Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Champions League Preview

Today is the start of match day #4 for the UEFA Champions league, with several juicy matches on tap:

- Barcelona vs. Chelsea
- Bayern Munich vs. Sporting Lisbon
- Spartak Moscow vs. Inter Milan

The two main things that I find interesting about the Inter and Bayern matches is if either club can carry its weekend performances over to tonight's matches.

Bayern are leading their group with 9 points and are pretty much assured of advancing to the knock-out stage, but are not doing that great on the domestic scene, which is a switch from previous years. Having already lost 3 matches in the Bundesliga, Bayern are actually making the Bundesliga race an exciting one to watch, instead of them running out to a monster point lead.

Inter are leading the pack in Serie A, and are coming off of a very exciting victory in the Milan Derby (which I was able to watch on Gol TV, gotta love cable TV). Inter currently sit in 3rd place, one point behind Sporting, so if they are able to build off of their victory over Milan on Saturday and continue to build off of their win last round in the Champions League, Inter could jump up to 2nd place, that is if they get a little help from Bayern.

The main match up of the week is the return match between two of Europe's Mega-Powers; Chelsea vs. Barcelona. Chelsea took first blood and all 3 points on Match day 3 with a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge and have continued to run damn near even with Manchester United in the EPL race. Barca took the 1-0 loss on the chin and followed it up with a 2-0 loss in El Classico, losing away to Real Madrid. Over the last weekend Barca did drop 3 goals on Recreativo Huelva to remain in first place in La Liga. The question is though, will Barca be able to recapture the magic it had last season when it eliminated Chelsea on its way to the Champions League final?


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