UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 Preview

By  Football Pulp - 18 October 2016

UEFA Champions League has arguably treated football fans with some real delight so far and with only 2 match days down, fans across the globe are gearing up to enjoy every bit of live action of Matchday 3.

Leicester and Tottenham have been impressive so far but one should not forget Besiktas and København, the teams that surprised many with their terrific showdown. Also, Sevilla are up for the task this time and would like to add to the glory they accomplished last season in Europa League. Bayern are trying to establish their dominance, however, the most anticipated match of Matchday 3 is Barcelona v Man City. It’s Pep’s homecoming but will he be successful with his newly composed City Team against his former recruits? This is exactly what everyone is waiting to see.

UEFA Champions League doesn’t falls short of surprising the audience with unpredictable performances from teams regarded as minnows by many. The stage is all set and here are the top fixtures of UEFA Champions League Matchday 3: 

Lyon v Juventus

The newly composed Lyon side is undergoing a transition but has displayed some unpredictably impressive performances this season, both in Champions League and Ligue 1. Juventus are no doubt a powerhouse but Lyon are quite capable of dominating the battle in the midfield, the position Juventus were once very strong but have lost the charm with Sami Khedira being a lone warrior now. Despite the low chances, Lyon only needs to focus on retaining the ball and securing more possession with the focus on counter-attacks. Juventus may be strong on paper but in all honesty, they do not appear to be as strong as they once were. Lyon has the pace that they can leverage but Juventus will hit back with technique. So we can expect a good attacking game blended with pace, technique, skill and different styles of play. 

Barcelona v Man City

Undoubtedly, this is going to be the match of the week that also entails Pep’s homecoming. The burns of defeat at Camp Nou are still fresh and with the appointment of Pep Guardiola as the transformer, City will be seeking vengeance. Since Pep had a terrible visit to Camp Nou last time with Bayern, this visit is much more especial with agony prevailing. Man City’s domestic form is quite impressive and the start to the Champions League campaign was nothing short than marvelous. But the visit to Celtic was quite frustrating for the Citizens which is why the trip to Camp Nou has made everyone desperate to know whether Man City under Pep’s have really started to catch up.   

Sporting v Dortmund

The yellow and black will visit Sporting on Tuesday and it’s a tie that holds immense importance since it will play a vital role in determining the overall position of the group. Dortmund is sitting at the top of the group but on level points with Real Madrid. A win for Real is destined in the other fixture, so Dortmund cannot afford to lose and will have to win to keep the fight at top tight. With only a point separating the two sides, the Portuguese side is expected to attack. Even though they lost after giving a strong performance against Real Madrid, the team from Lisbon will give a tough call to their German opponents.

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