European Royalty is on display in Group B as Real Madrid and Inter Milan facing against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk.
These will be important fixtures for Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane with both looking to shake off any previous shortcomings. Marco Rose at Gladbach, however, could be looking like surprise bet for to qualify.
182 minutes into Liverpool and Atlético Madrid’s round of 16 battle of the UEFA Champions League, the Spanish outfit were awarded a free-kick from roughly 30 yards out. With the game otherwise going to extra-time, Renan Lodi sent the ball into the Liverpool penalty area where Saúl Ñiguez was waiting to head home for victory. The goal was ruled out for offside but, whether they knew it or not, this was the moment Liverpool lost the Champions League.
The last three years of Maurizio Sarri’s career would suggest that he has gone from strength to strength, adapting to the modern trials of football, and that the Juventus team that he will field against Lyon are clear favourites, ready to put goal after goal past them. Lyon have several players missing as a result of injuries, key players have been sold and they currently sit in 7th place in Ligue 1, 15 points off of qualification for next years Champions League campaign. For Sarri and his players, this should be easy going. But Lyon manager Rudi Garcia will certainly come prepared.