Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Champions League Previews

Lyon vs. Rangers, Stuttgart vs. Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev vs. Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United vs. Roma, CSKA Moscow vs. Fenerbahce, Inter Milan vs. PSV Eindhoven, FC Sevilla vs. Slavia Prague, Steaua Bucuresti vs. Arsenal

Matchday 2 of this season’s Champions’ League kicks off on Tuesday evening with eight matches on tap across the continent. The action will range from Manchester to Moscow and some of the fixtures are purely mouth-watering propositions.

The Italian Challenge:
On paper the Italian teams face an extremely difficult task if they are to improve on their Champions League results from matchday one.

Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho, back in the squad for Tuesday's Champions League Group E tie at VfB Stuttgart, wants to prove the doubters wrong after enduring a difficult start to the season. The Brazilian has missed the last three matches with a calf strain and suffered criticism about transfer speculation and media reports on his private life.

Arsene Wenger admits he would sacrifice Champions League success to restore Arsenal to the pinnacle of English football. Wenger has never won Europe's elite club competition but it is not a short-coming that hurts him because the French coach believes coming out on top in the Premier League is the acid test of his team. He insists the 38-game domestic season will give a true picture of their ability, whereas the Champions League's knockout stages mean it can be won by a team who get a good draw or a lucky break in a big match.

Wayne Rooney is expecting Roma to come out with all guns blazing tonight at Old Trafford to avenge last season's 7-1 humiliation by Manchester United.

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