English teams face uphill task in UEFA Champions League
The Champions League returns with exciting matches this week as English teams difficult challenges
Nkem Ibeawuchi | Monday, 25 September 2017 3:46pm | sport
English clubs fighting for honours in the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions’ League group stage will be in the thick of action this week as the prestigious club competition resumes.
Liverpool has a job to do in Moscow if they are to put themselves in contention for the second round in this season’s Champions League. Liverpool will face Spartak Moscow at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday night in Group E as they look forward to return to winning ways in the Champions League following their Match-Day 1 draw against Sevilla at home.
Sevilla will play host to Maribor in Spain to complete the group fixture for the Matcha-Day 2. All teams are with one point each after their respective draws.
Another English team Manchester City will play host to Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk and will be aiming to continue their goal feast when the two sides clash at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
The two teams are on the same point with Manchester City topping the group courtesy of goal difference. Manchester city defeated Feyenoord 4-0 in their Match-Day 1 encounter while Shakhtar Donetsk defeated SSC Napoli by 2-1 at home.
In the other fixture in group F, SSC Napoli will play host to Feyenoord with both teams having been already defeated in their first matches of the group. The teams will be aiming to steal one from each other in order create a chance of qualifying into the second round.
Last season’s Champions League semi-finalist and Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco will host Portugal’s FC Porto in group G Match-Day 2 encounter on Tuesday night.
AS Monaco will be aiming to repeat what they did last season, though the repeat of their fine form last season will be limited following the club summer deals in which they sold most of the players that spearheaded the last season’s successful run both in the domestic league and in the Champions League.
Monaco drew their first match of the group against German team Leipzig at away and a win against Porto will put them in contention for next round.
Group G leaders Besiktas will play host to German team FC Leipzig in Greece with the hope of increasing their lead at the top of the log following their 2-0 win over FC Porto in their first group match.
Besiktas leads the group by 3 points while Monaco and Leipzig have one point each. FC Porto sits at the bottom of the log with no point and -2 goal difference.
Tottenham will face a major task to qualify for next round in Group H though they have started well and the fans will be hoping the end the group well.
Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund by 3-1 in their Match-Day1 encounter at Wembley and will be looking forward to put ball rolling once again when they face APOEL Nicosia away.
Tottenham sits second behind Real Madrid courtesy of goal difference. Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund away and will need to be in their best to defeat the rejuvenated German giants. The Spanish Champions doesn’t often enjoy their visit to the Iduna Stadium but will be hoping for this to be one of the few good memories.
All Tuesday matchday 2 matches will be played by 7:45pm UK time.