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I think I will see Milan vs Salzburg Zagreb vs Chelsea and the spectacle of goals.
City have some interesting players as of tonight: Cole Palmer has talent and Pep Guardiola clearly rates him. I am also looking forward to seeing Julián Álvarez again; I look forward to seeing more of him as the season progresses.
Real Madrid now leads 5-1 against Celtic. What a sobering experience it was for Old Firm; I’m not sure what they can do to make things different.
It is unclear whether Chelsea will play a three or four defense tonight. My guess is that Potter will want to move to the latter at some point, and maybe the weekend shenanigans will be his excuse. I think without Reece James, the 3-4-3 looks a lot less effective and, in general, it’s rare for a top team to play three back.
Graham Potter makes seven changes at the side punctuated round by Brighton. Matteo Kovacic is injured but otherwise Kepa, Cucurella, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Gallagher and Thiago Silva are out – Kepa is not on the bench – with Mendy, Koulibaly, Chilwell, Zakaria, Jorginho and Aubameyang. Mason Mount, who will miss the first game of the last 16 if booked tonight, remains in his place.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Chalobah, Chilwell, Zakaria, Jorginho, Mount, Sterling, Aubameyang, Havertz. Subtitle: Bettinelli, Silva, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Broja, Ziyech, Gallagher, Cucurella.
Dinamo Zagreb: Livakovic, Ristovski, Sutalo, Peric, Misic, Moharrami, Ivanusec, Ademi, Ljubicic, Petkovic, Orisc. Subtitle: Stefulj, Lauritsen, Baturina, Madatov, Bockaj, Drmic, Marin, Theophile-Catherine, Bulat, Nevistic, Menalo, Spikic.
City of Manchester: Ortega, Laporte, Lewis, Dias, Sergio Gomez, Gundogan, Palmer, Foden, Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish. Subtitle: Ederson, Carson, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Wilson-Esbrand.
Seville: Bono, Navas, Gudelj, Rekik, Acuña, Fernando, Delaney, Papu Gómez, Ocampos, Tecatito, Rafa Mir. Subtitle: Dmitrovic Alberto Alex Telles Dolberg Gudelj Suso Jordan Januzaj Jesus Navas Lamela Carlos Alvarez Kike Salas
First, let’s remember that Real Madrid is currently winning 4-0 against Celtic. You can follow that game below, with Leipzig winning 3-0 away against Shakhtar.
Right, Let’s make some teams…
Yesterday, at this point, I noted that the Champions League group stage is often rightly criticized as an exercise in asset management and that we had a less than exciting night ahead of us. Well, I was wrong. The Group D antics were great because it was dangerous, but even the games with nothing on were fun, partly because that’s football, but also because the players and coaches used it the right way and attacked.
Today’s Group D is Group E, with Milan and Salzburg meeting at the San Siro and battling for second place behind Chelsea. Meanwhile, Dinamo Zagreb need to travel to London to win, and lose to Salzburg, to secure a European playoff. Elsewhere we have Juventus battling Maccabi Haifa for the Group H European spot, no laughs; Okay, laugh: with Haifa at home to Benfica, any Juve record away from home in Paris has to be broken.
Otherwise we have Man City vs Sevilla and Copenhagen vs Dortmund, I suspect we’ll get some decent action in both so stick with me and let’s see what happens.
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