The UEFA Champions League returns to action on Tuesday with a set of high-profile fixtures.
Let’s have a quick look at the most exciting Champions League match-ups to look forward to on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi goes up against his favorite manager
Parc des Princes is the venue as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City go head-to-head in a blockbuster Champions League encounter.
Pep Guardiola’s side came out 4-1 aggregate victors in their last season’s Champions League semi-final tie, giving Mauricio Pochettino plenty of reason to pursue vengeance in this fixture.
Though this might not be a must-win game in the strictest sense, another potential slip-up could derail PSG’s hopes of making it out of the group stage.
Despite fielding his all-star attacking trio in his Group A curtain-raiser, Pochettino oversaw his star-studded Paris side share the spoils with sub-par Club Brugge.
PSG will face the daunting task of getting off the mark against a Man City side that utterly outclassed RB Leipzig in their Champions League opening match.
After claiming an overwhelming 6-3 victory at the Etihad last time out, the Citizens will be looking to maintain their five-match unbeaten Champions League record against Paris (W3, D2).
Lionel Messi could be the catalyst to sway things in PSG’s favor despite enduring an underwhelming start to his adventure in the French capital.
During his illustrious Champions League career, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has netted goals in four matches against teams managed by his former boss Guardiola.
The Argentine has yet to score for his new club and now would be a perfect time for him to rediscover his ‘killer instincts.’
Jurgen Klopp faces a team of his taste
Liverpool head to the Estadio do Dragao to take on Porto in an exciting Champions League encounter in the midst of a purple patch.
Jurgen Klopp’s side staged a massive second-half comeback to turn a 2-1 half-time deficit into a 3-2 victory over AC Milan in their Group B opener.
Despite being held to a stomach-wrenching 3-3 draw to Brentford over the weekend, the Reds will take the field unbeaten in all eight competitive games this season (W6, D2).
An eye-catching recent form, coupled with Liverpool’s 50% win ratio against Portuguese opposition in major European competitions, indicates this could be a field day for the Premier League heavyweights.
But Porto held Atletico Madrid to a goalless stalemate in their opening Champions League fixture that witnessed a mere 11 shots on goal, fewer than any other first-round match.
Backed by their stubborn defensive display at Wanda Metropolitano, Sergio Conceicao’s side will hope to eke out their first-ever European win over Liverpool (D3, L5).
However, that could be easier said than done, as they’ve lost three of their four Champions League duels with the Reds under Klopp’s reign (D1), returning a horrendous -10 goal difference in the process (GF:1, GA:11).
AC Milan to try to erase painful memories
It’s been seven years since AC Milan last featured in the Champions League, but they might have to recall some unpleasant memories from the past for the second time this term.
After Liverpool’s abovementioned comeback reminded the Rossoneri of a tragic Istanbul night, they now face a team that ended their last Champions League voyage.
Milan and Atletico Madrid’s only previous meetings came in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League, where the Italians lost both legs and bowed out of the Round of 16.
Stefano Pioli’s side will have to defy their humiliating recent European record against Spanish clubs to inflict revenge on Atletico, having won just one of their last 17 such contests (D7, L9).
Yet, Milan can fall back on Los Colchoneros’ recent slips on Italian soil as they look to transfer an outstanding domestic form to the European front.
Since winning their first Champions League visit to Italy under current manager Diego Simeone, the reigning La Liga holders have gone winless in their subsequent four trips to the country in Europe’s elite competition (D2, L2).