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The C1 returns to the Vélodrome and comes to Bergamo

The Champions League will find Marseille, seven years later, for OM-Manchester City, and discover the Bergamo stadium, which hosts Ajax Amsterdam, this Tuesday evening on behalf of the second day.

The Champions League will find Marseille, seven years later, for OM-Manchester City, and discover the Bergamo stadium, which hosts Ajax Amsterdam, this Tuesday evening on behalf of the second day.

(AFP) – “Unfortunately, the Velodrome is empty, it was a game to be played in front of a lot of people,” regrets André Villas-Boas, OM coach. Their supporters will be stuck at home in front of the TV, deprived of this return by the pandemic. Even the curfew prevents going to see the match at the bistro or meeting on the forecourt of the Vélodrome.

The Marseille players would have needed their full turns to push them against prestigious Man City and revive in Group C, after the initial defeat at Olympiakos, in added time. Otherwise the road to the round of 16 will really stiffen before the double confrontation against Porto, which receives Piraeus from Mathieu Valbuena after losing to City (3-1).

And OM, winner in 1993 and the only French club to hold the Champions League, does not want to extend its horrible series of ten defeats in a row in this competition since 2013 …

Mönchengladbach, good memory for Real

Bergamo’s Stadio Atleti Azzurri will also be empty for Atalanta’s first match in his city. Last season the “Dea” played in Reggio Emilia or Milan its Champions League matches, its stadium not being approved. No one for the lesson in Greek mythology on the program in Bergamo where Atalanta, daughter of the king of Arcadia, receives the warrior Ajax, who gives his name to the Amsterdam club.

As for the wolf who appears on the crest of Midtjylland, he may well walk alone at Anfield, at Liverpool, in the other match of the group. The last three winners are in contention on Tuesday, including the Reds.


Back in C1 after seven years of absence, Marseille was beaten on the edge by Olympiakos (0-1). For his part, the defending champion from Munich got off to an admirable start with the imperial Kingsley Coman, while Real Madrid sank from the start against Shaktar Donetsk.


Real de Zinédine Zidane, titled in 2016, 2017 and 2018, responded well to the crisis that pointed by winning the Clasico in Barcelona (3-1), after two defeats in a row, and intends to continue its recovery. But Real have fond memories of their last clash against the Borussia “Colts” (Fohlen), a magnificent “remount” in December 1985.

In the round of 16 of the Uefa Cup, M’Gladbach had won the first leg 5-1, but the Merengues had reversed everything in the return (4-0), with doubles from Valdano and Santillana, the latter scoring the qualifying goal in the 89th minute. Real faller, Donetsk will try to confirm against Inter Milan, in this very tough group.

Finally, the defending champion, Bayern Munich, goes to the Lokomotiv Moscow Railway workers, after his demonstration of the first day against Atlético Madrid of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker conceded 12 goals in two matches against the Bavarian giant, after the 8-2 in the quarter-finals this summer with Barça … Luis Suarez will try to revive his new club against RB Salzburg.


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