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Day 1 of the Champions League match: Preview of today’s matches

Day 1 of the Champions League match: Preview of today's matches

The group stage of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League is already underway and the first day will kick off on Wednesday, with lots of details and engaging matches.

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Wednesday, 7 September

Naples – Liverpool (21:00 CET)

Not many teams have beaten Liverpool in the past four seasons, but twice the Reds have visited the stage now known as Estadio Diego Armando Maradona in this competition and twice they have come back empty. The recent 9-0 Premier League defeat to Bournemouth has fueled confidence and there is certainly hope that Liverpool will score their first Napoli goal in three attempts, but Luciano Spalletti’s exciting side, led by Victor Osimhene, are a real threat. .

Did you know…?
Last season, Liverpool became the first English club to win all six games in the Champions League group stage.

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Ajax – Rangers (18:45)

Alfred Schrader has a lot to do after replacing Erik ten Haag as Ajax manager, and several major departures suggest a change of guard in Amsterdam. But there have also been arrivals, such as Calvin Bassi, most recently signed after helping Rangers to the Europa League final last season. The defender knows the danger posed by the Scottish team better than anyone, and after claiming victory against an Eredivisie side this season, beating PSV in the play-offs, Rangers Dutch manager Giovanni van Bronkhorst got another. will be looking forward to.

Did you know…?
Ajax won all six group stage games last season for the first time in their history. Thus he came to the group for the first time since 1995/96.

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Barcelona – Pilsen (21:00)

“We are up against the opponent of our dreams,” says Plzen midfielder Jan Sikora. But could a Barcelona attack led by Robert Lewandowski turn into a nightmare? The Polish striker has started off on the right foot in Spain, a “blessing” for Xavi Hernandez who could turn out to be a curse for rival defenders, as he feeds on the Barca team’s momentum on the flank. Lewandowski turns 34 in August but shows no signs of exhaustion with 41 goals in his last 34 Champions League games.

Did you know…?
In the previous season, Barcelona failed to advance past the group stage for the first time since 2000/01.

Inter – Bayern (21:00)

Barcelona’s advantage was Bayern’s loss when Lewandowski came in, but having already scored five, six and seven goals in games this season, the German giants aren’t exactly in trouble there. With Barcelona also in Group C, Julian Nagelsmann wishes the trip to Italy all success. “This is a very demanding group full of challenges,” says the Bayern coach. “We have to be prepared from the start.” Inter, having played nine matches at home without losing, will also be ready.

Did you know…?
Bayern were the top scorers in the group stage last season with 22 goals.

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Tottenham – Marcela (21:00)

The 2019 Champions League final has felt like a distant memory at times spurs The past three years have been particularly painful, with last season’s UEFA Europa Conference League group stage eliminations. However, there are clear signs of improvement under Antonio Conte, and the general consensus in the UK media is that he has developed a well-rounded team with more depth. An impressive start to the 2022/23 season supports this view, although Marseille, unbeaten to date, will be a tough test.*

Did you know…?
Marseilles have not progressed past this stage of the competition since 2011/12, having lost 11 of their subsequent 12 group stage games.

Intract – Sporting CP (18:45)

Eintracht need five Bundesliga games to claim their first win in their national competition, but if they are able to reproduce the continental form that led to the UEFA Europa League glory last term, it will matter. Will not. Filip Kostik is gone, but Mario Gotz has arrived, while Daiichi Kamada has developed into a creative midfielder. Sporting CP made a similar debut in Portugal, with the efforts of Pedro Gonsalves scoring seven points from just five matches.

Did you know…?
Sporting CP recorded their biggest ever Champions League victories at home (4-0) and away (1-4) in consecutive group stage matches against Besiktas last year.

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Atlético – Porto (21:00)

Atleti and Porto have suffered setbacks in the first season (against Villarreal and Rio Ave respectively), but both teams know how to turn that into the Champions League. They met twice in the previous season, with the Spanish team winning 1–3 away (0–1 in the 89th minute) and a goalless draw at home, with as many red cards as goals in two matches. The curve is coming.

Did you know…?
Porto entered their 26th campaign in the Champions League group stage (the same number as Bayern). Only Barcelona and Real Madrid (27) have participated in more.

Bruges – Leverkusen (21:00)

Karl Hofkens took over at Club Brugge when Schrader left for Ajax and seems to be finding his feet. Up front, Espanyol youth squad Ferran Jutglo has already made a big impression on the Belgian club, and the 23-year-old could spell problems for the Leverkusen side which has struggled defensively in 2022/23.

Did you know…?
Club Brugge last season became the first team in history to score four or more goals in four consecutive Champions League games.

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