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Champions League preview 4th matchday: Juve's fear of the home final
Turin. The first decisions can be made on the 4th day of the Champions League group stage. The Tuesday games in focus: Real Sociedad's last chance against Manchester United, Juventus' last chance against Real Madrid - and the question of whether the Ibrahimovic show against Anderlecht will continue.
Real Sociedad v Manchester United (Tuesday 8:45 pm)
In Leverkusen Group A, it's an all-or-nothing game for the Spanish representative from San Sebastian. After three partly unfortunate bankruptcies with the lowest point of 0: 1 at Old Trafford through an own goal by Inigo Martinez, the Basques are facing the end. The rising form of the last few weeks in the league with ten points from the last four games is encouraging.
Striker Antoine Griezman, who has scored six times in the last four games, is currently in top shape. The French U-21 player has now announced via "Tutto Mercato" that "several English clubs, including Manchester United" are interested in him.
With a win in the Basque Country, United can make their way into the round of 16 as good as fixed and at the same time confirm the increasing form of the last few weeks. It is quite possible that David Moyes will trust Adnan Januzaj for the first time in the premier class: "He is definitely ready. We want to get him at the right time." Rafael (ankle) is out. Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick are questionable.
Juventus v Real Madrid (Tuesday, 8.45pm)
In Group B, Juventus and Real Madrid were the clear favorites to advance. While Los Blancos showed no nakedness in their three opening wins and can book the knockout round with another three, Juve must not lose sight of Galatasaray, second in the table.
Paul Pogba knows what it takes to achieve this: "Arithmetic games or missteps are forbidden - a victory is necessary and that's it." Indeed, a draw or defeat would threaten relegation to the Europa League. Punch: The final of the 'small' European Cup will take place on May 14th at the Juventus Stadium. The old lady would probably be reluctant to be there.
But not everything is good at Real either. Seven goals conceded in the last three league games depress coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was on the sideline from 1999 to 2001: "We have to change our attitudes and talk seriously. We defend too superficially. A team with our quality cannot do that happen."
FC Copenhagen - Galatasaray (Tuesday, 8.45pm)
The Galatasaray players should have one ear in the parallel Group B match between Juventus and Real Madrid. Should Los Blancos continue their triumphal march, the Mancini-Elf could develop a decent cushion on the Bianconeri by winning at Underdog Copenhagen.
FCK striker Cesar Santin wants to prevent that. As an ally, the attacker made the statistics: "We have never lost a group game in the Champions League in parking. The fans will certainly support us and I think we have a good chance against Galatasaray."
On the other hand, the Bosporus Lions are among the strongest away teams in Europe, only three of the last 20 matches on a foreign pitch were lost. The good shape of four competitive game wins in a row speaks in favor of Gala - and that despite the injuries that have affected keeper Fernando Muslera, Wesley Sneijder and Hamit Altintop, among others.
Paris St. Germain - RSC Anderlecht (Tuesday, 8:45 p.m.)
It is probably not an exaggeration to say that Paris St. Germain has curled up. Eight wins from the last ten competitive games are not least a result of the fact that the luxury storm around Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is getting better and better together. The latter triumphed two weeks ago in the 5-0 win in Anderlecht with four goals.
Not least because of this game it is also that Paris (nine points / twelve goals) together with Real Madrid have the best offensive of the previous Champions League round, while the point-free and goalless Anderlecht with their ten goals undercut only by Viktoria Pilsen becomes.
French media believe PSG coach Laurent Blanc will use the game against the Belgian representative to experiment. Allegedly, the 47-year-old wants to switch to a 4-3-1-2 system, in which Javier Pastore acts centrally behind the storm duo Ibrahimovic / Cavani. The latter, however, suffered from sciatica problems on Monday. A decision on whether to deploy the Uruguayan should be made at short notice.
Olympiakos - Benfica (Tuesday, 8.45pm)
More equilibrium than between Olympiacos and Benfica is almost impossible: At halftime in Group C, the Greeks and the Portuguese each won, drew and lost once. The first leg two weeks ago in Lisbon ended 1-1, so the duel on Tuesday is also about the possibly decisive direct comparison.
The mood in Piraeus is excellent, not least thanks to the 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Panathinaikos at the weekend. The goal of the day was achieved again by Kostas Mitroglou, who was most recently associated with Borussia Dortmund, among others. No wonder the attacker has already scored 18 goals across all competitions this season.
Benfica have also been in good shape recently. However, the Europa League finalist of the previous season is less likely to be assessed abroad than at home and has suffered his only two bankruptcies in the league as well as in the Champions League on a foreign pitch. Coach Jorge Jesus takes the pressure off the team before the game: "We have to win the league, not the Champions League."
Manchester City v CSKA Moscow (Tuesday, 8.45pm)
In Bayern Munich's Group D, Manchester City have shown themselves to be a clear second force in the first three games. The Citizens had their problems with their upcoming opponent CSKA two weeks ago in the first leg in Moscow, but still won 2-1. Another win at the Etihad Stadium, and the English can no longer be ousted from second place.
City coach Manuel Pellegrini once again relies on the services of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to gain these three points: "Joe Hart has made a few mistakes recently, so the break is right for him at the moment. We have confidence in Costel. If I don't have more, I'll replace it. "
ZSKA not only has a tricky mission to fulfill in terms of sport. After the racist incidents in the first leg against Manchester's dark-skinned midfielder Yaya Toure, the club was sanctioned by UEFA. On the island, it is now also a question of gradually polishing up the scratched reputation.
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