ever. Six teams are leading the chase, at the top of their group, for a place in the last-16 and will try to secure the victory which will take them through with two games to spare. Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Munchen, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid FC and FC Internazionale are all on the brink of qualifying, while clubs like Bursaspor or Hapoel Tel-Aviv must earn their first points in the competition this year, should they want to get something out of their European campaign. Do expect lots of goals in what should be a thrilling Matchday 4 on the big stage of UEFA Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspurs – FC Internazionale Milano

The Italian Champions and the trophy holders, Internazionale FC should expect a different affair from that which easily brought them three points at San Siro, two weeks ago, against a rather listless English side. Tottenham has managed to score no less than four goals in its last European match at White Hart Lane and this time promises its fans a far more convincing display. The seven-goal thriller in their previous encounter is an indicator of what to expect in this highly anticipated clash.


AC Milan – Real Madrid

In what could easily be the Wembley Final, the competition’s most decorated clubs, AC Milan and Real Madrid FC top the billing on Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League. With the Spanish side looking to continue their perfect start in Group G and secure a place for the later stages, “The Devils” are trying to consolidate their second position and maybe reopen the battle for the group’s top spot. However, the Italians have the difficult mission of breaking a record for which Jose Mourinho is to be blamed: the first coach in Real Madrid’s history to remain unbeaten in his first 11 games


Shakhtar Donetsk – Arsenal FC

Having been put in the same group with Sporting Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk, Arsenal realized they had tough competition to face. The Portuguese had managed to impress everyone by stylishly securing a place into the group stage after a double win against a more fancied Sevilla side, while the winners of the last edition of the UEFA Cup, in 2008, need no further presentation.

Immediately after the draw, Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger, declared that in order to secure a place in the upper stages, his team needs to rise to the challenge on every match. And so far they did. Six goals against a stunned Braga side, along with the 5-1 sitter at Emirates, against Mircea Lucescu’s Sakhtar Donetsk just confirm the Londoners’ brilliant form and place them among the favorites to gain Champions League glory this year.


OTHER MATCHES

In a match counting for group B, Olympique Lyon travel to Benfica, while Hapoel Tel Aviv try to win their first points in Europe this year as they host the German side Schalke 04. Highly expected match in group C, where Valencia take on Rangers, while in group E, a wounded AS Roma team is looking to turn the tide against the Swiss football club FC Basel.

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