BRATISLAVA – After the 4th round of the group phase of the 2021/2022 Champions League, five participants can ensure their progress to the round of 16. On Tuesday, Bayern Munich can manage to do so if it can repeat the triumph over Benfica Lisbon from the previous 3rd round. Juventus Turin is in the same situation before the home duel with Zenit St. Petersburg and Salzburg, who plays in Wolfsburg. On Wednesday, the penetration into the elite 16 can be completed by Ajax Amsterdam and FC Liverpool.
Barcelona in a difficult situation
FC Barcelona is in an extremely difficult situation, which will present itself on the soil of Dynamo Kyiv in the E-group on Tuesday, it is currently the third in its table. After the departure of Ronald Koeman, he will be led by the temporary coach Sergi Barjuan, who played more than 200 matches as a defender for the Catalans. After the initial 0-0 losses to Bayern and Benfica, he has only three points in his account for a 1-0 home win over Kiev. This was arranged by the tracker Gerard Pique, who injured his calf against Alaves (1: 1) over the weekend and will be absent. Like Argentine striker Sergio Agüero, who had to be hospitalized on Saturday for breathing problems. He complained about them during the duel, he had to take turns in the first half, when he felt pain in his chest and his head was spinning. “Sergi will be sitting on a bench in Kiev. We have a man in it who works in a club and knows the system. He was a member of the best team in the history of Barcelona and understands our philosophy perfectly. That is to play football as successful. she can work with him, “ said last week President “Barcy” Joan Laporta. The team is currently blamed for a lack of creativity, self-confidence and efficiency, and the fact that it lacks several injured players is also true. “It’s hard to change things in a short time. But the style of our game is not negotiated. We have to find a recipe to be more dominant during the game and hold more ball.” quoted AFP Barjuana as having a clear role to play in preventing the first elimination of Barcelona in the core group after almost two decades.
Bayern has progress within reach
German champion Bayern will advance if he defeats Benfica at home. He is still 100%, scored 12 goals and has not cashed once. Bavaria reacted to the sensational 0: 5 cup loss with Mönchengladbach Bavaria in a 5: 2 league victory over Union Berlin, but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had a lot of work to do, which signals defensive problems. Striker Thomas Müller expressed the belief that criticism after the cup shame must arouse the team. “When Bayern suffers a 0: 5 loss in the cup, it is clear that he has to endure a few ironic comments that will keep him a little below the belt. We have to realize that we have lost the cup competition, which is unpleasant for us and we must therefore react adequately. Already on Tuesday against Benfica. ” he was quoted by the DPA. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski will play his 100th duel in Benfice against LM, he has 78 hits in the competition. After a 14-day quarantine after a positive test for COVID-19, head coach Julian Nagelsmann should return to the team.
United is facing another challenging test
The leader of the F-group Manchester United will play on the ground of the third Atalanta Bergamo, in front of which he has a two-point lead, as well as in front of the second Villarreal. He is hosted by Bern. The pressure on Norwegian “red devils” coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eased slightly after a home debacle with FC Liverpool 0: 5 after winning 3: 0 on Tottenham. Speculation about his early departure may increase again if he does not win in Bergamo, especially when he immediately follows the city derby with the City defender in the league. Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani pulled against the Spurs, the Portuguese striker in the previous duels of the group always scored, while the home triumphs against Villarreal and Atalante were decided in the conclusions. After a fight with Spurs, he faced questions about criticism of his defensive work: “I know when the team needs me to help him defend. But my job at the club is to win, to help the team win and score goals. There are people who don’t want to see it because they don’t like me. Well, honestly, I’m 36 years old, I won everything, so why should I care about the words of people who speak badly about me? I sleep well at night, I go to bed with a clear conscience.
Salzburg close to progress
In the G-group, the pleasant surprise of the year from Salzburg will take place in Wolfsburg. If Red Bull managed to score three points, it could no longer end up worse in the table than the second. He has 7 points on his account for home winnings over Lille and VfL, resp. opening draw in Seville. She is second in the table after three draws and on Tuesday she hosts the French champion. In the H-group, Juventus Turin has excellent cards. Although it does not go as planned in Serie A, it is a different story in LM and it is still 100% without a goal collected. He lost twice in a row in the league, at home with Sassulo and in Verona 1: 2 and in the table he crouches in ninth place. “We all have to take responsibility, push ourselves, be quiet and work hard. We have to be humble enough to realize that we are in the middle of the table right now. But we will definitely get out of it. We need to improve our approach, respect our opponents and fight more than They all look negative now, but we have to stay calm. “ said the pilot of the “old lady” Massimiliano Allegri. In the next match, defending champion Chelsea London will play on Malmö FF in Sweden. Coach Thomas Tuchel’s team scored four goals at home in the 3rd round after losing 0-0 to the Swedes. “The Blues” go to Sweden encouraged by the league triumph 3-0 in Newcastle, after which they lead the Premier League three points ahead of FC Liverpool.
program of the 4th round of the group phase LM 2021/2022, TUESDAY, November 2 (times are CET):
21.00 Bayern Munich – Benfica Lisbon / judged by: Szymon Marciniak (POL) /
21.00 Dynamo Kyiv – FC Barcelona / Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) /
1. Bayern Munich 3 3 0 0 12: 0 9
2. Benfica Lisbon 3 1 1 1 3: 4 4
3. FC Barcelona 3 1 0 2 1: 6 3
4. Dynamo Kyiv 3 0 1 2 0: 6 1
21.00 Atalanta Bergamo – Manchester United / Slavko Vinčič (SVN) /
21.00 Villarreal CF – Young Boys Bern / Serdar Gözübüyük (NLD) /
1. Manchester United 3 2 0 1 6: 5 6
2. CF Villarreal 3 1 1 1 7: 5 4
3. Atalanta Bergamo 3 1 1 1 5: 5 4
4. YB Bern 3 1 0 1 3: 6 3
18.45 VfL Wolfsburg – Red Bull Salzburg / Artur Dias (PRI) /
21.00 FC Sevilla – Lille OSC / István Kovács (ROU) /
1. Red Bull Salzburg 3 2 1 0 6: 3 7
2. FC Sevilla 3 0 3 0 2: 2 3
3. Lille OSC 3 0 2 1 1: 2 2
4. VfL Wolfsburg 3 0 2 1 2: 4 2
18.45 Malmö FF – Chelsea London / Felix Brych (DEU) /
21.00 Juventus Turin – Zenit St. Petersburg / Alejandro Hernandez (Šp.) /
1. Juventus Turin 3 3 0 0 5: 0 9
2. Chelsea London 3 2 0 1 5: 1 6
3. Zenit St. Petersburg 3 1 0 2 4: 2 3
4. Malmö FF 3 0 0 3 0:11 0