The first eight games of the UEFA Champions League’s group stage provide some doozies, as giants collide across Europe.
All matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
As Jose Mourinho preps for his Wednesday debut by taking bitter shots at journalists, two Premier League sides make their first group stage strides on Tuesday.
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Manchester City vs. Juventus
The UEFA Champions League draw was not kind to Group D, which sees a quartet of world powers duking it out for the next couple months. The marquee match-up is Paul Pogba and Juventus against David Silva and Man City. Last year’s UCL finalists lost Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez, and have just one point from their first three Serie A matches.
Here comes a big chance to rebound against steady-firing City and its perfect defending, and the hosts will be without Sergio Aguero. Still, the money’s on City.
PSV Eindhoven vs. Manchester United
This Memphis Derby has nothing to do with Tennessee, as the Red Devils’ new Dutch attacker returns home to face the club that helped him make his name. Group B will be a tricky one to navigate, and if PSV wants any hope of advancing it’ll have to handle its business at home. That starts with Louis Van Gaal and United, who are coming off a 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday.
Sevilla vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
The other half of Group D sees the reigning Europa League champs battling a ‘Gladbach side that thrived last season with USMNT man Fabian Johnson on the wing. He’s out injured, and Bundesliga side is 0-4 to start this season.
Wolfsburg vs. CSKA Moscow
Here’s an under-the-radar match-up for you: Wolfsburg may’ve sold Kevin De Bruyne but was as entertaining as anyone outside of Madrid/Barcelona during the second half of last season. And Moscow has big-time weapons in Seydou Doumbia and Ahmed Musa.
Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Don’t sleep on Shakhtar in Group A, but feel free to nap today. Real will be ready to roar after last year’s disappointing semifinal dropout.
Galatasaray vs. Atletico Madrid
Two sides that will fancy their chances in a winnable Group C face off in Turkey.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Malmo
Ligue 1’s unbeaten superpower will expect all three points against their Swedish visitors.
Benfica vs. Astana
The hosts are 3-0 at home to start the season in Portugal with a gaudy plus-10 goal differential.