Juventus battle Man United, as UEFA Champions League returns
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.