While Serhiy Rebrov and Kylian Mbappé have personal issues to consider in Matchday 2, Ciro Immobile will seek to further establish the UEFA Champions League brand.
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Group E : Krasnodar – Chelsea (18:55 CET)
Group E : Seville – Rennes
Group F : Dortmund – Zenit
Group F : Club Brugge – Lazio
Group G : Juventus – Barcelona
Group G : Ferencvaros – Dynamo Kyiv
Group H : Istanbul Basaksehir – Paris (18:55 CET)
Group H : Manchester United – Leipzig
Still building at the start of beautiful Lazio
1. You would never have known from their Matchday performances that Lazio has been out of the UEFA Champions League for 13 years; Ciro Immobile spearheaded a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund and the man who won the 2019/20 ESM Golden Boot with 36 Serie A goals will hope more opportunities await against Club Brugge, who stopped the eight-game unwinnable group stage with a. 2-1 success at Zenit last time.
Revived against her first love
Coach Serhiy Rebrov will be in the limelight as Ferencváros will play their first home group stage match since 1995. The 46-year-old has shined twice as a Dynamo striker, then led the club to two Ukrainian championships as a coach in 2014-17. . “I didn't want a Ukrainian team in our group, especially Dynamo,” he said. “But now I am the coach of Ferencváros and we will treat them like any other opponent.”
Mbappé is out to end a vicious spell
Kylian Mbappé of Paris was selected for a toothless showdown in Matchday 1's 2-1 loss to United; of L'Équipe featured on its cover under the title “Unrecognizable”. The 21-year-old has scored four goals in his first four Ligue 1 games this season but remains the longest UEFA Champions League vicious spell of his career: six goalless games – so no goals in 2020. Will this sequence end in Başakşehir's first match? group stage home fixture?
Juventus v Barcelona: heavyweight clash
Cristiano Ronaldo may not be able to challenge Lionel Messi in Matchday 2, but it's still important for the Italian and Spanish champions to come together. Juve's record in 11 UEFA matches against Barça is W3 D4 L4 and they have not scored in the sides' last three matches (D2 L1). Andrea Pirlo's last Juve outing as a player was a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final; Can he now mark his arrival as a coach with a win?
Can Chelsea make a mark in Russia?
Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Sevilla in Game 1 was eclipsed by United's victory in Paris in England, but it's a clean slate for Frank Lampard's high-profile but occasionally sane team, which is likely to have more commentary. it was worth it. A game changer by Bayern in 16 games last season, the Blues failed to win a European game in 2020; Will the Russian players beat Krasnodar when playing their first group stage home games?
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