Here’s a look at what’s happening in European football on Saturday:
Liverpool began their Premier League campaign at the promoted Fulham with a new attack following the departure of Sadio Mane, although manager Jurgen Klopp remained adamant on whether new signing Darwin Nunez would emerge. With Diogo Jota injured, Nez made a big impact as a second-half substitute in last Saturday’s Community Shield win over Manchester City. But Klopp indicated he may choose to give Uruguay more time to settle down. “Darwin is ready, but does that mean he has to start over?” Klopp posed. Chelsea face a tough opener at Everton in a late kickoff, while Tottenham host Southampton in four. Everton are without a recognized striker after Brazilian forward Richarlison was sold to Tottenham and Dominic Calvert Levine was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.
Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen clashed in the first round, while Union Berlin host Hertha Berlin in what is sure to be a hot city derby. Dortmund have strengthened their squad in both attack and defense to help make up for the departure of top scorer Erling Haaland, but the most impressive change could prove to be the reappointment of Edin Terzik as coach. Terzik made a good impression in his first stint, helping Dortmund win the German Cup in 2019. Leverkusen will be hoping to atone for their surprisingly early exit in the German Cup last weekend. Coach Gerardo Zion will expect a response from his players. Hertha was also ruled out of the Cup and new coach Sandro Schwarz could fall ill in another blow. But Hertha, which has lost several players and signed a host more, is vulnerable to its journey to the union. In addition, Borussia Mönchengladbach hosted Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg welcomed promoted Werder Bremen, Bochum hosted Mainz, and Augsburg played beaten cup finalists Freiburg.
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain began their campaign for a record 11th league title at Clermont, having avoided relegation the previous season. Kylian Mbappe will be ruled out of the match due to a groin problem. PSG made an impressive start to the season by defeating Nantes 4–0 in the Champions Trophy, the traditional courtesan between the French league champions and the French Cup winners. Under new coach Christophe Gaultier, PSG have been playing with three centre-backs as the defense looked weak last season. PSG have strengthened their midfield by hiring Vitinha from Porto and Renato Sanches from Lille. Strasbourg hosts Monaco in a clash between two contenders for the European spot. Monaco finished third last season while Strasbourg had their best performance since 1980 with sixth place. Monaco extended their offense by signing Japan winger Takumi Minamino from Liverpool and Switzerland forward Briel Embolo from Borussia Monchengladbach. The Mediterranean side will miss Germany striker Kevin Woland and Russia midfielder Alexander Golovin, both of whom are suspended.
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