Champions League Preview

 Tuesday, 03 November 2009

As we approach the year-end, the groups are starting to take shape…

Bayern Munich v Bordeaux

 Maccabi Haifa v Juventus

Besiktas v Wolfsburg

Man Utd. v CSKA

Milan v Real Madrid

Marseille v FC Zurich

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

APOEL v Porto

 Milan’s 2-0 win over Parma means they are unbeaten in 6 matches. The Rossoneri have finally found their rhythm! Meanwhile, former Milan hero Kaka is still to find his best for Real Madrid. His Chilean Boss will be hoping he comes to the party on Tuesday night when Real Madrid travel to Milan. With Guti not at his best (and after his outburst suggesting that coach Pellegrini doesn’t know what he’s doing), he’s been left out the 20 man squad that will travel to Italy. Metzelder will also be watching the match from his couch, while Pellegrini has opted to give Van der Vaart a go. Milan will be with a full strength squad, not surprising, as a win could almost guarantee them passage to the next round. With Ronaldinho slowly regaining his form, and Nesta recovering in time for the clash, the Rossoneri is looking like the stronger side.

Atlètico Madrid’s poor run of form isn’t going to be helped when they take on Chelsea, who seems to do no wrong. With their qualification for the next round in the bag if they win this, they surely will put out a full force side. Chelsea won the first leg two weeks ago, but will be even stronger now that Drogba is back from his ban. Bosingwa, Kalou and Ashley Cole are all still doubts.

Manchester United play host tonight to CSKA Moscow. Rooney however may sit it out as his wife, Coleen just gave birth to their first child – a boy, Kai Wayne Rooney. Congrats to Roo! Ferdinand and Vidic are still out, but United have little to worry about, they are unbeaten in Europe and are sure to make it out of the group. Park and Berbatov are also doubts, so Owen is likely to start. With their clash against Chelsea approaching, SAF will not want to risk any player unnecessarily. United need just one point to make it to the next round.

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