As Tuesday’s fixtures in the Champions League secured Valencia & Bayern Munich into into the next round, tomorrow brings more must-win games for clubs on the fence.
In Group A, FC Porto and PSG look to get wins and secure their spot in the round of 16. Porto is poised to take the group, and after their 2011 Europa Cup title along with two league titles, their Treble seems to be carrying momentum over into this year. Sitting at the top of the table in Portuguese Liga alongside Benfica, Porto is a force to be reckoned with. PSG on the other hand, while spending big bucks this summer to acquire a stacked roster, has failed to dominate like fans had hoped. Maybe after that unbelievable goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in int’l friendlies last Wednesday, the Paris side can ignite something.
Group B is still wide open with Schalke 04 and Arsenal both looking to win and secure a place in the next round as well. Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud is awaiting the arrival of his former teammates Montpellier who will play at Emirates Stadium Wednesday. Montpellier is already eliminated from the round with only one point, but Giroud acknowledges they have nothing to lose and could flash a streak of brilliance. Theo Walcott will miss the match due to a shoulder injury.
Malága will advance from Group C, with the remaining AC Milan, Anderlecht and Zenit St Petersburg separated by one point. Milan is likely favored though, as the rossoneri do not face Malaga again, since finishing in a 1-1 draw in their second meeting earlier this month.
Finally, the group of death. With all domestic league winners, no one thought this group would be pretty, especially Roberto Mancini & his Manchester side. Broussia Dortmund looks to extend their undefeated streak and secure their bid to the next round with a win over Ajax. Real Madrid meanwhile, is in control of their own fate as a victory over Man City puts them in the drivers seat.
|Dynamo Kiev (4)||v||Paris Saint-Germain (9)|
|FC Porto (10)||v||Dinamo Zagreb (0)|
|Arsenal (7)||v||Montpellier (1)|
|Schalke 04 (8)||v||Olympiakos (6)|
|Zenit St Petersburg (3)||v||Malága (10)|
|Anderlecht (4)||v||AC Milan (5)|
|AJAX Amsterdam (4)||v||Borussia Dortmund (8)|
|Manchester City (2)||v||Real Madrid (7)|