Inter Milan have made a fantastic start to life in Serie A this season, and currently sit just behind Juventus who are at the top of the table. However, they haven’t managed to replicate that in the Champions League so far, and they come into game week three with just one point on the board which came from a disappointing draw against Slavia Prague in their first game. Their last resulted in defeat against Barcelona,
Tottenham fans that were hoping to see their team bounce back after the international break on Saturday were left disappointed when their team needed a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at home with Watford. This has been a poor start all round for the North London club as their troubles within the camp continue.
This isn’t an issue based around personnel and how good their players are, this is to do with team harmony and morale,
In the game of the night in the Champions League on Wednesday, Italian side Inter Milan travel to face Spanish giants Barcelona. This should be a very good game with both teams coming here on the back of recent domestic wins and Inter Milan in particular making a very impressive start to the season.
Inter are unbeaten in Serie A so far and even better than that, they have played six and won all six.
The Champions League returns on Tuesday night and one of the games of the day is in London, where Tottenham are hosting German champions Bayern Munich. The game should be very entertaining to watch as both sides like to play attacking football but in terms of who is going to win the game goes, the German side come here in much better form and with far less going on off the field which could potentially cause disruption.
Plenty of eyes will be on Tottenham on Wednesday evening in the Champions League. Losing finalists from last season, Spurs come back looking to go one better, although many will feel like they missed their best chance of success in this competition last season when they made the final.
Having said that, they will arrive here looking to complete the first part of their job, which is to qualify for the knockout phase.
After winning the Europa League last season, Chelsea will be feeling good about their upcoming European campaign, which begins on Tuesday night against Valencia. Frank Lampard had many big nights in Europe with The Blues, and now he gets the chance to lead them in as their manager.
They couldn’t come here in any better form, after a fantastic win over Wolves at the weekend. Lampard grew as a manager last season in the Championship with Derby and he ethos was to give youngsters the chance to shine,
Just one team stands between Ajax and the Champions League group stages, and that is Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus. The Dutch champions are edging closer to making the main part of the competition once more, a competition that they reached the semi finals off last season, and were just seconds away from being in the final.
They have to put that behind them now, and appear to have done that so far in their games in this competition.
While they didn’t win the first leg game in Romania last week, Celtic did many things right in that game, including setting themselves up with a great opportunity to get through to the next round. A win here and just one team will stand between Celtic and the Champions League group stages, and it is a win I think they are going to pick up.
The Bhoys played very well last week after taking a little time to settle,
Celtic continue their quest to reach the Champions League group stages on Wednesday evening with the first leg of their game against Romanian side CFR Cluj. The Bhoys travel away from home for the first leg, and backing them is always a tricky proposition as they don’t actually need to win the game and would be more than happy with a draw from it. However, they have impressed in the competition so far, won 7-0 in their first league game of the season at the weekend,
It seems a little strange for a club as big as Ajax to be in the Champions League at this stage, but this is where they have to start. Despite reaching the semi final of the competition last season and knocking out some big guns including Real Madrid and Juventus, they have to qualify as the Eredivisie does not currently get a place in the group stages of the competition. That leaves them here, which gives them a tie with PAOK and a trip to Greece for the first leg on Tuesday.
It is round two of the Champions League qualifying stage for Celtic and they begin this tie with a home game at Celtic Park against Nomme Kalju. The Estonian team will be thrilled to get to this stage, whereas Celtic are expected to go further and make a genuine push to make the group stages of either this competition or the Europa League.
That shows the difference in quality between these two when we are talking about the two teams,
Both PSV Eindhoven and Basel can consider themselves quite unlucky to be drawn against each other so early in this competition, both would be expecting to make it through at least another round or two. We have seen both in the Champions League group stages in recent years, and although success hasn’t come too much for them at that stage, they are far too big to be playing here. However, qualifying is what they need to do,