A take a look at what’s occurring within the Champions League on Wednesday:
European champion Bayern Munich can safe a spot within the knockout rounds with one other win over Salzburg. The Austrian workforce put up a battle towards Bayern of their final recreation and took the early lead however was ultimately overwhelmed 6-2. Bayern’s fundamental concern is its leaky protection. Bayern has conceded at the least as soon as in all of its final 5 video games and dropped factors in a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen within the Bundesliga on Saturday. Atlético Madrid, which performs Lokomotiv Moscow, hasn’t misplaced for the reason that opening recreation towards Bayern Munich in Germany. It has received 5 of its six video games in all competitions since then, together with towards Barcelona within the Spanish league on Saturday. Diego Simeone once more received’t have the ability to rely on striker Luis Suárez due to a constructive coronavirus take a look at.
Nobody anticipated Actual Madrid and Inter Milan to be struggling midway by the group stage. Nonetheless, that is what has occurred in a topsy-turvy group the place neither Madrid nor Inter has crushed both of the supposed outsiders Borussia Mönchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk. Meaning Madrid’s go to to Italy may depart one of many huge two on the verge of elimination. “It is a remaining,” Inter coach Antonio Conte mentioned. “We have now to win.” Actual Madrid shall be with out a number of gamers due to accidents, together with Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Federico Valverde. Out due to constructive coronavirus exams are defender Militão and ahead Luka Jovic. Gladbach hammered Shakhtar 6-0 away and may lengthen its lead within the group with one other win over the Ukrainian membership.
Certainly one of 4 groups to have a 100% document after three group video games, Manchester Metropolis wants only a level from its journey to Olympiakos to qualify for the spherical of 16 for an eighth straight season. Metropolis has netted three objectives in every of its opening video games, a far cry from its type within the Premier League the place scoring has — considerably unusually — been a problem for Pep Guardiola’s workforce. Sergio Aguero may make his newest return from damage to strengthen Metropolis’s attacking choices after staying on the bench for the 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Saturday. Olympiakos begins the sport in third place and three factors behind Porto, which is away to a Marseille workforce that has but to attain a objective or gather some extent this marketing campaign. In actual fact, Marseille faces the humiliating prospect of setting a Champions League document of 13 straight defeats within the competitors. Marseille shares the worst streak of 12 losses with Belgian membership Anderlecht.
Liverpool can safe a spot within the knockout stage with two video games to spare, and go a protracted strategy to clinching a first-place end within the group, by beating Atalanta of their return match at Anfield. The English champions made it three wins from three by thrashing the Italian facet 5-0 of their first assembly earlier than the worldwide break and are 5 factors away from each Atalanta and Ajax, who seem like vying for the second spot. “It was a harsh consequence within the first leg however we begin this recreation at 0-0,” Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini mentioned. Mohamed Salah is obtainable to play for Liverpool after returning to coaching following repeated damaging exams for the coronavirus.