The moment has come again for the very best of Europe to compete for the most revered trophy in all of Europe, we dare say, the whole world! You can catch live updates of all the Champions League games on Apex Football.
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If you hang around a little to the end of this article, you’ll get to know how you can get minute-by-minute updates on some of the big games. First, let’s take a look at a couple feisty battles that would have the attention of the whole football community today.
PSG vs Juventus – The Return of Angel di Maria…sort of.
When Angel di Maria said goodbye to his folks in Paris, he definitely would not have been expecting to play them so soon. After seven successful seasons, Di Maria returns to Parc des Princes in the colours of an opposition team. However, Di Maria might not be available for selection after a muscle injury he got over the weekend. We’ll keep our fingers crossed to see what happens.
It is definitely not going to be an easy one for the Juventus team as PSG have been firing on all cylinders this season with their top players in top form. PSG were knocked out by Real Madrid at the last 16 stage despite holding a 2-0 aggregate lead with only half an hour remaining at the Bernabeu but a quickfire hat-trick from Karim Benzema sent them packing.
Christophe Galtier has succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout this summer, and the former Lille boss looks to have made PSG a more balanced unit already having switched to a 3-5-2 formation during the early weeks of his tenure. Five wins and one draw – including a comfortable 3-0 win away to Nantes at the weekend – has seen them move top of Ligue 1, ahead of Marseille on goal difference.
As with any PSG manager in recent times, though, it will be results and progress in the Champions League where Galtier is most heavily scrutinised. With Maccabi Haifa, Benfica and forthcoming opponents Juventus drawn alongside them in Group H, progressing to the knockout stages for an 11th successive season should not be a major issue, but it is thereafter where the real challenge will begin.
Juventus, meanwhile, have won the European Cup on two occasions in their history, although they are considered the eternal bridesmaids having lost in seven other finals.
Since losing in the final to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2015 and 2017 respectively, the Turin-based side have not progressed beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League, disappointingly losing to Lyon, Benfica and Villarreal at the last-16 stage in each of the last three seasons.
They remain unbeaten in Serie A after five matches so far, although three draws means they are a couple of points behind AC Milan and Napoli at the top of the table, but having only conceded two goals across those games, there is clearly a solid platform to build from.
Their defence will certainly need to be at their best on Tuesday if they are to prevent PSG’s star-studded attacking players from running riot at Parc des Princes.
Sevilla vs Man City – The Norwegian beast is blood-thirsty
Champions League favourites Manchester City kick off their Group G campaign with a trip to struggling Sevilla and it will be something of a surprise if Pep Guardiola’s side don’t come away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium with maximum points.
Pep Guardiola has insisted his side do not need to win the biggest prize in club football to mark his stay at the club a success, though as ever, the pressure is on the Premier League champions to finally conquer Europe.
With Erling Haaland hitting double figures domestically already, City will now need him to continue his excellent Champions League record too.
Man City ran out 5-2 winners over two matches when they first met Sevilla competitively in the 2015-16 group stage, and if the home side were not already fearing an in-form Haaland enough, the 22-year-old struck four goals in two games for Borussia Dortmund against Los Palanganas in 2020-21.
The breakup of the Jules Kounde-Diego Carlos defensive partnership has had a profound effect on the Sevilla team, though, and Lopetegui has steered his side to just one point from their opening four La Liga fixtures to leave them 17th in the embryonic standings.
The visit of a rampant Barcelona was only ever going to end one way, as Eric Garcia, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski propelled La Blaugrana to a 3-0 success at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to leave Sevilla still waiting for their first win of the new term.
The home faithful can take some solace in the fact that their side are unbeaten in six Champions League opening-day group-stage games – they have drawn each of their last four, though – and one point against Man City may be celebrated like all three this week.
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