The second round of Champions League fixtures kicks off on Tuesday with a number of mouth-watering clashes, which sees PSG take on Manchester City, FC Porto playing host to Liverpool and Real Madrid facing wildcards Sheriff Tiraspol.
PSG vs Manchester City
The French outfit will be looking to avenge their defeat in the semi-finals of last year’s Champions League where Pep Guardiola’s men claimed a pair of victories to end PSG’s European dream as they take on Manchester City at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
PSG have lined up an ensemble of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar together for the first in their Champions League opener against Club Brugge on 15 September, despite having the attacking trio, PSG produced a rather lacklustre display as they settled for a 1-1 draw at the Jan Breydel Stadion when Ander Herrera’s 15th-minute opener was cancelled out by Hans Vanaken’s 27th-minute equaliser.
Man City kick-started their campaign with an entertaining 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium with Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, João Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus getting their names on the scoresheet.
Guardiola’s men will have a chance to take control of Group A and open up a five-point gap between themselves and PSG with a victory in Paris, while PSG will be aiming to close the gap on the Citizens.
Mbappe is yet to get off the mark in the Champions League but is in fine scoring form on a domestic front, having already bagged four goals in eight Ligue 1 appearances the campaign and PSG will be hoping he can continue his current form as they look to take revenge.
Gabriel Jesus further proved that City are doing quite fine without Sergio Aguero after scoring in his sides opening game of the group and most recently scoring the winning goal against defender Champions League champions Chelsea in their 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.
FC Porto vs Liverpool
Liverpool will be itching to make it two wins from two when they travel to the Estadio do Dragao for their Group B clash with FC Porto.
Porto kicked off their campaign away at Atletico Madrid, with the game ending in a goalless draw. The Portuguese side are unbeaten across all competitions and will go into the game in very good form.
Liverpool, meanwhile, started their campaign with a comeback victory to secure an entertaining 3-2 win over AC Milan in a dramatic game at Anfield in their last Champions League outing.
An own goal from Fikayo Tomori gifted Liverpool the lead before a quickfire double from AC Milan turned the game in their favour, but the Reds responded with two second-half goals to pick up a deserved victory.
Porto will be hoping they can get their first win in the group stages but they have a huge task in Liverpool.
All eyes are on Luis Díaz. The 24-year-old has been in a rich vein of form for Porto this season and has already netted five goals in eight appearances across all competitions and besides the fact that he is yet to find the net in the Champions League, Liverpool’s back four will be kept busy once Diaz turns up a gear and finds his rhythm in the match.
Like Diaz, Mohamed Salah has been in scintillating form for the Reds since the start of the season and has already scored six goals in seven appearances, one of which he netted during their win over AC Milan. His current form will certainly put Porto’s defence on high alert as he will be an important cog in Jurgen Klopp’s system for the match ahead.
Real Madrid vs Sheriff Tiraspol
Real Madrid will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in Group D when they continue their campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu to Sheriff Tiraspol.
Los Blancos began their campaign under Carlos Ancelotti when they claimed a dramatic 1-0 win over Inter Milan at the San Siro in their Group D opener courtesy of a late goal by Rodrygo.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Tiraspol picked up a dream start to their Champions League campaign when they claimed a 2-0 win over Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to goals from Adama Traore and Momo Yansane.
This will be the first-ever encounter between the sides and they will both be looking to claim all three points and strengthen their position in the group standings.
Karim Benzema has flourished under Carlo Ancelotti this campaign and he has been in a superb run of form after scoring eight goals in eight matches. His goalscoring ability, vision, movement, intelligence, and improvisation could see the Catalan all the way past Sheriff
Adama Traoré, the Mali international, played a pivotal role in helping his side qualify for the Champions League this season after scoring four goals in six qualifying rounds. His opening goal against Shakhtar Donetsk helped inspire his side to their maiden win in the competition. Bigger things lie in waiting.