1. Things did not go as planned for Real Madrid on matchday; Can they fix it and will Romelu Lukaku be Robert Lewandowski in the UEFA Champions League this season?
Fixtures on Tuesdays
Group A : Lokomotiv Moscow – Bayern (18:55 CET),
Group A : Atlético Madrid – Salzburg
Group B : Shakhtar Donetsk – Inter (18:55 CET),
Group B : Mönchengladbach – Real Madrid
Group C : Porto – Olympiacos
Group C : Marseille – Manchester City
Group D : Liverpool – Midtjylland
Group D : Atalanta – Ajax
Real Madrid is on its way back
"We didn't play well," striker Vinícius Júnior said after Real Madrid's 3-2 home run after Shakhtar's shock. “We have to keep working.” Zinédine Zidane's team may take courage when visiting Gladbach. The sides last met in the UEFA Cup in 1985, when the owners of Madrid lost 5-1 in the first match in the third round in Germany, and then became the home team 4-0. Luis Molowny's men won the trophy. Result: nil desperandum.
Can Inter's lifeblood continue to flow?
After Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth and ninth goals of the new season with Gladbach in Inter's Matchday 1 draw, Gazette dello Sport "The lifeblood of Inter is a potential offensive move, not just for his goals, but every ball he takes," the Belgian. Lukaku hit twice as he beat Inter Matchday 2 rival Shakhtar 5-0 in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League semi-final in Düssedorf. Will No9 bring the shooting boots to Ukraine?
Porto welcomes Olympiacos' Liga exiles
“Before the draw, I said I wanted to return to Portugal,” said Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins and his Portuguese-accented team will be twice excited for a trip to Porto after Matchday 1 win against Marseille. Martins and opposite number Sérgio Conceição have come a long way by meeting players in the Sporting CP vs Porto matches, and Martins was on the Dragons' coaching staff in 2004/05. “Greek champions are always interesting teams,” Conceição said. Prepare for intrigue.
Moscow calls Bayern a stray
All fears that Bayern might change their line when they return to the UEFA Champions League were dispelled when they beat Atlético 4-0, extending their breakthrough European winning streak to 13 games. Los Colchoneros at least stopped Robert Lewandowski's goal – no small feat given his six hits in the previous two Bundesliga games. Lokomotiv Moskva will note that Bayern won 5-0 in their last encounter with the Railroaders in Moscow in the 1995 UEFA Cup.
Can Liverpool solve Midtjylland?
After Liverpool pulled out the Danish champions, Jürgen Klopp said Midtjylland was "one of the most interesting teams in years". The club's focus on mathematical modeling and fixed parts created a lot of excitement; indeed, former FCM throw-in specialist Thomas Grønnemark now works for the Reds. Atalanta blew Midtjylland's standoff with a 4-0 win last time, but Brian Priske's side could pack a handful for a Liverpool team still uneasy after the long-term injury of center forward Virgil van Dijk.
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