HomeFootball5 matches to look forward on Matchday 04: Champions...

5 matches to look forward on Matchday 04: Champions League 2020-21

- Advertisement -

After the international break, normalcy finally returned to club football last weekend. There were some impressive performances and shock result throughout Europe, which only makes the upcoming Champions League Matchday 04 more exciting.

If you enjoyed the first three Matchdays, you’re bound to love the upcoming week. Here are the five matches to look forward to from the fourth Matchday of Champions League action.

- Advertisement -

#5 Olympiacos vs Manchester City — Wednesday 

Pep Guardiola has officially extended his stay at Manchester City, signing a two-year extension with the club. The objective of this extension is clear — winning the club’s first Champions League title.

So far, Guardiola’s City haven’t even sniffed the title, let alone coming close to lifting it. Changing that notion would be Guardiola’s biggest challenge, and the intention must shine through. 

This Wednesday, City will make the trip to Olympiacos for their fourth Champions League group stage fixture. The reverse fixture at the Etihad ended in a 3-0 win for the Premier League club, but we expect the challenge to be steeper away from home. 

#4 Manchester United vs Istanbul Basaksehir — Tuesday

Before the international break, Manchester United and Istanbul Basaksehir met in the reverse fixture in Istanbul. United, with their perfect record, went up against a team that hadn’t picked up a single point in the competition.

On paper, the outcome looked set in stone. On the pitch, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men endured a nightmare. 

The hosts that night found themselves 2-0 up inside the first 40 minutes and even had the opportunity to add more. Anthony Martial pulled one back for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough to save face.

This Tuesday, United have to be doubly determined to get all three points. Anything less can make the group pretty complicated. 

#3 Paris Saint-Germain vs RB Leipzig — Tuesday

When the group was formed, most football fans pegged Paris Saint-Germain to sit comfortably at the summit. We’re already half-way through the group stage, and PSG are yet to show the killer mentality they are known and lauded for. 

In the last round, at Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain were dealt a demoralising 2-1 defeat, despite leading the race after five minutes of play. Leipzig were rattled in the opening minutes, but they did their best to find a foothold.

And once they did, PSG never looked like bouncing back. Thanks to their world-class roster, PSG would once again start as favourites on Tuesday, but it would be foolish for anyone to write the German side off, even away from home. 

#2 Liverpool vs Atalanta — Wednesday 

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have come a long way over the last few years. From being an utter disappointment in the Premier League to being a force to be reckoned with — their journey has been nothing short of inspirational.

The Reds, on their day, can dismantle any team in the world, even with most of their first-teamers recovering from injuries and other setbacks. They did so against Leicester City in the Premier League, and they’d try to do the same against Atalanta on Wednesday. 

The Italian outfit were thoroughly outplayed in their own backyard in the reverse fixture, with the Merseyside team picking up a massive 5-0 win. Looking at the way they fared, there’s no reason for anyone to be optimistic for the visitors.

However, we can’t just overlook the attacking prowess the two teams bring to the table and deprive the fixture of our recommendation. 

#1 Inter Milan vs Real Madrid — Wednesday 

Despite having the three-peat winning Zinedine Zidane at the helm, Real Madrid haven’t looked anywhere close to the team they were in 2018. They have been wildly inconsistent — domestically and in Europe — and make it almost impossible for anyone to predict the outcome.

Against Inter, Real Madrid did manage to get a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture, but we’re not sure how they’ll cope up away from the Alfredo di Stefano stadium. The hosts, on the other hand, would be full of confidence going into the fixture, and for good reason.

They picked up a solid 4-2 win over Torino in their last match and seem to have enough firepower to breach Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos-less defence. 

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -