Ju­ven­tus bat­tle Man United, as UEFA Cham­pi­ons League re­turns

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - GUARDIAN SPORTS -

MATCH day four in the group stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Cham­pi­ons League is head­lined by the re­turn matches be­tween Ju­ven­tus and Manch­ester United, In­ter­nazionale and Barcelona, as well as Atletico Madrid and Borus­sia Dort­mund. The matches will be shown live on DSTV chan­nels.

The lat­ter clash be­tween the La Liga gi­ants and Bun­desliga ti­tle hopefuls could well be the game of the round. BVB handed Atletico their heav­i­est de­feat (0-4) un­der man­ager Diego Sime­one when the teams met at the West­falen­sta­dion, with the Ger­man side un­der­lin­ing their sta­tus as one of the most ex­cit­ing at­tack­ing teams in Euro­pean foot­ball this sea­son.

Yet Sime­one and Atletico are masters at work­ing out a team’s strengths and stran­gling the life out of them with clever tac­tics. A re­peat win for Dort­mund – es­pe­cially one of such com­fort – would be very un­likely against the host team, which may well de­ploy Ghana­ian mid­fielder Thomas Partey in a de­stroyer role.

Lionel Messi will con­tinue to be ab­sent for Barcelona when they head to In­ter­nazionale, but the ‘Blau­grana’ have coped very well with­out him thus far. They de­feated the Ital­ians gi­ants 2-0 when the teams met at Camp Nou on match­day three, and no­tably ham­mered Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle hold­ers, Real Madrid 5-1 in ‘El Cla­sico’ this past week­end.

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