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UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Day 2 Preview

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UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Day 2 Preview

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The UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Day 2 promises to be as exciting as the Day 1 with big European football leagues in the lineup to battle for dominance in the field.

Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United (Group A)

In the Group A match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United, Manchester United will be missing defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka due to injuries. Erik ten Hag’s team has had a rough start to the season, losing three out of its first five Premier League games. On the other hand, Bayern Munich, the reigning Bundesliga champions for the past 11 years, will judge their success this season based on how far they go in the Champions League. Although Bayern is still undefeated this season, they did have a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in their most recent match.

Arsenal vs. PSV Eindhoven (Group B)

Arsenal, after enjoying 19 consecutive years of Champions League qualification under Arsene Wenger, had to wait six long years to return to the competition. The team has been eagerly anticipating this moment. This week at the club’s training center, the Champions League theme tune was playing loudly in the gym, according to striker Gabriel Jesus. Jesus, who has been recovering from a knee injury, might make his first start of the season. 

Manager Mikel Arteta will need to decide how many other players to rotate ahead of the crucial north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday. PSV, their opponent, has won all four of its league games this season and should not be underestimated, having scored 13 goals and conceded just one in those matches. In the other group game, Sevilla will host Lens.


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Real Madrid vs. Union Berlin (Group C)

Real Madrid will face Union Berlin at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium without their right back Dani Carvajal, who sustained an injury during training on Tuesday. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Lucas Vázquez will step in as Carvajal’s replacement. Additionally, forward Vinícius Júnior is already ruled out due to an injury. Real Madrid, the 14-time European champion, is participating in the group stage of the competition for the 27th consecutive time, while Union Berlin is making its debut in the tournament. Madrid has had a strong start to the season with five consecutive wins in the Spanish league.

Braga vs. Napoli (Group C)

Napoli had an outstanding performance in last year’s group stage, winning five out of six matches and scoring 20 goals. It was a fantastic season for the Italian club, as they ended a 33-year wait to clinch the Serie A title. However, during the offseason, they changed their coach, replacing Luciano Spalletti with Rudi Garcia. Spalletti left the club, citing the need for a break, and later took over as Italy’s coach after Roberto Mancini’s sudden resignation. Under Garcia, Napoli won their first two matches but suffered a loss to Lazio and had to come from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against Genoa last weekend.

On the other hand, Braga, their upcoming opponent, had a mixed start to the Portuguese season, losing a match and winning another after opening with a draw. Braga’s last appearance in the Champions League was in 2012, where they managed to win only one of their group stage matches.

Benfica vs. Salzburg (Group D)

The Portuguese champion will be hosting the Austrian champion in a match featuring two teams aiming to advance from the group stage, potentially at the expense of either Sociedad or Inter. Benfica has reached the Champions League quarterfinals in the past two seasons, while Salzburg made it to the last 16 in the 2021-22 season.


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