6 November, 2012 - 14:13

Champions League: Tuesday top matches

Champions League: Tuesday top matches


Schalke unexpectedly lost to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-2 in the last tour of the Bundesliga, thus ending their eight-match unbeaten run. Huub Stevens revealed that this loss would result in some fresher player appearing in the senior squad. However, Arsenal is in no better position. After several mediocre games the Londoners should be concerned about the attacking power, as the team created just a few opportunities in the last match against Manchester United. The match in Gelsenkirchen may be crucial for the English club in terms of their European progress.


After losing in the first match the Belgian side has little hopes of qualifying to the next round and the team’s head coach urged the players to be patient and take confidence from the league results, where Anderlecht scored nine goals in the past week. Zenit is eager to prove that first two games in the group that ended with disappointing losses can not hamper the further progress of the club in the Champions League and despite missing Hulk who received minor injury and was sidelined for a few weeks, will show attacking and aggressive football.


Malaga won their first three games without conceding and now in the lead of the group. Yet Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini assured his team would not aim to play for a draw in the match, claiming: “If we play for a draw, we will lose. We’ll try to win and play our game”. Milan won their last fixture in the Serie A against Chievo and that success relieved the pressure from the team. Still the the match is significant for the Italian side.


City second run in the Champions League may turn to be even worse than the year before. Roberto Mancini stated before the game that the team is not fully ready to compete in such a tournament underlying: “if we say we are ready to win the Champions League that is not true – we need to improve.” Obviously the fans expect much more from the side and at their own stadium will push the players forward.


José Mourinho should be worried before the second match against the German champions. Borussia won 2-1 in Dortmund showing quick and physically strong performance. Before the second set of matches in the group both teams are in better positions than Ajax or City, yet with the teams of that caliber every point is crucial and Real would be desperate to ensure they play in the knock-out stage.

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