Champions league match day 1 – Here’s where the fun begins

9 03 2009


Tuesday, and the Champions League is back. Most of the ties are delicately balanced, with one side having a slight advantage perhaps. But we can probably expect fireworks this week, and that’ll start with Tuesday’s action, and if you needed filling in, here is your preview.

The only match that’s pretty much already over is Bayern Munich’s game against Sporting Lisbon, after the German side scored an impressive 5 away goals against the Portuguese. But the other three Tuesday matches are still anybodies.

Liverpool Vs Real Madrid (1-0 on agg)

Liverpool picked up a valuable 1-0 win at the Bernabéu thanks to a late-ish Yossi Benayoun header, so the onus will be on Real to attack at Anfield, where if they choose to, Liverpool could just shut out the game. Liverpool are undoubtedly in a great position here, as they generally perform very well in front of the Kop in the Champions League. Real however have a bit of form – despite a draw with inter-city rivals Atletico at the weekend.

Juventus Vs Chelsea (Chelsea lead 1-0 on agg)

Chelsea prevented an away goal despite Juve’s spirited display at Stamford Bridge, but it should be a completely different game on Italian Soil. In truth the Turin giants were unlucky to walk away 1-0 down against a tough Chelsea team, but The Blues have grown under Guus Hiddink and Didier Drogba appears to have found the form that made him a feared striker a couple of seasons ago. This is probably the one to watch tomorrow.

Panathinaikos Vs Villarreal (1-1 on Agg)

Tough to call this one, with both sides underdogs in terms of the competition, and will be wanting to take this chance to get to the Round of 8. I’m gonna back the Spanish side because, well they have an offside page. Plus they’re nicknamed the Yello Submarine. How can you not wish them well?

Bayern Vs Sporting (Bayern lead 5-0 on agg)

I’d love to see Sporting overturn this, just for the entertainment value. But it isn’t going to happen. Is it????


What do you guys think???? let me know




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