Champions League experts’ picks: Bayern Munich and Barcelona grab the headlines as Lewandowski returns to Germany

The The second round of the Champions League match is here And it brings us some rearrangements. Rangers vs Napoli I moved in one dayWhich means we’ll have seven matches on Tuesday and then Wednesday is full of nine clashes. Leading the week is the return of Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski to FC Bayern Munich, hosted by Barcelona, ​​in an unmissable set of a death duel. This tour will also see Graham Potter debut as the new Chelsea Coach as Blues host Red Bull Salzburg While Liverpool Juventus are looking to start their Champions League campaign after last week’s disappointment. You can watch all the matches Paramount +Your home for the UEFA Champions League.

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Match Choices

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona

One match worth watching: Robert Lewandowski against the Bayern defense. With nine goals and two assists for Barcelona in all competitions, all eyes are on Lewandowski. There will be extra fire on both sides because Bayern did not want Lewandowski to leave to face new challenges. Little did he know that his path to the Champions League title might pass through his former team. – Chuck Booth

Most likely to score a goal: Ousmane Dembele. Lewandowski’s presence at Barcelona helps propel the team to their former glory, but it is the player who was on his way out at Dembele that I would most likely pick to score. He has capped four La Liga goals, and has picked up where he left off last season when he provided 13 assists. Since Lewandowski is not selfish with the ball at his feet, the extra focus on him during the match will allow Dembele to pass for a goal. – Chuck Booth

Man of the Match: Robert Lewandowski. Knowing a thing or two about performing at the Allianz Arena, Lewandowski will return to Germany in style. With the entire Barcelona attack looking to feed him during the match. A goal and an assist would be enough to give him the Man of the Match award. – Chuck Booth

Match predictions: Bayern Munich 1, Barcelona 3. While Barcelona’s improved attack has grabbed the headlines, it’s the defensive improvement that will be shown against a Bayern side that have struggled to score recently. – Chuck Booth

Liverpool vs Ajax

One match worth watching: Luis Diaz vs. Ajax Defender. In a team struggling to find their groove, the Colombia international has been the most consistent player going forward. With incredible speed, high technical ability and defense splitting and slicing skills, this team might be more reliant on them unless they start to take shape. He is a player who can change the game himself – the much-needed spark plug in Jurgen Klopp’s attack. – Roger Gonzalez

Most likely to score: Steven Bergwijn. He is the top scorer for both teams with six goals. Knowing that Liverpool should be up front, he will have his chance on the counter. The key – as we saw with Napoli beating Liverpool easily – is to use those quick country drills towards goal and the ball off your feet quickly to keep the Reds’ defense in their wake. – Roger Gonzalez

Man of the Match selection: Virgil van Dijk. The star defender looked far from a world-class talent in that defeat in Napoli, and with the Premier League match canceled at the weekend, he may still have a bad taste in his mouth from the first round. He would want to correct that, and would use his one-on-one stellar defense to stifle the Dutch side. – Roger Gonzalez

Match predictions: Liverpool 2, Ajax 1. Liverpool managed to get back on track in a game that looked like they had to, especially given the recent form. While Klopp said they need to reinvent themselves, I don’t think that will be the case, but it will only be enough for three much-needed points and some welcome momentum. – Roger Gonzalez

Chelsea x Red Bull Salzburg

One match to watch: Mateo Kovacic against. Nicholas Seewald. For all the focus on an unsuccessful attack, the reason why Chelsea, whose attack had been shooting erratically from Thomas Tuchel’s first game into 100th place, fell off a cliff in offensive terms, is that N’Golo Kante’s empty midfield couldn’t control on his team. opponents anymore. Kovacic is their best chance to assert their will on Salzburg The side that will be at its most dangerous if Chelsea can’t install it again. – James Bing

Most likely to score a goal: Raheem Sterling. The England international has proven in no time why he is Tuchel’s coveted summer signature. He might miss more than a few good opportunities, but what he does like everyone else is getting into those situations in the first place. No matter how well organized the defense is, you will support it to find some good positions in the current form. – James Bing

Man of the Match selection: Andreas Ulmer. He may not be the most decorated name in this team, perhaps because he is 36 years old and therefore does not have a permanent presence on the wish list of Europe’s top clubs. But he has proven in recent Champions League campaigns that he can close his wing in the face of the toughest threats; If he did it against Rhys JamesThen he deserves the man of the match ball. – James Bing

Match predictions: Chelsea 1, Red Bull Salzburg 1. Graham Potter has spent more time on the training ground than he expected, but still dealing with everything Chelsea have (injuries to key players, a serious set-ball problem) isn’t a huge deal. It may be a while before we see the best version of the blues. – James Bing

Manchester City vs Dortmund

One match to watch: Erling Haaland against Mats Hummels. One of the most awaited duels since the lottery. This week we will see Erling Haaland play against his former club, the place where he became one of the best strikers in the world. The Norwegian striker has already scored 12 goals in his first eight matches played in the sky blue, including last week’s double against Sevilla. – Francesco Porzio

Most likely to score: Erling Haaland. An obvious choice, sure, to expect Haaland to score against his former team. But it seems like a definite choice due to his level and the way Borussia Dortmund played defensively at the start of the season, as they conceded eight goals in six matches in the German League. Last week in their Champions League debut, BVB beat Copenhagen 3-0. – Francesco Porzio

Man of the Match selection: Phil Foden. The England international scored in the Champions League opener against Sevilla last week to continue his good start to the season. Look for him to make critical contributions to his teammates, which will likely be a help to his big number nine. His speed and technique would be a real danger to opponents. – Francesco Porzio

Match predictions: Manchester City 3, Borussia Dortmund 1. Pep Guardiola’s team is among the favorites to win the tournament, and this time around Borussia Dortmund was not as good as it was, especially after Haaland’s loss over the summer. – Francesco Porzio

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