Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League action was fantastic, with late stunners in multiple contests, big goal performances from Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and another great Saul Niguez goal for Atletico Madrid.
About the only way it disappointed, unless you’re a Celtic supporter, is the lightning storm that moved Man City and ‘Gladbach to Wednesday.
And even that was pretty to watch (You could even say “electric” if you have David Caruso sunglasses on hand).
Groups E through H get going on Wednesday, each of them looking open for at least three if not four of the group members.
Group E looks brutal, lacking a truly top-end power but facing four teams you’d consider in that “next level” of teams poised to break through, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen are rarely easy outs, while AS Monaco and Spurs both have depth. The latter open up play at Wembley on Wednesday.
The next group sees Sporting Lisbon capable of surprising either Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund, though the latter two will be expecting to go through with relative ease. It’ll be Real and Sporting on Weds, while BVB starts with Legia Warsaw.
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Leicester City begins its UCL group in Belgium against Club Brugge, and the Foxes’ Group G could see anyone go through to the knockout rounds. The other match is favored Porto at home to Copenhagen.
Finally, Group H. Juventus is expected to roll, but Europa League 3-peaters Sevilla join Lyon as solid contenders to advance. Lyon hosts Dinamo Zagreb to start the tournament.
Wednesday’s Champions League schedule
All games at 2:45 p.m. EDT
Borussia Monchengladbach at Manchester City
Monaco at Tottenham Hotspur
Sporting Lisbon at Real Madrid
Sevilla at Juventus
Leicester City at Club Brugge
Borussia Dortmund at Legia Warsaw
Copenhagen at Porto
Dinamo Zagreb at Lyon
CSKA Moscow at Bayer Leverkusen