Salah shines remarkably in this season after scoring 10 goals in 10 games, and Liverpool enter with a record almost perfect in various competitions in this season, having won 6 games and drawn in two in the English Premier League and won in his two games in the Champions League competition, and if he were destined to win.At Atletico in the last home of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, he will take a big step towards reaching the round of 16 of the continental competition.
Several factors contributed to Liverpool’s return to playing early roles in this season, in particularly the stability of his line of defense, which suffered greatly last season with long-term injuries to three pillars, namely Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, Cameroonian Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. Furthermore, the offensive line has regained its effectiveness after the drop in level of the trio composed of Salah, Mane and the Brazilian Roberto Firmino.
As for Atlético de Madrid, champions of Spain last season, they in turn are counting on veteran Uruguayan attacking duo, Luis Soares, former Liverpool scorer, and Frenchman, Antoine Griezmann, who returned to him after two unsuccessful seasons with Barcelona.
In the same group, Porto meet Milan, which they both raise in the name of victory, because the draw will keep them away from the fight for one of the two qualifying cards for the next round.
And Porto have a point for nothing for Milan, who return to continental competitions after a long absence.
In the first round, Paris Saint-Germain receives its counterpart from Leipzig at the Parc des Princes in the French capital in an easy task, but one of the ribs of his offensive attacking force, Brazilian Neymar, will be missing “for adductor muscle pain he has suffered since his return from the national team”, as reported yesterday. The club Parisian revealed on Monday, through his own Argentine coach, Mauricio Pochettino, that the citizen of quest’last, Leandro Paredes, had injured “the right thigh muscles” even during his participation with his country. in absence of Neymar, Saint-Germain counts on Argentines Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
The team had achieved a moral victory over their main rival, Manchester City, in a game in which Messi scored his first goals since his move to the capital of lights last August.
In the second game the City will be guests of Brugge, which is in advantage of one point, and therefore there is no room for the “Citizens” to lose a point.
In the third round, Ajax receives the Dutch, Borussia Dortmund, at the “Johan Cruyff Arena” in an attempt to break the partnership of advantage between them after the victory in the prime two games.
In a second game, the two injured Besiktas will meet with Sporting to score the first points. Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol, the Champions League surprise so far, wants to add a new victim to his record when visiting Inter Milan.
On the other hand, Real Madrid try to restore the balance by returning with the three points of the match with Shakhtar, relying on the goals of the French veteran Karim Benzema, who is shining considerably in this season.
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