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Stern tests await the BRI­TISH CLUBS in match­day three

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Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur take on Real Madrid in the pick of this week’s Cham­pi­ons League group games

THE BRI­TISH CLUBS in this sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League have lost just one game between them, but it’s a record that could come un­der threat this week with crunch games for all our home clubs. Here’s our guide to the six tasty ties…

TUES­DAY

REAL MADRID V

TOT­TEN­HAM HOT­SPUR

Gareth Bale and Luka Mo­dric wel­come their for­mer club to the Bern­abéu Sta­dium with both teams on six points af­ter two games. Harry Kane be­came the sev­enth Bri­tish player to score a Cham­pi­ons League hat­trick as Tot­ten­ham main­tained their 100 per cent start with vic­tory over Apoel Ni­cosia three weeks ago. Kane – who also scored twice in

Spurs’ open­ing win over Borus­sia

Dort­mund

– has now scored in four suc­ces­sive

Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ances, mak­ing him the sec­ond

English player to do this, af­ter

Liver­pool’s

Steven

Ger­rard. MANCH­ESTER CITY V NAPOLI

Pep Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City top Group F af­ter two wins, while Napoli are joint sec­cond on three points. The two sides were paired in the 2011-12 com­pe­ti­tion with the Ital­ians earn­ing a point at the Eti­had in City’s first-ever game in the Cham­pi­ons League. David Silva, Ser­gio Agüero, Vin­cent Kom­pany and

Yaya Touré re­main from the 11 that started that game.

MARI­BOR V LIVER­POOL

The two sides face each other for the first time in

Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion, each seek­ing a first vic­tory in Group E. The Reds have drawn both games and will need to be tighter in de­fence against the Slove­ni­ans, hav­ing not kept a clean sheet in the Cham­pi­ons League since Novem­ber 2009, con­ced­ing in their past nine games.

WED­NES­DAY

BEN­FICA V

MANCH­ESTER UNITED

As United travel to Por­tu­gal for this re­peat of the 1968 Euro­pean Cup fi­nal, boss José Mourinho has said his side are ‘al­most’ in the knock­out stages af­ter thrash­ing CSKA Moscow in Rus­sia to top Group A. The for­ward Romelu Lukaku is just the sec­ond United player to score in his first two Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ances for the club (af­ter Dim­i­tar Ber­ba­tov) and will fancy adding to that tally against a Ben­fica side that has lost both games. Swedish de­fender Vic­tor Lin­delöf switched from the Lis­bon side to Old Traf­ford in the sum­mer for

£31mil­lion.

CHELSEA V ROMA An­other English club with a 100 per cent record, the Blues will be on a high af­ter their thrilling 2-1 Group C vic­tory at Atlético Madrid, who have reached two Cham­pi­ons League fi­nals in the past four sea­sons. Ger­man de­fender An­to­nio Rüdi­ger moved to Stam­ford Bridge from Roma in the sum­mer for £29mil­l­lion.

BAY­ERN MU­NICH V CELTIC

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bay­ern Mu­nich af­ter los­ing to PSG last time out, and the Ger­man cham­pi­ons are now level with Celtic in Group B on three points. Bren­dan Rodgers’ side ended their run of 16 Euro­pean group games with­out a win as goals by Leigh Griffiths, Pa­trick Roberts and Scott Sin­clair saw off An­der­lecht 3-0.

REAL MADRID’S CRIS­TIANO RON­ALDO MANCH­ESTER UNITED’S ROMELU LUKAKU

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