the football of the Champions League resumes on Tuesday after a hectic start the previous week, with the return of Robert Lewandowski to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich with the t-shirt Barcelona as the main course of the second day of the group stage.
Xavi’s side travel to Bavaria for a match that few would dislike to see repeated in next year’s final, and Atletico Madrid also travel to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen. In addition, it will be the return to the activity of the English clubs.
Following the suspension of football in the Premier League at the weekend out of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Liverpool are back in action against Ajax and look to respond to defeat to Napol, while Tottenham travel to face Sporting from Lisbon.
On the other hand, Inter will be Viktoria Plzen’s rival in the Czech Republic, after both lost their first game, and Eintracht Frankfurt, after losing to Sporting, travels to Marseille. The only remaining commitment of the day is that of Porto against Bruges.
Stats Perform compiled all the most interesting data from each match to know all the action of the day.
Bayern vs. Barcelona
Lewandowski, scorer of a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Barcelona against Viktoria Plzen, returns to Munich with a devastating record this season, and his goals in the 5-1 win saw Culé score more in one game than in their games. previous nine in the competition (4).
While that will give the visitors confidence, they have a poor record against the Bundesliga champions, having suffered eight defeats in the competition against Bayern, twice as many as they have lost against any other opposition (4 against Milan, Chelsea and PSG).
Four of those defeats came during the group stage, with Bayern winning both games in 1998/99 and 2021/22 to boast a 100 per cent record against Barça in that regard, who have not lost more than twice to no other rival in this instance.
Furthermore, Bayern have won 35 of their last 37 home games in the Champions League group stage, with the only exceptions being a 3-2 loss to Manchester City in December 2013 and a 1-1 draw with Ajax in October 2018.
Liverpool v Ajax
Liverpool won both meetings with Ajax in the 2020/21 Champions League group stage, the only campaign in the competition in which they have met, as the Dutch team has not beaten the Reds in any competition since 5 -December 1, 1966.
Ajax’s loss to Liverpool in December 2020 is one of only two losses suffered by the Eredivisie champions in their last 25 games (13 wins, 10 draws) away from home in UEFA competition, the other being a loss of 2 -0 against Getafe in February 2020 for the Europa League.
Those led by Jürgen Klopp, who suffered a loss to Napoli on their debut, want to avoid back-to-back defeats to start a Champions League campaign for the first time, having only lost their first home game in two of their previous 46 major European campaigns. (35 wins and nine draws).
With seven wins in a row in the competition, Ajax travel to Anfield on a stellar run in the competition, as only Bayern (8) have a better winning run today.
Sporting vs Tottenham
Although the two teams have never met in the competition, Sporting have not won any of their six Champions League games against English opposition (one draw and five defeats) and have lost all three games in Lisbon without scoring a single goal.
Tottenham’s record against Portuguese opposition is slim, having won against Pacos de Ferreira in the 2021/22 Europa League qualifying rounds, but has not faced an opponent from the country in Europe’s top competition since defeat by a 4-3 on aggregate against Benfica in the 1962/63 semi-final.
Sporting have never won their first two Champions League games, while Antonio Conte wants to follow in Mauricio Pochettino’s footsteps as Spurs look to win straight to open a campaign in the tournament for the first time since the 2017/18 season under manager of the Argentine
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Athletic
Leverkusen have only won four of their last 20 Champions League games (draw eight and lose eight), while Atletico have only kept a clean sheet in 21 away games against German opposition in major UEFA competitions.
Atleti won just one of four away games against Leverkusen, 4-2 in February 2017 in Europe’s biggest competition, and only won one of their last seven games in Germany, although that was in 2017.
The drama of the final minutes is to be expected whenever the Colchonero competes in the Champions League, as five of his last 10 goals in the competition have come in the 90th minute of matches.
Viktoria Plzen vs. Inter
– Viktoria Plzen have won their last eight European home games (including ties), scoring at least two goals in each victory (21 in total). They have only lost one of their last 19 home games in European football (16 wins, 2 draws), a 5-0 loss to Real Madrid during their final Champions League campaign in November 2018.
– Since the start of the 2020/21 campaign, Lautaro Martínez has scored just two goals from 48 shots (including blocks) in the competition. The Argentine’s shot conversion rate of 4.2 percent (including blocks) is the lowest of any player who has attempted more than 30 shots during this period.
Porto vs, Bruges
– Porto have lost their last three UEFA Champions League games, two of them against Atlético de Madrid; he had never lost four in a row in the competition.
– In major European competitions, Club Brugge lost five of their six away games in Portugal (they won one), their only win coming against Sporting Braga in September 2011 in the UEFA Europa League.
Marseille vs Eintracht Frankfurt
– Marseille have lost 15 of their last 16 UEFA Champions League games (won the remainder), with the exception of their last home game in the competition in December 2020 against Olympiacos.
– Olympique de Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt will meet in European competition for the second time, having also met in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage. The German team won both games (2-1 away, 4-0 at home).
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