Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Countdown to match day 2 :UEFA Champions League
Today all eyes will be focused on the group of death as they tackle each other. The teams in this group are in-case you are just coming from space Napoli, Dortmund, Arsenal and Marseilles.
The big match today is Napoli vs Dortmund. Dortmund as last year finalist will want to prove to bookmakers that they are the teams to beat. They will come with intention and hunger, if their form in their domestic league is anything to go by, they are in top gear. They are top of their league winning all their games so far this season. Napoli on the other hand has got a manager who is so accustomed to winning in Europe and they've recruited well in the summer. They like Dortmund are also top of their league and have maintained a 100% start to their season. This is a clash between two top teams and football lovers got something to be excited for.
The other game in this group between Marseilles and Arsenal is going to be another cracker. Each team will want to end the night with a win to place it in a better position to face the other two teams. I'm going to be keeping my eyes on this one too especially to see what Wenger got up his sleeves. A loss today will spell doom for gunners especially as bookmakers have predicted them not to survive this group. Marseilles on the other hand will want to prove bookmakers wrong that they are not the whipping team of the group and will come out blazing on all sides. Arsenal are in for a very tough game and I hope Ozil is fully fit for this encounter because aside all the hype of last weekend, he was sluggish to me and the reason was that he was not feeling too well. He needs to be on top form to carry this Arsenal team on his shoulder.
Another match I'll look forward to is Chelsea vs Basel not because it will be a tough game but because of Mourinho. We all want to see him take charge of his first European game in this his second spell. Also we want to see the intricacies of his selection especially as he admitted yesterday that he has young and beautiful eggs in his squad. He claimed four players under the age of 22 will feature in the game tomorrow. Apart from Oscar who he said will be starting, I want to see who the other players will be, Lampard is also guaranteed a start
Barcelona will want to get their campaign to a flyer as they match out at home against Ajax. The question that will be playing on people's mind is how Messi will respond to Ronaldo's ha trick of yesterday, expects Messi to let his game do the talking.
Below are the games for today. Enjoy another night of European football.
Napoli vs Dortmund
Marseilles vs Arsenal
Chelsea vs Basel
Schalke vs Steaua Bucuresti
AC Milan vs Celtic
Barcelona vs Ajax
Atletico Madrid vs Zenit St Petersburg
Austria Wein vs Fc Porto