Athletistic/ Football. On October 4 and 5, the matches of the 3rd round of the UEFA Champions League group stage will take place, during which many teams will be able to secure a comfortable base to reach the 1/8 finals of the tournament.
On Tuesday, October 4, several matches will take place, the signs of which deserve the attention of fans of European football.
English “Liverpool” will try to correct the standings in the match with the outsiders of group A – Scottish “Rangers”. In the same group, the Italian Napoli will do everything possible to secure a third victory by beating Ajax Amsterdam away from home. In Group C, Inter and Barcelona will find out who deserves to continue with Bayern in the fight for a place in the playoffs.
10 p.m. Band A. Liverpool-Rangers
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have not stabilized their game this season. In the English Premier League, the team is in a fever – the team has only won 2 times, drawn 4 times and lost once in 7 Premier League meetings. With 10 points, Liverpool are 9th in the standings, 11 points behind London leaders Arsenal.
In the Champions League, Klopp’s quarters also started badly: in the first round, Liverpool lost to Napoli with a devastating 1: 4, in the second they barely beat Ajax (2: 1), scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute.
On the eve of the match with “Rangers”, “Liverpool” made a productive draw with “Brighton” (3:3), conceding the third goal in the 83rd minute. The team is experiencing major difficulties in defense: in 10 games of the season in all competitions, the Reds have conceded 15 goals. Liverpool scored an order of magnitude more – 24 goals, but don’t forget 9 of them came in one game – with Bournemouth in the Premier League fourth round.
Will there be talk of sacking Jurgen Klopp if Rangers fail? Jurgen himself said not to worry about his situation, because. the club is used to solving problems not by firing the technical staff, but by other means. However, even despite the love from the fans and the management, one can only admit that the chair under Klopp has started to wobble. The situation needs to be corrected here and now, and a victory over Rangers, who lost the first two Champions League group stage meetings, can give the Merseysiders the confidence they need in their abilities.
10 p.m. Band A. Ajax – Napoli
In a side game in Group A, the clear favorite is Serie A leader Napoli Luciano Spalletti, who started unexpectedly strong in the Italian league and is yet to be defeated in the Champions League, beating Liverpool (4-1) and Rangers. turns (3:0). “Ajax” in the first round confidently understood “Rangers” (4:0), then lost to Liverpool (1:2), conceding a goal in the 89th minute.
The Amsterdam club in its usual format was completely updated during the summer off-season, and this time the changes affected not only the composition of the players, but also the coaching staff. Eric ten Hag, associated with the most notorious successes of the Amsterdam club in recent years, went to save Manchester United, and Alfred Schroeder came to replace him, who led the Belgian club Brugge to the championship last season.
Ajax are second in the Dutch Eredivisie on 19 points, one point behind leaders AZ Alkmaar. Napoli share first place with Atalanta, both clubs have 20 points each. There are no preconditions for Luciano Spalletti not wanting to continue Napoli’s seven-game winning streak. Napoli are the clear favorites to face Ajax.
10 p.m. Band VS. Inter – Barcelona
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that in the event of an unsuccessful result in the game against Barcelona, Inter Milan head coach Simone Inzaghi would be close to being fired. After 8 rounds of the Italian championship, “Internationale” is on the 9th line of the classification, having only 12 points to his credit. The team won 4 times and lost 4 times, a red flag is that 3 out of 4 Inter defeats occurred in matches with top 6 teams – Lazio (1:3), Milan (2 :3) and “Roma” (1:2).
In the Champions League, Inter lost to Bayern 0-2 in the first round and just as predictably beat Czech Victoria in the second round with the same scoreline. What to expect from the Nerazzurri in the home game with Barcelona, which scored a good move in the league and caught up with Real Madrid? At least – more reliable play in defense than Inzaghi’s wards have shown in many of their losing games.
Whether Inter will be able to contain Barcelona’s attacking impulses with unrivaled striker Robert Lewandowski at the forefront of attack is a big question. In the current situation, the Milan club will even settle for a draw in the game against Barca, but the defeat will bring Inzaghi closer to dismissal, if not become a major factor in the coach’s resignation.
Maxim Fomchenkov, sport.ru
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