Champions League resumes, clubs look to take control
With no Champions League for 20 days, the best clubs in Europe will look to take advantage of this week's fixtures during matchday three. There are multiple clubs that could put themselves within reach of a Round of 16 berth with a win, while some giants will need to get back on track after a rough start to the campaign.
Barcelona faces Celtic on Tuesday, with an opportunity to put itself on the verge of qualification through to the next round, however, if the Scottish giants can get a result, this may help them increase their chances of not only moving on, but possibly getting a shot at the top spot in the group.
Last year's runner-up, Bayern Munich faces French side Lille, which is a must-win for both. BATE Borisov surprisingly leads the group, and a win over Spanish representatives Valencia, could set BATE on track for an easy berth to the knockouts. Manchester United hosts Braga at Old Trafford, with a perfect start to Group H on the line. A win would put the English club in complete control of the group, with half of the group stage left.
Another English club in action on Tuesday, Chelsea faces Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk. The clubs are level on four points, but the Blues have plus-four in goal differential, compared to Shakhtar's plus-two. A win for either side could leave a difficult battle for second between the loser, as well as Juventus and FC Nordsjaelland, with both clubs set to face off simultaneously.
One of the most intriguing matchups this week is the match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. The Spanish side is on top of the group with six points, while Dortmund is close behind at four points. Anything less than a point could be a big issue for either side, as Manchester City and Ajax play in the other group match, with the Dutch side looking for its first points of the campaign, and City looking for the elusive first victory.
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